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TCM On Demand for July 16, 2014
 
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:
 
1. A Modern Musketeer (1917) -- Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Marjorie Daw, Kathleen Kirkham, Eugene Ormonde, Edythe Chapman, Frank Campeau, Tully Marshall, ZaSu Pitts (uncredited), Charles Stevens (uncredited). Written and directed by Allan Dwan ("Brewster's Millions," "Sands of Iwo Jima"), this silent film takes an Americanized spin on "The Three Musketeers" by French author Alexandre Dumas the Elder (1802-1870). Fairbanks stars as Ned Thacker, a Kansas man who has been inspired since childhood by the rousing tales of the 17th-century Musketeers.
Dwan later directed a 1939 sound version of "The Three Musketeers" starring Don Ameche and the Ritz Brothers. Expires July 22, 2014.
 
2. The Three Musketeers (1935) -- Walter Abel, Ian Keith, Margot Grahame, Paul Lukas, Moroni Olsen, Onslow Stevens, Heather Angel, Rosamond Pinchot, John Qualen, Murray Kinnell, Nigel De Brulier, Lumsden Hare, Miles Mander, Ralph Forbes. Directed by Rowland V. Lee ("Captain Kidd'), this is an early English-language sound version of the 1844 novel by French author Alexandre Dumas the Elder. Set in 17th-century France, the film stars Abel as D'Artagnan, the young adventurer who dreams of becoming a King's Musketeer like title characters Athos (Lukas), Porthos (Olsen) and Aramis (Stevens). The story, filled with palace intrigue, was remade in 1949 in Technicolor with a memorable cast that included Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Angela Lansbury, Frank Morgan, Vincent Price, Keenan Wynn, John Sutton, Gig Young, Robert Coote and Patricia Medina. The most recent film adaptation was a 2011 3-D version by director Paul W.S. Anderson ("Resident Evil") that starred Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz. Expires July 22, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for July 17, 2014

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

 

1. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) -- Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori, Walter Connolly, Gavin Gordon, Lucien Littlefield, Richard Loo, Helen Jerome Eddy, Emmett Corrigan, Clara Blandick (uncredited). Frank Capra produced and directed this drama, based on the 1930 novel by Grace Zaring Stone. Set in Shanghai during civil war strife, the film stars Stanwyck as Megan Davis, an American missionary who becomes enchanted by a Chinese warlord (Asther).

 

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Asther and Stanwyck

 

This was one of "Bob's Picks" -- selections by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne -- for Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Expires July 23, 2014.

 

2. Crime of Passion (1957) -- Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray, Virginia Grey, Royal Dano, Robert Griffin, Dennis Cross, Jay Adler, Stuart Whitman, Malcolm Atterbury , Robert Quarry, Gail Bonney, Joe Conley. Directed by Gerd Oswald ("A Kiss Before Dying"), this crime drama stars Stanwyck as a San Francisco newspaper columnist who leaves the business to get behind the career of her police detective husband (Hayden). This was one of several Stanwyck films aired by Turner Classic Movies on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 -- the anniversary of her birth in 1907. Expires July 23, 2014.

 

3. Fanny (1961) -- Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer, Horst Buchholz, Georgette Anys, Salvatore Baccaloni, Lionel Jeffries, Raymond Bussiere, Joël Flateau, Victor Francen, Paul Bonifas. Directed by Joshua Logan ("Picnic," "South Pacific"), this drama set in Marseilles, France earned five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Boyer). Written by Julius J. Epstein ("Casablanca") from the 1954 Broadway musical, the film stars Caron as the title character, whose life becomes complicated when she becomes an unwed mother just after she turns 18. The father of Fanny's child is her longtime love Marius (Buchholz), a bar owner's son who leaves to join a sailing expedition. To avoid shaming her mother, the teen accepts the marriage proposal of an older businessman (Chevalier) who is willing to overlook the child's paternity.

The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography (Jack Cardiff), Best Film Editing (William H. Reynolds) and Best Original Score (Harold Rome). 

This film was another of "Bob's Picks" for Wednesday, July 16th on Turner Classic Movies. Expires July 23, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 18, 2014

 

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

 


1. Convicted (1950) -- Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Millard Mitchell, Dorothy Malone, Carl Benton Reid, Frank Faylen, Will Geer, Martha Stewart, Henry O'Neill, Douglas Kennedy, Roland Winters, Ed Begley, Sr. Directed by Henry Levin ("The President's Lady," "Journey to the Center of the Earth"), this is a remake of "The Criminal Code," which was an early sound effort by filmmaker Howard Hawks. In this version, Crawford plays George Knowland, a district attorney who becomes a warden at a prison confining many lawbreakers he prosecuted. One of them is Joe Hufford (Ford), who is serving a sentence for manslaughter. Knowland tries to help Hufford by offering him a job as his personal valet. The arrangement leads to complications, including a budding romance between Hufford and the warden's daughter Kay (Malone). On Thursday, July 17th, Turner Classic Movies aired "The Criminal Code" and this movie back to back beginning in prime time. Expires July 24, 2014.


 

2. The Criminal Code (1931) -- Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff, DeWitt Jennings, Mary Doran, Ethel Wales, Clark Marshall, Arthur Hoyt, John St. Polis, Paul Porcasi, Otto Hoffman. Howard Hawks directed this crime drama based on the 1929 play by Martin Flavin. Huston plays Mark Brady, a district attorney-turned-prison warden who has a fateful reunion with Robert Graham (Holmes), a young man he prosecuted six years earlier. Realizing that Graham has had a tough time in prison, Brady takes him on as a chauffeur. Meanwhile, the warden's daughter Mary (Cummings) becomes involved with Graham, who has a good chance of being pardoned. But a series of events within the prison ensures that it will never happen. Karloff, who appeared as his most famous character -- Frankenstein's monster -- in the same year this film was released, reprises his stage role as Graham's cellmate Ned Galloway. Expires July 24, 2014.


 


3. Scarface (1983) -- Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Míriam Colón, F. Murray Abraham, Harris Yulin, Paul Shenar, Ángel Salazar, Pepe Serna, Mark Margolis, Richard Belzer. Written by Oliver Stone, this Brian De Palma film was an adaptation of the classic 1932 crime drama starring Paul Muni. De Palma dedicated his version to Howard Hawks, who directed and co-produced (with Howard Hughes) the original film, and Ben Hecht, who based the 1932 edition's screen story on the 1929 novel "Scarface" by crime writer Armitage Trail.

Pacino gives an over-the-top performance as immigrant Tony Montana, who comes to South Florida along with thousands of other Cuban refugees during the 1980 Mariel boatlift. He soon pursues the American dream through crime, becoming a major drug kingpin.

The film received so-so reviews when it was released in December 1983. But the rags-to-riches tale was embraced years later by members of the hip-hop generation, including such major rap artists as Jay-Z, Nas, Lil Wayne and the Houston-based performer -- and Geto Boys member -- Scarface. Basketball great Shaquille O'Neal even marketed a clothing line called TWIsM (The World Is Mine) after Montana's motto. 

Former Warner Music Group executive Kevin Liles, once president of Def Jam Records, told USA Today in 2003 that he had seen the movie more than 100 times. "Everybody could relate to the struggle that Tony went through and the point that when you do it that way, you always end up in jail or dead," he said.

 

Pfeiffer's performance as Elvira, Montana's beautiful but flawed American wife, launched her toward stardom. She went on to earn a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) as well as  two Best Actress nominations for her work in "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989) and "Love Field" (1992). Mastrantonio, who made her film debut as Montana's sister Gina, also went on to other high-profile projects, including Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money," for which she received a 1986 Best Supporting Actress nomination.

Bauer, who plays Montana's best friend Manny Ribera, was born in Havana and credited with helping Pacino perfect his Spanish accent for the film. He now co-stars with Liev Schreiber in the Showtime series "Ray Donovan," which began its second season on July 13, 2014.

Abraham, who plays crime underboss Omar Suárez, followed this movie with the role of a lifetime -- Antonio Salieri in Miloš Forman's 1984 movie version of the Tony Award-winning play "Amadeus." The film received eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a Best Actor win for Abraham over his co-star Tom Hulce, who played composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

 

Memorable scene: As his enemies close in to end his criminal empire, Montana sits impassively behind a desk topped with a mountain of cocaine.

 

Memorable quote No. 1: "In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women." -- Montana, laying down his formula for becoming successful in America.

 

Memorable quote No. 2: "O.K. You wanna play rough? O.K. Say hello to my little friend" -- Montana, brandishing a powerful firearm as he begins to fight back against home invaders at his mansion.

 


 

Memorable quote No. 3: "Every day above ground is a good day." -- Corrupt Miami police detective Mel Bernstein (Yulin), who extorts money from Montana.  

 

Eerie coincidence: Bauer's dance partner in a nightclub scene at The Babylon is actress Lana Clarkson. Almost 20 years later, on February 3, 2003, she became the unfortunate center of a cause célèbre when she was shot to death at the Los Angeles-area mansion of the renowned record producer Phil Spector. He was charged and eventually convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder, and is now serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life. Who portrayed Spector in a 2013 HBO film about the murder case? Pacino.

 

Turner Classic Movies presented a back-to-back comparison of the original "Scarface" and this film in the early morning hours of Friday, July 18th.

 

Expires July 24, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 19, 2014

 

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

 

1. A Farewell to Arms (1932) -- Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips, Jack La Rue, Blanche Friderici, Mary Forbes, Gilbert Emery. Directed by Frank Borzage ("Seventh Heaven"), this film version of Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel about a doomed World War I romance in Italy was nominated for Best Picture. It won Oscars for Best Cinematography (Charles Lang) and Best Sound (Franklin Hansen), and earned a nomination for Best Art Direction (Hans Dreier and Roland Anderson). 

 

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The drama stars Cooper as Lt. Frederic Henry, an American ambulance driver who falls in love with British nurse Catherine Barkley (Hayes). Menjou co-stars as Henry's friend Rinaldi, another of the actor's charming but duplicitous characters.

 

This movie was released one month after Hayes received the 1931-1932 Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance in "The Sin of Madelon Claudet." She would win a second Oscar 39 years after that ceremony for her supporting role as an elderly stowaway in "Airport" (1970). Known as "The First Lady of the American Theater," Hayes (1900–1993) became the second person (after composer Richard Rodgers) and first woman to achieve EGOT status -- winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. 

 

Hemingway's novel was remade for the screen in 1957 with Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones in the lead roles. Expires July 25, 2014.

 

2. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) -- Peter O'Toole, Sir Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer, Sir Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Sir Donald Wolfit, I.S. Johar, Gamil Ratib, Michel Ray. Directed by Sir David Lean ("The Bridge on the River Kwai," "Doctor Zhivago"), this epic drama about British Army officer T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) and his World War I military campaigns against the Turks won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It also made O'Toole an international star. The film, produced by Sam Spiegel, is considered one of the great all-time screen achievements. In a 1998 survey, the American Film Institute ranked it the fifth greatest film of all time, behind "Citizen Kane" (1941), "Casablanca" (1943), "The Godfather" (1972) and "Gone with the Wind" (1939). When AFI updated the list in 2007, the film dropped two spots to No. 7. In 2005, the AFI selected the Top 25 film scores of all time. Maurice Jarre's unforgettable composition for this movie was ranked third behind John Williams' "Star Wars" (1977) and Max Steiner's "Gone with the Wind." Besides its Best Picture win, the drama also earned Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Color Cinematography (Freddie Young), Best Color Art Direction (John Box, John Stoll), Best Original Score (Jarre), Best Film Editing (Anne V. Coates) and Best Sound (John Cox). O'Toole, who died December 14, 2013, was nominated for Best Actor, but the award went to Hollywood veteran Gregory Peck for "To Kill a Mockingbird." O'Toole would go on to receive seven other Academy Award nominations, but he never won a competitive Oscar during his career. On March 23, 2003, he was presented an honorary statuette in acknowledgement that his "remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters." In its April 2006 issue, Premiere magazine ranked O'Toole's work in the film first among the 100 greatest performances of all time. Sharif, an Egyptian performer who made a splash as Lawrence's friend and ally, Sherif Ali, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in his first English-language film. Lean tapped him to play the title character in "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) after O'Toole declined the role. Sharif died of a heart attack on July 10, 2015. The 83-year-old actor had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. 

 


 

Opening twist: The film biography begins the way that most pictures in the genre end. It shows the serious motorcycle accident on May 13, 1935 that resulted in Lawrence's death six days later at the age of 45. While riding through the countryside of Dorset, England, he swerves to avoid two boys on bicycles. 

 


 


Memorable scenes: In 1917, Lawrence and his Arab allies decide to attack the heavily fortified Jordanian seaport of Aqaba from the rear. In order to surprise the Turks there, a decision is made to cross the inhospitable Nefud Desert. To traverse a particularly harsh section known as "The Sun's Anvil," the group travels at night on camels and rests during the day. At one point, it is discovered that an Arab named Gasim (Johar) has fallen off his camel and is presumed lost. But Lawrence goes back to search, and the images of his triumphant return with Gasim are stunning.

 

Memorable quote: "Nothing is written." -- Lawrence's declaration to Sherif Ali after the rescue of Gasim.

 

The inspiration: This was the first film in which O'Toole worked with Wolfit, who played the cantankerous General Archibald Murray. O'Toole told TCM's Robert Osborne in a 2011 interview that Wolfit (1902-1968) was a mentor -- the "bloke who really inspired me when I was a young fellow at drama school...a mighty actor." They would work together again in "Becket" (1964).

 

Jackson Bentley, the brash journalist played by Kennedy, was based on Lowell Thomas (1892-1981), who reported on Lawrence's efforts during the war. 


 

Expires July 25, 2014. 

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TCM On Demand for July 20, 2014
 
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:
 
1. Raintree County (1957) -- Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Nigel Patrick, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Abel, Jarma Lewis, Tom Drake, Rhys Williams, Russell Collins, DeForest Kelley. Elizabeth Taylor received the first of her four consecutive Academy Award nominations as Best Actress for this Civil War drama (she would win for "BUtterfield 8" on her fourth nomination). The film was in production during a difficult period for Clift that would forever change his life and career. 
 
Directed by Edward Dmytryk ("The Caine Mutiny"), the movie was based on Ross Lockridge, Jr.'s 1,000-page 1948 novel about the war's impact on the residents of Raintree County, Indiana. In addition to Elizabeth Taylor's acting nomination, the picture received Academy Award nods for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (William A. Horning, Urie McCleary, Edwin B. Willis and Hugh Hunt), Best Costume Design (Walter Plunkett) and Best Music, Scoring (Johnny Green).
 
The movie's haunting theme song, written by Green with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, is performed by Nat King Cole.
 
 
During the filming of the movie, Clift sustained serious facial injuries as the result of an automobile accident on May 12, 1956. Although he underwent surgery to repair the damage, his visage and his health were never the same again. He continued to work in several high-profile projects, including Stanley Kramer's "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination. But his health had begun to deteriorate, and he died of a heart attack at the age of 45 on July 23, 1966 -- a little more than 10 years and two months after his fateful auto accident.
 
Saint, who plays Nell Gaither, turns 94 years old on July 4, 2018. She followed this film with her sexy performance as undercover spy Eve Kendall opposite Cary Grant and James Mason in Alfred Hitchcock's "North By Northwest" (1959). 
 
Memorable moment No. 1: After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in April 1865, the train transporting the late president's body from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois passes through Raintree County.
 
Memorable moment No. 2: The Indiana county is named for a legendary golden tree supposedly planted there in the early 1800s by Johnny Appleseed. Be sure to pay attention because it shows up when you'd least expect it.
 
Expires July 26, 2014

 
 
2. Tentacles (1977) -- John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins, Henry Fonda, Delia Boccardo, Cesare Danova, Alan Boyd, Sherry Buchanan, Franco Diogene, Marc Fiorini, Helena Mäkelä, Claude Akins.
 
This tale about a giant octopus that terrorizes a California resort area was directed by Oliver Hellman (the pseudonym of Ovidio G. Assonitis, who filmed the 1974 thriller "Beyond the Door"). It follows the filmmaker's formula for packing a horror tale with big-name stars and surprisingly good special effects for a low-budget film. Expires July 26, 2014.  
 
 
 
3. The Visitor (1979) -- Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, John Huston, Joanne Nail, Sam Peckinpah, Shelley Winters, Paige Conner, Franco Nero, Neal Boortz, Steve Somers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This science-fiction tale by Michael J. Paradise (a pseudonym for Italian actor-director Giulio Paradisi) revolves around Katy Collins (Conner), a young girl with powers of telekinesis. She becomes the target of cosmic forces that consider her a threat to the universe. Filmed in Italy and Atlanta, the movie was produced and co-created by Ovidio G. Assonitis ("Tentacles"). Turner Classic Movies aired the film as part of its TCM Underground series in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 20th, 2014. 
 
 
 
Expires July 26, 2014.
 
 
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TCM On Demand for July 21, 2014
 
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:
 
1. The Night of the Hunter (1955) -- Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce, Gloria Castillo. Directed by actor Charles Laughton -- the only behind-the-camera effort of his long and distinguished screen career -- this stylish drama stars Mitchum as Harry Powell, a shady minister obsessed with money. When he is released from prison on an auto theft charge, he marries the widow (Winters) of his ex-cellmate (Graves), who was excuted for murders he committed during a bank robbery. Ten thousand dollars taken from the bank have never been found, and Powell believes his new stepchildren (Chapin and Bruce) may provide the key to locating it. Gish, one of the great stars of the silent era, has a noteworthy supporting role as an elderly woman who tries to protect the children. The film's score was composed by Walter Schumann, probably best known as the creator of the "Dragnet" theme. Chapin, who previously starred in the 1953 baseball movie "The Kid from Left Field," was the brother of actress Lauren Chapin -- Kathy "Kitten" Anderson on TV's "Father Knows Best" from 1954 to 1960.

 

Memorable scene: The minister explains why the knuckle areas on his left hand are tattooed with the letters H-A-T-E and the ones on the right with L-O-V-E:

 

 

In Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" (1989), the ill-fated Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood character Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) delivers a variation of the sinister preacher's exposition. Instead of tattoos, Raheem, who is fond of blaring the Public Enemy song "Fight the Power" on his boom box, wears a four-fingered ring with "Hate" on the left hand and one with "Love" on his right hand. When Lee served as a Turner Classic Movies guest programmer in July 2012, "The Night of the Hunter" was one of his four choices.

 

 

 

Expires July 27, 2014.

 
2. World on a Wire (1973) -- Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau, Wolfgang Schenck, Günter Lamprecht, Ulli Lommel, Adrian Hoven, Ivan Desny, Joachim Hansen, Kurt Raab, Margit Carstensen, Ingrid Caven, Gottfried John, Rudolf Lenz. The prolific German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder ("The Marriage of Maria Braun," "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul") originally filmed this science-fiction tale as a two-part production for West German television. Titled "Welt am Draht" in German, this was one of more than 40 projects completed by Fassbinder, who died of a drug overdose in 1982 at the age of 36. Turner Classic Movies aired the entire story during the early morning hours of Monday, July 21st as part of its TCM Imports series. The movie's director of photography was Michael Ballhaus, who later became a favorite of director Martin Scorsese.
 
Expires July 27, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for July 22, 2014
 
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:
 
1. And Then There Were None (1945) -- Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez, Mischa Auer, Sir C. Aubrey Smith, Dame Judith Anderson, Richard Haydn, Queenie Leonard, Harry Thurston. This first film version of Dame Agatha Christie's mystery novel revolves around a party of 10 strangers who wind up together at a remote island mansion -- and discover they are being eliminated one by one.
The film has been remade several times, including a 1965 version that was titled "Agatha Christie's 'Ten Little Indians' " with a cast that included Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton, Fabian, Leo Genn, Stanley Holloway and Wilfrid Hyde-White. This was one of several films based on Christie novels that Turner Classic Movies aired beginning in prime time on Monday, July 21st. Expires July 28, 2014. 
 
2. Evil Under the Sun (1982) -- Sir Peter Ustinov, Colin Blakely, Jane Birkin, Nicholas Clay, Dame Maggie Smith, Roddy McDowall, Sylvia Miles, James Mason, Denis Quilley, Dame Diana Rigg, Emily Hone, John Alderson, Paul Antrim, Cyril Conway, Barbara Hicks. Four years after taking on the role of Hercule Poirot in "Death on the Nile" (1978), Ustinov returned as Dame Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth in this mystery with an all-star cast. The film's music score features John Lanchberry's orchestrations of songs by Cole Porter, including "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Anything Goes" and "You Do Something to Me."
Ustinov would play Poirot on film four more times: in "Thirteen at Dinner" (1985), "Dead Man's Folly" (1986), "Murder in Three Acts" (1986) and "Appointment with Death" (1988). Expires July 28, 2014. 
 
3. I Married a Witch (1942) -- Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward, Cecil Kellaway, Elizabeth Patterson, Elly Malyon, Robert Warwick, Robert Greig, Viola Moore, Mary Field, Nora Cecil, Emory Parnell, Helen St. Rayner, Aldrich Bowker, Emma Dunn. Uncredited: Ann Carter, Reed Hadley, Chester Conklin, Gino Corrado, Billy Bevan, Peter Leeds, Amzie Strickland. Twenty-two years before "Bewitched" made its debut on network television, René Clair directed this supernatural tale about a 17th-century witch's plans for vengeance.

 

 

 

Lake stars as Jessica, a sorceress who vows revenge on the family of Jonathan Wooley (March), the Salem, Massachusetts Puritan responsible for burning her and her father (Kellaway) at the stake. Her reincarnated spirit returns again and again to make like difficult for Wooley's descendants (many of them played by March). When she re-emerges during the 20th century, however, she runs headlong into a major complication.

 

The film fantasy received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Roy Webb). 

 
Expires July 28, 2014. 
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TCM On Demand for July 23, 2014

 

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

 




1. The Deadly Companions (1961) -- Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, Chill Wills, Strother Martin, Will Wright, James O'Hara, Peter O'Crotty, Billy Vaughan. Sam Peckinpah's first feature film as a director was one of two films that O'Hara and Keith did together in the same year. Based on the novel "Yellowleg" by A.S. Fleischman, the Western drama features Keith as a former Union soldier who accidentally kills the son of a saloon hostess (O'Hara). Seeking personal redemption, he accompanies her on a dangerous trek through Apache territory to a designated burial site.

 

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This Western tale was one of two movies that Keith and O'Hara did together in 1961

 

The movie was produced by O'Hara's brother, Charles B. Fitzsimons. Peckinpah, who cut his teeth directing such television Westerns as "Gunsmoke," "Broken Arrow," "Have Gun -- Will Travel" and "The Rifleman," was recommended for the feature film by Keith. The actor had worked with Peckinpah on "The Westerner," a critically praised but short-lived 1960 series on NBC. But Peckinpah clashed with Fitzsimons, who exerted control throughout the shooting of the feature film. It wouldn't be the last time the director feuded with producers and studio brass.

 

O'Hara, who was born Maureen FitzSimons, recounted her memories of the director in her 2004 autobiography " 'Tis Herself." She acknowledged his eventual status as a master of Western films, but said he was "awful" during their collaboration. "I found him to be one of the strangest and most objectionable people I had ever worked with," she wrote.

 

Peckinpah survived the experience and went on to direct such memorable -- and sometimes controversial -- projects as "Ride the High Country" (1962), "The Wild Bunch" (1969), "Straw Dogs" (1971), "The Getaway" (1972) and "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" (1974). 

 

By the way, the other movie co-starring O'Hara and Keith during the summer of 1961 was Walt Disney's "The Parent Trap," in which Hayley Mills played their twin daughters. Expires July 29, 2014.




 

 

2. The Long Gray Line (1955) -- Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Francis, Donald Crisp, Ward Bond, Betsy Palmer, Philip Carey, William Leslie, Harry Carey, Jr., Patrick Wayne, Sean McClory, Peter Graves, Milburn Stone, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Walter Ehlers. John Ford's sentimental film biography stars Power as Martin Maher (1876-1961), an Irish immigrant who becomes a mainstay at the United States Military Academy at West Point for 50 years. O'Hara plays his headstrong but devoted wife, Mary O'Donnell Maher, another Irish transplant. Besides O'Hara, the film features several of Ford's favorite actors -- Crisp, Bond, Wayne (son of the Duke) and Harry Carey, Jr., who plays a West Point cadet named Dwight David Eisenhower. After this experience, Power would work with Ford again as the on-camera host of the director's 1957 anthology about Ireland, "The Rising of the Moon."

 

This was the final screen appearance of Francis, who had made his film debut a year earlier as Ensign Keith in "The Caine Mutiny." He perished in a plane crash at the age of 25 on July 31, 1955, six months after the movie was released. Palmer, who had a genial image for years as a panelist on the CBS game show "I've Got a Secret," surprised many when she played the killer in the 1980 slasher film "Friday the 13th." Her role? Jason Voorhees' vengeful mother Pamela. Expires July 29, 2014.

 

 

3. McLintock! (1963) -- John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills, Yvonne DeCarlo, Jerry Van Dyke, Edgar Buchanan, Bruce Cabot, Perry Lopez, Strother Martin, Gordon Jones, Robert Lowery, Hank Worden, Michael Pate, Edward Faulkner, Mari Blanchard, Leo Gordon, Chuck Roberson, Bob Steele, Aissa Wayne, Big John Hamilton. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen ("Shenandoah"), who died August 30, 2014 at the age of 94, this rip-roaring Western comedy stars Wayne as wealthy cattle baron George Washington "G.W." McLintock. He has a lot of problems to deal with on his homestead, including the unexpected return of his estranged wife Katherine (O'Hara), who left him years ago.

 


 

This was one of five movies in which Wayne and O'Hara were co-stars. The others: "Rio Grande" (1950), "The Quiet Man" (1952), "The Wings of Eagles" (1957) and "Big Jake" (1971). This film marked the final screen appearance of Gordon Jones, who played Matt Douglas. He died of a heart attack on June 20, 1963, about five months before the movie was released. He was 52.

 

Wayne's daughter Aissa, who appears in the movie as the preteen child of DeCarlo's character, is a former prosecutor  now heading her own firm specializing in family law in Los Angeles. Her daughter Jennifer Kuhle and Jennifer's teammate Caroline Cutbirth were "The Country Singers" -- first runners-up for the $1 million prize in "The Amazing Race All-Stars," which concluded Sunday, May 18th on CBS. Expires July 29, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 24, 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 July 30, 2014.

 

2. La Notte (1961) -- Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki, Maria Pia Luzi, Rosy Mazzacurati, Guido_Ajmone Marsan, Vincenzo Corbella, Ugo Fortunati, Gitt Magrini, Giorgio Negro, Roberta Speroni. Translated in English as "The Night," this Italian film by director Michelangelo Antonioni is about a marriage on the rocks. Set in Milan, the drama stars Mastroianni as writer Giovanni Pontano and Moreau as his wife Lidia. Vitti, who appeared in the Antonioni films "L'Avventura" (1960) and "L'Ecisse" (1962), co-stars in this one as heiress Valentina Gherardini. It doesn't take her long to attract Pontano's attention, which could mean the end of the author's marriage. Expires July 30, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 25, 2014

 

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Out of the Past (1947) -- Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Webb, Steve Brodie, Virginia Huston, Paul Valentine, Dickie Moore, Ken Niles. This classic film noir effort by director Jacques Tourneur ("Cat People") was based on the 1946 novel "Build My Gallows High" by Daniel Mainwaring. Turner Classic Movies presented the film as part of a tribute to Douglas that began in prime time on Thursday, July 24th. The veteran actor will turn 98 on December 9, 2014. 

Mitchum stars as Jeff Markham, a onetime private detective now living under an assumed name in a small California town. He soon finds himself being dragged back into a romantic triangle also involving the totally untrustworthy Kathie Moffat (Greer) and her equally duplicitous gambler boyfriend Whit Sterling (Douglas).

 


 

The film was remade in 1984 by director Taylor Hackford ("An Officer and a Gentleman") as "Against All Odds," with a cast that included Jeff Bridges, Rachel Ward, James Woods, Alex Karras and Richard Widmark. Greer made a brief appearance in the updated version as Ward's mother.

Twenty years after their first teaming. Mitchum and Douglas co-starred in the 1967 adventure film "The Way West," which marked the first major screen appearance of actress Sally Field.

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TCM On Demand for July 26, 2014

 

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Shoulder Arms (1918) --Sir Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Sydney Chaplin, Jack Wilson, Henry Bergman, Albert Austin, Tom Wilson, John Rand, Parks Jones, Loyal Underwood, W.J. Allen, L.A. Blaisdell, Wellington Cross, C.L. Dice, G.A. Godfrey, W. Herron. The versatile Chaplin headlined and also wrote edited, produced and directed this comic tale about a resourceful American soldier dispatched to France during World War I. The silent film was distributed by First National Pictures -- which eventually merged with Warner Bros -- one month before the November 11, 1918 armistice ended the war. Chaplin appears as a doughboy who arrives in wartime France straight from boot camp. He eventually winds up behind enemy lines and becomes an unlikely hero. Purviance, Chaplin's frequent co-star on and off the screen in those days, plays a young French woman who provides assistance to the intrepid American. Chaplin's older brother Sydney can be seen as several characters, including a U.S. Army sergeant and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. On February 5, 1919, almost four months after the film's release, Chaplin became one of the founders of United Artists Corporation, along with three other screen heavyweights -- actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and director D.W. Griffith. Expires August 1, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 27, 2014
 
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1. Carson on TCM: Dudley Moore (May 18, 1979) -- The British musician-turned-comic actor was between hit movies when he appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." The year before, he had been a scene stealer in "Foul Play." But the Blake Edwards comedy "10" -- which made Bo Derek an international sensation -- wouldn't be released until the fall. Moore admitted he was embarrassed by bedroom scenes in the upcoming movie. "I had one scene where I had to walk up and down absolutely stark naked," he said. "I mean, they didn't do it in one take, either."

On the subject of British humor, Moore revealed that his television work with his "Beyond the Fringe" co-star and comedy partner Peter Cook had been lost forever. "Unfortunately, all the tapes I did with Peter Cook have been erased," he said. "We did five series and they're all phffft!"

About his musical side, Moore explained that he had studied the piano since he was six and the violin since age 11. He went to Oxford and became a piano and organ scholar. But he added, "I've had some of the best times playing jazz clubs. Mainly, I wanted to be a jazz musician just to get women."

This was one of 25 vintage Carson interviews edited for special broadcasts during the month of March 2014 on Turner Classic Movies. Expires August 2, 2014.

 

2. Julius Caesar (1953) -- Marlon Brando, James Mason, Sir John Gielgud, Louis Calhern, Edmond O'Brien, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, George Macready, Michael Pate, Richard Hale, Alan Napier, John Hoyt, Tom Powers, William Cottrell, Jack Raine, Ian Wolfe, Morgan Farley, William Phipps, Douglass Watson, Douglass Dumbrille, Rhys Williams, Michael Ansara, Dayton Lummis, Edmund Purdom, John Doucette, Lawrence Dobkin, Jo Gilbert, John Hardy, Michael Tolan, John Lupton. For his performance as the impassioned orator Marc Antony in this Shakespeare adaptation, Brando earned his third of four consecutive Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. He previously had been nominated for "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) and "Viva Zapata!" (1952). He would win on his fourth try for "On the Waterfront" (1954). Joseph L. Mankiewicz's production also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Joseph Ruttenberg), and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklós Rózsa). It won the award for Best Art Direction (Cedric Gibbons, Edward Carfagno, Edwin B. Willis and Hugh Hunt).  Expires August 2, 2014.
 

 

3. Metropolis (1926) -- Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Heinrich George, Fritz Rasp, Theodor Loos, Erwin Biswanger. This classic, early science-fiction film was directed by Fritz Lang (1890-1976), the Austrian-born movie pioneer also responsible for the classic German productions "M" (1927) and "Spione" (1928). It was co-written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou and is considered the swan song of German Expressionist cinema. This was one of his final silent pictures before he fled Germany in the early 1930s after the Nazis took control. Lang, who was of Jewish heritage, went on to have a productive career directing films in America ("Rancho Notorious," "The Big Heat").

 

Set in the year 2026 in a dystopian society, Lang's city is divided between the powerful elite who live on the surface and the worker class that toils below. Fröhlich stars as Freder, the rebellious son of the city's ruler (Abel) who becomes an advocate for change. Helm has a dual role. She appears as Freder's beloved Maria, the beautiful maiden who is concerned about the workers' plight. The actress also shows up as an evil robot version of Maria, created by the scientist Rotwang (played by Klein-Rogge, who starred in Lang's German films about a criminal genius named Dr. Mabuse). 

 

The late film critic Roger Ebert featured Lang's sci-fi effort among his "Great Movies" selections and noted that the production has influenced many other pictures through the years. "From this film, in various ways," he wrote, "descended not only 'Dark City' but 'Blade Runner,' 'The Fifth Element,' 'Alphaville,' 'Escape from L.A.,' 'Gattaca,' and Batman's Gotham City. The laboratory of its evil genius, Rotwang, created the visual look of mad scientists for decades to come, especially after it was mirrored in 'Bride of Frankenstein' (1935). And the device of the 'false Maria,' the robot who looks like a human being, inspired the 'Replicants' of 'Blade Runner.' Even Rotwang's artificial hand was given homage in 'Dr. Strangelove.' "

 

The film has been restored numerous times, but the most recent updating in 2010 featured about 95 percent of the original project.  
 
Numerous pop music artists have made visual references to Lang's film, including Queen in its 1984 video for "Radio Gaga," which inspired the stage name of pop sensation Lady Gaga. The video was directed by David Mallet.
 


Madonna's racy and expensive 1989 video for "Express Yourself," directed by one of today's most in-demand filmmakers, David Fincher, borrowed the theme of "Metropolis": "Without the heart, there can be no understanding between the hand and the mind."
 
 
 
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4. The Rain People (1969) -- James Caan, Shirley Knight, Robert Duvall, Marya Zimmet, Tom Aldredge, Laura Crews, Andrew Duncan, Margaret Fairchild, Sally Gracie, Alan Manson, Robert Modica. Three years before "The Godfather" (1972), filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola worked with Caan and Duvall in this much smaller story of a married woman (Knight) who abruptly leaves her husband and heads for the road. Caan plays hitchhiker "Killer" Gannon (the nickname comes from his days as a college football hero) who joins her on her impromptu trip.
 
George Lucas, not long out of the University of Southern California film school, served as a production associate on this drama. Duvall later starred in Lucas' first feature film, the 1971 science-fiction drama "THX 1138." It was produced by Coppola.
 
Knight, who received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations for "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1960) and "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1962), celebrated her 78th birthday on July 5, 2014. She is still active in the business and reprises her role as Kevin James' mother in the comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2." The movie opened on April 17, 2015. 
 
Things to Come?: This film features a Veterans Day parade sequence (actually shot on May 17, 1968 on Broad Street in Chattanooga, Tennessee). Coppola's "The Godfather" trilogy would contain an abundance of scenes involving traditional ceremonies and rituals (e.g. weddings, funerals, a baptism, a first communion, a Catholic Church investiture, various parties -- and parades).
 

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5. Spider Baby, Or: The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968) -- Lon Chaney, Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn Redeker, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner, Sid Haig, Mary Mitchel, Karl Schanzer, Mantan Moreland, Carolyn Cooper, Joan Keller Stern. Written and directed by Jack Hill ("Coffy," "Foxy Brown"), this cult horror film was released four years after it was filmed in 1964. It stars Chaney as the caretaker of a rundown rural mansion inhabited by a trio of strange orphans. Banner plays the title character, who has a spider fixation. Haig later became a cult favorite as Captain Spaulding in two Rob Zombie horror films of the early 2000s -- "House of 1,000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects." Washburn was a memorable child star in "Old Yeller" and "Hans Christian Andersen," and made appearances in numerous TV series of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Redeker, who plays Peter Howe, shared a 1978 Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination with Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn and Louis Garfinkle for "The Deer Hunter." Chaney performs the narration for the theme song in the opening credits. Turner Classic Movies aired the film as part of its TCM Underground series in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 27th, 2014. 

 

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TCM On Demand for July 28, 2014
 
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1. Fire Over England (1937) -- Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Flora Robson, Leslie Banks, Vivien Leigh, Raymond Massey, Tamara Desni, James Mason, Morton Selten, Lyn Harding, George Thirlwell, Henry Oscar, Robert Rendel, Robert Newton, Donald Calthrop, Charles Carson,  Evelyn Ankers (uncredited), Norma Varden (uncredited). This Elizabethan Era drama is said to have piqued "Gone With the Wind" producer David O. Selznick's interest in Leigh as a potential Scarlett O'Hara. Based on the novel by A. E. W. Mason, the film stars Robson as England's Queen Elizabeth I, whose reign is threatened by the impending attack of Spanish forces. Olivier co-stars as Michael Ingolby, a British courtier who goes undercover for a special espionage mission in Spain. Expires August 3, 2014.

 

2. The Ladykillers (1955) -- Sir Alec Guinness, Katie Johnson, Cecil Parker, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Danny Green, Jack Warner, Philip Stainton, Frankie Howerd. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick ("Sweet Smell of Success"), this comedy from Britain's Ealing Studios focuses on a gang of scheming criminals that uses an elderly woman's home as its base of operations. The group's plan is to pull off a daring heist. The movie was written by William Rose, who received a 1956 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He would win the award more than two decades later for "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967). Guinness is said to have based his character on fellow British actor Alastair Sim, who played Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol." Sellers and Lom would co-star as Inspector Jacques Clouseau and Chief Inspector Dreyfus, respectively, in several installments of the "Pink Panther" film series during the 1960s and 1970s. In 2004, this film was remade -- and set in Mississippi -- by Joel and Ethan Coen with a cast that included Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons and Irma P. Hall. Expires August 3, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for July 30, 2014
 

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1. Dodsworth (1936) --Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, Kathryn Marlowe, David Niven, Gregory Gaye, Maria Ouspenskaya, Odette Myrtil, John Payne, Spring Byington, Harlan Briggs. Based on the 1929 novel by Sinclair Lewis, the film stars Huston as the title character, a major auto manufacturer who retires and embarks on a rocky vacation to Europe with his wife (Chatterton). The film earned William Wyler the first of his record 12 Academy Award nominations for Best Director (he won three times -- for "Mrs. Miniver," "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "Ben-Hur"). Huston, who starred in the 1934 stage version of Lewis' novel, received a Best Actor nomination. The film won the Oscar for Best Art Direction (Richard Day) and was nominated in four other categories: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Ouspenskaya), Best Writing, Screenplay (for Sidney Howard's adaptation of the play) and Best Sound, Recording (Thomas T. Moulton). Expires August 5, 2014.

 

2. Spencer's Mountain (1963) -- Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, James MacArthur, Donald Crisp, Wally Cox, Mimsy Farmer, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Bronson, Whit Bissell, Hayden Rorke, Kathy Bennett, Dub Taylor, Hope Summers, Ken Mayer, Veronica Cartwright (uncredited), Kym Karath (uncredited), Victor French (uncredited), Mike Henry (uncredited), Barbara McNair (uncredited). Delmer Daves ("Destination Tokyo," "Dark Passage") directed, produced and adapted this film from Earl Hamner, Jr.'s 1961 novel. Hamner, who was a frequent contributor to "The Twilight Zone" television series, later used this material as a source for "The Waltons,"  the Emmy Award-winning TV drama (1972-1981) that he created and narrated. The series was set in Hamner's home state of Virginia during the Depression era, but this film takes place in Wyoming near the Grand Teton Mountains. Fonda stars as Clay Spencer, Sr., married to Olivia, played by O'Hara, Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month for July 2014. The Spencers, who endure hardships in trying to rear their large brood, are particularly concerned about the future of eldest son Clay Jr. (MacArthur), affectionately known as "Clayboy". He hopes to depart for college soon, but Olivia is afraid that there won't be enough money enabling him to leave home for a good education.

This was the final film in the long career of actor Crisp (1882-1974), who appears as Clay Sr.'s father Zebulon. Crisp, a protégé of filmmaker D.W. Griffith during the silent era, also co-starred with O'Hara in the John Ford movies "How Green Was My Valley" (1941) -- for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar -- and "The Long Gray Line" (1955). He earlier appeared with Fonda in the films "That Certain Woman" (1937) and "Jezebel" (1938).

Two of the Spencer daughters are played by Cartwright (Becky) and Karath (Patti-Cake). Cartwight's younger sister Angela and Karath later portrayed members of the Von Trapp family in "The Sound of Music" (1965). Look for Henry, the former NFL player who starred as Tarzan in three 1960s films, as one of Clay Sr.'s beefy brothers. Another brother is played by French, probably best known for his roles in the Michael Landon TV series "Little House on the Prairie" and "Highway to Heaven." Singer-actress McNair, who performs "America the Beautiful" at Clayboy's graduation ceremony, went on to play the wife of detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) in "They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!" (1970) and "The Organization" (1971). Both films were sequels to "In the Heat of the Night" (1967). O'Hara's daughter, Bronwyn FitzSimons Price, has a small role as the secretary of a college dean.

 

Memorable quote: "It's what they preach against that I'm against...They're against everything I'm for. They don't allow drinkin' or smokin', card playin', pool shootin, dancin', cussin' or huggin', kissin' and lovin'. And, mister, I'm for all of them things. I got me a good God-fearin' wife, and I let her bring up our kids that way. But I'll be triple-damned in hell before I'll have a parson in our family." -- Clay Sr., explaining to Dean Beck (Rusty Lane) why he would never want Clayboy to attend college on a ministerial scholarship.

 

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TCM On Demand for July 31, 2014
 
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 
 
1. Marty (1955) -- Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Joe Mantell, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Karen Steele, Jerry Paris, Frank Sutton (uncredited). Paddy Chayefsky's surprising teleplay-turned-motion picture won four Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Director (Delbert Mann), Best Actor (Borgnine) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Chayefsky). The film also received nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Mantell, who plays Marty's best friend Angie), Best Supporting Actress (Blair), Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (Ted Haworth, Robert Priestley and Walter M. Simonds) and Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Joseph LaShelle). 
 
Borgnine stars as a lovable but lonely butcher living in the Bronx with his mother (Minciotti) and his aunt (Ciolli). The story revolves around his courtship of an equally lonely high school chemistry teacher (Blair, who was married to actor-dancer-choreographer Gene Kelly in real life).
 
 
Chayefsky (1923-1981), one of the cinema's most celebrated writers, originally wrote this tale for television. It aired on NBC's "The Philco Television Playhouse" in 1953 with Rod Steiger in the title role and actress Nancy Marchand -- later Tony Soprano's mother -- as the shy schoolteacher. Mantell, Minciotti and Ciolli also appeared in the production and reprised their roles for the movie. Chayefsky went on to win Best Original Screenplay Oscars for "The Hospital" (1971) and "Network" (1976).
 
Paris, who appears in the film as Marty's cousin Tommy, became a prolific television director for such series as "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Happy Days." He also played Rob and Laura Petrie's next-door neighbor Jerry Helper on Van Dyke's 1960s Emmy Award-winning sitcom. Sutton, who plays Marty's friend Ralph, became well-known as U.S. Marine Sgt. Vince Carter in the 1960s CBS comedy series "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." 
 
Memorable dialogue:
 
Angie: What do you feel like doing tonight?
 
Marty: I don't know, Ange. What do you feel like doing?
 
Angie: We ought to do something. It's Saturday night.
 
 
Memorable quote: "Ma, what do you want from me? What do you want from me? I'm miserable enough as it is. All right, so I'll go to the Stardust Ballroom. I'll put on a blue suit, and I'll go. And you know what I'm gonna get for my trouble? Heartache -- a big night of heartache." -- Marty, giving in to his mother's suggestion that he go dancing and meet a nice girl.
 
Memorable scene: After walking his new love interest, Clara, to her house, Marty heads for a bus stop and gets so excited he punches a sign and hurries off to take a taxicab home.
 
Expires August 6, 2014.
 
 
2. The Swan (1956) -- Grace Kelly, Sir Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan, Agnes Moorehead, Jessie Royce Landis, Brian Aherne, Leo G. Carroll, Estelle Winwood, Van Dyke Parks, Christopher Cook, Robert Coote, Doris Lloyd, Edith Barrett. This was Kelly's penultimate motion picture before she gave up acting forever to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco in April 1956. The film was released in the United States the week after her marriage. Interestingly, she plays a princess, and Guinness co-stars as Prince Albert, which coincidentally was the name later chosen by Grace and Ranier for their only son -- who now rules the European principality.
 
 
Directed by Charles Vidor ("Cover Girl," "Gilda"), this was the third film derived from a play by the Hungarian-born writer Ferenc Molnár. The first, a silent release in 1925, starred Frances Howard, Adolphe Menjou and Ricardo Cortez. The second, a 1930 sound version titled "One Romantic Night," was headlined by Lillian Gish, Rod La Rocque and Conrad Nagel. 
 
Set in the year 1910, Vidor's Technicolor version stars Kelly as a European royal, Princess Alexandra, who finds herself attracted to her younger brothers' tutor, Dr. Nicholas Agi (Jordan). He also serves as her fencing instructor. Meanwhile, her mother Princess Beatrix (Landis) presses her to make an impression on the visiting crown prince (Guinness), who can improve the family's fortunes through a marriage with Alexandra.
 
This movie was a reunion for Kelly and Landis, who also played a daughter-and-mother team in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief" (1955). That film featured a memorable scene in which Landis' character crudely put out a lighted cigarette in an egg yolk.
 
Kelly's final film was "High Society" -- the musical remake of "The Philadelphia Story" (1940) -- which co-starred Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. It was released in July 1956. 
 
By the way, Kelly's daughter, Princess Caroline of Monaco, has a 17-year-old girl named Princess Alexandra of Hanover. Expires August 6, 2014.
 

 

3. TCM Twenty Classic Moments (2014) -- Ben Mankiewicz hosts this retrospective of some of the top moments from Turner Classic Movies' first 20 years. Among the highlights is the network's first George Foster Peabody Award in 2008 for its commitment to "the place of film in social and cultural experience." On April 2, 2014, TCM was honored with a second Peabody award for its 15-part presentation in 2013 of Mark Cousins' documentary "The Story of Film: An Odyssey." 

 

Another highlight: A 1997 "Private Screenings" interview that the late Mickey Rooney did with Robert Osborne. The actor almost frightened the TCM host to death while recounting a particularly heated argument with an abusive director. As Mankiewicz says in the special: "Robert would later confess that he was genuinely afraid Mickey might hit him." Expires August 6, 2014.

 
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TCM On Demand for August 1, 2014
 

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1. A Lady Without Passport (1950) -- Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig, George Macready, Steven Geray, Steven Hill, Bruce Cowling, Nedrick Young, Robert Osterloh, Trevor Bardette, Charles Wagenheim, 

Renzo Cesana, Esther Zeitlin, Carlo Tricoli, Marta Mitrovich. This post-World War II drama -- about illegal efforts to smuggle immigrants into the United States -- was directed by Joseph H. Lewis ("Gun Crazy"), a filmmaker noted for doing excellent work with low-budget films. Hodiak stars as Peter Karczag, an Immigration and Naturalization Service agent who goes undercover in pre-Castro Cuba to investigate a smuggling ring. Along the way, he falls for Marianne Lorress (Lamarr), an illegal immigrant in Havana. This film marked the screen debut of Hill, who went on to star as the original IMF leader on CBS's "Mission Impossible" television series (in 1966 and 1967), and as D.A. Adam Schiff on NBC's "Law and Order" (from 1990 to 2000). Turner Classic Movies will air this film in the early morning hours of Monday, August 18th, near the end of a Hodiak Summer Under the Stars marathon. Expires August 7, 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. Turner Classic Movies will air the original film in prime time on Sunday, August 10th as part of its Summer Under the Stars tribute to Lombard. Expires August 7, 2014.

 
3. The Twelve Chairs (1970) -- Mel Brooks, Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise, Mel Brooks, Andreas Voutsinas, Diana Coupland, David L. Lander, Vlada Petric, Elaine Garreau, Robert Bernal, Will Stampe. After "The Producers" (1967) and before "Blazing Saddles" (1974), funnyman Brooks wrote, directed and appeared in this adaptation of a 1928 Russian novel by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov. Brooks also wrote the movie's theme song heard during the opening credits -- "Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst." Set in the newly Communist-run Soviet Union a few years after the 1917 Russian Revolution, the comedy is about a frantic search for pre-Bolshevik era jewels hidden in one of 12 London-made dining chairs. Among those in pursuit of the treasure: a once-wealthy aristocrat (Moody) whose late mother-in-law hid the jewels; a renegade priest (DeLuise) who heard her deathbed confession; and a con artist (Langella, in his film debut) who worms his way into the chase. Brooks plays Tikon, the aristocrat's former servant. This was the first Brooks movie to feature DeLuise, who later appeared in such comedy projects as "Blazing Saddles," "Silent Movie," "History of the World: Part I" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." Expires August 7, 2014.
 
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TCM On Demand for August 2, 2014
 

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

 

1. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda (2014) -- The two-time Academy Award winning actress ("Klute," "Coming Home") becomes the 42nd person to receive the American Film Institute's annual honor for career excellence. Her father, Henry Fonda, was the 1978 recipient of the award. Filmed on June 5, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the special features live appearances by her brother Peter, her son, actor Troy Garity, and many of her co-stars, including Meryl Streep ("Julia"), Michael Douglas ("The China Syndrome"), Lily Tomlin ("9 to 5"), Wanda Sykes ("Monster-in-Law") and Jeff Daniels (HBO's "The Newsroom"). Many others are seen in taped sequences, among them Dolly Parton, Robert De Niro, Vanessa Redgrave, Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford.

 

Fonda, who comments about career highlights in taped segments appearing throughout the special, accepts the award from Douglas with a bit of retrospection. "What I've realized is that I've been blessed to work with and know very many geniuses -- real geniuses. Actors and directors in our business." she said. "So many of them are gone now...I've had to ask myself, 'Why didn't I ask them more questions?' "

Her final thoughts: "Just ask questions. Stay curious. Stay interested. It's much more important to be interested than to be interesting." 

 

 

 

Expires August 8, 2014. 

 

 

2. Cat Ballou (1965) -- Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Nat King Cole, Stubby Kaye, Tom Nardini, John Marley, Reginald Denny, Jay C. Flippen, Arthur Hunnicutt, Bruce Cabot, Burt Mustin, Paul Gilbert. Marvin won an Academy Award for Best Actor with his comedic dual role as a drunken gunslinger and his brother -- a hired killer with a missing nose. Directed by Elliot Silverstein ("A Man Called Horse"), the Western comedy stars Fonda as demure schoolmarm Catherine "Cat" Ballou, who becomes an avenging angel when powerful developers arrange the murder of her father (Marley) and take possession of his Wyoming ranch. Among the people she relies on for help is Kid Shelleen (Marvin), a once-feared gunfighter who rarely stays sober.

 

 

 

Cole and Kaye serve as balladeers throughout the film and perform the theme song "The Ballad of Cat Ballou." It was Cole's final screen appearance. He died of lung cancer at the age of 45 on February 15, 1965, four months before the movie was released.

The song, written by Jerry Livingston and Mack David, was nominated for Best Original Song. The film also received nominations for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment (Frank De Vol), Best Adapted Screenplay (Walter Newman, Frank Pierson) and Best Film Editing (Charles Nelson).

 

Memorable quote: "You won't make me cry. You'll never make me cry." -- Cat's declaration to the sheriff (Flippen) and other townspeople who do nothing after her father is murdered.

 

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TCM On Demand for August 3, 2014

 

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1. Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) -- Ted Wass, David Niven, Herbert Lom, Robert Loggia, Joanna Lumley, Capucine, Robert Wagner, Burt Kwouk, Leslie Ash, André Maranne, Ed Parker, Bill Nighy, Sir Roger Moore, Harvey Korman, Joe Martin. This was the second of two Blake Edwards "Pink Panther" films done without the active participation of Peter Sellers. The reason? The British actor -- who played the bumbling French police inspector Jacques Clouseau in five films -- had died of a heart attack on July 24, 1980.


 


Edwards tried to carry on with "Trail of the Pink Panther" (1982), which featured archival footage of Sellers as Clouseau. This film arrived a year later, and it tried to continue the series with actor Ted Wass -- who played the bumbling Danny Dallas on the 1970s ABC comedy "Soap" -- as a Clouseau-like American cop named Clifton Sleigh. Wass, who later co-starred in the 1990s sitcom "Blossom" on NBC, is now a busy director. His recent credits include the recent NBC comedy series "Undateable." 


 


The movie comedy reunites Niven, Capucine and Wagner, who starred in the original 1963 film "The Pink Panther." It also marked the final screen appearance of Niven, who appeared in "Trail of the Pink Panther" as well. The British actor's voice was so weakened by illness, his lines for both films were dubbed by impressionist Rich Little. Niven died at the age of 73 on July 29, 1983 -- two weeks before this film was released in theaters.


 


The series would later be resuscitated in films starring Roberto Benigni (as Clouseau's offspring in 1993's "Son of the Pink Panther") and Steve Martin (as Clouseau in "The Pink Panther" in 2006 and "The Pink Panther 2" in 2009). Expires August 9, 2014.


 


 

2. The Guns of Navarone (1961) -- Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Sir Stanley Baker, Sir Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Peter Grant, Irene Papas, Gia Scala, James Robertson Justice (also the opening narrator), Richard Harris, Bryan Forbes, Allan Cuthbertson, Michael Trubshawe, Percy Herbert, George Mikell, Walter Gotell. Based on the novel by Alistair MacLean, this truly is one of the great World War II action films. Directed by J. Lee Thompson ("Cape Fear"), the drama received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won for its special effects by Bill Warrington and Chris Greenham.


 


The film was produced and adapted by Carl Foreman ("The Victors"), who had been blacklisted by Hollywood studios in the 1950s. .


 


The story revolves around the exploits of a special group of Allied commandos. Led by Major Franklin (Quayle), a British commander, the group's assignment is to knock out two well-protected radar-controlled guns on the Aegean island of Navarone. The Nazis have used the large weapons, stationed in an impregnable fortress, to keep Allied naval ships at bay. 


 


The commandos are talented. Captain Mallory (Peck), an accomplished American mountain climber in charge of transportation, becomes the leader when Franklin is incapacitated. Corporal Miller (Niven) is a British demolitions expert. Greek Army Colonel Andrea Stavrou (Quinn) knows the territory well. Private Brown (Baker), known as "Butcher," is a British engineer who also is adept with a knife. Other key members of the mission are characters played by Darren, Papas and Scala.


 


This also is a contentious group whose members don't always agree. One of the commandos even promises to kill one of the others after the war is over. Plus, there also may be a traitor within the group.


 


There is some urgency to the mission. If the Nazi guns can be neutralized, then an Allied fleet will be unhindered in an effort to rescue 2,000 stranded British fighting men on the island of Kheros. The soldiers are in danger of being annihilated by German forces.


 


 

This was one of seven films co-starring Quinn and Papas, who also appeared together in "Zorba the Greek" (1964), "The Messenger" (1977) and "Lion of the Desert" (1981). Papas will observe her 90th birthday on September 3, 2016. 


 


This film also received Academy Award nominations for Foreman's adapted screenplay; Dimitri Tiomkin's rousing original score; Best Film Editing (Alan Osbiston) and Best Sound (John Cox).


A 1978 sequel, "Force 10 from Navarone," starred Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Edward Fox, Franco Nero, Carl Weathers and Richard Kiel.

 

Memorable dialogue: 

 

Captain Mallory: Come on, I'll give you a hand.

 

Colonel Stavrou: I'm going back.

 

Captain Mallory: The job is finished.

 

Colonel Stavrou: Your job is finished.

 

Captain Mallory: What chance do you think you'd have of staying alive back there?

 

Colonel Stavrou: Well, I'm not so easy to kill.

 

Expires August 9, 2014.


 


 


3. The Pink Panther (1963) -- David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine, Claudia Cardinale, Brenda de Banzie, Fran Jeffries. Sellers made the first of his five screen appearances as bumbling French police inspector Jacques Clouseau in this comedy by Blake Edwards. A sixth film -- "Trail of the Pink Panther" (1982) -- was a retrospective of previous scenes released two years after Sellers' death by a heart attack on July 24, 1980. Top billing for the first film went to Niven, who plays Sir Charles Lytton, the smooth jewel thief known as "The Phantom." The movie begins with one of filmdom's most famous opening credits sequences, which introduced the animated Pink Panther character created by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and featured Henry Mancini's popular theme song. Mancini received an Academy Award nomination for the film's score, which was ranked No. 20 on the American Film Institute's 2005 list of the Top 25 movie scores of all time. The animated Panther character would later headline several film shorts, including "The Pink Phink," which won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The character then went on to a long-running Saturday morning cartoon show that began in 1969. In the film, the title refers to "the most fabulous diamond in all of the world," which is in the possession of Princess Dahla of Lugash (Cardinale). Of course, Lytton is interested in the jewel. And so is his nephew George (Wagner), who appears to be following in the footsteps of "The Phantom."


 


Memorable scene: Singer Jeffries performs "Meglio Stasera" ("It Had Better Be Tonight") during a ski resort scene. Notice how well Sellers moves on the dance floor.


 



 


By the way, Clouseau and his wife Simone (Capucine) refer to each other as "my darling" so many times, viewers could start participatory drinking games. In case you were wondering, the four other Sellers-as-Clouseau films were "A Shot in the Dark" (1964), "The Return of the Pink Panther" (1975), "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" (1976) and "Revenge of the Pink Panther" (1978). Actor Alan Arkin starred as the sleuth in "Inspector Clouseau," a 1968 version that did not involve Edwards. Subsequent "Pink Panther" films have starred Ted Wass, Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin. Expires August 9, 2014.


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TCM On Demand for August 4, 2014

 

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1. Advise & Consent (1962) -- Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Burgess Meredith, Paul Ford, George Grizzard, Inga Swenson, Betty White, Eddie Hodges, Edward Andrews, Paul McGrath, Will Geer. Engrossing political tale directed by Otto Preminger and based on the best seller by Allen Drury. One of three great 1960s Washington D.C.-based dramas starring Fonda. The others: "Gore Vidal's The Best Man" and "Fail Safe" (both released in 1964). The movie's title is derived from Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, which empowers the Senate to approve treaties and confirm certain presidential appointments. The fictional storyline revolves around the controversial nomination of Robert A. Leffingwell (Fonda) to head the State Department.

 


 

Many of the lead actors play senators, including White, who appears as the Hon. Bessie Adams of Kansas. Tone is the ailing president who hopes Leffingwell's nomination is approved as soon as possible. Ayres is the vice president, whose vote will be needed in case the Senate becomes deadlocked over the issue. This was the last picture of Laughton's distinguished career. The Oscar winner died of cancer at the age of 63 on December 15, 1962, six months after the film was released. It also was one of Tierney's final films. Expires August 10, 2014.

 

2. Funny Girl (1968) -- Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Lee Allen, Mae Questel, Gerald Mohr, Frank Faylen. Streisand's first film role was a knockout. Her portrayal of musical comedy star Fanny Brice (1891-1951) earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Actually, she tied Katharine Hepburn, who won her third of four leading role Oscars for "The Lion in Winter." Directed by the great William Wyler, the film bio -- based on the hit 1964 stage production by Jule Styne (music), Bob Merrill (lyrics) and Isobel Lennart (book) -- follows Brice's rise to stardom and her bittersweet romance with gambler Nicky Arnstein (Sharif). Medford, who reprised her Tony Award-nominated stage role as Brice's mother, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The film features a couple of Streisand's signature tunes ("People," "Don't Rain on My Parade") as well as songs associated with Brice ("Secondhand Rose," "My Man"). The first line by Streisand as Brice -- "Hello, gorgeous!" -- was ranked by the American Film Institute in 2005 as the 81st greatest movie quote of all time. Streisand repeated the line as she gazed upon the Best Actress Oscar she was presented on April 14, 1969. Producer Ray Stark, who was married to Brice's daughter Frances, persuaded Streisand to star opposite James Caan (as impresario Billy Rose) in a 1975 sequel titled "Funny Lady." Veteran actress Questel, who appears as Mrs. Strakosh, was the longtime voice of two popular animated characters -- Betty Boop and Olive Oyl. Expires August 10, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 5, 2014

 

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) -- Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Leon Ames, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main, Harry Davenport, June Lockhart, Henry H. Daniels, Jr., Joan Carroll, Hugh Marlowe, Robert Sully, Chill Wills. Vincente Minnelli's musical follows a year in the lives of the Smith family before the opening of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Garland performs three memorable songs by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane -- "The Boy Next Door," "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (although Martin claimed he wrote the numbers all by himself).

 

 

It was "The Trolley Song" that received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, but "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" has become a Yuletide classic. Performed in the movie by Garland in an unforgettable scene with the 7-year-old O'Brien, the tune -- with slightly different lyrics -- has been recorded numerous times by such entertainers as Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, the Jackson 5, the Pretenders, Gloria Estefan and Mary J. Blige.

 

On March 15, 1945, O'Brien received a special Juvenile Academy Award as the Outstanding Child Actress of 1944. Her performance as the irrepressible Tootie Smith certainly was a major factor in her award.

 

Astor would play O'Brien's mother again in the 1949 sceen remake of "Little Women," which also starred June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh.

 

Garland and Minnelli were married the year after this film's release. Their daughter Liza was born in 1946 and made her first screen appearance at the age of 3 during the finale of "In the Good Old Summertime" (1949). 

 

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TCM On Demand for August 6, 2014

 

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1. Ball of Fire (1941) -- Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers, S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall, Tully Marshall, Leonid Kinskey, Richard Haydn, Aubrey Mather, Dana Andrews, Dan Duryea, Kathleen Howard, Mary Field, Elisha Cook, Jr. Directed by Howard Hawks ("Bringing Up Baby," "His Girl Friday") and based on a story by Billy Wilder, this screwball comedy is a 1940s version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Stanwyck received her second of four Best Actress Oscar nominations for her performance as Katherine "Sugarpuss" O'Shea, a streetwise nightclub performer forced to flee from police because of a mob connection. She seeks refuge with an acquaintance -- Professor Potts (Cooper), an erudite man working on a big encyclopedia project with seven colleagues.

 


 

Wilder, who would later direct Stanwyck in "Double Indemnity," co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Brackett and Thomas Monroe. Wilder and Monroe received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Original Story. The film also received nominations for Alfred Newman's score and Best Sound, Recording (Thomas T. Moulton). 

 

Memorable quote: "I love him because he's the kind of guy who gets drunk on a glass of buttermilk, and I love the way he blushes right up over his ears. I love him because he doesn't know how to kiss, the jerk!" -- "Sugarpuss" O'Shea.

 

Expires August 12, 2014.

 


 

2. Lady of Burlesque (1943) -- Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J. Edward Bromberg, Iris Adrian, Gloria Dickson, Victoria Faust, Stephanie Bachelor, Charles Dingle, Marion Martin, Pete Gordon (billed as Eddie Gordon), Frank Fenton, Pinky Lee, Frank Conroy, Lew Kelly, Claire Carleton, Noel Neill (uncredited). This murder mystery was based on a novel by famed ecdysiast Gypsy Rose Lee and directed by William A. Wellman ("Wings," "The Ox-Bow Incident"). The film stars Stanwyck as burlesque performer Dixie Daisy (real name: Deborah Hoople) who begins to share the fears of her sister stage artists after one of their own is murdered. The movie's screenplay was adapted from Lee's book "The G-String Murders" by writer James Gunn ("Born to Kill," "The Young Philadelphians"). The drama received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Arthur Lange). This was the debut film for O'Shea, who plays Dixie Daisy's love interest Biff Brannigan. Look for a young Neill, who later achieved fame playing Lois Lane in two "Superman" movie serials and the 1950s TV series starring George Reeves as the Man of Steel.

 

Expires August 12, 2014.

 

 

3. Meet John Doe (1941) -- Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason, Gene Lockhart. Director Frank Capra and screenwriter Robert Riskin, 1934 Oscar winners for "It Happened One Night," teamed up again for this memorable comedy/drama. A newspaper columnist (Stanwyck) tries to save her job when her publication begins to downsize. She creates a fictional letter writer named John Doe who expresses compassion for the common people and threatens to jump to his death from the City Hall building on Christmas Eve. What results is a sensational public reponse, which becomes more sensational when the paper is forced to hire an ex-baseball player (Cooper) to pose as John Doe. Seven months after the film was released, Cooper and Stanwyck were reunited in the screwball comedy "Ball of Fire." Riskin's screenplay was adapted from "The Life and Death of John Doe", a film treatment by Richard Connell and Robert Presnell, who were Oscar-nominated for Best Original Story. Cooper and Brennan appeared in five other films together: "The Cowboy and the Lady" (1938), "The Westerner" (1940), "Sergeant York" (1941), "The Pride of the Yankees" (1942) and "Task Force" (1949). Capra's film was one of the influences for Joel and Ethan Coen's 1994 screwball comedy "The Hudsucker Proxy," which starred Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Newman.

 

Expires August 12, 2014.

 

4. Stella Dallas (1937) -- Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley, Barbara O'Neil, Alan Hale, Marjorie Main, George Walcott, Ann Shoemaker, Tim Holt, Nella Walker, Bruce Satterlee, Jimmy Butler, Jack Egger, Dickie Jones, Hattie McDaniel. Stanwyck received the first of her four Academy Award nominations for Best Actress thanks to her performance in this film, based on the 1920s novel by Olive Higgins Prouty.

Stanwyck's other nominations were for "Ball of Fire" (1941), "Double Indemnity" (1944) and "Sorry, Wrong Number" (1952). She never won a competitive Oscar, but on March 29, 1982, she received an honorary statuette "for superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting."

Directed by King Vidor ("The Big Parade," "Duel in the Sun"), the film stars Stanwyck as a hard-luck working class woman determined to make a better life in an upper social class for her adoring daughter Laurel (played by Shirley, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress).

A silent film version of this story was released in 1924 and starred Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett, Jean Hersholt and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. In 1990, Bette Midler starred in a remake titled "Stella," which also starred Trini Alvarado, John Goodman, Stephen Collins, Marsha Mason, Eileen Brennan and Ben Stiller.

 

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TCM On Demand for August 7, 2014

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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.

 

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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 August 13, 2014.

 

2. The Last Angry Man (1959) -- Paul Muni, David Wayne, Betsy Palmer, Luther Adler, Claudia McNeil, Joby Baker, Joanna Moore, Nancy R._Pollack, Billy Dee Williams, Robert F. Simon, Dan Tobin. Uncredited actors: Godfrey Cambridge, Cicely Tyson. During his distinguished career, Muni won an Academy Award for Best Actor -- for "The Story of Louis Pasteur" (1936) -- in six nominations. His first Oscar nomination was for his debut film "The Valiant" (1929). His last nomination resulted from his performance in this film, which was his swan song. He stars as Dr. Sam Abelman, a dedicated but aging physician who provides services to the mostly black residents of his Brooklyn neighborhood. He attracts the attention of a television producer (Wayne), who hopes to feature him in a nationally televised program about unsung heroes. Directed by Daniel Mann ("Come Back, Little Sheba," "The Rose Tattoo," "BUtterfield 8"), the drama was based on the 1956 novel by Gerald Green. The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (Carl Anderson and William Kiernan).

Moore, who plays Alice Taggart, married actor Ryan O'Neal four years after this film was released. She was the mother of Oscar-winner Tatum O'Neal. Baker, who appears as Dr. Abelman's nephew Myron Malkin, later starred in a short-lived 1967-1968 CBS sitcom titled "Good Morning, World." One of his co-stars in the series was a bubbly dancer-turned-actress named Goldie Hawn, who went on to stardom in her next project --NBC's smash comedy program "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In." 

The film marked the screen debut of Williams, whose career in movies took off more than a decade later as the dashing male romantic lead in "Lady Sings the Blues" (1972), which starred Diana Ross as troubled jazz singer Billie Holliday. He later became a regular in the "Star Wars" movie series as Lando Calrissian in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983). Allso appearing in his first feature film was Cambridge, the actor and stand-up comedian who plays Nobody Home. He went on to headline such films as "Watermelon Man" (1970) and the two comedy/drama detective films based on novels by Chester Himes -- "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970) and "Come Back, Charleston Blue" (1972). Look for three-time Emmy winner Tyson as the woman dumped on the doctor's doorstep in the opening scene. Expires August 13, 2014.

 

3. Scarface (1932) -- Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins, C. Henry Gordon, George Raft, Vince Barnett, Boris Karloff, Purnell Pratt, Tully Marshall, Inez Palange, Edwin Maxwell. Muni became a major star thanks to this film and "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang," which were released seven months apart. Directed and co-produced (with Howard Hughes) by Howard Hawks, the gangster drama was adapted for the screen by Ben Hecht, who based his screenplay on the 1929 novel "Scarface" by crime writer Armitage Trail. Richard Rosson, who worked closely with Hawks on several pictures, co-directed this one.

The film stars Muni as Tony Camonte, an Italian immigrant who becomes a key crime kingpin in Chicago during the 1920s. Perkins, the father of actor Anthony Perkins, co-stars as Mafia leader Johnny Lovo, who tries to keep the ambitious Camonte under control. Dvorak plays Camonte's beloved sister Francesca, while Morley plays his moll, Poppy.

Fifty-one years later, the film inspired a remake, directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. Set in Miami in the early 1980s, the new version starred Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. De Palma dedicated the film to Hawks and Hecht. 

 

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1. The Naked Spur (1954) -- James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell, Denver Pyle (uncredited). Stewart starred in five Westerns directed by Anthony Mann in the early 1950s. This film was their third collaboration in the genre -- after "Winchester 73" (1950) and "Bend of the River" (1952) and before "The Far Country" (1955) and "The Man from Laramie" (1955). They also worked together on "The Glenn Miller Story" (1954), the musical film biography of the late orchestra leader. Set in 1868 in the Rocky Mountain country of Colorado, the Western stars Stewart as Howard Kemp, a Civil War veteran and bounty hunter determined to bring in the killer of a U.S. marshal. His intended target is Ben Vandergroat (Ryan), who is accompanied by a fetching young woman (Leigh) and not at all willing to surrender himself easily. The movie's original screenplay by Sam Rolfe and Harold Jack Bloom received an Academy Award nomination. Rolfe later created the 1950s television Western "Have Gun --Will Travel" and developed the 1960s spy series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Bloom co-created (with Jack Webb and R.A. Cinader) the 1970s TV drama about firefighters and paramedics -- Emergency!" 


 


Expires August 14, 2014.


 

2. The Shop Around the Corner (1940) -- Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden, Felix Bressart, William Tracy, Inez Courtney, Sarah Edwards, Edwin Maxwell, Charles Halton, Charles Smith. Ernst Lubitsch directed and produced this romantic comedy about two Budapest gift store employees (Sullavan, Stewart) who don't get along. Neither realizes that the other is a much-appreciated and desired pen pal. This was the third of four films that teamed Sullivan and Stewart. The others: "Next Time We Love" (1936), "The Shopworn Angel" (1938) and "The Mortal Storm" (1940).


 



 


Lubitsch's film was remade in 1949 as the Technicolor musical "In the Good Old Summertime," starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. A 3-year-old Liza Minnelli made her first screen appearance at the end of that movie with her mother and Johnson. The late Nora Ephron used the same source material to film her 1998 hit "You've Got Mail," which was the third film to team Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. 


 

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TCM On Demand for August 9, 2014

 

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

 

1. The 400 Blows (1959) -- Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble, Patrick Auffay, Georges Flamant, Pierre Repp, Daniel Couturier, Luc Andrieux, Robert Beauvais, Yvonne Claudie, Marius Laurey, Claude Mansard, Jacques Monod, Pierre Repp, Henri Virlojeux, Jeanne Moreau. This film, which marked the debut of French director François Truffaut (1932-1984), became a worldwide sensation and part of the cinema's French New Wave during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The movie stars Léaud, who was 14 years old when it was filmed, as the troubled adolescent Antoine Doinel.

 

Memorable scene: The film ends with one of the most unforgettable freeze frames in movie history, as Doinel apparently runs out of options.

 

 

Truffaut would work again with Léaud on many other films during the decades ahead. Their further collaborations included four more films featuring the Antoine Doinel character -- "Antoine et Collette" (1962), "Stolen Kisses" (1968), "Bed and Board" (1970) and "Love on the Run" (1979). Now 70 years old, Léaud still appears in movies occasionally. Expires August 15, 2014.

 

2. Diary of a Chambermaid (1963) --Jeanne Moreau, Georges Géret, Daniel Ivernel, Françoise Lugagne, Marguerite Muni, Jean Ozenne, Michel Piccoli, Marc Eyraud, Gilberte Géniat, Bernard Musson, Dominique Sauvage, Jean-Claude Carrière, Claude Jaeger. Spanish director Luis Buñuel came up with this tale during his fertile second era of working on films in France (1963-1977). He was in his early 60s when he co-adapted it with Carrière and filmed it from the 1900 novel by Octave Mirbeau. Set in the 1930s, the production stars Moreau as  the title character, Célestine, a Parisian woman who goes to work at the country estate of the unsual Monteil family. Buñuel and Carrière later collaborated on the films "Belle de Jour" (1967), "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) -- which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film -- and "That Obscure Object of Desire" (1977). For his efforts in film, Carrière will be presented an honorary Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 8, 2014 at the annual Governor's Awards ceremony.

In 1946, the great French director Jean Renoir shot an earlier version of this story, which starred Paulette Goddard, Reginald Owen, Dame Judith Anderson, Hurd Hatfield and Burgess Meredith. Expires August 15, 2014.

 

3. The Trial (1962) -- Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Suzanne Flon, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff, Madeleine Robinson, Paola Mori, Arnoldo Foà, Fernand Ledoux, Michael Lonsdale, Max Buchsbaum, Max Haufler, Maurice Teynac, Wolfgang Reichmann, Thomas Holtzmann, Jess Hahn, Naydra Shore, Carl Studer, Raoul Delfosse. Uncredited actors: Billy Kearns, Guy Grosso, William Chappel, Jean-Claude Rèmoleux. Welles directed, co-starred and adapted this film version of the classic novel, published in 1925, by Czech-born author Franz Kafka (1883-1924). The film was produced by Alexander Salkind, who later financed the first three "Superman" movies of the 1970s and 1980s with his son Ilya.

Perkins stars as Kafka's beleaguered protagonist, Josef K, who is hounded, menaced and interrogated by shadowy agents of a mysterious entity who apparently plan to charge him for crimes they will not specify. Moreau, who worked with Welles on other projects in the 1960s, co-stars as Josef K's neighbor, Marika Burstner. Welles later shows up in the film as Albert Hastler, Josef K's legal advocate during the nightmarish experience. Mori, the Italian actress who was Welles' third wife from 1955 until his death 30 years later, can be seen in the role of a court archivist.

 

Foà, who plays Inspector A, died on January 11. 2014, less than two weeks shy of his 98th birthday. He had been a mainstay of French films and stage productions -- frequently as a director -- for more than 30 years. He had remained active in film work until his death. Expires August 15, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 10, 2014


 


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


 


1. The Girl Who Had Everything (1953) --Elizabeth Taylor, Fernando Lamas, William Powell, Gig Young, James Whitmore, Robert Burton, Bill Walker, Michael Wilding (uncredited). This drama is a remake of the 1931 film "A Free Soul," which starred Lionel Barrymore (a Best Actor winner for his performance), Clark Gable and Norma Shearer. Powell, in one of his final film roles, stars as attorney Steve Latimer, who successfully defends an odious client, Victor Y. Raimondi (Lamas), and lives to regret it. To Latimer's dismay, his daughter Jean (Taylor) begins seeing Raimondi.


 


British actor Wilding -- Taylor's husband at the time -- makes an appearance in the film as himself. The film was directed by Richard Thorpe, who previously worked with Powell in "The Thin Man Goes Home" (1941) and Taylor in "A Date with Judy" (1948) and "Ivanhoe" (1952). Expires August 16, 2014.


 


 


2. The Thin Man (1934) -- William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell, Porter Hall, Henry Wadsworth, William Henry, Harold Huber, Cesar Romero, Natalie Moorhead, Edward Brophy, Edward Ellis, Cyril Thornton. Having previously played the New York-based sleuth Philo Vance four times on film, Powell took on the role of Dashiell Hammett's master detective Nick Charles and gained great popularity. He co-starred with Loy (as Nora Charles) in this comedy-mystery-drama based on Hammett's 1934 novel and earned his first of three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor.

 

The film also received Oscar nominatons for Best Picture, Best Director (W.S. Van Dyke II) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett).

 

Although the title refers to a missing man -- inventor Clyde Wynant (played by Ellis) -- it eventually became associated with Nick Charles in the public mind. The success of this series led to five sequels -- "After the Thin Man" (1936), "Another Thin Man" (1939), "Shadow of the Thin Man" (1941), "The Thin Man Goes Home" (1945) and "Song of the Thin Man" (1947). The first four films in the series were directed by Van Dyke, who tragically died by suicide on February 5, 1943.

 


 

The movie's scene stealer is Skippy, the wire fox terrier that appears as the Charles' dog Asta. The canine also appeared in "After the Thin Man" and other films, including two starring Cary Grant -- "The Awful Truth" (1937) and "Bringing Up Baby" (1938).

 

A television version of the movie series starred Peter Lawford as Nick and Phyllis Kirk as Nora, and aired on NBC from 1957 to 1959. In "Murder By Death," Neil Simon's 1976 spoof of murder mysteries, David Niven and Dame Maggie Smith played the married couple Dick and Dora Charleston.


 


Memorable dialogue: 


 


Detective Guild (played by Pendleton): You got a pistol permit?


 


Nick: No.


 


Detective Guild: Ever heard of the Sullivan Act?


 


Nora (apparently confusing the Sullivan Act with the Mann Act): Oh, that's all right. We're married.


 


Memorable quote: "The murderer is right in this room, sitting at this table. You may serve the fish." -- Nick, presiding over a dinner party in which he has gathered all major suspects in a murder.


 


Expires August 16, 2014. 


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