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TCM Flix to Groove Hard TO!!! Monday, July 1-Sunday, July 7!!!


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TCM Flix to Groove Hard To!!!! Mon, July 1-Sun, July 7!!!


Hey, I hope everyone is having groovy times digging on the awesome flix provided us by those cool cats at TCM!!!


It's holiday week (for many viewers), so my personal grooves are a little slimmer than usual typically but they are still out there, for sure!! For a glimpse at my grooves for the remainder of this current week you are invited to visit this thread: http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?threadID=169767&tstart=0


And before I dive into the grooves starting July 1, I gotta, just gotta, give a hearty shout out to Eddie Muller and the boys/gals at TCM who provided us with a month-long Friday treat--the noir/crime writers series, going out with a bang-a-gong on Friday, June 28th with the lineup of THE LEOPARD MAN (1943), DEADLINE AT DAWN (1946), MURDER MY SWEET (1944), THE BIG SLEEP (1946), and LADY IN THE LAKE (1947)!!! I mean, c'mon, that's a killer, pun intended, lineup!!! Thank you TCM and Eddie for the totally awesome Fridays during the month of June, and for helping me stay home and out of trouble each and every Friday night throughout the month!!! Dig it!!! Be there, or be square!!


Now, onto the new month of grooves! July 1st kicks it off in grand style with two early talkies and a silent, the talkies I've not seen before!!! First up, it's the 1930 MEN OF THE NORTH with Gilbert Roland, Barbara Leonard and Arnold Korff, early MGM adventure flick, gotta check it!!! Then it's a flick I've only seen the remake of, with Dennis Morgan (same title from 1940)!!! RIVER'S END (1931), starring this time Charles Bickford in the dual role, also with Evalyn Knapp, J Farrell MacDonald, Zasu Pitts, and Willie Fung!!! I can't wait to check out this early talkie version of the 1940 flick that I quite enjoyed!!! Then it's a silent, featuring Baby Peggy, PEG O' THE MOUNTED (1924)!!! I caught this a few weeks ago when TCM dedicated a night to Baby Peggy (Dig on TCM for doing that, man!!), but want to catch it again, it's fun stuff!!!


Mondays in July TCM is trying out an intriguing concept, airing "Herrrrrrre's Johnnnnny!!" interviews with stars/contributors of the silver screen!! This first Monday will feature Drew Barrymore from 1982, Kirk Douglas from 1988, MTM from 1978, Neil Simon from 1980, and George Burns from 1989!! Wow! Should be pretty darn interesting!!


Tuesday nights belong to Paul Henreid in the month of July and he kicks it off at 8pm with a double dip with one Ida Lupino!!! IN OUR TIME (1944) a wartime drama, and DEVOTION (1946), also with Olivia de Havilland!!


Daytime Wednesday will feature some coolio flix, including THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND (1960), starring Ray Danton, Karen Steele, and Elaine Stewart!!! Next up at 10:15am Sam Peckinpah's elegiac western classic that always hits the right note for me, RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (1962), featuring Randolph Scott andTCM board fave Joel McCrea as aging gunslingers in a west that is moving past their time!!! Great flick!!!


Wednesday night's theme is "The Kids Are Alright" and far from the Who, I'll be totally groovin' to the 11:15pm screening of the 1936 flick, AND SO THEY WERE MARRIED, with Melyvn Douglas and Mary Astor!! I've not seen this before, but it's from 1936, so I gotta give it a whirl!!


The grooves kick in for me next on Friday morning at 6:15am!! With a cool cast, it's SH! THE OCTOPUS from 1937, starring my main man Allen Jenkins, the perpetually befuddled Hugh Herbert, Marcia Ralston, John Eldredge, and Elspeth Dudgeon!! Gotta love this low budget comedy/mystery!!! And it's followed by one of my sentimental favorite low-budget WWII B's, SEVEN MILES FROM ALCATRAZ (1942)!!! With James Craig, the lovely Bonita Granville, Frank Jenks, Tala Birell (doing a slight femme fatale turn here, or at least something like that!!), and John ("I know nothing"!!) Banner!! Crook with a heart theme, patriotic to the core, but hey, I'm a sucka for it!! If you like your oaters with a dash of noir, or maybe vice versa, check out Mitch in BLOOD ON THE MOON (1948) at 5pm, also with Barbara Bel Geddes and Robert Preston, as well as Walter Brennan, Frank Faylen, and Charlie McGraw!!! This one, frankly, sizzles the tizzle!!! Then it's another oater, this time with tough guy Kirk Douglas, in ALONG THE GREAT DIVIDE (1951), with sexy gorgeous Virginia Mayo, John Agar, and Walter Brennan showing up again! Directed in inimitable style by Raoul Walsh, this one is a goodie!!


Francois Truffaut fans are gonna be dancin' in the streets every Friday night in July as his flix are in the spotlight this month!! Wow! Though I'm not a huge fan, it's stuff like this that I truly totally dig about TCM and thank them to NO end!!! They rock the house!!


Saturday morning is gonna be haunted, mysterious and beef to the cake!!! At 6am it's the underrated atmospheric horror flick, THE GHOST SHIP (1943), one of the supposedly "lesser" of the Val Lewton RKO horror cycle, it's a moody treat with Richard Dix (who excelled at this sort of thing in "The Whistler" series of flix in the 40's), Russell Wade, and tough mug Lawrence Tierney!! Then it's beefcake galore in the sword and sandals "epics" HERCULES, SAMSON AND ULYSSES (1963) and TERROR OF ROME AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES (1964)!!! Wowza!!! Total low budget mindless fluff, but gotta dig it! Then it's this week's "Falcon" flick, this time THE FALCON IN SAN FRANCISCO (1945)!!! My main man Edward Brophy stars as Tom Conway's sidekick, this one also features Rita Corday, Fay Helm and my main man Robert Armstrong!!! There are only two more of these in the RKO series, so enjoy 'em while we can!!!


Saturday night features flix based upon dramatist Maxwell Anderson's plays, and the first is a perennial winner, KEY LARGO (1948) with heavy hitters Bogie, Bacall, Robinson, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Jay Silverheels, Marc Lawrence, and Dan Seymour! Just can never go wrong with this one!!


Sunday night is "Down To Size", the first a flick written by Richard Matheson, RIP! THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957), one of the better and most thoughtful sci-fi flix from the 50's, starring Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, William Schallert and Raymond "Mr. Drysdale" Bailey!! This one has TONS of subtle things going on beneath the surface, as well as totally philosophical bent! Groove! Up next is the wacky THE DEVIL DOLL (1936), with Lionel Barrymore, the luscious lovely Maureen Sullivan, Frank Lawton, and an over-the-top wacko performance by Rafaelo Ottiano in a small role---man she's wicked cool in her brief stint!!! Take over the world, Raffi!!! Wooohoooo!


Closing out my grooves for the week is swashbucklin' Douglas Fairbanks in Raoul Walsh's THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924), this week's Silent Sunday Sunday feature, with sets by William Cameron Menzies!!! And..I know nothing about this week's International feature, LA CUCARACHA (1959), but the description really gets me going: "Female revolutionaries compete for the same man". Wow, sounds kinda crazy!! :) Might have to check it out!! Then it's Hank Fonda at 4:30am in THE FUGITIVE (1947) also with J Carroll Naish, Ward Bond, and Leo Carillo!!! Coolio!!!


Hope everyone has a totally groovin' week, and that you rock it to many o of the flix screened by TCM this coming week! Be safe, have fun and dig it!! And oh yeah, TCM you guys rock, thank you for the greatest channel on the cable dial!!!







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I will be groovin' to: *The Devil's Disciple* (1959). Burt Lancaster has quiet strength, Kirk Douglas is a scalawag and Laurence Olivier is a principled man. Is that not what they call: type casting? It does not matter because they are all perfect in their roles.


I agree that: *Sh, the Octopus* (1937) is groovy. Even the title makes me smile.


Friday nights will be lost to me this month as I detest Truffaut's movies.


I can not count how many times I have watched: *Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines* (1965) but I am ready to watch it again. It is very silly and a movie to let make you let down your hair and groove!


I have been waiting for a very long time to watch: *The Thief of Bagdad* (1924). There was some schedule error the last time it aired and we were having reception problems. I believe the last time I was able to watch the movie in its entirety was nearly forty years ago!


I hope that you do not have high hopes for: *La Cucaracha* (1961). I would recommend that you watch it if you have never before watched it because I believe in giving all movies a chance. There are some who like it very much. I am not one of them.


Thanks for the grooves, man! :)

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Oh man, Miss Wonderly and our other Canadian fellow TCM cats and kittens---sorry for neglecting to mention that today's theme was all about Canada in honor of Canada Day!!! An oversight, and I'm sorry 'bout that!!!


To those who are celebratin' it, hope you're grooving hard to the day's lineup!!

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I want to add that I'll be totally groovin' to the rest of today's lineup too, an omission on my part when I was hallucinatin' up my grooves for this week!!! The rest of today's daytime lineup looks pretty coolio, and here it, plucked right from the schedule:


h1. 12:30 PM

h2. [God's Country And The Woman (1936)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/76554/God-s-Country-And-The-Woman/]



A lady lumberjack falls for one of her workers, not realizing it's a business rival in disguise.



*Dir*: [William Keighley|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/99957%7C155882/William-Keighley/] *Cast*: [George Brent|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/21881%7C58299/George-Brent/] , [beverly Roberts|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/162744%7C20768/Beverly-Roberts/] , [barton MacLane|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/119100%7C18282/Barton-MacLane/] .



C-85 mins, TV-PG, CC,


h1. 2:00 PM

h2. [Northwest Rangers (1942)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/85238/Northwest-Rangers/]



A Mountie tracks a childhood friend gone bad.



*Dir*: [Joe Newman|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/140525%7C89581/Joe-Newman/] *Cast*: [James Craig|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/40586%7C77536/James-Craig/] , [William Lundigan|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/117631%7C155989/William-Lundigan/] , [Patricia Dane|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/43805%7C120992/Patricia-Dane/] .



BW-64 mins, TV-PG, CC,


h1. 3:15 PM

h2. [Northern Pursuit (1943)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/12753/Northern-Pursuit/]



A Mountie tracks a downed Nazi flyer through the Canadian wilderness.



*Dir*: [Raoul Walsh|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/201402%7C127526/Raoul-Walsh/] *Cast*: [Errol Flynn|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/63336%7C48996/Errol-Flynn/] , [Julie Bishop|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/1537392%7C91060/Julie-Bishop/] , [Helmut Dantine|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/44133%7C68824/Helmut-Dantine/] .



BW-93 mins, TV-PG, CC,


h1. 5:00 PM

h2. [Cariboo Trail, The (1950)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/410644/Cariboo-Trail-The/]



A cattleman fights to establish a ranch in the middle of gold country.



*Dir*: [Edwin L. Marin|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/122229%7C45565/Edwin-L-Marin/] *Cast*: [Randolph Scott|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/1420866%7C127443/Randolph-Scott/] , [George "Gabby" Hayes|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/83323%7C58741/George-Gabby-Hayes/] , [bill Williams|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/206485%7C21695/Bill-Williams/] .



C-81 mins, TV-G, CC,


h1. 6:30 PM

h2. [Zero Hour! (1957)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/96656/Zero-Hour-/]



When a flight crew falls ill, the only man who can land the plane is afraid of flying.



*Dir*: [Hall Bartlett|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/10880%7C65200/Hall-Bartlett/] *Cast*: [Dana Andrews|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/4173%7C35260/Dana-Andrews/] , [Linda Darnell|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/44380%7C99349/Linda-Darnell/] , [sterling Hayden|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/83248%7C142549/Sterling-Hayden/] .



BW-81 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format



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

> thank you for always checking in with my weekly grooves


You are "thanking" me for indulging in one of my pleasures!


I appreciate greatly your bringing to my attention movies which I might not consider because I know little of them or there is an aspect of them which would rule them out of my normal viewing such as an actor who is not to my taste or a genre which is not to my taste.


I love your enthusiasm and your easy-to-read style.


I thank you for your weekly grooves and your work to bring them to us.

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