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TCM Programming Challenge #27 -- What A Character! (Challenges)

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Here are my programming notes:


Sunday, November 15:


The day begins with a mini-marathon of Andy Hardy films, in honour actor Lewis Stone’s birthday. Finian’s Rainbow and El Dorado are show in the afternoon in honour of the birthdays of Petula Clark and Ed Asner, respectively. Witness for the Prosecution finishes the daytime line-up on the anniversary of Tyrone Power’s death. This evening’s line-up focuses on the career of composer Philip Glass and marks two important TCM premieres, The Truman Show, one of the most critically acclaimed films from 1998, and the riveting documentary The Fog of War, which is comprised of director Errol Morris’ interview with John F. Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night feature (The Scarlet Letter) and TCM Import (Wild Strawberries) are connected by Victor Seastrom’s involvement as a director and actor, respectively.


Monday, November 16:


Best remembered by most people today as The Penguin on the 1960s Batman TV series or as the trainer from the Rocky films, actor Burgess Meredith had a varied film career which lasted for several decades. Today, on his birthday, the focus is on his best film appearances in the pre-Batman days. This evening, we take a look at the film work produced by the talented men who wrote for Sid Caesar’s TV show. It’s really astonishing to think of how many of the really influential comic writers of the last sixty years started out writing for Caesar. We begin this festival with a screening of My Favorite Year, inspired by the week Mel Brooks spent effectively babysitting Errol Flynn. The line-up continues with screenplays by Mel Brooks (The Producers), Neil Simon (The Sunshine Boys), Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart (The Thrill of It All), and Woody Allen (Hannah and Her Sisters).


Tuesday, November 17:


All day today, the focus is on my favorite mode of transportation – trains. From thrillers (The Lady Vanishes) and murder mysteries (Murder on the Orient Express) to screwball comedies (Twentieth Century) and musicals (The Harvey Girls), some of the best films of all time have been set aboard trains. This evening we take a look at the career of Star of the Month Hume Cronyn. Having already focused in the weeks prior (presumably) on his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock (Shadow of a Doubt and Lifeboat) and his wife Jessica Tandy (The Seventh Cross and Cocoon), tonight we take a look at Hume Cronyn on his own. We begin with one of his best roles, as the sleazy defense attorney opposite John Garfield and Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice. The line-up continues with the crime drama Brute Force, featuring Hume Cronyn as a power-mad prison guard opposite Burt Lancaster. Up next is the Cary Grant/Joseph L. Mankiewicz comedy People Will Talk, which is, along with Chaplin’s A King in New York, the only true comedy to have been derived from Cold War paranoia and the Hollywood Blacklist. Then, Hume Cronyn has a great supporting role as the doctor of Ralph Bellamy’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello.


Wednesday, November 18:


Today, we’re looking at seven of my favorite movie characters from the 1950s: George Sanders’ Addison DeWitt (All About Eve), Humphrey Bogart’s Charlie Allnut (The African Queen), Jean Hagen’s Lina Lamont (Singin’ in the Rain), Marilyn Monroe’s Pola Debevoise (How to Marry a Millionaire), Ernest Borgnine as Marty, Andy Griffith’s Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd, and Lee J. Cobb as the malevolent yet ultimately tragic Juror #3 in 12 Angry Men. Then tonight, the programming duties are turned over to this month’s guest programmer, Elmer Fudd. Elmer’s first selection is Twouble in Pawadise, which he selected because he identifies with actress Kay Fwancis, who also had difficulty with the letter ‘r’. Up next, Elmer selects The Palm Beach Story, which he selects because he identifies with the Ale and Quail Club. Elmer also chose Moby Dick, identifying with Captain Ahab’s hunt for the elusive whale, and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry, because, as a hunter, he understands Edmund Gwenn’s character. 


Thursday, November 19:


On this day, the 99th anniversary of the founding of the Goldwyn Production company, we take a look at some of the films produced by Goldwyn through the years, including one my all-time favourites, The Little Foxes, and Gary Cooper’s Oscar-winning performance in The Pride of the Yankees. Then in the evening we take a trip to Ancient Rome with Kirk Douglas (Spartacus), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Marlon Brando (Julius Caesar) and Zero Mostel (A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum).


Friday, November 20:


Today we’re looking at the films of Henri-Georges Clouzot, the so-called ‘French Hitchcock’. This month’s Friday Night Spotlight focuses on Female Directors, with Ida Lupino (The Bigamist, The Hitchhiker, and The Trouble with Angels) and Jane Campion (The Piano and An Angel at My Table) being the subjects tonight. Lee Grant would make a good host for this series, because she is knowledgeable about this subject and has a good relationship with TCM, given her recent interview with Robert Osborne.


Saturday, November 21:


Birthday girl Eleanor Powell is the focus of our attention in the afternoon, with four of her films featured. Tonight’s Essential is The Best Years of Our Lives, followed by two more films featuring pianists who occasionally acted – Oscar Levant in An American in Paris, and the back to Hoagy Carmichael in To Have and Have Not.

Here are my programming notes:



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Barton Keyes:


Great programming notes and I have to say I laughed out loud when I saw Elmer Fudd's rationale for picking "Trouble In Paradise" on his night as Guest Programmer.  



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I've got my schedule finished.  I've just got to make sure it's all that I want it to be and that I'm fulfilling all the requirements of the challenge.  I also have to write up my notes.  Hopefully I can finish that today.


Looking forward to seeing everyone's schedules!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Daytime Theme: Riverboats

6:00am SHOW BOAT (1951) Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel. Dir. George Sidney. MGM. 106 mins. (p/s).
7:45am THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951) Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley. Dir. John Huston.  United Artists. 104 mins. (p/s).
9:30am BLOOD ALLEY (1955) John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix. Dir. William A. Wellmann. Warner Brothers. 115 mins. (p/s).


Daytime Theme: Happy Birthday Eleanor Parker!

11:30am ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO (1953) William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe. Dir. John Sturges. MGM. 97 mins. (p/s).
1:15pm THE WOMAN IN WHITE (1948) Alexis Smith, Eleanor Parker, Sydney Greenstreet. Dir. Peter Godfrey. Warner Brothers. 108 mins. (p/s).
3:15pm DETECTIVE STORY (1951) Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix. Dir. William Wyler. Paramount. 102 mins. (p/s).
5:00pm THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker. Dir. Robert Wise. Fox. 174 mins. (premiere).

Primetime: Robin Hood: Man in Tights

8:00pm THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 102 mins. (p/s).
9:45pm ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS (1993) Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees. Dir. Mel Brooks. Fox. 104 mins.(premiere).
11:30pm CARSON ON TCM: MEL BROOKS (2013) 12 mins. (p/s).
11:45pm RABBIT HOOD (1949) 8 mins.
11:53pm ROBIN HOOD DAFFY (1958) 7 mins.

Silent Sunday Night


12:00am ROBIN HOOD (1922) Douglas Fairbanks, Wallace Beery, Alan Hale. Dir. Allan Dwan. United Artists. 117 mins. (premiere-EXEMPT).

IMPORT- Hayao Miyazaki


2:00am MAJO NO TAKKYUBIN (Kiki’s Delivery Service) (1989) Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli. 103 mins. (premiere-EXEMPT).
3:45am SEN TO CHIHIRO NO KAMIKAKUSHI (Spirited Away) (2001) Rumi Hiiragi, Takashi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi. Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli. 125 mins. (p/s).

Monday, June 27, 2016

Daytime Theme: Lucille Ball & Character Actors

6:00am TOP HAT (1935) Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton. Dir. Mark Sandrich. RKO. 100 mins. (p/s).
7:45am FIVE CAME BACK (1939) Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Allen Jenkins. Dir. John Farrow. RKO. 74 mins.  (p/s).
9:00am MISS GRANT TAKES RICHMOND (1949) Lucille Ball, William Holden, Will Wright, Charles Lane. Dir. Lloyd Bacon. Columbia. 87 mins. (p/s).
10:30am ROMAN SCANDALS (1933) Eddie Cantor, Lucille Ball, Barbara Pepper. Dir. Frank Tuttle. United Artists. 85 mins. (premiere).

Daytime Theme: Barbara Stanwyck Film Noir


12:00pm THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946) Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott. Dir. Lewis Milestone. Paramount. 117 mins. (p/s).
2:00pm SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (1948) Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards. Dir. Anatole Litvak. Paramount. 89 mins. (p/s).
3:30pm CRY WOLF (1947) Errol Flynn, Barbara Stanwyck, Geraldine Brooks. Dir. Peter Godfrey. Warner Brothers. 83 mins. (p/s).
5:00pm NO MAN OF HER OWN (1950) Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, Jane Cowl. Dir. Mitchell Leisen. Paramount. 90 mins. (premiere).
6:30pm WITNESS TO MURDER (1954) Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Gary Merrill. Dir. Roy Rowland. United Artists. 83 mins. (p/s).

Primetime: SOTM Agnes Moorehead

8:00pm THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942) Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter. Dir. Orson Welles, Robert Wise, Jack Moss. RKO. 88 mins. (p/s).
9:30pm MRS. PARKINGTON (1944) Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Agnes Moorehead. Dir. Tay Garnett. MGM. 123 mins. (p/s).
11:45pm JOHNNY BELINDA (1948) Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Agnes Moorehead. Dir. Jean Negulesco. Warner Brothers. 101 mins. (p/s).
1:30am ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN FABIAN (1951) Errol Flynn, Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead. Dir. William Marshall, Robert Florey. Republic. 97 mins. (premiere).  SOTM- Exempt.
3:15am THE BIG STREET (1942) Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball, Agnes Moorehead. Dir. Irving Reis. RKO. 88 mins. (p/s).
4:45am WITHOUT HONOR (1949) Laraine Day, Franchot Tone, Agnes Moorehead. Dir. Irving Pichel. United Artists, 69 mins. (premiere). SOTM- Exempt.

Tuesday, June 28, 2014

Daytime Theme: Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!

6:00am THE PRODUCERS (1968) Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn. Dir. Mel Brooks. Crossbow Pictures. 88 mins. (p/s).
7:30am SILENT MOVIE (1976) Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise. Dir. Mel Brooks. Fox. 87 mins. (p/s).
9:00am BLAZING SADDLES (1974) Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens. Dir. Mel Brooks. Warner Brothers. 93 mins. (p/s).
10:45am SPACEBALLS (1987) Mel Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy. Dir. Mel Brooks. MGM. 96 mins. (p/s).

Daytime Theme: Vaudeville Biopics

12:30pm THREE LITTLE WORDS (1950) Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen. Dir. Richard Thorpe. MGM. 100 mins. (p/s).
2:15pm THE I DON’T CARE GIRL (1953) Mitzi Gaynor, David Wayne, Oscar Levant. Dir. Lloyd Bacon. Fox. 77 mins. (p/s).
3:45pm THE DOLLY SISTERS (1945) Betty Grable, June Haver, SZ Sakall. Dir. Irving Cummings. Fox. 114 mins. (p/s).
5:45pm YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942) James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 125 mins. (p/s).

Primetime Theme: Guest Programmer, Michigan J. Frog

8:00pm RAGTIME (1981) James Cagney, Mandy Patinkin, Debbie Allen. Dir. Milos Forman. Paramount. 155 mins. (p/s).
10:35pm ONE FROGGY EVENING (1955) Michigan J. Frog. Warner Bros. 7 mins.
10:45pm KING KONG (1933) Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot. Dir. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack. RKO. 96 mins. (p/s).
12:30am ROSE OF WASHINGTON SQUARE (1939) Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson. Dir. Gregory Ratoff. Fox. 90 mins. (p/s).
2:00am COCOON (1985) Don Ameche, Steve Guttenberg, Hume Cronyn. Dir. Ron Howard. Fox. 117 mins. (p/s).
4:00am THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS (1954) Ethel Merman, Donald O’Connor, Marilyn Monroe. Dir. Walter Lang. Fox. 117 mins. (p/s).

Wednesday, June 29, 2014

Daytime Theme: Love at the Empire State Building

6:00am SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman. Dir. Nora Ephron. TriStar Pictures. 105 mins. (p/s).
7:45am LOVE AFFAIR (1939) Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya. Dir. Leo McCarey. RKO. 87 mins. (p/s).
9:15am AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning. Dir. Leo McCarey. Fox. 114 mins. (p/s).
11:15am THE MOON IS BLUE (1953) William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara. Dir. Otto Preminger. United Artists. 99 mins. (p/s).

Daytime Theme: Hitchcock’s Single Location Films

1:00pm REAR WINDOW (1954) James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount. 112 mins. (p/s).
3:00pm ROPE (1948) John Dall, Farley Granger, James Stewart. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Warner Brothers. 80 mins. (p/s).
4:30pm LIFEBOAT (1944) Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, John Hodiak. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Fox. 96 mins. (p/s).
6:15pm DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954) Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Warner Brothers. 105 mins. (p/s).

Primetime Theme: Great Characters of the 1930s

8:00pm CAPTAIN BLOOD  (1935) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 119 mins. (p/s).
10:00pm TARZAN, THE APE MAN (1932) Johnny Weissmuller, C. Aubrey Smith, Maureen O’Sullivan. Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. MGM. 99 mins. (p/s).
11:45pm THE THIN MAN (1934) William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’ Sullivan. Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. MGM. 91 mins. (p/s).
1:30am DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (1932) Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart. Dr. Rouben Mamoulian. 98 mins. (p/s).
3:15am LITTLE CAESAR (1931) Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. First National. 80 mins. (p/s).
4:45am HORSE FEATHERS (1932) Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx. Dir. Norman McLeod. Paramount. 68 mins. (p/s).

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Daytime Theme: Caper Films of the 1960s

6:00am OCEAN’S ELEVEN (1960) Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra. Dir. Lewis Milestone. Warner Brothers. 127 mins. (p/s).
8:15am HOW TO STEAL A MILLION (1966) Audrey Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Eli Wallach. Dir. William Wyler. Fox. 127 mins. (p/s).
10:30am THE PINK PANTHER (1964) David Niven, Peter Sellers, Capucine. Dir. Blake Edwards. United Artists. 113 mins. (p/s).  

Daytime Theme: Films Featuring Torch Songs

12:30pm YOUNG AT HEART (1954) Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Gig Young. Dir. Gordon Douglas. Warner Brothers. 116 mins. (p/s). 
2:30pm A STAR IS BORN (1954) Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson. Dir. George Cukor. Warner Brothers. 176 mins. (p/s).
5:30pm THE HELEN MORGAN STORY (1957) Ann Blyth, Paul Newman, Richard Carlson. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 117 mins. (p/s).
7:30pm CHANGING (1971) 28 mins. short.

Primetime Theme: Romance During WWII

8:00pm CASABLANCA (1942) Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 99 mins. (p/s).
9:45pm CRASH DIVE (1943) Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews. Dir. Archie Mayo. Fox. 105 mins. (premiere).
11:30pm FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr. Dir. Fred Zinnemann. Columbia. 118 mins. (p/s).
1:30am IN HARM’S WAY (1965) John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal. Dir. Otto Preminger. Paramount. 165 mins. (p/s).
4:15am A YANK IN THE R.A.F. (1941) Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton. Dir. Henry King. Fox. 98 mins. (p/s).

Friday, July 1, 2016

Daytime Theme: Happy 100th Birthday Olivia de Havilland!

6:00am A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (1935) Ian Hunter, Verree Teasdale, Hobart Cavanaugh. Dir. Max Reinhardt & William Dieterle. Warner Brothers. 132 mins. (p/s).
8:30am DODGE CITY (1939) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 104 mins. (p/s). 
10:15am TO EACH HIS OWN (1946) Olivia de Havilland, Mary Anderson, Roland Culver. Dir. Mitchell Leisen. Paramount. 122 mins. (p/s).  
12:30pm GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland. Dir. Victor Fleming. Selznick International Pictures. 220 mins. (p/s).
4:15pm THE HEIRESS (1949) Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson. Dir. William Wyler. Paramount. 120 mins. (p/s).
6:15pm THE DARK MIRROR (1946) Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell. Dir. Robert Siodmark. Universal. 85 mins. (premiere).
7:45pm STARS ON HORSEBACK (1943) short. 7 mins.

Primetime Theme: Friday Night Spotlight: Composer  Miklos Rosza & Billy Wilder

8:00pm DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson. Dir. Billy Wilder. Paramount. 103 mins. (p/s).
9:45pm THE LOST WEEKEND (1945) Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry. Dir. Billy Wilder. Paramount, 98 mins. (p/s).
11:30pm FEDORA (1978) Marthe Keller, William Holden, Hildegard Knef. Dir. Billy Wilder. United Artists. 114 mins. (Premiere).
1:30am FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO (1943) Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff. Dir. Billy Wilder. Paramount. 96 mins. (p/s).
3:15am THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1970) Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Irene Handl. Dir. Billy Wilder. United Artists. 125 mins. (p/s).
5:30am THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF TUPPERWARE (1959) Short. 29 mins.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Daytime Theme: 10 cents a dance: The Life of a Taxi Dancer

6:00am SWEET CHARITY (1969) Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis Jr, Ricardo Montalban. Dir. Bob Fosse. Universal. 150 mins. (p/s).
8:30am LURED (1947) George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn. Dir. Douglas Sirk. United Artists. 102 mins.(p/s).
10:15am THESE GLAMOUR GIRLS (1939) Lew Ayres, Lana Turner, Richard Carlson. Dir. S. Sylvan Simon. MGM. 78 mins. (p/s).
11:45am KILLER’S KISS (1955) Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. United Artists. 67 mins. (premiere).

Daytime Theme:  Great Villainous Characters

1:00pm THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931) James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods. Dir. William A. Wellmann. Warner Brothers. 83 mins. (p/s).
2:30pm THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955) Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish. Dir. Charles Laughton. United Artists. 90 mins. (p/s).
4:00pm KISS OF DEATH (1947) Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Richard Widmark. Dir. Henry Hathaway. Fox. 95 mins. (p/s).
5:45pm WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962) Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono. Dir. Robert Aldrich. Warner Brothers. 132 mins. (p/s).

THE ESSENTIALS: 1950s melodrama

8:00pm PICNIC (1955) William Holden, Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell. Dir. Joshua Logan. Columbia, 113 mins. (p/s).

10:00pm ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1956) Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead. Dir. Douglas Sirk. 88 mins. (p/s).
11:30pm THE BEST OF EVERYTHING (1959) Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker. Dir. Jean Negulesco. Fox. 122 mins. (p/s).   
1:45am THE RELAXED WIFE (1957) 13 mins. Short.


2:00am CRY-BABY (1990) Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrell. Dir. John Waters. Universal. 92 mins. (premiere-EXEMPT).
3:45am HAIRSPRAY (1988) Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine. Dir. John Waters. New Line Cinema. 92 mins. (p/s).

5:30am THE GREAT LIBRARY MISERY (1938) 12 mins. Short.
5:45am ALIBI MARK (1937) 13 mins. Short.


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Schedule for Sunday, June 26, 2016 through Saturday, July 2, 2016


Star of the Month: Agnes Moorehead


Friday Night Spotlight: Miklos Rosza


TCM Silent Sunday:  Robin Hood (1922)


TCM Imports:  Hayao Miyazaki Double Feature


The Essentials: Picnic (1955)


Underground: John Waters Double Feature


Required Themes: Character actress Agnes Moorehead as SOTM & Films Featuring Great Characters of the 1930s


Guest Programmer:  Michigan J. Frog, star of “One Froggy Evening.”



1930s- 21

1940s- 27

1950s- 27

1960s- 8

1970s- 5

1980s- 5

1990s- 3

2000s- 2




The Sound of Music (1965)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

Roman Scandals (1933)

No Man of Her Own (1950)

Crash Dive (1943)

The Dark Mirror (1946)

Fedora (1978)

Killer’s Kiss (1955)


Exempt Premieres


Robin Hood (1922) Silent Sunday Night

Majo No Takkyubin (1989) Imports

Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951) SOTM

Without Honor (1949) SOTM

Cry-Baby (1990) Underground


Sunday, June 26, 2016


After saluting aviation in my prior schedule, this week, we will be saluting the riverboat—a mode of transportation popular in the 19th century for traveling up and down large rivers, like the Mississippi.  We are showcasing three films featuring the riverboat.  After the riverboat docks, we will be honoring birthday girl Eleanor Parker--a popular actress with a career spanning five decades.   A versatile actress, Parker appeared in over eighty films.  This afternoon we will be airing four of them including the premiere of The Sound of Music.  The evening will be a night full of everyone’s favorite do-gooder from Sherwood Forest—Robin Hood.  Errol Flynn, arguably, the best ‘Robin Hood’ to ever grace the screen, starts the evening off in The Adventures of Robin Hood.  This film will be followed by the premiere of Mel Brooks’ spoof on all the various Robin Hood incarnations (most notably, Flynn’s “Robin Hood” and Kevin Costner’s in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”), Robin Hood: Men in Tights.  Two Robin Hood parodies, Rabbit Hood and Robin Hood Daffy, starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, respectively, will close out the evening.  Silent Sunday Night returns with the 1922 “Robin Hood,” starring Douglas Fairbanks.  Finally, TCM Imports brings forth two pictures featuring “the Japanese Walt Disney,” Hayao Miyazaki.  We will be airing the premiere of Majo No Takkyubin aka Kiki’s Delivery Service and Miyazaki’s Academy Award winning film Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi aka Spirited Away.


Monday, June 27, 2014


Lucille Ball’s TV Show, I Love Lucy, features many of Hollywood’s greatest character actors in small reoccurring roles and various bit parts.  William Frawley, a veteran character actor of over a hundred films, scored the regular role as one of the four stars of the beloved sitcom.  Ball herself was a veteran of over seventy films (many with uncredited small bit parts).  During her long career, Ball befriended many of the character actors and greatly admired their work.  As a way to repay them for helping her during her career, she would often give them roles in I Love Lucy (and her later sitcoms).   This morning, we feature four films featuring Ball and character actors who later appeared on I Love Lucy. Top Hat (Edward Everett Horton) Five Came Back (Allen Jenkins), Miss Grant Takes Richmond (Will Wright & Charles Lane) and the premiere of Roman Scandals (Barbara Pepper), the film that brought Ball out to Hollywood from New York.  In the afternoon, we are featuring Barbara Stanwyck, arguably one of the best film noir actresses.  We’re featuring five of her film noirs, including No Man of Her Own, a TCM premiere.  In the evening, we salute our SOTM, Agnes Moorehead.  Moorehead, best known for her role as Endora on TV’s Bewitched, had a prolific film career prior to, during and after her sitcom.  Moorehead played a variety of different characters, some good, some bad—whatever type of character she played, Moorehead always brought forth an interesting and entertaining performance.  Tonight we are featuring her three Oscar-nominated performances and two premieres: The Adventures of Captain Fabian and Without Honor


Tuesday, June 28, 2014


This morning, we are celebrating the birthday of Mel Brooks.  Four of his films, including his most popular, Blazing Saddles, will be shown.  In the afternoon, we are saluting vaudeville performers by screening four biopics.  In the evening, the programming reins have been handed to everyone’s favorite singing and dancing amphibian, Michigan J. Frog.  An accomplished Tin Pan Alley performer and actor, Frog appeared in the Oscar nominated One Froggy Evening.  A great lover of ragtime music, he has selected the film Ragtime starring James Cagney.  He has also picked Rose of Washington Square as it features his favorite song—“I’m Just Wild About Harry.”  King Kong has been selected as Michigan identifies with the plight of King Kong, especially in regards to exploitation.  Frog has found himself subjected to numerous attempts to exploit his unique talents and fortunately for him, he’s been able to combat it and prevail in the end.   Cocoon was selected as it deals with the topic of immortality, a subject close to Mr. Frog’s heart, as he is immortal himself.  Finally, because Michigan J. Frog is such an esteemed guest of TCM, we’ve allowed him to select a fifth film instead of the usual four.  For his final selection, he has chosen There’s No Business Like Show Business, a film that Michigan loves dearly as it deals with family, loyalty, ragtime and vaudeville—things that Michigan holds in great regard and struggles to obtain. 


Wednesday, June 29, 2014


This morning, we pay tribute to the most romantic, Art Deco skyscraper in the world—The Empire State Building.  Many films have featured The Empire State Building as a location for love to blossom—Sleepless in Seattle, Love Affair and its remake An Affair to Remember, which all feature the fabled skyscraper as a meeting place for lovers.  In The Moon is Blue, the Empire State Building bookends the beginning and end of the film.  In the afternoon, we honor “The Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock.   Hitchcock was an expert at provoking a certain mood in a film through use of sound (or lack thereof), film angles and the like.  One way that he created a feeling of claustrophobia and anxiety was to keep all the action of the film contained to a single location—the four Hitchcock films airing this afternoon feature this tactic.  Finally, in the evening, we are paying tribute to great characters of the 1930s.  During the Great Depression, moviegoers sought movies as a means to escape everyday life.  During this decade, specific characters emerged as a way to take audiences through a journey and help them forget about the bread line for a couple of hours.  Tonight we pay tribute to six of these characters: Captain Peter Blood, Tarzan, Nick Charles, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Little Caesar, and Professor Wagstaff.


Thursday, June 30, 2014


Everyone loves a good caper.  The planning, execution and all the minutiae that are involved in planning the perfect heist are what make the whole theft interesting.  As an audience member, you’re rooting for the criminals to get away with it, even though what they’re doing is illegal.  These films were especially popular in the 1960s.  This morning, we’re featuring three of the best caper films from the decade.  In the afternoon, we’re featuring films that contain great torch songs.  A torch song is most often a song sung about a lost love, unrequited love, any type of love that causes deep emotion for an individual.  Most often, there are no frills when it comes to a torch song performance—just the performer, a piano (or maybe a band), and raw emotion.  Most often torch singers are women, but there are men, like Frank Sinatra, who have performed torch songs.  This afternoon, we are featuring three films featuring great torch singers: Young at Heart where Sinatra, while accompanying himself on piano, performs a subdued version of “One For My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”   Next, we’re featuring Judy Garland in A Star is Born, where she performs the brilliant “The Man That Got Away.” Finally, we’re featuring a biopic on torch singer Helen Morgan, The Helen Morgan Story.   Continuing with the love theme, in the evening, we’re showing five films dealing with romance during World War Two.  Two of the most popular wartime romance movies, Casablanca and From Here to Eternity will be shown as well as the premiere of Crash Dive starring Tyrone Power and Anne Baxter.   


Friday, July 1, 2016


All day, today, we’re saluting two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland, on her 100th birthday.  Starting off with one of her earliest roles A Midsummer’s Night Dream and followed by Dodge City, her fifth collaboration with frequent co-star Errol Flynn.  Next is her Oscar-winning performance in To Each His Own, followed by the Oscar-nominated and one of her most famous roles, Melanie, in Gone With the Wind.  Another Oscar-nominated performance in The Heiress is next followed by the premiere of The Dark Mirror, in which de Havilland plays twins! Fridays in July, we will be featuring the works of composer Miklos Rosza, who scored over a hundred films.  This Friday, we’re highlighting his collaborations with director Billy Wilder, including Rosza’s Oscar-nominated scores for Double Indemnity and The Lost Weekend.  We will also be premiering Fedora starring William Holden.


Saturday, July 2, 2016


This morning, we are showcasing taxi dancers—women who are paid to dance with men, usually the dance lasting the length of one song.  Four films will be shown featuring taxi dancers, including the premiere of an early Stanley Kubrick film, Killer’s Kiss.  In the afternoon, we are saluting great villains of cinema—James Cagney’s Tom Powers in The Public Enemy, Robert Mitchum’s Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter, Richard Widmark’s Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death and Bette Davis’ Jane Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby JaneThis week’s Essential is Picnic, a 1955 melodrama featuring William Holden and Kim Novak.  The melodrama peaked in the 1950s, with its lush sets, elaborate costumes and saturated colors.  The drama was intense, the love steamy, and the sadness heart wrenching—everything one would want in a melodrama.  In addition to Picnic, we are featuring two other melodramas—All That Heaven Allows and The Best of Everything.  Finally, for our underground segment, we are featuring two works by John Waters, a master of campiness—the premiere of Cry-Baby, a musical spoof on the 1950s and Hairspray, a musical that looks at the issue of racial integration in the 1960s.

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Great schedule! Love, love, love Agnes Moorehead AND Michigan J Frog! Now I have his songs stuck in my head. "Everybody do the Michigan Rag!"




My favorite part is when his owner is in jail and michigan is leaned against the cell bars singing "please don't talk about me when I'm gone" while he caresses the bars.

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Amazing schedule. So far, the Warner Brothers characters are kicking **** as the GPs.  Inspired by your selection I immediately went to YouTube and watched "One Froggy Evening."  Love your 1930's characters (some of my all time favorites, too) and so glad you chose Agnes Moorehead as your SOTM.  I was just saying to someone the other night that she is such a talent and never gets enough recognition.  Lucy & the Character Actors was a very clever way to fit your favorite actress into the challenge and I loved hearing about how she wanted to "repay" those folks who had been kind to her while she was on her way up.


Three super schedules.  Very tough competition.  Can't wait to see the next ones.



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Almost done with my schedule. Have my SOTM narrowed down to five people. If I didn't love so many character actors I'd be done by now!


Loving character actors is what this challenge is all about.  I'll be curious to hear who your "also rans" were after you post your schedule.



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Loving character actors is what this challenge is all about.  I'll be curious to hear who your "also rans" were after you post your schedule.



I'll be sure to list them when I post. That will help me feel less sad for not featuring them. Some I've already ruled out because I've made them SOTMs/had birthday tributes in previous schedules of mine (I never repeat an SOTM or a theme, because what's the point of that?): Alec Guinness, Thelma Ritter, Walter Matthau, Danny Kaye, Peter Ustinov, Mildred Natwick, Ray Walston, and, of course, Ward Bond.

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Well we certainly have some interesting schedules.  Obrienmundy I particularly like having three Bergman movies, Monkey Business, having King Vidor and Chaplin and supporting actors in a leading role.  Barton_Keyes I also like you having Bergman, the Renoir version of The Diary of a Chambermaid (we never get to see it in Canada), the Clouzot movies and The Piano.  Speedracer Jr. I like the opportunity to see the silent Robin Hood as well as Miyazakai, Agnes Moorhead as the star of the  month and Single location Hitchcock.


I was going to post my own schedule later tonight only to realize that instead of scheduling for the upcoming year, they're scheduled for the year after.  Now I'm wondering whether I should bother.  For a start the climax of my 2015 schedule now has to serve as the beginning of it.  All the birthday and anniversary tributes have to be removed.  I put a lot of work into it, at a time when I could afford to put time into it, and now much of it is wasted because of a petty rule change.

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I certainly hope we'll have the pleasure of seeing your schedule.  It sounds like a great one and yours are always a treat.  As for dates:  Challenge #26 had the following dates:  "The week chosen must be between June 29, 2014 and August 2, 2015" which is why the dates on Challenge #27 are September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016.


In any case, I know it is frustrating to see that the dates are not what you thought they were but here's hoping we'll see one of your very creative schedules for Challenge #27.  



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I certainly hope we'll have the pleasure of seeing your schedule.  It sounds like a great one and yours are always a treat.  As for dates:  Challenge #26 had the following dates:  "The week chosen must be between June 29, 2014 and August 2, 2015" which is why the dates on Challenge #27 are September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016.


In any case, I know it is frustrating to see that the dates are not what you thought they were but here's hoping we'll see one of your very creative schedules for Challenge #27.  



Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait------- it can't be before NEXT September? I never saw this written anywhere til just now. Somehow I never saw any of the stipulations, just a separate post about the challenge requirements. I didn't worry about it anyway because usually the schedules are supposed to be anywhere between approximately three months from the challenge til a year after that (in this case Jan 2015-Jan 2016ish). My whole schedule is built around February 2015. I have 2 100th anniversary things and a 100th birthday thing that can't be shifted. Like Skimpole I am pretty much done and worked really hard on it. But unlike Skimpole, who is a better person than me, I'm going to have be a jerk and post it as is. If that disqualifies me from winning, that's fine. I've passed the point of no return and can't start from scratch.


Sorry, I had to rant. Seriously, that came out of left field for me. I hope I didn't upset lydecker (we all know it's bad to upset Waldo Lydecker, right?) :)  After 12 of these I expected the norms, but it's your challenge and therefore it's really my fault for never seeing that post. But I really don't want to have to rip out the three best parts of the schedule and start over. I probably don't have time. I don't know. (Insert groan from Stephanie of Newhart).


........I'll see.


Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.


PS Speaking of posts I never saw... when is the deadline?

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Okay, okay, I started pulling my schedule apart. I just hope I have time. Since I can no longer use Valentine's Day week 2015, I can no longer do a 100th Birthday tribute to songwriter Ray Evans. Since I wrote it already and since I love Ray Evans songs to pieces, I'm just going to post a list of the movies I was going to schedule. For those of you who don't know, Livingston & Evans were a great songwriting team who wrote such Oscar winners and Standards as "Que Sera Sera, Whatever Will Be Will Be", "Dear Heart", "Buttons and Bows", and "Mona Lisa". THe movies below have those songs in them as well as my favorite Christmas song of all time, "Silver Bells".



6:15am My Friend Irma (1949) Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, dir George Marshall, Paramount 103min PREMIERE

8:00am Houseboat (1958) Cary Grant & Sophia Loren, dir Melville Shavelson, Paramount 110min (p/s)

10:00am Red Gart­ers (1954) Rosemary Clooney & Jack Carson, dir George Marshall, Paramount 90min PREMIERE

11:30am The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) Bob Hope & Marilyn Maxwell, dir Sidney Lanfield, Paramount 90min (p/s)

1:00pm Dear Heart (1964) Glenn Ford & Geraldine Page, dir Delbert Mann WB 114min (p/s)

3:00pm The Paleface (1948) Bob Hope & Jane Russell, dir Norman Z McLeod, Paramount 90min (p/s)

4:30pm The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) James Stewart & Doris Day, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 120min (p/s)

6:30pm Captain Carey, USA (1950) Alan Ladd & Wanda Hendrix, dir Mitchell Leisen, Paramount 82min PREMIERE



Now I feel better. :) Improved and updated schedule to come, with just a few major changes.

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Just for everybody's information, at (approximately) Midnight on September, 28th 2 posts were made in regard to this challenge. The first was the general information about the "rules and regs" of Challenge #27 which contained (very clearly I think) all the "Who, What, Why, How, etc." information" regarding the Challenge including links to film libraries, previous SOTMs, etc.  Immediately following that post was information regarding the specific Challenges required.  On September 28 and the days immediately following the 28th it would have been very difficult to miss the 2 posts since they were right next to each other on the message boards. It has become very common for Challenge info to be disseminated in multiple posts since it is a lot of information for a single post. Here is a link to that original post:



(Posted on 9/27/14 at 11:56 AM)


THIS thread  --  TCM Programming Challenge #27  --  What A Character! (Challenges) was posted a few moments after the first one. Sorry if some folks did not see the original post but, since they were posted mere moments between one another, I would have assumed both would be read.  Also, every challenge always gives the "boilerplate" info in a thread so surely everyone should have been looking for it.  


The Challenge does not end until October 28 so there should be plenty of time to get your schedules in.  If folks wish me to extend the deadline, we can do that.



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Just for everybody's information, at (approximately) Midnight on September, 28th 2 posts were made in regard to this challenge. The first was the general information about the "rules and regs" of Challenge #27 which contained (very clearly I think) all the "Who, What, Why, How, etc." information" regarding the Challenge including links to film libraries, previous SOTMs, etc.  Immediately following that post was information regarding the specific Challenges required.  On September 28 and the days immediately following the 28th it would have been very difficult to miss the 2 posts since they were right next to each other on the message boards. It has become very common for Challenge info to be disseminated in multiple posts since it is a lot of information for a single post. Here is a link to that original post:



(Posted on 9/27/14 at 11:56 AM)


THIS thread  --  TCM Programming Challenge #27  --  What A Character! (Challenges) was posted a few moments after the first one. Sorry if some folks did not see the original post but, since they were posted mere moments between one another, I would have assumed both would be read.  Also, every challenge always gives the "boilerplate" info in a thread so surely everyone should have been looking for it.  


The Challenge does not end until October 28 so there should be plenty of time to get your schedules in.  If folks wish me to extend the deadline, we can do that.



That is . . . the first posting regarding the Challenge was posted at 9/27/14 11:56 PM, not AM.  I haven't had enough caffeine yet today!!!

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I narrowed my SOTM list down to 2! How I will choose between them, I don't know. :)

I'm glad I don't have to choose among my favorite character actors for SOTM.  There are at least 7 show would be at the top of my list!!

So many deserving candidates . . . 

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I'm glad I don't have to choose among my favorite character actors for SOTM.  There are at least 7 show would be at the top of my list!!

So many deserving candidates . . . 


Yes,  there are so many fine characters actors to choose from for SOTM.   This is why in another thread I suggested there be multiple actors, say 2,  instead of just one.    e.g.  there could be one actor and one actress;  when there are 5 days in a month each gets 2 days and 1 day is for films where they are both featured.   


Either way,  so many deserving candidates is right! 

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----------------------------------Sunday December 6, 2015---------------------------------



6:00am Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) Jane Powell & Howard Keel, dir Stanley Donen MGM 102min (p/s)

7:45am Duck Soup (1933) The Marx Brothers & Margaret Dumont, dir Leo McCarey, Paramount 68min (p/s)

9:00am The Brothers Karamazov (1958) Yul Brynner & Lee J Cobb, dir Richard Brooks (Written by the Epstein brothers, too!) MGM 146min (p/s)

11:30am The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) Laurence Harvey & Karl Boehm, dir Henry Levin MGM 135min (p/s)

1:45pm SHORT: Brother Brat (1944) Mel Blanc & Bea Benaderet, dir Frank Tashlin, WARNER BROTHERS, 7min

2:00pm Reveille with Beverly (1943) Ann Miller & the Mills Brothers, dir Charles Barton, Columbia 78min (p/s)

3:30pm SHORT: The Black Network (1936) The Nicholas Brothers & Nina Mae McKinney, dir Roy Mack WB 20min

4:00pm The Three Musketeers (1939) Don Ameche & the Ritz Brothers, dir Allan Dwan FOX 73min PREMIERE

5:15pm SHORT: Wright Brothers’ First Flight (1903) Public Domain, 3min

5:30pm The Slipper and the Rose (1976) Gemma Craven & Richard Chamberlain, dir Bryan Forbes (Songs by the Sherman Brothers), Universal 146min PREMIERE



8:00pm Postman’s Knock (1962) Spike Milligan & Barbara Shelley, dir Robert Lynn MGM 88min (p/s)

9:30pm The Bride Wore Red (1937) Joan Crawford & Franchot Tone, dir Dorothy Arzner MGM 103min (p/s)

11:15pm SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: My Wife’s Relations (1922) Buster Keaton, dir Buster Keaton, First National 25min

11:45pm SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS II: The Hayseed (1919) Buster Keaton & Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, dir Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Paramount 27min

12 :15am TCM IMPORTS : Il Postino (1995) Mossimo Troisi & Philippe Noiret, dir Michael Radford, Cecchi Gori Group 108min  EXEMPT

2:15am TCM IMPORTS II : Jour de Fete (1949) Jacques Tati & Guy Decomble, dir Jacques Tati, Cady Films 70min (p/s)

3:30am TCM IMPORTS SHORT: The School for Postmen (1947), Jacques Tati & Paul Demange, dir Jacques Tati, Cady Films 16min


-----------------------------------Monday December 7. 2015--------------------------------



4:00am The Trouble With Angels (1966) Rosalind Russell & Hayley Mills, dir Ida Lupino, Columbia 111min (p/s)

6:00am Vice Versa (1948) Roger Livesey & Anthony Newley, dir Peter Ustinov, Two Cities Films 111min (p/s)

8:00am Split Second (1953) Stephen McNally & Alexis Smith, dir Dick Powell RKO 85min (p/s)

9:30am Night of the Hunter (1955) Robert Mitchum & Shelley Winters, dir Charles Laughton UA 92min (p/s)



11:15am Casino Royale (1967) John Huston & Woody Allen, dir Ken Hughes, Columbia 131min (p/s)

1:30pm Stalag 17 (1953) William Holden & Otto Preminger, dir Billy Wilder, Paramount 120min (p/s)

3:30pm Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Richard Dreyfuss & Francois Truffaut, dir Steven Spielberg, Columbia 137min (p/s)

6:00pm Sunset Boulevard (1950) Erich Von Stroheim & Cecil B DeMille, dir Billy Wilder, Paramount 111min (p/s)



8:00pm Casablanca (1942) Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman, dir Michael Curtiz WB 102min (p/s)

9:45pm What’s Up, Doc? (1972) Barbra Streisand & Ryan O’Neal, dir Peter Bogdanovich WB 94min PREMIERE

11:30pm A Night in Casablanca (1946) The Marx Brothers & Charles Drake, dir Archie Mayo UA 85min (p/s)

1:00am The Cheap Detective (1978) Peter Falk & Madeleine Kahn, dir Robert Moore, Columbia 90min (p/s)

2:30am Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) Steve Martin & Rachel Ward, dir Carl Reiner, Universal 88min (p/s)


-----------------------------Tuesday December 8, 2015---------------------------------------



4:00am Executive Suite (1954) William Holden & Barbara Stanwyck, dir Robert Wise MGM 104min (p/s)

5:45am Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Burt Lancaster & Tony Curtis, dir Alexander MacKendrick UA 96min (p/s)

7:30am Hello, Dolly! (1969) Barbra Streisand & Walter Matthau, dir Gene Kelly FOX 146min (p/s)

10:00am North by Northwest (1959) Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint, dir. Alfred Hitchcock, MGM, 137min (p/s)

12:30pm West Side Story (1961) Natalie Wood & Richard Beymer, dir Robert Wise UA 150min (p/s)

3:00pm Sabrina (1954) Humphrey Bogart & Audrey Hepburn, dir Billy Wilder, Paramount 113min (p/s)

5:00pm The Sound of Music (1965) Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer, dir Robert Wise FOX 174min PREMIERE



8:00pm Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Henry Fonda & Alice Brady, dir John Ford FOX 100min (p/s)

9:45pm Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) James Stewart & Jean Arthur, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 129min (p/s)

12:00am The Tall Target (1951) Dick Powell & Paula Raymond, dir Anthony Mann MGM 78min (p/s)

1:30am Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) Raymond Massey & Gene Lockhart, dir John Cromwell RKO 110min (p/s)

3:30am The Fortune Cookie (1966) Jack Lemmon & Walter Matthau, dir Billy Wilder UA 125min (p/s)


----------------------------------Wednesday December 9, 2015-------------------------------------------



5:45am Viva Max! (1969) Peter Ustinov & Jonathan Winters, dir Jerry Paris, Columbia 93min PREMIERE

7:30am The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966) Carl Reiner & Alan Arkin, dir Norman Jewison MGM 126min (p/s)

9:45am What’s so Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) Mary Tyler Moore & George Pappard, Universal 94min PREMIERE

11:30am Mary Poppins (1964) Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke, dir Bill Walsh DISNEY 139min PREMIERE

2:00pm Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968) Dean Jones & Peter Ustinov, dir Robert Stevenson DISNEY 106min PREMIERE

4:00pm Goodbye, Charlie (1964) Tony Curtis & Debbie Reynolds, dir Vincente Minnelli FOX 117min EXEMPT PREMIERE

6:00pm What a Way to Go! (1964) Shirley MacLaine & Robert Cummings, dir J Lee Thompson FOX 111min EXEMPT PREMIERE



8:00pm It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) James Stewart & Donna Reed, dir Frank Capra, Liberty 130min PREMIERE

10:15pm Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Joseph Cotton & Teresa Wright, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Universal 108min (p/s)

12:15am Ball of Fire (1941) Gary Cooper & Barbara Stanwyck, dir Howard Hawks, Goldwyn 111min (p/s)

2:15am The Naughty Nineties (1945) Bud Abbot & Lou Costello, dir Jean Yarbrough, Universal 75min PREMIERE

3:30am Mrs. Miniver (1942) Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon, dir William Wyler MGM 134min (p/s)


------------------------------------------Thursday December 10, 2015---------------------------------------------



5:45am Random Harvest (1942) Ronald Coleman & Greer Garson, dir Mervyn LeRoy MGM 126min (p/s)

8:00am Spellbound (1945) Ingrid Bergman & Gregory Peck, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Selznic 111min (p/s)

10:00am Meet Me After the Show (1951) Betty Grable & Rory Calhoun, dir Richard Sale FOX 87min (p/s)

11:30am Crossroads (1942) William Powell & Hedy Lamarr, dir Jack Conway MGM 83min (p/s)

1:00pm Sullivan’s Travels (1941) Joel McCrea & Veronica Lake, dir Preston Sturges, Paramount 90min (p/s)

2:30pm 36 Hours (1965) James Garner & Eva Marie Saint, dir George Seaton MGM 115min (p/s)

4:30pm I Love You Again (1940) William Powell & Myrna Loy, dir WS Van Dyke MGM 99min (p/s)

6:15pm The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) Jim Henson & Frank Oz, dir Frank Oz, Henson 94min (p/s)



8:00pm Damn Yankees! (1958) Gwen Verdon & Ray Walston, dir George Abbott & Stanley Donen WB 111min PREMIERE

10:00pm A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) Peter Robbins & Pamela Ferdin, dir Bill Melendez UFS 86min PREMIERE

11:30pm Dawn Patrol (1938) Errol Flynn & Basil Rathbone, dir Edmund Goulding WB 103min (p/s)

1:15am The Producers (1968) Zero Mostel & Gene Wilder, dir Mel Brooks MGM 88min (p/s)


----------------Friday December 11, 2015--------------------



Only eight performers have won the Tony and later the Oscar for the same role:

2:45am Yul Brynner - The King And I (1956) dir Walter Lang FOX 133min (p/s)

5:00am Anne Bancroft - The Miracle Worker (1962) dir Arthur Penn UA 106min (p/s)

7:00am Jose Ferrer - Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) dir Michael Gordon UA 112min

9:00am Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons (1966) dir Fred Zinneman, Columbia 120min (p/s)

11:00am Jack Albertson - The Subject was Roses (1968) dir Ulu Grosbard MGM 107min (p/s)

1:00pm Joel Grey - Cabaret (1972) dir Bob Fosse, Allied Artists 124min (p/s)

3:15pm Shirley Booth - Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) dir Daniel Mann, Paramount 99min (p/s)

5:00pm Rex Harrison - My Fair Lady (1964) dir George Cukor WB 170min (p/s)



Tonight’s installment: Detectives from Literature

8:00pm Sherlock Holmes - The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce, dir Sidney Lanfield FOX 80min (p/s)

9:30pm Sam Spade - Maltese Falcon (1941) Humphrey Bogart & Mary Astor, dir John Huston WB 100min (p/s)

11:15pm Hercule Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Albert Finney & Martin Balsam, dir Sidney Lumet, Paramount 128min (p/s)

1:30am Nick & Nora Charles - The Thin Man (1934) William Powell & Myrna Loy, dir WS Van Dyke MGM 90min (p/s)

3:00am Miss Marple - Murder Most Foul (1964) Margaret Rutherford & Ron Moody, dir George **** MGM 90min (p/s)

4:30am Philip Marlowe - Murder, My Sweet (1944) Dick Powell & Claire Trevor, dir Edward Dmytryk RKO 95min (p/s)

6:15am Philo Vance The Bishop Murder Case (1930) Basil Rahtbone & Roland Young, dir David Burton & Nick Grinde MGM 88min (p/s)


---------------Saturday December 12, 2015------------------



7:45am Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin, dir Gordon Douglas, WB 123min (p/s)

10:00am Higher and Higher (1943) Frank Sinatra & Jack Haley, dir Tim Whelan RKO 90min (p/s)

11:30am From Here to Eternity (1953) Burt Lancaster & Frank Sinatra, dir Fred Zinneman, Columbia 118min (p/s)

1:30pm Guys and Dolls (1955) Frank Sinatra & Marlon Brando, dir Joseph Maniewicz, Goldwyn 150min (p/s)

4:00am On the Town (1949) Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra, dir Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly MGM 98min (p/s)

5:45pm The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Laurence Harvey & Frank Sinatra, dir John Frankenheimer UA 126min (p/s)



8:00pm THE ESSENTIALS: Chariots Of Fire (1981) Ben Cross & Ian Charleson, dir Hugh Hudson 124min (p/s)

10:15pm Jim Thorpe—All American (1951) Burt Lancaster & Charles Bickford, dir Michael Curtiz WB 107min (p/s)

12:15am Sun Valley Serenade (1941) Sonia Henie & John Payne, dir H Bruce Humberstone FOX 86min (p/s)

1:45am TCM UNDERGROUND: Star Spangled Girl (1971) Tony Roberts & Sandy Duncan, dir Jerry Paris, Paramount 93min EXEMPT

3:30am Million Dollar Legs (1932) Jack Oakie & WC Fields, dir Edward F Cline, Paramount 64min (p/s)

4:45am Walk, Don’t Run (1966) Cary Grant & Jim Hutton, dir Charles Walters, Columbia 114min (p/s)

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THE ESSENTIALS: Chariots Of Fire (1981)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: My Wife’s Relations (1922) & The Hayseed (1919)

TCM IMPORTS: Il Postino (1995), Jour de Fete (1949) & The School for Postmen (1947)

FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT: Great Cinematic Detectives

TCM UNDERGROUND: Star Spangled Girl (1971)


SOTM (CHALLENGE #1): Henry Travers





  1. Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)
  2. A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
  3. Damn Yankees! (1958)
  4. Mary Poppins (1964)
  5. The Slipper and the Rose (1976)
  6. The Sound of Music (1965)
  7. The Three Musketeers (1939)
  8. Viva Max! (1969)
  9. What’s so Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
  10. What’s Up, Doc? (1972)



  1. Goodbye, Charlie (1964)
  2. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  3. The Naughty Nineties (1945)
  4. What a Way to Go! (1964)



1900s- 1

1910s- 1

1920s- 1

1930s- 11

1940s- 23

1950s- 19

1960s- 26

1970s- 7

1980s- 3

1990s- 1

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Notes to come later (since they always take me forever to write), but for lydecker's curiosity's sake, these are the finalists in my character actor SOTM list:


Edmund Gwenn (almost won)

Thomas Mitchell

Charles Lane

Elsa Lanchester

Ellen Corby

Richard Haydn

Charles Ruggles


I actually considered every single character actor I could think of that I hadn't used before. The way I narrowed it down was only to pick someone with 2 premieres I was excited about. And I still had this super long list! Somehow Henry Travers won, but if I try to remember why I'll second guess it and pick someone else. :)


For those of you who, like me, have trouble keeping all those character actors' names straight, Henry Travers is this guy:


Also known as Clarence :)

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