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TCM On Demand for August 11, 2014


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


1. Lady by Choice (1934) -- Carole Lombard, May Robson, Roger Pryor, Walter Connolly, Arthur Hohl, Raymond Walburn, James Burke, Henry Kolker, Mariska Aldrich, Johnny Boyle. Romantic comedy starring Lombard as Sally Rand-like fan dancer Georgie Lee (also known as Alabam the Human Heat Wave), whose racy act has her hauled into court on a morals charge. She receives a suspended sentence, but as a publicity ploy to soften her image, she takes in a hard-drinking, tough-talking homeless woman named Patsy (Robson). The film was directed by David Burton ("The Bishop Murder Case"). Lombard and Connolly, who plays Judge Daly, appeared in several other films together, including "No More Orchids" (1932), "Twentieth Century" (1934) and "Nothing Sacred" (1937). Several months before this film's release, Robson earned a 1933 Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her performance as Apple Annie in Frank Capra's "Lady for a Day." Expires August 17, 2014.



2. Made for Each Other (1939) -- Carole Lombard, James Stewart, Charles Coburn, Lucile Watson, Eddie Quillan, Alma Kruger. Uncredited actors: Ward Bond, Louise Beavers, Harry Davenport. Drama film featuring Lombard near the end of her stellar career and Stewart on the verge of major stardom. They play a couple who experience many difficulties when they marry not long after meeting each other for the first time. The movie was directed by John Cromwell, father of James Cromwell ("Babe," L.A. Confidential"), who won a 2012-2013 Primetime Emmy Award for his work in FX's American Horror Story: Asylum." Expires August 17, 2014.



3. Nothing Sacred (1937) -- Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger, Walter Connolly, Sig Ruman, Frank Fay, Troy Brown, Sr., Max Rosenbloom, Margaret Hamilton, Olin Howland, Raymond Scott and His Quintet. Uncredited: Monty Wooley, Hattie McDaniel, John Qualen, Hedda Hopper, Leonid Kinskey, Charles Lane, Billy Barty, George Chandler, Ann Doran, Jinx Falkenburg. Lombard's only appearance in a color film was via this screwball comedy written by Ben Hecht and produced by David O. Selznick. Directed by William A. Wellman, who shot the 1937 version of "A Star Is Born," the film tells the story of Hazel Flagg, a Vermont woman who discovers she does not have a fatal illness because of a previous misdiagnosis. Nevertheless, she winds up becoming the toast of New York City when a reporter (March) hears about her "malady" and invites her to the Big Apple, courtesy of his newspaper. As a result, she becomes a major cause célèbre, although she hasn't told anyone else she isn't really dying.


Connolly plays March's newspaper boss, a gent named Oliver Stone. 



In 1954, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis starred in a revised version of this film titled "Living It Up." Lewis played a character named Homer Flagg, whose "fatal illness" was written about by a New York reporter (Janet Leigh). Ruman appeared in both films as a medical expert named Dr. Emile Eggelhoffer (spelled Egelhofer in the remake).


Expires August 17, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 12, 2014


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


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


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


The film received four Academy Award nominations: Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Jay Blackton, Cyril J. Mockridge), Best Cinematography (Harry Stradling), Best Art Direction (Oliver Smith, Joseph C. Wright, Howard Bristol) and Best Costume Design (Irene Sharaff). Expires August 18, 2014.


2.  On the Waterfront (1954) -- Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Ben Wagner, James Westerfield, Fred Gwynne (uncredited), Leif Erickson (uncredited), Martin Balsam (uncredited), Pat Hingle (uncredited). Elia Kazan's powerful study of a corrupt longshoremen's union received eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), Best Supporting Actress (Saint, in her screen debut) and Best Story and Screenplay (Budd Schulberg). The film was ranked No. 8 on the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the Top 100 movies of all time. When the list was updated in 2007, the drama dropped to No. 19. In 2005, the AFI credited Brando's character, Terry Malloy, with delivering the third greatest quote in movie history, right behind an infamous line from "The Godfather" that also was uttered by a Brando character. Brando won the Best Actor Oscar on his fourth consecutive nomination in the category. He previously was nominated for "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), "Viva Zapata!" (1952) and "Julius Caesar" (1953). The drama won three other Academy Awards: Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (Richard Day), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Boris Kaufman) and Best Film Editing (Gene Milford). Malden, Cobb and Steiger were all nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category, but the award went to Edmond O'Brien for "The Barefoot Contessa." Leonard Bernstein also was nominated for his score. 

Memorable scene: In a great improvisational moment, Brando (as Malloy) walks with Saint (as Edie) on a cold day. When she drops a glove, he immediately picks it up and then toys with it. At one point, he even puts it on his left hand before she retrieves it from him. 



Brando had a similar moment of improvisation in "The Godfather," in which he made a nearby cat a part of the opening scene in Don Vito Corleone's office. 




Expires August 18, 2014.


3.  Sayonara (1957) -- Marlon Brando, Patricia Owens, James Garner, Martha Scott, Red Buttons, Miyoshi Umeki, Miiko Taka, Kent Smith, Ricardo Montalban. Directed by Joshua Logan ("Bus Stop," "Paint Your Wagon"), this drama about interracial passions in Japan earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Buttons), Best Supporting Actress (Umeki), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Ted Haworth and Robert Priestley) and Best Sound (George Groves). The film stars Brando, a Best Actor nominee, as U.S. Air Force Major Lloyd "Ace" Gruver, whose personal views on mixed relationships are tested when he falls for a Japanese theater performer (Taka). Buttons, who before this movie was known solely for his work as a comic, displayed serious acting chops as Gruver's doomed airman friend Joe Kelly. In the role of Kelly's wife Katsumi, Umeki, who later played Mrs. Livingston the housekeeper in the late 1960s TV version of "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," became the first Asian woman to win an Oscar for acting.

The drama also was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Paul Osborn, who based it on the 1954 novel by James A Michener), Best Cinematography (Ellsworth Fredericks) and Best Film Editing (Arthur P. Schmidt and Philip W. Anderson). Expires August 18, 2014.



4. The Wild One (1953) -- Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin, Jay C. Flippen, Peggy Maley, Hugh Sanders, Ray Teal, John Brown, Will Wright, Yvonne Doughty, Keith Clarke. Uncredited cast members: Timothy Carey, Angela Stevens, John Doucette, Pat O'Malley, Robert Bice, Jerry Paris, Alvy Moore, Gil Stratton, Harry Landers. Produced by Stanley Kramer, this biker film features Brando as a character that became an iconic figure of 1950s pop culture -- Johnny Strabler, leader of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club. Directed by László Benedek ("Death of a Salesman"), the film was based on a real-life series of disturbances by biker groups at a 1947 Fourth of July celebration in Hollister, California. In the movie, Strabler's group invades and upsets the normal routine of a fictional California town called Wrightsville. Murphy, who plays the Brando character's love interest, never again starred in a film this noteworthy, although she continued to act in the years ahead. She died on May 4, 2011 at the age of 80. 


Memorable dialogue:


Mildred (a local woman played by Maley): Hey, somebody tell me what that means -- B.R.M.C. What does that mean?


Mouse (a biker played by Stratton): Black Rebels Motorcycle Club.


Mildred: Isn't that cute? Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?


Johnny: What do you got?


Before they was Fab: The head of the rival motorcyle gang is Chino (played by Marvin). At one point, he refers to the Beetles, which either was the name of the gang or slang for girls who follow bikers. Some observers have believed the name may have influenced John Lennon's decision to call his band The Beatles. But others have said the British group's name was a tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Meanwhile, there's always Lennon's declaration that he had a vision when he was 12 years old: "...I saw a man on a flaming pie, and he said, 'You are the Beatles with an A.' And so we are." By the way, if you look behind the wax figure of Ringo Starr on the cover of "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band," there's a photo of Brando as Johnny Strabler.


Raiders of the Brando look: In "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008), George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series, the character Mutt Williams (Shia LeBeouf) is first seen riding a motorcycle and sporting the same garb worn by Brando's anti-hero biker. 


From kickstands to sitcoms: Two of the actors who co-starred as B.R.M.C. bikers played very different characters on popular television comedies of the 1960s. Paris, who appears as Dextro, was Jerry Helper, Rob and Laura Petrie's next-door neighbor and dentist on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" from 1963 to 1966. Moore, who played Pigeon, had a recurring role as county agent Hank Kimball on "Green Acres" from 1965 to 1971. 


Expires August 18, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 13, 2014


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


1. The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) -- Jack Benny, Alexis Smith, Dolores Moran, Allyn Joslyn, Reginald Gardiner, Guy Kibbee, John Alexander, Franklin Pangborn, Margaret Dumont, Robert Blake, Ethel Griffies, Paul Harvey, Mike Mazurki, Truman Bradley. For years on his radio and television shows, Benny pretended to be a terrible violin player. But in this comedy/fantasy, he plays the third trumpet player for the orchestra of a live radio program. When he nods off during a broadcast, he dreams that he's an angel named Athanael with a major assignment from his heavenly boss (Kibbee). At midnight, he must destroy Planet Earth with a blast from a special trumpet. Most of the actors play dual roles. For instance, Smith plays an orchestra harpist named Elizabeth as well as Athanael's heavenly girlfriend, who works for the boss. This was a rare comedy effort by director Raoul Walsh, who was best known for his dramas, Westerns, war films and gangster pictures. The film was not a boxoffice success, which the self-deprecating comedian Benny used as fodder for many jokes in the years afterward. Expires August 19, 2014.



2. The Young Philadelphians (1959) -- Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, Brian Keith, Diane Brewster, Billie Burke, John Williams, Robert Vaughn, Otto Kruger, Paul Picerni, Robert Douglas, Frank Conroy, Adam West, Anthony Eisley, Richard Deacon. In the 1960s, Vaughn gained an avid following as superspy Napoleon Solo in the NBC action series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." A few years before that, he received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in this drama about lawyers and the social strata in the City of Brotherly Love. Directed by Vincent Sherman ("All Through the Night"), the film stars Newman as Tony Lawrence, a young working-class man with tenuous ties to a prominent Philadelphia family. He works hard to pay for his college education and becomes a gifted law student. As he makes his way up the social ladder, he finds himself caught between two women -- his fiancée (Rush) and an older, married acquaintance (Smith). Vaughn was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Lawrence's friend, Chet Gwynn, who becomes charged with a murder. The film also received Academy Award nominations for Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Harry Stradling, Sr.) and Best Black-and-White Costume Design (Howard Shoup). This was one of the final films in the long career of Burke, the widow of impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. and a key cast member of "The Wizard of Oz" (as Glinda the Good Witch of the North). Expires August 19, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 14, 2014


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


1. His Girl Friday (1940) -- Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Cliff Edwards, Clarence Kolb, Roscoe Karns, Frank Jenks, Regis Toomey, Abner Biberman, Frank Orth, John Qualen, Helen Mack, Alma Kruger, Billy Gilbert, Pat West, Edwin Maxwell, Marion Martin (uncredited). Producer-director Howard Hawks' screen retooling of "The Front Page" is a screwball comedy about a madcap day in the life of a Chicago newspaper. It stars Grant as fast-talking, fast-thinking newspaper editor Walter Burns, and Russell as the equally fast-talking star reporter (and Burns' ex-wife) Hildy Johnson. Bellamy, who excelled as the third wheel in romantic comedies starring Grant (see "The Awful Truth"), plays Bruce Baldwin, the insurance man for whom Johnson plans to leave the newspaper. Of course, Burns will do everything in his power to disrupt Johnson's marriage plans so that she can cover the controversial execution of a convicted murderer (Qualen) The original source material, the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur stage play "The Front Page," featured Johnson as a male reporter, but this screen treatment by Charles Lederer (who also wrote the original "Ocean's 11") switches the character to the distaff side. There have been numerous film versions of the play. But the 1988 comedy "Switching Channels," which takes place at a cable television news outfit, was closest to Hawks' film. The 80s film starred Burt Reynolds, Kathleen Turner and Christopher Reeve. 


Memorable dialogue: 


Burns, summoning his sexy operative Evangeline (played by Martin): Oh, Vangie! Come here. There's a guy waiting in a taxi in front of the Criminal Courts building. His name is Bruce Baldwin.


Vangie: What does he look like?


Burns: He looks like, uh, that fellow in the movies. You know...Ralph Bellamy!


Vangie: Oh, him! 


Memorable quote: "Listen, the last man who said that to me was Archie Leach just a week before he cut his throat." -- Burns, replying to a threat of imprisonment by the unscrupulous mayor (Kolb). Grant's real name was Archibald Alexander Leach. 


Expires August 20, 2014.


2. Hot Saturday (1932) -- Cary Grant, Nancy Carroll, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods, Lilian Bond, William Collier, Sr., Jane Darwell, Stanley Smith, Rita La Roy, Rose Coghlan, Oscar Apfel, Jessie Arnold, Grady Sutton. One of Grant's earliest efforts on screen was this pre-Code tale directed by William A. Seiter ("Roberta," "You Were Never Lovelier"). Set in the small town of Marysville, the film  focuses on how the reputation of good girl Ruth Brock (Carroll) is severely damaged by idle gossip about her budding friendship with wealthy playboy Romer Sheffield (Grant). Even her own mother, played by future Oscar-winner Darwell ("The Grapes of Wrath"), gives her a hard time about it. Scott, who would become Grant's close friend in real life, co-stars as Bill Fadden, to whom Ruth turns for comfort during a particularly rough time. Bond, the British actress who plays Eva Randolph, later appeared as Lillie Langtry in the 1940 Gary Cooper-Walter Brennan film about Judge Roy Bean, "The Westerner." Expires August 20, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 15, 2014


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


1. City Lights (1931) -- Sir Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers, Al Ernest Garcia, Hank Mann. Uncredited: Eddie Baker, Henry Bergman, Albert Austin. Chaplin headlined, wrote, produced, directed, edited and composed the musical score for this poignant tale about his Tramp character's unyielding affection for a blind flower girl (Cherrill). The mostly silent film is now considered one of the screen's stellar achievements. In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked the comedy No. 76 on its list of the greatest movies of all time. When AFI updated the list in 2007, the film soared all the way up to No. 11. Cherrill, who had a short-lived career as an actress, was the first of Cary Grant's five wives. She and the actor were married in 1934 and divorced a year later. A very young Jean Harlow was an extra in the restaurant scene, but her appearances were cut from the final version.


Memorable scene: This film has many great moments to consider -- from the opening sequence at a statue unveiling to the unforgettable finale. But here's a vote for the meticulously choreographed boxing match, in which the Tramp tries to earn enough money to pay for a sight-restoring operation for his beloved flower girl. It was one of the highlights of the film clips package aired moments before Chaplin accepted an honorary Academy Award on April 10, 1972.




Expires August 21, 2014.


2. The Gold Rush (1925, updated in 1943) -- Sir Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman, Malcolm Waite, Georgia Hale. Uncredited actors include: Lita Grey (who became Chaplin's first wife), Albert Austin, Al Ernest Garcia. Chaplin's classic silent film sends his Tramp character to Canada's frozen Klondike region in search of gold. Another great production from the versatile filmmaker, who also wrote, produced, directed, edited and composed some of the music. In its 1998 survey of the greatest movies of all time, the American Film Institute ranked it No.74. In AFI's updated 2007 survey, the film rose 16 notches to 58th place. In 1943, Chaplin tweaked the original movie by making edits and adding music, sound effects and a narration. This version received Academy Award nominations for Best Sound, Recording (James L. Fields) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Max Terr). The film's memorable moments include the Tramp and fellow prospector Big Jim McKay (Swain) dining on boiled leather; a starved McKay hallucinating that his comrade is a giant chicken; and the Tramp's famous "roll dance," which later was attempted by Johnny Depp in the 1993 film "Benny and Joon." 



Expires August 21, 2014.



3. The Great Dictator (1940) -- Sir Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert, Grace Hayle, Carter De Haven, Maurice Moscovich, Emma Dunn, Bernard Gorcey, Paul Weigel. Chaplin took advantage of his Little Tramp's resemblance to Adolf Hitler in this World War II satire he wrote, produced and directed. He plays a dual role -- a Jewish barber subsisting in the fictional European country of Tomania, as well as Tomania's fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel (obviously based on Hitler. By the way, Tomania's symbol is a double cross instead of the Nazi swastika). The barber, who is frequently harassed by Tomanian stormtroopers, eventually becomes mistaken for country's all-powerful leader. Goddard, who was married to Chaplin at the time, co-stars as the barber's neighbor. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Chaplin), Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Chaplin again), Best Supporting Actor (Oakie, as a fascist based on Italy's Benito Mussolini) and Best Original Score (Meredith Willson, who later co-created the stage and screen musical versions of "The Music Man").


Memorable scene: Hynkel performs an impromptu ballet with an oversized globe inflated with helium. The scene is masterfully done, thanks to Chaplin's impeccable timing (and editing).




Expires August 21, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 16, 2014


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


1. Chinatown (1974) -- Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Darrell Zwerling, Diane Ladd, Roy Jenson, Richard Bakalyan, Joe Mantell, Bruce Glover, Nandu Hinds, James O'Rear, James Hong, Beulah Quo, Jerry Fujikawa, Belinda Palmer, Roy Roberts, Noble Willingham, Elliott Montgomery, Burt Young, Rance Howard. Robert Towne won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for this classic detective tale about sex, political corruption and murder, set in pre-World War II Los Angeles. Directed by Roman Polanski ("Rosemary's Baby," "The Pianist"), the drama stars Nicholson as private detective J.J. "Jake" Gittes (pronounced Git-us). His investigation into the mysterious death of the chief engineer of L.A.'s Department of Water and Power takes him through a labyrinthine trail of red herrings, deceit and danger. 

The film noir effort was nominated for 10 other Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Nicholson), Best Actress (Dunaway), Best Cinematography (John A. Alonzo), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Richard Sylbert, W. Stewart Campbell and Ruby R. Levitt), Best Film Editing (Sam O'Steen), Best Music, Original Dramatic Score (Jerry Goldsmith), Best Costume Design (Anthea Sylbert ) and Best Sound (Charles Grenzbach and Larry Jost). Unfortunately, the film ran into the juggernaut that was "The Godfather Part II," which dominated the awards ceremony. But Polanski's drama has been heaped with praise throughout the years.

In its 1998 survey of the greatest movies of all time, the American Film Institute ranked it at No. 19. In the AFI's updated 2007 survey, the film dropped two notches to 21st place. In 2005, the AFI selected one of the final lines of the movie -- delivered by Gittes' associate Lawrence Walsh (Mantell) -- as No. 74 on its Top 100 list of greatest movie quotes. Also in 2005, a survey by the Writers Guild of America, East and the Writers Guild of America, West ranked Towne's screenplay No. 3 on the list of the 101 best-ever movie scripts. It finished behind "Casablanca" (1943) and "The Godfather" (1972), and ahead of "Citizen Kane" (1941) and "All About Eve" (1950).


Memorable scene: Gittes is menaced by a thug who slices the detective's nose with a knife. The assailant is played by Polanski.



Memorable quote: "Of course I’m respectable. I’m old. Politicians, ugly buildings and whores all get respectable if they last long enough." -- Noah Cross (Huston), the powerful, politically connected father of Evelyn Mulwray (Dunaway), in whom Gittes takes an interest.


It took 16 years, but Nicholson returned to the role of Gittes in the 1990 sequel "The Two Jakes," which co-starred Harvey Keitel (as a new client named Julius "Jake" Berman), Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe and Eli Wallach. The film, which did not duplicate the success of the original, was directed by Nicholson from a screenplay by Towne.


Expires August 22, 2014.



2. The Happening (1967) -- Anthony Quinn, Michael Parks, George Maharis, Robert Walker, Jr., Martha Hyer, Faye Dunaway, Oskar Homolka, Jack Kruschen, Milton Berle, James Randolph Kuhl, Clifton James, Luke Askew, Eugene Roche. Dunaway's first movie role, although the film was released a month after her appearance in Otto Preminger's "Hurry Sundown." She co-stars with Parks, Maharis and Walker as "flower children" on a lark who wind up invading the Miami mansion of a retired mobster (Quinn). He believes he is being kidnapped, and somehow ends up taking charge of the ransom demand for his return. Hyer, who plays the mobster's wife, died on May 31, 2014 at the age of 89. The movie's theme song actually fared better than the film. Recorded by The Supremes -- and co-written by Motown tunesmiths Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland along with the movie's composer Frank De Vol -- the song became a No. 1 pop hit. Several months after the release of this film, Dunaway would become a major star opposite Warren Beatty in "Bonnie and Clyde." Expires August 22, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 17, 2014


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


1. Foreign Correspondent (1940) -- Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, Albert Basserman, Robert Benchley, Eduardo Ciannelli, Edmund Gwenn, Harry Davenport. Sir Alfred Hitchcock's first American film was "Rebecca," which won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Picture. But the British-born filmmaker also had a second Best Picture contender with this spectacular thriller that anticipated the outbreak of World War II. McCrea stars as Johnny Jones, a hard-nosed newspaper reporter for the fictional New York Globe. When the publication's editor (Davenport) decides he needs a top-notch correspondent to cover the gathering storm in Europe, he gives the job to Jones and rechristens him "Huntley Haverstock." Upon his arrival in London, Jones/Haverstock immediately becomes involved in international political intrigue that puts his life in danger.


Memorable scene No. 1: Gwenn, who won an Oscar for playing Santa Claus in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947), appears as Haverstock's "genial" bodyguard who tries to dispose of the foreign correspondent by pushing him from the bell tower of Westminster Cathedral. Gwenn was a Hitchcock favorite who appeared in four of the director's films between 1931 and 1955.


Memorable scene No. 2: An airplane carrying Haverstock and other principal characters is shot down over the Atlantic Ocean by a German destroyer. Hitchcock filmed the shooting and the resulting crash into the ocean from the point of view of the passengers.



In a 1972 interview on ABC's "The Dick Cavett Show," Hitchcock explained how the plane crash sequence was shot:



Hitch's traditional cameo: It occurs approximately 12 minutes into the film as Haverstock walks out of a hotel and encounters the Dutch diplomat Van Meer (Basserman).


The role of Haverstock originally was offered to actor Gary Cooper, who declined it. The actor later expressed regrets about not accepting the part. Unfortunately, McCrea, despite his solid work in this movie, never worked with Hitchcock again. Besides the Best Picture nomination, the film earned five other nods for the 13th Academy Awards held on February 27, 1941: Best Supporting Actor (Basserman, for a double role), Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Charles Bennett and Joan Harrison), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Rudolph Maté), Best Black-and-White Art Direction (Alexander Golitzen) and Best Special Effects (Paul Eagler, photographic; Thomas T. Moulton, sound). Harrison later became a producer of Hitchcock's long-running anthology series on television during the 1950s and 1960s. 


Expires August 23, 2014.



2. The Little Foxes (1941) -- Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea, Patricia Collinge, Charles Dingle, Carl Benton Reid, Jessica Grayson, John Marriott, Russell Hicks, Lucien Littlefield, Virginia Brissac, Terry Nibert, Henry "Hot Shot" Thomas, Charles R. Moore. Davis, Collinge and Wright received Academy Award nominations for their performances in William Wyler's film version of the 1939 Lillian Hellman play about a dysfunctional Southern family. The film earned nine Oscar nods overall: Best Picture, Best Director (Wyler), Best Actress (Davis, her fourth of five nominations in a row), Best Supporting Actress (Collinge), Best Supporting Actress ( Wright), Best Adapted Screenplay (Hellman), Best Music, Scoring for a Dramatic Film (Meredith Willson), Best Film Editing (Daniel Mandell) and Best Art Direction (Stephen Goosson, Howard Bristol). Although Wright did not win, she earned two Academy Award nominations the following year, for her performances in "The Pride of the Yankees" (Best Actress) and "Mrs. Miniver" (Best Supporting Actress). She won the latter award, making her the youngest person -- at age 24 -- to receive three Oscar nominations for acting. That record stood until January 16, 2014, when 23-year-old Jennifer Lawrence broke it with her third nomination in four years.

Look for Kenny Washington in an uncredited role as a servant. Five years after this movie's release, he became the first African-American athlete in the modern era to sign with a National Football League team. He and his UCLA teammate Woody Strode -- who later starred in such films as "Spartacus" and "Sergeant Rutledge" (both released in 1960) -- played for the Los Angeles Rams, beginning in 1946. 


Expires August 23, 2014.


3. The Moon and Sixpence (1942) -- George Sanders, Herbert Marshall, Doris Dudley, Eric Blore, Albert Bassermann, Florence Bates, Steven Geray, Elena Verdugo. Uncredited actors: Mike Mazurki, Irene Tedrow, Rondo Hatton. Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham and inspired by the life of French artist Paul Gaugin (1848-1903), this is the tale of a London stockbroker (Sanders) who suddenly uproots his life and career to become a painter in Paris. The drama was one of six films directed by Albert Lewin. The others: "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945), "The Private Affairs of Bel Ami" (1947), "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" (1951), "Saadia" (1954) and "The Living Idol" (1957).


The film earned Dmitri Tiomkin a 1943 Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture -- one of 22 Oscar nods he received during his career. 


Marshall portrayed Maugham in the 1946 film adaptation of the author's novel "The Razor's Edge," which also starred Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter (in an Oscar-winning performance) and Clifton Webb.


 Expires August 23, 2014.



4. Murder! (1930) -- Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman, Miles Mander, Esme Percy, Donald Calthrop, Esme V. Chaplin, Amy Brandon Thomas, Joynson Powell, S.J. Warmington, Marie Wright, Hannah Jones, Una O'Connor, R.E. Jeffrey. This drama was directed by Sir Alfred Hitchcock the year after "Blackmail" (1929), which was the first-ever British motion picture with sound. This film provided the first speaking role for Marshall, who would go on to be a fixture in the movies for the next 35 years. He stars as Sir John Menier, an actor who served as the foreman of a jury that convicted an actress (Baring) of murder. Convinced of her innocence, he looks into her case himself and comes up with a plan to expose the true killer. Hitchcock's cameo occurs almost an hour into the film. He can be seen with a female companion walking past the murder site while Menier talks to stage manager Ted Markham (Chapman) and Markham's wife (Konstam).


Expires August 23, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 18, 2014


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


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). Expires August 24, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 19, 2014


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1. It Happened One Night (1934) -- Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas, Alan Hale, Sr., Arthur Hoyt, Blanche Fiderich, Charles C. Wilson. Uncredited: Ward Bond, Irving Bacon. Frank Capra's hit comedy was the first of three films to win the five major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Gable), Best Actress (Colbert) and a screenwriting category (Robert Riskin for Best Writing, Adaptation). The two other films that accomplished the feat were "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). Capra's Oscar win was the first of three Best Director awards he would win in five years. He also won the award for "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936) and "You Can't Take It with You" (1938).



Colbert stars in this madcap comedy as Ellie Andrews, a headstrong heiress who becomes a media sensation when she runs away from her domineering father (Connolly). A savvy reporter named Peter Warne (played by Gable) soon tracks her down and winds up sharing an eventful cross-country journey with her.


In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked the comedy No. 35 on its list of the greatest movies of all time. When the AFI updated the list in 2007, the film dropped to No. 46.


Memorable scene:  Warne tries to show the heiress how easy it is to hitchhike on the road.



Memorable dialogue: 


Ellie: Aren't you going to give me a little credit?

Peter Warne: What for?

Ellie: I proved once and for all that the limb is mightier than the thumb.

Peter Warne: Why didn't you take off all your clothes? You could have stopped 40 cars.

Ellie: Well, I'll remember that when we need 40 cars.


There have been two musical remakes of the picture -- "Eve Had Her Apples" (1945) starred Ann Miller, while "You Can't Run Away from It" (1956) teamed June Allyson and Jack Lemmon.


Expires August 25, 2014.



2. Skylark (1941) -- Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Brian Aherne, Binnie Barnes, Walter Abel, Grant Mitchell, Mona Barrie, Ernest Cossart, James Rennie, Leonard Mudie, Warren Hymer, Hobart Cavanaugh, Edward Fielding, Leon Belasco, Irving Bacon. Produced and directed by Mark Sandrich ("The Gay Divorcee," "Top Hat"), this romantic tale was based on the 1939 play by Samson Raphaelson. It stars Colbert as Lydia Kenyon, a married woman who becomes fed up with playing second fiddle to the advertising business of her husband Tony (Milland). After almost five years of marriage, she meets an attorney she likes (played by Aherne) and decides to head to Reno for a divorce. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound, Recording (Loren L. Ryder). Colbert also co-starred with Milland in "The Gilded Lily" (1935) and "Arise, My Love" (1940). Expires August 25, 2014.



3. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) -- Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins, Charlie Ruggles, George Barbier, Hugh O'Connell. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, this romantic comedy with music was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1931/1932. Set in 19th-century Vienna, the film stars Chevalier as Lieutenant Nikolaus "Niki" von Preyn of the Austrian royal guard. Thanks to a chance incident, he finds himself caught between the violinist he loves (Colbert) and the inexperienced Princess Anna of Flausenthurm (Hopkins) who loves him. Expires August 25, 2014.


4. Three Came Home (1950) -- Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles, Florence Desmond, Sessue Hayakawa, Sylvia Andrew, Mark Keuning, Phyllis Morris, Howard Chuman. Directed by Jean Negulesco ("Johnny Belinda"), this is one of three dramas in which a Colbert character finds herself in harm's way in a Pacific setting. The others: "So Proudly We Hail!" (1943) -- set in the Philippines during World War II -- and "Outpost in Malaya" (1952) -- which takes place at a rubber plantation under siege by bandits. This time, Colbert portrays author Agnes Newton Keith (1901-1982), the American-born wife of a British official in North Borneo in the days leading up to World War II. When the Japanese take control of the island, she and her husband Harry (Knowles) are separated and sent to different prison camps. The film focuses on Keith's experiences with her young son George (Keuning) under harsh conditions during the war. Hayakawa, who plays a sympathetic Japanese officer, was a great silent movie star who left Hollywood in the 1920s to appear in films abroad. This was one of his first American projects upon his return. He later received an Academy Award nomination for his performance as another Japanese officer in Sir David Lean's "The Bridge on the River Kwai."  Expires August 25, 2014. 


5. Tomorrow Is Forever (1946) -- Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, George Brent, Lucile Watson, Richard Long, Natalie Wood. Directed by Irving Pichel ("Destination Moon"), this drama is about the impact of two world wars on a Baltimore woman played by Colbert. At the end of World War I, she is told that her beloved husband (Welles) was killed six days before the armistice. Two decades later, as World War II is about to begin in Europe, the husband that was presumed dead arrives in town with a new name, a new face and a German orphan in tow. This was the film debut for Long, who plays the adult son of the characters played by Colbert and Welles. It also was the first major movie role for the 7-year-old Wood, who plays the orphan Margaret Ludwig. Expires August 25, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 20, 2014


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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) -- Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart, Sal Mineo, Harold J. Stone, Joseph Buloff, Sammy White, Arch Johnson, Robert P. Lieb, Theodore Newton. Uncredited actors: Steve McQueen, Dean Jones, Robert Loggia, Benny Rubin, Angela Cartwright. Newman's young film career received a great boost with his portrayal in this film of boxing great Rocky Graziano (1919-1990). The role originally was intended for James Dean, but Newman took over after Dean's death in an automobile accident on September 30, 1955.

Angeli, who had a romantic relationship with Dean, co-starred with Newman in his first two films -- "The Silver Chalice"  (1954) and this one. McQueen, who has a brief role as Graziano's neighborhood friend Fidel, later co-starred with Newman in "The Towering Inferno" (1974). They were supposed to appear together in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (with McQueen as Cassidy and Newman as Sundance), but McQueen eventually pulled out of the project.

The drama won Academy Awards for Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Joseph Ruttenberg) and Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (Cedric Gibbons, Malcolm Brown, Edwin B. Willis and F. Keogh Gleason). It was nominated for Best Film Editing (Albert Akst).


Expires August 26, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 22, 2014


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1. Dinner at Eight (1933) -- Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, Billie Burke, Madge Evans, Jean Hersholt, Karen Morley, Louise Closser Hale, Phillips Holmes, May Robson, Grant Mitchell. Four cast members of the Oscar-winning 1932 drama "Grand Hotel" -- the Barrymores, Beery and Hersholt -- reunited for this star-studded comedy/drama directed by George Cukor and produced by David O. Selznick.
The Depression era film revolves around a posh dinner party being planned by Millicent Jordan (Burke), wife of the ailing, financially troubled shipping magnate Oliver Jordan III (Lionel Barrymore). Among the invited guests: A desperate actor in decline (John Barrymore) who's having a clandestine relationship with the Jordans' 19-year-old daughter Paula (Evans); Oliver Jordan's nouveau riche business rival (Beery) and his uncultured, social-climbing wife (Harlow); a physician (Lowe) -- who's been intimate with many of his female patients -- and his long-suffering wife (Morley); and a once-great actress (Dressler), who is in America for the first time in a decade in an attempt to cash in stocks from the Jordan shipping business.

The movie's screenplay was adapted by Frances Marion ("The Champ") and Herman J. Mankiewicz ("Citizen Kane") from the stage play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber.


Memorable dialogue:


Kitty Packard (Harlow): I was reading a book the other day. 

Carlotta Vance (Dressler, taken aback by the revelation): Reading a book?
Kitty: Yes. It's all about civilization or something. A nutty kind of a book. Do you know that the guy says that machinery is going to take the place of every profession?

Carlotta:  Oh, my dear, that's something you need never worry about.



Memorable quote: "If there's one thing I know, it's men. I ought to. It's been my life's work." -- Carlotta, as she tries to comfort Paula Jordan, who has just received devastating news.


Memorable quote No. 2: "You're through, Renault. You're through in pictures and plays and vaudeville and radio and everything. You're a corpse, and you don't know it. Go get yourself buried." -- Renault's agent Max Kane (Tracy) after the actor accuses him of plotting with producers against Renault.



The Great Nickname: There are at least three references to actor Larry Renault's profile. John Barrymore's famous nickname was "The Great Profile," and in his final moments in the film, his face is shown from one side.



Expires August 28, 2014.


2. Doctor X (1932) -- Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster, John Wray, Harry Beresford, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Leila Bennett, Robert Warwick, George Rosener, Willard Robertson, Thomas E. Jackson, Harry Holman, Mae Busch. Tom Dugan. Uncredited: Selmer Jackson. Early Technicolor horror film starring Tracy as Lee Taylor, a New York investigative reporter who seeks answers to a series of homicides known as "The Moon Killer Murders." It appears that the key to the mystery is a medical research academy run by Dr. Jerry Xavier (Atwill). Meanwhile, Taylor becomes attracted to the doctor's daughter (played by Wray, one year before her starring role as Ann Darrow in "King Kong").
Directed by Michael Curtiz ("Mystery of the Wax Museum"), the film was based on a 1931 stage play titled "The Terror." 


Expires August 28, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 23, 2014
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1. The Children's Hour (1961) -- Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter, Karen Balkin, Veronica Cartwright, Mimi Gibson, William Mims, Sally Brophy, Hope Summers. This drama, based on the play by Lillian Hellman, was directed by William Wyler, who filmed an earlier version titled "These Three" 25 years before. The 1936 film, which veered from Hellman's focus on a lesbian relationship because of the Hays Code, starred Hopkins and Merle Oberon as boarding school instructors who become the victims of a vicious rumor spread by a student (Bonita Granville). Joel McCrea co-starred as Oberon's love interest. The 13-year-old Granville received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
Wyler's second effort, adapted from Hellman's play by John Michael Hayes ("Rear Window," "To Catch a Thief"), is still a milder version of the stage production. But it does address the subject of lesbianism. It stars Hepburn and MacLaine as teachers at a private school for girls, and Garner plays Hepburn's fiancé. This time, Hopkins plays MacLaine's aunt, who also teaches at the school.
Balkin co-stars as the malicious brat who spreads false rumors about the teachers. The 12-year-old actress from Houston had a brief film career, and appeared in only one other movie. In contrast, Cartwright, who also was 12 when this movie was released, is still acting at the age of 67.
This was the final screen appearance of Bainter, who retired. She received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her work in this film as Balkin's grandmother. Other nominations for the film were: Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Franz Planer); Best Black-and-White Costume Design (Dorothy Jeakins); Best Black-and-White Art Direction (Fernando Carrere and Edward G. Boyle); and Best Sound (Gordon E. Sawyer). Expires August 29, 2014.
2. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) -- Sir Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass, Marjorie Fielding, Edie Martin, John Salew, Ronald Adam, Arthur Hambling, Gibb McLaughlin, John Gregson, Clive morton, Sydney Tafler, Marie Burke, Audrey Hepburn, Christopher Hewett. Uncredited: Robert Shaw, Robert Coote, Peter Bull, Desmond Llewelyn. British screenwiter T.E.B. Clarke won a 1952 Academy Award for his original screenplay of this Ealing Studios comedy. Directed by Charles Crichton, the film stars Guinness (a 1952 Best Actor nominee) as a trusted bank clerk who masterminds a scheme to steal a million pounds in gold. He enlists a manufacturer of souvenirs (played by Holloway) to help him carry out the plan.

Crichton (1910-1999) would display his deft touch for comedy almost 40 years later with the worldwide hit "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988), which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (shared with John Cleese). He was 78 at the time.


Look for film great and fashion icon Hepburn in one of her first screen appearances. In the opening scene in Rio de Janeiro, she plays Chiquita, who is given money as a birthday present by Guinness's character.


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Hepburn and Guinness


Shaw appears near the end of the film as a police lab technician about to test an Eiffel Tower souvenir for gold content. It was his first movie role.

Expires August 29, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for August 24, 2014


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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 30, 2014.



2. The Split (1968) -- Jim Brown, Diahann Carroll, Ernest Borgnine, Julie Harris, Gene Hackman, Jack Klugman, Warren Oates, James Whitmore, Donald Sutherland, Joyce Jameson, Harry Hickox, Jackie Joseph, Warren Vanders. Caper film that revolves around a bold plan to steal half a million dollars in box-office receipts from a Los Angeles Rams-Green Bay Packers playoff game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Apparently, few of the conspirators are familiar with the old saying: "There is no honor among thieves." Directed by Gordon Flemyng ("Dr. Who and the Daleks," "Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D."), the movie's screenplay was adapted by Robert Sabaroff from "The Seventh," a 1966 novel by "Richard Stark" -- pen name for the profilic crime writer Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008). Among the other movies based on Westlake tales: "Point Blank" (1967), "The Hot Rock" (1972), "Cops and Robbers" (1973), "The Outfit" (1973), "Payback" (1999) and "What's the Worst That Can Happen?" (2001).



This movie was released during the same month -- October 1968 -- as the Cold War thriller "Ice Station Zebra," which also co-starred Borgnine and Brown. Borgnine would reteam with Oates a year later in Sam Peckinpah's groundbreaking Western "The Wild Bunch." Brown and Hackman squared off again in the 1969 prison movie "Riot."


Quincy Jones, who composed the music score for the heist film, also co-wrote several songs, including the title tune perfomed by Billy Preston.


In case you were wondering, the Rams moved to Anaheim in 1980 and played there until they departed for St. Louis after the 1994 National Football League season. The Rams announced they would return to Los Angeles and the Coliseum in time for the 2016 season. 


Brown, who turned to movies after a stellar pro football career (1957-1965) as a fullback for the Cleveland Browns, made his final appearance as a player in the 1966 NFL Championship Game against the Packers. Green Bay won, 23-12.


Expires August 30, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 25, 2014


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1. He Ran All the Way (1951) -- John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Selena Royle, Gladys George, Norman Lloyd. Directed by John Berry ("Claudine"), this crime drama turned out to be Garfield's final motion picture. Because of anti-Communist sentiment in postwar America, the actor was blacklisted for refusing to inform on people before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). He died of a heart attack on May 21, 1952, almost a year after the film was released. In the movie, Garfield plays Nick Robey, who is forced to flee from police when a heist goes wrong and he shoots a cop. In desperation, he hides in the apartment of a woman (Winters) who develops feelings for him. The screenplay was co-written by Dalton Trumbo and Hugo Butler from a novel by Trumbo. As it happened, Trumbo, Butler and director Berry also wound up being blacklisted.

Winters and Ford later co-starred with Sidney Poitier and Elizabeth Hartman in the 1965 drama "A Patch of Blue," for which Winters won her second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. It was Ford's last film before his death in 1966. Expires August 31, 2014.


2. Madame X (1937) -- Gladys George, Warren William, John Beal, Reginald Owen, William Henry, Henry Daniell, Phillip Reed, Lynne Carver, Emma Dunn, Ruth Hussey, Luis Alberni, George Zucco, Cora Witherspoon, Jonathan Hale, Adia Kuznetzoff. Uncredited: Dickie Moore, Gene Reynolds, Leonard Mudie. One of many film versions of the 1908 play "La Femme X" by French playwright Alexandre Bisson (1848-1912). Ruth Chatterton starred in the first sound version in 1929. It was later remade in 1966 by producer Ross Hunter as a Technicolor vehicle for Lana Turner. In this second sound version -- directed by Sam Wood ("Goodbye, Mr. Chips," "Kitty Foyle") -- George stars as Jacqueline Fleuriot, who loses her marriage and young son because of an affair. After years of dreadful experiences, she finds herself on trial for murder -- defended by her now-adult son (Beal) who does not recognize her. Expires August 31, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 26, 2014


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1. Murder, My Sweet (1944) -- Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger, Mike Mazurki, Miles Mander, Douglas Walton, Donald Douglas, Ralf Harolde, Esther Howard. Powell takes a turn as detective Philip Marlowe in Edward Dmytryk's stylish film noir tale based on author Raymond Chandler's 1940 novel "Farewell, My Lovely." The complicated story revolves around Marlowe's search for the onetime girlfriend of hulking ex-con Moose Malloy (Mazurki), who has just completed an eight-year prison sentence. Malloy is anxious to be reunited with his sweetie, Velma Valento, but Marlowe keeps running into roadblocks and misinformation about the woman.

The film marked the final screen appearance of the 26-year-old Shirley, who retired after a long career that began when she was a child actress. 
Robert Mitchum, who played Marlowe twice in the 1970s, starred in a 1975 remake under Chandler's original title, "Farewell, My Lovely." That film co-starred Sylvia Miles (who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Anthony Zerbe, Harry Dean Stanton and Jack O'Halloran. It also featured an early screen appearance by Sylvester Stallone.
Memorable quote No. 1: "I caught the blackjack right behind my ear. A black pool opened up at my feet. I dived in. It had no bottom. I felt pretty good -- like an amputated leg." -- Marlowe's voiceover as he recalls being hit from behind by an unknown assailant.
Memorable quote No. 2: "The black pool opened up at my feet again. And I dived in." -- Marlowe's voiceover about the second time he was knocked unconscious.
Memorable dialogue:
Ann Grayle (Shirley): You know, I think you're nuts. You go barging around without a very clear idea of what you're doing. Everybody bats you down, smacks you over the head, fills you full of stuff. And you keep right on hitting between tackle and end. I don't think you even know which side you're on.
Marlowe: I don't know which side anybody's on. I don't even know who's playing today.

Expires September 1, 2014.


2. Pitfall (1948) -- Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr, John Litel, Byron Barr, Jimmy Hunt, Ann Doran, Selmer Jackson, Margaret Wells, Dick Wessel. Directed by André de Toth, who filmed "House of Wax" (the 1953 Vincent Price version, not the one from 2005 with Paris Hilton), the drama stars Powell as a married insurance man who gets more than he bargained for when he becomes involved with a criminal's girlfriend (Scott). By the way, Scott's boyfriend, Bill Smiley, is played by Byron S. Barr, not Byron E. Barr, the actor who eventually changed his name to Gig Young and became an Academy Award winner.
Expires September 1, 2014.
3. The Tall Target (1951) -- Dick Powell, Paula Raymond. Adolphe Menjou, Marshall Thompson, Ruby Dee, Richard Rober, Leif Erickson, Will Geer, Florence Bates. Uncredited actors: Tom Powers, Katherine Warren, Barbara Billingsley, Robert Easton, Percy Helton, Regis Toomey, Will Wright. Directed by Anthony Mann ("Winchester '73," "The Man from Laramie"), this historically based drama stars Powell as a New York City police officer who uncovers a plot to assassinate President-Elect Abraham Lincoln on an 1861 train trip from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. The policeman's name: John Kennedy. Dee, who makes a brief appearance as a slave named Rachel, died at the age of 91 on June 11, 2014 after a long and distinguished acting career. 
Expires September 1, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for August 27, 2014
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 
1. Quo Vadis? (1951) -- Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov, Patricia Laffan, Finlay Currie, Abraham Sofaer, Marina Berti, Buddy Baer, Felix Aylmer, Nora Swinburne, Ralph Truman, Norman Wooland, Peter Miles, Geoffrey Dunn, Elspeth March, Walter Pidgeon (narrator). Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor made appearances as uncredited extras in Mervyn LeRoy's epic historical drama about the rise of Christianity in ancient Rome. The film, set during the nefarious reign of the Emperor Nero (circa 64 A.D.), is based on the 1895 novel by Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916). Robert Taylor stars as Marcus Vinicius, a Roman commander of patrician birth who becomes enchanted by Lygia (Kerr), a pagan girl who has become a Christian. Ustinov co-stars as the unstable Nero. Genn portrays Gaius Petronious, Marcus' uncle and a member of the emperor's court. Laffan is Nero's ever-scheming wife Poppaea.
Filmed in Rome, the drama received eight Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Genn, Ustinov), Best Color Art Direction-Set Decoration (William A. Horning, Cedric Gibbons, Edward Carfagno, Hugh Hunt), Best Color Cinematography (Robert Surtees, William V. Skall), Best Color Costume Design (Herschel McCoy), Best Film Editing (Ralph E. Winters) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklós Rózsa).
As for the film's Latin title, it is from "Quo vadis, Domine" ("Whither goest thou, Lord") -- words spoken by the apostle Peter (Currie). When the Christian leader attempts to flee persecution in Rome with a young companion named Nazarius (Miles), they see an apparition of Christ and decide to turn back.
Loren can be seen about 37 minutes into the movie. She is in a crowd scene and throws flowers at Marcus as he passes by in a chariot during a triumphal procession. Elizabeth Taylor reportedly was  one of the Christians preparing to face death at the Colosseum near the end of the movie. She returned to Rome a decade later for the filming of another epic film -- "Cleopatra" (1963), for which she became the first actress to receive a million dollar salary.
Look for a young, redhaired Adrienne Corri as a Christian girl. The British actress, who was about 20 when the movie was filmed, later achieved notoriety as the married woman brutally victimized by Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) and his gang in Stanley Kubrick's futuristic drama "A Clockwork Orange" (1971).
Lygia's massive bodyguard Ursus is played by Baer, a former heavyweight boxer whose brother, Max Baer, Sr., was the world heavyweight champion from June 14, 1934 to June 15, 1935. Baer Sr. lost his title to James J. Braddock, who was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2005 film biography "Cinderella Man." Actor Max Baer, Jr., who played Jethro Bodine on TV's "The Beverly Hillbillies," was the son of Max and nephew of Buddy.  
Memorable dialogue:
Nero: "Petronious, are you a Christian?"
Petronious: "I am not. I have heard that the Christians teach you to love your neighbor. And as I see what men are, I cannot for the life of me love my fellow man."
Expires September 2, 2014.
2. Two Women (1960) -- Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Eleonora Brown, Raf Vallone, Carlo Ninchi, Andrea Checchi, Pupella Maggio, Emma Baron. Loren, surely one of Italy's greatest exports to the Western world, became the first actress to win an Academy Award for a non-English speaking role. She received the 1961 Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Cesira, a widowed Roman shopkeeper and mother who -- along with her teen daughter (Brown) -- seeks sanctuary from the carnage of World War II. She discovers that she cannot easily escape the horrors of war, including random violence, Nazi invaders, Italian collaborators, marauding troops from Morocco and food shortages. "Isn't there some safe place in the world?" she asks at one point. Directed by Vittorio De Sica ("Shoeshine," "The Bicycle Thief"), the drama was produced by Loren's husband, Carlo Ponti.
Loren and Brown
The film was based on the 1957 novel "La Ciociara" by Italian novelist Alberto Moravia. Nearly 30 years after her Oscar win, on March 25, 1991, Loren received an honorary Academy Award as "one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent luster to our art form." She became only the second actress to earn a competitive Oscar and an honorary statuette. The first to accomplish the feat was Mary Pickford. Loren, who turned 80 on September 20, 2014, is the only living actress on the American Film Institute's 1999 list of the top 50 greatest screen legends of all time. She was ranked No. 21 in the category of Top 25 Female Legends. The only other living members on the list are Kirk Douglas (the No. 17 male) and Sidney Poitier (the No. 22 male). Expires September 2, 2014.
3. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) -- Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Giuffrè, Agostino Salvietti, Lino Mattera, Tecla Scarano, Silvia Monelli, Carlo Croccolo, Pasquale Cennamo, Tonino Cianci, Armando Trovajoli, Tina Pica, Gianni Ridolfi, Gennaro Di Gregorio. Directed by Vittorio de Sica, this three-part Italian comedy won the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film for 1964. Loren and Mastroianni play different characters in each segment. In "Adelina," Loren appears as Mastroianni's extremely fertile wife who becomes a cause célèbre in Naples when she is imprisoned (with two of her babies in tow) for her black market activities. In "Anna," Loren is a well-connected Milan businessman's fashionable wife who takes her lover (Mastroianni) along for a memorable drive in her Rolls. Finally, in "Mara," Loren stars as a Roman call girl who inadvertently tempts a young priest (Gianni Ridolfi). Mastroianni plays one of her regular clients. 
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TCM On Demand for August 28, 2014





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1. An Act of Murder (1948) -- Fredric March, Edmond O'Brien, Florence Eldridge, Geraldine Brooks, Stanley Ridges, John McIntire, Frederic Tozere, Will Wright, Virginia Brissac, Francis McDonald, Mary Servoss, Don Beddoe, Clarence Muse. This was one of seven films headlined by the husband-and-wife team of March and Eldridge, who were married from 1927 until his death in 1975. The others: "The Studio Murder Mystery" (1929), "Les Misérables" (1935), "Mary of Scotland" (1936), "Another Part of the Forest" (1948), "Christopher Columbus" (1949) and "Inherit the Wind" (1960). This time, March stars as a conservative judge who becomes overly concerned about the deteriorating condition of his wife (Eldridge), who does not know she is dying. Will a by-the-book jurist take the law into his own hands and commit a mercy killing? Directed by Michael Gordon ("Pillow Talk," "Cyrano de Bergerac"), the film also stars O'Brien as a defense attorney in love with the judge's daughter (Brooks). Expires September 3, 2014.






2. The Bigamist (1953) -- Edmond O'Brien, Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Kenneth Tobey, Jane Darwell, Peggy Maley, Lillian Fontaine, Matt Dennis, John Maxwell. Lupino directed as well as co-starred in this drama in which O'Brien plays Harry Graham, a traveling salesman in the middle of a delicate balancing act. He frequently commutes between San Francisco and Los Angeles -- and has a wife in each city. Wife No. 1 (Joan Fontaine) helps him with his business affairs and looks forward to adopting a child. Wife No. 2 (Lupino) marries the salesman after a whirlwind courtship and becomes the mother of his child. The deception begins to unravel when the head of an adoption agency in San Francisco (played by Gwenn) becomes overzealous in his investigation of Graham's activities in Los Angeles. 
Meeting cute: In a flashback sequence, we learn that Graham met his future second wife on a Hollywood tour bus. Among the celebrity homes on the route: the residence of Academy Award winner Gwenn.
This was the last feature film directed by Lupino until "The Trouble With Angels" (1966), which starred Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills. In between films, Lupino directed numerous television programs, including three episodes of O'Brien's courtroom drama series "Sam Benedict," which aired on NBC during the 1962-1963 season.
Lillian Fontaine, who appears in the role of Lupino's landlady, was the mother of Joan Fontaine and her sister Olivia de Havilland. A dispute over her funeral arrangements in 1975 reportedly led to a longterm freeze in the siblings' relationship. But when Joan Fontaine died at the age of 96 on December 15, 2013, De Havilland issued a statement declaring she was "shocked and saddened" about her younger sister's death.
Expires September 3, 2014.



3. D.O.A. (1950) -- Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Neville Brand, Lynn Baggett, William Ching, Henry Hart, Laurette Luez. Directed by Rudolph Maté ("When Worlds Collide," "The 300 Spartans"), this is a film noir drama with a twist. O'Brien stars as murder victim Frank Bigelow who isn't dead yet. But the accountant visiting San Francisco is doomed because he has been poisoned -- and he is determined to finger the killer before he dies. The movie's creative screenplay was written by Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene, who later shared the 1959 Original Screenplay Oscar for "Pillow Talk" with Maurice Richlin and Stanley Shapiro. The film marked the screen debut of Garland, who was listed in the credits as Beverly Campbell. Britton, who plays Bigelow's loyal secretary Paula, played the famous comic strip character in the "Blondie" TV series of the 1950s. She later was a regular as landlady Lorelei Brown on TV's "My Favorite Martian" from 1963-1966. The film was remade in 1988 with a cast headlined by Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Charlotte Rampling. Expires September 3, 2014.
4. The Hitch-Hiker (1953) -- Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay, Wendell Niles, Jean Del Val, Clark Howat, Natividad Vacio, Rodney Bell. This film noir tale was directed by actress Ida Lupino and produced and co-written by her husband at the time, Collier Young. The title character, a psychopathic killer, is played by Talman, best known for his years as the luckless district attorney Hamilton Burger in the "Perry Mason" television series that ran on CBS from 1957 to 1966. Expires September 3, 2014.


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TCM On Demand for August 29, 2014


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The Black Book (1949) -- Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl, Arnold Moss, Norman Lloyd, Charles McGraw, Beulah Bondi, Jess Barker. Uncredited: Russ Tamblyn, Dabbs Greer, John Doucette, Royal Dano, Shepperd Strudwick (as the voice of Napoleon). Originally titled "Reign of Terror," this historically based drama is set during the French Revolution. Produced by William Cameron Menzies, the film was directed by Anthony Mann ("Winchester '73," "The Man from Laramie"). It stars Cummings as Charles D'Aubigny, a righteous French citizen and friend of the Marquis de Lafayette, who goes undercover to stop the schemes of would-be dictator Robespierre (Basehart). Dahl co-stars as D'Aubigny's former lover Madelon, who assists him in his efforts. 



Lloyd, who plays Tallien and narrates the movie's prologue, celebrated his 101st birthday on November 8, 2015. His good friend, former ESPN host Keith Olbermann, has said that Lloyd still plays tennis three times a week.


This film includes the first major screen appearance of Greer, who can be seen as a bridge guard. His career lasted more than 50 years and included nearly 100 films and hundreds of television episodes. Greer's final film was "The Green Mile" (1999), in which he appeared as the older version of the prison guard played by Tom Hanks. The veteran actor died in 2007 at the age of 90.


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TCM On Demand for August 30, 2014
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1. Lydia (1941) -- Merle Oberon, Joseph Cotten, Edna May Oliver, Alan Marshal, Hans Jaray, George Reeves, John Halliday, Sara Allgood, Billy Ray, Frank Conlan. Cotten's second appearance in a feature film came several months after the premiere of "Citizen Kane," his screen debut. This time, he plays Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, a former beau of the celebrated philanthropist Lydia Macmillan (Oberon). Lydia, who never married, has a nostalgic meeting with Fitzpatrick and other old suitors (Reeves and Jaray) to explain her life's choices. Marshal co-stars as the man who loomed as her most important boyfriend. 
Directed by Julien Duvivier ("The Great Waltz," "Pépé le Moko"), the motion picture was based on the filmmaker's 1937 French version titled "Un Carnet de Bal," released in the United States as "Dance Program" and "Dance of Life." The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture (Miklós Rózsa). 
Expires September 5, 2014.
2. The Third Man (1949) -- Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Paul Hörbiger, Ernst Deutsch, Siegfried Breuer, Erich Ponto, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Hedwig Bleibtreu. The late film critic Roger Ebert considered Sir Carol Reed's screen version of Graham Greene's story to be one of his favorite movies. "It was so sad, so beautiful, so romantic," Ebert once wrote, "that it became at once a part of my own memories -- as if it had happened to me." Others have appreciated it, too. In 1998, an American Film Institute survey of the 100 greatest movies of all time ranked it No. 57. When the list was updated in 2007, the movie inexplicably was not selected at all. Set in post-World War II Vienna, the drama stars Cotten as Holly Martins, an American writer investigating the purported death of his old friend, the mysterious black marketeer Harry Lime (Welles).
Anton Karas' score probably is one of the most familiar in all moviedom because of his use of the zither. The theme song from the movie even became a No. 1 hit in 1950. Lee, who played the ill-fated Sgt. Paine, was the original M in the first 11 serious James Bond films between 1962 and 1979. After his death in 1981, he was replaced as the British Secret Service chief by Robert Brown. From 1959 to 1965, a syndicated television version of the story starred Michael Rennie as a crime-solving Lime and Jonathan Harris (Dr. Smith on CBS' "Lost in Space") as his sidekick.
The film won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Robert Krasker). It also was nominated for Best Director (Reed) and Best Film Editing (Oswald Hafenrichter).


Memorable moment No. 1: Lime is frequently talked about during the film's first hour, but his eventual appearance ranks as one of the great movie entrances.


Memorable moment No. 2: The final scene in which Martins gets the cold-shoulder treatment from Lime's girlfriend Anna Schmidt (Valli) is priceless.  


Memorable quote: Lime mentions some cultural differences between the Italians and the Swiss.



Expires September 5, 2014.



3. Under Capricorn (1949) -- Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton, Cecil Parker, Denis O'Dea, Jack Watling, Harcourt Williams, John Ruddock, Bill Shine, Victor Lucas, Ronald Adam, Francis De Wolff, G.H. Mulcaster, Olive Sloane, Maureen Delaney, Julia Lang, Betty McDermott. Set in Australia, this early 19th-century costume drama by Sir Alfred Hitchcock is noteworthy for his experimental camerawork. The film stars Wilding -- several years before he became Elizabeth Taylor's second husband -- as Charles Adare, the Irish cousin of New South Wales' new governor (Parker). During his visit to Australia, Adare becomes reaquainted with a family friend, Lady Henrietta Flusky (Bergman). She is now married to Sam Flusky (Cotten), a prosperous landowner and former convict from Ireland. Unfortunately, Lady Henrietta is very unhappy in Australia and frequently takes comfort in alcohol. Adding to her frustrations is the fact that her household is being run by the ruthless housekeeper Milly (Leighton), who is in love with her husband. Meanwhile, it doesn't take long for Flusky to become jealous of his wife's friendship with Adare.


Actor Hume Cronyn, who starred in the Hitchcock films "Shadow of a Doubt" (along with Cotten) and "Lifeboat," helped adapt the film from Helen Simpson's 1937 novel and a subsequent play version by John Colton and Margaret Linden. The screenplay was credited to Scottish playwright James Bridie.


In "Rope" (1949), his film before this one, Hitchcock used long takes, in which he shot scenes continuously for 10 minutes or so. There are three such scenes to look for in this film. The first begins about 13 minutes into the film as the camera follows Adare's arrival at Sydney's Government House. The second occurs immediately after that scene, when Adare goes to the Flusky residence for a dinner party. The third is a scene of almost 10 minutes in length that includes Lady Henrietta's disclosure of important information. 


Chris Carter, the creator and executive producer of television's "The X-Files," paid homage to Hitchcock in a Season 6 episode titled "Triangle," which first aired on November 22, 1998. Written and directed by Carter, it began with a long sequence in which the camera followed Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) as she moved from office to office and entered an elevator at FBI headquarters in Washington. 


Hitchcock's traditional cameo occurs within the first two minutes of the film. He can be seen attending the installation ceremony for the new governor, wearing a top hat, a blue coat and brown trousers. He shows up again at Government House when Adare arrives to visit his cousin. 


This was Bergman's last mainstream film before she embarked on a professional and personal collaboration with Italian director Robert Rossellini in the 1950s. She eventually left her husband and young daughter to live with the filmmaker, with whom she had three children, including actress Isabella Rossellini. After several years in exile, Bergman made a triumphant return to Hollywood, winning an Academy Award (her second of three) for her performance in the 1956 drama "Anastasia." Expires September 5, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for August 31, 2014


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1. The Day the Bookies Wept (1939) -- Joe Penner, Betty Grable, Richard Lane, Tom Kennedy, Thurston Hall, Bernadene Hayes, Carol Hughes, Jack Arnold. This was Grable's last film before she soared to major stardom in the 1940 Twentieth Century Fox musical "Down Argentine Way." Directed by Leslie Goodwins ("The Mummy's Curse"), the comedy features Grable as the girlfriend of New York taxicab driver Ernie Ambrose (Penner), who enjoys raising pigeons on the side. Ambrose's fellow cab drivers Firpo (Lane) and Brophy (Kennedy) persuade him to join their scheme of purchasing a racehorse and splitting the eventual profits from victories at the track. But Ambrose winds up buying an unlikely champion that only runs well after bouts of beer drinking. The movie's screenplay was co-written by Bert Granet, who went on to become a producer for "The Twilight Zone" television series during the 1963-1964 season. Expires September 6, 2014.


2. Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936) -- Lewis Stone, James Gleason, Bruce Cabot, Louise Latimer, Betty Grable, Grace Bradley, Nella Walker, Frank M. Thomas, Harry Jans, John Arledge, Frank Jenks, Maxine Jennings, Gordon Jones, Addison Randall. Directed by Benjamin Stoloff ("The Affairs of Annabel"), this crime drama stars Stone as John Webster, a respected Barlow, N.Y. citizen who is appointed by the governor to the state parole board. To his dismay, he discovers that his son Robert (played Cabot) has been leading a double life as a hardened criminal. And when his son appears before the parole board using the name "Bat Williams," Webster must decide on an appropriate action. Grable co-stars as Webster's daughter Mildred, who also knows nothing of her brother's illegal activities. Cabot and Jones later co-starred in the 1963 John Wayne film "McLintock!" -- which was Jones' last picture. He died of a heart attack at the age of 52 on June 20, 1963, about five months before the movie was released. Expires September 6, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 1, 2014


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Santiago (1956) -- Alan Ladd, Rossana Podestà, Lloyd Nolan, Chill Wills, Paul Fix, L.Q. Jones, Frank DeKova, George J. Lewis, Royal Dano, Don Blackman, Francisco Ruiz, Clegg Hoyt, Ernest Sarracino. Ladd stars as Cash McCall, an American gunrunner supplying weapons for profit to Cuban nationals fighting to liberate their country from Spanish control. Directed by Gordon Douglas, the action film takes place in 1898 on the eve of the Spanish-American War. 

Podestà, the Italian beauty who co-stars as Doña Isabella, died on December 10, 2013 at the age of 79. One of her best-known movie roles was as the title character in Robert Wise's 1956 film "Helen of Troy." The runner-up for the role in the Trojan War epic was a young Brigitte Bardot, who wound up playing Podestà's handmaiden.

Sarracino portrays José Marti, the Cuban poet and writer who loomed as an ardent advocate of independence from Spain in the late 19th century. Radio Martí and Televisión Martí, the U.S. government's efforts to provide democratic broadcasts to Communist Cuba, were named in honor of him.


Memorable quote: "Look, I don't care who wins any war, as long as they buy the merchandise from me." -- McCall to two of his Cuban contacts.


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TCM On Demand for September 2, 2014
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:
1. The Crying Game (1992) -- Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Jim Broadbent, Adrian Dunbar, Breffni McKenna, Joe Savino, Birdy Sweeney, Andrée Bernard, Ralph Brown, Tony Slattery, Jack Carr, Josephine White, Shar Campbell. Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for this much-talked-about drama he also directed. The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Rea), Best Supporting Actor (Davidson) and Best Film Editing (Kent Pan). Set in Northern Ireland during the 1970s, the movie stars Rea as a member of an IRA sect that kidnaps a British soldier (played by Whitaker). The reluctant abductor befriends the hostage, and -- when the kidnapping plot goes awry -- heads for London to look up the soldier's romantic interest. Somehow, Richardson, a two-time Oscar nominee who reportedly turned down the Glenn Close role in "Fatal Attraction" (1987), did not earn a nomination for her performance here as the calculating IRA operative Jude. The title theme song, performed by Boy George at the end of the film, originally was recorded by British pop singer Dave Berry in 1964. Expires September 8, 2014.
2. Death Rides a Pale Horse (1969) -- Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Anthony Dawson, Mario Brega. Directed by Giulio Petroni, this Western is about a young gunslinger (Law) who sets out to avenge a gang's brutal murders of his family, which he witnessed as a boy 15 years earlier. He soon discovers that his companion, a gunfighter played by Van Cleef, was a member of the murderous gang. This was one of Van Cleef's first pictures in a starring role. The film's score was composed by Italy's Ennio Morricone, who has created the music for more than 500 films and television productions. He probably is best known for his collaborations with the late director Sergio Leone, particularly the scores for "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964), "For a Few Dollars More (1965), "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966), "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1969) and the non-Western film "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984). Expires September 8, 2014.
3. Le Joli Mai (1963) -- This award-winning French documentary revolves around the efforts of director Chris Marker (1921-2012) and photographer Pierre Lhomme as they traveled around the city of Paris in 1962. They interviewed numerous people at random on the streets of the "City of Light" and elicited views on a variety of topics. The film, which was restored in 2009, features a voiceover narration in English by Academy Award-winning actress Simone Signoret (her husband, Yves Montand narrated the French-language version). The musical score was composed by Michel Legrand. The title is translated as "The Lovely Month of May." Expires September 8, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for September 3, 2014


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


1. Avalon (1990) -- Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elizabeth Perkins, Joan Plowright, Aidan Quinn, Leo Fuchs, Eve Gordon, Lou Jacobi, Kevin Pollak, Israel Rubinek, Elijah Wood, Grant Gelt, Mindy Loren Isenstein, Shifra Lerer, Mina Bern, Frania Rubinek. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson ("Rain Man"), who is of Russian-Jewish descent, produced, directed and wrote this drama about the Krichinskys, an immigrant family that settles in Baltimore and makes its mark there in the early 20th century.


The film earned Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay (Levinson), Best Music, Original Score (Randy Newman), Best Cinematography (Allen Daviau) and Best Costume Design (Gloria Gresham). This was one of four films that Levinson has set in his native Baltimore. The others: "Diner" (1982), "Tin Men" (1987) and "Liberty Heights" (1999).


Memorable moment: The Krichinskys have an annual family tradition at Thanksgiving, although it is not something to celebrate. 



The film aired on TCM as part of a September series titled "The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film." During the month, TCM will focus on how Jewish history and heritage have been portrayed on the big screen. Host Robert Osborne will discuss various films with Dr. Eric Goldman, an expert on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film. Goldman also is the founder and president of Ergo Media, a video publishing company specializing in Jewish and Israeli themes. 


Expires September 9, 2014.


2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) -- William Holden, Sir Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, André Morell, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert, Harold Goodwin, Ann Sears, Henry Ôkawa, Keiichirô Katsumoto, M.R.B. Chakrabandhu. Sir David Lean's first historical epic won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Guinness) and Best Adapted Screenplay (by two blacklisted writers).


The fictional drama is set in a World War II camp in Burma (now Myanmar), where the Japanese have confined captured Allied soldiers. The storyline revolves around a Japanese commandant (Hayakawa) who intends to use the mostly British POWs as laborers for the construction of a strategic railway bridge over the Kwai. Guinness is a standout as Colonel Nicholson, the British senior officer who initially opposes the plan under the terms of the Geneva Conventions, but eventually sees the bridge project as a matter of pride and morale for his men. Meanwhile, Navy officer Shears (Holden), an American escapee from the camp, returns as part of a commando force determined to destroy the bridge before it can be used to move Japanese troops and materiel by rail.


In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked the drama No. 13 on its list of the greatest movies of all time. When the AFI updated the list in 2007, the film dropped to No. 36. Lean and producer Sam Spiegel would collaborate again on the 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia," which also won seven Oscars, including Best Picture.


At the 30th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 26, 1958, the Adapted Screenplay Oscar was awarded to French author Pierre Boulle, who wrote the 1952 novel on which the film was based. But the actual screenwriters were Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, who had been blacklisted by film studios for their views on Communism. In 1984, their credits were acknowledged posthumously by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their names also were added to a subsequent restored version of the film.


Other Oscar wins for the drama were: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Film (Malcolm Arnold), Best Film Editing (Peter Taylor) and Best Cinematography (Jack Hildyard). Hayakaya, a major film star during the silent era, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.


The film is remembered for its adaptation of the "Colonel Bogey March," a popular British tune since 1914. It was recorded by Mitch Miller along with a counter-march by film composer Arnold as "March from the River Kwai - Colonel Bogey." It was a major hit on the Billboard pop chart in 1958. 



Since the motion picture was filmed in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), officials there have approved a plan to rebuild the wooden bridge that was created for the film. They are hoping it will become a major tourist attraction.  


Expires September 9, 2014.



3. Our Town (1940) -- William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee, Stuart Erwin, Frank Craven, Doro Merande, Philip Wood, Ruth Tobey, Douglas Gardner, Arthur B. Allen, Charles Trowbridge, Spencer Charters. This film version of Thornton Wilder's nostalgic 1938 stage play received six Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress (Scott), Best Score (Aaron Copland), Best Original Score (also Copland), Best Black-and-White Art Direction (Lewis J. Rachmil) and Best Sound, Recording (Thomas T, Moulton).


Craven has the central role as the Stage Manager, who tells the audience all about the New Hampshire town of Grover's Corners and its people in the early 20th century.


Directed by Sam Wood ("Goodbye, Mr. Chips," "Kitty Foyle"), the story also focuses on the budding relationship of George Gibbs (Holden) and Emily Webb (Scott), who are destined to marry. 


Scott later played Charlton Heston's mother in two epic films of the 1950s: "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur." She was only 11 years older than Heston. 


Paul Newman enjoyed playing the role of the Stage Manager in theater productions, and headlined a television version of the play in 2003. He received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. 


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TCM On Demand for September 4, 2014
The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


A Woman's Face (1941) -- Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt, Osa Massen, Reginald Owen, Albert Bassermann, Marjorie Main, Donald Meek, Connie Gilchrist, Richard Nichols, Charles Quigley, Gwili Andre, Clifford Brooke, George Zucco, Henry Kolker, Robert Warwick, Gilbert Emery, Henry Daniell, Sarah Padden, William Farnum. Directed by George Cukor ("The Philadelphia Story"), this drama set in Sweden stars Crawford as a ruthless blackmailer whose life is changed for the better when a plastic surgeon (Douglas) removes an unsightly scar from her face. Three years earlier, a young Ingrid Bergman starred in a Swedish version of the film titled "En Kvinnas Ansikte." Douglas, the two-time Academy Award winner whose distinguished film career spanned six decades, is Turner Classic Movies' September 2014 Star of the Month. Expires September 10, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 5, 2014


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


1. The Devil Commands (1941) -- Boris Karloff, Richard Fiske, Amanda Duff, Anne Revere, Cy Schindell, Dorothy Adams, Walter Baldwin, Kenneth MacDonald, Shirley Warde. Edward Dmytryk ("Murder, My Sweet," "The Caine Mutiny") directed this horror tale starring Karloff as a scientist grieving over the tragic death of his wife (Warde). He becomes obsessed with trying to make contact with her from beyond grave and sets up shop in an old mansion. Despite the concerns of his daughter (Duff), he begins collaborating with a phony medium (Revere, a 1944 Oscar winner for "National Velvet"). Expires September 11, 2014.


2. Fanny and Alexander (1982) -- Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Allan Edwall, Ewa Fröling, Gunn Wållgren, Jarl Kulle, Mona Malm, Börje Ahlstedt, Christina Schollin, Pernilla August (as Pernilla Wallgren), Jan Malmsjö, Marianne Aminoff, Kerstin Tidelius, Harriet Andersson, Erland Josephson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Stina Ekblad, Mats Bergman, Lena Olin, Peter Stormare (uncredited). Ingmar Bergman's semi-autobiographical masterpiece about childhood in early 20th-century Sweden won four Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography (Sven Nykvist), Best Art Direction (Anna Asp, Susanne Lingheim) and Best Costume Design (Marik Vos-Lundh). Bergman also received nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.


This three-hour theatrical version was shorter than the five-hour miniseries that later aired on Swedish television. It is the story of the Ekdahl siblings -- Fanny (Allwin) and Alexander (Guve) -- and their colorful extended family. The film is a sumptuous delight, from the scenes at the theater run by the children's parents, Oscar and Emilie Ekdahl (Edwall, Fröling), to the Christmas celebration presided over by the Ekdahl family matriarch, Helena (Gun Wållgren). Later sequences appear to have been borrowed from Charles Dickens. For instance, there are appearances by the dearly departed. And a storyline involving the widowed Emilie's remarriage to a dour bishop (Malmsjö) is right out of "David Copperfield."



Bergman (1918-2007) had announced that this would be his final feature film, but he continued to work on projects for television. His last work, "Saraband" (2003), also was shot for television before it was shortened for a theatrical release.


Josephson, who appears as the magical art dealer Isak Jacobi, died in 2012 at the age of 88. He appeared in more than a dozen Bergman films -- a record among the filmmaker's favorite actors. 


August, who plays Maj, the lame nanny -- and mistress of Gustav Adolf Ekdahl (Kulle) -- probably is best remembered as the mother of Anakin Skywalker (the future Darth Vader) in "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" (1999) and "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" (2002). 


Olin, who plays the new nanny Rosa at the end of the movie, later starred in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988) and received an Oscar nomination for her performance in "Enemies: A Love Story" (1989).


This was one of three films selected by TCM guest programmer Richard Linklater, the director of "Boyhood," a leading 2014 Oscar contender for Best Picture. Expires September 11, 2014.



3. Forbidden Games (1952) -- Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Amédée, Laurence Badie, Suzanne Courtal, Lucien Hubert, Jacques Marin, Pierre Merovée, Louis Saintève. Directed by René Clément ("Is Paris Burning?"), this World War II drama (original title: "Jeux interdits") received a 1952 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film -- an honorary award at the time. It also earned a 1954 Best Story nomination for François Boyer, who wrote the 1947 novel that prompted Clément to make the film. Set in 1940, it is the story of a young French girl named Paulette (Fossey) who is orphaned during the Nazi invasion of France. While the turmoil continues, she is taken in by the family of a 10-year-old named Michel Dollé (Poujouly). She and the boy become fast friends, and they begin coping with the trauma of war by creating a small burial place for animals. Clément's Academy Award for this effort was his second. He also received a 1950 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for "The Walls of Malapaga" (original title: "Au-delà des grilles"). Fossey was five years old when she was selected to star in the film. After its success, she appeared in two other projects -- including Gene Kelly's "The Happy Road" (1957) -- before halting her career for a normal upbringing. She returned to acting in the late 1960s and had major roles in such films as François Truffaut's "The Man Who Loved Women" (1977) and Robert Altman's "Quintet" (1979), in which she played the wife of Paul Newman's character. She observed her 71st birthday on June 15, 2017. Expires September 11, 2014.


4. The Sniper (1952) -- Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor, Frank Faylen, Richard Kiley, Mabel Paige, Marlo Dwyer, Geraldine Carr. Uncredited actors: Wally Cox, Jay Novello, Carl Benton Reid,Victor Sen Yung, Sarah Selby, Charles Lane, Byron Foulger, Karen Sharpe, Harry Harvey, Jean Willes. Produced by Stanley Kramer, this crime drama was director Edward Dymtryk's return to filmmaking after having been sidelined by the Hollywood blacklist. It stars Franz as a misogynist in San Francisco who begins taking out his frustrations with women by shooting them with a rifle. Menjou plays the police lieutenant who tries to stop him.


The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Story by the husband and wife team of Edna Anhalt and Edward Anhalt.


Look for Cox as an employee at a dry cleaning shop. 


Expires September 11, 2014.

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