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TCM On Demand for June 21, 2014
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 
1. Against All Flags (1952) -- Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, Alice Kelley, Mildred Natwick, Robert Warwick, Harry Cording, John Alderson, Phil Tully, Lester Matthews, Tudor Owen, Maurice Marsac, James Craven, James Fairfax, Rene Beard, Paul Newlan, Dave Kashner. Directed by George Sherman ("Big Jake"), this Technicolor action film stars Flynn as Brian Hawke, an 18th-century British officer who investigates the activities of pirates from Madagascar. O'Hara co-stars as Prudence 'Spitfire' Stevens, the flame-haired pirate captain with whom he becomes involved. The film was remade as the 1967 film "The King's Pirate," which starred Doug McClure, Jill St. John, Guy Stockwell and Mary Ann Mobley. This is another tale about pirates that Turner Classic Movies aired on Friday Night Spotlight during the month of June 2014. Expires June 27, 2014.

2. Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950) -- Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina, George Macready, Alfonso Bedoya, Dona Drake, Lowell Gilmore, Wilton Graff, Curt Bois, Lumsden Hare, Billy Bevan, Harry Cording, Duke York, Sven Hugo, Martin Garralaga, James Fairfax. Another remake based on Rafael Sabatini's 1922 fictional novel about Dr. Peter Blood, an Irish physician wrongly convicted of treason by the British government and dispatched to a life or slavery on a Caribbean island. He eventually escapes, commandeers a Spanish vessel and becomes a much-feared corsair. Captain Blood was played by J. Warren Kerrigan in a 1924 silent film and by Errol Flynn in a memorable 1935 version. Hayward has the title role in this film, which was followed by the 1952 sequel, which also starred the actor and Medina. Expires June 27, 2014.


3. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) -- Sir Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Geneviève Page, Sir Christopher Lee, Irene Handl, Clive Revill, Tamara Toumanova, Stanley Holloway, Mollie Maureen, Catherine Lacey, James Copeland, Jenny Hanley. Billy Wilder produced, directed and co-wrote this spin on the Sherlock Holmes legend. The film stars Stephens as Holmes and Blakely as Dr. John Watson, with Lee co-starring as Holmes' brother Mycroft.
Stephens (1931-1995) was the first husband of Dame Maggie Smith, the two-time Academy Award winning actress and star of TV's "Downton Abbey." Their sons also became actors -- Christopher, who appeared in the movies "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003) and "Valkyrie" (2008), acts under the name Chris Larkin. Toby Stephens played the lead villain opposite Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in "Die Another Day" (2002). He now stars as Captain James Flint in the new Starz adventure series "Black Sails." Lacey, who appears as an elderly woman in a wheelchair, played the ersatz nun in high heels in Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 thriller "The Lady Vanishes." Expires June 27, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 22, 2014
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 

1. Blow-Up (1966) -- David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills, Peter Bowles, Veruschka, Julian Chagrin, Claude Chagrin. Italy's Michelangelo Antonioni directed his first complete English-language film with this suspense thriller set in London during the Swinging Sixties. Hemmings plays an ace fashion photographer whose Nikon camera may (or may not) have inadvertently documented a murder in an outdoor park. As a result, he becomes obsessed with the photos he took of the two lovers (one of them played by Redgrave) who were there. In his pursuit of the truth, he enlarges many of his photos -- hence the title -- to examine them for clues. 



Memorable moments: There are many in the film, including a lively photo session with budding models Birkin and Hills; an offbeat tennis match in which mimes watch mimes "playing" on a court; and an abbreviated club performance by The Yardbirds (featuring Jeff Beck and a pre-Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page). At one point, Redgrave's character shows up and offers herself to the photographer in exchange for the film he shot in the park.


Hemmings' character reportedly was modeled after British Vogue photographer David Bailey, who once was married to the French actress Catherine Deneuve. Bailey has said he would have preferred Terence Stamp in the lead role.


The incidental music in the film was assembled by jazz great Herbie Hancock, who would go on to win an Oscar for his score in Bernard Tavernier's 1986 drama " 'Round Midnight."


Redgrave received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, but it was for her performance in the offbeat comedy "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment."


Birkin's daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg is an internationally renowned actress who has starred in several films by the controversial Danish director Lars von Trier, including the two-part 2014 release "Nymphomaniac."


Movie crossover reference: The American filmmaker Brian De Palma is known for his screen homages to master directors, including Sir Alfred Hitchcock and Sergei Eisenstein. In his 1981 political thriller "Blow Out," John Travolta plays a motion picture sound technician whose life is endangered after he records a murder.



Expires June 28, 2014.

2. Georgy Girl (1966) -- James Mason, Sir Alan Bates, Lynn Redgrave, Charlotte Rampling, Bill Owen, Claire Kelly, Rachel Kempson. Redgrave put on several pounds for her performance as the title character of this ugly duckling tale set in London. It was worth the weight, as she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She was in good company, too, as her sister Vanessa also was nominated in the category for her work in "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment" (They both lost to Elizabeth Taylor, who won for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"). Kempson, Redgrave's mother, plays Mason's wife at the beginning of the movie.


Directed by Silvio Narizzano ("Loot"), the romantic comedy/drama was based on British author Margaret Forster's 1965 novel. Forster and Peter Nichols adapted the screenplay from the book.


Oscar nominations also went to Mason (Best Supporting Actor), cinematographer Kenneth Higgins and songwriters Tom Springfield and Jim Dale for Best Original Song. The title tune was a No. 2 hit for the Australian folk group The Seekers.




Redgrave won an Oscar nomination as the title character in "Georgy Girl" 


Expires June 28, 2014.
3. Hell Up in Harlem (1973) -- Fred Williamson, Julius W. Harris, Gloria Hendry, Margaret Avery, D'Urville Martin, Tony King, Gerald Gordon, Bobby Ramsen, James Dixon, Esther Sutherland, Charles MacGuire. This blaxploitation film is a sequel to the 1973 crime drama "Black Caesar," which starred former National Football League star Williamson as an African-American crime boss who rises from the depths of poverty. Both films were written, produced and directed by Larry Cohen ("Q," "Original Gangstas"). Harris and Hendry also appeared that year in "Live and Let Die," the first James Bond film in which Roger Moore starred as 007. Harris played Mr. Big's vicious henchman Tee Hee Johnson, who had a metal right arm and a pincer for a right hand. Hendry was CIA agent Rosie Carver, the first African-American Bond Girl. The first film featured music score featuring contributions by James Brown. The sequel has song performances by Edwin Starr. Expires June 28, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 23, 2014
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 
1. Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) -- Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi. If you've ever seen "Gojiro" (1954), the original Japanese film about the giant dinosaur-like creature that menaced Tokyo, you surely noticed that American actor Burr wasn't in it. That changed when the movie was re-edited for American audiences. Burr was inserted to serve as a commentator about the death and destruction caused by Godzilla's rampage. Enthusiasts of Akira Kurosawa's films will recognize Shimura from his appearances in such classics as "Rashomon" (1950), "Seven Samurai" (1954), "The Hidden Fortress" (1958), "Yojimbo" (1961) and "Kagemusha" (1980). The latest "Godzilla" remake, which was released in May 2014, stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. So far, it has earned a whopping total of $477.3 million worldwide. Expires June 29, 2014.

2. Three Colors: Blue (1993) -- Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent, Emmanuelle Riva, Florence Pernel, Guillaume de Tonquéde, Charlotte Véry, Yann Trégouët, Hélène Vincent, Philippe Volter, Zbigniew Zamachowski (cameo), Julie Delpy (cameo). This first installment of Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski's French-language "Three Colors Trilogy" was followed by "Three Colors: White" and "Three Colors: Red" in 1994. The titles are all derived from the colors of the French flag, which represent the country's values of "liberty, equality and fraternity."

The film stars Binoche -- a couple of years before her Academy Award-winning supporting performance in "The English Patient" -- as Julie de Courcy, a French woman trying to put her life back together after she is injured in a car crash that killed her husband and young daughter.

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The late film critic Roger Ebert included the trilogy on his list of "Great Movies." He wrote: "Juliette Binoche, in 'Blue,' has the liberty, after her loss of husband and child, to start life again, or not at all. Zbigniew Zamachowski in 'White,' is dropped by his beautiful wife (Julie Delpy) after he goes to a great deal of trouble to move her to Paris. Back home in Poland, he wants to make millions so that he can be her equal, and have his revenge. Valentine and the old judge [Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant] in 'Red' have a fraternity of souls that springs across barriers of time and gender because they both have the imagination to appreciate what could have been."

The trilogy was Kieślowski's final film work. He died at the age of 54 on March 13, 1996, a year after he received two Academy Award nominations for "Red" -- Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (with co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz).

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In January 2013, Riva, who plays Julie's mother in "Blue," became the oldest person ever nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. She was 86 when she was honored for her performance in Austrian director Michael Haneke's 2012 film "Amour." Delpy, who makes a brief appearance as her "White" character, headlined a well-regarded trilogy of her own. The French-born actress and filmmaker co-starred with Ethan Hawke in three Richard Linklater films about a relationship -- "Before Sunrise" (1995), "Before Sunset" (2004) and and "Before Midnight" (2013). Delpy received Oscar nominations for the screenplays of the two latter films. Polish-born filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, who collaborated on the screenplays for this movie and "White," is an Emmy Award-nominated director whose recent efforts for television have included the HBO series "Treme" and the NBC miniseries version of "Rosemary's Baby." Turner Classic Movies aired the entire Kieślowski trilogy during the early morning hours of Monday, June 23rd. Expires June 29, 2014. 

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TCM On Demand for June 24, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


1. Angel on My Shoulder (1946) -- Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Onslow Stevens, George Cleveland, Erskine Sanford, Marion Martin, Hardie Albright, James Flavin. This fantasy film stars Muni as gangster Eddie Kagle, who is released from prison after serving a four-year sentence. But he is double-crossed by his longtime friend and associate Smiley Williams (Albright), who shoots him to death. Arriving in Hell because of his past misdeeds, Kagle makes a deal with the Devil (Rains) that will enable him to return to Earth for a measure of revenge. 
Muni, Rains and Baxter
This was the final film directed by the veteran Archie Mayo, who retired with numerous credits that also included "The Petrified Forest" (1936), "The Adventures of Marco Polo" (1938) and "A Night in Casablanca" (1946). 

Rains' role as "Nick" came five years after he had played the title heavenly emissary in the comedy/fantasy "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941). Expires June 30, 2014.


2. The Devil with Hitler (1942) -- Alan Mowbray, Bobby Watson, George E. Stone, Joe Devlin, Marjorie Woodworth, Douglas Fowley, Herman Bing, Sig Arno. This World War II-era film short was produced by Hal Roach, who created many comedy efforts starring Laurel and Hardy and the Our Gang kids. This tale stars Mowbray as Satan, who must take human form to prevent Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler (Watson) from becoming the personification of pure evil. Hell's board of directors is pressuring Satan to do something about Hitler's malevolence or it will choose the Fuhrer as his replacement. As a result, the Devil shows up in Berlin to try to get Hitler to perform a good deed. The film was directed by Gordon Douglas, who went on to become the only person to direct films starring Elvis Presley ("Follow That Dream") and Frank Sinatra ("Young at Heart," "Robin and the 7 Hoods"). Expires June 30, 2014.


3. The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968) -- Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Bert Lahr, Norman Wisdom, Forrest Tucker, Harry Andrews, Joseph Wiseman, Denholm Elliott, Elliott Gould, Jack Burns. Directed by William Friedkin ("The French Connection," "The Exorcist"), this fictional version of a burlesque legend stars onetime Bond girl Ekland ("The Man with the Golden Gun") as a Pennsylvania Amish woman named Rachel Elizabeth Schpitendavel. She arrives in New York in 1925 with the dream of becoming a dancer at the Winter Garden Theatre. Instead, she winds up as a noteworthy performer at the racy Minsky's burlesque house on the Lower East Side. She makes history when she inadvertently invents the striptease act. This was the final screen appearance of Lahr -- forever remembered as the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) -- who died on December 4, 1967 at the age of 72. His film career dated back to 1931. The film was produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, who -- together and separately -- would become television tycoons in the 1970s through such durable comedy series as "All in the Family," "Maude," "The Jeffersons," "Good Times," "Sanford and Son" and "What's Happening!!"  Many of the film's songs were composed by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, the team responsible for the many memorable tunes in "Bye Bye Birdie." This was one of five films about burlesque performers that Turner Classic Movies aired beginning in prime time on Monday, June 23rd. Expires June 30, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 25, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

1. Another Man's Poison (1951) -- Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams, Anthony Steel, Barbara Murray, Reginald Beckwith, Edna Morris. Davis stars as Janet Frobisher, a mystery writer inhabiting an English country house who becomes involved in all sorts of intrigue. For one thing, she has a secret she's trying to conceal, but people keep showing up at her residence at inopportune times. One of them is a man named Bates (played by Merrill, Davis' real-life husband at the time) who breaks into her place in search of her estranged husband. Directed by Irving Rapper ("The Brave One") and co-produced by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., the film was adapted by screenwriter Val Guest from the play "Deadlock" by Leslie Sands. Turner Classic Movies aired the movie on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 as an example of British productions headlined by American stars. Expires July 1, 2014.
2. No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) -- Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott, Linden Travers, Walter Crisham, MacDonald Parke, Lilli Molnar, Sid James. Directed by St. John Legh Clowes, this drama about a kidnapped heiress is based on a 1939 British novel by James Hadley Chase. The title character is played by Travers (of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 gem "The Lady Vanishes"), who was the sister of British actor Bill Travers. He starred in the movies "Born Free" (1966), "Duel at Diablo" (1966) and "Ring of Bright Water" (1969), and was married to actress Virginia McKenna.
This film was remade and revised in 1971 by director Robert Aldrich as "The Grissom Gang," which starred Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante, Robert Lansing and Irene Dailey. Expires July 1, 2014.
3. Thunder in the City (1937) -- Edward G. Robinson, Luli Deste, Nigel Bruce, Constance Collier, Sir Ralph Richardson, Arthur Wontner, Nancy Burne, Annie Esmond, Cyril Raymond, Elizabeth Inglis, James Carew, Everley Gregg, Donald Calthrop, Billy Bray. Robinson stars as Dan Armstrong, a longtime sales promoter for a major New York company. He leaves his job and heads to London, where he hopes to learn some new things about the sales trade. Instead, he resorts to his usual bombastic style of promotion to sell a risky venture involving magnelite, a product extracted from African mines. Filmed in the United Kingdom, the production was directed by Marion Gering ("Ready for Love").   Expires July 1, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for June 26, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


1. Dillinger (1945) -- Lawrence Tierney, Edmund Lowe, Anne Jeffreys, Eduardo Ciannelli, Marc Lawrence. Elisha Cook, Jr., Ralph Lewis, Elsa Jannsen, Ludwig Stössel, Constance Worth, Victor Kilian. Famed movie tough guy Tierney (1919-2002) had his first major film role in this study of the FBI's notorious Public Enemy No. 1 in the 1930s. Directed by Max Nosseck, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Philip Yordan). Dillinger, who was gunned down by G-Men outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago on July 22, 1934, has been portrayed in several other movies by such leading men as Warren Oates ("Dillinger," 1973), Robert Conrad ("The Lady in Red," 1979), Martin Sheen ("Dillinger and Capone," 1995) and Johnny Depp ("Public Enemies," 2009). Expires July 2, 2014.


2. The Hoodlum (1951) -- Lawrence Tierney, Allene Roberts, Marjorie Riordan, Lisa Golm, Edward Tierney, Stuart Randall, Angela Stevens, John De Simone, Tom Hubbard, Eddie Foster, O.Z. Whitehead, Richard Barron, Rudy Rama. Lawrence Tierney teamed again with "Dillinger" director Max Nosseck for this tale of longtime criminal Vincent Lubeck and the path he takes after he is paroled from prison. Tierney plays Lubeck, while his real-life sibling Edward Tierney plays Lubeck's brother Johnny. Another Tierney brother, Jerry, had a long career using the stage name Scott Brady. Expires July 2, 2014.


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TCM On Demand for June 27, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 

1. Ice Station Zebra (1968) -- Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown, Tony Bill, Lloyd Nolan, Alf Kjellin, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Ted Hartley, Murray Rose, Ron Masak, Sherwood Price, Lee Stanley, Joseph Bernard, John Orchard, William O'Connell, Michael T. Mikler, Lloyd Haynes. Based on a novel by Alistair MacLean ("The Guns of Navarone," "Where Eagles Dare"), this Cold War drama was directed by John Sturges ("The Magnificent Seven," "The Great Escape"). The film stars Hudson, Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month for June 2014, as U.S. Navy Commander James Ferraday, who is ordered to take the USS Tigerfish, a nuclear-powered sub, in search of a capsule ejected from a Soviet spy satellite over the Arctic. Naturally, there's a race against time to retrieve the object before U.S.S.R operatives can get to it.

The sub takes on several mysterious passengers, including "Mr. Jones" (McGoohan), a Brit who isn't very forthcoming about his personal mission; Vaslov (Borgnine), a Russian defector who smiles too much; and U.S. Marine Captain Anders (Brown), who doesn't.
The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography (Daniel L. Fapp) and Best Effects, Special Visual Effects (Hal Millar, J. McMilan Johnson).
In a December 13, 1976 cover story on the final years of Howard Hughes, Time magazine reported that the eccentric billionaire stopped watching television and began watching movies endlessly. His favorite film? This one -- which he is believed to have viewed at least 150 times before his death in 1975. 

Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") has announced he will write and direct a remake of the film. Expires July 3, 2014.
2. M (1931) -- Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Gustaf Gründgens, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Theodor Loos, Friedrich Gnaß, Fritz Odemar, Paul Kemp, Theo Lingen, Rudolf Blümner, Georg John, Franz Stein, Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur, Gerhard Bienert, Karl Platen, Rosa Valetti, Hertha von Walther. Uncredited: Hanna Maron, Klaus Pohl. Austrian-born director Fritz Lang's first film of the sound era is about the widespread search -- by authorities and members of the criminal underworld -- for a serial killer of children in pre-Nazi Berlin. The movie's screenplay was written by Lang and his wife Thea Von Harbou. The film brought Hungary's Lorre to international prominence as the troubled Hans Beckert and typecast him as villainous characters for years to come. Maron, the little girl in the circle in the movie's first scene, was born Hannele Meierzak in Berlin. Before World War II, she was transplanted to what is now Israel, where she became one of that country's enduring actresses. She died in Tel Aviv on May 30, 2014 at the age of 90. Expires July 3, 2014.
3. Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) -- Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas, John David Carson, Roddy McDowall, Keenan Wynn, Susan Tolsky, Barbara Leigh, James Doohan, William Campbell, Brenda Sykes, Joy Bang, Gretchen Burrell, Joanna Cameron, Aimée Eccles, June Fairchild, Margaret Markov, Diane Sherry. "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry produced this black comedy and adapted the screenplay from a novel by Francis Pollini. Directed by French filmmaker Roger Vadim ("And God Created Woman"), the picture stars Hudson as "Tiger" McDrew, the football coach, assistant principal and former playing legend at a California high school where coeds are being preyed upon by a serial killer. Savalas appears as a state police investigator named Surcher in charge of the murder probe.

Bang, who plays a doomed student named Rita, was a lookalike for actress Jane Fonda -- Vadim's wife when the movie was filmed. Cameron, who appears as another unlucky student, Yvonne Millick, starred as the Egyptian goddess Isis in a popular CBS Saturday morning live-action series in the mid-1970s. Eccles, who plays Hilda Lee, probably is best remembered for playing the Cheyenne wife of Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman) in "Little Big Man" (1970). Markov, cast as a high schooler named Polly, later became handcuffed to action star Pam Grier in the classic 1973 prison movie "Black Mama White Mama." The red-haired Sherry, who co-stars as a coed named Sheryl, played Lana Lang in the Smallville segment of "Superman" (1978).

This was Hudson's last theatrical effort before he moved to television to star opposite Susan Saint James in the NBC detective series "MacMillan and Wife" (1971-76). When Saint James left the show after the fifth season, it was retitled "McMillan" (1976-77). In 1973, Savalas also would make the transition to television, taking on the role of a New York detective with a fondness for lollipops in the CBS drama "Kojak." He won a Primetime Emmy for playing the character in 1974. Expires July 3, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 28, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 


1. Captain Kidd (1945) -- Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, John Carradine, Gilbert Roland, John Qualen, Sheldon Leonard, William Farnum, Henry Daniell, Reginald Owen, Abner Biberman. Directed by Rowland V. Lee ("The Bridge of San Luis Rey"), this film bio stars Laughton as the legendary 17th century pirate (1645-1701) who was hanged for his crimes against the British government and breach of maritime law. This is another tale about pirates that Turner Classic Movies aired on Friday Night Spotlight during the month of June 2014.


Laughton would portray the pirate again seven years later in the 1952 comedy "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd," which -- as the title suggests -- starred funnymen Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Expires July 4, 2014.


2. Guys and Dolls (1955) -- Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye, Robert Keith, Sheldon Leonard, Regis Toomey, B.S. Pully, Johnny Silver, Danny Dayton, George E. Stone, Kathryn Givney, Veda Ann Borg, Mary Alan Hokanson. Uncredited: The Goldwyn Girls. Brando sings in this film version of the long-running, Tony Award-winning musical based on two short stories by Damon Runyon and featuring music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. The film was produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ben Hecht. 

The musical numbers include the title song, "If I Were a Bell," "Luck Be a Lady," "Fugue for Tinhorns" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat."  Michael Kidd served as the choreographer.


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TCM On Demand for June 29, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 

1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) -- Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Adrian Hall, Heather Ripley, Anna Quayle, Benny Hill, James Robertson Justice, Sir Robert Helpmann, Desmond Llewelyn, Alexander Doré, Bernard Spear, Peter Arne, Victor Maddern, Arthur Mullard, Stanley Unwin, Barbara Windsor. This musical version of Ian Fleming's tale about a magical flying car was scripted and expanded by author Roald Dahl and director Ken Hughes ("Cromwell"). It features songs by the Oscar-winning team from "Mary Poppins," the brothers Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman. Van Dyke stars as inventor Caractacus Potts, who created the car and uses it to foil the evil schemes of Baron Bomburst (Fröbe) of the European barony of Vulgaria. Among the movie's musical numbers are the title tune (an Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song) and "Me Ol' Bamboo."
Vulgaria's creepy Child Catcher (played in the movie by ballet dancer Helpmann) was one of several villainous characters from British pop culture featured during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 
Expires July 5, 2014.

2. To Be or Not to Be (1942) -- Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges, Sig Ruman, Tom Dugan, Charles Halton, George Lynn, Henry Victor, Maude Eburne, Halliwell Hobbes, Miles Mander. Lombard's final screen appearance was in Ernst Lubitsch's brilliant World War II comedy about the aftermath of Hitler's takeover of Poland. On January 16, 1942, less than two months before the film's release, the 33-year-old actress was killed in a plane crash near Las Vegas. She was on her way back to California after raising money in Indiana for the American war effort. Set in Warsaw, the film stars Lombard and Benny as stage thespians Maria and Josef Tura, respectively, whose professional and private lives are upended by the Nazi invasion in 1939. Stack plays a Polish flier who becomes enamored of Maria. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Werner R. Heymann). In 1983, Mel Brooks remade the comedy with his wife, actress Anne Bancroft, and a cast that featured Charles Durning (a Best Supporting Actor nominee), Christopher Lloyd, Tim Matheson and José Ferrer. Expires July 5, 2014.
3. Topper Takes a Trip (1938) -- Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Verree Teasdale, Franklin Pangborn, Alexander D'Arcy, Paul Hurst, Armand Kaliz, Eddy Conrad, Spencer Charters, Irving Pichel, Leon Belasco. Cary Grant did not return for this sequel to the 1937 hit comedy "Topper," but he appears briefly as George Kerby in archival footage from the original film. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod, who helmed the first movie, Young again plays Wall Street banker Cosmo Topper, Burke resumes the role of his wife Clara, and Bennett is the fun-loving ghost of the late Marion Kerby. Mowbray also returns as Wilkins, the Topper family's butler. In this installment of the series, a befuddled Cosmo is being divorced by Clara, who suspects the presence of another woman in his life. She is correct, but the "other woman" is Marion, who only materializes around Cosmo.
The movie received an Academy Award for Best Special Effects (Roy Seawright). It was followed by a second sequel in 1941, "Topper Returns." The film trilogy inspired the 1950s television series that starred Leo G. Carroll as Topper and Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys as George and Marion, respectively. Expires July 5, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 30, 2014

The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


The Fallen Idol (1948) -- Sir Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Sonia Dresdel, Bobby Henrey, Denis O'Dea, Jack Hawkins, Walter Fitzgerald, Dandy Nichols, Joan Young, Karel Stepanek, Gerald Hines, Torin Thatcher, James Hayter, Geoffrey Keen, Bernard Lee, John Ruddock, Hay Petrie, Dora Bryan, George Woodbridge. Based on a short story by Graham Greene, this drama was directed by Sir Carol Reed, who received his first of three Academy Award nominations as Best Director for his work on the film. He won the award 20 years later for his direction of the film musical "Oliver!," which was named Best Picture of 1968.


Greene received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for transferring his short story to the screen.


The film tells the story of young Philippe (Henrey), the precocious son of a European ambassador posted to London. While his parents are out of town, the boy spends much of his time with the embassy's butler Baines (Richardson) and his martinet of a wife (Dresdel). When Mrs. Baines dies as the result of an accident, Philippe begins to suspect that his hero, Baines, was responsible for her demise.



A year after this film was released, Reed directed another film based on a Greene story -- "The Third Man." Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli, the 1949 drama is considered one of the all-time great motion pictures. Because of it, Reed received his second Oscar nomination for Best Director.


Cast notes: The French-born actress Morgan, whose film career spanned the 1930s and the 1990s, died on December 20, 2016 at the age of 96. Lee, who plays Detective Brown, was the original 'M' opposite Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore in the first 11 serious James Bond films between 1962 and 1979. Lee's final appearance in the Bond series was in "Moonraker," in which Keen -- who plays Detective Davis in Reed's film -- began making appearances as  Minister of Defence Frederick Gray. Bryan, who appears in the movie as Rose the streetwalker, later received acclaim for her performance in "A Taste of Honey" (1961). She died on July 23, 2014 at the age of 91.



Expires July 6, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 1, 2014

The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


The Hairy Ape (1944) -- William Bendix, Susan Hayward, John Loder, Dorothy Comingore, Roman Bohnen, Tom Fadden, Alan Napier, Charles Cane, Charles La Torre. Directed by Alfred Santell ("Winterset"), this is a low-budget, slightly-changed film version of playwright Eugene O'Neill's 1922 stage production of the same title.The film stars Bendix as Hank Smith, who works as a stoker on a transatlantic freighter, and involves his encounters with a snobbish passenger, society girl Mildred Douglas (Hayward). She is appalled by him when they meet aboard the ship, but they end up seeing each other again in her territory. Turner Classic Movies aired the film on Monday, June 30, 2014, the 97th anniversary of Hayward's birth. Expires July 7, 2014. 

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TCM On Demand for July 2, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 


1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) -- Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Edmond O'Brien, Alan Marshal, Walter Hampden, Harry Davenport, Katharine Alexander, George Zucco, Fritz Leiber, Etienne Girardot, Helene Whitney, Minna Gombell, Arthur Hohl, Curt Bois, George Tobias, Rod La Rocque, Spencer Charters, Kathryn Adams, Diane Hunter, Sig Arno. Uncredited: Charles Drake, Gail Patrick, Laura Hope Crews, Charles Halton, Rondo Hatton, Louis Jean Heydt, Victor Kilian, Elmo Lincoln, Nestor Paiva, Louis Zamperini.
Directed by William Dieterle ("The Life of Émile Zola," "Portrait of Jennie"), this film adaptation of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel was nominated for two Academy Awards. It was recognized for Alfred Newman's score and its achievement in sound (John Aalberg, RKO Radio Sound Department).
Set in 15th-century Paris, the film stars Laughton as the title character, Quasimodo, a misshapen bell ringer at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. He becomes an unlikely hero when he tries to protect Esmeralda (O'Hara), a young gypsy woman vilified and hunted by authorities.
The story has been filmed numerous other times, ranging from a 1923 silent version starring Lon Chaney, Sr. to Disney's 1996 animated musical featuring the voices of Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander and Mary Wickes.
From screen appearance to screen hero: Zamperini (1917-2014), who appears as a street urchin in the movie, later became the subject of the 2014 film biography "Unbroken." Directed by Angelina Jolie, the drama recounted Zamperini's ordeals as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. The film was based on the 2010 best-selling novel by Laura Hillenbrand. Zamperini was portrayed by Jack O'Connell.
"The back thing with Notre Dame": In a 2002 installment of TV's "The Sopranos" ("For All Debts Public and Private," Season 4, Episode 1) Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri (Steve Schirripa) confused Quasimodo with a noteworthy 16th-century French seer. But Bobby's boss, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), corrected him:
Bobby: Mom really went downhill after the World Trade Center. You know, Quasimodo predicted all this.
Tony: Who did what?
Bobby: All these problems -- the Middle East, the end of the world.
Tony: Nostradamus. Quasimodo's the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Bobby: Oh, right. Notredamus.
Tony: Nostradamus -- and Notre Dame. It's two different things completely.
Bobby: It's interesting, though, they'd be so similar, isn't it? And I always thought, OK, Hunchback of Notre Dame. You also got your quarterback and your halfback of Notre Dame.
Tony: One's a ******* cathedral.
Bobby: Obviously I know, I'm just saying. It's interesting, the coincidence. What? You're gonna tell me you never pondered that? The back thing with Notre Dame?
Tony: No!
Expires July 8, 2014.



2. A Woman's Secret (1949) -- Maureen O'Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame, Bill Williams, Victor Jory, Mary Philips, Jay C. Flippen, Robert Warwick, Curt Conway, Ann Shoemaker, Virginia Farmer, Ellen Corby, Emory Parnell. O'Hara, Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month for July, 2014, headlines this mystery/drama about the shooting of a rising singer named Estrellita (Grahame). Directed by Nicholas Ray, who married Grahame after the film's completion, the movie was adapted by screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz ("Citizen Kane") from the novel "Mortgage on Life" by Vicki Baum.


Expires July 8, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 3, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time are: 


1. Black Moon (1975) -- Cathryn Harrison, Therese Giehse, Alexandra Stewart, Joe Dallesandro. Written and directed by French filmmaker Louis Malle ("Lacombe, Lucien," "Au revoir les enfants"), this surrealistic tale takes place during a futuristic gender war between men and women. Harrison, daughter of Noel and granddaughter of Sir Rex, stars as a teenager named Lily who seeks refuge from the chaos of battle. She finds it at a country manor populated by unusual people and animals, including a talking unicorn. The film is dedicated to the German actress Giehse (1898-1975), who died shortly after its completion. The cinematographer for the project was Sweden's Sven Nykvist, who collaborated with the great Ingmar Bergman on numerous films and won Oscars for his camerawork in "Cries and Whispers" (1973) and "Fanny and Alexander" (1983). This was Malle's first English-speaking film. He went on to direct many others, including "Pretty Baby" (1978), "Atlantic City" (1980) and "My Dinner with Andre" (1981). He married actress Candice Bergen in 1980 and they remained together until his death in 1995. This was one of four films aired by Turner Classic Movies --beginning in prime time on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 -- that featured movies about talking animals. Expires July 9, 2014.



2. Day of the Dolphin (1973) -- George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Paul Sorvino, Fritz Weaver, John Dehner, Severn Darden, Jon Korkes, Edward Herrmann, Leslie Charleson, John David Carson, Victoria Racimo, William Roerick, Elizabeth Wilson, Phyllis Davis. Director Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") made a rare venture into the science-fiction genre with this thriller about porpoises that can communicate with humans. The movie's screenplay was adapted by Buck Henry (Nichols' collaborator on "The Graduate") from the 1967 novel "A Sentient Animal" by French author Robert Merle. 

Scott and Van Devere, who were married in real life, star as a husband-and-wife scientific duo that has trained dolphins to understand and speak English. Trouble arises, however, when the aquatic mammals -- Fa and Bee -- are taken by members of a sinister foundation for a diabolical purpose. 

The drama received two Academy Award nominations: Best Music, Original Dramatic Score (Georges Delerue) and Best Sound (Richard Portman, Larry Jost).

The film was released on December 19, 1973 -- one month before another big day for Dolphins. On January 13, 1974, the Miami Dolphins won their second consecutive National Football League championship, defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl VIII in Houston, 24 to 7. Expires July 9, 2014. 



3. Francis (1950) -- Donald O'Connor, Patricia Medina, Chill Wills (Francis' voice), Tony Curtis, ZaSu Pitts, Ray Collins, John McIntire, Eduard Franz, Howland Chamberlain, James Todd, Robert Warwick, Frank Faylen, Mikel Conrad, Loren Tindell, Charles Meredith. This first installment of the film series about a talking Army mule was directed by Arthur Lubin, who went on to create "Mr. Ed," the popular CBS television series about a horse with the gift of gab.

Based on the 1946 novel by author David Stern, the film stars O'Connor as Peter Stirling, an American GI who encounters Francis during World War II action in the jungles of Burma. Curtis makes one of his early film appearances as Captain Jones. A year after this film was released, Curtis headlined the picture that put him on the road to stardom -- "The Prince Who Was a Thief."

The six other films in the series were "Francis Goes to the Races" (1951), "Francis Goes to West Point" (1952), "Francis Covers the Big Town" (1953), "Francis Joins the WACS" (1954), "Francis in the Navy" (1955) and "Francis in the Haunted House." (1956). Expires July 9, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 4, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


1. Foreign Correspondent (1940) -- Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, Albert Basserman, Robert Benchley, Eduardo Ciannelli, Edmund Gwenn, Harry Davenport. Sir Alfred Hitchcock's first American film was "Rebecca," which won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Picture. But the British-born filmmaker also had a second Best Picture contender with this spectacular thriller that anticipated the outbreak of World War II. McCrea stars as Johnny Jones, a hard-nosed newspaper reporter for the fictional New York Globe. When the publication's editor (Davenport) decides he needs a top-notch correspondent to cover the gathering storm in Europe, he gives the job to Jones and rechristens him "Huntley Haverstock." Upon his arrival in London, Jones/Haverstock immediately becomes involved in international political intrigue that puts his life in danger.
Memorable scene No. 1: Gwenn, who won an Oscar for playing Santa Claus in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947), appears as Haverstock's "genial" bodyguard who tries to dispose of the foreign correspondent by pushing him from the bell tower of Westminster Cathedral. Gwenn was a Hitchcock favorite who appeared in four of the director's films between 1931 and 1955.
Memorable scene No. 2: An airplane carrying Haverstock and other principal characters is shot down over the Atlantic Ocean by a German destroyer. Hitchcock filmed much of the sequence from the points of view of the plane's passengers and crew.
In a 1972 interview on ABC's "The Dick Cavett Show," Hitchcock explained how the sequence was shot:
Hitch's traditional cameo: It occurs approximately 12 minutes into the film as Haverstock walks out of a hotel and encounters the Dutch diplomat Van Meer (Basserman).
The role of Haverstock originally was offered to actor Gary Cooper, who declined it. The actor later expressed regrets about not accepting the part. Unfortunately, McCrea, despite his solid work in this movie, never worked with Hitchcock again.
Besides the Best Picture nomination, the film earned five other nods for the 13th Academy Awards held on February 27, 1941: Best Supporting Actor (Basserman, for a dual role), Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Charles Bennett and Joan Harrison), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Rudolph Maté), Best Black-and-White Art Direction (Alexander Golitzen) and Best Special Effects (Paul Eagler, photographic; Thomas T. Moulton, sound). Harrison later became a producer of Hitchcock's long-running anthology series on television during the 1950s and 1960s. 
This was one of eight films starring Sanders that Turner Classic Movies presented on Thursday, July 3, 2014, the 108th anniversary of the Oscar-winning British actor's birth. Expires July 10, 2014.



2. I'm No Angel (1933) -- Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff, Edward Arnold, Ralf Harolde, Kent Taylor, Gertrude Michael, Russell Hopton, Dorothy Peterson, William B. Davidson, Gertrude Howard, Libby Taylor, Hattie McDaniel (uncredited), Dennis O'Keefe (uncredited). Directed by Wesley Ruggles ("No Man of Her Own"), this was one of two major screen successes for West in the year that Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd U.S. president. The other was "She Done Him Wrong," credited with saving Paramount Pictures from bankruptcy during the early stages of the Great Depression. Both films co-starred Grant, who had begun his movie career the year before at Paramount. West, who developed the story and wrote the screenplay, stars as a carnival performer named Tira, whose sensational charms make her a magnet for attracting men. But she also has a messy personal life, thanks to the company she keeps at the carnival. All of that could change after Tira meets wealthy business Jack Clayton (Grant), who apparently is the man a fortune teller predicted she would meet. 


Memorable dialogue:


Ernest Brown (Davidson): I like to get around and travel. And believe me, I've been places and seen things.

Tira: I've been things and seen places. That sort of evens us out.
Memorable quote: "When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad, I'm better." -- Tira, delivering one of West's most famous lines while flirting with Clayton. 
Memorable quote No. 2: "Beulah, peel me a grape." -- Another famous West line, as Tira addresses her maid (Howard).

Memorable quote No. 3: "It's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men."  -- Yet another classic West line, spoken by Tira.


Expires July 10, 2014.



3. Journey to Italy (1954) -- Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Maria Mauban, Anna Proclemer, Paul Müller, Anthony La Penna (billed as Leslie Daniels), Natalia Ray, Jackie Frost. Titled "Viaggio in Italia" in Italy, this was one of Bergman's last films with her director-husband Roberto Rossellini before she staged her big Hollywood comeback in "Anastasia" (1956). She and Sanders play a married British couple -- Katherine and Alexander Joyce -- who are on their way to Naples to sell property inherited from a deceased relative. Because their marriage is strained, the Joyces begin to immerse themselves -- usually separately -- in the charms of Italian culture and history. Can this marriage be saved?

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, who from 1979 to 1982 was married to actress Isabella Rossellini, the daughter of Bergman and filmmaker Rossellini, included this drama in his personal 2001 documentary about Italian cinema -- "Il Mio Viaggio in Italia (My Voyage to Italy)." Expires July 10, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for July 5, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


1. 1776 (1972) -- William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Blythe Danner, Virginia Vestoff, Donald Madden, John Cullum, David Ford, Roy Poole, Ron Holgate, Ray Middleton, William Hansen, Emory Bass, Ralston Hill, Howard Caine, Patrick Hines, William Duell, Daniel Keyes, Leo Leyden, Stephen Nathan, Jonathan Moore, James Noble, John Myhers, Rex Robbins, Charles Rule. This film version of the 1969 Tony Award-winning musical -- about the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence -- was the last production by former Warner Bros. studio mogul Jack L. Warner. It was directed by Peter H. Hunt ("Give 'em Hell, Harry!"), based on the musical's book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards. Many of the actors, including Daniels and Da Silva, reprised their roles from the stage version.


Set during the sweltering Philadelphia summer of 1776, the film revolves around the Second Continental Congress, comprised of delegates from the 13 American colonies fighting to sever ties with Great Britain. The unlikely catalyst for the push for independence is the outspoken Massachussetts delegate John Adams (Daniels), who admits that he is ”obnoxious and disliked.” To Adams' dismay, he is asked to help draft the Declaration with delegates Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania (Da Silva), Roger Sherman of Connecticut (Myhers), Robert Livingston of New York (Robbins) and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia (Howard).


The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography (Harry Stradling, Jr.).

Among the songs performed are "Sit Down, John," "Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve," "Till Then," "The Lees of Old Virginia," "But Mr. Adams," "He Plays the Violin," "Mama Look Sharp," "The Egg," "Molasses  to Rum" and "Is Anybody There?"


Memorable scene: On May 8, 1776, Adams pushes the Congress for a vote on independence. His fellow delegates just want him to sit down and shut up.



Memorable scene No. 2: The film re-creates the correspondence between Adams in Philadelphia and his wife Abigail (Vestoff) in Braintree, Massachusetts by having them "converse." 



From 1993 to 2000, Daniels starred in the ABC sitcom "Boy Meets World" as George Feeny, a teacher who eventually becomes the principal at John Adams High School in Philadelphia. Daniels made a cameo appearance in the series' sequel, "Girl Meets World," which began airing on The Disney Channel on June 27, 2014. 


Howard, who had served as president of the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA union since 2009, died on March 23, 2016 at the age of 71.


Expires July 11, 2014.

2. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) -- James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Eddie Foy, Jr., Frances Langford, George Barbier, S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall, Walter Catlett, Minor Watson, Chester Clute, Odette Myrtil, Douglas Croft, Patsy Parsons, Captain Jack Young. After years of playing numerous movie tough guys, Cagney won his only Academy Award for playing real-life song-and-dance man George M. Cohan (1878-1942) in this Best Picture-nominated biography and musical. The production was directed by Michael Curtiz, who was nominated for an Oscar himself, but lost to Willliam Wyler of "Mrs. Miniver." Curtiz would win the following year for his work on "Casablanca," which was named Best Picture of 1943.
The Cohan biopic was released on June 6, 1942, five months before the film's subject died at the age of 64. Despite his famous line in the movie's title song, Cohan actually was born on July 3rd. Among his other famous songs performed in the movie are: "Over There," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "Give My Regards to Broadway," "Mary's a Grand Old Name" and "Harrigan."
In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked this film at No. 100 on a list of the top 100 movies of all time. Also, Cohan's traditional sign off after his stage performances with his family was ranked No. 97 on the AFI's 2005 list of the 100 greatest movie quotes of all time.
The film also won Oscars for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld) and Best Sound, Recording (Nathan Levinson). Its other nominations were for Best Supporting Actor (Huston), Best Writing, Original Story (Robert Buckner) and Best Film Editing (George Amy).
Memorable scene: After meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Young) in his office, Cohan literally dances his way out of the White House.
Cagney again portrayed Cohan in the 1955 musical film "The Seven Little Foys," which starred Bob Hope as Eddie Foy, Sr. In an unforgettable moment, the friendly rivals Cohan and Foy compete at the Friars Club in a boisterous dance-off on a table.
Leslie, who played Cohan's fictionalized wife Mary, was 17 years old when the film biography was released. She died on October 12, 2015 at the age of 90.
Whorf, who appears as Cohan's longtime business partner Sam Harris, went on to direct numerous episodes of such television series as "The Beverly Hillbillies," "My Three Sons" and "Gunsmoke." Expires July 11, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for July 6, 2014
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:
1. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) -- Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Tony Burton, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Loomis, Peter Bruni, John J. Fox, Marc Ross, Alan Koss, Henry Brandon, Kim Richards. Before his success with the 1978 horror thriller "Halloween," John Carpenter created this low-budget but highly regarded story about a crime gang's bold attack on a Los Angeles police station in its final hours of operation.
The film was remade in 2005 by French director Jean-François Richet with a cast that included Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne, Maria Bello, Drea de Matteo, John Leguizamo, Brian Dennehy and rap star Ja Rule.
Richards, who was a preteen when this movie was filmed, has been a regular since October 2010 on the Bravo television reality series "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Her younger sister, actress Kyle Richards ("Halloween"), also stars in the series. Her older sister Kathy Hilton is the mother of hotel heiresses Paris and Nicky Hilton.
Loomis, who plays Julie, also served as the film's wardrobe mistress under her real name, Louise Kyes. She and Cyphers appeared in the first two "Halloween" movies. She was teen Annie Brackett; he played her father, the sheriff of Haddonfield, Illinois.
Expires July 12, 2014.

2. Of Human Bondage (1934) -- Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Frances Dee, Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale, Sr., Reginald Sheffield, Reginald Owen, Desmond Roberts. Davis did not receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in this drama based on W. Somerset Maugham's 1915 novel. But she achieved an Academy Awards rarity -- she became a write-in candidate, competing with actual nominees Claudette Colbert ("It Happened One Night"), Grace Moore ("One Night of Love") and Norma Shearer ("The Barretts of Wimpole Street"). The award went to Colbert, but it may not have been a coincidence that Davis won the Best Actress award a year later for "Dangerous." She went on to become an Oscar favorite, winning a second Best Actress award (for the 1938 film "Jezebel") and picking up five additional nominations between 1939 and 1944.




Directed by John Cromwell ("Abe Lincoln in Illinois"), this film stars Howard as a British medical student in London who becomes enamored of a low-class waitress (Davis). The better he treats her, the worse her attitude toward him. The movie's headliners would reunite two years later in the screen version of "The Petrified Forest," which was a major star vehicle for Humphrey Bogart. Cromwell and Johnson were the parents of actor James Cromwell ("Babe," "L.A. Confidential"), who won a 2012-2013 Primetime Emmy Award for his work in FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum." The younger Cromwell, who played an ex-Nazi scientist working in a Massachusetts mental institution in 1964, won in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. 

Expires July 12, 2014.
3. The Taming of the Shrew (1967) -- Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael York, Natasha Pyne, Cyril Cusack, Sir Michael Hordern, Victor Spinetti. Franco Zeffirelli, who received a 1968 Academy Award nomination for his direction of "Romeo and Juliet," adapted this Shakespeare comedy the year before. This was the fourth of 10 feature films -- and a made-for-television movie -- that co-starred Taylor and Burton. They were married twice (from 1964 to 1974 and 1975 to 1976). She plays the ill-tempered Katharina, or Kate; he is cast as her determined suitor Petruchio. It also was York's film debut. The play provided the source material for the 1948 Broadway musical "Kiss Me Kate" and its 1953 film version. It also inspired "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999), a modernized hit for Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. Spinetti, who plays Hortensio, co-starred in three Beatles films -- "A Hard Day's Night," "Help!" and "Magical Mystery Tour."
Zeffirelli's production received Academy Award nominations for Best Costume Design (Danilo Donati) and Best Art Direction (Lorenzo Mongiardino, John DeCuir, Elven Webb, Giuseppe Mariani, Dario Simoni and Luigi Gervasi).
This was one of three Taylor-Burton films that Turner Classic Movies presented beginning in prime time on Saturday, July 5, 2014. 
Expires July 12, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for July 7, 2014
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


1. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) -- Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher, Alec Mango, Harold Kasket, Alfred Brown. This fantasy film was a showcase for special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, who died on May 7, 2013 at the age of 92. A master of stop-motion animation, Harryhausen teamed with producer Charles Schneer for other special-effects projects, including "The Three Worlds of Gulliver" (1960), "Mysterious Island" (1961), "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963) and "First Men in the Moon" (1964).



Directed by Nathan H. Juran ("Attack of the 50 Foot Woman." "First Men in the Moon"), this was one of Grant's final film apprearances after her marriage to music and film superstar Bing Crosby in 1957. Their daughter Mary Crosby achieved notoriety in 1980 in the television series "Dallas" as Kristin Shepard -- the answer to the question "Who Shot J.R. Ewing?" Expires July 13, 2014.


2. Kiki (1926) -- Norma Talmadge, Ronald Colman, Gertrude Astor, Marc McDermott, George K. Arthur, William Orlamond, Erwin Connelly, Frankie Darro, Mack Swain. This silent romantic comedy stars Talmadge as the title character, a struggling Parisian woman who dreams of becoming a singing star. As she begins to realize her goal, she finds herself falling for Victor Renal (Colman), the manager of the local stage revue. Colman, who had a successful career in silent films, would become an even greater star with the arrival of sound. He went on to receive four Academy Award nominations, winning a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1947 drama "A Double Life." Talmadge, whose career thrived in the 1920s, never quite made the transition to talking pictures. Her final film was released in 1930. This picture was directed by Clarence Brown, who became a prestigious filmmaker at MGM years later with such Oscar-nominated releases as "The Human Comedy" (1943), "National Velvet" (1944) and "The Yearling" (1946). Expires July 13, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 8, 2014


The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


1. The Desert Song (1953) -- Kathryn Grayson, Gordon MacRae, Steve Cochran, Raymond Massey, Dick Wesson, Allyn Ann McLerie, Ray Collins, Paul Picerni, Frank DeKova, William Conrad, Trevor Bardette, Mark Dana. Last of several film versions of Sigmund Romberg's 1926 operetta about an unassuming man in French Morocco who happens to be the fearless Arab rebel known as "The Red Shadow." In this Technicolor production, MacRae plays the heroic leader-- called El Khobar this time -- who maintains a secret identity as Professor Paul Bonnard. When he is hired to tutor Margot Birabeau (Grayson), daughter of a general in the French Foreign Legion (Collins), he falls for her. But she is more interested in Claude Fontaine (Cochran), a Legionnaire officer. Meanwhile, a scheming sheik named Yousseff (Massey) becomes a major threat through his plans to overthrow the French colonial power structure. Among the Romberg songs used in the film musical -- most of them with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel and Otto A. Harbach -- are the title song, "One Alone," "The Riff Song," "If One Flower Grows Alone in Your Garden," "Azuri's Dance," "Romance" and "Long Live the Night." Expires July 14, 2014.


2. The Marrying Kind (1952) -- Judy Holliday, Aldo Ray, Madge Kennedy, Sheila Bond, John Alexander, Rex Williams, Phyllis Povah, Mickey Shaughnessy, Griff Barnett, Charles Bronson (uncredited), Peggy Cass (uncredited), Gordon Jones (uncredited). This was Holliday's first film after her Academy Award-winning performance as Billie Dawn in "Born Yesterday" (1950), which was directed by George Cukor. Holliday and Cukor reunited for this comedy/drama about a deteriorating marriage, based on a screenplay by the husband-and-wife writing team of Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon. Florrie and Chet Keefer (Holliday, Ray) are on the verge of divorce when the judge (Kennedy) presiding over their hearing tries to reason with them. This was the first major film role for Ray, who played numerous tough guys during his 40-year career. Expires July 14, 2014.


3. My Fair Lady (1964) -- Audrey Hepburn, Sir Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Dame Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel, Mona Washbourne, Isobel Elsom, John Holland. George Cukor's colorful film version of the 1956 Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe stage musical won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Harrison). Both musical versions were based on George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play "Pygmalion," which became a 1938 Best Picture nominee and earned an adapted screenplay Oscar for the Irish playwright. In Cukor's film, Harrison reprised his original stage role of Professor Henry Higgins, an expert in phonetics who is adept at identifying a person's origins based on speech patterns. He makes a wager with his colleague Colonel Pickering (Hyde-White) that he can transform lowly Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Hepburn) into a proper lady. Warner Bros. head Jack L. Warner caused a stir when he passed over the original stage Eliza, Julie Andrews, in favor of Hepburn. Andrews gained a measure of revenge when she won the 1964 Best Actress Oscar for Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins," while Hepburn was not nominated at all. Hepburn's vocals were performed by Marnie Nixon, who previously had dubbed the singing voices of Deborah Kerr in "The King and I" (1956) and Natalie Wood in "West Side Story" (1961). Nixon eventually appeared onscreen for the first time as Sister Sophia opposite Andrews in the 1965 Best Picture winner, "The Sound of Music." Harrison's first Oscar win came a year after he was nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance as Julius Caesar in the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton epic "Cleopatra." The actor's style of non-singing narrative served him well. He used it again in the 1970s when he became the TV commercial spokesman for Dodge Aspen automobiles. "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has confessed that he based the voice of Stewie Griffin on Harrison as Professor Higgins. Brett, who played Freddie Eynsford-Hill in the movie, later became celebrated for his performances as Sherlock Holmes on British television in the 1980s and 1990s.

Memorable scene: There are many in this musical, but one involves Holloway, who co-stars as Eliza's father Alfred P. Doolittle, as he prances around with his barmates while performing "Get Me to the Church on Time." Holloway was offered the role of Admiral Boom in "Mary Poppins," but he chose to reprise his original stage performances as Doolittle instead. He was rewarded with a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Meanwhile, Reginald Owen then stepped in as Boom for the Disney film.



André Previn won an Oscar for his musical arrangements, which included the classic songs "Why Can't the English Learn to Speak?," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "Just You Wait," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face." Another Oscar winner was Cecil Beaton, who was awarded for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. 


Expires July 14, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 9, 2014


The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


1. A King in New York (1957) -- Sir Charles Chaplin, Dawn Addams, Oliver Johnston, Michael Chaplin, Maxine Audley, Jerry Desmonde, John McLaren, Robert Arden, Joan Ingram, Harry Green, Sidney James, Phil Brown, Alan Gifford, Shani Wallis. Chaplin's next-to-last film was this biting satire of celebrity, commercialism, American politics and atomic energy advocates. It was filmed in the United Kingdom because Chaplin couldn't go to New York City. After making a trip to his native London in 1952, he was denied re-entry into the United States because of his political views, and remained abroad thereafter. He briefly returned to America in 1972 to receive an honorary Academy Award "for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of [the 20th] century." In the film, which also was written, directed and scored by Chaplin, he stars as the recently deposed King Shahdov of the fictional nation of Estrovia. He flees to New York, but discovers that his prime minister (Desmonde) has bolted to South America with the country's finances. But he learns that he may be able to cash in on his notoriety.

Memorable scene: Shahdov visits a progressive school for boys and has an interesting conversation with a budding young anarchist named Rupert Macabee (Michael Chaplin). The younger Chaplin apparently knew his father's lines as well as his own. If you look carefully, you can see the boy mouthing the words of his dad.



Acting seems to be firmly engrained in the Chaplin bloodline. The film great's daughter Geraldine, who played Omar Sharif's wife in "Doctor Zhivago" (1965), has a 30-year-old offspring named Oona. She was christened after Sir Charles' wife Oona O'Neill Chaplin, whose father was the great American playwright Eugene O'Neill. The younger Oona Chaplin appeared as Talisa Maegyr Stark in Seasons 2 and 3 of the HBO miniseries "Game of Thrones." Her pregnant character, the wife of Winterfell's heroic leader Robb Stark, was dispatched brutally (along with her husband and mother in law) during the infamous "Red Wedding" massacre in the Season 3 episode "The Rains of Castamere." Since then, the younger Chaplin starred in "The Crimson Field," a 2015 British  drama series about nurses in World War I.


Sir Charles' final film was "A Countess from Hong Kong" (1962), in which he directed Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren in a romance set aboard a luxury liner sailing from Hong Kong to the United States. Chaplin made brief appearances as a ship's steward. Expires July 15, 2014.



2. Our Man in Havana (1959) -- Sir Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O'Hara, Ernie Kovacs, Sir Noël Coward, Sir Ralph Richardson, Jo Morrow, Grégoire Aslan, Paul Rogers, Raymond Huntley, Ferdy Mayne, Maurice Denham, Joseph P. Mawra, Duncan Macrae, Gerik Schjelderup, Hugh Manning, Karel Sepanek, Maxine Audley. Sir Carol Reed ("The Third Man," "Oliver!") directed this espionage comedy set in Cuba just before the Castro revolution on January 1, 1959. Based on the 1958 novel by Graham Greene, the film stars Guinness as James Wormold, a British salesman in Havana recruited to spy for Her Majesty's government. Although Wormold is a bit reluctant to try his hand at intelligence gathering, he accepts because his nubile daughter Milly (Morrow) has expensive tastes -- including a recently acquired horse. O'Hara, Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month for July 2014, arrives on the scene as Beatrice Severn, a British agent assigned to work with Wormold. Kovacs plays Cuban Colonel Segura, the omnipresent and omniscient head of the local police. He's also a suitor for the hand of the lovely Milly. Expires July 15, 2014.


3. They Met in Argentina (1941) -- Maureen O'Hara, James Ellison, Alberto Vila, Buddy Ebsen, Robert Barrat, Joseph Buloff, Diosa Costello, Fortunio Bonanova (uncredited), Betty Jane Rhodes (uncredited). Directed by Leslie Goodwins and Jack Hively (who took over when Goodwins was hospitalized with pneumonia), this musical comedy stars O'Hara as an Argentine heiress who falls for the visiting representative (Ellison) of an American businessman. Ebsen plays Ellison's co-worker whose specialty is racehorses. The film features several songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, including "North America Meets South America" (the opening tune performed by Rhodes and another singer), "You've Got the Best of Me," "Lolita," "Cutting the Cane" and "Never Go to Argentina If You Don't Dance." Expires July 15, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 10, 2014


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Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) -- Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles, ZaSu Pitts, Roland Young, Leila Hyams, Maude Eburne, Lucien Littlefield, Leota Lorraine, James Burke, Dell Henderson, Clarence Wilson. Directed by Leo McCarey ("Going My Way," "The Awful Truth"), this comedy was the third film version of  Harry Leon Wilson's 1915 novel about a well-to-do American couple (Boland, Ruggles) from Red Gap, Washington that acquires an English valet named Ruggles (Laughton) through a poker game in Paris. As a result, the polished manservant experiences culture shock when he relocates to an Old West town in 1908.



The remake received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture -- which gave Laughton the distinction of being in three nominated films in the same year. The others: "Mutiny on the Bounty" (in which he portrayed Captain Bligh) and "Les Misérables" (in which he played the relentless police inspector Javert). The award went to "Mutiny on the Bounty." McCarey's film was one of four comedies about people in service to households that aired on Turner Classic Movies beginning in prime time on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Expires July 16, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 11, 2014


The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


1. Screen Directors Playhouse: "Markheim" (April 11, 1956) -- This episode of the NBC anthology series was directed by two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fred Zinnemann ("From Here to Eternity," "A Man for All Seasons"). Based on a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, it stars Oscar winners Ray Milland ("The Lost Weekend") and Rod Steiger ("In the Heat of the Night"). Milland plays a man who gets carried away with some last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve. He undergoes a remarkable transformation because of the arrival of an all-knowing stranger (Steiger). The half-hour episode also stars Jay Novello. Expires July 17, 2014.


2. Screen Directors Playhouse: "No. 5 Checked Out" (January 18, 1956) -- Ida Lupino directed and came up with the story idea for this half-hour drama, which stars Academy Award winner Teresa Wright ("Mrs. Miniver"), Peter Lorre and William Talman. Written by Willard_Weiner, the episode casts Wright as a deaf woman forced to deal with fugitives (Lorre, Talman) hiding out in one of her family's remote cabins in a wooded area. Expires July 17, 2014.


3. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) -- Directed by Robert Epstein and produced by Epstein and Richard Schmiechen, this film is about the short but remarkable career of the first openly gay politician elected to office in California. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The passionate Milk (1930-1978) was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977, but served only 11 months due to an unbelievable tragedy at City Hall. The film's narration was provided by Tony Award-winning actor  and playwright Harvey Fierstein ("Torch Song Trilogy").

Twenty-five years after the documentary's release, Sean Penn won a second Academy Award for Best Actor because of his portrayal of the doomed political figure in the 2008 screen biography "Milk." Directed by Gus Van Sant, the biopic also earned an Oscar for screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Expires July 17, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 12, 2014
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1. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) -- Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy, Ben Alexander, Scott Kolk, Owen Davis, Jr., Walter Browne, William Bakewell, Russell Gleason, Richard Alexander, Harold Goodwin, Slim Summerville, Pat Collins, Beryl Mercer, Edmund Breese, Walter E. Rogers, Arthur Gardner. This World War I drama, directed by Lewis Milestone ("Of Mice and Men," "Ocean's 11"), won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1929-30 at the third Oscars ceremony held on November 5, 1930. Milestone also won his second Best Director award (his first win was presented for the comedy "Two Arabian Knights" at the first-ever awards ceremony on May 16, 1929). Based on the 1929 novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque, the drama follows the war through the viewpoint of German soldiers, many of them fresh out of school. The movie was ranked No. 54 in the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 100 greatest movies of all time. But it did not appear at all when AFI updated the list in 2007. The drama was remade for television in 1979, directed by Delbert Mann ("Marty") with a cast that included Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence and Patricia Neal.


Memorable scene: The movie's final moments, as soldier Paul Bäumer (Ayres) attempts to catch a butterfly, are among the most unforgettable in cinema history. Ironically, Ayres' career later took a hit because of his status as a conscientious objector during World War II. But he endured, and eventually received a Best Actor nomination for his performance as a compassionate doctor in "Johnny Belinda" (1948). Ben Alexander, who plays Franz Kemmerich in the war film, experienced major success on television in the 1950s. He co-starred as Frank Smith, the partner of LAPD detective Joe Friday (Jack Webb) on the original black-and-white version of "Dragnet," which ran from 1952 to 1959. When Webb revived the series on NBC in color in 1967, Friday's partner was Bill Gannon, played by Harry Morgan.

Turner Classic Movies aired the film as part of its Friday Night Spotlight focus on movies about World War I. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the events that led to "the war to end all wars."  Expires July 18, 2014.


2. Paths of Glory (1957) -- Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Richard Anderson, Timothy Carey, Joseph Turkel, Susanne Christian, Jerry Hausner, Emile Meyer, Peter Capell, Bert Freed, Harold Benedict, John Stein, Fred Bell, Kem Dibbs. Stanley Kubrick's blistering anti-war film was based on the 1935 novel by Humphrey Cobb, who derived it from a true story out of World War I. The title is from a line in "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by the 18th-century British poet Thomas Gray: "The paths of glory lead but to the grave."



Douglas, whose company produced the film, plays Colonel Dax, a French officer who tries to cope with an insensitive and duplicitous military hierarchy in 1916. When a futile assault on a German position known as the Ant Hill fails, French military officials do not admit their blunder.They decide instead to court-martial three soldiers selected at random. The scapegoats -- Corporal Paris (Meeker), Private Ferol (Carey) and Private Arnaud (Turkel) -- are found guilty of cowardice by a military tribune and sentenced to be executed by a firing squad. The entire episode enrages Dax, who has a showdown with the brass.


Christian, who appears as the German singer at the end of the movie, was the stage name of Christiane Susanne Harlan. She became Kubrick's third wife shortly after this movie was released and was with the director when he died in England at the age of 70 on March 7, 1999. She also appeared in her husband's final film "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999) and in the 2008 documentary "Stanley Kubrick's Boxes," in which filmmaker Jon Ronson was given access to hundreds of cartons the director left after his death.

Douglas and Kubrick collaborated again on the epic 1960 film "Spartacus." Expires July 18, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for July 13, 2014


The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 


1. Carson on TCM: Bob Hope (October 13, 1978) -- The inimitable Hope dropped by NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" to promote an hour-long special in connection with the 75th World Series, another classic match between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. But it didn't take long for Carson and Hope to beginning ribbing each other about money.

Carson: "I'm trying to get out of NBC what's left after you milked them for 20-some years. If there's anything left, I want to grab it."

Hope: "I want to go over to Switzerland and dig that mountain of money you hid over there. I want to climb that mountain! 

The kings of topical humor exchanged thoughts about women who patronize clubs featuring male strippers, former First Lady Betty Ford's announcement that she had had a facelift, and Hope's recent 75th birthday celebration.

Hope also mentioned that supermodel Cheryl Tiegs was one of the guests on his special salute to the World Series. "She plays a psychiatrist, and I play an umpire in trouble," he said. "We were on the couch. And we rehearsed for nine hours."

This was one of 25 vintage Carson interviews edited for special broadcasts during the month of March 2014 on Turner Classic Movies.  Expires July 19, 2014.


2. Hollywood My Home Town (1965) -- Entertainer Ken Murray wasn't an A-list actor, but he knew plenty of them. When he arrived in Hollywood in 1927, he used his 16 millimeter camera to send back images of the stars to the folks back home in Kingston, New York. What began as a hobby turned into a passion for Murray (1903-1988), who eventually began to bring his home movies to the small screen in the form of TV specials. Among the celebrities who appear in this edition: Sir Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., John Barrymore, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier, W.C. Fields, Eddie Cantor and Ralph Bellamy. A priceless moment involves footage of a 15-year-old Harriet Hilliard, a singer and actress who later married bandleader Ozzie Nelson and became the matriarch of a remarkable extended show business family. Murray, who would have celebrated his birthday on July 14th, narrates the special. Expires July 19, 2014. 


3. My Favorite Brunette (1947) -- Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney, Jr., John Hoyt, Charles Dingle, Reginald Denny, Frank Puglia, Ann Doran, Willard Robertson, Jack La Rue, Charles Arnt. In 1942, Hope starred opposite British actress Madeleine Carroll in a spy caper titled "My Favorite Blonde." It was only a matter of time before Ol' Ski Nose starred in this film noir spoof about an alluring woman with dark tresses. In this case, the fetching female lead was Lamour, who appeared in all seven of the "Road" pictures with Hope and Bing Crosby between 1940 and 1962. In this comedy effort, she plays a South American baroness who tries to exonerate hapless baby photographer Ronnie Jackson (Hope) of a murder charge. Jackson is a wannabe detective, but he only seems gets himself deeper into trouble. Meanwhile, a group of sinister characters, including a killer named Kismet (Lorre), is determined to keep Jackson on the hot seat. 

Memorable scene: In a movie full of inside jokes, one of the best is when Jackson and the baroness are held prisoner at a sanitarium. Jackson tries to persuade a physically powerful but easygoing orderly named Willie (Chaney) to pry open the bars blocking a window. When Willie complies (briefly), Jackson declares, "You're great! I'll buy you a rabbit later."

It's a reference, of course, to Chaney's role as Lenny in the 1939 film version of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." 

The comedy was directed by Elliott Nugent, who also worked with Hope in the 1939 films "The Cat and the Canary" and "Never Say Die." Expires July 19, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 14, 2014


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1. The Little Princess (1939) -- Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Cesar Romero, Arthur Treacher, Mary Nash, Sybil Jason, Miles Mander, Marcia Mae Jones, Deidre Gale, Ira Stevens, E.E. Clove, Beryl Mercer. Derived from British author Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1905 tale "A Little Princess," this Technicolor film was one of Temple's last productions as a child star. The screen legend, who died February 10, 2014 at the age of 85, retired 10 years later at the age of 22 to marry second husband Charles Black on her road to becoming an active force in Republican politics and U.S. diplomacy. Set in London during the year 1899, the film stars Temple as Sara Crewe, whose widowed father (Hunter) deposits her at an all-girls' school while he goes off to fight in the Second Boer War in South Africa. When he ends up missing and presumed dead, Sara becomes reduced to a servant's status at the school because there are no more funds for her tuition.


In the following clip, Sara and Bertie Minchin (Treacher) entertain war veterans with an energetic rendition of the 1890s British music hall song "Wot Cher! Knocked 'em in the Old Kent Road": 



The film was remade in 1995 by director Alfonso Cuarón, who would go on to win two Academy Awards for the 2013 space disaster tale "Gravity." His version starred Liesel Matthews, the stage name of Hyatt Hotels heiress Liesel Pritzker, who later played the president's daughter in the 1997 Harrison Ford thriller "Air Force One." Expires July 20, 2014.


2. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) -- Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter, Barbara Read, Elizabeth Risdon, Ralph Remley, Minna Gombell, Porter Hall, Ray Meyer, Maurice Moscovitch, Louise Beavers, Louis Jean Heydt, Dell Henderson, Louise Seidel, Paul Stanton, Gene Morgan. Director Leo McCarey's bleak portrait of Barkley and Lucy Cooper (Moore, Bondi), an elderly couple whose 50-year bond is threatened when they lose their home during the Depression. Although they have reared five children to adulthood, the prospects are dim that they will be able to stay together. McCarey, whose credits included "Going My Way" (1944) and "An Affair to Remember" (1957), won the 1937 Academy Award for Best Director, but it was for the Irene Dunne-Cary Grant comedy "The Awful Truth." McCarey always believed that he should have won the Oscar for this film. Expires July 20, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 15, 2014
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 


1. Allotment Wives (1945) -- Kay Francis, Paul Kelly, Otto Kruger, Gertrude Michael, Teala Loring, Bernard Nedell, Anthony Warde, Matty Fain, Jonathan Hale, Selmer Jackson, Terry Frost, Reid Kilpatrick, Doris Lloyd, Marcelle Corday, Evelyn Eaton, Elizabeth Wright. Directed by William Nigh ("The Gay Cavalier"), this drama about scheming women who marry American soldiers for their service pay was one of Francis' final screen appearances. The film, co-produced by Francis, features Kelly as an Army intelligence officer who goes undercover to expose the fraud. This was one of several films that Turner Classic Movies aired beginning in prime time on July 14, 2014 as a tribute to Francis. Expires July 21, 2014.


2. The Costume Designer (1950) -- Although she is not credited in this documentary film about the nuts and bolts of costume designing for motion pictures, the great Edith Head (1897-1981) is all over the place. During her 50-plus years in Hollywood, the legendary designer, who inspired the look of the animated character Edna Mode in the 2004 Pixar hit "The Incredibles," won a record eight Academy Awards in 35 nominations. The documentary includes archival footage of such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Gene Kelly, Loretta Young, Betty Grable, Linda Darnell, Gene Tierney, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Esther Williams. Expires July 21, 2014.


3. For the Defense (1930) --William Powell, Kay Francis, Scott Kolk, William B. Davidson, John Elliott, Thomas E. Jackson, Harry Walker, James Finlayson, Charles West, Charles Sullivan, Ernie Adams, Bertram Marburgh, Edward LeSaint, George "Gabby" Hayes. Powell stars as William Foster, a gifted defense attorney with a high batting average when it comes to getting his clients off the hook. Yet he stays within the law to do it. He receives his most challenging case when Jack Defoe (Kulk) is charged with manslaughter after a pedestrian is fatally struck down by a speeding car. What Foster doesn't know is that his longtime girlfriend, dancer Irene Manners (Francis), is the real culprit. And she's planning to leave him for Defoe. This was an early film effort by director John Cromwell, who went on to do numerous screen projects, including the original versions of "The Prisoner of Zenda" and "Of Human Bondage." Look for Gabby Hayes in a non-Western role as a waiter. Expires July 21, 2014.

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