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TCM On Demand for September 6, 2014

 

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

 

1. Search for Beauty (1934) -- Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Ida Lupino, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason, Toby Wing, Gertrude Michael, Bradley Page, Frank McGlynn Sr., Nora Cecil, Virginia Hammond, Eddie Gribbon, James B. "Pop" Kenton. Uncredited actors: Ann Sheridan, Lynn Bari. Crabbe and Lupino star as Olympic champions who are conned by a trio of schemers (played by Armstrong, Gleason and Michael) into working for a bogus health magazine. Directed by former Keystone Kop Erle C. Kenton ("Island of Lost Souls," "House of Dracula"), this pre-Code film marked the first screen appearance of Sheridan, cast as a beauty contestant from Dallas, Texas. Sheridan, who was 19 and a college student at the University of North Texas, received the opportunity as a winner of a Paramount Pictures beauty search contest. She went on to become the cinema's celebrated "Oomph Girl." 

As Don Jackson, Crabbe plays an Olympic swimmer. In real life, he won a gold medal for the United States in the men's 400-meter freestyle swimming event at the 1932 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. At the 1928 Games in Amsterdam, he was a bronze medalist in the 1500-meter freestyle competition. The American swimming star that year was another athlete destined for movie stardom -- Johnny Weissmuller, the winner of gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle and the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

Lupino, who was born in London but later became a naturalized American citizen, plays platinum blond British diving star Barbara Hilton. This was her first American-based film after previous appearances in British movies.


 

Expires September 12, 2014.


 

 

2. Virtue (1932) -- Carole Lombard, Pat O'Brien, Ward Bond, Shirley Grey, Mayo Methot, Jack La Rue, Willard Robertson, Arthur Wanzer, Jessie Arnold, Edwin Stanley. Lombard always will be remembered for her great roles as a light comedienne. But she displayed some serious acting chops in this Pre-Code film from early in her career. Directed by Edward Buzzell ("Neptune's Daughter"), this is the story of the unlikely romance between a streetwalker named Mae (Lombard) and taxicab driver (and confirmed bachelor) Jimmy Doyle (O'Brien). They marry after a brief courtship, although she doesn't tell him about her past in the world's oldest profession. Based on a story by Ethel Hill, the movie's screenplay was written by Robert Riskin, who later won an Academy Award for scripting "It Happened One Night" (1934). Methot, who plays Mae's friend Lil Blair, was Humphrey Bogart's wife before Lauren Bacall, from 1938 to 1945. Their notorious spats earned them the nickname "The Battling Bogarts."

 

Meeting cute: At the beginning of the film, Mae is ordered by a court magistrate to leave New York City after a solicitation offense. She is placed on a train headed for Danbury, Connecticut, but she gets off and grabs a cab driven by Doyle. Out of money, she stiffs the cabbie for a $1.40 fare, but returns the next day to pay him belatedly. They argue, but he ends up treating her to a milkshake.

 

 

Memorable dialogue:

 

Doyle (now sober and cleaned up after three days of hard drinking):  I guess I must have been a sight, huh? 

 

Frank (Doyle's best friend, played by Bond): You wasn't no Clark Gable.

 

(After making this film, Lombard co-starred with Gable in the 1932 drama "No Man of Her Own." They became a couple four years later and married in 1939. They were together until her death in a plane crash at age 33 on January 16, 1942).

 

 

Expires September 12, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 7, 2014
 
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:
 
1. The Apartment (1960) --  Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, David Lewis, Hope Holiday, Joan Shawlee, Naomi Stevens, Johnny Seven, Joyce Jameson, Willard Waterman, David White, Edie Adams. Billy Wilder's cautionary tale about the workplace won five Academy Awards, including three for the filmmaker himself -- Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (shared with longtime writing partner I.A.L. Diamond). The film also won Oscars for Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (Alexandre Trauner, Edward G. Boyle) and Best Film Editing (Daniel Mandell).
Also nominated were Lemmon (Best Actor), MacLaine (Best Actress), Kruschen (Best Supporting Actor), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Joseph LaShelle) and Best Sound (Gordon Sawyer).
In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked the film No. 93 on its list of the greatest movies of all time. When the AFI updated the list in 2007, the film rose 13 spots to No. 80.
This was the last black-and-white film to win the Best Picture Oscar until Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" (1993), which features minimal color segments. 
The comedy/drama stars Lemmon as C.C. Baxter, whose rapid rise at a New York insurance company is tied to how often he's allowed members of the office hierarchy to use the key to his apartment for extramarital romantic trysts. MacLaine co-stars as Miss Kubelik, the elevator operator who wins Baxter's heart, although she is secretly involved with the company's powerful personnel director, Mr. Sheldrake (MacMurray).
 
Jameson, cast as a sexy blonde, does a dead-on impersonation of Marilyn Monroe, whose erratic behavior exasperated Wilder during the making of his previous film, "Some Like It Hot" (1959).
 
Wilder, Lemmon and MacLaine reunited three years later for the film comedy "Irma la Douce," which earned MacLaine another Best Actress nomination.
 
The film's storyline was translated to Broadway in 1968 as the musical "Promises, Promises," which ran for 1,281 performances and won Tony Awards for Jerry Orbach (as Baxter) and Marian Mercer (as Margie MacDougall, played in the film by Holiday). The book was by Neil Simon and the music and lyrics were from the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The choreographer was Michael Bennett, who would go on to work wonders with "A Chorus Line," the 1975 musical sensation that won nine Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
 
The show-stopping number from "Promises, Promises" was Act I's "Turkey Lurkey Time," set at an office Christmas party. In this energetic clip from the 1969 Tony Awards, the three singing leads are Baayork Lee (Miss Wong), Donna McKechnie (Miss De La Hoya) and Julane Stites (Miss Polanski). If you look carefully, you may spot Kelly Bishop, who played Lauren Graham's mother on the television series "Gilmore Girls" (2000-2007). She and McKechnie later won Tonys for "A Chorus Line."
 
 
More than three decades later, Bennett's choreography for "Turkey Lurkey Time" was re-created for the 2003 film musical "Camp," headlined by lead singers Alana Allen (in the middle), Dequina Moore and Tracee Beazer. Look for a teen Anna Kendrick, who went on to star in "Pitch Perfect" (2012) and earn a 2009 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in "Up in the Air."
 
 
 

Expires September 13, 2014.

 

2. Bound for Glory (1976) -- David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, John Lehne, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Randy Quaid, Elizabeth Macey, Ted Gehring, Robert Sorrells, Guthrie Thomas, Wendy Schaal, David Clennon, Mary Kay Place, M. Emmet Walsh, Sondra Blake, Brion James, Buddy Joe Hooker, James Hong, Robert Ginty. Uncredited: Bernie Kopell. Hal Ashby's screen biography of American balladeer Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) was nominated for the Bicentennial year's Best Picture Oscar, along with "All the President's Men," "Network," "Taxi Driver" and the award winner, "Rocky." It won for Haskell Wexler's cinematography and Leonard Rosenman's adaptation score. The film also received nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Getchell), Best Costume Design (William Ware Theiss) and Best Film Editing (Robert C. Jones and Pembroke J. Herring). 
Derived from Guthrie's 1943 autobiography "Bound for Glory," the film mirrors the plight of the Joad family in John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath." Guthrie is played by Carradine, whose father John co-starred with Henry Fonda in the 1940 film version of Steinbeck's book. An itinerant musican, Guthrie leaves his family in the Dust Bowl region of Texas in the 1930s and heads for California, said to be a migrant worker's heaven. He soon discovers, however, that a migrant's life is difficult, and gradually embraces the union movement. Along the way, he finds the time to write some of the country's greatest folk songs, including "This Land Is Your Land" and "So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh."  Among the standouts in the film is Cox, who plays a union organizer, and two-time Oscar nominee Dillon ("Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Absence of Malice") in the dual role of Guthrie's first wife, Mary, and a folk singer named Memphis Sue. 
The Steadicam, a camera stabilizing device invented by Garrett Brown, was first used in this film in the scene in which Guthrie walks through a camp of migrants. Brown later received a special Academy Award for his revolutionary creation.
 
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TCM On Demand for September 8, 2014

 

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


 

The Battle of Algiers (1966) -- Jean Martin, Brahim Haggiag, Saâdi Yacef, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Tommaso Neri, Fusia El Kader, Omar, Mohamed Ben Kassen. Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo won praise for his realistic re-creation of the Algerian War (1954-1962), the bloody conflict in which nationalists in Algeria used guerrilla tactics aimed at expelling French colonials from the North African country. The semi-documentary style effort received a 1966 Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It later qualified for 1968 Oscar nominations for Best Director (Pontecorvo) and Best Original Screenplay (Pontecorvo and Franco Solinas).

The storyline focuses on two figures from opposing sides. Martin plays Col. Mathieu, a French miltary commander with extensive battle experience dating back to World War II.  Haggiag (also known as Brahim Hadjadj) is Ali La Pointe, an Algerian thief who becomes a passionate revolutionary. Yacef, a real-life Algerian freedom fighter during the war, plays a character very close to what he was in the mid-to-late 1950s.

"Pontecorvo announces at the outset that there is 'not one foot' of documentary or newsreel footage in his two hours of film," wrote Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert in 1968. "The announcement is necessary, because the film looks, feels and tastes as real as Peter Watkins' The War Game.' Pontecorvo used available light, newsreel film stock and actual locations to reconstruct the events in Algiers. He is after actuality, the feeling that you are there, and he succeeds magnificently..."

 

Expires September 14, 2014

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TCM On Demand for September 9, 2014

 

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

 

1. The Black Stallion (1979) -- Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney,Teri Garr, Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton, Michael Higgins, Ed McNamara, Doghmi Larbi, John Burton, John Buchanan, Kristen Vigard, Fausto Tozzi, John Karlsen, Leopoldo Trieste, Frank Cousins. Rooney received the last of his four Academy Award nominations for his performance in Carroll Ballard's beautifully translated film version of Walter Farley's 1941 children's novel. The drama also was nominated for Best Film Editing (Robert Dalva).

Ballard was tapped for the directing assignment by Francis Ford Coppola, who served as the film's executive producer. Ballard later directed two other productions about animals -- "Never Cry Wolf" (1983) and "Fly Away Home" (1996).

This film revolves around a boy named Alec Ramsey (Reno) and his gradual love for an impressive horse (the Arabian stallion Cass Ole) after they are shipwrecked together on a deserted island.

 


 

Rooney, who played a jockey-turned-trainer in "National Velvet" (1944), has a similar role as horseracing enthusiast Henry Dailey.

The movie legend, who died April 6, 2014 at the age of 93, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor when he was almost 60 years old. He previously had earned Oscar nominations as a teen (Best Actor for "Babes in Arms"), when he was in his 20s (Best Actor for "The Human Comedy") and when he was in his late 30s (Best Supporting Actor for "The Bold and the Brave"). He was presented an honorary Academy Award on April 11, 1983 "in recognition of his 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances."

 

A special achievement Academy Award was voted to sound editor Alan Splet, who achieved instant fame when he did not show up to collect the award at the 52nd Oscars ceremony on April 14, 1980. Emcee Johnny Carson made a running gag of his absence. "It always happens," Carson said. "First George C. Scott doesn't show, then Marlon Brando and, now, Alan Splet." The longtime "Tonight Show" host even provided occasional "Alan Splet updates," including an alleged missed freeway exit diverting the sound editor to Ensenada in Baja California, and purported carburetor trouble at a gas station near Barstow. When veteran actor Melvyn Douglas was not present to pick up his Best Supporting Actor award for "Being There," Carson said, "He's in a carpool with Alan Splet." In reality, Splet was in London working on sound effects for David Lynch's film version of "The Elephant Man.

 

This film featured the last screen appearance in the long career of Muse, cast as Snoe, a New York horse owner. The veteran actor started in films during the silent era and died October 13, 1979, the day before what would have been his 90th birthday. The film was released four days after his death.

 

The movie's adapted screenplay was credited to Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff. Mathison, who was married to actor Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004, later received a Best Original Screenplay nomination for "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982). Caleb Deschanel -- whose daughters headline their own FOX television series (Zooey stars in "New Girl," Emily is in "Bones") -- provided the stunning cinematography.

 

Expires September 15, 2014.


 

 

2. On Approval (1944) -- Clive Brook, Beatrice Lillie, Googie Withers, Roland Culver, O.B. Clarence, Laurence Hanray, Elliott Mason, Hay Petrie, Marjorie Rhodes, Mollie Munks, E.V.H. Emmett (narrator). The renowned Canadian comedienne Lillie (1894-1989) rarely appeared in films, but this version of Frederick Lonsdale's play was one of her best onscreen efforts.

 

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Brook, Hanray and Lillie

 

She stars as Maria Wislack, a Victorian-era widow who is courted by the once wealthy Duke of Bristol (Brook, who also directed and adapted the play). Maria (pronounced Ma-RIAH) proposes that they test their compatibility for marriage by going away together on a chaste trip to Scotland. Also along for the ride are the duke's friend Richard (Culver) and Helen Hale, a well-to-do American woman (played by the British comedy star Withers). 

 

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Withers and Lillie

 

Expires September 15, 2014.

 

3. Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) -- Dame Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, John Gavin, Carol Channing, Beatrice Lillie, Jack Soo, Pat Morita, Philip Ahn, Anthony Dexter, Cavada Humphrey, Herbie Faye, Michael St. Clair, Lisabeth Hush, Ann Dee. Uncredited actors: Benny Rubin, Mae Clarke, Buddy Schwab. The great film composer Elmer Bernstein received his only Academy Award (in 14 nominations) for his contributions to this lively musical set in the 1920s. Directed by George Roy Hill ("The Sting," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), the film stars Andrews as the title character, a would-be flapper who hopes to achieve her goal of landing a wealthy husband. Millie's best friend, Miss Dorothy Brown, is played by Moore in her first project after her Emmy Award-winning run in TV's "The Dick Van Dyke Show." In her final screen appearance, the veteran comedienne Lillie co-stars as Mrs. Meers, an unlikely conduit for white slavery.

 

In addition to Bernstein's win for Best Original Music Score, the film received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Channing), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Alexander Golitzen, George C. Webb, Howard Bristol), Best Costume Design (Jean Louis), Best Sound (Ronald Pierce, William Russell, and Waldon O. Watson), Best Original Song ("Thoroughly Modern Millie," by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn) and Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment (André Previn and Joseph Gershenson). 

 

A musical version of the film ran for two years on Broadway and won six Tony Awards in 2002. It was honored for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster as Millie), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Harriet Sansom Harris as Mrs. Meers), Best Choreography (Rob Ashford), Best Orchestrations (Doug Besterman and, posthumously, Ralph Burns) and Best Costume Design (Martin Pakledinaz). Expires September 15, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 10, 2014

 

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

 

1. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) -- Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, William Shatner, Werner Klemperer, Kenneth MacKenna, Torben Meyer, Joseph Bernard, Alan Baxter, Edward Binns, Virginia Christine, Otto Waldis, Karl Swensen, Martin Brandt, Ray Teal. Uncredited: Ed Nelson, Rudy Solari. Stanley Kramer's re-creation of the post-World War II trials of accused German wrongdoers received 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Amid a near sweep by "West Side Story," it won Oscars for Best Actor (Schell ) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Abby Mann). Tracy, who collaborated with Kramer on three other films during the final stages of his acting career ("Inherit the Wind," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"), stars as Chief Judge Dan Haywood, The role of the American jurist -- who heads a three-judge trial panel -- earned the veteran actor his eighth of nine career Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. But the relatively unknown Schell, who died February 1, 2014 at the age of 83, won the award for his performance as defense attorney Hans Rolfe.

 


 

Kramer's film was anchored by its all-star cast, including Lancaster as a proud German judge on trial for his life; Widmark as a dogged U.S. Army prosecutor; Clift and Garland as troubled witnesses; and Dietrich as a German woman who befriends Haywood. Making early screen appearances were future Emmy Award winners Shatner (as a U.S. Army captain) and Klemperer (as another German judge on trial).

 

The film's seven other Oscar nominations were for Best Director (Kramer), Best Supporting Actor (Clift), Best Supporting Actress (Garland), Best Black-and-White Art Direction (Rudolph Sternad and George Milo), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Ernest Laszlo), Best Black-and-White Costume Design (Jean Louis) and Best Film Editing.(Frederic Knudtson). 

 

On April 9, 1962, Kramer, who never won a competitive Oscar despite his many great films, was presented the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for producing excellence.

 

Mann adapted this film from his teleplay for the CBS anthology series "Playhouse 90," which aired April 16, 1959 and featured Schell and Klemperer in its cast.


 

Ends September 16, 2014.

 

2. The Juggler (1953) -- Kirk Douglas, Milly Vitale, Paul Stewart, Joseph Walsh, Alf Kjellin, Beverly Washburn, Charles Lane, John Banner, Richard Benedict, Oskar Karlweis. Uncredited actors: Shepard Menken, Mort Mills. Douglas, who is of Russian-Jewish ancestry, stars as the title character in this drama about a haunted Holocaust survivor who tries to adjust to a new life in Israel. Directed by Edward Dmytryk ("The Caine Mutiny," "Raintree County"), the movie's screenplay was written by Michael Blankfort, who adapted it from his own novel. 

The film aired on TCM as part of its September series titled "The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film." 

Ends September 16, 2014.

 

 

3. The Pawnbroker (1965) -- Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Jaime Sánchez, Thelma Oliver, Marketa Kimbrell, Baruch Lumet, Juano Hernandez, Linda Geiser, Nancy R._Pollock, Raymond St. Jacques, John McCurry, Ed Morehourse, Eusebia Cosme, Warren Finnerty. Uncredited actors: Morgan Freeman, Charles Dierkop, Reni Santoni. Steiger earned his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance as an Auschwitz survivor running a pawnshop in a changing neighborhood in New York. The veteran actor was proud of his work and expected to win the Oscar. But the award went to Lee Marvin for his dual role in "Cat Ballou." Steiger triumphed two years later, winning the 1967 Best Actor award for his performance as a Mississippi hamlet's police chief in "In the Heat of the Night." 

The film aired on TCM as part of its September series titled "The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film."

 

Ends September 16, 2014.

 

 

4. Roseanna McCoy (1949) -- Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Charles Bickford, Raymond Massey, Richard Basehart, Gigi Perreau, Aline MacMahon, Marshall Thompson, Lloyd Gough, Peter Miles, Arthur Franz, Frank Ferguson, Elisabeth Fraser, Hope Emerson, Dan White, Mabel Paige, Almira Sessions, Billy Mauch. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by Irving Reis ("The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer"), this drama takes a "Romeo and Juliet"-like approach to the infamous 19th-century blood feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys of the West Virginia-Kentucky border area. Based on the 1947 novel by Alberta Hannum, the tale focuses on the budding romantic relationship between Johnse Hatfield (Granger) and the title character, played by Evans. The young actress, who happened to be Joan Crawford's goddaughter, was only 14 years old when she started work on the film. An uncredited Nicholas Ray was in charge of shooting retakes for the movie.

 

Turner Classic Movies aired the film on Tuesday, September 9th as part of its daytime tribute to MacMahon.

 

This territory was revisited in 2012 by the History Channel's miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys," which featured Emmy Award-winning performances by Kevin Costner (as 'Devil' Anse Hatfield) and Tom Berenger (as Anse's uncle, Jim Vance). Lindsay Pulsipher, who starred as a werepanther in the HBO series "True Blood," played Roseanna; Matt Barr ("One Tree Hill") co-starred as Johnse.

 

Ends September 16, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 11, 2014

 

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

 


1. Theodora Goes Wild (1936) -- Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall, Elisabeth Risdon, Margaret McWade, Spring Byington, Nana Bryant, Henry Kolker, Leona Maricle, Robert Greig, Frederick Burton. Dunne received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her performance as the title character in this romantic comedy. The film also received an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing (Otto Meyer). The movie was directed by Richard Boleslavsky ("The Garden of Allah") from a story by Mary McCarthy (not the novelist) and a screenplay by Sidney Buchman. Dunne stars as Theodora Lynn, who uses a pen name to write a successful but spicy novel -- and then tries to hide her authorship of it from the straitlaced residents of her Connecticut hometown. Douglas, Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month for September 2014, co-stars as the book's illustrator, who decides to find out more about the author. Known primarily as a dramatic actress before this film, Dunne went on to became a formidable comedy star because of its success. Expires September 17, 2014.

 


 

2. They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) -- Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones, René Ray, Mary Merrall, Charles Farrell, Michael Brennan, Jack McNaughton, Cyril Smith, John Penrose, Eve Ashley, Phyllis Robins, Bill O'Connor, Maurice Denham, Vida Hope. This film noir tale set in post-World War II England stars Howard as Clem Morgan, a Royal Air Force veteran who becomes involved in underworld activities. When he is double-crossed by a nasty crime boss named Narcy (Jones) and falsely sentenced to prison for manslaughter, he escapes and seeks revenge. Directed by the Brazilian-born filmmaker Alberto Cavalcanti ("Dead of Night," "Went the Day Well?"), the movie's screenplay was adapted by Noel Langley ("The Wizard of Oz") from the novel "A Convict Has Escaped" by Jackson Budd. The movie was released in the United States in 1948 under the title "I Became a Criminal." Expires September 17, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 12, 2014

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

1. The Big Mouth (1967) -- Jerry Lewis, Harold J. Stone, Susan Bay, Buddy Lester, Del Moore, Paul Lambert, Jeannine Riley, Leonard Stone, Charlie Callas, Frank De Vol, Vern Rowe, David Lipp, Vincent Van Lynn, Mike Mahoney, Walter Kray, John Nolan, Eddie Ryder. Uncredited actors: Kathleen Freeman, Charo, Howard Morris, George Takei. Lewis directed, co-produced and played a dual role in this comedy about an ordinary guy who runs afoul of a diamond smuggling operation. The reason: He is a dead ringer for a member of the ring who tried to cheat his cohorts out of a fortune. The film's onscreen narrator is played by De Vol, who was better known as a composer for movies and television (he scored such TV series as "Family Affair" and "The Brady Bunch"). Riley was the original Billie Joe Bradley on the CBS sitcom "Petticoat Junction" from 1963 to 1965. Look for Rob Reiner's first screen appearance during a beach scene. And there is a cameo by Colonel Harland Sanders, who became an worldwide icon thanks to Kentucky Fried Chicken. Expires September 18th.

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Caddy (1953) -- Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Donna Reed, Barbara Bates, Joseph Calleia, Fred Clark, Clinton Sundberg, Howard Smith, Marshall Thompson, Marjorie Gateson, Frank Puglia, Lewis Martin, Romo Vincent, Argentina Brunetti, Houseley Stevenson, Jr. Unbilled actors: Ned Glass, King Donovan, Nancy Kulp. Martin and Lewis were at the peak of their popularity as a comedy duo when they teamed up for this film. Directed by Norman Taurog ("Skippy"), it stars Lewis as Harvey Miller, Jr., a gifted golfer who suffers from social anxiety disorder. He doesn't perform well when people are watching him. As a result, he becomes a golf instructor and an adviser/caddy for promising linksman Joe Anthony (Martin).The film features appearances by several golf greats of the 1950s, including Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. The movie's screenplay was co-written by Edmund L. Hartman (who later produced "My Three Sons" and "Family Affair" on television) and Danny Arnold (who produced "Bewitched," "That Girl" and "Barney Miller"). The film received an Academy Award nomination for a song by Harry Warren and Jack Brooks that forever will be identified with Martin: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Three on a Couch (1966) -- Jerry Lewis, Janet Leigh, Mary Ann Mobley, Gila Golan, Leslie Parrish, James Best, Kathleen Freeman, Jesslyn Fax, Buddy Lester, Renie Riano, Renzo Cesana, Fritz Feld. After a productive 17-year relationship with Paramount Pictures, Lewis moved over to Columbia. His first effort at his new studio was this comedy, which he produced and directed. Lewis stars as artist Christopher Pride, who has been pushing his psychiatrist girlfiend (Leigh) to marry him. He even hopes that she'll spend a year with him in Paris, but she balks because of her concern for three of her patients (Mobley, Golan and Parrish). As a result, Pride decides to take matters into his own hands by speeding up the women's therapeutic progress.

 

 

 

 

 

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Leigh and Lewis 

 

 

 

 

 

Reunion: Lewis and Leigh had previously co-starred with Dean Martin in the 1954 comedy "Living It Up," which was a revised version of the 1937 Carole Lombard-Fredric March film "Nothing Sacred."

 

 

 

 

 

In memoriam: Mobley, the Mississippi-born actress who reigned as Miss America 1959, died of cancer on December 9, 2014. She was 77.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: "Introducing James Best" is how Lewis' male co-star is billed in the opening credits, although the future "Dukes of Hazzard" series regular had been appearing in feature films since 1950. Was this producer-director Lewis' attempt to make Best a born-again actor?

 

 

 

 

 

Expires September 18, 2014.

 

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TCM On Demand for September 13, 2014

 

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

 

1. Design for Living (1933) -- Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn, Isabell Jewell, Jane Darwell, Wyndham Standing. The great Ernst Lubitsch produced and directed this Pre-Code comedy based on a 1932 stage play by Sir Noël Coward. The film revolves around a woman (Hopkins) caught between two men (March, Cooper), and their ultimate decision to live together in an apartment in Paris.

 


 

The film's screenplay was adapted from Coward's play by Ben Hecht (co-author with Charles MacArthur of "The Front Page"), one of Hollywood's most prolific screenwriters.This was the third and final film that Hopkins did with Lubitsch. The others: "The Smiling Lieutenant" (1931) and "Trouble in Paradise" (1932). Expires September 19, 2014.


 


2. Double Harness (1933) -- Ann Harding, William Powell, Lucile Browne, Henry Stephenson, Lilian Bond, George Meeker, Reginald Owen, Kay Hammond, Leigh Allen, Hugh Huntley, Wallis Clark, Fred Santley. Uncredited actor: Irving Bacon. Directed by John Cromwell ("Of Human Bondage") and co-produced by Merian C. Cooper ("King Kong"), this romantic comedy stars Harding as the irrepressible Joan Colby. When her younger sister (Brown) decides to marry, Joan becomes interested in taking the plunge herself. She finds herself falling hard for John Fletcher (Powell), the playboy heir to a shipping line. So she deliberately arranges a sticky situation that forces him to marry her. Once they are wed, she begins working overtime to ensure that she wins his love legitimately. The film's screenplay was adapted by Jane Murfin ("Alice Adams," "The Women") from the play by Edward Poor Montgomery. Expires September 19, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 14, 2014

 

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1. Fail-Safe (1964) -- Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, Edward Binns, Fritz Weaver, Larry Hagman, William Hansen, Russell Hardie, Russell Collins, Sorrell Booke, Nancy Berg, John Connell, Frank Simpson, Hildy Parks, Dom DeLuise, Dana Elcar, Stewart Germain, Louise Larabee, Frieda Altman. One of three great 1960s Washington D.C.-based dramas starring Fonda. The others: "Advise and Consent" (1962) and "Gore Vidal's 'The Best Man' " (1964). In the first film, he played a presidential nominee. In the second, a presidential hopeful. This time, Fonda is the president, who must wrestle with a grave nuclear crisis.

 

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Fonda as the President of the United States

 

Directed by Sidney Lumet, this film was overshadowed by Stanley Kubrick's similarly themed "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

 

Kubrick's satire was released on January 29, 1964, about eight months before Lumet's film, and with much better box-office results. Kubrick's film also was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Lumet's film received no Oscar nominations.

 


 

Before he co-starred in the NBC sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie" and became a television icon as J.R. Ewing in "Dallas," Hagman made his second-ever screen appearance as the President's Russian-language interpreter. It also was DeLuise's second movie, although he wouldn't appear in many more dramas during his career. 

 

Expires September 20, 2014.


 



 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 


 

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

 

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

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

 

Memorable dialogue: 

 

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

 

Colonel Stavrou: I'm going back.

 

Captain Mallory: The job is finished.

 

Colonel Stavrou: Your job is finished.

 

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

 

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

 

Expires September 20, 2014

 

 

3. Madhouse (1974) -- Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Adrienne Corri, Natasha Pyne, Michael Parkinson, Linda Hayden, Barry Dennen, Ellis Dayle, Catherine Willmer, John Garrie, Ian Thompson, Jenny Lee Wright, Julie Crosthwaite, Peter Halliday. Who killed the fiancée of horror movie star Paul Toombs (Price)? Blond beauty Ellen Mason (Crosthwaite) was horribly murdered at a long-ago New Year's Eve party after Toombs had announced their engagement. But when she ended up dead, he suffered a nervous breakdown. Years later, Toombs is poised for an acting comeback in London. But a series of murders reflects the style of Toombs' most famous horror character -- Dr. Death. Is Toombs responsible for the slayings? And did he kill Ellen Mason?

 

The British film was directed by Jim Clark, a veteran film editor who has worked on such films as "The Killing Fields" (1984) and "The World Is Not Enough" (1999). This was Price's last horror film for American International Pictures, which had released numerous projects starring the actor since "House of Usher" in 1960. The drama includes archival footage of Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone, who were both deceased when the film was released. Expires September 20, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 15, 2014

 

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Il Sorpasso (1962) -- Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Claudio Gora, Luciana Angiolillo, Linda Sini, Barbara Simon, Lilly Darelli, Mila Stanic, Nando Angelini, Luigi Zerbinati, Franca Polesello, Edda Ferronao. Uncredited actors: John Francis Lane, Bruna Simionato, Annette Stroyberg. Directed by Dino Risi, whose 1974 film "Profumo di Donna" was the original version of "Scent of a Woman," this Italian-style comedy is about an eventful road trip in an expensive sports car undertaken by strangers who meet by happenstance in Rome. The unlikely companions are Bruno Cortona (Gassman), a brash adventurer in his 40s, and Roberto Mariani (Trintignant), a mild-mannered law student.

 

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Trintignant and Gassman

 

The movie's title in English is "The Happy Life." The Danish-born actress Stroyberg, who appears as a German tourist, was French filmmaker Roger Vadim's wife after Brigitte Bardot and before his relationships with Catherine Deneuve and third wife Jane Fonda. Expires September 21, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 16, 2014

 

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Boy of the Streets (1937) -- Jackie Cooper, Maureen O'Connor, Kathleen Burke, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Marjorie Main, Matty Fain, George Cleveland, Gordon Elliott, Guy Usher, Paul White. Directed by William Nigh ("Allotment Wives"), the drama stars Cooper as Chuck Brennan, the brash leader of a gang of teens in New York's Lower East Side. Chuck and his friends aren't really bad eggs, but they run afoul of the police with numerous prank phone calls. He soon shows his softer side when he becomes enamored of Norah (Connor), a young girl in danger of being taken away by the Children's Aid Society because of her mother's illness. Turner Classic Movies aired this film on September 15th, which would have been Cooper's 92nd birthday. Expires September 22, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for September 17, 2014

 

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1. Exodus (1960) -- Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Sir Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Lee J. Cobb, Sal Mineo, John Derek, Hugh Griffith, Gregory Ratoff, Felix Aylmer, David Opatoshu, Jill Haworth, Marius Goring, Alexandra Stewart, Michael Wager. Otto Preminger's three-hour plus screen version of Leon Uris's 1958 best-selling novel about events leading up to the creation of Israel. Newman stars as post-World War II activist Ari Ben Canaan, who hopes to lead more than 600 European Jews out of Cyprus -- where they are being detained by British authorities -- and into new lives in Palestine. Saint co-stars as Kitty Fremont, an American widow and nurse who becomes involved with Ben Canaan and his cause.

 

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Saint, Haworth and Newman

 

The film received an Academy Award for Ernest Gold's original score. At the third annual Grammy Awards in 1961, the "Exodus" theme was named Song of the Year and Gold's movie composition won Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Music Score from Motion Picture or Television.

Oscar nominations were also earned by Mineo (Best Supporting Actor) and Best Color Cinematography (Sam Leavitt).

 

The platinum blond British actress Haworth, whose name was pronounced "Hah-worth," won the role of Jewish refugee Karen Hansen when she was 14 and a newcomer to acting. Seven years later, she went on to star on Broadway in the original production of the musical "Cabaret." She played Sally Bowles, the character played in the 1972 film version by Liza Minnelli in an Oscar-winning performance. As a result of this film, she began a relationship with Mineo that lasted several years. Haworth died on January 3, 2011 at the age of 65.

 

The movie's screenplay was adapted from Uris' novel by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo, who had received his first onscreen credit in years in "Spartacus."  This film was released two months after "Spartacus," and Trumbo again received a screen credit.

 

The film aired on TCM as part of its September series titled "The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film." 

 

Expires September 23, 2014.

 

 

2. Sword in the Desert (1949) -- Dana Andrews, Märta Torén, Stephen McNally, Jeff Chandler, Philip Friend, Hugh French, Liam Redmond, Lowell Gilmore, Stanley Logan, Hayden Rorke, George Tyne, Peter Coe, Paul Marion, Marten Lamont, David Wolfe. Uncredited actors: Jack Webb, Paul Brinegar, Jerry Paris, Shepard Menken. Directed by George Sherman ("Big Jake"), this drama stars Andrews as a freighter owner and operator who runs afoul of the British military while attempting to smuggle Jewish immigrants into Palestine. This was the first film to tackle the subject of the plight of European Jews who sought resettlement in the Middle Eastern area after World War II. The film aired on TCM as part of its September series titled "The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film." Expires September 23, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 18, 2014

 

 

 

 

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1. The Blue Gardenia (1953) -- Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, George Reeves, Nat King Cole, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, Ruth Storey, Ray Walker. Directed by Fritz Lang ("The Big Heat"), this drama revolves around the sensational case of Norah Larkin (Baxter), a telephone operator accused of a murder she can't remember committing because of a night of heavy drinking. The movie's cast features three of the top television stars of the 1950s -- Sothern ("Private Secretary"), Burr ("Perry Mason") and Reeves ("Adventures of Superman"). Cole appears as himself and sings "Blue Gardenia." Erdman, who plays Al, became a featured cast member of "Community," the 2010s sitcom that aired on NBC and Yahoo! Screen. He died on March 16, 2019 at the age of 93. Expires September 24, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Suddenly (1954) -- Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates, Kim Charney, Willis Bouchey, Paul Frees, Christopher Dark, James O'Hara, Kem Dibbs, Clark Howat, Charles Smith, Paul Wexler. Uncredited actors: John Beradino, Roy Engel. Directed by Lewis Gates ("Another Time, Another Place"), this thriller stars Sinatra as the leader of a team that plans to assassinate the U.S. president during a stopover in the town of Suddenly, California. Hayden co-stars as the local sheriff who tries to coordinate security procedures with the Secret Service before the president's train arrives. The movie's screenplay was written by Richard Sale. Eight years later, Sinatra would headline another film about a planned political assassination, "The Manchurian Candidate." Expires September 24, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

3. That Uncertain Feeling (1941) -- Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Burgess Meredith, Alan Mowbray, Olive Blakeney, Harry Davenport, Sig Rumann, Eve Arden. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch ("Ninotchka"), this comedy stars Oberon as a Park Avenue housewife who goes to see a psychoanalyst (Mowbray) about her hiccups. After her session, she begins to have doubts about her six-year-old marriage to an insurance company executive (Douglas). Meredith co-stars as an opinionated concert pianist who makes a play for Oberon's character. The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Werner R. Heymann's score. Expires September 24, 2014.  

 

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TCM On Demand for September 19, 2014
 
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1. Aaron Loves Angela (1975) -- Moses Gunn, Kevin Hooks, Irene Cara, Robert Hooks, Ernestine Jackson, Leon Pinkney, Wanda Velez, Lou Quinones, Charles McGregor, Andre La Corbiere, Norman Evans, Alex Stevens, William Graeff, Jr., Frank Aldrich, Harry Madsen, Santos Morales, Joel Tricoche, José Feliciano, Walt Frazier, Drew Bundini Brown. Cara made her screen debut in this "Romeo and Juliet"-like tale of two urban teens -- a black youth and a Puerto Rican girl -- who fall in love. The singer-actress, who plays Angela, went on to star in the 1980 musical "Fame" and performed the movie's Academy Award-winning title song and the nominated tune "Out Here on My Own." She also won a 1983 Oscar for co-writing the song "Flashdance...What a Feeling" from the movie "Flashdance."  Her recorded version of the song, which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, earned her the 1983-1984 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Kevin Hooks, who plays Aaron, probably is best remembered for his performance as eldest son David Lee Morgan in the 1972 drama "Sounder." The former child star, who also starred as Morris Thorpe on TV's "The White Shadow" in the 1970s, has become an in-demand producer and director in recent years. His 2000 TV-movie "The Color of Friendship" won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program. Last season, he directed episodes of the television series "Castle," "The Good Wife," "Bones," "Person of Interest" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." In 2003, he directed a television remake of "Sounder" for ABC's "The Wonderful World of Disney" series. Hooks is the son of veteran actor Robert Hooks, who plays Beau in this film.
Feliciano, who makes a cameo appearance in the film, performs the movie's songs, which he co-wrote with his then-wife, Janna Merlyn Feliciano.
This was the last production directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. ("Super Fly," "Three the Hard Way"), who was killed in a plane crash in Kenya on April 3, 1979. He was 44. Turner Classic Movies aired films directed by Parks and his father, Gordon Parks, Sr., beginning in prime time on September 18th. Expires September 25, 2014.

 

 

2. Shaft (1971) -- Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Gwenn Mitchell, Lawrence Pressman, Drew Bundini Brown, Victor Arnold, Sherri Brewer, Rex Robbins, Camille Yarbrough, Margaret Warncke, Joseph Leon, Antonio Fargas, Ed Barth. This landmark action picture was by the legendary Life magazine photographer Gordon Parks, Sr. (1912-2006), the first African-American director to make a major studio film ("The Learning Tree" in 1969). Former model Roundtree stars as John Shaft, a fearless black private detective based in New York City. The storyline revolves around Shaft's recruitment by Harlem crime boss Bumpy Jonas (Gunn) to investigate the kidnapping of his nubile daughter Marcy (Brewer). As Shaft quickly discovers, all indications are that the mob is making a big play for territorial control of Harlem. The film's screenplay was written by Ernest Tidyman and John D.F. Black, based on Tidyman's 1970 novel "Shaft." The successes of this movie and independent filmmaker Melvin Van Peeble's 1971 "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" ushered in a spate of 1970s black-themed pictures -- sometimes known as "blaxploitation" films. Roundtree headlined two sequels, "Shaft's Big Score!" (1972) and "Shaft in Africa" (1973). He also reprised the character in a short-lived CBS series of made-for-television movies, and in John Singleton's 2000 version of "Shaft," in which Samuel L. Jackson starred as the NYPD's crime-solving nephew of the private eye.

 

R&B star Isaac Hayes' title theme for Parks' film earned the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In its 2004 list of the greatest movie songs of all time, the American Film Institute ranked "Theme from 'Shaft' " No. 38. Hayes also was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score.

 

 

 

Cioffi co-stars in the film as Lt. Vic Androzzi, the only NYPD detective that Shaft seems to trust. Brown, who plays Bumpy's right-hand man, Willy, was three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali's longtime assistant trainer and sidekick. In the 2001 biopic "Ali," Brown was portrayed by Jamie Foxx. Parks has a cameo in which he can be seen puffing a pipe while Shaft asks about the whereabouts of community activist Ben Buford (St. John). Barth, who plays a mob henchman guarding the hotel room where Marcy Jonas is being held, later appeared as Lt. Al Rossi, Shaft's police department connection in the CBS TV movies. Expires September 25, 2014.

 

3. Thomasine and Bushrod (1974) -- Max Julien, Vonetta McGee, George Murdock, Glynn Turman, Juanita Moore, Joel Fluellen, Jackson D. Kane, Bud Conlan, Kip Allen, Ben Zeller, Herb Robins, Harry Luck, Jason Bernard, Paul Barby, Scott Britt. Julien, who starred in the 1973 blaxploitation drama "The Mack," wrote and co-produced this film that teamed him with McGee, his real-life girlfriend at the time. They play the title characters -- he's J.P. Bushrod, she's Thomasine -- who cause a stir with a crime spree in the South, circa 1911. The film was directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. ("Super Fly," "Three the Hard Way").

McGee, who later co-starred with Clint Eastwood in "The Eiger Sanction" (1975), died of cardiac arrest on July 9, 2010. She was 65. Moore, who earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in the 1959 remake of "Imitation of Life," died on New Year's Day 2014 at the age of 99. Expires September 25, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for September 20, 2014

 

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

 

Memorable dialogue:

 

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

 

Tira: "I've been things and seen places. That sort of evens us out."

 

Memorable quote: "When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad, I'm better." -- Tira, delivering one of West's most famous lines while flirting with Clayton. 

 

Memorable quote No. 2: "Beulah, peel me a grape." -- Another famous West line, as Tira addresses her maid (Howard).

 

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

 

Expires September 26, 2014.

 

 


2. Three Wise Girls (1932) -- Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke, Walter Byron, Marie Prevost, Andy Devine, Natalie Moorhead, Jameson Thomas, Lucy Beaumont, Kathrin Clare Ward, Robert Dudley, Marcia Harris, Walter Miller, Armand Kaliz. In her first starring role, Harlow plays Cassie Barnes, a small-town girl who heads for New York City with big dreams and her best friend Dot (Prevost). They eventually come into contact with old friend Gladys Kane (Clarke), a professional model, and spend time dealing with attention from married men. 

Directed by William Beaudine ("Westward Ho, The Wagons!"), the film was based on the 1931 novel "Blonde Baby" by Wilson Collison. Expires September 26, 2014.

 

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TCM On Demand for September 21, 2014

 

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1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) -- Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty, Sean Sullivan, Douglas Rain (voice of HAL 9000), Frank Miller (voice of Mission Control), Bill Weston, Ed Bishop, Glenn Beck, Alan Gifford, Ann Gillis. Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking and influential futuristic space saga received four Academy Award nominations but was overlooked in the Best Picture category. It is now celebrated as a monumental screen achievement. Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke adapted their Oscar-nominated screenplay from Clarke's short story "The Sentinel." Kubrick won his only Oscar for the film's dazzling visual effects. The movie's other nominations were for Best Director (Kubrick) and Best Art Direction (Anthony Masters).

 

In its 1998 survey of the greatest movies of all time, the American Film Institute ranked Kubrick's film at No. 22. In the AFI's updated 2007 survey, the production climbed to 15th place. In 2005, the AFI selected a command from astronaut Dave Bowman (Dullea) to the sentient computer HAL 9000 as No. 78 on its Top 100 list of greatest movie quotes.

The film focuses on mysterious black monoliths that pop up throughout space and time while having an impact on the evolution of mankind. In the year 2001, astronauts Bowman and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) are part of a team dispatched to Jupiter on a secret mission that might involve the monoliths. Unfortunately, HAL 9000 is in total control of the spaceship Discovery One.

 

The late Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, who added the film to his list of Great Movies, mentioned the impact of Kubrick's musical choices. The director famously used "The Blue Danube" by the 19th-century Austrian "Waltz King," Johann Strauss the Younger, and "Also sprach Zarathustra" by German composer Richard Strauss of the late 19th century and early 20th century.

"Although Kubrick originally commissioned an original score from Alex North," Ebert wrote, "he used classical recordings as a temporary track while editing the film, and they worked so well that he kept them. 

"This was a crucial decision. North's score, which is available on a recording, is a good job of film composition, but would have been wrong for '2001' because, like all scores, it attempts to underline the action -- to give us emotional cues. The classical music chosen by Kubrick exists outside the action. It uplifts. It wants to be sublime; it brings a seriousness and transcendence to the visuals."

 

Special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull's spectacular slit-scan process -- or "stargate effect" -- clocks in at about two hours and two minutes into the movie.

 

 

The scene inspired the opening titles of ABC's "The Movie of the Week," which aired from 1969 to 1976. Harry Marks, ABC's head of On-Air Advertising, hired Trumbull to design the special graphics for the network's package of 90-minute made-for-television movies. The musical theme was an arrangement by Harry Betts of composer Burt Bacharach's song "Nikki." The announcer was Dick Tufeld (1926-2012), who also served as the voice of the Robot in the 1960s CBS series "Lost in Space."

 

 

Memorable quote: "See you next Wednesday" -- the final words of astronaut Poole's father (Gifford) in a birthday transmission from Earth. Director John Landis picked up the line and ran with it, using it as a recurring phrase and sight gag in such films as "The Blues Brothers" (1980), "An American Werewolf in London" (1981), "Trading Places" (1983) and "Spies Like Us" (1985). The line can even be heard in the movie theater scene from the 1983 extended music video "Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'." 

 

Long, long, long distance call: The little girl with whom Dr. Heywood Floyd (Sylvester) chats via a Skype-like call from space was Kubrick's youngest daughter Vivian. At the age of 17, she directed a documentary about her father's filming of "The Shining" (1980), and later composed the score for his 1987 Vietnam War saga "Full Metal Jacket" under the pseudonym Abigail Mead. She left her family just before Kubrick's death in 1999 to become a Scientologist in California. 

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/08/26/stanley-kubricks-scientologist-daughter-vivian.html

 

Like daughter, like niece: When Dr. Floyd first arrives at the space station, he is seated in an elevator with a hostess wearing a pink outfit. She is played by onetime model Maggie d'Abo, mother of actress Olivia d'Abo, who starred on TV's "The Wonder Years." Her niece Maryam d'Abo was the lead actress opposite Timothy Dalton's James Bond in "The Living Daylights" (1987).

 

Happy New Year! Happy New Year! On New Year's Day 2000, TCM provided back-to-back presentations of Kubrick's film so that the picture would be on the air just after the clock struck midnight on each Coast. TCM did it again a year later, airing "2001" back to back on January 1, 2001. As it turned out, the year 2001 would be long remembered for stunning tragedies that occurred during its ninth month.

 

"2010" in 1984: Peter Hyams directed a 1984 sequel -- titled "2010: The Year We Make Contact" -- which starred Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Dame Helen Mirren, and Bob Balaban. Dullea and Rain reprised their roles as Bowman and the voice of HAL 9000, respectively. Hyams, who previously directed the thrillers "Outland" and "Capricorn One," also wrote, produced and shot the photography for the "2001" sequel.

 
 

Expires September 27, 2014.


 

2. 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. Uncredited: Marion Martin. Producer-director Howard Hawks' screen retooling of "The Front Page" is a screwball comedy about the madcap activities involving 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 murdered (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 co-wrote the screenplay for 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' vision. 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 September 27, 2014.
 
 
3. A Well-Spent Life (1972) -- Mance Lipscomb, Elnora Lipscomb, Alfred Franklin, Hattie Franklin. Les Blank, who filmed the 1982 documentary "Burden of Dreams" about the making of German director Werner Herzog's film "Fitzcarraldo," co-directed (with Skip Gerson) this look at the life of Texas blues singer and guitarist Mance Lipscomb (1895-1976). Expires September 27, 2014.
 
 
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TCM On Demand for September 22, 2014

 

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


 



 


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


 


Expires September 28, 2014.

 

 

2. The Music Room (1958) --Chhabi Biswas, Padma Devi, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Gangapada Bose, Tulsi Lahari, Kali Sarkar, Ustad Waheed Khan, Roshan Kumari, Begum Akhtar, Bismillah Khan, Salamat Ali Khan, Tarapada Nandy, Pratap Mukherjee (uncredited). The great Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) directed this drama about a once prosperous landlord (Biswas) who faces economic ruin but attempts to keep up his prestigious lifestyle.

This was the fourth feature film in the career of Ray, who received an honorary Academy Award on March 30, 1992 "in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world."


Ray did not attend the ceremony because he was ill, but he gave an acceptance speech by a satellite feed from his home. He died in Calcutta, India, several weeks later. 

 

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TCM On Demand for September 23, 2014

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1. Hollywood Without Make-Up (1966) -- Entertainer Ken Murray returns with another of his specials about his home movies of Hollywood greats. When he arrived in Hollywood in 1927, Murray (1903-1988) used his 16 millimeter camera to send back images of the stars to the folks back home in Kingston, New York. What began as a hobby turned into a passion for Murray, who eventually began to bring his home movies to the small screen in the form of TV specials. Among the celebrities who appear in this edition: Humphrey Bogart and Mayo Methot (his wife before Lauren Bacall), Kirk Douglas, Fred MacMurray (with his twin daughters Kate and Laurie) and Marilyn Monroe. Expires September 29, 2014.

 

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2. Jezebel (1938) -- Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Crisp, Fay Bainter, Richard Cromwell, Henry O'Neill, Spring Byington, John Litel, Gordon Oliver, Janet Shaw, Theresa Harris, Margaret Early, Irving Pichel, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Matthew "Stymie" Beard, Lew Payton, Georges Renavent. Uncredited: Charles Middleton, Sam McDaniel, Amzie Strickland. Davis and Bainter received Academy Awards for their performances in William Wyler's antebellum drama set in the New Orleans area. It was Davis' second Best Actress Oscar in four years. She previously won the 1935 award for "Dangerous." Her nomination for Wyler's film was the first of five in a row (a record she ultimately shared with Greer Garson).

 

Davis stars as Julie Marsden, a brash young woman who enjoys shocking Louisiana society folks with her scandalous behavior. Fonda co-stars as Preston Dillard, the man Julie loves, although she does a good job of pushing him away with her antics.

 

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Bainter, who plays Aunt Belle, competed with Davis in the Best Actress category, but it was for Bainter's performance in "White Banners." Bainter also was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, and won that award for her performance in this film.

 

The drama also was nominated for Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Ernest Haller) and Best Original Music Score (Max Steiner).

 

This was the second of three films in which Fonda co-starred with Crisp. They also were in "That Certain Woman" (1937) and "Spencer's Mountain" (1963), which was the final film in the long career of Crisp (1882-1974), a protégé of filmmaker D.W. Griffith during the silent era.

 

During the production of this film, Fonda's wife Frances gave birth to a daughter on December 21, 1937. The child was christened Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda -- better known as Jane -- and she grew up to become a two-time Academy Award-winning actress like Davis. Expires September 29, 2014.

 

3. Now, Voyager (1942) -- Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Dame Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville, John Loder, Ilka Chase, Lee Patrick, Franklin Pangborn, Katharine Alexander, James Rennie, Mary Wickes. Uncredited actors: Charles Drake, Reed Hadley, Ian Wolfe. Composer Max Steiner received the second of his three Academy Awards for his stirring musical score from this romantic drama. The Austrian-born music maker (1888-1971) received a total of 24 Oscar nominations during his long career in films. His other wins were for "The Informer" (1935) and "Since You Went Away" (1944). Davis received her last of five consecutive Best Actress Oscar nominations in this drama about Charlotte Vale, an unfulfilled Boston woman who blossoms when she finally finds love. Produced by Hal B. Wallis and directed by Irving Rapper ("The Corn Is Green"), the movie's screenplay was adapted by Casey Robinson from the 1941 novel by Olive Higgins Prouty. Also receiving an Academy Award nominations was Gladys Cooper (Best Supporting Actress), who plays Davis' smothering mother.

 

Memorable quote: Davis' last line in the movie, addressed to Henreid's character Jerry Durrance, was ranked No. 46 in the American Film Institute's 2005 survey of the top 100 movie quotes of all time.

 

Memorable moment: Just before that famous, final line, Jerry puts two cigarettes in his mouth, lights them both, and then gallantly hands one to Charlotte.

 

 

 

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4. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) -- Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe. Directed by Rupert Julian (with later contributions by Chaney, Edward Sedgwick and Ernst Laemmle), this classic silent horror film is based on the 1911 novel by French writer Gaston Leroux (1868-1927). Chaney, who rightfully earned the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Faces," is memorable in this film because of just one face (see the clip below).

 

 

 

Chaney plays Erik, the mysterious, deformed musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House and becomes the benefactor of a beautiful soprano named Christine (Philbin).

 

The story has been done many times in different formats. Among the versions are a 1962 Hammer Films edition starring Herbert Lom, as well as Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical -- now the longest-running production in Broadway history (13,063 performances and counting, as of June 2019).

 

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TCM On Demand for September 24, 2014

 

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1. Focus (2001) -- William H. Macy, Laura Dern, David Paymer, Meat Loaf Aday, Kay Hawtrey, Michael Copeman, Kenneth Welsh, Joseph Ziegler, Arlene Meadows, Peter Oldring, Robert McCarrol, Shaun Austin-Olsen, Kevin Jubinville, B.J. McQueen, Conrad Bergschneider. Directed by photographer turned filmmaker Neal Slavin, this World War II-era drama is based on the only novel written by the great playwright Arthur Miller. The film stars Macy as Larry Newman, a Gentile who causes a stir in his prejudiced Brooklyn neighborhood when he begins wearing glasses. As a result, his neighbors begin to believe he is Jewish, and anti-Semitism rears its ugly head. The film aired on TCM as part of its September series titled "The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film." Expires September 30, 2014.

 

2. The Life of Émile Zola (1937) -- Paul Muni, Gloria Holden, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Donald Crisp, Erin O'Brien-Moore, John Litel, Henry O'Neill, Morris Carnovsky, Louis Calhern, Ralph Morgan, Robert Barrat, Vladimir Sokoloff, Grant MItchell, Harry Davenport, Robert Warwick, Charles Richman, Gilbert Emery, Walter Kingsford, Paul Everton, Montagu Love, Frank Sheridan, Lumsden Hare, Marcia Mae Jones, Florence Roberts, Dickie Moore, Rolla Gourvitch. This screen biography of the great French writer and advocate (1840-1902) was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won three -- Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Schildkraut) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg and Norman Reilly Raine). Muni, an Oscar winner the year before for "The Story of Louis Pasteur," was nominated for Best Actor for his performance as Zola. But the Oscar went to Spencer Tracy for "Captains Courageous." 

The film's other nominations were for Best Director (William Dieterle), Best Writing, Original Story (Herald and Herczeg), Best Art Direction (Anton Grot), Best Assistant Director (Russ Saunders) Best Music, Score (Max Steiner), and Best Sound, Recording (Nathan Levinson).

 

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TCM On Demand for September 25, 2014

 

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1. The Sea of Grass (1947) -- Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Walker, Sr., Melvyn Douglas, Phyllis Thaxter, Edgar Buchanan, Harry Carey, Sr., Ruth Nelson, William "Bill" Phillips, Robert Armstrong, James Bell, Robert Barrat, Charles Trowbridge, Russell Hicks, Trevor Bardette, Morris Ankrum. Uncredited actors: Barbara Billingsley, Stanley Andrews, Whit Bissell, Ray Teal, Douglas V. Fowley, Jimmy Hawkins, Paul Langton, Charles Middleton, Glenn Strange, Hank Worden. Elia Kazan directed this Western, set in the lae 19th century and based on the 1936 novel by Conrad Richter. It was the fourth of nine films that co-starred Tracy and Hepburn between 1942 and 1967. Tracy stars as Colonel Jim Brewton, a New Mexico cattle baron who marries Lutie Cameron (Hepburn), a socialite from St. Louis. Her adjustment to her new environment is a rocky one. Douglas, Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month for September 2014, co-stars as attorney Brice Chamberlain, who becomes Lutie's close friend and confidant. Expires October 1, 2014.


 


 

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

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

 

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TCM On Demand for September 26, 2014

 

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1. Brewster's Millions (1947) -- Dennis O'Keefe, Helen Walker, June Havoc, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Gail Patrick, Misha Auer, Nana Bryant, John Litel, Joe Sawyer, Neil Hamilton, Herbert Rudley, Thurston Hall. Uncredited actors: Grady Sutton, Chester Conklin, Byron Foulger, Barbara Pepper. Directed by Allan Dwan ("Heidi"), this tale has been filmed seven times, most recently as a 1985 vehicle for Richard Pryor and John Candy. O'Keefe stars as Monty Brewster, a World War II vet who inherits $8 million from his late uncle. There is one stipulation in the will: Brewster must secretly spend a million dollars before he turns 30 in about two months in order to receive the entire fortune. The film was based on the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon. An Academy Award nomination sent to Louis Forbes for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. Expires October 2, 2014.

 

2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) -- Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones, Tracy Reed, Jack Creley, Frank Berry, Robert O'Neil, Glenn Beck, Roy Stephens, Shane Rimmer, Hal Galili, Paul Tamarin, Laurence Herder, Gordon Tanner, John McCarthy. Uncredited: Burnell Tucker. Stanley Kubrick's masterful black comedy about the Cold War and mutually assured destruction earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Sellers became the first person to win a Best Actor nod for playing three different characters. He appears as U.S. President Merkin Muffley, British Group Captain Lionel Mandrake and the title character, an ex-Nazi scientist turned presidential adviser. The film also was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Kubrick, Peter George and Terry Southern). 


In its 1998 survey of the greatest movies of all time, the American Film Institute ranked the film No. 26. In AFI's updated 2007 survey, the thriller dropped 13 places to No. 39. In 2005, President Muffley's interjection while trying to stop a physical altercation between General Buck Turgidson (Scott) and a Russian ambassador (Bull) was ranked as the 64th greatest movie quote of all time. See the following clip:

 


 

Memorable scene: Major "King" Kong (played by Pickens) dislodges an uncooperative nuclear bomb and then rides it to glory as if it was a bucking bronco.


 


 

And you could look it up: Slugger Dick Stuart, who played first base for several Major League Baseball teams in the 1960s, was a mediocre fielder and once committed 29 errors in a season. After Kubrick's movie was released, Stuart earned the nickname "Dr. Strangeglove."

 

Postscript: This film marked the first screen appearance by Jones, who plays B-52 bombadier Lt. Lothar Zogg. The Mississippi-born actor went on to become an industry heavyweight for his powerful acting as well as his vocal contributions to the first "Star Wars" trilogy (as Darth Vader) and "The Lion King" (as Mufasa). He is one of the few performers to achieve E.G.O.T. status -- receiving Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony statuettes -- although his Oscar was an honorary one. On November 12, 2011, he was cited by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "for his legacy of consistent excellence and uncommon versatility."

 

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3. Raw Deal (1948) -- Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, John Ireland, Raymond Burr, Curt Conway, Chili Williams, Regis Toomey, Whit Bissell, Cliff Clark. Uncredited actors: Ray Teal, Carey Loftin. Directed by Anthony Mann ("The Man from Laramie"), this drama stars O'Keefe as Joe Sullivan, a prisoner who has taken the rap for the real lawbreaker, Rick Coyle (played by Burr), in exchange for a promised $50,000. What Sullivan doesn't know is that Coyle intends to do away with him during a planned escape from confinement. Expires October 2, 2014.

 

 

4. T-Men (1947) -- Dennis O'Keefe, Mary Meade, Alfred Ryder, Wallace Ford, June Lockhart, Charles McGraw. Uncredited actors: Keefe Brasselle, Curt Conway , Frank Ferguson, Sandra Gould, Reed Hadley, John Newland, Jane Randolph Jane Randolph, James Seay, Tito Vuolo. Anthony Mann ("Strategic Air Command") directed this crime drama about two United States Treasury agents (O'Keefe, Ryder) who try to get to the bottom of a counterfeiting ring. The storyline was based on a real investigation called "The Shanghai Paper Case."

The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound, Recording (Jack Whitney). The movie's cinematographer was longtime Mann collaborator John Alton, who later won an Academy Award for his color photography in "An American in Paris" (1951). 

Blacklisted actor-director Sam Wanamaker remade this film in the United Kingdom as "The File of the Golden Goose" (1969), which starred Yul Brynner, Charles Gray and Edward Woodward. 

 

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TCM On Demand for September 27, 2014

 

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

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

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

 

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TCM On Demand for September 28, 2014
 
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 
 

1. Carson on TCM: Candice Bergen (March 29, 1984) -- Before she became a multi-Emmy Award winner on TV's "Murphy Brown," Bergen appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" to promote her autobiography "Knock Wood." The title was a reference to her being the daugher of actor-ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, whose famous dummies included Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd and Effie Klinker. Bergen and Carson also discuss photographs from her idyllic childhood in Hollywood. She even gets in a dig about Carson's many divorces -- prompting a delayed reaction from the host. This was one of 25 vintage Carson interviews edited for special broadcasts during March 2014 on Turner Classic Movies. Expires October 4, 2014.

 

2. North by Northwest (1959) -- Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, Josephine Hutchinson, Philip Ober, Martin Landau, Adam Williams, Edward Platt, Robert Ellenstein, Les Tremayne, Philip Coolidge, Patrick McVey, Edward Binns, Ken Lynch. Uncredited actors: Ned Glass, Malcolm Atterbury, Tol Avery, John Beradino, Doreen Lang, Nora Marlowe, James McCallion, Frank Wilcox, Maudie Prickett. Sir Alfred Hitchcock's fourth and last screen collaboration with Grant was one of the filmmaker's best-ever suspense tales. It also followed one of his favorite formulas: A man is accused of a crime he did not commit, and goes on the lam in search of evidence that will prove his innocence. Robert Donat played such a character in "The 39 Steps" (1935), one of the director's final British films before he moved to Hollywood. It also was the situation for characters played by Robert Cummings in "Saboteur" (1942), Grant in "To Catch a Thief" (1955) and Jon Finch in "Frenzy" (1972). 
Grant stars as New York City ad executive Roger O. Thornhill, who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time when he is mistaken for an espionage agent named George Kaplan. The truth of the matter is that Kaplan doesn't really exist. But Thornhill finds himself in several tight spots, including a classic case of taking the rap for a murder in broad daylight. In his quest to track down the real culprits, Thornhill somehow manages to elude authorities while making the acquaintance of Eve Kendall (Saint), an empathetic woman he meets on a train to Chicago. When it comes to this coolest of Hitchcock cool blondes, however, there's more to her than meets the eye.
The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay (Ernest Lehman), Best Color Art Direction-Set Decoration (William A. Horning, Robert F. Boyle, Merrill Pye, Henry Grace and Frank R. McKelvy) and Best Film Editing (George Tomasini). Overlooked at Oscar time was composer Bernard Herrmann's fandango-influenced score, which was one of his best.
In its 1998 survey of the greatest movies of all time, the American Film Institute ranked the film No. 40. In the AFI's updated 2007 survey, the thriller dropped 15 places to No. 55. 
 
Hitchcock's film features one of the most iconic scenes in movie history as Thornhill finds himself menaced from above by a crop-dusting plane.
 
 
Everything comes to a head (or heads) at Mount Rushmore, where Thornhill and Eve try to evade members of a sinister spy ring, including Phillip Vandamm (Mason) and his henchmen Leonard (Landau) and Valerian (Williams).
 
 
Memorable quote: "You gentlemen aren't really trying to kill my son, are you?" -- Thornhill's mother, Clara (Landis), who disbelieves anything he tells her about the strange occurrences going on in his life. She makes the comment aloud in an elevator jammed with people, including henchmen (played by Williams and Ellenstein) who really do want to harm her son. All of them -- with the exception of Thornhill -- burst into laughter at her question.
 
Memorable dialogue:
 
Train station ticket agent (played by Glass): Something wrong with your eyes?
 
Thornhill (trying to hide his identity behind dark glasses): Yes, they're sensitive to questions... 
 
 
Memorable dialogue 2:
 
Man about to board bus at the crossroads (played by Atterbury): That's funny.
 
Thornhill: What?
 
Man: That plane's dusting crops where there ain't no crops.
 
 
Memorable dialogue 3:
 
Eve (while trying to hang on below the Mount Rushmore sculptures of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Lincoln): What happened with your first two marriages?
 
Thornhill: My wives divorced me.
 
Eve: Why?
 
Thornhill: They said I led too dull a life.
 
 
POSTSCRIPT: Look for Hitchcock's traditional cameo appearance at the end of the opening credits.
 
POSTSCRIPT No. 2: Although she played his mother in the film, Landis actually was only seven years older than Grant. For a time, she insisted she was a year younger.  
 
POSTSCRIPT No. 3: In "High Anxiety," Mel Brooks' 1977 parody of Hitchcock films, Brooks played the lead character -- Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke.

 

Expires October 4, 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 October 4, 2014.
 
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TCM On Demand for September 29, 2014
 
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:
 
1. Claire's Knee (1970) -- Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan, Michèle Montel, Gérard Falconetti, Fabrice Luchini, Sandra Franchina. This was the fifth installment in French director Éric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales" series of the 1960s and early 1970s. The others: "The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963), "Suzanne's Career" (1963), "La Collectionneuse" (1967), "My Night at Maud's" (1969) and "Love in the Afternoon" (1972). Each tale is the story of a male's infatuation with a female. This film stars Brialy as Jerome, a French diplomat on holiday at Lake Annecy, located between France and Switzerland. Although he is engaged to marry a woman in Sweden, he finds himself caught between two nubile stepsisters -- Claire (De Monaghan) and Laura (Romand). Before long, he becomes obsessed with the alluring Claire's right knee. Expires October 5, 2014.
 
2. 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 October 5, 2014.
 
3. The Merry Widow (1925) -- Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy, Josephine Crowell, George Fawcett, Tully Marshall, Edward Connelly. Uncredited extras: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable. Austrian filmmaker Erich von Stroheim directed this silent movie version of Franz Lehár's early 20th-century operetta. Gilbert stars as Prince Danilo of Monteblanco, who must rekindle a relationship with old flame Sally O'Hara. Earlier, Danilo's uncle (Fawcett), the king of Monteblanco, blocked their plans to marry because the dancer was not of royal birth. Now that she is the wealthy widow of the elderly Baron Sadoja (Martin), her money is seen as a possible boon to the financially strapped kingdom. But Danilo may have to compete for her hand with his cousin, the insufferable Crown Prince Mirko (D'Arcy). The film has been remade several times. A 1934 version, produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starred Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. Joseph Pasternak produced a 1952 edition that starred Lana Turner and Fernando Lamas. Look for future film greats Crawford and Gable in a ballroom dance sequence. Expires October 5, 2014.
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TCM On Demand for September 30, 2014

 

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1. Gone with the Wind (1939) -- Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Dame Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Hattie McDaniel, Barbara O'Neil, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, George Reeves, Fred Crane, Oscar Polk, Butterfly McQueen, Victor Jory, Everett Brown, Alicia Rhett, Rand Brooks, Laura Hope Crews, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Harry Davenport, Leona Roberts, Jane Darwell, Ona Munson, Ward Bond, Isabell Jewell, Cammie King. David O. Selznick's film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Margaret Mitchell ranks as one of the great motion picture achievements. The Civil War tale, directed by Victor Fleming, won eight Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Fleming); Best Actress (Leigh); Best Supporting Actress (McDaniel); Best Writing, Screenplay (a posthumous award to Sidney Howard); Best Cinematography (Ernest Haller and Ray Rennahan); Best Film Editing (Hal C. Kern and James E. Newcom); and Best Art Direction (Lyle Wheeler).

 

The drama also received Oscar nominations for Best Actor (Gable), Best Supporting Actress (De Havilland); Best Visual Effects (Jack Cosgrove, Fred Abin and Arthur Johns); Best Music, Original Score (Max Steiner); and Best Sound Recording Thomas T. Moulton (Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department).

 

An honorary Academy award was presented to production designer William Cameron Menzies for his "outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production of 'Gone with the Wind'." A special technical achievement award went to Don Musgrave and Selznick International Pictures for "pioneering in the use of coordinated equipment" during the making of the film. 

 

The motion picture was the No. 1 boxoffice attraction of all-time until it was supplanted in 1966 by "The Sound of Music." It returned to the top spot in the early 1970s, thanks to a major re-release, before yielding to "The Godfather" in 1972.

In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked the drama No. 4 -- behind "Citizen Kane" (1941), "Casablanca" (1943) and "The Godfather" -- on its list of the greatest movies of all time. When AFI updated the list in 2007, the film dropped to No. 6., behind "Kane," "The Godfather," "Casablanca," "Raging Bull" (1980) and "Singin' in the Rain" (1952).


In 2005, AFI selected the Top 25 film scores of all time. Steiner's unforgettable composition for this movie came in at second place behind John Williams' "Star Wars" (1977).

 

The classic film also produced three finishers in AFI's 2005 ranking of the greatest movie quotes of all time, including the No. 1 line:


 

#1: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." (Gable as Rhett Butler).

#31: "After all, tomorrow is another day!" (Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara). 

#59: "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again." (Leigh).

 

The movie features one of the most famous reverse crane shots in history, as Scarlett searches for Dr. Meade (Davenport) in an Atlanta area littered with dead, dying, wounded and exhausted Confederate soldiers.

 


 

Movie crossover reference: The opening credits of "The Outsiders," Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film version of S.E. Hinton's novel for young readers, were modeled after the titles used at the beginning of "Gone with the Wind." Mitchell's book proves to be meaningful to a couple of characters in Coppola's movie, which featured Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio and Emilio Estevez.

 



 

Media crossover reference: One of the funniest-ever sketches on "The Carol Burnett Show" was a 1976 parody titled "Went with the Wind," in which Burnett as Starlet O'Hara cleverly made a gown out of drapes and a curtain rod. When Captain Ratt Butler (Harvey Korman) complimented her on her attire, Starlet replied, "Thank you. I saw it in the window and I just couldn’t resist it."

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It's good to be the king:  On April 14, 1994, "Gone with the Wind" became the first film ever shown on Turner Classic Movies. It also happens to be the favorite movie of TCM founder Ted Turner, who in the late 1980s arranged to have the film played twice a day, 365 days a year at a downtown Atlanta theater he owned.

 


 

Expires October 6, 2014.


 

2. The Informer (1935) -- Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford, Una O'Connor, J.M. Kerrigan, Joe Sawyer, Neil Fitzgerald, Donald Meek, D'Arcy Corrigan, Leo McCabe, Gaylord Pendleton, Francis Ford, May Boley, Grizelda Harvey, Denis O'Dea. The great John Ford won the first of his record four Academy Awards as Best Director for this drama set in Dublin in 1922. McLaglen, who appeared in many films directed by Ford, received the Best Actor award for this performance as the title character, an unfortunate stool pigeon named Gypo Nolan. Based on the 1925 novel by Irish writer Liam O'Flaherty, the film also won Oscars for Best Writing, Screenplay (Dudley Nichols) and Best Music, Score (Max Steiner). Nichols became the first person to turn down an Academy Award. He declined to pick up his award because of a Screen Writers Guild strike. 



The film also received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Film Editing (George Hively).

McLaglen's Oscar win came in a category dominated by actors from the film that ultimately received the Best Actor Prize -- "Mutiny on the Bounty." Nominated for that film were Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone. The fifth nominee was Paul Muni for "Black Fury."

McLagen's son, Andrew V. McLaglen, became a film director who worked many times with John Wayne and James Stewart. Among his credits were "McLintock!" (1963), "Shenandoah" (1965), "The Rare Breed" (1966), "The Way West" (1967), "The Devil's Brigade" (1968), "Hellfighters" (1968), "The Undefeated" (1969), "Chisum" (1970) and "Cahill United States Marshal" (1973). The younger McLaglen died August 30, 2014 at the age of 94.

 


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