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The 19th TCM Programming Challenge: Easy as 1-2-3

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*Is there a particular piece of info you are looking for?* - lzcutter


No, I just wanted to read through all the old schedules to make sure I didn't repeat anyone else's themes. The voting threads eliminated all the clutter between entries.

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Way to go, Scott! I want to write a little more about your schedule when I've had a chance to go over it in detail. You guys have gotten us off to a great start. Some cool programming ideas for Charlie Tabesh & Co. to look over.


It's really exciting to have new people participate. OK, smileys and skimpole, we're looking forward to seeing your schedules, too.

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ScottMacGillivray - This is a wonderful schedule! The tribute for Gloria Jean is excellent. Character actors truly need more showings. Donald O'Connor deserves to be SOTM! The Vaudeville shorts would make a very interesting interlude. Are you going to write program notes so we may see why you choose those movies?


There are now two great schedules posted. I hope to see many more!

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Here's my Programming challenge


Sunday, September 26, 2011


06:00 AM Stage Door (1937) RKO BW-91 min Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou D: Gregory La Cava P/S

07:45 AM Persona (1966) Svensk Filmindustri BW-83 min Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

09:15 AM The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) Elias Querejita Producciones C-98 min Ana Torent, Isabela Telleria D; Victor Erice P/S

11:00 AM The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) Madeleine Films C-120 min Catherine Deneuve, Francois Dorleac, Gene Kelly D: Jacques Demy Premiere#1

01:00 PM Meet me in Saint Louis (1944) MGM C-113 min Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien D: Vincente Minneli P/S

03:00 PM Gone with the Wind (1939) MGM C-222 min Vivian Leigh, Olivia De Havailand, Clark Gable D: Victor Fleming P/S

06:45 PM Freaks (1932) MGM BW-65 min Leila Hyams, Daisy Earles, Harry Earles D: Tod Browning P/S

08:00 PM Trouble in Paradise (1932) Paramount BW-83 min Miriam Hopkins, George Marshall, Kay Francis D: Ernst Lubitsch P/S

09:30 PM Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 20th Century Fox C-91 min Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell D: Howard Hawks P/S

11:15 PM Days of Heaven (1978) Paramount C-94 min Richard Gere, Sam Shepherd, Brooke Adams, Linda Manz, D: Terrence Malick

01:00 AM (Silent) Sunrise (1927) Fox BW-95 min George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingstone D: F.W. Murnau P/S

02:45 AM (Foreign) Celine and Julie go Boating (1974) Action Films C-193 min Dominique Labourier, Juliet Berto, Barbet Schroeder D: Jacques Rivette E


Monday, September 27, 2011


6:15 AM Intolerance (1916) Triangle Film BW-177 min Lillian Gish, Robert Harron D: D.W. Griffith p/s

9:15 AM Man with a Movie camera (1929) VUFKU BW-61 min D: Dziga Vertov P/S

10:30 AM Vampyr (1932) Tobis Filmkunst BW-73 min Julian West, Henriette Gerard D; Carl Theodor Dreyer P/S

11:45 AM Ivan the Terrible, Part One (1944) Mosfilm BW-100 min Nikolai Chersakov, Serafima Birman D: Sergei Eisenstein P/S

01:30 PM Ivan the Terrible, Part Two (1945)Mosfilm BW-86 min Nikolai Chersakov, Serafima Birman D: Sergei Eisenstein P/S

03:00 PM Touch of Evil (1958) Universal BW-111 min Charleton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh D: Orson Welles P/S

05:00 PM La Region Centrale C-180 min Experimental Film D: Michael Snow Premiere #2

08:00 PM Contempt (1963) Rome Paris Films C-104 min Michel Piccoli, Bridgette Bardot, Jack Palance D: Jean-Luc Godard P/S

10:00 PM Rome: Open City (1945) Excelsa Films BW-103 Min Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi D: Roberto Rosselini P/S

12:00 AM The Conformist (1969) Mars Film C-111 min Jean-Louis Tritrignant, Dominque Sanda D: Bernardo Bertolucci P/S (The first and third films are based on novels by Moravia.)

02:00 AM Napoleon (1927) Films Abel Gance BW-235 min Albert Dieudonne, Yvette Dieudonne, D: Abel Gance P/S


Tuesday, September 27, 2011


06:00 AM Spies (1928) UFA BW-143 min, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, D: Fritz Lang P/S

08:30 AM The Maltese Falcon (1941) Warner BW-101 min Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Syndey Greenstreet, D: John Houston P/S

10:15 AM The Manchurian Candidate (1962) United Artists BW-127 min Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury D: John Frankenheimer P/S

12:30 PM The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Gaumont BW-83 min Maria Falconetti D: Carl Theodor Dreyer P/S

02:00 PM A Man for All Seasons (1966) Columbia C-120 min Paul Scofield, Leo McKern D: Fred Zimmerman P/S

04:00 PM Z (1969) Valoria Films C-127 min Jean-Louis Tritrignant, Yves Montand D: Costa Gavras P/S

06:15 PM Notorious (1946) RKO BW-102 min Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains D: Alfred Hitchcock P/S

08:00 PM The Confession (1970) Valoria WarC-139 min Yvest Montand, Simone Signoret, Gabriele Ferzetti D: Costa-Gavras Premiere #3

10:30 PM Gandhi (1982) Columbia C-188 min Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen D: Richard Attenborough P/S

01:45 AM JFK (1991) Warner C-189 min Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones D; Oliver Stone P/S

05:00 AM Pickup on South Street (1953) 20th Century Fox BW-80 min Richard Widmark, Thelma Ritter D: Samuel Fuller P/S


Wednesday, September 28, 2011:


06:30 AM Nanook of the North (1922) Les Freres Revillion BW-79 min Allakariallak, Nyla, D: Robert Flaherty P/S

08:00 AM The Battle of Algiers (1966) Igor films BW-121 min Jean Martin D: Gillo Pontecorvo P/S

10:15 AM A Moment of Innocence (1996) MK2 Productions C-78 min Mirhadi Tayebi, Mohsen Makmalbaf D: Mohsen Makmalbaf Premiere #4

11:45 AM Red Headed Women (1932) MGM BW-79 min Jean Harlow, Chester Morris D: Jack Conway P/S

01:15 PM Baby Face (1933) Warner BW-75 min Barbara Stanwyck, Thresa Harris D: Alfred E. Green P/S

02:30 PM Sylvia Scarlett (1935) RKO ARBW-90 min Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant D: George Cukor P/S

04:15 PM Barry Lyndon (1975) Warner C-184 min Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson D: Stanley Kubrick Premiere #5

07:30 PM La Jetee (1962) gos BW-28 min Davos Hanich, Helene Chastelain D: Chris Marker P/S

8:00 PM (Star of the month Marcello Mastroianni): Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) Cinecitta BW-106 min Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni D: Mario Monicelli P/S

10:00 PM White Nights (1957) Cinecitta BW-107 min Marcello Mastroianni, Maria Schell, D: Luschino Visconti Premiere #6

12:00 AM 8 1/2 (1963) Cinecitta BW-135 min Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee, Claudia Cardinale, D; Federico Fellini P/S

02:30 AM The Organizer (1963) Lux Films BW-128 min Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori D: Mario Monicelli Premiere #7

04:45 AM La notte (1961) Nepi BW-122 min Marcello Mastroinnai, Jeanne Moreau D: Michanegelo Antonioni P/S


Thursday, September 29


07:00 AM Gertrud (1964) Palladium BW-116 min Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode D: Carl Theodor Dreyer P/s

09:00 AM L'Aventura (1960) Cino del Duca BW-145 Monica Vitti, Gabrielle Ferzetti D: Michaelangelo Antonioni P/S

11:30 AM Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) Daiei studios BW-96 min Masayuiki Mori, Machiko Kyo, D: Kenji Mizoguchi P/S

01:15 PM Lola Montes (1955) Gamma Films C-115 min Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook D: Max Ophuls P/S

03:15 PM 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) MGM C-142 min Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain, Gary Lockwood D: Stanley Kubrick P/S

05:45 PM Nosthalgia (1983) Opera Film Produzione C-120 min Oleg Yankovsky, Erland Josephson D; Andrei Tarkovsky P/S

08:00 PM Dr. Strangelove, or How I learned to Stop Worrying and love the Bomb (1964) Columbia BW-93 Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, D: Stanley Kubrick, P/S

09:45 PM Hellzapoppin' (1941) Universal BW-84 min Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Martha Raye D: H.C. Potter Premiere #8

11:15 PM Killer of Sheep (1977) Milestone BW-83 min Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore D: Charles Burnett P/S

12:45 AM The Red Tent (1969) Mosfilm C-121 min Peter Finch, Sean Connery D; Mikhali Kalatazov Premiere #9

03:00 AM Blow-Out (1966) MGM C-111 min David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave D: Michaelangelo Antonioni P/S

05:00 AM Red Psalm (1972) Mafilm C-87 min Madaras Jozsef, Orban Tibor D: Miklos Jancso Premier #10


Friday, September 30


06:30 AM The Misfits (1961) United Artists BW-124 min Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift D: John Houston P/S

08:45 AM The Leopard (1963) Titanus C-187 min Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale D: Luschino Visconti P/S

12:00 PM Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) Paramount BW-92 min Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi D; Leo McCarey P/S

01:45 PM The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) RKO BW-88 min Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorhead, Tim Holt D: Orson Welles P/S

03:15 PM The Remains of the Day (1993) Columbia C-135 min Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson D; James Ivory P/S

05:45 PM Death in Venice (1971) Alfa Cinematagraphica/Warner C-130 min Dirk Bogarde, Maria Berenson D: Luschino Visconti Premiere #11

08:00 PM The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) The Archers C-162 min Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook D: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger P/S

10:45 PM Bonjour Tristesse (1958) Columbia C/BW-94 min Jean Sebeg, David Niven, Deborah Kerr D: Otto Preminger P/S

12:15 PM Black Narcissus (1947) The Archers C-99 min Deborah Kerr, Sabu, Jean Simmons, D: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger P/S

02:00 AM (Underground) Daisies (1966) Filmove Studio Barrandov C-76 min Ivana Karbanova, Jitka Cerhova D; Vera Chytilova E

03:30 AM (Underground) The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) Orion C-171 min Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin D: Philip Kaufman E


Saturday, October 1


06:30 AM The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) UFA BW-67 min Animated Silent Film D; Lotte Reiniger P/S

07:45 AM My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Toho C-86 min Chika Sakamoto, Noriko Hidaka D: Hayao Miyazaki P/S

09:15 AM Yellow Submarine (1968) United Artists C-85 min The Beatles D: George Dunning Premiere #12

11:45 AM Spirited Away (2001) Studio Ghibli C-124 min Rumi Hiiragari, Miyu Irino D: Hayao Miyazaki P/S

02:00 PM The Navigator (1924) MGM BW-69 min Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire D: Buster Keaton, Donald Crisp P/S

03:15 PM City Lights (1931) United Artists BW-82 min Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill D: Charles Chaplin P/S

04:45 PM Steamboat Bill, Jr (1928) United Artists BW-87 min Buster Keaton, Marion Byron D: Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner P/S

06:00 PM The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon me, but your Teeth are in my Neck (1967) MGM C-108 min Roman Polanski, Jack MacGowran, Sharon Tate D: Roman Polanski P/S

08:00 PM (Essentials) The Rules of the Game (1939) Nouvelles Editions de Films BW-113 min Marcel Diallo, Jean Renoir D: Jean Renoir P/S

10:15 PM Grand Illusion (1937) RAC BW-117 min Jean Gabin, Marcel Diallo, Erich von Stroheim D: Jean Renoir P/S

12:15 AM Wild Strawberries (1957) Svenk Filmindustri BW-90 min Victor Sjostrom, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Anderrson D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

02:00 AM The Wild Child (1969) Les Artistes Associes BW-85 min Francois Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Cargol D: Francois Truffaut P/S

03:30 AM The Immigrant (1917) Mutual Film Corp BW-20 min Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance D: Charles Chaplin P/S

04:00 AM Payday (1922) First National BW-18 min Charles Chaplin, Phyllis Allen D; Charles Chaplin P/S

04:30 AM The Gleaners and I (2000) Cine Tamaris C-82 min Documentary D: Agnes Varda Premiere#13

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Here's my explanation for my schedule.


Sunday: in order to celebrate Sophia Loren's birthday, which was the previous week, I present, no Sophia Loren movies at all this week. But this day is devoted to the theme of "Two Women." Are they friends, rivals, or relatives. After the first two, you will note three films about sisters, followed by three films about sisters.


Monday: Today is T.S. Eliot's birthday, and to celebrate we focus on the modernity of movies, including leading movies that forwarded the art. For the evening however, we commerate the anniversary of the death of Anna Magnani and Alberto Moravia by having three movies about Italy. (The first and third movies are, of course, based on novels by Moravia.) And we end the day with another groundbreaking movie, Abel Gance's Napoleon.


Tuesday: To commemorate the anniversary of the release of the Warren Commission report, all the movies today deal with conspiracies, assasination and judicial abuses. It occurs to me that if I had placed The Passion of Joan of Arc, A Man for all Seasons, and The Confession, together I would have another block of three movies about judicial murder. But I didn't.


Wednesday: The first block of three deals with the quasi-documentary. Nanook of the North isn't exactly the most scrupulous accurate documentary of early 20th century Inuit life. The Battle of Algiers is a drama designed to be shot like a documentary. And as for A Moment of Innocence well you just have to see that for yourself. Then we have three thirties movies about women behaving badly, or at least unorthodoxly. (But seriously Jean Harlow is really bad.) For the rest of the afternoon we return to the quasi-documentary aspect with Barry Lyndon and a film by one of the great documentarians, Chris Marker, which is actually a fiction film. Then we have five films by the star of the month, Marcello Mastroianni, and whose birthday this is.


Thursday: Mastroianni's last movie was La Notte and this conveniently turns this into our major theme of the day. Today we celebrate the birthday of Michaengelo Antonioni, not by having an all-Antonioni day (that would be a bit much), but by celebrating the long take. We do have two Antonioni films. Today is also Stanley Kramer's birthday, and I present not a tribute, but an anti-tribute to focus on three movies that actually did a better job than Kramer ever did on his chosen themes of nuclear war, anarchic comedy, and African-American life. We then return to the Antonioni/Long take tribute.


Friday: today is the second day of Rosh Hoshannah, and the begining of the high holy days. So to celebrate we deal with several movies that touch on the elegaic, either in their subject matter, or because it was the last film of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. We then move on to three movies by Deborah Kerr, whose birthday it is. Then for the Underground, we look at Czechoslovakia!


Saturday: We start our Saturday morning with four animated movies that aren't by Disney. Then for the rest of the day we look at directors who are also acting.

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skimpole - Your choices for Saturday morning animation are coincidental. I found of *The Adventures of Prince Achmed* (1926) when I was browsing animation for a theme. I was also going to chose *My Neighbor Totoro* (1988) because it is a great favorite of mine and I love nearly all of Hayao Miyazaki's works. My schedule has not even begun to take solid form and you have chosen one of my best ideas!


The rest of your schedule is also as brilliant. Marcello Mastroinnai will be a wonderful SOTM.


You are setting the bar very high!

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Skimpole, if TCM actually did show *Celine and Julie Go Boating* followed by *Intolerance*, certain posters on these boards would have a cow! I enjoyed your schedule very much and loved the fact that it appeals to a different segment of the TCM audience. Marcello Mastroianni would make a great SOTM. I agree with Lonesome Polecat: *The Manchurian Candidate* and *The Remains of the Day* are two of my favorite films.


Scott, James and Skimpole have brought a lot of fresh imagination and creativity to the challenge, and the first week isn't over.

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So much great stuff, as always. We're definitely following the challenges and using them as inspiration for programming on the channel. I know I learn something about films - and see some real fun ideas - every time there's a new challenge.

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Scott, I forgot to mention how much I liked your use of the 1-2-3 theme to spotlight character actors. Glad you included Holiday to show us that Edward Everett Horton can play roles other than the flustered sissies he's famous for.


So who else is working on a schedule? James, Scott, and Skimpole have made a great start to the competition.


With just over three weeks left in the challenge, there's plenty of time left to start from scratch.

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Ah, kingrat catches on quick! That was the idea with Mr. Horton. I would have loved to include at least one of his starring vehicles for Paramount (especially HER MASTER'S VOICE, in which he sings) but I doubt that Universal has broadcast masters on them yet. (Universal has some Gloria Jean masters right now, which is why I could include them.)


Edited by: ScottMacGillivray on Jun 8, 2011 4:47 PM

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Quick question--I know we're not allowed to make up a movie, but what if we do a version of a movie that may not exist? I want to include Martin Roumagnac (yes, ok, I'm a little obssessed, at least it's not the uncut Mata Hari) but there is, as far as I know, no version out there that has subtitles.

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The Grand Pooh Bah for the challenge must be in permissive parent mode: go ahead with the week in 2015, Tracey, but make it so good we'll understand why this was the perfect week. And by 2015 someone will have made a subtitled version of *Martin Roumagnac*.

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====================SUNDAY, April 15, 2012=======================



*Those Teens and their Wild Music* (Musicals set in the 1910s)

6:00am *My Fair Lady* (1964) Rex Harrison & Audrey Hepburn, dir George Cukor, WB 170min (p/s)

9:00am DOCUMENTARY - *The Making of My Fair Lady* (1995) 57min (p/s)

10:00am *Easter Parade* (1948) Fred Astaire & Judy Garland, dir Charles Waters, MGM 107min

12:00pm *The Music Man* (1962) Robert Preston & Shirley Jones, dir Morton da Costa 152min WB (p/s)

2:45pm SHORT: *Time Gallops On* (1953) dir Mannie Davis, Terrytoons (Fox), 7min

3:00pm *Porgy and Bess* (1959) Sidney Poitier & Dorothy Dandridge, dir Otto Preminger, Goldwyn 138min *PREMIERE*

5:30pm SHORT: *Past Perfumance* (1955) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones, WB 7min

5:45pm *The Unsinkable Molly Brown* (1964) Debbie Reynolds & Harve Presnell, dir Charles Waters MGM 128min (p/s)


*Centennial of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic*

8:00pm *A Night to Remember* (1958) Kenneth Moore & Honor Blackman, dir Roy Ward Baker, J Arthur Rank, 124min (p/s)

10:15pm *Cavalcade* (1933) Diana Wynyard & Clive Brook, dir Frank Lloyd, Fox 110min (p/s)

12:15am SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS (short): *Saved from the Titanic* (1912) Dorothy Gibson & Alec B Francis, dir Etienne Arnaud, Eclaire film company 10min

12:30am SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: *In Nacht und Eis* (1912) Waldemar Hecker & Otto Rippert, dir Mime Misu 35min

1:15am TCM IMPORTS: *Titanic* (1943) Sybille Schmitz & Hans Nielsen, dir Herbert Selpin, DFV 85min (p/s)

2:45am *Titanic* (1953) Clifton Webb & Barbara Stanwyck, dir Jean Nequlesco, Fox 98min (p/s)



=======================MONDAY, April 16, 2012========================



*Happy Birthday, Henry Mancini*

4:30am *Wait Until Dark* (1967) Audrey Hepburn & Alan Arkin, dir Terence Young, WB 108min (p/s)

6:30am *The Pink Panther* (1964) Peter Sellers & David Niven, dir Blake Edwards, UA 115min (p/s)

8:30am *Days of Wine and Roses* (1962) Jack Lemmon & Lee Remick, dir Blake Edwards WB 117min (p/s)

10:30am *Charade* (1963) Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant, dir Stanley Donen, Universal 113min (p/s)

12:30pm *Breakfast at Tiffany?s* (1961) Audrey Hepburn & George Pappard, dir Blake Edwards Paramount 114min (p/s)

2:30am *A Shot in the Dark* (1964) Peter Sellers & Elke Sommer, dir Blake Edwards UA 102min (p/s)

5:15pm *The Great Race* (1965) Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon, dir. Blake Edwards, WB 160m (p/s)


*Sid Caesar?s Crack Writing Team*

(Writers that Sid Caesar used for his TV shows)

8:00pm- Mel Brooks: *High Anxiety* (1977) Mel Brooks & Harvey Korman, dir Mel Brooks, Fox 94min *PREMIERE*

9:45pm- Neil Simon: *Star Spangled Girl* (1971) Tony Roberts & Sandy Duncan, dir Jerry Paris Paramount 93min *PREMIERE*

11:30pm- Joseph Stein: *Fiddler on the Roof* (1971) Topol & Norma Crane, dir Norman Jewison, Mirisch 181min (p/s)

2:45am- Larry Gelbart: *A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum* (1966) Zero Mostel & Phil Silvers, dir Richard Lester 99min (p/s)

4:30am- Carl Reiner: *The Thrill of it All* (1963) James Garner & Doris Day, dir Norman Jewison MGM 108min (p/s)

6:30am- Woody Allen & Mickey Rose: *Love and Death* (1975) Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, dir Woody Allen, 85min MGM/UA (p/s)



=====================TUESDAY, April 17, 2012========================



*More Than Just a Crooner* or Crooners Make Great Actors

8:00am- Bing Crosby in *The Country Girl* (1954) dir George Seaton, Paramount 105min (p/s)

10:00am- Dean Martin in *Rio Bravo* (1959) dir Howard Hawks WB 141min (p/s)

12:30pm- Rudy Vallee in *The Palm Beach Story* (1942) dir Preston Sturges Paramount 88min (p/s)

2:00pm- Frank Sinatra in *The Manchurian Candidate* (1962) dir John Frankenheimer UA 127min (p/s)

4:15pm- Dick Powell in *Murder My Sweet* (1944) dir Edward Dmytryk,RKO 96min (p/s)

6:00pm- Pat Boone in *Goodbye, Charlie* (1964) dir Vincente Minnelli FOX 117min *PREMIERE*


*Star of the Month: Danny Kaye*

8:00pm *The Court Jester* (1955) Danny Kaye & Glynis Johns, dir Norman Panama & Melvyn Frank, Paramount 101min (p/s)

9:45pm *White Christmas* (1954) Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye, dir Michael Curtiz, Paramount 120min (p/s)

12:00am *Wonder Man* (1945) Danny Kaye & Virginia Mayo, dir. H. Bruce Humberstone, 98m RKO (p/s)

1:45am *Hans Christian Andersen* (1952) Danny Kaye & Farley Granger, dir Charles Vidor 112min GOLDWYN/RKO (p/s)



==================WEDNESDAY April 18, 2012========================



*Oh For the Simple New England Life*

3:45am *The Trouble with Harry* (1955) Shirley MacLaine & John Forsythe, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 100min (p/s)

5:30am *Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House* (1948) Cary Grant & Myrna Loy, dir HC Potter 110min (p/s)

7:30am *Here Comes the Groom* (1951) Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman, dir. Frank Capra, Paramount, 114 min (p/s)

9:30am *The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming* (1966) Carl Reiner & Alan Arkin, dir Norman Jewison 126min MGM (p/s)

11:30pm *A New Leaf* (1971) Walter Matthau & Elaine May, dir Elaine May, Paramount, 102 min *PREMIERE*



*Favorite Character Actor: Ward Bond*

(Yeah, I know, they?re all John Ford films)

1:15pm *Fort Apache* (1948) Henry Fonda & Ward Bond, dir John Ford, RKO 128 min (p/s)

3:30pm *Mister Roberts* (1955) Henry Fonda & Ward Bond, dir Mervyn LeRoy & John Ford, WB 122min (p/s)

5:45pm *The Quiet Man* (1952) John Wayne & Ward Bond, dir John Ford, Argosy 129min (p/s)


*Say, That?s from HAMLET*

8:00pm *Leave Her to Heaven* (1945) Gene Tierney & Cornel Wilde, dir John M Stahl, Fox 110min (p/s)

10:00pm *To Be or Not to Be* (1942) Jack Benny & Carole Lombarde, dir Ernst Lubitsch, UA 99min (p/s)

11:45pm *Murder Most Foul* (1964) Margaret Rutherford & Ron Moody, dir George ****, MGM 91min (p/s)

1:30am *North by Northwest* (1959) Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint, dir. Alfred Hitchcock, MGM, 137min (p/s)



===================THURSDAY April 19, 2012====================



*Sibling Stars*

4:00am- John & Lionel Barrymore in *Grand Hotel* (1931) dir Edmund Goulding, MGM 112 min (p/s)

6:00am- June Havoc in *No Time for Love* (1943) dir Mitchell Leisen, Paramount 83min (p/s)

7:30am- Gypsy Rose Lee in *Belle of the Yukon* (1944) dir William A RKO 83min *PREMIERE*

9:00am- Catherine Deneuve & Fran?oise Dorl?ac in *Les Demoiselles de Rochefort* (1966) dir Jacques Demy 125min (p/s)

11:15am- Warren Beatty in *Heaven Can Wait* (1978) dir Warren Beatty & Buck Henry, Paramount 102min (p/s)

1:00pm- Shirley MacLaine in *What a Way to Go* (1964) dir J Lee Thompson, FOX 111min *Premiere*

3:00am- The Marx Brothers in *Duck Soup* (1933) dir Leo McCarey Paramount 69min (p/s)

4:15am - Olivia de Havilland in *The Heiress* (1949) dir William Wyler, Paramount 116min (p/s)

6:15pm- Joan Fontaine in *Jane Eyre* (1943) dir Robert Stevenson, Fox 97min *PREMIERE*


*Disabilities and Hollywood: Films with Deaf Characters*

8:00pm *The Heart is a Lonely Hunter* (1968) Alan Arkin & Sondra Locke, dir Robert Ellis Miller, WB 124min (p/s)

10:15pm *Man of a Thousand Faces* (1957) James Cagney & Dorothy Malone, dir Joseph Pevney, Universal 122min (p/s)

12:30am *The Miracle Worker* (1962) Anne Bancroft & Patty Duke, dir Arthur Penn UA 106mn (p/s)

2:30am *Number 17* (1932) Leon M Lion & Anne Grey, dir Alfred Hitchcock, BIP 63min (p/s)

3:45am *Johnny Belinda* (1948) Jane Wyman & Lew Ayres, dir Jean Negulesco, WB 102min (p/s)



===================FRIDAY April 20, 2012=======================



*The things I put up with for that newspaper*

5:30am *It Happened One Night* (1934) Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 105min (p/s)

7:15am *His Girl Friday* (1940) Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell, dir Howard Hawks 92min (p/s)

9:00am *Libeled Lady* (1936) William Powell & Spencer Tracey, dir Jack Conway 98min (p/s)

10:45am *The Great Muppet Caper* (1981) Frank Oz & Jim Henson, dir Jim Henson 98min HENSON/DISNEY *Premiere*

12:30pm *Platinum Blonde* (1931) Robert Williams & Jean Harlow, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 89min (p/s)


*An Odd Thelma Ritter Trilogy*

2:00pm *Rear Window* (1954) James Stewart & Grace Kelly, dir Alfred Hitchcock 114min Paramount (p/s)

4:00pm *Daddy Long Legs* (1955) Fred Astaire & Leslie Caron, Jean Negulesco, Fox 126min (p/s)

6:15pm *What?s so Bad About Feeling Good?* (1968) Mary Tyler Moore & George Pappard, dir George Seaton, Universal 94min *PREMIERE*



*Favorite Non-Animated Musicals by the SHERMAN BROTHERS*

8:00pm *The Slipper and the Rose* (1976) Gemma Craven & Richard Chamberlain dir Bryan Forbes, 143 min Universal *PREMIERE*

10:30pm *The Happiest Millionaire* (1967) Fred MacMurray & Tommy Steele, dir Norman Tokar 164min Disney *PREMIERE*

1:15am *Bedknobs and Broomsticks* (1971) Angela Lansbury & David Tomlinson, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney, 118min (p/s)



3:15am *The Last Man On Earth* (1964) Vincent Price & Franca Bettoja, dir. Sidney Salkow, API 88min

4:45am *The Beast of Yucca Flats* (1961) Douglas Mellor & Tor Johnson, dir. Coleman Francis, Crown International 54min



=================SATURDAY, April 21, 2012===================



*Queen Elizabeth II?s Ancestors Attend her Birthday Party*

5:45am *The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex* (1939) Bette Davis & Errol Flynn, dir Michael Curtiz, WB 105min (p/s)

7:30am *Mary of Scotland* (1936) Katherine Hepburn & Frederic March, dir John Ford, RKO 123min (p/s)

9:45am *A Man for All Seasons* (1966) Paul Scofield & Wendy Hiller, dir Fred Zinnemann, Columbia 120min (p/s)

11:45am *The Private Life of Henry VIII* (1933) Charles Laughton & Robert Donat, dir Alexander Korda, UA 94min (p/s)

1:30pm *Lion in Winter* (1968) Peter O?Toole & Katharine Hepburn, dir Anthony Harvey, Embassy Pictures, 134min (p/s)

3:45pm *Fire Over England* (1937) Laurence Olivier & Flora Robson, dir Will K Howard, UA 92min (p/s)

5:30pm *Henry V* (1989) Kenneth Brannagh & Derek Jacobi, dir Kenneth Brannagh, Goldwyn 137min *PREMIERE*



*Say, He?s Really Playing That Thing*

8:00pm- THE ESSENTIALS: Fred MacMurray in *Remember the Night* (1940) dir Mitchell Lester, Paramount 95min (p/s)

9:45pm- James Stewart in *Dear Brigitte* (1965) dir Henry Koster FOX 100min *Premiere*

11:30pm- Jack Lemmon in *It Should Happen to You* (1954) dir George Cukor, Columbia 88min (p/s)

1:00am- Dick Powell in *Gold Diggers of 1933* (1933) dir Mervyn LeRoy Fox 98min (p/s)

2:45am- The Marx Brothers in *The Cocoanuts* (1929) dir Robert Florey, Paramount, 93min (p/s)

4:30am- Dub Taylor in *You Can?t Take It With You* (1938) dir Frank Capra 127min (p/s)






Week of April 15, 2012



THE ESSENTIALS: *Remember the Night* (1940)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: *In Nacht und Eis* (1912) & *Saved from the Titanic* (1912)

TCM IMPORTS: *Titanic* (1943)

TCM UNDERGROUND: *The Last Man On Earth* (1964) & *The Beast of Yucca Flats* (1961)



1. *Belle of the Yukon* (1944)

2. *Dear Brigitte* (1965)

3. *The Great Muppet Caper* (1981)

4. *Goodbye, Charlie* (1964)

5. *The Happiest Millionaire* (1967)

6. *Henry V* (1989)

7. *High Anxiety* (1977)

8. *Jane Eyre* (1943)

9. *A New Leaf* (1971)

10. *Porgy and Bess* (1959)

11. *The Slipper and the Rose* (1976)

12. *Star Spangled Girl* (1971)

13. *What a Way to Go* (1964)

14. *What?s so Bad About Feeling Good?* (1968)




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Though I?m sure it?s all self-explanatory, I?m going to explain anyway, because that?s half the fun.


*Those Teens and their Wild Music* (Musicals set in the 1910s)

As a costumer/fashion historian, I adore the pre-WWI 1910s. Beautiful stuff, and such an interesting time. I was scheduling all these movies from that era and realized most of them were musicals, so I made them all musicals. Some are more accurate (costume-wise) than others of course, so I started with my favorite costume one, *My Fair Lady* . Had to include the ?Making Of? because then you can get a better and closer look at the costumes. Tee hee. There?s another musical from that era, but I scheduled it later on?


*Centennial of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic*

I picked this week purely to commemorate the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic. This is a topic of intense interest to me. Plus I?m researching the topic anyway to do the musical next year. I wanted to include all the movies about the Titanic without actually scheduling that terrible mega-hit from the ?90s. I hate that movie. I prefer the Barbara Stanwyck version?isn?t that pathetic? Anyway, the Titanic sank on April 15, though it hit the iceberg on the night of the 14th. Luckily it worked out on Sunday because there are the silent movies (that I wish I could see?who knows if they?re available, but, TCM, please try!) and the German version that TCM has shown before. But at prime time I had to put the absolute best version of the story, and one of the best films ever, *A Night to Remember* ?if you haven?t seen it, go watch it. It?s great.


*Happy Birthday, Henry Mancini*

I think the stars of the movies get way too much attention. As a behind the scenes person I am always trying to find ways to highlight non-stars. Composer Henry Mancini is one of my favorites, so I was glad that his birthday happened to fall on the Titanic week. I adore his creative tunes and brilliant orchestrations. Although he his most famous for his jazz scores, I saved my absolute favorite soundtrack of his for last: *The Great Race*


*Sid Caesar?s Crack Writing Team*

(Writers that Sid Caesar used for his TV shows)

Sid Caesar is one of the pioneers of television. He had a couple of very popular sketch comedy shows that was a hit partly because of the incredible writing staff. This is meant to highlight, again, some talented behind the scenes people, and to make the viewers ooh and ah over the amazing amount of talent that was at one time collected in one place. This was also a great excuse to show two of my favorite movies, *High Anxiety* and *Star Spangled Girl* . These are both hilarious films by writers whose more famous movies get more attention. *High Anxiety* particularly should be shown on TCM for these days it is only the classic film fans that get all the hilarious Hitchcock references.


*More Than Just a Crooner*

I have long come to realize that if someone is a great singer, they are usually a great actor too. This is because to be a truly great singer, you have to do what an actor does: understand the heart of the song, analyze each subtle nuance of the lyrics, make someone else?s words sound like they are making them up on the spot, understand the character they are representing in the song, understanding the relationship with who they are singing to, etc. So this section is me highlighting those crooners (not just general singers, but specifically male pre-rock-esque ?crooners?) who prove my point by acting brilliantly in non-musical roles. Of course a couple of them end up singing in the movie, but that?s just lucky for us. But I actually thought this might make a good month-long tribute, one night being about female singers like Doris Day, another being about whole bands who make movies like the Beatles, a whole night about the Rat Pack, etc.


*Star of the Month: Danny Kaye*

DANNY KAYE ROCKS!!! I love his guts and would marry him in a minute if he was around today and near my age. And, come on, TCM, why hasn?t he been SOTM yet? It seems we shouldn?t be doing repeats until we?ve covered all those deserving stars. This is why it is always my goal with these challenges to pick someone who has never been SOTM. (Previous SOTMs of mine include Dean Martin and Alec Guinness). Danny Kaye has been on my list for a long time. So I picked three of my favorite movies of his, the ones I think are his best. The fourth is one I haven?t seen in years and wish I could catch again on TCM-- *Wonder Man*


*Oh For the Simple New England Life*

These are some movies I love that are set in New England (the exact opposite end of the country from me) and make me want to go there. Is it really so beautiful there? Someday I will learn for myself, but for now I must simply enjoy these movies. *Trouble With Harry* especially makes you want to jump into the screen and see those warm-colored trees for yourself.



*Favorite Character Actor: Ward Bond*

(Yeah, I know, they?re all John Ford films)

It?s hard to narrow my favorite movies down to only nine, but it?s easier when they have to fit a theme. This was hard though because the highly underrated character actor Ward Bond appears in SO many of my favorite films. But these are three of my favorite films that really feature my favorite performances of one of my favorite actors, the Great Ward Bond. Although they all happen to be John Ford films, they are all so different?my favorite Western (in which he plays a noble and humble winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor), my favorite WWII film (in which he fights for the rights of the crew of the Bucket), and my favorite film about Ireland (in which he plays a very priest, and includes Maureen O?Hara?s best performance).


*Say, That?s from HAMLET*

It took me teaching the play Hamlet to remember that the title of the film *Leave Her to Heaven* is a line from the play, spoken by Hamlet?s Ghost about what Hamlet should do about Gertrude?s part in his murder. So I thought it would be fun to make an evening of all the films (I could think of) whose titles come from lines from Hamlet (the only one missing that I could think of being *Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead* which, being from 1990, is a little too recent for me).


*Sibling Stars*

Within the last year or so TCM highlighted what they called Acting Dynasties, or parents, children, and grandchildren who became movie stars. Though this was interesting, I was sad that all those famous siblings were left out. So this is my tribute to those siblings who became stars?those people so talented it makes you wonder, sheesh, what was in the water in their house? I included the obvious ones, like the Barrymores and Marx Brothers, and some people don?t seem to remember, like the Dorl?ac sisters. Catherine Deneuve went on to a huge film career as one of the most famous foreign film stars of all time. The sister was the bigger star at the time, but tragically died in a car crash only a year after these two played twins in one of my favorite movies, *Les Demoiselles de Rochefort* (so it makes sense that the now almost forgotten sister is the one who gets Gene Kelly in the end).


* Disabilities and Hollywood: Films with Deaf Characters*

TCM has been highlighting minorities and how they are portrayed in film, and they have all been racial minorities. Well those of us with disabilities (I was born with cataracts, so mine is pretty minor) resent the way we are portrayed in film just as strongly as racial minorities do. As a blind person, I already know what that is like, so I find it fascinating to see how the deaf live their lives, and chose some films that really explore what their life might be like. I think, TCM, that this might be another good monthly tribute for you?a look at the portrayal of people with disabilities.


*The things I put up with for that newspaper*

There are so many movies about reporters that I had to schedule a few of my favorites. These in particular are ones where the guy is the reporter and the girl wants him, but he seems to care more about the newspaper than her. The title of this section is a line from *Libeled Lady* and I think represents the tone of all of these films. It?s also a great excuse to schedule my favorite Muppet movie, *The Great Muppet Caper* which includes a lot of classic movie references that, again, only TCM fans get anymore.


*An Odd Thelma Ritter Trilogy*

How can you not love Thelma Ritter? I had to feature her, I just had to!



*Favorite Non-Animated Musicals by the SHERMAN BROTHERS*

I love the Sherman Brothers. They are the amazing songwriting team that brought us some of our favorite Disney scores like Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh . Their tunes are so catchy and their lyrics are so fun and clever. So these are three of my favorite non-Disney-Animated films that I call ?Their Lesser Known Scores That Shouldn?t Be Lesser Known.? *Bedknobs and Broomsticks* and *The Happiest Millionaire* always get swept under the Mary Poppins carpet, unfortunately, but include some brilliant songs (and feature some cracking great stars like Angela Lansbury and Tommy Steele). The 18th Century set Cinderella story *The Slipper and the Rose* is another great movie with wonderful songs. I particularly love this brilliantly clever song about courtly protocol and manners that includes the Sherman Brothers usual invention of words, which I shall close this section with:


?Yes we must be protocoligorically correct

Good form must never suffer from neglect

These rules and regulations we respect

Must be treated circumspect

We?ve a system to protect

Checked and double checked

And protocoligorically correct.?



I know a wealth of movies that fit in TCM Underground because of my love of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (hence *The Beast of Yucca Flats* ). But I did schedule an actual good movie. *The Last Man on Earth* may seem familiar because it?s based on the same book that became the recent hit I Am Legend . But trust me?the Vincent Price version is MUCH better and much more fun.


*Queen Elizabeth II?s Ancestors Attend her Birthday Party*

Every day Queen Elizabeth II inches closer and closer to breaking Queen Victoria?s record as England?s longest reigning monarch. Therefore every birthday of hers is a big deal. I scheduled some movies about England?s past monarchs. If nothing else, some of these should make you appreciate how awesome she is. I saved my favorite ancestor of hers for last, *Henry V* , and I scheduled Brannagh?s version because I think it is the best. (Sorry, Larry).


*Say, He?s Really Playing That Thing*

We are used to actors pretending to play musical instruments in movies as we hear the recording of some professional musician. But sometimes you pay close attention to their hands and the sound quality, only to hear youself saying, ?Say, he?s really playing that thing!? These are movies in which actors are really playing their own instruments. The rundown goes like this:


-- *Remember the Night* (1940) -Fred MacMurray is really playing ?Swanee River? on the piano in one of the most underappreciated movies ever, and this week?s essential

-- *Dear Brigitte* (1965) -James Stewart is really playing the accordion (There are other instruments playing that might be live, but Jimmy is the only one I?m sure of)

-- *It Should Happen to You* (1954) -Jack Lemmon is charming Judy Holliday with his beautiful piano playing of ?Let?s Fall in Love?

-- *Gold Diggers of 1933* (1933) -Dick Powell plays a young songwriter in the same building as Ruby Keeler who spends a lot of the time playing the piano, but the thing is that he really plays all those songs on the piano himself.

-- *The Cocoanuts* (1929) -We all know Chico plays the piano and Harpo plays the harp, so they had to be in this schedule somewhere. I chose this film because Harpo is really playing that clarinet. (I think they?re really playing the banjo in Duck Soup as well ? those are talented boys!)

-- *You Can?t Take It With You* (1938) -Dub Taylor was hired for this, his first movie, not only for his relaxed manner and great character voice. The character calls for him to play the xylophone, so Capra hired someone who could really play it, and play it he did in the Capra tradition?live!


So, you know, there you go. Thanks for reading all this length. Good luck with everyone else?s schedules. Can?t wait til the next challenge!



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Hey, Lonesome Polecat, you may have outdone yourself with this schedule. TCM should do some serious poaching with themes like QEII's ancestors, titles from *Hamlet*, portrayals of the deaf, crooners as actors, siblings, and Henry Mancini scores. The homage to Sid Caesar's writers is a great idea, and so is the choice of musicals set in the teens. I love the attention to the stars who worked behind the scenes.


A commemoration of *Titanic* without that 1990s movie whose title escapes me? An army of tween girls would write nasty stuff about you on their Facebook pages.


I'll have limited Internet access for the next few days, but will check in Monday to see who else has posted a schedule. We've got four seriously good schedules and more than half a month to go.


Edited by: kingrat on Jun 14, 2011 7:55 PM

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