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The 21st Unofficial TCM Programming Challenge: Revising the Oscars


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{font:Arial}The 21st Unofficial TCM Programming Challenge--Revising the Oscars--is now officially open.{font}


{font:Arial}1. Challenge #21 begins now and closes at midnight Pacific time on Sunday, March 4, 2012. {font}


{font:Arial}2. Select any week of your choice from March 2012 forward. {font}

{font:Arial}a. Your schedule must begin at exactly 6:00 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday and must conclude at exactly 6:00 am the next Sunday.{font}

{font:Arial}b. Each day's programming begins at approximately 6:00 a.m. Eastern time.{font}

{font:Arial}c. Primetime/evening begins at exactly 8:00 p.m. Eastern time every evening.{font}

{font:Arial}d. Because evening films will have introductions and closing comments, please leave enough time for them in your schedule.{font}

{font:Arial}e. Feature movies begin at x:00, x:15, x:30, or x:45.{font}

{font:Arial}f. You do not have to program any shorts or interstitials for gaps of time less than 15 minutes in your schedule. You may if you want to and have access to this material.{font}


{font:Arial}3. The theme of Challenge #21 has two parts, one required, one optional, both easy: {font}

{font:Arial} A. *Required*: Most of have complained about the Oscars--including your moderator--but there was nothing we could do about it. Until now. *Your task is to re-award four Oscars to more deserving pictures, actors, directors, composers, costume designers, cinematographers, etc*. For instance, the Oscar snub that bothers me the most is Dede Allen not winning, or even being nominated, for her brilliant editing in *Bonnie and Clyde* (1967). Which of your favorites do you want to give Oscars to? Any year, any award category--just pick four people or films you'd like to honor with that gold-plated statuette.{font}

{font:Arial} B. *Optional*: Because of your brilliance in selecting four more deserving Oscar winners, TCM has invited you to be Guest Programmer. Which four films would you choose?{font}

{font:Arial} C. The four movies you pick for Oscars and the four movies you choose as Guest Programmer are not exempt from the number of premieres allowed. However, you will have a generous number of TCM premieres to use. See Rule 4.{font}

{font:Arial}4. Premieres: you may use up to 14 films which have never been shown on TCM. They may come from any studio, country, or year. Please mark each one in your schedule as Premiere #1, etc.{font}


{font:Arial}5. Star of the Month: A minimum of four movies in a block on one evening will showcase your Star of the Month. The star must have a body of work large enough to allow similar blocks the other weeks in the month. Many thanks to lzcutter for creating and maintaining the list of previous Stars of the Month which she kindly posted in the thread marked "The 21st Programming Challenge Is Coming." You may select a star who has already been chosen.{font}


{font:Arial}6. Include the regular weekly TCM features:{font}

{font:Arial}a. Silent Sunday Nights is a silent movie which begins at approximately 12:00 a.m.(ET) Monday.{font}

{font:Arial}b. TCM Imports is a foreign film which begins at approximately 2:00 a,m, Monday (ET) following the silent film.{font}

{font:Arial}c. TCM Underground is a little-known or cult film which begins at approximately 2:00 a.m. (ET) Saturday.{font}

{font:Arial}d. The Essentials is an indispensable classic movie which begins at exactly 8:00 p.m. (ET) Saturday.{font}

{font:Arial}e. The films you choose for Silent Sunday Nights, TCM Imports, and TCM Underground do not count against the total of 14 premieres you may use. Please mark these films as Exempt or E in your schedules.{font}


{font:Arial}7. Movies which have previously been shown on TCM are always allowed. If you are not sure if a film has been shown, go to the search bar on the TCM homepage, select the "Site" button, and enter the movie title into the search bar. These methods will never produce a false positive. However, it is possible that some movies which have actually been shown have no accompanying notes or articles, so there may be false negatives. Unfortunately, the links to some previous articles no longer seem to work, so you may run into more false negatives this time around. If you're pretty sure a film has been shown, just post your question in this thread. One of our mavens is likely to know.{font}


{font:Arial}Movies from the original Turner library are always allowed:{font}


{font:Arial}Warner Bros (pre-1948 only):
{font:Arial}MGM (pre-1986):
{font:Arial}RKO (all):

{font:Arial}You will find these databases useful for finding movies from other studios. Some have been shown before, and some will count against your 14 premieres:{font}


{font:Arial}Columbia Pictures (all)
{font:Arial}United Artists (after 1950):
{font:Arial}Samuel Goldwyn (all):
{font:Arial}J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors:
{font:Arial}20th Century Fox:
{font:Arial}Paramount Pictures:
{font:Arial}Universal Pictures:
{font:Arial}British Gaumont Pictures:

{font:Arial}Warner Brothers movies from 1948 and afterward and MGM movies from 1986 and afterward are also allowable as premieres if they have not been shown before.{font}

{font:Arial}Live action Disney movies are allowed:{font}

{font:Arial}Disney-created animated movies are never allowed, because Disney will not grant the rights for another network to show them. Animated movies created by other studios, but whose rights were later acquired by Disney, are allowed.{font}

{font:Arial}8. If you like, you may use a 30-minute Now Playing as part of your schedule. You may also use any existing Private Screening or similar TCM-created film, but you may not invent a Private Screening, as much as we'd love to see Robert Osborne referee a joint Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland program.{font}

{font:Arial}9. For each film, please show the time, title, year, bw or color, running time, actor(s), director(s), and studio. If the film is not from a database which is automatically allowed, please indicate either p/s for previously shown or Premiere #__ if it is a premiere. For example:{font}

{font:Arial}7:00 pm Trade Winds (1938). BW-93 min. UA. Joan Bennett, Fredric March. D: Tay Garnett. p/s{font}

{font:Arial}10. Include your programming notes as a separate post following the schedule entry. We enjoy hearing why you selected particular themes or films, but we also like to be able to read your schedule as a whole.{font}

{font:Arial}11. Hints: Birthday tributes to actors, directors, and other cinematic creators are a staple of TCM schedules. Anniversaries of historical or cinematic importance are always welcome.{font}

{font:Arial}12. A technical matter: Please, no emoticons or triple exclamation points. They sometimes create problems with the website.{font}

{font:Arial}13. After the contest closes at midnight Pacific time on March 4, the moderator will compile all the schedules into a voting thread and there will be a week of voting for the winner.{font}

{font:Arial}14. As they say on the Top Chef finale, cook us the best meal you've ever made. I can't wait to see what you come up with.{font}

{font:Arial}15. If the winner of this programming challenge is able to attend this year's TCM Film Festival, I will buy the winner a drink at Club TCM. Now there's a prize worth fighting for!{font}

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lzcutter, as usual, you're putting a smile on my face! Please do a schedule for us even if we can't vote for it.


Skimpole, glad you're back on board. You always schedule some films on my wish list. You can either group all four non-Oscar winners together, or scatter them through your schedule and identify them in your notes. They do not have to come from the same year.

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I can really reassign more than 4 oscars? Kuz I'd love to do a whole day or night's worth, so like 6-8. That would be nice. So I guess I'll have mine done pretty soon so no one else takes my SOTM or my anniversary tributes (not that it's too likely, but you never know).



Just to throw out a "theme" idea-- any tributes to character actors or behind-the-scenes people (costumers, composers, cinematographers, or others that begin with C) are always the type of thing I like to see. :)

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Well, here's my schedule! It covers November 25th through December 1 of 2012, which is of course the beginning of "the pre-Christmas season" as Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" would say.


So, here goes...




What's the first thing you think of at Christmastime? Decorations! So we begin the week with a couple of films about interior decorators:


6:00 AM Pillow Talk (1959) Color-102 mins. Universal International Pictures, Rock Hudson, Doris Day. Dir Michael Gordon. P/S

7:45 AM Tassels in the Air (1938) BW-17 mins. Columbia, Curly Howard, Larry fine, Moe Howard. Dir Charley Chase. P/S

Another Christmastime tradition is, of course foul wintry weather, as the next two films showcase:


8:15 AM The Lady Vanishes (1938) BW-96 mins. MGM, Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave. Dir Alfred Hitchcock. P/S

10:00 AM The Thing From Another World (1951) BW-87 mins. RKO, Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan. Dir Christian Nyby. P/S


November 25th is the birthday of Ricardo Montalban, so it's only appropriate that we honor him with a series of films:


11:30 AM Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) Color-98 mins. 20th Century Fox, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter. Dir Don Daylor. P/S

1:15 PM Love is a Ball (1963) Color-111 mins. United Artists, Glenn Ford, Hope Lange. Dir David Swift. P/S

3:15 PM The Reluctant Saint (1962) BW-105 mins. Dmytryk-Weiler, Maximillian Schell, Ricardo Montalban. Dir Edward Dmytryk. P/S

5:15 PM Sweet Charity (1969) Color-149 mins. Universal, Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin. Dir Bob Fosse. Premiere

8:00 PM Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Color-113 mins. Paramount, William Shatner, Leonad Nimoy. Dir Nicholas Meyer. Premiere

10:00 PM Latin Lovers (1953) Color-104 mins. MGM, Lana Turner, Ricardo Montalban. Dir Mervyn LeRoy. P/S

And at midnight, it's time for Silent Sunday night, with a Fritz Lang classic:


12:00 AM Frau im Mond (1929) BW-156 mins. Fritz Lang-Film, Klaus Pohl, Willy Fritsch. Dir Fritz Lang. Exempt


Then, we move on to TCM Imports, where we further honor our birthday boy Mr. Montalban with a pair of films early in his career from Mexico:


2:45 AM The Hour of Truth (1945) BW-99 mins. Producciones Mexico, Ricardo Montalban, Virginia Serrett. Dir Norman Foster. Exempt

4:30 AM Cadets de la Naval (1945) BW-89 mins. Azteca Films, Ricardo Montalban, Abel Salazar. Dir Fernando Palacios. Exempt



Three events of historical interest occured on November 26th, and we're going to note them all.


First, there's the opening of King Tut's tomb in 1922...




6:00 AM The Egyptian (1954) Color-139 mins. 20th Century Fox, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature. Dir Michael Curtiz. P/S

8:45 AM Ancient Egypt (1938) BW-9 mins. Universal, James FitzPatrick. Dir James FitzPatrick. P/S

9:00 AM The Mummy (1932) BW-73 mins. Universal, Boris Karloff, Zita Johann. Dir Karl Freund. P/S


Second, there's the founding of the National Hockey League in 1917...


10:15 AM King of Hockey (1936) BW-55 mins. Warner Brothers, Dick Purcell, Anne Nagel. Dir Noel Smith. P/S

11:15 AM A Hockey Hick (1932) BW-19 mins. Fox Film, James Gleason, Eutene Pallette. Dir James Gleason. P/S

11:45 AM Slap Shot (1977) Color-123 mins. Universal, Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean. Dir George Roy Hill. P/S


And finally there's the founding of the University of Notre Dame in 1842...


2:00 PM Knute Rockne All American (1940) BW-98 mins. Warner Brothers, Pat O'Brien, Ronald Reagan. Dir Lloyd Bacon. P/S

3:45 PM Carry On (1931) BW-10 mins. Universal, Christy Walsh, Knute Rockne. Dir Albert Kelly. P/S

4:00 PM Rudy (1993) Color-114 mins. Tristar Pictures, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau. Dir David Anspaugh. Premiere


Next, we contemplate again the pre-Christmas season. What do students away from home do? Come home for Christmas break...


6:00 PM The Sure Thing (1985) Color-100 mins. Embassy Films, John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga. Dir Rob Reiner. Premiere


And of course the one thing everyone thinks of before Christmas is shopping, which we cover with several films that take place in or around department stores...


7:45 PM Riff Raffy Daffy (1948) Color-7 mins. Warner Brothers, Mel Blanc. Dir Arthur Davis. P/S

8:00 PM Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Color-115 mins. Paramount, Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard. Dir Blake Edwards. P/S

10:00 PM The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) BW-92 mins. RKO, Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings. Dir Sam Wood. P/S

11:45 PM Bachelor Mother (1939) BW-82 mins. RKO, Ginger Rogers, David Niven. Dir Garrison Kanin. P/S

1:15 AM Employees Entrance (1933) BW-75 mins. Warner Brothers, Warren William, Loretta Young. Dir Roy Del Ruth. P/S

2:45 AM Bundle of Joy (1956) Color-98 mins. RKO, Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds. Dir Normal Taurog. P/S

4:30 AM The Women (1939) BW-133 mins. MGM, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford. Dir George Cukor. P/S




As Kingrat instructed us in his theme for this challenge, we've got to re-award some Academy Awards that might not have gone to the most deserving recipients. So, with that in mind...


We begin with an award for Elizabeth Taylor. Not necessarily for her acting in this film, but simply for surviving it, which was an amazing achievement in itself...


6:45 AM Cleopatra (1963) Color-192 mins. 20th Century Fox, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton. Dir Joseph Mankiewicz. P/S


Next up is an actress who unquestionably deserved a competitive Oscar, so we're going to give Judy Garland one...


10:00 AM A Star is Born (1954) Color-181 mins. Warner Brothers, Judy Garland, James Mason. Dir George Cukor. P/S


And then we move on to an epid which did win for Best Director, but certainly ought to have gotten Best Picture as well (we'll return to this theme later in the week as well)...


1:00 PM Giant (1956) Color-201 mins. Warner Brothers, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor. Dir George Stevens. P/S


And finally we award a 1988 film that arguably ought to have won Best Picture, and definitely ought to have earned Glenn Close a Best Actress statuette...


4:30 PM Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Color-119 mins. Warner Brothers, Glenn Close, John Malkovich. Dir Stephen Frears. Premiere


Back to the pre-Christmas season, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade occured on this date in 1924. There's simply no other way to mark that except with...


6:30 PM Miracle on 34th Street (1947) BW-96 mins. 20th Century Fox, Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara. Dir George Seaton. P/S


It's on to our Star of the Month on this Tuesday evening, and we think that one Mr. Jack Carson is an eminently deserving honoree, so we've got five films of his this evening (and any excuse to show "Arsenic and Old Lace" is appreciated!)


8:00 PM Hollywood Canteen (1944) BW-124 mins. Warner Brothers, Bette Davis, John Garfield. Dir Delmer Daves. P/S

10:15 PM The Good Humor Man (1950) BW-80 mins. Columbia, Jack Carson, Lola Albright. Dir Lloyd Bacon. P/S

11:45 PM April Showers (1948) BW-94 mins. Warner Brothers, Jack Carson, Ann Sothern. Dir James Kern. P/S

1:45 AM Magnificent Roughnecks (1956) BW-73 mins. Allied Artists, Jack Carson, Mickey Rooney. Dir Sherman Rose. P/S

3:00 AM Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) BW-118 mins. Warner Brothers, Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane. Dir Frank Capra. P/S




It's time to re-award some more Oscars. We begin with the 1965 Academy Awards, where we can rectify two injustices. Omar Sharif wasn't even nominated? Seriously? And Elizabeth Hartman really deserved the Oscar, especially considering her tragic life and death...


5:00 AM Doctor Zhivago (1965) Color-197 mins. MGM, Omar Sharif, Julie Christie. Dir David Lean. P/S

8:15 AM A Patch of Blue (1965) BW-105 mins. MGM, Elizabeth Hartmann, Sidney Poirier. Dir Guy Green. P/S


We've got to give an Oscar to Barbra Streisand...


10:15 AM The Way We Were (1973) Color-118 mins. Columbia, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford. Dir Sydney Pollack. P/S


And it defies belief that a film considered to be the greatest musical of all time wasn't even nominated for Best Picture. We can fix that...


12:15 PM Singing in the Rain (1952) Color-103 mins. MGM, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds. Dir Stanley Donen. P/S


William Powell ought to have gotten a statuette, so we give him one...


2:00 PM My Man Godfrey (1936) BW-94 mins. Universal, William Powell, Carole Lombard. Dir Gregory La Cava. P/S


It's a safe bet that John Travolta will never win one, and that makes us a little bit sad, so...


4:00 PM Saturday Night Fever (1977) Color-118 mins. Paramount, John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney. Dir John Badham. P/S


And finally, we know that Anjelica Huston's got one already, but she was really great and unspeakably creepy and she ought to have won for...


6:00 PM The Grifters (1990) Color-110 mins. Miramax, Anjelica Huston, John Cusack. Dir Stephen Frears. Premiere


And now it's time to play Guest Programmer, with four films chosen just because we like them.


8:00 PM Defending Your Life (1991) Color-112 mins. Geffen Pictures, Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep. Dir Albert Brooks. Premiere

10:00 PM The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Color-111 mins. Warner Brothers, Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Dir Joel & Ethan Coen. Premiere

12:00 AM Breaking Away (1979) Color-101 mins. 20th Century Fox, Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid. Dir Peter Yates. P/S

1:45 AM Vive la Tour (1960) Color-18 mins. NEF, Jean Bobet. Dir Louis Malle. P/S

2:15 AM L.A. Story (1991) Color-95 mins. Carolco Pictures, Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant. Dir Mick Jackson. Premiere


"Defending Your Life" is a very underrated, hilarious film. "Hudsucker" is flat-out brilliant. "Breaking Away" has become one of my wife's all-time favorite films. And I just absolutely love "L.A. Story"

And then, to round out the day, one of the inspirations for "The Hudsucker Proxy", and then for good measure another movie about newspapers...


4:00 AM His Girl Friday (1940) BW-92 mins. Columbia, Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell. Dir Howard Hawks. P/S

5:30 AM Story of a Newspaper (1954) BW-30 mins. National Film Board of Canada, Lloyd Boucher. Dir Julian Biggs. P/S




It's Burby Berkeley's birthday, and we obviously can't let that pass. But while we've got a couple of his films, we're honoring his spirit as much as his actual work. We've got a whole slate of movies whose plot boils down to "Hey, kids, let's put on a show!" And, as you'll see, they certainly do...


6:00 AM Babes in Arms (1939) BW-94 mins. MGM, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland. Dir Busby Berkeley. P/S

7:45 AM Stepping Out (1991) Color-106 mins. Paramount, Liza Minelli, Shelly Winters. Dir Lewis Gilbert. P/S

9:45 AM The West Point Story (1950) BW-107 mins. Warner Brothers, James Cagney, Virginia Mayo. Dir Roy Del Ruth. P/S

11:45 AM Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) BW-97 mins. Warner Brothers, William Warren, Joan Blondell. Dir Mervyn LeRoy. P/S

1:45 PM A Chorus Line (1985) Color-113 mins. MGM, Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann. Dir Richard Attenborough. P/S

3:45 PM Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Color-98 mins. Miramax Films, John Cusack, Dianne Wiest. Dir Woody Allen. Premiere

5:45 PM The Band Wagon (1953) Color-112 mins. MGM, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse. Dir Vincente Minelli. P/S

7:45 PM One Froggy Evening (1955) Color-7 mins. Warner Brothers, Bill Roberts. Dir Chuck Jones. P/S


It's also the birthday of Louisa May Alcott, which is equally worth celebrating. But there will be no Katharine Hepburn or June Allyson (or even Winona Ryder) tonight. No! Instead we go back gto 1918 for a silent telling of "Little Women", followed by two of her lesser-known works...


8:00 PM Little Women (1918) BW-60 mins. World Pictures, Isabel Lamen, Dorothy Bernard. Dir Harry Knoles. P/S

9:15 PM Little Men (1940) BW-84 mins. RKO, Kay Francis, Jack Oakie. Dir Norman McLeod. P/S

10:45 PM An Old Fashioned Girl (1949) Color-82 mins. Equity Pictures, Gloria Jean, Jimmy Lydon. Dir Arthur Dreifuss. P/S


We then return to considering the pre-Christmas season. Where does Santa live? The North Pole, of course!


12:15 AM The Atomic Submarine (1959) BW-72 mins. Allied Artists, Arthur Franz, Dick Foran. Dir Spencer Bennett. P/S

1:30 AM Snow Place Like Home (1948) Color-7 mins. Famous Studios, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer. Dir Seymour Kneitel. P/S

1:45 AM North to Alaska (1960) Color-122 mins. 20th Century Fox, John Wayne, Stewart Granger. Dir Henry Hathaway. P/S

4:00 AM Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998) Color-112 mins. Canal+, Najwa Nimri, Fele Martinez. Dir Julio Medem. Premiere




During the pre-Christmas season, we learn that there are two kinds of children. Good ones...


6:00 AM The Little Princess (1939) BW-93 mins. 20th Century Fox, Shirley Temple, Richard Greene. Dir Walter Lang. P/S


And what do good children get? Toys!


7:45 AM Broken Toys (1935) Color-8 mins. Walt Disney Productions, Sara Berner, Tommy Bupp. Dir Ben Sharpsteen. P/S

8:00 AM The Toy (1982) Color-102 mins. Columbia, Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason. Dir Richard Donner. P/S


There are also bad children...


9:45 AM The Bad Seed (1956) BW-129 mins. Warner Brothers, Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormick. Dir Mervyn LeRoy. P/S

12:00 PM The Children's Hour (1961) BW-107 mins. United Artists, Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine. Dir William Wyler. P/S


And everyone knows what they get...lumps of coal!


2:00 PM The Molly Maguires (1970) Color-124 mins. Paramount, Sean Connery, Richard Harris. Dir Martin Ritt. P/S


Today is Virginia Mayo's birthday, so we honor her with two films...


4:15 PM She's Working Her Way Through College (1952) Color-104 mins. Warner Brothers, Virginia Mayo, Ronald Reagan. Dir H. Bruce Humberstone. P/S 6:15 PM South Sea Woman (1953) BW-99 mins. Warner Brothers, Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo. Dir Arthur Lubin. P/S


And then we're on to our last round of re-awarding Oscars.


First up, what ought to have been the Best Picture of 1985 (and as with Giant, it did win a Best Director oscar for John Huston, but that's simply not enough!):


8:00 PM Prizzi's Honor (1985) Color-130 mins. ABC Motion Pictures, Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner. Dir John Huston. P/S


Next is a film that wasn't even eligible for Oscar consideration, because it premiered on HBO before geetting a run in theaters. Which is totally unfair, because Linda Fiorentino absolutely deserved an award for...


10:15 PM The Last Seduction (1994) Color-110 mins. ITC, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg. Dir John Dahl. Premiere


Next up a film that did get a couple of nominatons, but in my mind was the Best Picture of 2001...


12:15 AM Almost Famous (2000) Color-122 mins. Columbia, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand. Dir Cameron Crowe. Premiere


And finally, the film that should have gotten the oscar at 1982's ceremont as Best Picture...


2:30 AM Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Color-115 mins. Paramount, Harrison Ford, Karen Allen. Dir Steven Spielberg. P/S


We close the night with our TCM Underground selection, and if there's any one fiilm that fits this category, it's this one...


4:30 AM The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Color-100 mins. 20th Century Fox, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon. Dir Jim Sharman. Exempt




We reach the end of the week, and it's the birthday of one of the most prolific filmmakers of the last 40+ years, and who's still going strong. We'll try to forget about his sordid personal life, and focus on his work, with a full day honoring Woody Allen...


6:15 AM Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Color-96 mins. The Weinstein Company, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson. Dir Woody Allen. Premiere

8:15 AM Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) Color-25 mins. WNET-13 New York, Woody Allen, David Ackroyd. Dir Woody Allen. P/S

9:00 AM Radio Days (1987) Color-83 mins. MGM, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest. Dir Woody Allen. P/S 10:30 AM Zelig (1983) Color-79 mins. Orion Pictures, Woody Allen, Mia Farrow. Dir Woody Allen. P/S

12:00 PM Stardust Memories (1980) Color-89 mins. United Artists, Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling. Dir Woody Allen. P/S

1:45 PM Meeting Woody Allen (1986) Color-26 mins. JLG Films, Woody Allen . Dir Jean-Luc Godard. P/S

2:15 PM Interiors (1978) Color-93 mins. MGM, Diane Keaton, Geraldine Page. Dir Woody Allen. P/S

4:00 PM Don't Drink the Water (1969) Color-100 mins. Embassy Pictures, Jackie Gleason, Estelle Parsons. Dir Howard Morris. P/S

5:45 PM Casino Royale (1967) Color-131 mins. MGM, David Niven, Peter Sellers. Dir Val Guest. P/S


At 8 PM, we continue on with Woody, as our Essentials pick for the week:


8:00 PM Sleeper (1973) Color-89 mins. United Artists, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. Dir Woody Allen. P/S


And two more films from Mr. Allen, just for good measure...


9:45 PM Manhattan (1979) Color-96 mins. United Artists, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. Dir Woody Allen. P/S

11:30 PM What's New Pussycat (1965) Color-108 mins. United Artists, Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole. Dir Clive Donner. P/S


And finally, to end the week and truly launch the pre-Christmas season in the right fashion, we look at the people who deliver our packages to friends and loved ones wherever they may be...


1:30 AM Only Angels Have Wings (1939) BW-121 mins. Columbia, Cary Grant, Jean Arthur. Dir Howard Hawks. P/S

3:45 AM Air Mail (1932) BW-84 mins. Universal, Pat O'Brien, Ralph Bellamy. Dir John Ford. P/S

5:15 AM Post Office Investigator (1949) BW-60 mins. Republic Pictures, Audrey Long, Warren Douglas. Dir George Blair. P/S

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James, this may be your best schedule yet. It's so much fun. Love the Christmas theme and the way you worked in some unexpected films like The Molly Maguires--too funny. I'm with you 100% on the love for Dangerous Liaisons and Prizzi's Honor. An outstanding mix of old favorites and rarities.

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James, this is a great one. Jack Carson totally deserves SOTM and is very ignored. And I second the motion of showing Rudy and The Hudsucker Proxy on TCM. Especially the latter, which is influenced by classics like Meet John Doe and such. Really, very imaginative and a great kick-off for the challenge, wouldn't y'all say?


Was planning on finishing my schedule last night, but when Life finds out you've made plans it says, "Oh really?" and changes them for you. But mine will be up within a few days... I hope...

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This is a wonderful schedule! :)


I believe my favorite parts are:

Love is a Ball (1963)

The Reluctant Saint (1962)

Frau im Mond (1929)

Cleopatra (1963)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Star of the Month Jack Carson

My Man Godfrey (1936)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

One Froggy Evening (1955)

The Toy (1982) !

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Sleeper (1973)


Your tribute to the National Hockey League reminded me of what I recently read: "The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important". :)


It is truly a wonderful schedule and it is stiff competition!

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Hey, thanks for all the kind words! I really appreciate them!


It was a lot of fun putting the schedule rogether. I loved the "re-awarding the Oscars" prompt for the contest - it gives you so much to work from. Some of the Oscar omissions are really surprising when you look back, especially at films and performances that weren't even nominated (I still can't believe Omar Sharif got completely snubbed for "Zhivago"!)

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*Week of August 19-25, 2012*


STAR OF THE MONTH: *Peter Ustinov*

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: *The Cabinet of Dr Caligari* (1919)

TCM IMPORTS: *Babette’s Feast* (1989)

TCM UNDERGROUND: *The Mole People* (1956) & *Frankenweenie* (1984)

THE ESSENTIALS: *Shadow of a Doubt* (1943)



1. *A New Leaf* (1971)

2. *The Happiest Millionaire* (1967)

3. *Calamity Jane* (1953)

4. *Blackbeard’s Ghost* (1968)

5. *The Great Muppet Caper* (1981)

6. *A Boy Named Charlie Brown* (1969)

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

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

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

10. *The Family Jewels* (1965)

11. *Goodbye, Charlie* (1964)

12. *It’s a Wonderful Life* (1946)

13. *Summer Magic* (1963)

14. *Wonderful Town* (1958)



-------------------------------------- *SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012* --------------------------------------



*50th Anniversary of 1962: A Great Year in Cinema*

6:00am *Lawrence of Arabia* (1962) Peter O’Toole & Alec Guinness, dir David Lean COLUMBIA 216min (p/s)

9:45am *The Manchurian Candidate* (1962) Frank Sinatra & Angela Lansbury, dir John Frankenheimer UA 127min (p/s)

12:00pm *Dr No* (1962) Sean Connery & Ursula Andress, dir Terence Young UA 110min (p/s)

2:00pm *The Miracle Worker* (1962) Anne Bancroft & Patty Duke, dir Arthur Penn UA 106mn (p/s)

4:00pm *Sanjuro* (1962) Toshiro Mifune & Tatsuya Nakadai, dir Akira Kurosawa TOHO 96min (p/s)

5:45pm *To Kill a Mockingbird* (1962) Gregory Peck & Mary Badham, dir Robert Mulligan UNIVERSAL 130min (p/s)


*When Lawyers Flirt With Defendants*

8:00pm *Remember the Night* (1940) Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray, dir Mitchell Lester, Paramount 95min (p/s)

9:45pm *The Paradine Case* (1947) Gregory Peck & Alida Valli, dir Alfred Hitchcock SELZNICK 115min (p/s)



11:45pm *The Cabinet of Dr Caligari* (1919) Werner Kraus & Conrad Veidt, dir Robert Weine, GOLDWYN 67min



1:00am *Babette’s Feast* (1989) Stephanie Audran & Jean-Phillipe Lafont, dir Gabriel Axel MGM 103min



---------------------------------------- *MONDAY AUGUST 20, 2012* ------------------------------------



*Guests at the Butler’s Ball*

2:45am Alec Guinness in *Murder by Death* (1976) dir Robert Moore COLUMBIA 95min (p/s)

4:30pm Halliwell Hobbs in *Platinum Blonde* (1931) dir Frank Capra COLUMBIA 89min (p/s)

6:00am Dick Van Dyke in *Fitzwilly* (1967) dir Delbert Mann UA 103min (p/s)

7:45am Robert Greig in *Animal Crackers* (1930) dir Victor Heerman PARAMOUNT 97min (p/s)

9:30am George Rose in *A New Leaf* (1971) dir Elaine May PARAMOUNT 102 min *PREMIERE*

11:15am Erich Von Stroheim in *Sunset Boulevard* (1950) dir Billy Wilder PARAMOUNT 111min (p/s)

1:15pm Anthony Hopkins *Remains of the Day* (1993) dir James Ivory M/I 135min (p/s)

3:30pm William Powell in *My Man Godfrey* (1936) dir Gregory La Cava UNIVERSAL 94min (p/s)

5:15pm Tommy Steele in *The Happiest Millionaire* (1967) dir Norman Tokar, Disney 164min *PREMIERE*


*A spy? Me?*

8:00pm *Five Graves to Cairo* (1943) Franchot Tone & Anne Baxter, dir Billy Wilder PARAMOUNT 97min (p/s)

9:45pm *The Glass Bottom Boat* (1966) Doris Day & Rod Taylor, dir Frank Tashlin MGM 110min (p/s)

11:45pm *Stalag 17* (1953) William Holden & Peter Graves, dir Billy Wilder PARAMOUNT 120min (p/s)

2:00am *North by Northwest* (1959) Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint, dir. Alfred Hitchcock MGM 137min (p/s)



---------------------------------------- *TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2012* --------------------------------------



*East Meets West*

4:30am *Don’t Fence Me In* (1945) Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, dir John English REPUBLIC 71min (p/s)

5:45am SHORT: *A Cowboy Needs a Horse* (1956) dir Bill Justice DISNEY 7min

6:00am *Callaway Went Thataway* (1951) Howard Keel & Fred MacMurray, dir Norman Panama & Melvin Frank MGM 82min (p/s)

7:30am SHORT: *The Daffy Duckaroo* (1942) Mel Blanc, dir Norm McCabe WB 7min

7:45am *Girl Crazy* (1943) Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney, dir Norman Taurog MGM 99min (p/s)

9:00am SHORT: *Drip Along Daffy* (1951) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min

9:15am *Wagon Master* (1950) Ward Bond & Ben Johnson, dir John Ford RKO 86 min (p/s)

10:45am SHORT: *A Star is Bored* (1956) Mel Blanc, dir Friz Freleng WB 7min

11:00am *Calamity Jane* (1953) Doris Day & Howard Keel, dir David Butler WB 101min *PREMIERE*


*As Seen on MASH*

12:45pm *Leave Her to Heaven* (1945) Gene Tierney & Cornel Wilde, dir John M Stahl FOX 110min (p/s)

2:45pm *State Fair* (1945) Jeanne Crain & Dana Andrews, dir Walter Lang FOX 101min (p/s)

4:30pm *The Moon is Blue* (1953) William Holden & David Niven, dir Otto Preminger UA 100min (p/s)

6:15pm *My Darling Clementine* (1946) Henry Fonda & Ward Bond, dir John Ford FOX 97 min (p/s)


*SOTM Peter Ustinov*

8:00pm *Blackbeard’s Ghost* (1968) Dean Jones & Peter Ustinov, dir Robert Stevenson DISNEY 106min *PREMIERE*

10:00pm *We’re No Angels* (1955) Humphrey Bogart & Peter Ustinov, dir Michael Curtiz PARAMOUNT 106min (p/s)

12:00am *Death on the Nile* (1978) Peter Ustinov & Mia Farrow, dir John Gillermin COLUMBIA 140min (p/s)

2:30am *Hot Millions* (1968) Peter Ustinov & Maggie Smith, dir Eric Till MGM 106min (p/s)

4:30am *The Great Muppet Caper* (1981) Frank Oz & Jim Henson, dir Jim Henson HENSON/DISNEY 98min *PREMIERE*


----------------------------------- *WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012* ------------------------------------------



*All That Jazz, in the Background*

6:15am *Anatomy of a Murder* (1959) James Stewart & Lee Remick, dir. Otto Preminger, COLUMBIA 161 min (p/s)

9:00am *Sunday in New York* (1963) Cliff Robertson &Jane Fonda, dir Peter Tewksbury MGM 105min (p/s)

11:00am *Goldfinger* (1964) Sean Connery & Gert Frobe, dir Guy Hamilton UA 112min (p/s)

1:00pm *The Pink Panther* (1964) Peter Sellers & David Niven, dir Blake Edwards UA 115min (p/s)

3:00pm *Le Desordre et La Nuit* (1958) Jean Gabin & Danielle Darrieux, dir Gilles Grangier OREX 93min (p/s)

4:45pm *A Boy Named Charlie Brown* (1969) Peter Robbins & Glenn Gilger, dir Bill Melendez PARAMOUNT 86min *PREMIERE*

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


*A Powell Powwow*

8:00pm Jane Powell — *Seven Brides for Seven Brothers* (1954) dir Stanley Donen MGM 102min (p/s)

9:45pm William Powell — *Libeled Lady* (1936) dir Jack Conway MGM 99min (p/s)

11:30pm Michael Powell (dir) — *A Canterbury Tale* (1944) Eric Portman & Dennis Price THE ARCHERS 125min (p/s)

1:45am Eleanor Powell — *Broadway Melody of 1940* (1940) dir Norman Taurog MGM 102min (p/s)


---------------------------------------- *THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012* -------------------------------------------------


*Happy 100th Birthday to the Great GENE KELLY*

3:30am *Anchors Aweigh* (1945) Gene Kelly & Kathryn Grayson, dir George Sidney MGM 143min (p/s)

6:00am *The Three Musketeers* (1948) Gene Kelly & Lana Turner, dir George Sidney MGM 125min (p/s)

8:15am *For Me And My Gal* (1942) Gene Kelly & Judy Garland, dir Busby Berkeley MGM 104min (p/s)

10:00am *Summer Stock* (1950) Gene Kelly & Judy Garland, dir Charles Waters MGM 110min (p/s)

12:00pm *Les Demoiselles de Rochefort* (1966) Catherine Deneuve & Gene Kelly, dir Jacques Demy WB 125min (p/s)

2:15pm *An American in Paris* (1951) Gene Kelly & Leslie Caron, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 114min (p/s)

4:15pm *Singin’ in the Rain* (1952) Gene Kelly & Donald O’Connor, dir Stanley Donen MGM 103min (p/s)

6:00pm *What a Way to Go* (1964) Shirley MacLaine & Gene Kelly, dir J Lee Thompson FOX 111min *PREMIERE*


*How the Other Half Lives: Rich People Undercover*

8:00pm *Sullivan’s Travels* (1941) Joel McCrea & Veronica Lake, dir Preston Sturges PARAMOUNT 91min (p/s)

9:45pm *The Devil and Miss Jones* (1941) Jean Arthur & Charles Coburn, dir Sam Wood RKO 93min (p/s)

11:30pm *It Happened One Night* (1934) Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert, dir Frank Capra COLUMBIA 105min (p/s)

1:15am *There Goes My Heart* (1938) Fredric March & Virginia Bruce, dir Norman Z MacLeod UA 84min (p/s)



----------------------------------- *FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012* ----------------------------------------------



*How the OTHER Other Half Lives: Cinderella Stories*

2:45am *Midnight* (1939) Claudette Colbert & Don Ameche, dir Mitchell Leisen PARAMOUNT 95min (p/s)

4:30am *Lady for a Day* (1933) May Robson & Warren William, dir Frank Capra, COLUMBIA 96min (p/s)

6:15am *The Slipper and the Rose* (1976) Gemma Craven & Richard Chamberlain, dir Bryan Forbes UNIVERSAL 143 min *PREMIERE*


*I Am My Own Evil Twin*

8:45am *Cat Ballou* (1965) Lee Marvin & Lee Marvin, dir Elliot Silvertein COLUMBIA 97min (p/s)

10:30am *Royal Wedding* (1951) Keenan Wynn & Keenan Wynn, dir Stanley Donen MGM 94min (p/s)

12:15am *The Parent Trap* (1961) Hayley Mills & Haley Mills, dir David Swift DISNEY 130min (p/s)

2:30pm *Kind Hearts and Coronets* (1949) Alec Guinness & Alec Guinness, dir Robert Harner EALING 106m (p/s)

4:30pm *The Family Jewels* (1965) Jerry Lewis & Jerry Lewis, dir Jerry Lewis PARAMOUNT 99min *PREMIERE*

6:15pm *Wonder Man* (1945) Danny Kaye & Danny Kaye, dir. H. Bruce Humberstone, RKO 98m (p/s)


*Can’t You Take a Hint?*

8:00pm *Goodbye, Charlie* (1964) Debbie Reynolds & Tony Curtis, dir Vincente Minnelli FOX 117min *PREMIERE*

10:00pm *Goodbye, Mr. Chips* (1939) Robert Donat & Greer Garson, dir Sam Wood MGM 115min (p/s)

12:00am *Good-bye, My Lady* (1958) Walter Brennan & Brandon de Wilde, dir William Wellman WB 96min (p/s)



1:45am SHORT: *Frankenweenie* (1984) Shelley Duvall & Daniel Stern, dir Tim Burton DISNEY 29min

2:15am *The Mole People* (1956) John Agar & Hugh Beaumont, dir. Virgil Vogel UNIVERSAL 75min



------------------------------------------- *SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012* -----------------------------------------



*A Real Fixer-Upper*

3:30am *Please Don’t Eat the Daisies* (1960) Doris Day & David Niven, dir Charles Walters MGM 112min (p/s)

5:30am *Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House* (1948) Cary Grant & Myrna Loy, dir HC Potter RKO 95min (p/s)

7:15am *It’s a Wonderful Life* (1946) James Stewart & Donna Reed, dir Frank Capra RKO 132min *PREMIERE*

9:30am *Summer Magic* (1963) Hayley Mills & Dorothy Maguire, dir James Nielsen DISNEY 110min *PREMIERE*


*Happy Birthday to Music Master LEONARD BERNSTEIN*

11:30am *On the Waterfront* (1954) Marlon Brando & Eva Marie Saint, dir Elia Kazan COLUMBIA 108min (p/s)

1:30pm *West Side Story* (1961) Natalie Wood & Richard Beymer, dir Robert Wise UA 152 min (p/s)

4:15pm *On the Town* (1949) Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra, dir Stanley Donen MGM 98min (p/s)

6:00pm *Wonderful Town* (1958) Rosalind Russell & Sydney Chaplin, dir Mel Ferker CBS 120min *PREMIERE*



*Never Nominated? Not Anymore!*

8:00pm *THE ESSENTIALS* Joseph Cotten for *Shadow of a Doubt* (1943) dir Alfred Hitchcock UNIVERSAL 108min (p/s)

10:00pm Myrna Loy for *The Best Years of Our Lives* (1946) dir William Wyler GOLDWYN 171min (p/s)

1:00am John Barrymore for *Grand Hotel* (1931) Greta Garbo & John Barrymore, dir Edmund Goulding, MGM 112 min (p/s)

3:00am Edward G Robinson for *Little Caesar* (1931) dir. Mervyn LeRoy WB 80 min (p/s)

4:30am Ward Bond for *The Long Voyage Home* (1940) dir John Ford UA 106min (p/s)

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*50th Anniversary of 1962: A Great Year in Cinema* - I consider 1962 to be one of the greatest years in cinema. Lots of great movies, or in some cases just movies I like, all turn 50 this year. This is just a small sampling that includes one of Kurosawa’s greats, the first James Bond film, and two of my top 5 favorite movies, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.


*When Lawyers Flirt With Defendants* - These are two movies in which a lawyer falls in love with the attractive defendant, proving that lawyers are human after all. Once again , REMEMBER THE NIGHT is one of my all time favorite movies


*SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS* - I chose one of the great silents of all time, THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI, because everyone must see it before they die.


*TCM IMPORTS* - Okay, really, even taking great Kurosawa and Fellini films into account, I think BABETTE’S FEAST is one of the greatest foreign language films of all time and it’s about time TCM showed it. But maybe it’s just me.


*Guests at the Butler’s Ball* - About a year ago I “discovered” the classic 1970s British TV series UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS. Between that and DOWNTON ABBEY, I’m ever conscious of servants in movies. Before I ignored them, rather in the way their masters did, but now I’m fascinated by their lives and daily duties. So I decided to do a tribute to my favorite cinematic butlers by inviting them to a Butler’s Ball. Although I love them all, I saved my favorite for last: Tommy Steele in the classic Disney musical, THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE.


*A spy? Me?* - These are all movies in which the main character is falsely believed to be a spy. In the last three the others around them decide they are a spy, and they try to convince the others that it is not true. But in the first film, the hugely undervalued FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO, Franchot Tone takes the identity of someone who turns out to be a spy. This is a cracking great film that should be released on DVD for Pete’s sake.


*East Meets West* - This summer I’m directing the Gershwin musical CRAZY FOR YOU, which is all about New Yorkers who come to an old Ghost Town in Dead Rock, Nevada to help cowboys put on a show. Part of the fun of the show is seeing a bunch of New Yorkers adjusting to the ways of the West. So the idea of “East Meets West” is on my mind. Therefore I scheduled a few movies with this same theme, usually a city person encountering Cowboy Country (although in the very fun CALLAWAY WENT THATAWAY the cowboy goes to the Big City). Plus, of course, some classic cowboy-related Warner Brothers and Disney shorts. I am also pleased to schedule CALAMITY JAME, which shows Doris Day playing an Annie Oakley-esque Tom Boy singing fun songs with Howard Keel. Although the reason I love this is that the theater in the movie was the inspiration for the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland’s Frontierland. If you’ve ever been inside that theater, you watch the movie and can see it’s exactly the same.


*As Seen on MASH* - Our friends at the 4077th watch lots of classic movies to help pass the time. It’s ever so fun to watch these movies with Hawkeye and the gang, but seeing the episodes does make me want to watch the whole movie, so I scheduled them. For those of you who haven’t seen the series as recently as me, here is a summary of how each film is featured in the show. In an early episode, Frank restricts Hawkeye to quarters, so they show the nighttime feature, LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN, in the Swamp. In a later episode Colonel Potter screens his favorite movie, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, for the 4077th who make a party out of it with singing, impressions, and their own gunfight. Finally comes the classic episode in which Hawkeye longs to see THE MOON IS BLUE when he discovers it was banned in Boston for “explicit sexual content.” (How could Hawkeye resist those words?) When he discovers the 4077th will instead receive STATE FAIR, he asks the clerk to put the film of THE MOON IS BLUE inside the STATE FAIR canister, only to realize that a visiting General had THE MOON IS BLUE sent to them (or, rather STATE FAIR switched into the MOON IS BLUE canister). At the end of the episode Hawkeye is disappointed to discover how squeaky clean THE MOON IS BLUE is, with no explicit content at all. Father Mulcahey points out, “They did say ‘virgin.’” Hawkeye angrily replies, “That’s because everyone was one!”


*SOTM Peter Ustinov* - It is my goal in life to schedule deserving SOTMs who have never been SOTM. And I can’t believe this two-time Oscar winner was never SOTM! He is an incredible actor who is a pleasure to watch. I am so pleased to schedule one of my dad’s all time favorite movies from his childhood, BLACKBEARD’S GHOST. Every Halloween he longs to see this movie, so I schedule it just for him. WE’RE NO ANGELS is a great one I saw in college in which Pete is fairly young. Had to schedule THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (my favorite Muppet movie) in which he makes “a very brief cameo” as a truck driver. And I adore him in DEATH ON THE NILE as Hercule Poirot, a movie with a stellar cast. But I want to especially point out HOT MILLIONS. I saw it for the first time when TCM showed it in the last few months (Bob Newhart’s name on the cast list caught my eye) and my family greatly enjoyed it. In the movie Maggie Smith tells Peter Ustinov she is pregnant by saying, “I’m in the Pudding Club!” Whether or not this is a real expression is inconsequential — our family has used it rampantly ever since, so it’s a real expression now. (Perhaps our British friends could tell me if this expression does exist outside the film and my house?)


*All That Jazz, in the Background* - I love jazz, and I love films with jazz for background music. This list features music by some of the greats like Henry Mancini, Duke Ellington, Peter Nero (with the great Mel Torme singing the title song of “Sunday in New York”), and of course Charlie Brown’s personal favorite Vince Guaraldi. (Had to throw some animation in this schedule somehow). And what Jazz schedule could be complete without a Bond film like GOLDFINGER?


*A Powell Powwow* - I only recently noticed that three of the classic movie stars were named Powell, and all unrelated, too. When I realized that there was also the great director Michael Powell, I had to get these guys together.


*Happy 100th Birthday to the Great GENE KELLY* - Ladies and Gents, behold the reason I chose to do my schedule this week. I wondered who was turning 100 in 2012, so I went on Wikipedia and looked up who was born in 1912. There are a fair few classic movie actors turning 100 this year, and I almost featured them instead (as it is my other mission in life to bring character actors into the spotlight). But when I saw that this year was Gene Kelly’s centennial, I knew I couldn’t ignore it. I’m sure TCM will want to just make him SOTM for August so they can show all his films. He is one of The Greats of All Time, and one of my absolute favorites, too. Other than his first movie, his two masterpieces, and a couple other MGM musicals, I had to throw in THE THREE MUSKETEERS which shows off Gene’s amazing swashbuckling abilities. I also scheduled one of my favorite foreign films, an all jazz musical called LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT (a follow up to THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG). Then I close with the film WHAT A WAY TO GO in which Gene Kelly makes fun of himself. So hilarious.


*How the Other Half Lives: Rich People Undercover* - These are all movies in which a rich person pretends to be a poor person for one reason or another. Fun movies all.


*How the OTHER Other Half Lives: Cinderella Stories* - These are all literal Cinderella stories, which means they are the esact opposite of the movies before: POOR people pretending to be RICH. I especially wanted to schedule SLIPPER AND THE ROSE, a Sherman Brothers musical with the fairy godmother and everything, which is the only Cinderella movie in which they deal with the question I always wonder: how can a Prince politically be allowed to marry a commoner?


*I Am My Own Evil Twin* - These are all movies in which an actor plays their own sibling(s), or in the case of KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (my favorite in the bunch), he plays other relatives as well. There is some clever split screening as well, but mostly some first rate character acting.


*Can’t You Take a Hint?* - I’m sure you can see the connection between these movies. But I did want to point out that GOODBYE CHARLIE really needs to be shown on TCM. It shows off Debbie Reynolds’ acting abilities as she plays a dead ladies’ man who has come back to life as a lady. She is quite believable as a man trapped in a woman’s body. And Walter Matthau is quite hilarious in the film as well.


*TCM UNDERGROUND* - Other than THE MOLE PEOPLE, a classic B-movie starring Mr. Shirley Temple and Ward Cleaver, I scheduled Tim Burton’s twisted and fun short film FRANKENWEENIE (which is being made into a feature length film). It’s ever so much fun.


*A Real Fixer-Upper* - As someone who bought a fixer-upper, I sympathize with these movies in which people have to live in run-down houses as they make them liveable. (Although I never threw rocks through the windows of mine, like George and Mary Bailey did.)


*Happy Birthday to Music Master LEONARD BERNSTEIN* - This could also be named after an album I own: “Leonard Bernstein’s New York.” To celebrate Lenny’s birthday, I scheduled two films based on Broadway shows he wrote (though ON THE TOWN only has a few of his original songs), the only film he scored, and the 1958 TV movie (thanks, kingrat!) WONDERFUL TOWN. This is one of my favorite musicals and I want everyone to see it. To me it is the definitive version of “My Sister Eileen” and it’s so funny and great I pretty much hate all the other versions. There are lots of fun and memorable songs with lyrics by Comden & Green, such as “100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man”. This TV movie features the Broadway show’s original star, Rosalind Russell, who rocks this part. Isn’t that enough reason to show this on TCM?


*OSCAR CHALLENGE: Never Nominated? Not Anymore* - For my last magical trick, I fulfill my duty and reassign some Oscars. Since I could be here all day fixing Oscar injustices, I chose to narrow it down by giving Oscars to fantastic classic movie actors who were never even nominated. It’s one thing never to win, but to go an entire career and never be nominated is absolutely disgraceful. And although “reassigning Oscars” means I’m taking Oscars away from people, I decided not to worry about that and am simply awarding what I consider to be their best performances. So here are five great actors who are now, through the magic of tcm.com, finally receiving Oscars: Joseph Cotten, Myrna Loy, John Barrymore, Edward G Robinson, and the highly underrated Ward Bond. Congratulations to the new winners!


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LP, loved your schedule. 1962 is one of my favorite movie years. I was hoping someone would honor those who were never nominated for an Oscar, and you did just that. Lots of fun categories that would fit perfectly on a TCM schedule. And I hope they'll eventually show *What a Way to Go*, just for you. Peter Ustinov makes an interesting star of the month.

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So you noticed that every schedule I do (and I'm on #8 or 9) I schedule What a Way to Go, What's So Bad About Feeling Good, and A New Leaf? Yeah, it's true, I'm pretty predictable. And I'll keep doing that til TCM schedules them. This is, after all, the best way to "request a movie" in my experience.

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Week of April 22-April 28, 2012




Sunday April 22, 2012:










06:00 AM Sansho the Baliff (1954) Daiei BW-125 min Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi D: Kenji Mizoguchi P/S




08:15 AM The Ascent (1977) Mosfilm BW-111 min Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin D: Larisa Shepitko P/S




10:15 AM Lolita (1962) MGM BW-152 min James Mason, Peter Sellers, Shelly Winters D: Stanley Kubrick P/S




01:00 PM Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Columbia BW-160 min James Stewart, George C. Scott, Joseph Welch D: Otto Preminger P/S




03:45 PM Day of Wrath (1943) Palladium BW-97 min Lisbeth Movin, Thorkild Roose D: Carl Theodor Dreyer P/S




05:30 PM Princess Mononoke (1997) Studio Ghibli C-134 min Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yuko Tanaka D: Hayao Miyazaki P/S




08:00 PM Our Daily Bread (1934) United Artists BW-74 min Tom Keene, Karen Morley D: King Vidor P/S




09:30 PM Chinatown (1974) Paramount C-131 min Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston D: Roman Polanski P/S




11:45 PM (Silent) Storm over Asia (1928) Mezhrabpomfilm BW-93 min Valery Inkijinoff, I. Dedintsev, D: Vsevolod Pudovkin EXEMPT




01:30 AM (Foreign) Late Spring (1949) Shochiku BW-108 min Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara D: Yasujiro Ozu EXEMPT




03:30 AM (Foreign) Pierrot le Fou (1965) Rome Paris Films C-110 min Jean-Pierre Belmondo, Anna Karina D: Jean-Luc Godard EXEMPT










Monday, April 23, 2012










05:30 AM La Ronde (1950) Films Sacha Gordin BW-97 min Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret, Simone Simon D: Max Ophuls P/S




07:15 AM Cat People (1942) RKO BW-73 min Simone Simon, Kent Smith D: Jacques Tourneur P/S




08:30 AM Curse of the Cat People (1944) RKO BW-70 min Simone Simon, Kent Smith D: Robert Wise, Gunther von Fritsch P/S




09:45 AM Le Plaisir (1951) Stera Films BW-97 min Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin, Simone Simon D: Max Ophuls P/S




11:30 AM Alexander Nevsky (1938) Mosfilm BW-107 min Nikolai Chersakov, Nikolai Okhlopkov D: Sergei Eisenstein P/S




01:30 PM The Day of the Jackal (1973) Universal C-145 min Edward Fox, Michael Lonsdale D: Fred Zinnerman P/S




04:00 PM Great Expectations (1946) Universal BW-118 min John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Alec Guiness D: David Lean P/S




06:00 PM Throne of Blood (1957) Toho BW-108 min Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada D: Akira Kurosawa P/S




08:00 PM History is Made at Night (1937) United Artists BW-95 min Charles Boyer, Jean Arthur D: Frank Borzage P/S




09:45 PM Three Comrades (1938) MGM BW-100 min Margaret Sullavan, Robert Taylor, Franchot Tone, D: Frank Borzage P/S




11:30 PM Roger and Me (1989) Warner C-91 min Michael Moore D: Michael Moore Premiere #1




01:15 AM The Mortal Storm (1940) MGM BW-100 min James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan D: Frank Borzage P/S




03:00 AM Moonrise (1948) Republic BW-90 min Dane Clark, Gail Russell D: Frank Borzage P/S




04:30 AM Street Angel (1928) Fox BW-102 min Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell D: Frank Borzage P/S





Tuesday, April 24, 2012










06:15 AM All the King's Men (1949) Columbia BW-109 min Broderick Crawford, John Ireland D: Robert Rossen P/S




08:15 AM Odd Man Out (1947) General Film Distributors C-116 min James Mason, Robert Newton D: Carol Reed P/S




10:15 AM The Informer (1935) RKO BW-91 min Victor MacLaglen, Heather Angel D: John Ford P/S




12:00 PM The Quiet Man (1952) Republic C-125 min John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor MacLaglen D: John Ford P/S




02:15 PM The Tingler (1959) Columbia BW-82 min Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn D: William Castle P/S




03:30 PM The Apartment (1960) United Artists BW-125 min Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacClaine, Fred MacMurray D; Billy Wilder P/S




05:45 PM Being There (1979) United Artists C-130 min Peter Sellers, Shirley MacClaine, Melvyn Douglas D: Hal Ashby P/S




08:00 PM (Star of the Month Erland Josephson) Fanny and Alexander (1982) Svenka Filminstitutet C-188 min Bertil Guve, Erland Josephon Gunn Wallgren D: Ingmar Bergman P/S




11:15 PM Nostalghia (1983) Opera Film Produzione C-120 min Oleg Yankovsky, Erland Josephson D; Andrei Tarkovsky P/S




01:30 AM Ulysses' Gaze (1995) Roissy Films C-176 min Harvey Keitel, Erland Josephson, Maia Morgenstern D: Theo Angelopoulos Premiere #2




04:30 AM The Sacrifice (1986) Sandrew C-149 min Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, D: Andrei Tarkovsky, P/S










Wednesday, April 25, 2012










07:00 AM Rome: Open City (1945) Excelsa Films BW-103 Min Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi D: Roberto Rosselini P/S




08:45 AM The Bicycle Thieves (1948) Produzioi De Sica BW-90 min Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola D: Vittorio De Sica P/S




10:15 AM The Flowers of Saint Francis (1950) Cineriz BW-83 min Aldo Fabrizi, Severino Pisacane D: Roberto Rosselini P/S




11:45 AM Miracle in Milan (1951) Produzioni De Sica BW-95 min Francesco Golisano, Emma Gramatica D: Vittorio De Sica Premiere #3




01:30 PM Nights of Cabiria (1957) Lopert Films BW-110 min Giulietta Massina D: Federico Fellini P/S




03:30 PM L'Aventura (1960) Cino del Duca BW-145 Monica Vitti, Gabrielle Ferzetti D: Michaelangelo Antonioni P/S




06:00 PM Mafioso (1962) Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica BW-105 min Alberto Sordi, Norma Bengeli D: Alberto Lattuada P/S




08:00 PM The Leopard (1963) Titanus C-187 min Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon D; Luschino Visconti P/S




11:15 PM The Battle of Algiers (1966) Igor films BW-121 min Jean Martin D: Gillo Pontecorvo P/S




01:30 AM The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) Radiotelevisione Italiana C-185 min Luigi Omaghi, Francesca Moriggi D: Ermanno Olmi Premiere #4




04:45 AM Open Doors (1990) Urania film C-108 min Gia Maria Vollante, Ennio Fantastichini D: Gianni Amelio Premiere #5










Thursday, April 26, 2012










06:45 AM Hangmen Also Die (1943) United Artists BW-134 min Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan D: Fritz Lang P/S




09:00 AM White Heat (1949) Warner Bros BW-114 min James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien D: Raoul Walsh P/S




11:00 AM Stalker (1979) Mosfilm C-160 min D: Andrei Tarkovsky P/S




01:45 PM The China Syndrome (1979) Columbia C-122 min Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas D: James Bridges P/S




04:00 PM Written on the Wind (1956) Universal C-99 min Lauren Bacall, Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone D: Douglas Sirk P/S




05:45 PM Imitation of life (1959) Universal C-124 min Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, John Gavin D: Douglas Sirk P/S




08:00 PM All that Heaven Allows (1955) Universal C-89 min Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson D: Douglas Sirk P/S




09:45 PM The Tarnished Angels (1958) Universal BW-91 min Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, D: Douglas Sirk P/S




11:30 PM Secrets and Lies (1996) October Films C-142 min Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean Baptiste D: Mike Leigh Premiere#6




02:00 AM The Last Emperor (1987) Columbia C-160 min John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole D: Bernardo Bertolucci PS




04:45 AM Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 20th Century Fox C-91 min Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell D: Howard Hawks P/S










Friday, April 27, 2012










06:30 AM The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Societie Generales des Film BW-77 min Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, D: Carl Theodor Dreyer P/S




08:00 AM The Bostonians (1984) Atmi Pictures C-122 min Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Regrave D: James Ivory P/S




10:15 AM Little Women (1933) RKO BW-117 min Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett D: George Cukor P/S




12:15 PM A World Apart (1988) Atlantic Entertainment Group C-113 min Jodhi May, Barbara Hershey, D: Chris Menges P/S




02:15 PM 12 Angry Men (1957) United Artists BW-96 min Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Klugman D: Sidney Lumet P/S




04:00 PM Lola (1961) Rome-Paris Films BW-90 min Anouk Aimee, Marc Michel D: Jacques Demy Premiere #7




05:45 PM 8 1/2 (1963) Cinecitta BW-135 min Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee, Claudia Cardinale, D; Federico Fellini P/S




08:00 PM Landscape in the Mist (1988) Rai Due C-127 min Tania Palaiologou, Michalis Zeke D: Theo Angelopoulos Premiere #8


10:15 PM Voyage to Cytharea (1984) Greek Film Center C-120 min Manos Katrakis, Mairi Hronopoulou D: Theo Angelopoulos Premiere #9




12:30 AM Eternity and a Day (1998) Greek Film Center C-132 min Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Renauld, Achileas Skevis D: Theo Angelopoulos Premiere #10




03:00 AM (Underground) Blade Runner (1982) Warner Bros C-117 min Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, D: Ridley Scott EXEMPT (Director's cut)




05:00 AM (Underground) Alice (1988) Condor Films C-86 min Kristyna Kohoutova D: Jan Svankmajer EXEMPT










Saturday, April 28, 2012



06:30 AM Tommy (1975) Columbia C-111 min Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed D: Ken Russell P/S


08:30 AM David Copperfield (1935) MGM BW-130 min W.C. Fields, Lionel Barrymore, Freddie Bartholemew D: George Cukor P/S


10:45 AM You can't take it with you (1938) Columbia BW-126 min Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart D: Frank Capra P/S


01:00 PM The Mysterious Island (1929) MGM C/BW-95 min Lionel Barrymore, Lloyd Hughes, D: Lucien Hubbard, and others P/S


02:45 PM Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) MGM C-178 min Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris D: Lewis Milestone P/S?


05:45 PM The Man who Would be King (1975) Columbia C-129 min Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer D: John Huston P/S

08:00 PM [Essentials|http://forums.tcm.com/] Tabu (1931) Paramount C-84 min Mahati, Anne Chevalier, D: F.W. Murnau Premiere #11


09:45 PM Grave of the Firefiles (1988) Studio Ghibli C-93 min Tsutomu Tatumi, Ayano Shiraishi, D: Isao Takahata P/S


11:30 PM The Sun (2005) Nikola Film C-115 min Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson D: Alexander Sokurov Premiere #12


01:30 AM The Thin Red Line (1998) 20th Century Fox C-163 min Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn D: Terrence Malick, Premiere #13


04:15 AM Winter Soldier (1972) Millenium Zero BW-96 min D: Winterfilm Collective Premiere#14


I am conceivably the guest programmer on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.


Edited by: skimpole on Feb 9, 2012 10:38 PM

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