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Back in the mists of time (2006) Path40a created the first TCM Programming Challenge to give people a glimpse into what it means to be a programmer and to direct critical energy into positive experience. The challenge has endured because it allows entrants to exercise their imagination, display their knowledge, and introduce rare classics.


TCM Programming Challenges are neither sponsored nor endorsed by TCM, but tcmprogrammr has said they happily steal ideas from these schedules. Many entrants have had the joy of seeing their themes and movie selections air on TCM.



Everyone is welcome to create and post a schedule. New posters are particularly encouraged to enter. Old Masters need to bring their brilliance, wit, and prowess back to the fray. Now is the time for everyone to show us their best ideas!


Everyone who enters or who was a registered member prior to January 1, 2013 is allowed to vote for their favorite schedule in a separate voting thread after the challenge is closed to entries. The winner has the honor of running the next challenge.



Challenge entries are a full week's schedule for TCM beginning at 6:00 AM Sunday and running through to 6:00 AM the next Sunday.

a) Each day's programming begins at 6:00 A.M. (ET).

B) Primetime/Evening begins at 8:00 P.M. (ET).

c) Feature movies start at x:00, x:15, x:30 or x:45.

d) Short films may start at any time.

e) Cartoons, trailers or short films should fill in between movies so there is never more than 14 minutes of non-scheduled time between feature movies.

f) Time for introductions and closing comments should be allowed for movies in the evenings.

g) The week selected must be between March 3, 2013 and March 1, 2014.


Regular TCM features must be included.

a) Star of the Month with four movies in a block on one evening to showcase an actor. The star must have a body of work large enough to allow similar blocks the other weeks in the month.

a) Silent Sunday Nights is a silent movie which begins at approximately 12:00 A.M. (ET) Sunday night / Monday morning.

B)TCM Imports is a foreign film which begins at approximately 2 A.M. (ET) Monday.

c) TCM Underground is a little-known or cult film which begins at approximately 2 A.M. (ET) Saturday.

d) The Essentials is an indispensable classic movie which begins at 8:00 P.M. (ET) Saturday.


Themes are encouraged.

a) Birthday tributes to actors and directors are a staple of TCM schedules.

B) Anniversaries of historical or cinematic importance are always welcome.

c) Much of the fun of the Challenges comes in creating interesting, thought-provoking, or totally outrageous themes.


Programming Notes to explain themes or motives or to provide additional information on selected movies are greatly encouraged. This should be a separate post following the schedule entry.



Movies in the original Turner library are always allowed.

Warner Bros (pre-1948 only):


MGM (pre-1986 only):


RKO (all):



Movies in the Public Domain are always allowed.



Movies which have been previously shown on TCM are always allowed.


Other content which has aired on TCM is always allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, Private Screenings, interviews, and documentaries.


Disney-created animated movies are never allowed.


Disney live action movies and animated movies created by other studios and whose rights were later acquired by Disney are allowed as previously-shown or as premieres.



All other theatrical movies are allowed as premieres.

The most commonly used libraries are:

Columbia Pictures


United Artists


Samuel Goldwyn


J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors:


20th Century Fox:


Paramount Pictures


Universal Pictures


British Gaumont Pictures:




Please show the time, title, year, actor(s), director(s), studio, running time, and any necessary justification.

a) Sample:


4:45 PM *The Challenge* (1950) Lionel Barrymore, Asta, Ricky the Wonder Llama. Dir: Hal Lewton and Otto Preminger. Never-Never-Again Films, 108.33 mins, Premiere.


i) Running times and studio information may be found in the TCM database or at IMDB.com.

ii) Please do not include a synopsis or description of the movie in the schedule.


B) Justifications:

i) Any movie in the original Turner library is free to use without any notation.

ii) P/S for a movie which has been previously shown on TCM.

iii) E or "Exempt" for a movie in Silent Sunday Night, TCM Import, or TCM Underground.

iv) P or "Premiere" for a movie which counts towards the Challenge allowance.

v) PD or "Public Domain" for a movie in the public domain.


c) Please do not use emoticons, pictures, or three exclamation points in a row in either the schedule or the program notes. Doing so seems to confuse the forums software.


d) Please use the "Plain Text" window when posting. Use of "Rich Text" or html tags often causes wild displays in some browsers. They always take up more room and are harder to read. Use asteriks ( * ) before and after titles to put them into *bold* text, and plus signs ( ) before and after to make text italics.+



This challenge officially opens at 12:01 AM EST, Friday, February 1, 2012 and runs through 12:01 AM PST, Monday, March 4, 2013.


A voting thread will be started shortly after the end of the challenge.


*Challenge #23 Requirements*

Everyone loves a C-Note, so the theme of Challenge #23 is: 100


At least 4 movies in one evening which in some way relate to the number 100. You can pay tribute to someone on their 100th birthday, mine the AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies list, celebrate the turn of a century, find four character actors' 100th movie, or anything else that ties those movies to a hundred-mark.


You may use up to 8 premieres in this challenge.


Short films do not count toward the limit on premieres when used to fill up to 15 minutes between feature films.



If you need additional premieres, consider packaging some of your choices within one these optional themes.


a) Character Guest Programmer. Two of the four films in a Guest Programmer evening will not count as premieres if the Guest Programmer is a movie character (for example, what Sam Spade in *The Maltese Falcon* would pick). Please list the character and movie. Mark those premieres as "Exempt."


B) Return to the past. You may choose new movies for a theme you used in a previous challenge schedule. If one or two of the movies were originally premieres, they can be used again and do not count as premieres for this challenge. Please mark them as "Exempt" and give the original line-up in your program notes so we can see how you changed it up.


c) Variations on a theme. Two movies will not count as premieres in an evening of four or more movies which tell the same story in different genres. An example of this might be *Frankenstein* (1931), *Pygmalion* (1938), *One Touch of Venus* (1948) and *Educating Rita* (1983) which are retellings of Ovid's story of Pygmalion as horror, romance, fantasy, and drama, respectfully.


As always, if anyone has questions, pipe up! We're glad to help with anything we can.


Ready . . . Set . . . Fun!

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To tell if a movie has been previously shown on TCM --


The TCM site has programming notes for many movies which have aired. They may be found by entering the movie's title into the search bar on the TCM forum homepage and selecting the "Site" button.


The TCM site also has articles for many movies which have been shown. These may be found by entering the movie's title into the search bar, selecting the "Movie Database" button, and selecting the appropriate movie from the list. "Articles" (in the list of links at the left side of the screen) will be in bold font and clickable if an article is available for that movie.


These methods will never produce a false positive: a movie has been shown if programming notes or an article are available for a movie.


These methods may produce a false negative: some movies, particularly shorts, which have been shown on TCM have no accompanying programming notes or article.


If you need additional help, ask. Some of us have other sources we can check.

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One thing everyone wants to know before preparing their schedule is when/if one of their favorite stars was SotM.


Thanks to lzcutter, clore, and others who've kept track over the years, here's the list.


June 1994: Glenn Ford

July 1994: Greer Garson

Aug.1994: Edward G. Robinson

Sept.1994: Barbara Stanwyck

Oct.1994: Angela Lansbury

Nov.1994 John Garfield

Dec.1994: Best of 1994


Jan.1995: Esther Williams

Feb.1995: Ronald Reagan

Mar.1995: TCM Salutes the Oscars

Apr.1995: Doris Day

May 1995: Myrna Loy

June 1995: Errol Flynn

July 1995: Gene Kelly

Aug.1995: Paul Muni

Sept.1995: Jane Powell

Oct.1995: Clark Gable

Nov.1995: The Barrymores

Dec.1995: Best of 1995


Jan.1996: Deborah Kerr

Feb.1996: Robert Young

Mar.1996: 31 Days of Oscar

April 1996: Irene Dunne

May 1996: James Stewart

June 1996: Rosalind Russell

July 1996: Fred Astaire

Aug.1996: Ann Sheridan

Sept.1996: Van Johnson

Oct.1996: Kathryn Grayson

Nov.1996: Robert Mitchum

Dec.1996: Best of 1996


Jan. 1997: Humphrey Bogart

Feb. 1997: Eleanor Parker

Mar. 1997: 31 Days of Oscar

Apr. 1997: Ava Gardner

May 1997: George Brent

June 1997: June Allyson

July 1997: John and Walter Huston

Aug. 1997: Cary Grant

Sept. 1997: Ida Lupino

Oct. 1997: Walter Pidgeon

Nov. 1997: Katharine Hepburn

Dec. 1997: Best of 1997


Jan.1998: Lana Turner

Feb.1998: Charlton Heston

Mar.1998: 31 Days of Oscar

April 1998: Red Skelton

May 1998: Olivia de Havilland

June 1998: James Cagney

July 1998: Lucille Ball

Aug. 1998: Joan Crawford

Sept.1998: John Wayne

Oct.1998: Cyd Charisse

Nov.1998: Claude Rains

Dec.1998: Best of 1998


Jan.1999: Elizabeth Taylor

Feb.1999: William Powell

March 1999: 31 Days of Oscar

April 1999: Dennis Morgan

May 1999: Bette Davis

June 1999: Mickey Rooney

July1999: Natalie Wood

Aug. 1999: Peter Sellers

Sept.1999: Norma Shearer

Oct. 1999: Gregory Peck

Nov. 1999: Ginger Rogers

Dec. 1999: Burt Lancaster


Jan. 2000: Debbie Reynolds

Feb. 2000: Robert Ryan

March 2000: 31 Days of Oscars

April 2000: Spencer Tracy

May 2000: Alexis Smith

June 2000:Wallace Beery

July 2000: Judy Garland

Aug. 2000: film debuts

Sept 2000: Jane Wyman

October 2000: Dick Powell

Nov. 2000: Frank Sinatra

Dec. 2000: Lauren Bacall


Jan. 2001: Elvis Presley

Feb. 2001: Jean Hagen

March 2001: 31 Days of Oscar

Apr. 2001: Knighted Actors

May 2001: Jean Harlow

June 2001: W.C. Fields

July 2001: Ann Sothern

Aug. 2001: James Garner

Sept. 2001: Robert Taylor

Oct. 2001: Lana Turner

Nov. 2001: Glenn Ford

Dec. 2001: The Marx Brothers


Jan. 2002: Marlene Dietrich

Feb. 2002: Kirk Douglas

March 2002: 31 Days of Oscar

April 2002: Barbara Stanwyck

May 2002: Edward G. Robinson

June 2002: Greta Garbo

July 2002: Sidney Poitier

Aug. 2002: Joan Crawford

Sept. 2002: Van Heflin

Oct. 2002: Final films

Nov. 2002: Shelly Winters

Dec. 2002: Montgomery Clift


Jan. 2003: Doris Day

Feb. 2003: John Garfield

Mar. 2003: 31 Days of Oscar

Apr. 2003: Harold Lloyd

May 2003: Olivia de Havilland

June 2003: TV Actors

July 2003: Lee Marvin

Aug. 2003: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2003: James Mason

Oct. 2003: Boris Karloff

Nov. 2003: Shirley MacLaine

Dec. 2003: David Niven


Jan. 2004: Katherine Hepburn

Feb. 2004: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar. 2004: Charles Chaplin

Apr. 2004: Judy Garland

May 2004: Greer Garson

June 2004: Cary Grant

July 2004: Stars Who Died Before Their Time

Aug. 2004: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2004: Myrna Loy

Oct. 2004: Peter Lorre

Nov. 2004: Clark Gable

Dec. 2004: James Stewart


Jan. 2005: Canadian Actors

Feb. 2005: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar. 2005: Claudette Colbert

Apr. 2005: Errol Flynn

May 2005: Orson Welles

June 2005: Ingrid Bergman

July 2005: Audrey Hepburn

Aug. 2005: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2005: Greta Garbo

Oct. 2005: Robert Mitchum

Nov. 2005: Joan Fontaine

Dec. 2005: Bing Crosby


Jan. 2006: Robert Montgomery

Feb. 2006: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar. 2006: Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald

Apr. 2006: Deborah Kerr

May 2006: Bette Davis

June 2006: Anthony Quinn

July 2006: Elizabeth Taylor

Aug. 2006: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2006: William Holden

Oct. 2006: Child Stars

Nov. 2006: Lucille Ball

Dec. 2006: Gary Cooper


Jan. 2007: Jean Arthur

Feb. 2007: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar. 2007: Gene Kelly

Apr. 2007: Rita Hayworth

May 2007: John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn

June 2007: Ida Lupino

July 2007: Randolph Scott

Aug. 2007: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2007: Starmaking performances

Oct. 2007: Henry Fonda

Nov. 2007: Guest Programmer Month

Dec. 2007: Irene Dunne


Jan. 2008: James Cagney

Feb. 2008: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar. 2008: Acting Dynasties

Apr. 2008: Hedy Lamarr

May 2008: Frank Sinatra

June 2008: Sophia Loren

July 2008: Rosalind Russell

Aug. 2008: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2008: Kay Francis

Oct. 2008: Carole Lombard

Nov. 2008: Charles Laughton

Dec. 2008: Joseph Cotten


Jan. 2009: Jack Lemmon

Feb. 2009: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar. 2009: Ronald Reagan

April 2009: Funny Ladies

May 2009: Sean Connery

June 2009: Great Directors

July 2009: Stewart Granger

Aug. 2009: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2009: Claude Rains

Oct. 2009: Leslie Caron

Nov. 2009: Grace Kelly

Dec. 2009: Humphrey Bogart


Jan. 2010: Method Acting

Feb. 2010: 31 Days of Oscar

March 2010: Ginger Rogers

April 2010: Robert Taylor

May 2010: Donna Reed

June 2010: Natalie Wood

July 2010: Gregory Peck

Aug. 2010: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2010: Vivien Leigh

Oct. 2010: Fredric March

Nov. 2010: Ava Gardner

Dec. 2010: Mickey Rooney


Jan. 2011: Peter Sellers

Feb. 2011: 31 Days of Oscar

March 2011: Jean Harlow

April 2011: Ray Milland

May 2011: Esther Williams

June 2011: Jean Simmons

July 2011: Singing cowboys

Aug. 2011: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2011: Kirk Douglas

Oct. 2011: Nicholas Ray

Nov. 2011: Battle of the Blondes

Dec. 2011: William Powell


Jan. 2012: Angela Lansbury

Feb. 2012: 31 Days of Oscar

March 2012: Karl Malden

April 2012: Doris Day

May 2012: Joel McCrea

June 2012: Teen Idols

July 2012: Leslie Howard

Aug. 2012: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2012: Lauren Bacall

Oct. 2012: Spencer Tracy

Nov. 2012: Constance Bennett

Dec. 2012: Barbara Stanwyck


Jan. 2013: Loretta Young

Feb 2013: 31 Days of Oscar

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> {quote:title=skimpole wrote:}{quote}

> So just to make clear, the 100 need only be invoked once in the schedule?


Right -- 4 movies in 1 evening with that theme. The rest of the schedule is yours to play with as you see fit (well, you have to have Silent Sunday Night, et al).


Hope your schedule is coming together!

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Just FYI, my 100 tribute thing will be an all day rather than an evening, but it will be a whole block of well over 4 films, so I figure it's all in the family.

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> {quote:title=LonesomePolecat wrote:}{quote}

> my 100 tribute thing will be an all day rather than an evening, but it will be a whole block of well over 4 films, so I figure it's all in the family.


I knew you were going to be trouble!


The 4 films in 1 evening is a minimum. A day's tribute is great!


Is anyone else up for it?

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Let me be trouble again-- do TCM Imports count toward the 8 premieres? Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't, just gotta know which way it is this time. :)

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Silent Sunday Night, TCM Import, and TCM Underground are all Exempt in this challenge. I'd probably overlook it if you have two exempt imports if they're reasonably short.


The Essentials is not Exempt, which I believe is the most common mode.

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Few questions:


As someone who never watches TCM Underground and barely watches Silent Sunday, where

can I access a list of films which TCM owns in these categories? Or can I just choose any

silent, any cult film and indicate that these are TCM Premieres?


What about TCM Spotlight? Can we include that as well as SOTM?


How religiously are we adhering to spot-on "timing?" By this I mean, must we squeeze shorts

into every 4 picture block to make everything times out exactly? Or, can time in a general way

and assume there are commercial (excuse me, PROMOTIONAL, breaks to fill in the gaps?)

I am assume that in the evening blocks there are a few minutes given to intros.


More questions to follow as I dive into this . . .



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> {quote:title=lydecker wrote:}{quote}

> As someone who never watches TCM Underground and barely watches Silent Sunday, where can I access a list of films which TCM owns in these categories? Or can I just choose any silent, any cult film and indicate that these are TCM Premieres?


You can choose any appropriate movie and it doesn't count as a premiere. Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports, and Underground are exempt because it's expected, and hoped, they're going to be new to TCM. In your schedule, put Exempt at the end of the line (after the runtime).


As a side note, TCM owns only a few movies. When TCM was bought by Time Warner some years ago, the original Turner library became a separate entity. We still allow unrestricted use of those movies because they were free and easily accessible to TCM when the challenges began.


> What about TCM Spotlight? Can we include that as well as SOTM?


You can include anything you want! The only restriction I can see is the movies must be in the original Turner library or have been shown on TCM, otherwise they count as premieres even if they're on DVDs available from TCM.


> How religiously are we adhering to spot-on "timing?"


The general rule is don't leave a gap of 15 minutes or more between movies. When one movie ends, start the next at the next 15-minute mark (if one ends at 2:19 P.M., the next begins at 2:30 P.M., etc.). There's no need to explain every minute inbetween.


For a lot of us, short films usually come into play when there's a 15 to 75 minute space between the end of a movie and the start of the next day (6:00 A.M.) or primetime (8:00 P.M.). Now Playing is a handy way to fill in 30 minutes.


> I am assume that in the evening blocks there are a few minutes given to intros.


The intros and outros aren't of fixed length, so even a couple of minutes between movies is usually fine. The reminder about intros in the rules is so 90-minute movies don't get scheduled for 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 because there are always intros in the evenings.


> More questions to follow as I dive into this .


Great! Ask away! We're glad to have you on board.

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I have questions about the extra premiere usage. First, are we only allowed one of the guest programmer, return to the past and twice told tales? The discussion isn't entirely clear. Second, I get the first and the third, but how exactly does the return to the past work, and how are we supposed to refer to the previous schedule?

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> {quote:title=skimpole wrote:}{quote}

> First, are we only allowed one of the guest programmer, return to the past and twice told tales?


Use one, two, or all three if you want, but use each one only once.


I made them optional because they're a little too specific, imo, to use as a general requirement. The additional premieres is an inducement for people to consider them.


> Second, I get the first and the third, but how exactly does the return to the past work, and how are we supposed to refer to the previous schedule?


In Challenge #22, your schedule opened with a day of Japanese movies. If you wanted to use that again, you might allude to it being a second take by labeling the day Revisiting Japan.


Since *The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums* (1939) and *Floating Clouds* (1955) were premieres in that challenge, they don't count as premieres for this challenge (mark them as Exempt). For all of the other movies, you schedule ones you didn't choose for Challenge #22.


In your program notes, list the original movies so we can compare them with your new choices. If you have anything to say about why you chose the replacements, so much the better!


I hope that clears up the confusion.

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*Lonesome Polecat’s Schedule*


*Week of October 27 – November 2, 2013*


SOTM: *Laurel & Hardy*

TCM IMPORTS: *Children of Heaven* (1997)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: *Boots* (1919) & *Schuhpalast Pinkus (Shoe Palace Pinkus)* (1916)

TCM UNDERGROUND: *The Mole People* (1956)

THE ESSENTIALS: *Judgment at Nuremberg* (1961)

100 CHALLENGE: 100th Birthday of Burt Lancaster

SCHEDULE RE-DO CHALLENGE: Carol Burnett Parodies part 2

MOVIE CHARACTER GUEST PROGRAMMER: The Weenie King from *The Palm Beach Story*



1. *Babes in Toyland* (1934)

2. *Blackbeard’s Ghost* (1968)

3. *Crook's Tour* (1941)

4. *Goodbye, Charlie* (1964)

5. *The Happiest Millionaire* (1967)

6. *A New Leaf* (1971)

7. *Our Relations* (1936)

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



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

2. *What’s Up, Doc?* (1972)



1910s – 2

1920s – 1

1930s – 11

1940s – 30

1950s – 14

1960s – 21

1970s – 6

1980s – 1

1990s – 1





*A Cinematic History of Oklahoma*

6:00am *Cimarron* (1931) Richard Dix & Irene Dunne, dir Wesley Ruggles RKO 123min (p/s)

8:15am *Cimarron* (1960) Glenn Ford & Maria Schell, dir Anthony Mann MGM 147min (p/s)

10:45am *Home in Oklahoma* (1946) Roy Rogers & Gaby Hayes, dir William Witney, Republic 72min (p/s)

12:00pm *Oklahoma* (1955) Gordon MacRae & Shirley Jones, dir Fred Zinnemann Fox 145min (p/s)

2:30pm SHORT: *The Plow That Broke the Plains* (1936) Thomas Chalmers & Bam White, dir Pare Lorentz, Resettlement Administration 25min

3:00pm *Bound for Glory* (1976) David Carradine & Ronny Cox, dir Hal Ashby MGM 147min (p/s)

5:30pm *Grapes of Wrath* (1940) Henry Fonda & Jane Darwell, dir John Ford FOX 129min (p/s)

7:45pm SHORT *Lest We Forget* (1937) Gary Cooper & Robert Taylor, dir Henry Hathaway & Richard Thorpe MGM 10min


*If the Shoe Fits*

8:00pm *Hans Christian Andersen* (1952) Danny Kaye & Farley Granger, dir Charles Vidor 112min GOLDWYN/RKO (p/s)

10:00pm *The Devil and Miss Jones* (1941) Jean Arthur & Charles Coburn, dir Sam Wood RKO 92min

11:45pm *SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: Boots* (1919) Dorothy Gish & Richard Barthelmass, dir Elmer Clifton Paramount 50min EXEMPT

12:45am *SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: Schuhpalast Pinkus (Shoe Palace Pinkus)* (1916) Ernst Lubitsch & Else Kentner, dir Ernst Lubitsch PAGU 60min EXEMPT

1:45am *TCM IMPORTS: Children of Heaven* (1997) Mohammed Amir Naji & Amir Farrokh Hashemian, dir Majid Majidi 89min EXEMPT






*Carol Burnett’s Classic Parodies: Volume II*

(Parodies of classic films from The Carol Burnett Show and the films they parodied)

3:15am *The Little Foxes* (1941) Bette Davis & Herbert Marshall, dir William Wyler, Goldwyn 116min (p/s)

5:15am SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *The Little Foxies* (1975) Carol Burnett & Tim Conway, dir Dave Powers 13min

5:30am *Top Hat* (1935) Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, dir Mark Sandrich RKO 101min (p/s)

7:15am SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *High Hat* (1978) Carol Burnett & Ken Berry, dir Dave Powers 23min

7:45am *Random Harvest* (1942) Ronald Colman & Greer Garson, dir Mervyn LeRoy MGM 126min

10:00am SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Rancid Harvest* (1973) Carol Burnett & Harvey Korman, dir David Powers 20min

10:30am *A Stolen Life* (1946) Bette Davis & Glenn Ford, dir Curtis Bernhardt WB 109min

12:30pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *A Swiped Life* (1976) Carol Burnett & Harvey Korman, dir David Powers 20min

1:00pm *Beach Blanket Bingo* (1965) Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello, dir William Asher, Alla Vista 98min (p/s)

2:45pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Beach Blanket Boo Boo* (1978) Carol Burnett & Steve Martin, dir Dave Powers 14min

3:00pm *Double Indemnity* (1944) Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck, dir Billy Wilder Paramount 107min (p/s)

5:00pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Double Calamity* (1973) Steve Lawrence & Carol Burnett, dir Dave Powers 22min

5:30pm *Jaws* (1975) Robert Shaw & Roy Schneider, dir Steven Spielberg, Universal 124min (p/s)

7:45pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Jowls* (1975) Harvey Korman & Tim Conway, dir David Powers 11min


*OPTIONAL CHALLENGE: Movie Character Guest Programmer*

*GUEST PROGRAMMER: The Weenie King (from Preston Sturges’ Palm Beach Story)*

8:00pm *What’s Up, Doc?* (1972) Barbra Streisand & Ryan O’Neal, dir Peter Bogdonovich, WB 94min FREE PREMIERE (EXEMPT)

9:45pm SHORT: *What’s Opera, Doc?* (1957) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min (p/s)

10:00pm *What’s so Bad About Feeling Good?* (1968) Mary Tyler Moore & George Peppard, dir George Seaton UNIVERSAL 94min FREE PREMIERE (EXEMPT)

11:45pm SHORT: *What’s Up, Doc?* (1950) Mel Blanc, dir Robert McKimson WB 7min (p/s)

12:00am *What a Way to Go* (1964) Shirley MacLaine & Dick Van Dyke, dir J Lee Thompson FOX 111min PREMIERE

2:00am *What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?* (1962) Bette Davis & Joan Crawford, dir Robert Aldrich 134min (p/s)

4:15am *What Next, Corporal Hargrove?* (1945) Robert Walker & Keenan Wynn, dir Richard Thorpe 95min (p/s)





*When Divorces Don't Work Out*

6:30am *The Palm Beach Story* (1942) Claudette Colbert & Joel McCrea, dir Preston Sturges Paramount 88min (p/s)

8:00am *The Parent Trap* (1961) Hayley Mills & Maureen O'Hara, dir David Swift Disney 129min (p/s)

10:15am *His Girl Friday* (1940) Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell, dir Howard Hawks Columbia 92min (p/s)

12:00pm *PHFFFT!* (1954) Judy Holliday & Jack Lemmon, dir Mark Robson Columbia 88min (p/s)

1:30pm *The Philadelphia Story* (1940) Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant, dir George Cukor MGM 112min (p/s)

3:30pm *McLintock* (1963) John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara, dir Andrew V McLaglen UA 127min (p/s)

5:45pm *The Women* (1939) Norma Shearer & Joan Crawford, dir George Cukor MGM 133min (p/s)


*I Feel Like I Know You*

8:00pm *Rebecca* (1940) Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine, dir Alfred Hitchcock Selznick 131min (p/s)

10:15pm *A New Leaf* (1971) Walter Matthau & Elaine May, dir Elaine May, Paramount 102 min PREMIERE

12:00am *A Letter to Three Wives* (1948) Linda Darnell & Ann Southern, dir Joseph L Mankiewicz 104min (p/s)

1:45pm *The Sons of Katie Elder* (1965) John Wayne & Dean Martin, dir Henry Hathaway 122min (p/s)

4:00am *Heaven Can Wait* (1978) Warren Beatty & Julie Christie, dir Warren Beatty & Buck Henry 102min Paramount (p/s)





*Short Life Stories*

5:45am *The Adventures of Mark Twain* (1944) Fredric March & Alexis Smith, dir Irving Rapper WB 130min (p/s)

8:00am *I Remember Mama* (1948) Irene Dunne & Barbara Bel Geddes, dir George Stevens RKO 134min (p/s)

10:15am *Life with Father* (1947) William Powell & Irene Dunne, dir Michael Curtiz WB 118min (p/s)

12:15pm *My Sister Eileen* (1942) Rosalind Russell & Janet Blair, dir Alexander Hall Columbia 96min (p/s)

2:00pm *The Happiest Millionaire* (1967) Fred MacMurray & Tommy Steele, dir Norman Tokar, Disney 141min PREMIERE

4:30pm *Meet Me In St Louis* (1944) Judy Garland & Margaret O'Brien, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 113min (p/s)

6:30pm *Cheaper by the Dozen* (1950) Clifton Webb & Myrna Loy, dir Walter Lang Fox 86min (p/s)


*SOTM: Laurel & Hardy*

8:00pm *Babes in Toyland* (1934) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir Gus Meins & Charley Rogers, Hal Roach 77min PREMIERE

9:30pm *Our Relations* (1936) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir Harry Lachman, Hal Roach 73min PREMIERE

11:00pm *Bonnie Scotland* (1935) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir James W Horne, Hal Roach 80min (p/s)

12:30am *Sons of the Desert* (1933) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir William A Seiter, Hal Roach 68min (p/s)

1:45am *Pack Up Your Troubles* (1932) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir George Marshall & Ray McCarey, Hal Roach 68min (p/s)





*Jobs that Don’t Exist Anymore*

Silent Filmmakers & Bath House Rentals

3:00am *The Cameraman* (1928) Buster Keaton & Marceline Day, dir Edward Sedgwick MGM 69min (p/s)

Bootleggers & Speakeasy Employees

4:15am *Scarface* (1932) Paul Muni & Ann Dvorak, dir Howard Hawks & Richard Rosson UA 93min (p/s)

Milliners & Hay and Feed Merchants

6:00am *The Matchmaker* (1958) Paul Ford & Shirley Booth, dir Joseph Anthony, Paramount 103min (p/s)

Vaudevillians, Telegraphers, & Boarding House Operators

7:45am *Yankee Doodle Dandy* (1942) James Cagney & Walter Huston, dir Michael Curtiz WB 126min (p/s)

Answering Services & Delivery Boys

10:00am *Bells are Ringing* (1960) Dean Martin & Judy Holliday, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 127min (p/s)

Harvey Girls, Saloon Girls, Blacksmiths, Cowboys, & Other Old West Types

12:15pm *The Harvey Girls* (1946) Judy Garland & Ray Bolger, dir George Sidney MGM 102min

Elevator Operators & Switch-Board Operators

2:00pm *The Apartment* (1960) Jack Lemmon & Shirley MacLaine, dir Billy Wilder, UA 126min (p/s)

The Automat

4:15pm *Easy Living* (1937) Jean Arthur & Edward Arnold, dir MItchell Leisin, Paramount 88min (p/s)

Air Raid Wardens

5:45pm *You, John Jones* (1943) James Cagney & Ann Southern, dir Mervyn LeRoy MGM 11min

Traveling Salesmen

6:00pm *Rear Window* (1954) James Stewart & Grace Kelly, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 114min (p/s)


*A Family Friendly Halloween*

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

10:00pm *Arsenic and Old Lace* (1944) Cary Grant & Raymond Massey, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 119min (p/s)

12:00am *The Trouble with Harry* (1955) Shirley MacLaine & Mildred Natwick, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 100min (p/s)

1:45am *The Ghost & Mr. Chicken* (1966) Don Knotts & Joan Staley, dir Alan Rafkin, UNIVERSAL 90min (p/s)

3:30am *Murder by Death* (1979) Maggie Smith & Alec Guinness, dir Robert Moore, Columbia 95min (p/s)

5:15am *I Married a Witch* (1942) Fredric March & Veronica Lake, dir Rene Clare, Paramount 77min (p/s)

6:45am *Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein* (1948) Bud Abbot & Lou Costello, dir Charles T Barton, Universal 83min (p/s)





*Written by George Axelrod*

8:15am *How to Murder Your Wife* (1965) Jack Lemmon & Virna Lisi, dir Richard Quine UA 119min (p/s)

10:15am *The Manchurian Candidate* (1962) Frank Sinatra & Angela Lansbury, dir John Frankenheimer UA 127min (p/s)

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

2:30pm *Seven Year Itch* (1955) Tom Ewell & Marilyn Monroe, dir Billy Wilder Fox 105min (p/s)

4:15pm *Bus Stop* (1956) Marilyn Monroe & Don Murray, dir Joshua Logan Fox 96min (p/s)

6:00pm *Goodbye, Charlie* (1964) Tony Curtis & Debbie Reynolds, dir Vincente Minnelli FOX 117min PREMIERE


*Charters & Caldicott*

8:00pm *The Lady Vanishes* (1938) Margaret Lockwood & Michael Redgrave, dir Alfred Hitchcock 99min Gaumont/Public Domain (p/s)

9:45pm *Night Train to Munich* (1940) Margaret Lockwood & Rex Harrison, dir Carol Reed 90 min Fox/MGM (p/s)

11:30pm *Crook's Tour* (1941) Basil Radford & Nauton Wayne, dir John Baxter, British National FIlms 80min PREMIERE

1:00am *Millions Like Us* (1943) Patricia Roc & Gordon Jackson, dir Sidney Gilliat & Frank Launder, Gainsborough Pictures/GFD 103min (p/s)



2:45am *The Mole People* (1956) John Agar & Hugh Beaumont, dir. Virgil Vogel UNIVERSAL 75min EXEMPT





*100 CHALLENGE: Celebrating Burt Lancaster’s 100th Birthday*

4:00am *The Killers* (1946) Burt Lancaster & Ava Gardner, dir Robert Siodmak Universal 103min (p/s)

5:45am *Sorry Wrong Number* (1948) Barbara Stanwyck & Burt Lancaster, dir Anatole Litvak Paramount 89min (p/s)

7:15am *Elmer Gantry* (1960) Burt Lancaster & Jean Simmons, dir Richard Brooks UA 146min (p/s)

9:45am *Trapeze* (1956) Burt Lancaster & Tony Curtis, dir Carol Reed UA 105min (p/s)

11:30am *Jim Thorpe - All American* (1951) Burt Lancaster & Phyllis Thaxter, dir Michael Curtiz WB 106min (p/s)

1:30pm *The Rainmaker* (1956) Burt Lancaster & Katharine Hepburn, dir Joseph Anthony, Paramount 122min (p/s)

3:45pm *The Train* (1965) Burt Lancaster & Paul Scofield, dir John Frankenheimer UA 134min (p/s)

6:00pm *From Here To Eternity* (1953) Montgomery Clift & Burt Lancaster, dir Fred Zinneman, Columbia, 118 min (p/s)


*The Aftermath of WWII*

8:00pm *THE ESSENTIALS: Judgment at Nuremberg* (1961) Burt Lancaster & Spencer Tracy, dir Stanley Kramer UA 180min (p/s)

11:15pm *Grave of the Fireflies* (1988) Tsutomu Tatsumi & Ayano Shiraishi, dir Isao Takahata GHIBLI/ADV 89min (p/s)

12:45am *The Best Years of Our Lives* (1946) Fredric March & Myrna Loy, dir William Wyler, Goldwyn 171min (p/s)

3:45am *Fail-Safe* (1964) Henry Fonda & Walter Matthau, dir Sidney Lumet, Columbia 112min (p/s)

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LP’s Notes


I chose this week so I could pay homage to the 100th birthday of the singularly brilliant Burt Lancaster and also so I could do Halloween the way I like it, which is not the way TCM ever does it. I had already decided to do that when the 100 challenge was announced. Yay. Now, as usual, my week in way more detail than is necessary…


*A Cinematic History of Oklahoma*

I think the state of Oklahoma has one of the most fascinating histories of all the states. (Not because I’m from there—I’m a Californian). I thought it was so interesting that I scheduled a all the films I could think of that discuss the history of the state in a cinematic station. The two versions of CIMARRON show the Land Rush and the first several decades of the state from the point of view of one family. The R&H musical OKLAHOMA and the Roy Rogers film HOME IN OKLAHOMA are both about life in Indian Territory before it became a state. The government made short film THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS describes how we brought the Dust Bowl about with our rush for prosperity. GRAPES OF WRATH is the famous book that brought the Dust Bowl to everyone’s attention and describes the exodus to California. BOUND FOR GLORY is about Oklahoman Woody Guthrie who lived the Dust Bowl and LEST WE FORGET is about the death of another famous son of Oklahoma, Will Rogers.


For those of you who don’t know, who aren’t from Oklahoma or didn’t see Ken Burns’ THE DUST BOWL, here’s LP’s very short version of the history Oklahoma (skip if you already know):

Oklahoma was once a Wild West state like everything else east of the Mississippi. Then it became Indian Territory, intended as a big reservation for the American Indians. (In fact the name “Oklahoma” means “Red Man” in one of the Native American tongues, possibly Cherokee, but don’t quote me, I’m from California.) Then the settlers decided they wanted it back, so we had the great Land Rush of 1888 (I think that’s the year—mighta been 1889). Then it became a state in 1907. Then of course after major prosperity of the farmers, we had the great Dust Bowl of the 1930s, which we didn’t recover from for a good long decade of horribleness. Now it’s prosperous farm country once more. But, like I said, quite a unique history and worth examining.


*If the Shoe Fits*

I like to tie in Silent Sunday Nights and TCM Imports with the other films on Sunday night, just for kicks. So tonight we have a series of films about shoes, shoe makers, and shoe sellers. We have two silents, one of which is a German film Schuhpalast Pinkus starring its famous director Ernst Lubitsch who wishes he could own his own shoe store. This, I reasoned, could count as both a silent and an import. I confess this was all a plot to schedule one of my favorite foreign films of all time, CHILDREN OF HEAVEN, which is the story of two kids who are so poor they have to share a pair of shoes. It’s from either Iran or Iraq and it’s fantastic.



*Carol Burnett’s Classic Parodies: Volume II*

(Parodies of classic films from The Carol Burnett Show and the films they parodied)

I took the challenge to revisit a schedule I’ve already done. I didn’t use it to show premieres, but I did it to show more Carol Burnett parodies. I did this back in February 2011, and since there are so many great classic film spoofs on THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, I decided to use the challenge to show more of these films and the Carol Burnett parodies. I have to say my favorite of this batch is BEACH BLANKET BOO BOO, with Tim Conway as a biker surfing on his motorcycle.


ORIGINAL LINEUP (from Feb 2011):

*Rebecca* (1940) & *Rebecky* (1972)

*Babes in Arms* (1939) & *Babes in Barns* (1977)

*Mildred Pierce* (1945) & *Mildred Fierce* (1977)

*The Heiress* (1949) & *The Lady Heir* (1974)

*Sunset Boulevard* (1950) & *Nora Desmond is Dead* (1973), *Nora Desmond and the Bedbug* (1972) & *Nora Desmond’s Celebrity Roast* (1974)

*Gone with the Wind* (1939) & *Went with the Wind* (1976)



*The Little Foxes* (1941) & *The Little Foxies* (1975)

*Top Hat* (1935) & *High Hat* (1978) (with Ken Barry as Fred Astaire & Roddy McDowell as Edward Everett Horton)

*Random Harvest* (1942) & *Rancid Harvest* (1973)

*A Stolen Life* (1946) & *A Swiped Life* (1976)

*Beach Blanket Bingo* (1965) & *Beach Blanket Boo Boo* (1978) (with Steve Martin as Frankie Avalon & Betty White as a biker chick)

*Double Indemnity* (1944) & *Double Calamity* (1973) (with Steve Lawrence as Fred MacMurray)

*Jaws* (1975) & *Jowls* (1975)


I encourage everyone to go online and find which videos they can and watch them. They are a real treat for classic movie fans.


*OPTIONAL CHALLENGE: Movie Character Guest Programmer*

*GUEST PROGRAMMER: The Weenie King (from Preston Sturges’ Palm Beach Story)*

Okay, I thought for this challenge that it would be really funny if our Guest Programmer was The Weenie King. If you haven’t seen the brilliant PALM BEACH STORY, then you lead an empty life, and you don’t know that the Weenie King is this funny yet deaf old man. I imagine his interview with Robert Osbourne going like this:


RO: “What is the first movie you’ve chosen for us?”


RO: “What do you have for us?”


RO: “Did you say ‘What’?”


RO: “’What’ as in WHAT’S UP DOC?”


RO: “Well, that is an excellent choice. Ladies and gentlemen, from 1972, Peter Bodgonavich’s WHAT’S UP DOC?”



And each following interview would be exactly like that, each time with RO thinking he means another movie whose title begins with “What”. It makes me laugh just to think about it.


*When Divorces Don't Work Out*

Starting with the Weenie King’s movie, THE PALM BEACH STORY, we have what I call the ultimate happy ending movies: movies about divorced people who get back together. Whether divorce is good or bad, it always gives you hope when divorces don’t work out. It makes you feel like good things can come out of bad.


*I Feel Like I Know You*

Starting with THE WOMEN, which counts for this theme as well as the last one, here is a whole list of movies in which there is a character (or more) who we never meet that still dominates the whole film. These characters are so interesting and distinct that we walk away from the film feeling like we know the absent Rebecca or Katie Elder as well as we know the characters we actually saw on screen. To me, that takes great writing, which is something I value greatly.


*Short Life Stories*

Here we have movies that are based on people’s life stories, but life stories that were written in short story or episode form. For example I REMEMBER MAMA was published in pieces, but LIFE WITH FATHER and MEET ME IN ST LOUIS are novels, but the novels are a series of short stories and episodes.


*SOTM: Laurel & Hardy*

I always make it my goal to choose a deserving SOTM who has never been SOTM before. I was shocked to discover that the greatest comedy duo of all time has never been SOTM. I found two films that had never been shown on TCM (according to the website, which may be wrong, of course) and decided to do a whole night of 1930s films. Another night in the month could be silents, and another could be shorts. They have enough material to fill more than a month’s worth of programming, and all of it hilarious.


*Jobs that Don’t Exist Anymore*

I think history is fascinating, but not so much the political big picture as much as the everyday life. I think that’s partly why I love classic movies—it’s a time capsule of a certain era that often lets you see how people used to live and work and eat and get to work and such. In this series I examine jobs that used to be normal and also essential, but that don’t exist anymore (now, some of them might in a “revival” sense, such as blacksmiths, but we’re talking in the everyday life sense). For example, boarding houses used to be all over the place, but they just don’t exist anymore. And people used to send telegrams left and right, or call the switch-board operator, or use an answering service—all jobs that have been completely phased out. Some only existed because of specific historical needs, such as bootlegging and air raid wardens, but in any case, in this time when jobs are scarce everywhere, it’s interesting to job hunt in the past.


*A Family Friendly Halloween*

Okay, TCM, I love horror movies as much as the next person. In fact, it’s just not Halloween unless I’ve seen POLTERGEIST. But to me Halloween is a child’s holiday, no matter how old those children are, and I like to watch fun Halloween movies. In LP’s house this is the exact Halloween line-up. In fact, with Disney’s ICHABOD & MR. TOAD and of course IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN, these are the essential Halloween movies. No Halloween is complete without ARSENIC AND OLD LACE and all the others listed here. Let’s have a fun Halloween, rather than a horrifying one. I hope TCM will take my advice next year and maybe I’ll actually tune in on Halloween for once.


*Written by George Axelrod*

I always like to spotlight a behind the scenes person, since actors and directors get all the attention. So here’s a great playwright and screenwriter. It’s amazing this guy can write such funny light comedies like GOODBYE CHARLIE, then turn around and write something as deep and brilliant as THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. In any case, enjoy these, his best works, and imagine how bad they would be without good writing.


*Charters & Caldicott*

The first time I saw the jolly good WWII film NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH, I remember being shocked when Charters and Caldicott showed up. I thought, “Wait, it’s the two guys from THE LADY VANISHES!” These two hilarious and memorable characters, two of the most British characters ever, showed up in a total of 4 films (that I could find) and even got their own series. So here they are for your viewing pleasure.



Anyone who is such a fan of MST3K as I has no trouble picking TCM Underground movies—there are so many to choose from. I chose MOLE PEOPLE because it’s a classic B-movie, made by a real actual studio with real actual name actors in it. And it’s obvious it took a lot of work to make that bad movie. So it deserves to be shown.


*100 CHALLENGE: Celebrating Burt Lancaster’s 100th Birthday*

As I said, this is my way of fulfilling the 100 Challenge. Burt is so great, he needs to be highlighted. This is a wide array of genres and roles including his first film THE KILLERS and his Oscar-winning role ELMER GANTRY. TRAPEZE is a good one because he began his career as an acrobat, so we get to see him in action. The last one overlaps into the next (and last) group of films.


*The Aftermath of WWII*

WWII was such a monumental event. It changed everything forever. Everything that followed WWII was a direct result of it. This could be a whole month’s worth of films, but on this night I chose the four movies that best summarize the after-effects of WWII. This week’s essential JUDGMENT AT NUHREMBERG (also a Burt Lancaster film) is about how the war immediately affected Europe, but mostly Germany of course. GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES looks at Japan just after the bomb was dropped on it, and is one of the greatest tear-jerkers of all time. BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES looks at America just after the war, with three guys trying to get back to “normal” even though they will never be the same again. FAILSAFE represents the paranoia of the cold war that followed and affected everyone. All four of these are essential movies, but I chose NUHREMBERG because I only saw it for the first time myself a couple months ago and I couldn’t believe I’d missed out on it all this time. This movie turns your brain upside-down in the most brilliant way. And of course, it has a great cast, director and writing, three requirements for a great film.


And that’s all the news from Lake Wobegone. Thanks for reading!




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By the way, here's a clip of the Weenie King from the PALM BEACH STORY:



And here's his picture:



And here are some of the Carol Burnett Parodies I used:

"Jowls": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgbEkPU0wgg

"High Hat":

"Double Calamity":

"A Swiped Life":

"Beach Blanket Boo Boo":

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*Wow* Great Schedule!


You've certainly thrown down the gauntlet and set the standard.


It's great that you used two of the options. I was afraid they were a little too arcane.


I'd love to see what the Weenie King has to say about those movies during the outros.

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Your schedule is perfectly wonderful, Lonesome Polecat!


"If the shoe fits" is a kicky theme and the movies you choose are all excellent.


"I feel like I know you" is a wonderful concept. I recently watched *Rebecca* and I thought about how a character can be so powerful and yet never appear.


"Jobs that don't exist" is a nice look back. I saw on television an old game show which had as guest the last man to run the skirt-blowing machine at Coney Island.


I do hope TCM does honor Burt Lancaster on his 100th Birthday.


The very most wonderful part is the Carol Burnett parodies! I love it very much! I have seen only a few of them but my imagination of what the other might be makes me laugh. I wonder if TCM could license them as a package. I believe it would be as appropriate as other television programming they have shown.


I am happy now that I can not do a schedule because I would hate to have such competition!

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Great schedule, LP! (I was going to give it a try, but it's way too complicated for me.) I spent alot of time in Oklahoma in the early '90s and grew to love the state. Spent most of my time in Norman, but also visited Tulsa, Stillwater, OK City, Edmond, hiked around Lake Thunderbird, Sulphur, climbed the Arbuckle Mountains, and loved Guthrie most of all. Guthrie, an amazing Victorian/Edwardian city, was the first state capital.


I look forward to seeing some of your movies!



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> {quote:title=Swithin wrote:}{quote}

> I was going to give it a try, but it's way too complicated for me.


I'm sorry you're giving up. With your knowledge of movies, I think you'd have had a great schedule.


Maybe it seems daunting because you're looking at the forest instead of the trees. Instead of thinking about a whole week, you might pick a dozen movies you'd like shown and figure out what they have in common (the theme). See how they fit on a schedule (movies start at 15-minute marks). If they run past 6 A.M. or 8 P.M., swap in a shorter movie for one of the long ones. If there's an empty 15 minutes, find a short film to fill it. Now Playing is a good way to fill an odd half hour.


Before you know it, one day is done. Repeat for evenings and the other days.


As much as I'd like to see your schedule in this challenge, every challenge has been basically the same (only the challenge-setter's required theme changes), so if you don't finish it by the end of this challenge, keep working on it and enter it in the next.


If there's anything we can do to help, just ask.

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Thanks, Capuchin, I will look at it again. It's not the time thing -- I was/am after all a performing arts programmer in real life (mostly live stuff, but with some film as well). It's all the rules -- I can't keep them straight!


Actually, I think the deadline is early March? In that case, maybe I'll give it a go. I have to be a prisoner in my own apartment with a slow-cooking pork roast (six hours!) sometime soon. That might be a good time to try to focus on the Challenge!

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> {quote:title=Swithin wrote:}{quote}

> It's all the rules -- I can't keep them straight!


I know what you mean. Listed like that, it looks more complicated than putting together a room full of Ikea furniture!


It really boils down to two things.

*Format* It has to look like a regular TCM schedule (times, features, etc.).

*Movie Selection* Anything in the original Turner library, or which has been on TCM before, is fair game. Other films are premieres. If that part is worrying you, PM me, and I can point you to something that'll make it a little easier.


> I have to be a prisoner in my own apartment with a slow-cooking pork roast (six hours!) sometime soon.


Just my preference, but I like to marinade pork roasts in Applejack (the booze, not the cereal) overnight. The flavor is great, and they're a lot more tender.

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