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TCM Flix to Groove Hard To!!! Week of Mon Sep 9-Sun, Sept 15!!

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TCM Flix to Groove Hard To!!! Mon, Sept 9-Sun, Sept 15!!

 

I hope everyone has been grooving out hard to TCM this past week, I know I have!! Wow, TCM has been rocking the house lately, and they're amping it up even more this week on Monday night resuming the Story of Film series that is revolutionary for the channel in spanning across weeks and even months!!! This time we get, in prime time, more silents, including @ 8pm, a Buster Keaton two-fer, ONE WEEK from 1920 and THREE AGES from 1923!!! Now, I've never seen either of these Buster flix, not sure if they are premiere's, but wowza!!!! Then its' the second part of the multi-part documentary on the Story of Film, 1918-1928, up at 10pm EST!! Then it's more Keaton bliss, with THE GENERAL (1927), then some Charlie Chaplin his own bad self--THE KID (1921) and CITy LIGHTS (1931)!! Not to be outdone, Harold Lloyd shows up as well in NEVER WEAKEN (1921) and SAFETy LAST (1923)!!! Woah to the woah!!

 

Criminal heists are the watchword for Tuesday daytime, and we kick it off with ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW (1959), a very bleak noir-ish crime flick, starring Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Shelly Winters, Ed Begley and Gloria Grahame!!! Then it's Alain Delon in ONCE A THIEF (1965), also with Van Heflin and sexy kitten, Ann-Margret!! Jules Dassin then directs RIFFI (1954), a heist flick, then Shelly Winters shows up again, this time with Jack Palance in a remake of HIGH SIERRA, I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES (1955)!! If you dig on the original, TCM doesn't disappoint, for a few hours later, @ 4pm, Bogie himself shows up in the classic, HIGH SIERRA (1941), one of my all-time favorite flix, also with Ida Lupino!!!

 

Tuesday night picks up The Story of Film once again, with the 1922 NANOOK OF THE NORTH leading the way, followed by Douglas Fairbanks in the Raoul Walsh-directed flick, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)!! Then Carl Theodor Dreyer gets in on the act, with the intense drama, THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (1928), which might just be the best flick EVER made, it soooooo rocks!!! Then it's King vidor directing the silent classic, THE CROWD (1928), and up at 5am, it's Erich Von Stroheim getting down with his 1924 classic (trimmed from the original 8 hours!!!), GREED, starring Zasu Pitts and Jean Hersholt!! Woah! And even though dawn has approached, as it's 7:30am on Wednesday morning, Carl Theodor Dreyer returns to direct VAMPyR from 1932!!! A moody, atmospheric, dream-like horror flick, a must-see, I tell ya!!! Wowza!!! It's pretty darn incredible!!! The early portion of this TCM presentation has just been totally and completely groovy!!!

 

As if that isn't rocking yer socks off like it is mine, then you gotta be checking in on Thursday morning for a block of early talkie pre-code gems!!! First up, it's Kay Francis (hotcha!!), Charles Bickford, and Kay Johnson in PASSION FLOWER (1930)!!! Then it's a Walter Huston double feature, first in STAR WITNESS (1931), with Grant Mitchell, Frances Starr, Chic Sale and Sally Blane, then the ethereal depression era political flick, GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE (1933), with Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Jean Parker, Samuel S Hinds, and C Henry Gordon!! Woah!! Then it's Lionel Barrymore, Fay Bainter and yummy Mae Clarke in THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN (1934)!!! The luscious duscious Kay Francis returns in My BILL (1938) at 3pm, along with Bonita Granville, John Litel, and Anita Louise!!! Then it's Eddie Albert in a hoot of a flick , THE GREAT MR NOBODy, also starring Alan Hale and Joan Leslie, followed by the noir classic, OUT OF THE PAST (1947), with Mitch, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas!!! What a day, what a day, in the words of Gahagan (from the Torchy Blane series)!! :)

 

And then...wow, it's Friday and TCM has no let up in the groovin' rockin' department, for it's an all day prison flick theme, with tough mugs and even tougher dames!! Kicking this coolio day off with ROAD GANG (1936), with Donald Woods, Kay Linaker and Marc Lawrence!!! Then it's NUMBERED MEN (1930), with Conrad Nagel and Bernice Claire!!! Dames get into the act in CONDEMNED WOMEN (1938), with Sally Eilers, Louis Hayward, and Anne Shirley!!! Richard Dix, Tom Brown, C Henry Gordon, Charles Middleton and Stanley Fields star in HELL'S HIGHWAy from 1932, a rock'em sock'em hard-hitting pre-code prison flick, not to be missed!! More beefcake on tap with Chester Morris, a really wimpy Robert Montgomery, Wallace Beery, and Lewis Stone in THE BIG HOUSE (1930)!!! Then it's the classic Cagney and Raft in EACH DAWN I DIE (1939)!!!, Followed by the hard-hitting pre-code classic, LADIES THEy TALK ABOUT (1933) with Babs Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Maude Eburn and Ruth Donnelly!!! Then it's back to the mugs, with the violent, hard-hitting drama, BRUTE FORCE (1947), with Burt Lancaster and a sadistic prison guard turn from Hume Cronyn!!! And finally, the grand-daddy of prison flix, with lots more going on as well, to wrap it up, I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG (1932), all the pre-code elements in play, along with depression era milieu, starring Paul Muni, in a tour-de-force performance, along with Helen Vinson, Glenda Farrell, Preston Foster, and my main man Allen Jenkins!!! Dig it!!

 

Saturday morning is hot stuff, with Eddie G and Bogie and Bette Davis all starring in KID GALAHAD (1937) at 6am!!! Then it's Eddie G returning with a riveting performance in THE SEA WOLF (1941) along with John Garfield and Ida Lupino!!! 50's sci fi action is up next with THE NIGHT THE WORLD EXPLODED (1957), with Kathryn Grant, William Leslie, and Tris Coffin!!! Then it's a wrap on the "Nick Carter" MGM mystery series, starring Walter Pidgeon and Donald Meek (as Bartholemew the Bee Keeper LOL), and Karen Verne this time around in SKy MURDER (1940)!!! And if you dig on your Randolph Scott oaters, up at 1:45pm, it's Scott with Marguerite Chapman and George Macready in CORONER CREEK (1948)!!!

 

Saturday night it's "To the Lifeboats"!!! Kickin' the theme off with, natch, LIFEBOAT (1944) directed by Hitch, and starring Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix and Walter Slezak, believe it or not, I haven't seen this flick before and am really looking forward to it!!! Then it's a riveting drama, claustrophobic and revolving on moral dilemmas throughout, Tyrone Power delivering the goods in ABANDON SHIP!!, also with Mai Zetterling, Lloyd Nolan, and Stephen Boyd!!! If you've never seen this one, I'd highly recommend it!!

 

Sunday morning at 6am, it's a couple of pre-code Fay Wray gems, the first VIVA VILLA! (1934), along with Wally Beery, also with Leo Carillo, George E Stone, and Stuart Erwin, then it's the big daddy of 'em all, KING KONG (1933), Fay starring with my main man Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot!!! Then at 10am it's the "Sunday with Hitch" theme kickin' in, and up first perhaps my favorite Hitch flick of 'em all, NUMBER SEVENTEEN (1932), a verV cool flick with Anne Grey and Leon M Lion!!! I really dig on this one! And up for the Silent Sunday feature, Hitch gets all rustic on us with THE FARMER'S WIFE (1928)!!!

 

Whew, that's some week of flix we have in store for us!!! Thank you, TCM, for providing us with all these totally groovy flix!!!

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It seems this is a week where we will both be groovin' but it will be to different movies. :)

 

*Rififi* (1955) is one we both dig but I will be really rockin' with: *The Anderson Tapes* (1971) with my Bond-Man plottin' and plannin' with Dyan Cannon as his moll. I will be sighin' and diein' with Steve McQueen as Mr. Cool hisself rippin' off a bank in: *The Thomas Crown Affair* (1968). *The Thief of Bagdad* (1924) in the evening rounds out the day real nice.

 

Give me a lollipop and call me baby because I will cryin' if I do not get to watch: *Chitty Chitty Bang Bang* (1968) with my car-man Dick Van Dyke who knows all there is to know about motorin' vehicles.

 

I will not miss: *Soylent Green* (1973) with hunk Charlton Heston giving new meaning to the term: 'eat me' while Eddie G. keeps things in perspective.

 

It will be body-body-who-has-the-body on Sunday in: *The Trouble with Harry* (1955). I love this movie!

 

It is surely a week of grooves even although we will not be groovin' at the same time. :)

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Mark, do not miss *One Week*. This is the Keaton film where the house falls down around him. There are other classic moments, too.

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I am really excited about the films they are showing this week. One of the films I can't wait to see is High Sierra that is playing on Tuesday. I have heard great things about this film and have been wanting to watch it for the longest time. Also I am a big fan of Humphrey Bogart so I definietly am going to make sure I watch it.

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Vicki, I'm glad to hear you were looking forward to seeing HIGH SIERRA!!! Wow, that's one of my all time favorite Bogie flix!!! I'm curious to learn how you enjoyed it, if you don't mind coming in to lay it on us?? Thank you!

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Sans Fin!!! I'm so glad to hear you are grooving hard this week to some of TCM's flix!!! It's so cool that we are groovin' to different flix, but I saw some points of intersection too, tho!!!

 

Sorry for not responding sooner, but I had some problems posting on the board this week! I tried again today and it's all good!

 

Hope you and other cats and kittens are groovin to whatever moves ya!

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