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TCM Programming Challenge #27 - What A Character! Voting Thread


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This is the Voting Thread for: TCM Programming Challenge #27 - What A Character!


We have been blessed with several wonderful schedules all of which you will find in this thread. If programming notes have been included, they will precede the schedule.


All who were registered members of this forum as of August 28, 2014 or who entered a schedule are eligible to vote.


The winner of this Challenge will have the honor of hosting TCM Programming Challenge #28.


Voting may be done by either posting the vote in this thread or by sending me a Private Message. Voting will be open until: 6 PM(EST) on Saturday, November 8, 2014.


Vote early, vote often!





Obrienmundy’s Schedule:


Schedule for February 21-27, 2016 

Overall notes: I have tried to create a strong, balanced schedule with many different types of films represented. I decided on this particular week as an alternative to 31 Days of Oscar. And the Bugs Bunny cartoons throughout the schedule are a tribute to the week's guest programmer who has provided many great laughs for all of us for almost 75 years.


Challenge #1: SOTM: Mary Wickes


Challenge #2: Iconic Characters of the 1930s


Challenge # 3: Guest Programmer: Bugs Bunny


1. I Was an Adventuress (1940)
2. Whirlpool (1949)
3. I Can Get It For You Wholesale (1951)
4. Champagne for Caesar (1950)
5. Bulldog Drummond (1929)
6. What's Up, Doc? (1972)



Exempt Premieres:
1. The Light That Failed (1939)
2. The Royal Family of Broadway (1930)
3. Sister Act (1992)
4. Anna Lucasta (1949)
5. Bunny O'Hare (1971)
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. Demille was the master of the epic film. His films never flag in terms of interest due to their large scale and strong production values and fine performances. Shown here are six fine examples of DeMille films.
6:00 A.M. Now Playing:March TCM Original 25 min.

6:30 A.M. Union Pacific (1939) Barbara Stanwyck & Joel McCrea D: Cecil B. DeMille Paramount 133 min. (p/s)

8:45 A.M. Reap the Wild Wind (1942) Paulette Goddard & Ray Milland D: Cecil B. DeMille Paramount 124 min. (p/s)

10:51 A.M. Short: A Wild Hare (1940) WB 8 min.

11:00 A.M. Cleopatra (1934) Claudette Colbert & Warren William D: Cecil B. DeMille Paramount 103 min. (p/s)

12:45 P.M. North West Mounted Police (1940) Gary Cooper & Madeline Carroll D: Cecil B. Demille 125 min. (p/s)

3:00 P.M. The Crusades (1935) Loretta Young & Henry Wilcoxon D: Cecil B. DeMille 125 min. (p/s)

5:15 P.M. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) Betty Hutton & Cornel Wilde D: Cecil B. DeMille 151 min. (p/s)

7:48 P.M. Short: Elmer's Pet Rabbit (1941) WB 8 min.
Swedish Cinema


Sweden has produced some of the finest films ever made in Europe. This tribute is devoted to three of its most talented people: Ingmar Bergman, Ingrid Bergman, and Victor Sjostrom. I have included Sjorum's masterful The Phantom Carriage, Ingrid's two finest films from her home country, and three masterworks from Ingmar Bergman as representatives of the art of Swedish cinema.
8:00 P.M. Wild Strawberries (1957) Victor Sjostrom & Ingrid Thulin D: Ingmar Bergman Janus Films 95 min. (p/s)

9:45 P.M. Smiles of A Summer Night (1955) Ulla Jacobsson & Eva Dahlbeck D: Ingmar Bergman Janus Films 108 min. (p/s)

11:39 P.M. Short: Tortoise Beats Hare (1941) WB 8 min.

11:50 P.M. Short: The Heckling Hare (1941) WB 7 min.
Silent Sunday

12:00 A.M. The Phantom Carriage (1921) Victor Sjostrom & Hilda Borgstrom D: Victor Sjostrom Janus Films 107 min. (p/s)
TCM Imports

2:00 A.M. Autumn Sonata (1978) Ingrid Bergman & Liv Ullmann D: Ingmar Bergman Janus Films 93 min. (p/s)

3:45 A.M. Intermezzo (1936) Ingrid Bergman & Gosta Ekman D:Gustaf Molander Scandinavian Talking Pictures 93 min. (p/s)

5:30 A.M. Short: Private Screenings: Mitchum/Russell (1996) TCM Original 29 min.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Iconic Characters of the 1930s


It is true that many of these films would not make a list of ones highlights of 30s cinema, one of cinema's most glorious decades. But the bond that unites all of the films in this programming block is that their characters are exceedingly memorable, and have lived on in my mind for days and even weeks after viewing. They create an intoxicating spell. For once one sees these characters, be it a dramatic role or a comic role, they will never be forgotten.

6:00 A.M. I'm No Angel (1933) Mae West & Cary Grant D: Wesley Ruggles Paramount 87 min. (p/s)

7:30 A.M. Night Nurse (1931) Barbara Stanwyck & Joan Blondell D:William Wellman WB 73 min.

8:45 A.M. You Only Live Once (1937) Henry Fonda & Sylvia Sidney D: Fritz Lang UA 86 min. (p/s)

10:15 AM Beau Geste (1939) Gary Cooper & Ray Milland D: William Wellman Paramount 119 min. (p/s)

12:15 P.M. The Light That Failed (1939) Ronald Colman & Ida Lupino D: William Wellman Paramount 98 min. IC-Exempt Premiere

2:00 P.M. Twentieth Century (1934) John Barrymore & Carole Lombard D: Howard Hawks Columbia 91 min. (p/s)

3:35 P.M. Short: Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (1941) WB 8 min.

3:45 P.M. The Cat and the Canary (1939) Bob Hope & Paulette Goddard D: Elliott Nugent Paramount 72 min. (p/s)

5:00 P.M. The Royal Family of Broadway (1930) Fredric March & Ina Claire D: George Cukor & Cyril Gardner Paramount 82 min. IC-Exempt Premiere

6:30 P.M. Monkey Business (1931) Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo Marx D: Norman Z. McLeod Paramount 79 min.

7:51 P.M. Short: Wabbit Twouble WB 8 min.
SOTM: Mary Wickes


Mary Wickes was one of the most reliable presences in films for over 50 years. Whenever she appeared on screen, one would know that they would see a master scene-stealer at work. In the two Doris Day films here, she has one of her juiciest roles making great wisecracks that never fail to make one laugh,. The Man who Came to dinner gave her the best scene of her career, Good Morning Miss Dove and Anna Lucasta show how she can make a great impression with even the smallest amount of screentime, and Sister Act shows that after 50 years in Hollywood her comic timing was as great as ever. She is a jewel of the screen.
8:00 P.M. On Moonlight Bay (1951) Doris Day & Gordon MacRae D: Roy Del Ruth WB 95 min. (p/s)

9:45 P.M. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) Doris Day & Gordon MacRae D: David Butler WB 101 min. (p/s)

11:30 P.M. Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955) Jennifer Jones & Robert Stack D: Henry Koster 20th Century Fox 108 min. (p/s)

1:30 A.M. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941) Monty Woolley & Bette Davis D: William Keighley WB 115 min.

3:30 A.M. Sister Act (1992) Whoopi Goldberg & Maggie Smith D: Emile Ardolino Touchstone 100 min. SOTM-Exempt Premiere

5:15 A.M. Anna Lucasta (1949) Paulette Goddard & John Ireland D: Irving Rapper Columbia 82 min. SOTM-Exempt Premiere
Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Keep a watchful eye on your possessions when these characters are around! Mostly these are roles for character actors but in the cases of Penelope and Marnie, the kleptomaniacs take center stage. This tribute allows  for a nice range of films from the superior thrills of Spellbound, Marnie, and Whirlpool, the bright comedies Penelope, If It's Tuesday This Must be Belgium and Love Crazy, and the fascinating B, I was an Adventuress.
6:45 A.M. I Was an Adventuress (1940) Zorina & Richard Greene D: Gregory Ratoff 20th Century Fox 81 min. Premiere

8:15 A.M. If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) Suzanne Pleshette & Ian McShane D: David Shaw UA 99 min. (p/s)

10:00 A.M. Penelope (1966) Natalie Wood & Ian Bannen D: Arthur Hiller MGM 98 min. (p/s)

11:45 P.M. Whirlpool (1949) Gene Tierney & Richard Conte D: Otto Preminger 20th Century Fox 98 min Premiere

1:30 P.M. Marnie (1964) Tippi Hedren & Sean Connery D:Alfred Hitchcock Universal 130 min. (p/s)

3:47 P.M. Short: What's Opera, Doc? (1957) WB 8 min.

4:00 P.M. Spellbound (1945) Ingrid Bergman & Gregory Peck D: Alfred Hitchcock UA 114 min. (p/s)

6:00 P.M. Love Crazy (1941) William Powell & Myrna Loy D: Jack Conway MGM 97 min. (p/s)

7:40 P.M. Short: The Wacky Wabbit (1942) WB 8 min.

7:50 P.M. Short: Hold the Lion, Please (1942) WB 8 min.
Susan Hayward


Susan Hayward is an actress whose films deserve to be seen more often on TCM. She was a very fine actress with a great range of roles and a strong cinematic presence. Presented here are 5 of her finest leading roles. All are well worth viewing.
8:00 P.M. My Foolish Heart (1949) Susan Hayward & Dana Andrews D: Mark Robson Goldwyn/RKO 99 min. (p/s)

9:45 P.M. I Can Get It For You Wholesale (1951) Susan Hayward & Dan Dailey D: Michael Gordon 20th Century Fox 91 min. Premiere

11:21 P.M. Short: The Wabbit Who Came to Supper (1942) WB 8 min.

11:30 P.M. The Lusty Men (1952) Robert Mitchum & Susan Hayward D: Nicholas Ray RKO 113 min.

1:30 A.M. With a Song in My Heart (1952) Susan Hayward & David Wayne D: Walter Lang 20th Century Fox 114 min. (p/s)

3:30 A.M. I Want to Live! (1958) Susan Hayward and Theodore Bikel D:Robert Wise UA 121 min. (P/S)

5:38 A.M. Short:Case of the Missing Hare (1942) WB 8 min.

5:50 A.M. Short:Super-Rabbit (1943) WB 8 min.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Ronald Colman


Ronald Colman is one of my favorite actors. He is an engaging presence with his great range and mellifluous voice, and always gives a great performance no matter what type of film he is in. These films show him off at his best.
6:00 A.M. Cynara (1932) Ronald Colman & Kay Francis D:King Vidor Goldwyn/UA 74 min. (p/s)

7:18 A.M.Short:Falling Hare WB 8 min.

7:30 A.M. Lucky Partners (1940) Ronald Colman & Ginger Rogers D: Louis Milestone RKO 99 min.

9:15 A.M. A Double Life (1947) Ronald Colman & Edmund O'Brien D:George Cukor Universal 104 min. (p/s)

11:00 A.M. Arrowsmith (1931) Ronald Colman & Helen Hayes D:John Ford Goldwyn/UA 99 min. (p/s)

12:45 P.M. Random Harvest (1942) Ronald Colman & Greer Garson D:Mervyn LeRoy MGM 126 min.

3:00 P.M. If I Were King (1938) Ronald Colman & Frances Dee D: Frank Lloyd Paramount 101 min (p/s)

4:45 P.M. Champagne for Caesar (1950) Ronald Colman & Celeste Holm D: Richard Whorf UA 99 min. Premiere

6:30 P.M. Bulldog Drummond (1929) Ronald Colman & Joan Bennett D: F. Richard Jones Goldwyn/UA 89 min. Premiere
Guest Programmer: Bugs Bunny


The night's guest programmer is Bugs Bunny, one of the most memorable cartoon stars of them all. Bugs starts out with the film titled after his immortal line as he feels that it was named as a tribute to him. Bugs always used to think of the "dames" in his cartoon days, so his remaining choices are all films that feature his favorite actresses from the golden age of Warner Bros.
8:00 P.M. What's Up, Doc? (1972) Barbra Streisand & Ryan O'Neal D:Peter Bogdanovich WB 93 min. Premiere

9:37 P.M. Short: Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944) WB 7 min.

9:45 P.M. Deep Valley (1947) Ida Lupino & Dane Clark D:Jean Negulesco WB 101 min.

11:30 P.M. The Voice of the Turtle (1947) Ronald Reagan & Eleanor Parker D: Irving Rapper WB 101 min.

1:15 A.M. Confidential Agent (1945) Charles Boyer & Lauren Bacall D: Herman Shumlin WB 116 min.

3:15 A.M. It's a Great Feeling (1949) Doris Day & Dennis Morgan D:David Butler WB 85 min.

4:45 A.M. Woman in Red (1935) Barbara Stanwyck & Gene Raymond D: Robert Florey WB 68 min.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Directed by King Vidor


King Vidor was without question one of the greatest directors in employment at MGM. With the exception of The Stranger's Return, an early talkie, unseen by me but sounding very intriguing, the other films are all from the silent era, his most fruitful period with plenty of lasting cinematic masterpieces.

6:00 A.M. The Stranger's Return (1933) Lionel Barrymore & Miriam Hopkins D:King Vidor MGM 89 min.

7:30 A.M. La Boheme (1926) Lillian Gish & John Gilbert D: King Vidor MGM 94 min

9:06 A.M. Short: The Old Grey Hare (1944) WB 8 min.

9:15 A.M. Wild Oranges (1924) Frank Mayo & Virginia Valli D:King Vidor MGM 88 min

10:45 A.M. The Big Parade (1925) John Gilbert & Renee Adoree D:King Vidor MGM 142 min.

1:15 P.M. Bardelys the Magnificent (1926) John Gilbert & Eleanor Boardman D:King Vidor MGM 89 min.

2:45 P.M. The Crowd (1928) James Murray & Eleanor Boardman D: King Vidor MGM 104 min.

4:30 P.M. The Patsy (1928) Marion Davies & Marie Dressler D:King Vidor MGM 77 min.

5:50 P.M. Short: The Unruly Hare (1945) WB 8 min.

6:00 P.M. Show People (1928) Marion Davies & William Haines D:King Vidor MGM 82 min.

7:30 P.M. MGM Parade #1 (1955) MGM-TV 25 min.


Charles Chaplin was a true master of screen comedy. Whenever he appeared in a film, it was bound to be funny, touching, and absolutely brilliant. Presented are his cinematic masterworks, along with the underrated A Woman of Paris, the only drama he ever directed, and the uproarious Tillie's Punctunctured Romance, the very first feature length comedy.
8:00 P.M. The Kid (1921) Charles Chaplin & Jackie Coogan D:Charles Chaplin UA 61 min. (p/d)

9:06 P.M. Short:The Big Snooze WB 8 min.

9:15 P.M. City Lights (1931) Charles Chaplin & Virginia Cherrill D:Charles Chaplin UA 86 min. (p/s)

10:45 P.M. Modern Times (1936) Charles Chaplin & Paulette Goddard D: Charles Chaplin UA 89 min. (p/s)

12:19 A.M. Short:Rhapsody Rabbit (1946) WB 8 min.

12:30 A.M. The Gold Rush (1925) Charles Chaplin & Georgia Hale D:Charles Chaplin UA 82 min. (p/s)

2:00 A.M. The Circus (1928) Charles Chaplin & Merna Kennedy D: Charles Chaplin UA 71 min (p/s)

3:15 A.M. A Woman of Paris (1923) Edna Purviance & Adolphe Menjou D:Charles Chaplin UA 91 min.

4:50 A.M. Short: A Hare Grows in Manhattan (1947) WB 8 min.

5:00 A.M. Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) Charles Chaplin & Marie Dressler D: Mack Sennett Keystone 72 min (p/d)
Friday, February 26, 2016
Friday Night Spotlight: Character Actors and Actresses in Leading Roles


When one sees a great character actor or actress in a film, they generally make a sizable impression upon the viewer and the viewer wishes that they had had larger roles. In this (almost) 24-hour long installment of the Friday Night Spotlight the focus is turned to films in which character actors had leading roles and proved themselves to be more than capable leading performers.

6:15 A.M. Murder on the Blackboard (1934) Edna May Oliver & James Gleason D: George Archainbaud RKO 72 min.

7:30 A.M. On Borrowed Time (1939) Lionel Barrymore & Cedric Hardwicke D: Harold S. Bucquet MGM 99 min.

9:15 A.M. Freaky Friday (1976) Barbara Harris & Jodie Foster D:Gary Nelson Disney 97 min (p/s)

11:00 A.M. Three Strangers (1946) Sidney Greenstreet & Geraldine Fitzgerald D: Jean Negulesco WB 92 min

12:33 P.M. Short:Rabbit Punch (1948) WB 8 min.

12:45 P.M. Topper (1937) Cary Grant & Constance Bennett D: Norman Z. McLeod Hal Roach 97 min (p/s)

2:30 P.M. The Great McGinty (1940) Brian Donlevy & Muriel Angelus D: Preston Sturges Paramount 86 min (p/s)

4:00 P.M. The Toast of New York (1937) Edward Arnold & Frances Farmer D: Rowland V. Lee RKO 109 min.

5:51 P.M. Short: Rabbit Hood (1949) WB 8 min.

6:00 P.M. Angels in the Outfield (1950) Paul Douglas & Keenan Wynn D:Clarence Brown MGM 109 min.

8:00 P.M. The Vanishing Virginian (1942) Ralph Morgan & Spring Byington D:Frank Borzage MGM 97 min.

9:45 P.M. The Mating Season (1951) Thelma Ritter & John Lund D: Mitchell Leisen Paramount 101 min (p/s)

11:30 P.M. Lady for a Day (1933) May Robson & Warren William D: Frank Capra 96 min (p/s)

1:15 A.M. White Banners (1938) Fay Bainter & Claude Rains D: Edmund Goulding WB 86 min.

2:45 A.M. While the Patient Slept (1935) Aline MacMahon & Guy Kibbee D: Ray Enright WB 66 min.

3:53 A.M. Short: French Rarebit (1951) WB 8 min.

4:04 A.M. Short: Hare We Go (1951) WB 8 min.

4:15 A.M. The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) Peter Lorre & Sidney Greenstreet D: Jean Negulesco WB 96 min.
Saturday, February 27th, 2016
Based on a Story by Somerset Maugham


Somerset Maugham was one of the finest British writers of the 20th century and was also a master of the short story. All of the films based on his works are well worth watching, particularly the screen masterpiece that is The Razor's Edge. But it must be stated that all films here are excellent and that the three films based on his short stories, Quartet, Trio, and Encore, are overlooked films worthy of rediscovery.

6:00 A.M. The Painted Veil (1934) Greta Garbo & Herbert Marshall D: Richard Boleslawski MGM 86 min.

7:30 A.M. The Letter (1929) Jeanne Eagels & Reginald Owen D: Jean de Limor Paramount 65 min (p/s)

8:36 A.M. Short: Beanstalk Bunny (1955) WB 8 min.

8:45 A.M. Another Dawn (1937) Kay Francis & Errol Flynn D: William Dieterle WB 73 min.

10:00 A.M. The Razor's Edge (1946) Tyrone Power & Gene Tierney D: Edmund Goulding 20th Century Fox 146 min. (p/s)

12:30 P.M. Quartet (1948) Mai Zetterling & Dirk Bogarde D: Arthur Crabtree, Ralph Smart, Ken Annakin, & Harold French Rank 115 min (p/s)

2:30 P.M. Trio (1950) Jean Simmons & Michael Rennie D: Ken Annakin & Harold French Rank 86 min (p/s)

4:00 P.M. Encore (1952) Nigel Patrick & Glenis Johns D: Harold French, Pat Jackson, & Anthony Pelissier Rank 85 min (p/s)

5:30 P.M. The Narrow Corner (1933) Douglas Fairbanks Jr. & Patricia Ellis D: Alfred E. Green WB 71 min.

6:45 P.M. The Circle (1925) Eleanor Boardman & Alec Francis D:Frank Borzage MGM 68 min.
The Essentials: Stanwyck & Capra at Columbia


One of the most intriguing pairings of a star and director that ever occurred in Hollywood was the collaboration of Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Capra. Although eventually they went their separate ways (reuniting one last time for Meet John Doe), these four early talkies are among the most intriguing films of their early careers.
8:00 P.M. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) Barbara Stanwyck & Nils Asther D: Frank Capra Columbia 86 min (p/s)

9:30 P.M. Forbidden (1932) Barbara Stanwyck & Adolphe Menjou D: Frank Capra Columbia 81 min (p/s)

11:00 P.M. The Miracle Woman (1931) Barbara Stanwyck & David Manners D: Frank Capra Columbia 86 min (p/s)

12:30 A.M. Ladies of Leisure (1930) Barbara Stanwyck & Ralph Graves D: Frank Capra Columbia 98 min (p/s)
TCM Underground Double Feature: Bette Davis


For this night's underground, we have two late films from one of Hollywood's most legendary actresses, Bette Davis. Bunny O'Hare is an extremely offbeat heist film that is rather amusing to watch, and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte is one of the finest horror films of the 1960s.

2:15 A.M. Bunny O'Hare (1971) Bette Davis & Ernest Borgnine D: Gerd Oswald AIP 88 min. Underground Exempt Premiere

3:45 A.M. Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964) Bette Davis & Olivia de Havilland D: Robert Aldrich 132 min. (p/s)



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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 Rainbowand 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 Rockyfilms, 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 BigamistThe 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's my schedule for the week of Sunday, November 15, 2015. Notes to follow shortly, but I think this is all fairly self-explanatory. My apologies for formatting issues. I created this schedule on three different computers, so it's formatted sort of like Frankenstein's monster


Sunday, November 15: Daytime


6:00AM         Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone. Dir:  George B. Seitz. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 91 min.


7:45AM          Judge Hardy and Son (1939) Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone. Dir: George B. Seitz. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 90 min.


9:30AM         Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941) Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone.  Dir: George B. Seitz. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 102 min.


11:15AM         Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942) Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone. Dir: George B. Seitz. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 93 min.


1:00PM          Finian’s Rainbow (1968) Fred Astaire and Petula Clark. Dir: Francis Ford Coppola. Warner Bros.—Seven Arts, 145 min. P/S


3:30PM          El Dorado (1967) John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Dir: Howard Hawks. Paramount, 126 min. P/S


5:45PM          Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich. Dir: Billy Wilder. United Artists, 116 min. P/S


Sunday, November 15: Primetime – Philip Glass Scores


8:00PM         The Truman Show (1998) Jim Carey and Laura Linney. Dir: Peter Weir. Paramount, 103 min. Premiere #1.


10:00PM       The Fog of War (2003) Robert McNamara. Dir: Errol Morris. Sony Pictures, 107 min. Premiere #2.


Sunday, November 15: Silent Sunday Night/TCM Imports


12:00AM       The Scarlet Letter (1927) Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson. Dir: Victor Seastrom.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 99 min.


1:45AM          Wild Strawberries (1957) Victor Seastrom and Ingrid Thulin. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. Janus Films, 91 min. P/S


3:30AM         Fanny and Alexander (1982) Pernilla Allwin and Bertil Guve. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. Gaumont, 188 min. P/S


Monday, November 16: Daytime – Starring Burgess Meredith


6:45AM          Idiot’s Delight (1939) Clark Gable and Burgess Meredith. Dir: Clarence Brown. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 100 min.


8:30AM         Of Mice and Men (1939) Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney, Jr. Dir: Lewis Milestone. United Artists, 104 min. P/S


10:30AM       Castle on the Hudson (1940) John Garfield and Burgess Meredith. Dir: Anatole Litvak. Warner Bros., 78 min.


12:00PM        Tom, Dick, and Harry (1941) Ginger Rogers and Burgess Meredith. Dir: Garson Kanin. RKO Radio Pictures, 87 min.


1:30PM          The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) Robert Mitchum and Burgess Meredith. Dir: William Wellman. United Artists, 108 min. P/S


3:30PM          The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946) Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith. Dir: Jean Renoir. United Artists, 86 min. P/S


5:00PM          Advise and Consent (1962) Henry Fonda and Burgess Meredith. Dir: Otto Preminger. Columbia Pictures, 139 min. P/S


7:30PM          Now Playing November (2015)


Monday, November 16: Primetime – Caesar’s Writers


8:00PM         My Favorite Year (1982) Peter O’Toole and Mark Linn-Baker. Dir: Richard Benjamin. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 93 min.


9:45PM          The Producers (1968) Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel. Dir: Mel Brooks. Embassy Pictures, 88 min. P/S


11:30PM        The Sunshine Boys (1975) Walter Matthau and George Burns. Dir: Herbert Ross. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 112 min.


1:30AM          The Thrill of It All (1963) Doris Day and James Garner. Dir: Norman Jewison. Universal Pictures, 108 min. P/S


3:30AM         Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Michael Caine and Mia Farrow. Dir: Woody Allen. Orion Pictures, 107 min. P/S


5:30AM          Now Playing November (2015)


 Tuesday, November 17: Daytime – Trains


6:00AM         The General (1926) Buster Keaton and Marion Mack. Dir: Buster Keaton. United Artists, 75 min. P/S


7:30AM          Shanghai Express (1932) Marlene Dietrich and Clive Brook. Dir: Josef von Sternberg. Paramount Pictures, 80 min. P/S


9:00AM         Twentieth Century (1934) John Barrymore and Carole Lombard. Dir:Howard Hawks. Columbia Pictures, 91 min. P/S


10:45AM        The Lady Vanishes (1938) Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. United Artists, 97 min. P/S


12:30PM        Union Pacific (1939) Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea. Dir: Cecile B.DeMille. Paramount Pictures, 135 min. P/S


2:45PM          The Harvey Girls (1946) Judy Garland and John Hodiak. Dir: George Sidney. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 102 min.


4:30PM          The Narrow Margin (1952) Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor. Dir: Richard Fleischer. RKO Pictures, 71 min.


5:45PM          Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Albert Finney and Lauren Bacall. Dir: Sidney Lumet. EMI Films, 131 min. P/S


Tuesday, November 17: Primetime – Star of the Month: Hume Cronyn


8:00PM         The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) John Garfield and Hume Cronyn. Dir: Tay Garnett. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 113 min.


10:00PM       Brute Force (1947) Burt Lancaster and Hume Cronyn. Dir: Jules Dassin. Universal Pictures, 98 min. P/S


11:45PM         People Will Talk (1951) Cary Grant and Hume Cronyn. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Twentieth-Century-Fox, 110 min. P/S


1:45AM          Sunrise at Campobello (1961) Ralph Bellamy and Hume Cronyn. Dir: Vincent J. Donehue. Warner Bros., 144 min. P/S


4:15AM          The Beginning or the End (1947) Brian Donlevy and Hume Cronyn. Dir: Norman Taurog. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 112 min.


Wednesday, November 18: Daytime – Great Movie Characters from the 1950s


6:15AM          All About Eve (1950) Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Twentieth-Century-Fox, 138 min. P/S


8:45AM          The African Queen (1951) Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Dir: John Huston. United Artists, 106 min. P/S


10:45AM        Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. Dir: Stanley Donen. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 103 min.


12:30PM        How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall. Dir: Jean Negulesco. Twentieth-Century-Fox, 95 min. P/S


2:15PM           Marty (1955) Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair. Dir: Delbert Mann. United Artists, 90 min. P/S


4:00PM         A Face in the Crowd (1957) Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal. Dir: Elia Kazan. Warner Bros., 126 min. P/S


6:15PM           12 Angry Men (1957) Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb. Dir: Sidney Lumet. United Artists, 97 min. P/S


Wednesday, November 18: Primetime – Guest Programmer: Elmer Fudd


8:00PM         Trouble in Paradise (1932) Miriam Hopkins and Kay Francis. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. Paramount Pictures, 83 min. P/S


9:30PM          The Palm Beach Story (1942) Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea. Dir: Preston Sturges. Paramount Pictures, 88 min. P/S


11:15PM         Moby Dick (1956) Gregory Peck and Richard Basehart. Dir: John Huston. Warner Bros., 115 min. P/S


1:15AM           The Trouble with Harry (1955) Edmund Gwenn and John Forsythe. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount Pictures, 100 min. P/S


3:15AM          Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. RKO Pictures, 95 min. P/S      


5:00AM         The Dick Cavett Show: Alfred Hitchcock (1972) Dick Cavett and Alfred Hitchcock.


Thursday, November 19: Daytime – Samuel Goldwyn Productions


6:15AM          Dodsworth (1936) Walter Huston and Ruth Chatterton. Dir: William Wyler. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 101 min. P/S
8:00AM         Dead End (1937) Sylvia Sidney and Joel McCrea. Dir: William Wyler. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 93 min. P/S


9:45AM          Stella Dallas (1937) Barbara Stanwyck and Anne Shirley. Dir: King Vidor. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 106 min. P/S


11:45AM         Wuthering Heights (1939) Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier. Dir: William Wyler. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 103 min. P/S


1:45PM           The Little Foxes (1941) Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall. Dir: William Wyler. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 115 min. P/S


3:45PM          The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Gary Cooper and Theresa Wright. Dir: Sam Wood. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 128 min. P/S


6:00PM         The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 110 min. P/S


Thursday, November 19: Primetime – Ancient Rome


8:00PM         Spartacus (1960) Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. Universal Pictures, 184 min. P/S


11:15PM         Gladiator (2000) Russell Crowe and Richard Harris. Dir: Ridley Scott. Universal Pictures, 155 min. P/S


2:00AM         Julius Caesar (1953) Marlon Brando and James Mason. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 121 min.


4:15AM          A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) Phil Silvers and Zero Mostel. Dir: Richard Lester. United Artists, 99 min. P/S


Friday, November 20: Daytime – The Other Master of Suspense


6:00AM         Le Corbeau (1943) Pierre Fresnay and Pierre Larquey. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Tobis Films, 92 min. P/S


7:45AM          The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1947) Suzy Delair and Pierre Fresnay. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Continental Films, 84 min. P/S


9:15AM          Quai des Orfèvres (1947) Louis Jouvet and Suzy Delair. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot.  Coronis, 106 min. Premiere #3


11:15AM         Manon (1949) Serge Reggiani and Michel Auclair. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Alcina, 100 min. Premiere #4


1:00PM          The Wages of Fear (1953) Yves Montand and Charles Vanel. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. CICC, 131 min. P/S


3:15PM           Diabolique (1955) Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cinédis, 116 min. P/S


5:15PM           The Mystery of Picasso (1955) Pablo Picasso and Claude Renoir. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Filmsonor, 78 min. P/S


6:45PM          The Dick Cavett Show: Alfred Hitchcock (1972) Dick Cavett and Alfred Hitchcock.


Friday, November 20: Primetime – Friday Night Spotlight: Female Directors


8:00PM         The Bigamist (1953) Joan Fontaine and Edmund Gwenn. Dir: Ida Lupino. Filmmakers Productions, 80 min. P/S


9:30PM          The Hitch-Hiker (1953) Edmond O’Brien and William Talman. Dir: Ida Lupino. RKO Pictures, 71 min.


11:00PM        The Piano (1993) Holly Hunter and Sam Neill. Dir: Jane Campion. Miramax Films, 120 min. P/S


1:15AM           An Angel At My Table (1990) Kerry Fox and Karen Fergusson. Dir: Jane Campion. Fine Line Features, 157 min. P/S


4:15AM          The Trouble with Angels (1966) Rosalind Russell and Binnie Barnes. Dir: Ida Lupino. Columbia Pictures, 112 min. P/S


 Saturday, November 21: Daytime


6:15AM          Born to Kill (1947) Claire Trevor and Lawrence Tierney. Dir: Robert Wise. RKO Pictures, 92 min.


8:00AM         Three Little Words (1950) Fred Astaire and Red Skelton. Dir: Richard Thorpe. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 103 min.


10:00AM       The Cheyenne Social Club (1970) James Stewart and Henry Fonda. Dir: Gene Kelly. National General Pictures, 103 min. P/S


12:00PM        Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) Jack Benny and Eleanor Powell. Dir: Roy Del Ruth. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 102 min.


2:00PM         Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) Robert Taylor and Eleanor Powell. Dir: Roy Del Ruth. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 110 min.


4:00PM         Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell. Dir: Norman Taurog. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 102 min.


6:00PM         Born to Dance (1936) Eleanor Powell and James Stewart. Dir: Roy Del Ruth. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 108 min.


Saturday, November 21: Primetime – The Essentials: Acting Piano Players


8:00PM         The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Myrna Loy and Fredric March.Dir: William Wyler. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 172 min. P/S


11:00PM        An American in Paris (1951) Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 115 min.


1:00AM          To Have and Have Not (1944) Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Dir: Howard Hawks. Warner Bros., 100 min.


Saturday, November 21: Late Night – TCM Underground


2:45AM          Flesh Feast (1970) Veronica Lake and Phil Philbin. Dir: Brad F. Grinter.  Viking International, 72 min. P/S


4:15AM          Trog (1970) Joan Crawford and Michael Gough. Dir: Freddie Francis. Warner Bros., 91 min. P/S


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Speedracer5’s Schedule
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 inThe 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 Owna 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 filmRagtime 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 SeattleLove Affair and its remake An Affair to Rememberwhich 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 Cityher 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 TheDark 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 Jane?  This 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 andThe 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 Hairspraya musical that looks at the issue of racial integration in the 1960s.
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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Lonesome Polecat’s Schedule


This was a very fun challenge for me, but as you know, quite hard to narrow down. But these are the kind of problems you want to have.


These are movies about brothers (starting with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, my namesake) or made by brothers (i.e. The Marx Brothers), or both (Brother Rat made by legendary Warner Brothers animation). I can’t tell you how excited I was when I was looking up the filmography of the screenwriting Epstein brothers and saw the perfect movie: The Brothers Karamazov. The Programming Saints smiled down on me that day.


I like to accept the challenge to make all of Sunday night fit one theme, so in this case it was all an excuse to match one of my favorite foreign films of all time, Il Postino. Therefore here are movies about Postmen. Plus there’s some good Keaton films in here.


It’s one thing for a director to act in their own movie or for an actor to direct themselves (that’s a completely different muscle—take it from a director), but these films are a different matter: the two switching roles completely without doing their original job. It’s worth noting that the great Peter Ustinov also wrote Vice Versa, a hilarious British Freaky Friday. It’s fun who made the switch practically permanently, like John Huston who did lots more acting than directing later in life, and Ida Lupino, who became a full-fledged director despite being a successful actress.


There are so many parodies of and tributes to Casablanca I thought it would be fun to schedule them all at once. The hilarious What’s Up, Doc?, for example, is a tribute to all things Classic, and includes a whole segment with Streisand singing “As Time Goes By”. The Cheap Detective is a combination of noirs with Peter Falk as Bogie and hilariously doesn’t bother to condense the women in them. In the end he has accumulated many comedic girlfriends including Madeleine Kahn, Marsha Mason, and Eileen Brennan. There are many more besides these, so maybe this should be a Friday Night Spotlight…


When I found out about the dates for the challenge, it gave me an opportunity to celebrate the 100thbirthday of one of my favorite screenwriters of all time: Ernest Lehman. His original script for North By Northwest is enough to put him on the map, but I am most blown away by his adaptations of Broadway musicals. If you’re at all familiar with their ordinal scripts, you’ll know his version of every single one is better in terms of structure and dialogue. The screenplay of West Side Story for instance is far superior to the play libretto: twas Ernest who put “Cool” in act 2 and “Krupke” in act 1 (in the play they sing “Krupke” after the rumble—makes no sense!) This man is a dang genius. By the by, another of his superior screenplays, The King and I, is shown later in the week for a very good reason.


Good old Abe was a one president whose profound impact is still felt today (hence the success of Spielberg’sLincoln). These movies, then, are movies about Lincoln’s influence, both directly (biopics) and indirectly. A case of the indirect is The Fortune Cookie in which the message inside the titular cookie is a quote from Lincoln that turns the story of the whole film: “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” This is another subject that could have gone on and on all month with more biopics, Civil War movies featuring Honest Abe (and, in some cases, Shirley Temple), and even animated shorts.


These are all zany comedy movies I love with hilariously memorable characters and an array of my favorite character actors. In The Russians Are Coming we have Alan Arkin, Paul Ford, Brian Keith, Carl Reiner, and Theodore Bikel as Russians and paranoid New Englanders; What’s So Bad About Feeling Good features Mary Tyler Moore and George Pappard as beatniks with Dom Deluise as a government agent trying to stop them being happy; Blackbeard’s Ghost has a brilliant Peter Ustinov in the title role with Elsa Lanchester as his biggest fan; Debbie Reynolds convincingly portrays a womanizer who’s come back to life as a woman inGoodbye Charlie; and Shirley MacLaine goes through 5 memorable husbands in What a Way to Go. Then of course there’s Mary Poppins, Disney’s magnum opus, with some of cinema’s most memorable characters. One movie I haven’t ever seen is Viva Max, but I’ve always wanted to—anything with Peter Ustinov and Jonathan Winters sounds hilarious!


As previously mentioned, this was a tough choice, but Clarence finally won out. Just look at all the great movies he was in—and movies I love to pieces. I know TCM would probably never get the rights toWonderful Life but I’m taking advantage of this fantasy world and scheduling it anyway. One they could conceivably show is the Abbot/Costello romp The Naughty Nineties, which features the famous “Who’s On First” routine. I’d love to see this one!


As Ben Mankiewicz pointed out recently during SUTS, amnesia is incredibly rare in real life but incredibly common in movies. These aren’t just movies about people who have amnesia (Random Harvest), but include characters who are pretending to have it (Meet Me After The Show) as well as those who, more interestingly, are being tricked into thinking they have it (36 Hours). This is another one that could have gone on forever, so these are just the ones I like best. (Had to include a Muppet movie somewhere!)


I have always adored the Peanuts comics, specials, movies, stage shows, and books like crazy. The first show I ever directed, in fact, was You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, so Charlie Brown was a natural choice for me as our Animated Guest Programmer. I’m sure you’re all wondering why Good Old Charlie Brown chose these films. First, I thought, wishy-washy Charlie Brown wouldn’t get to choose anything for himself—his pals would take the whole thing over. Most of the gang wanted a baseball movie, being little leaguers, so they chose Damn Yankees (which Chuck is hilariously uncomfortable saying the title of during his interview). Snoopy wanted a WWI Flying Ace movie, so Robert Osbourne chose Dawn Patrol for him (he didn’t really care which one). Schroeder wanted some Beethoven music and Lucy, of course, wanted anything she was the star of, so A Boy Named Charlie Brown (their first feature film) covered both of those easily (with a whole segment devoted to Schroeder playing the second movement of Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique). Finally Linus needed some validation, so he chose The Producers as proof that successful adults really do use security blankets all the time!



These movies show the only 8 people who ever won both the Tony and Oscar for the same role. It’s a feat to win one or the other—in fact, it’s a feat just to reprise your role in the movie version (for example, Rex Harrison almost didn’t get to play Higgins on screen)—so it’s worth looking at these amazing performances: Broadway-tested, Hollywood-approved!


I adore mysteries and have recently been enjoying PBS’s Miss Marple and Poirot adaptations. There are so many great detectives of the big and small screen I decided to feature them for our Friday Night Spotlight. Tonight we see literary detectives such as Philo Vance, Sam Spade, and, of course, the great Sherlock Holmes. In real life I’d separate the British and American detectives, maybe have comedic ones as well, etc. Mysteries every week sure sounds great.


This week also happened to be Sinatra’s 100th birthday, so here are a few of his films, from the prohibition musical Robin and the Seven Hoods (which gave us “Style” and “My Kind of Town”) to my favorite of his performances in The Manchurian Candidate. Gotta love that man (shoo-be-do-be-do)!


The final theme of the week involves Olympians. Some are real and inspirational, like Jim Thorpe and the British Track Team in this week’s Essential, Chariots of Fire. Some are fictional and hilarious, such as Olympic Swimmer Sandy Duncan who comes at odds with two hippies in Star Spangled Girl, a hilarious but little-known Neil Simon movie whose obscurity qualifies it IMHO for TCM Underground.


That’s all folks!



----------------------------------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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Schedule for February 14, 2016-February 20, 2016

Star of the Month:  Adolphe Menjou

Friday Night Spotlight:  Honoring the Palme D'Or

TCM Silent Sunday:  Lonesome (1928)

TCM Imports Double Feature:  Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998), A Very Long Engagement (2004)

The Essentials:  Two or Three Things I Know About Her...(1967)

Underground Double Feature:  The Usual Suspects (1995) The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Guest Programmer:  Chernabog, the High Demon from Fantasia

Character Feature:  Prime-time Tuesday from the Seventies

1920s     3
1930s    17
1940s    11
1950s      6
1960s    13
1970s    17
1980s      7
1990s      2
2000s      3


Peter Ibbetson (1934)
When the wind Shakes the Barley (2006)
One from the Heart (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Miracle in Milan (1951)
The Chronicle of the Years of Fire (1975)
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
Two or Three Things I Know About Her...(1967)

Exempt Premieres:

Lonesome (1928) (Silent)
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998) (TCM Imports)
A Very Long Engagement(2004)  (TCM Imports)
Celine and Julie go Boating (1974) (Character Challenge)
Providence (1977) (Character Challenge)
The Usual Suspects (1995) (Underground)
The Eternal Sunshine of the the Spotless Mind (2004) (Underground)

We start Sunday off with  the reason why I decided to do a February 14 schedule in the first place, so that I could schedule a whole day of my favorite love stories.   It includes loving marriages, turbulent marriages, failed love affairs, obsessive desire, and tragically thwarted love.  Monday happens to be President's Day.  And nothing says Washington and Lincoln then the birth of the American nation.  So how we can discuss "the Birth of a Nation," without actually showing The Birth of Nation?  We start off with Henry Fonda in a John Ford movie that is one of the few decent films about the actual birth of the United States.  Later on, Fonda and Ford return with the better of the two classic Hollywood films about Lincoln.  For the rest of the day, we have films that touch on the Birth of a Nation theme, starting off with Britain's myth of King Arthur, and then moving on to Vietnam, India, Algeria, Ireland, Israel, and, in a nice contrast, Libya. 

Ordinarily Februarys on TCM are spent honoring the Oscars.  And while this does let us see movies that might otherwise be ignored, it also means that we're stuck with the Academy's questionable taste.   So this week we have an Oscar anti-tribute.  First we spend Tuesdays looking at some of the greatest performances that the Academy ignored:  five actors and seven actresses.  (The first cast member mentioned is the great performer being ignored).  Our special character spotlight focuses on four movies from the Seventies and the five unforgettable characters involved.  ("I hate violence.  It reeks of spontaneity.") Then on Wednesday, our Oscar anti-tribute looks at works by six Academy honored directors--McCarey, Fleming, Minnelli, Wilder, Mankewicz and Coppola that were considerably less successful, respected or remembered, but which arguably is more interesting than some of the work they were honored.   

Our cartoon character guest host is Chernabog the high demon from Fantasia.   Rather happily, we have exclusive access to his guest appearance beemed live from Bald Mountain.  First off, Chernabog dismisses the idea that his film choices would emphasize lust ("Leaving aside the fact that human beings have far too high an opinion of their own attractiveness, physical beauty only lasts for a decade or two.  And I've lived billions of years") or brutal violence ("the problem with cruelty is that it's basically wasted on human beings.  You're such limited creatures.  Often it's like taunting ants by banning Shakespeare.  It just doesn't work, and God knows I've tried.")  He also denies any attempt to use TCM to engage in dark satanic brainwashing.  ("First off, that's what Fox News is for.  Also, AMC.  Second, where I would watch decent films if I used TCM to destroy civilization?  Those Max Ophuls movies aren't going to show themselves.")  So what is theme of the movies he's chosen?  It's gross Oscar injustice.  He starts off with two of the least respected best picture winners.  He also includes Kitty Foyle ("Not only did Rogers beat Hepburn and Davis, but Rosalind Russell and Margaret Sullavan didn't even get nominated!)  He is especially gleeful over the success of A Man and A Woman ("Seriously, I cannot go on enough at how completely undeserved the success of this movie was.  Renoir, Clouzot, Godard, Bresson, Melville, Resnais, Rivette Denis, Demy, Varda, Pialat, Becker, Marker, Malle all go completely unnoticed by the Academy, and this piece of meretricious treacle wins everything.  It beat Masculin/Feminin, Au Hazard Balthazar and Second Breath as the official French nominee for 1966.  It beat out The Battle of Algiers and Loves of a Blonde on the oscar ballot, while Persona, The Round-Up and Come Drink with Me didn't even make the ballot.  It even beat Chimes at Midnight, Doctor Zhivago and The Hawks and the Sparrows at Cannes.  As a fallen angel I may yet face a future of infinite and eternal torment, but the fact that at one of the great periods of international cinema, millions of Americans thought this twaddle was the height of foreign films will always warm my heart.")  In between these movies is Meshes of the Afternoon, which it turns out films a visit he had to the Derens ("I don't see why people find it sinister.  I personally had a delightful time.")  And while The Seventh Victim is too late for Chernabog to actually guest host, we do have some of his thoughts on the movie.  ("Do you know what I like about these people?  They're so polite.")

On Thursday our Oscar anti-tribute starts off the day looking at foreign language films.  (Interestingly, the 18th is Toni Morrison's birthday, and if you wanted to fill the 14 hours with movies based on works by American Nobel laureates, it turns out Dodsworth, The Grapes of Wrath, To Have and Have Not, Long Days Journey into Night, Yentl and Beloved will fit exactly into it.)  As you probably know the Foreign Film Oscar involves three steps.  (1) Each country officially nominates a movie for the honor.  (2) The Academy chooses five nominees, and (3) the voters choose an actual winner.  This offers three hurdles for winners to meet.  What the six movies shown on Thursday morning and afternoon have in common is that they all met the first step, being the official nominee of their country.  They were not chosen to be a nominee, and indeed this is the closest that Chahine, Ozu, Tarkovsky, Resnais, Dreyer and Herzog ever got to winning a competitive oscar.  (That's not actually completely true.  Resnais won an oscar for a short film at the beginning of his career, Herzog was nominated for a documentary in 2008, and Chahine, Tarkovsky and Herzog were all nominated by their countries for another film.  The Academy didn't nominate those films either.)  Thursday evening, we have five films by star of the month Adolphe Menjou.  He was not only born in February, but on the 18th as well. 

Our Oscar anti-tribute continues on Friday by looking at Art Direction.  We have two deserving movies that didn't win (Alien and Blade Runner), two movies that did win (The Dark Angel and This Above All) as well as the two more well-regarded movies that they ended up beating (Top Hat and The Magnificent Ambersons) along with one indisputably deserved winner, Barry Lyndon, continuing with my promise to keep including the movie on my schedule until TCM actually shows it.  Our Oscar anti-tribute continues with our Friday spotlight on the Palme D'Or.  The last film M*A*S*H is a convenient transition since the 20th is the birthday of director Robert Altman, and the movie won an oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.  Our final Oscar anti-tribute looks at screenplays.  We start with four movies from the thirties.  The Smiling Lieutenant stands for the many Lubitsch movies--all of them, in fact--that never won a Screenplay oscar.  The Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields also didn't get the oscar nod, and neither did Jean Renoir.  The next category of screenplays comes from two masters of silent comedy, with Monsieur Verdoux and M. Hulot's Holiday actually getting a nomination.  (Though both lost, to The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer and Interrupted Melody respectively).  "A New Yorker state of Mind" looks at three films by Rohmer, Marker and Godard, whose style is either close to the magazine (whose anniversary is actually the 21st) or New Yorker film production.  We then close out the evening with four movies, including three oscar screenplay winners.  In our trio of literate murder mysteries, Chinatown and The Usual Suspects won oscars and the only reason The Conversation didn't is that it was competing against Chinatown.  Finally we have The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which in a way turns back to the 14th, when originally it was supposed to be the last film of the romantic films of February 14, 2015.
Sunday February 14, 2016: 

The Greatest Love Stories Ever

06:00 AM Peter Ibbetson (1935) Paramount BW-88 min, Gary Cooper, Ann Harding, D: Henry Hathaway Premiere#1
07:30 AM The Thin Man (1934) MGM BW-93 min William Powell, Myrna Loy D: W.S. Van Dyke P/S
09:15 AM  Jules et Jim (1961) SEDIF BW-104 min Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre D; Francois Truffaut P/S
11:00 PM  Two for the Road (1967), Fox C-111m, Albert Finney, Audrey Hepburn, D: Stanley Donen P/S
01:00 PM  Journey to Italy (1953) Titanus BW-85 min George Sanders, Ingrid Bergman D: Roberto Rossellini P/S
02:30 PM  Tess (1979) Columbia C-186 min Natassja Kinski, Peter Firth D: Roman Polanski P/S
05:45 PM  Vertigo (1958) Paramount C-128 min James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes D: Alfred Hitchcock P/S
08:00 PM A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Cine-Source C-155 min Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk D: John Cassavettes P/S
10:45 PM Manhattan (1979) United Artists BW-96 min Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway D:  Woody Allen P/S
12:30 AM (Silent) Lonesome (1928) Universal BW-75 min Barbara Kent, Glenn Tryon, D: Paul Fejos
01:45 AM (TCM Imports) Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998) Canal+ C-112 min Fele Martinez, Najwa Nimri D: Julio Medem EXEMPT
03:45 AM (TCM Imports) A Very Long Engagement (2004) Warner Independent Pictures C-133 min Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Jodie Foster D: Jean-Pierre Jeunet EXEMPT

Monday February 15, 2016

How to honor "Birth of a Nation" without actually showing it

06:00 AM Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) 20th Century Fox C-103 min Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Edna May Oliver D: John Ford P/S
07:45 AM Camelot (1967) Warner Bros C-179 min Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero D: Joshua Logan P/S
10:45 AM Hearts and Minds (1974) Rialto Pictures C-112 min D: Peter Davis P/S
12:45 PM Gandhi (1982) Columbia C-188 min Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen D: Richard Attenborough P/S
04:00 PM The Battle of Algiers (1966) Igor films BW-121 min Jean Martin D: Gillo Pontecorvo P/S
06:15 PM Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Fox BW-100 min, Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, D: John Ford
08:00 PM The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) Pathe Distribution C-127 min Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham D: Ken Loach PREMIERE#2
10:15 PM Exodus (1960) United Artists C-208 min Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Sal Mineo D: Otto Preminger P/S
02:00 AM Lion in the Desert (1981) Anchor Bay Entertainment C-206 min Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger, D: Moustapha Akkad P/S

Tuesday February 16, 2016

Oscar Anti-Tribute 1:  The greatest performances Oscar never cared about

05:30 AM The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Societie Generales des Film BW-77 min Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain,  D: Carl Theodor Dreyer P/S
07:00 AM M (1931) Vereinigte Star-Film GmbH BW-111 min Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke D: Fritz Lang P/S
09:00 AM Modern Times (1936) United Artists BW-87 min Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard D: Charles Chaplin P/S
10:30 AM Casablanca (1942) Warner Bros BW-102 min Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains D: Michael Curtiz P/S
12:15 PM Late Spring (1949) Shochiku BW-108 min Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu  D: Yasujiro Ozu P/S
02:15 PM All About Eve (1950) 20th Century Fox BW-138 min Bette Davis, George Sanders, Anne Baxter. D: Joseph L. Mankiewicz P/S 
04:45 PM Children of Paradise (1945) Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema BW-190 min Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur D: Marcel Carne P/S

Greatest performances Oscar never cared about with fantastic characters seventies division

08:00 PM (Hercule PoirotMurder on the Orient Express Paramount C-128 min Albert Finney, Richard Widwark, Lauren Bacall D: Roman Polanski P/S
10:15 PM (AnaThe Spirit of the Beehive (1973) Elias Querejita Producciones C-98 min Ana Torent, Isabela Telleria D; Victor Erice P/S
12:00 AM (Julie and CelineCeline and Julie go Boating (1974) Action Films C-193 min Dominique Labourier, Juliet Berto, Barbet Schroeder D: Jacques Rivette EXEMPT
03:30 AM (Claude LanghamProvidence (1977) Action Films C-110 min Dirk Bogarde, John Gielguld, Ellen Burstyn, David Warner D: Alain Resnais EXEMPT

Wednesday February 16, 2016

Oscar Anti-Tribute 2: Spotlight on Oscar winning directors and their less respected work

05:30 AM My son John (1952) Rainbow Production C-122 min Helen Hayes, Robert Walker D: Leo McCarey P/S
07:45 AM Bombshell (1933) MGM BW-96 min Lee Tracy, Jean Harlow, Frank Morgan D: Victor Fleming P/S
09:30 AM Yolanda and the Thief (1945) MGM C-108 min Fred Astaire, Lucille Bremer, Frank Morgan D: Vincente Minnelli P/S
11:30 AM The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) United Artists C-125 min Robert Stephens, Genevieve Page, Colin Blakely P/S
01:45 AM Cleopatra (1963) 20th Century Fox C-248 min Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall D: Joseph Mankiewicz P/S
06:00 PM One from the Heart (1982) Columbia C-107 min Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski D: Francis Ford Coppola PREMIERE#3

Guest Programmer Chernabog the High Demon from Fantasia

08:00 PM Cavalcade (1933) Fox Film Production BW-110 min Diana Wynard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor D: Frank Lloyd P/S
10:00 PM Cimarron (1931) RKO Radio Productions BW-124 min Richard Dix, Irene Dunne D: Wesley Ruggles
12:15 AM A Man and a Woman (1966) Allied Artists C-102 min Anouk Aimee, Jean-Louis Tritrignant D: Claude Lelouch P/S
02:15 AM Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) Mystic Fire Video BW-15 min Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid D; Maya Deren P/S
02:45 AM Kitty Foyle (1940) RKO Radio Pictures BW-108 min Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig D: Sam Wood P/S
04:45 AM The Seventh Victim (1943) RKO Radio Pictures BW-71 min Tom Conway, Jean Brooks D: Mark Robson P/S

Thursday February 18, 2016

Oscar Anti-Tribute 3: Great foreign film directors specifically ignored by the Academy

06:00 AM Cairo Station (1958) Gabriel Talhamy BW-95 min Youssef Chahrine, Hind Rostum, Farid Shawqi D: Yussef Chahine P/S
07:45 AM Ivan's Childhood (1962), Mosfilm, BW-95 min, Nikolai Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeny Zharikov D: Andrei Tarkovsky
09:30 AM Late Autumn (1960) Shochiku C-128 min Setsuko Hara, Yoko Tsukasa D: Yasujiro Ozu P/S
11:45 AM Last Year in Marienbad (1961) Cocinor BW-94 min Delphin Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoeff D:Alain Resnais P/S
01:30 PM Gertrud (1964) Palladium BW-116 min Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode D: Carl Theodor Dreyer P/s
03:30 PM Fitzcarraldo (1982) Werner Herzog Filmproduktion C-157 min Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jose Lewgoy D: Werner Herzog PREMIERE#4
06:15 PM Burden of Dreams (1982) Flower Films C-95 min D: Les Blank P/S

Star of the Month Adolphe Menjou

08:00 PM You were Never Lovelier (1942) Columbia BW-97 min Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou D: William A. Seiter P/S
09:45 PM A Farewell to Arms (1932) Paramount BW-89 min Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou D: Frank Borzage P/S
11:30 PM Pollyanna (1960) Walt Disney Productions, C-134 min Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Adolphe Menjou D: David Swift P/S
02:00 AM A Woman of Paris (1923) United Artists BW-93 min Edna Purviance, Carl Miller, Adolphe Menjou D: Charles Chaplin P/S
03:45 AM Stage Door (1937) RKO BW-91 min Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou D: Gregory La Cava P/S

Friday February 19, 2015:

Oscar Anti-Tribute 4:  Art-Direction

05:30 AM Alien (1979) 20th Century Fox c-117 min Sigourney Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, Ian Holm D: Ridley Scott P/S
07:30 AM Top Hat (1935) RKO BW-101 min Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton D: Mark Sandrich P/S
09:15 AM The Dark Angel (1935) United Artists BW-110 min Fredric March, Merle Oberon, Herbert Marshall D: Sidney A. Franklin P/S
11:15 AM Blade Runner (1982) Warner Bros C-117 min Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, D: Ridley Scott PREMIERE#5
01:15 PM This Above All (1942) 20th Century Fox BW-110 min Joan Fontaine, Tyrone Power, Thomas Mitchell D: Anatole Litvak P/S
03:15 PM The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) RKO BW-88 min Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorhead, Tim Holt D: Orson Welles P/S
04:45 PM Barry Lyndon (1975) Warner C-184 min Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson D: Stanley Kubrick Premiere #6

Friday Night Spotlight:  the Palme D'Or

08:00 PM Miracle in Milan (1951) Joseph Burstyn Inc. BW-100 min Francesco Golisano, Emma Grammatica D:  Vittorio De Sica PREMIERE#7
09:45 PM The Knack...and how to Get it (1965) United Artists BW-85 min Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford D: Richard Lester P/S
11:15 PM The Chronicle of the Years of Fire (1975) Arab Film Distribution C-177 min Yorgo Voyagis, Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina D: Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina PREMIERE#8
02:30 AM Missing (1982) Universal Pictures C-122 min Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek D: Constantin Costa-Gavras P/S
04:45 AM M*A*S*H (1970) 20th Century Fox  C-116 min Donald Sutherland,  Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman D: Robert Altman P/S

Saturday February 20, 2016

Oscar Anti-Tribute 5:  Games we play with Screenplays

       (A) Not good enough for the thirties Academy

06:45 AM The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) Paramount BW-89 min Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins D:Ernst Lubitsch Paramount P/S
08:15 AM It's a Gift (1934) Paramount  BW-73 min W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol D: Norman Z. McLeod P/S
09:30 AM Horsefeathers (1932) Parmaount BW-68 min Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Thelma Todd D: Norman Z. McLeod P/S
10:45 AM The Crime of Monsieu Lange (1936) Films Oberon BW-80 min Rene Lefevre, Florelle, Jules Berry D: Jean Renoir P/S

       (B!) Silence is golden, but not oscar Gold

12:15 PM Monsieur Verdoux (1947) United Artists BW-124 min Charles Chaplin, Martha Raye, Marilyn Nash D: Charles Chaplin P/S
02:30 PM Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953) Discina Films BW-114 min Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud D: Jacques Tati P/S

       (C) A New Yorker state of mind

04:30 PM Claire's Knee (1970) Les Films du Losange C-105 min Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu. Beatrice Raymond D: Eric Rohmer P/S
06:15 PM Sans Soleil (1983) Argos Films C-100 min Alexandra Stewart, D: Chris Marker P/S
08:00 PM (Essentials) Two or Three Things I Know About Her... Argos Films C-87 min Marina Vlady, Juliet Berto D: Jean-Luc Godard PREMIERE#10

       (D) Oscar's most literate murder mysteries

09:45 PM Chinatown (1974) Paramount C-131 min Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston D: Roman Polanski P/S
12:00 AM The Conversation (1974) Paramount C-113 min Gene Hackman, John Cazale. Dir: Francis Ford Coppola P/S
02:00 AM (Underground) The Usual Suspects (1995) Polygram C-106 min Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollak D; Bryan Singer EXEMPT

       (E) And now for a screenplay winner that is something almost completely different.

04:00 AM (Underground) The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Focus Features C-109 min Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson D: Michel Gondry EXEMPT
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I decided that for this Programming Challenge, I was going to set an extra challenge for myself: program an entire week of movies that I have not seen in their entirety. Now, there's a bit of cheating here. There are movies where I've missed the first five or ten minutes, only to have seen the rest. But there are some movies I've never seen, as well as movies that I've seen some of, but just can't sit all the way through because the parts that I've seen are unappealing. So it's not as if I haven't seen the movies at all; it's just that I haven't seen them beginning to end.

We start off on Sunday morning and afternoon with a bunch of movies made in the UK that I haven't seen before. On Sunday night, we put the spotlight on Leo F. Forbstein. If you've watched enough films on TCM, you'll have seen his name a hundred times as the conductor of the orchestra that played the scores of all those Warner Bros. movies. However, IMDb says he had appearances in two of those movies, unsurprisingly playing a conductor in both. He also wrote music for a small number of movies, including the two shorts.

For Silent Sunday Nights, I simply picked a movie that sounded interesting that fit the time slot and that I hadn't heard of. Of course, it wound up not fitting the time slot as well as I would have liked, and I had to figure out what foreign films to show. Widower With 5 Daughters is a movie my German relatives had on video when I visited them back in 1989, but that I never got around to seeing. (I did watch Mommie Dearest and Psycho dubbed into German on German TV, however.)

When The Spirit of the Beehive aired on TCM last Labor Day, I missed the first few minutes, but that's still enough to allow me to use it here. I decided to pick several films that may or may not be about animals, based on the title.

On Monday night, I picked a bunch of movies where the titles are women's names, both first and last. This was a bit difficult to program and stick to the challenge of using movies I haven't seen before, since I've seen Alice AdamsMarie AntoinetteStella Dallas, and Annie Oakley among others.

I share my birthday, June 14, with Oscar winner Burl Ives, so I programmed several of his films on that day. However, they didn't fill 14 hours from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, so I had to include a movie from Carl Esmond, who was also born on June 14.

For Star of the Month, I immediately picked Andy Devine, and then had to come up with enough of his movies that I haven't seen before, at least not in their entirety. Seeing the opening scenes of Romeo and Juliet, which has Devine and Edna May Oliver(!) trying to deliver Shakespearean dialog, has always been enough to put me off the movie. The rest of the night's lineup is filled with movies that, for whatever reason, I haven't seen.

The last of the movies in the Tuesday night lineup, Yellow Jack, is set at least in part in the Caribbean, so it leads in nicely to the Wednesday lineup of movies set in the Caribbean (including the shorts).

On Wednesday night, we have some "incredible" characters, all from the 1950s. First, the idea of a talking mule is incredible. That's followed by the incredible characters of Magnificent Obsession. Rock Hudson's character is so over the top evil and selfish that nobody could be like that. And the dead doctor is implied to be impossibly virtuous. Then there's the wacky Christian guy who changes Hudson's life. It's usually around this point that I turn off the movie because it's such blunt balderdash. The Brothers Karamazov fits in this lineup because the idea of William Shatner as a Russian Orthodox priest is incredible. The prostitute with a heart of gold is also a fairly unbelievable character, which is why I included Nights of Cabiria. (Or does she lose that heart in the second half?) And the characters in Arthurian legend are all incredible.

I put two movies about Arthurian legend together, because the second is a musical, one of my least favorite genres of films. So I picked a bunch of random musicals I haven't seen before to air on Thursday morning and afternoon.

I didn't realize how many actresses there were named Constance. So we get a constant stream of them on Thursday night. However, I cheated a bit. As far as I'm aware, A Virtuous Vamp is not yet available in a format for viewing on TCM. The IMDb reviews state that the intertitles are only available in a foreign language. But it was selected by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry in 2013, so I figured its existence, and being in the public domain since it's from before 1923, wouldn't bar it from use in the Programming Challenge.

There are a surprising number of Oscar-nominated films I haven't seen, including some nominated for Best Actress. Friday morning and afternoon is the day for those.

The month's Friday Night Spotlight is artists in various forms. That's followed by a salute to the films fo 1939, although most of the movies are B-movies or programmers, with one or two exceptions to get things to time out properly.

I still haven't seen Mrs. Miniver in its entirety. I've seen the last half hour or so, and the boring first half-hour that has Walter Pidgeon going nuts over Greer Garson's roses. So it's a natural for the Essentials. It was also a good place to start a half night of films of Britain at war.

A few days ago, I was listening to a program on German radio where the person being profiled mentioned the movie Just a Gigolo as being Marlene Dietrich's last movie, and with her starring with David Bowie. There's a pair. So I realized I had to use it for the TCM Underground. But what to pair it with? Imagine my great joy when I realized that Mae West's final film was released the same year. They make a natural pair. Or maybe not, since I haven't seen either.

Star of the Month: Andy Devine
Silent Sunday Nights: The Volga Boatman
TCM Imports: Widower With 5 Daughters
Friday Night Spotlight: Artists at Work
TCM Essential: Mrs. Miniver
TCM Underground: Sextette and Just a Gigolo

Non-exempt Premieres (7):
Lorna Doone
Marjorie Morningstar
The Tamarind Seed
Red Skies of Montana
Valiant Is the Word For Carrie
Sudden Fear
The Blue Veil

June 12-18, 2016


British movies I haven't seen in their entirety

0600 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, The Archers, 163 min, p/s) dir. Michael Powell; stars Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook
0845 The Battle of Britain (1969, Spitfire, 132 min, p/s) dir.; stars Michael Caine, Curd Jurgens, Trevor Howard
1100 Look Back in Anger (1959, Orion, 98 min, p/s) dir. Tony Richardson; stars Richard Burton, Clare Bloom, Mary Ure
1245 Passport to Pimlico (1949, J. Arthur Rank, 84 min, p/s) dir. Henry Cornelius; stars Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray
1415 Get Carter (1971, MGM UK, 112 min, p/s) dir. Mike Hodges; stars Michael Cain, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland
1615 Vacation From Marriage (1945, London Film, 102 min, p/s) dir. Alexander Korda; stars Robert Donat, Deborah Kerr, Glynis Johns
1800 Madeleine (1950, Cineguild, 112 min, p/s) dir. David Lean; stars Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny

Prime Time: So that's what Leo Forbstein looks like!

2000 Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934, First National, 89 min) dir. Ray ENright; stars Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers
Short: Here's Howe (1936, WB, 21 min)
2200 Broadway Gondolier (1935, WB, 99 min) dir. Lloyd Bacon; stars Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Adolphe Menjou
Short: Frontier Days (1945, WB, 17 min)

Silent Sunday Nights

0000 The Volga Boatman (1926, DeMille, 120 min, exempt) dir. Cecil B. DeMille; stars William Boyd, Elinor Fair, Robert Edeson
Short: Leave 'Em Laughing (1928, Hal Roach, 21 min)

TCM Imports:

0230 Widower With 5 Daughters (1957, Göttinger Film Atelier, 96 min, exempt) dir. Erich Engels; stars Heinz Erhardt, Susanne Cramer, Helmut Lohner
0415 Drunken Angel (1949, Toho, 102 min, p/s) dir. Akira Kurosawa; stars Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Reizaburo Yamamoto


Which of these movies are about animals?

0600 Spirit of the Beehive (1973, Ella Querejeta, 95 min, p/s) dir. Victor Ence; stars Ana Torrent, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Teresa Gimpera
0745 The Sign of the Ram (1948, Columbia, 84 min, p/s) dir. John Sturges; stars Susan Peters, Alexander Knox, Phyllis Thaxter
0915 Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965, Ivan Tors, 92 min, p/s) dir. Andrew Marton; stars Marshall Thompson, Betsy Drake, Richard Haydn
1100 A Dog of Flanders (1959, Fox, 96 min, p/s) dir. James B. Clark; stars Theodore Bikel, David Ladd, Donald Crisp
1245 The Story of Seabiscuit (1949, WB, 93 min) dir. David Butler; stars Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald, Lon McCalister
1430 Kes (1969, Kestrel, 110 min, p/s) dir. Ken Loach; stars David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie
1630 An Alligator Named Daisy (1955, Rank, 85 min, p/s) dir. J. Lee Thompson; stars Donald Sinden, Jeannie Carson, James Robertson Justice
1800 Two Mules For Sister Sara (1970, Universal, 116 min, p/s) dir. DOnald Siegel; stars Shirley MacLaine, Clint Eastwood, Manolo Fabregas

Movies named after women

2000 Lorna Doone (1951, Edward Small, 88 min) PREMIERE #1 dir. Phil Karlson; stars Barbara Hale, Richard Greene, Carl Benton Reid
Short: I Love My Mother-In-Law, But... (1949, MGM, 8 min)
2145 Marjorie Morningstar (1958, Beachwold, 128 min) PREMIERE #2 dir. Irving Rapper; stars Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, Clarie Trevor
0000 Susan Slade (1961, WB, 116 min, p/s) dir. Delmer Daves; stars Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Dorothy McGuire
0200 Presenting Lily Mars (1944, MGM, 104 min) dir. Norman Taurog; stars Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter
Short: A Wife's Life (1950, MGM, 8 min)
0400 Cass Timberlane (1947, MGM, 119 min) dir. George Sidney; stars Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Zachary Scott


Burl Ives birthday salute

0600 Our Man in Havana (1959, Kingsmead, 111 min, p/s) dir. Carol Reed; stars Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O'Hara
0800 Ensign Pulver (1964, WB, 104 min, p/s) dir. Joshua Logan; stars Robert Walker Jr., Burl Ives, Walter Matthau
0945 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958, MGM, 108 min) dir. Richard Brooks; stars Eilzabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives
1145 Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960, Columbia, 105 min, p/s) dir. Philip Leacock; stars Burl Ives, Shelley Winters, James Darren
1330 The Big Country (1958, UA, 165 min, p/s) dir. William Wyler; stars Gergory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker
1615 The Power and the Prize (1956, MGM, 98 min) dir. Henry Koster; stars Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Müller, Burl Ives

Carl Esmond birthday salute

1800 Her Highness nad the Bellboy (1945, MGM, 112 min) dir. Richard Thorpe; stars Hedy Lamarr, Robert Walker, June Allyson


2000 Romeo and Juliet (1936, MGM, 125 min) dir. George Cukor; stars Andy Devine, Edna Mae Oliver, C. Aubrey Smith
2215 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960, MGM, 107 min) dir. Michael Curtiz; stars Andy Devine, Judy Canova, John Carradine
0115 The Red Badge of Courage (1951, MGM, 69 min) dir. John Huston; stars Andy Devine, Audie Murphy, Royal Dano
0230 Two Rode Together (1961, Columbia, 109 min, p/s) dir. John Ford; stars Andy Devine, Shirley Jones, Richard Widmark
0430 Yellow Jack (1938, MGM, 83 mni) dir. George Seitz; stars Andy Devine, Buddy Ebsen, Charles Coburn


0600 Affair in Trinidad (1952, Columbia, 92 min, p/s) dir. Oscar Saul; stars Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby)
0745 Christopher Columbus (1949, Gainsborough, 99 min, p/s) dir. David McDonald; stars Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Francis L. Sullivan
0930 The Tamarind Seed (1974, ITC, 119 min) PREMIERE #3 dir. Blake Edwards; stars Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quayle
1130 The Emperor Jones (1933, UA, 72 min, p/s) dir. Dudley Murphy; stars Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Ruby Etzy
1245 The Comedians (1967, MGM, 152 min) dir. Peter Glenville; stars Richard Burton, Elizaeth Taylor, Alec Guinness
Short: Island Windjammers (1956, RKO, 8 min)
1530 The Cuban Love Song (1931, MGM, 86 min) dir. WS Van Dyke; stars Lupe Velez, Jimmy Durante, Louise Fazenda
1700 The Ghost Breakers (1940, Paramount, 85 min, p/s) dir. George Marshall; stars Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Paul Lukas
1830 A Lady Without Passport (1950, MGM, 74 min) dir. Jospeh Lewis; stars Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig
Short: Colorful Curacao (1939, MGM, 9 min)

Prime Time: Incredible Characters: the 50s

2000 Francis Goes to West Point (1952, Universal International, 81 min, IC-Exempt) dir. Arthur Lubin; stars Donald O'Connor, Lori Nelson, Francis the Talking Mule
2130 Magnificent Obsession (1954, Universal-International, 108 min, p/s) dir. Douglas Sirk; stars Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead
2330 The Brothers Karamazov (1959, MGM, 145 min) dir. Richard Brooks; stars Yul Brynner, Lee J. Cobb, William Shatner
0200 Nights of Cabiria (1957, de Laurentiis, 117 min, p/s) dir. Federico Fellini; stars Giulietta Masina, François Perier, Franca Marzi
0400 Knights of the Round Table (1953, MGM, 115 min) dir. Richard Thorpe; stars Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer


Nobody watches musicals because nobody likes them ;-)

0600 Camelot (1967, WB, 179 min) dir. Joshua Logan; stars Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero
0900 Funny Girl (1968, Columbia, 155 min, p/s) dir. William Wyler; stars Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford
1145 It's Always Fair Weather (1955, MGM, 101 min) dir. Stanley Donen; stars Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse
1330 Good News (1947, MGM, 93 min) dir. Charles Walters; stars June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Patricia Marshall
1515 Show Girl in Hollywood (1930, First National, 80 min) dir. Mervyn LeRoy; stars Alice White, Jack Mulhall, Blanche Sweet
1645 Sunny (1930, First National, 78 min) dir. William A. Seiter; stars Marilyn Miller, Lawrence Gray, Joe Donahue
1815 The Cuckoos (1930, RKO, 97 min) dir. Paul Sloane; stars Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee

Prime Time: A Constancy of Constances

2000 Red Skies of Montana (1952, Fox, 99 min) PREMIERE #4 dir. Joseph M. Newman; stars Richard Widmark, Constance Smith, Jeffrey Hunter
2145 The Perils of Pauline (1947, Paramount, 96 min, p/s) dir. George Marshall; stars Betty Hutton, John Lund, Constance Collier
2330 Movie Crazy (1932, Paramount, 98 min, p/s) dir. Clyde Bruckman; stars Harold Lloyd, Constance Cummings, Kenneth Thomson
0115 All Fall Down (1961, MGM, 111 min) dir. John Frankenheimer; stars Eva Marie Saint, Warren Beatty, Constance Ford
0315 Shock Corridor (1963, Allied Artists, 101 min) dir. Sam Fuller; stars Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans
0500 A Virtuous Vamp (1919, p/d, 50 min) dir. David Kirkland; stars Constance Talmadge, Conway Tearle, Belle Daube


Best Actress nominations I haven't seen

0600 The Little Foxes (1941, Goldwyn, 116 min, p/s) dir. William Wyler; stars Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright
0800 Camille (1936, MGM, 109 min) dir. George Cukor; stars Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore
1000 The Constant Nymph (1943, WB, 113 min) dir. Edmund Goulding; stars Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Alexis Smith
1200 Valiant Is the Word for Carrie (1936, Paramount, 110 min) PREMIERE #5 dir. Wesley Ruggles; stars Gladys George, Arline Judge, John Howard
1400 The Rose Tattoo (1955, Paramount, 117 min, p/s) dir. Daniel Mann; stars Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan
1600 Sudden Fear (1952, Joseph Kaufmann, 110 min) PREMIERE #6 dir. David Miller; stars Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame
1800 The Blue Veil (1951, Wald/Krasna, 113 min) PREMIERE #7 dir. Curtis Bernhardt; stars Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell

Friday Night Spotlight: Artists at Work

2000 The Horse's Mouth (1958, Knightsbridge, 97 min, p/s) dir. Roland Neame; stars Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Renee Houston
2145 The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965, Fox, 138 min, p/s) dir. Carol Reed; stars Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento
0000 Of Human Bondage (1964, MGM, 100 min) dir. Henry Hathaway; stars Laurence Harvey, Kim Novak, Robert Morley
0145 The Girl From Jones Beach (1948, WB, 78 min) dir. Peter Godfrey; stars Ronald Reagan, Virginia Mayo, Eddie Bracken
0315 The Mystery of Picasso (1956, Filmsonor, 78 min, p/s) dir. Henri-George Clouxot; stars Pablo Picasso

A salute to the greatest year in Hollywood history: 1939

0445 Full Confession (1939, RKO, 73 min) dir. John Farrow; stars Victor McLaglen, Sally Eilers, Joseph Calleia


0600 Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939, MGM, 82 min) dir. Richard Thorpe; stars Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
0730 Balalaika (1939, MGM, 102 min) dir. Reinhold Schünzel; stars Nelson Eddy, Ilona Massey, Charlie Ruggles
0915 Miracles for Sale (1939, MGM, 71 min) dir. Tod Browning; stars Robert Young, Florence Rice, Henry Hull
1030 These Glamour Girls (1939, MGM, 79 min) dir. S. Sylvain Simon; stars Lew Ayres, Lana Turner, Tom Brown
1200 They Made Her a Spy (1939, RKO, 69 min) dir. Jack Hively; stars Sally Eilers, Allan Lane, Fritz Leiber
1315 Meet Dr. Christian (1939, Rko/pd, 68 min) dir. Bernard Vorhaus; stars Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Lovett, Robert Baldwin
1430 The Day the Bookies Wept (1939, RKO, 64 min) dir. Loeslie Goodwins; stars Joe Penner, Betty Grable, Richard Lane
1545 They All Came Out (1939, MGM, 70 min) dir. Jacques Tourneur; stars Rita Johnson, Tom Neal, Bernard Nedell
1700 Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939, MGM, 70 min) dir. Robert Sinclair; stars Ann Sothern, Lewis Stone, Walter Brennan
1815 Babes in Arms (1939, MGM, 94 min) dir. Busby Berkeley; stars Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Guy Kibee

The Essentials: Britain at War

2000 Mrs. Miniver (1942, MGM, 134 min) dir. WIlliam Wyler; stars Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright
2230 The Devil's Disciple (1959, Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, 83 min, p/s) dir. Guy Hamilton; stars Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier
0000 The Little Princess (1939, Fox, 93 min, p/s) dir. Walter Lang; stars Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise

TCM Underground: Two legends make their screen farewell in 1978

0145 Sextette (1978, Briggs/Sullivan, 91 min, EXEMPT) dir. Ken Hughes; stars Mae West, Timothy Dalton, Tony Curtis
0330 Just a Gigolo (1978, Bayerischer Rundfunk, 147 min, EXEMPT) dir. David Hemmings; stars David Bowie, Kim Novak, Marlene Dietrich 
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Just bumping up the instructions which are also at the bottom (beginning) of this thread:


This is the Voting Thread for: TCM Programming Challenge #27 - What A Character!


We have been blessed with several wonderful schedules all of which you will find in this thread. If programming notes have been included, they will precede the schedule.


All who were registered members of this forum as of August 28, 2014 or who entered a schedule are eligible to vote.


The winner of this Challenge will have the honor of hosting TCM Programming Challenge #28.


Voting may be done by either posting the vote in this thread or by sending me a Private Message. Voting will be open until: 6 PM(EST) on Saturday, November 8, 2014.


Vote early, vote often!



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May I respectfully ask why my schedule was not included in the voting? Is this a matter which we must discuss via PM?

Abject stupidity + problems with the message boards when I did this last evening. I thought they were all up but I did have one "add reply" that took forever to post.  I will rectify this immediately!!  So sorry.

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SansFin's schedule for the week of September 6, 2015 to September 12, 2015.


Star of the Month

Trevor Howard.


Friday Night Spotlight

Comedy Styles.


Challenge Requirement: Memorable Characters of a Decade

Tuesday Evening: 1930s' characters which we will not forget.


Challenge Requirement: Character Actor

Wednesday Evening: Judith Anderson in 1940s.


Week's Theme: Decade by Decade

Daily Themes: A topic as seen in each decade from 1920s to 1990s.

Evening Themes on Tuesday through Saturday: A topic or genre as seen in one decade.

Sunday Evening Theme: Film-makers as seen in each decade from 1940s to 1990s.

Monday Evening Theme: Trevor Howard as seen in each decade from 1940s to 1980s.



Sunday, September 6

Those in Front of the Camera

6:00 AM The Actress (1928) Norma Shearer, Gwen Lee, Roy D'Arcy. Dir: Sidney Franklin, MGM, 70 mins.

7:15 AM Bombshell (1933) Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan. Dir: Victor Fleming, MGM, 96 mins.

9:00 AM Broadway Limited (1941) Victor McLaglen, Marjorie Woodworth, Dennis O'Keefe. Dir: Gordon Douglas, Hal Roach, 75 mins., P/S

10:15 AM Man Of A Thousand Faces (1957) James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer. Dir: Joseph Pevney, Universal, 122 mins., P/S

12:30 PM Inside Daisy Clover (1965) Natalie Wood, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford. Dir: Robert Mulligan, WB, 128 mins., P/S

2:45 PM A Slave of Love (1976) Elena Solovey, Rodion Nahapetov, Aleksandr Kalyagin. Dir: Nikita Mikhalkov, Mosfilm, 94 mins., Premiere # 1

4:30 PM My Favorite Year (1982) Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper. Dir: Richard Benjamin, MGM, 92 mins.

6:15 PM Irma Vep (1996) Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard. Dir: Olivier Assayas, Canal, 99 mins., Premiere # 2


Those Behind the Camera

8:00 PM Sullivan's Travels (1941) Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, William Demarest. Dir: Preston Sturges, Paramount, 90 mins., P/S

9:30 PM Watch the Birdie (1950) Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl, Ann Miller. Dir: Jack Donohue, MGM, 71 mins.

10:45 PM Contempt (1963) Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance. Dir: Jean-Luc Godard, Les Films Concordia, 102 mins., P/S


Silent Sunday Night

12:30 AM Silent Movie (1976) Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise . Dir: Mel Brooks, Crossbow, 87 mins., Exempt Premiere


TCM Import

2:00 AM Identification of a Woman (1982) Tomas Milian, Daniela Silverio, Christine Boisson. Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni, Gaumont, 128 mins., Exempt Premiere

4:15 AM Close-Up (1990) Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah. Dir: Abbas Kiarostami, Kanoon, 98 mins., P/S


Monday, September 7

Romance Through the Ages

6:00 AM The Cigarette Girl from Moscow (1924) Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Anna Dmokhovskaya. Dir: Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky, Mezhrabpom-Rus, 78 mins., Premiere # 3

7:30 AM Lovin' The Ladies (1930) Richard Dix, Lois Wilson, Allen Kearns. Dir: Melville Brown, RKO, 65 mins.

8:45 AM The Lady Eve (1941) Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn. Dir: Preston Sturges, Paramount, 94 mins., P/S

10:30 AM Desk Set (1957) Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Gig Young. Dir: Walter Lang, Fox, 103 mins., P/S

12:15 PM A Breath Of Scandal (1960) Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier, John Gavin. Dir: Michael Curtiz, Paramount, 97 mins., P/S

2:00 PM A New Leaf (1971) Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston. Dir: Elaine May, Aries Prods., 102 mins., P/S

3:45 PM The Pirates of Penzance (1983) Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt. Dir: Wilford Leach, Universal, 112 mins., Premiere # 4

5:45 PM Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) Sihung Lung, Yu-Wen W.ang, Chien-lien Wu. Dir: Ang Lee, Ang Lee Prods., 123 mins., P/S


SOTM: Trevor Howard

This Night's Installment: Uniforms in Different Decades

8:00 PM I See A Dark Stranger (1945) Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley. Dir: Frank Launder, Individual Pictures, 112 mins., P/S

10:00 PM Odette (1950) Anna Neagle, Trevor Howard, Peter Ustinov. Dir: Herbert Wilcox, Wilcox Prods., 124 mins., P/S

12:15 AM Father Goose (1964) Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard. Dir: Ralph Nelson, Granox, 115 mins., P/S

2:15 AM Hennessy (1975) Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, Richard Johnson. Dir: Don Sharp, AIP, 103 mins., P/S

4:00 AM The Sea Wolves (1980) Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven. Dir: Andrew V. McLaglen, Lorimar, 120 mins., Premiere # 5


Tuesday, September 8

Seventy Years of Marriage

6:00 AM The Marriage Circle (1924) Florence Vidor, Monte Blue, Marie Prevost. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch, WB, 85 mins.

7:30 AM The Moon's Our Home (1936) Margaret Sullavan, Henry Fonda, Charles Butterworth. Dir: William A. Seiter, Paramount, 80 mins., Premiere # 6

9:00 AM Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, RKO, 95 mins.

10:45 AM Designing Woman (1957) Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray. Dir: Vincente Minnelli, MGM, 118 mins.

12:45 PM How To Murder Your Wife (1965) Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas. Dir: Richard Quine, Murder Inc, 118 mins., P/S

2:45 PM A Severed Head (1971) Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough, Claire Bloom. Dir: Dick Clement, Winkast Film Prods., 98 mins., P/S

4:30 PM Big Trouble (1986) Peter Falk, Alan Akin, Beverly D'Angelo. Dir: John Cassavetes, Columbia, 93 mins., P/S

6:15 PM Three Colors: White (1994) Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos. Dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski, MK2 Prods., 91 mins., P/S


Memorable Characters of the 1930s

8:00 PM Svengali (1931) John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp. Dir: Archie Mayo, WB, 81 mins.

9:30 PM Dracula (1931) Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, Helen Chandler. Dir: Tod Browning, Universal, 75 mins., P/S

10:45 PM Frankenstein (1931) Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke. Dir: James Whale, Universal, 70 mins., P/S

12:00 AM King Kong (1933) Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot. Dir: Merian C Cooper & Ernest B Schoedsack, RKO, 100 mins.

1:45 AM Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931) Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart. Dir: Rouben Mamoulian, Paramount, 98 mins., P/S

3:30 AM The Mummy (1932) Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners. Dir: Karl Freund, Universal, 73 mins., P/S

4:45 AM The Invisible Man (1933) Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan. Dir: James Whale, Universal, 71 mins., P/S


Wednesday, September 9

Decades of Divorce

6:00 AM The Singing Fool (1928) Al Jolson, Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn. Dir: Lloyd Bacon, WB, 105 mins.

7:45 AM The Divorce Of Lady X (1938) Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes. Dir: Tim Whelan, London Film, 91 mins., P/S

9:30 AM Never Say Goodbye (1946) Errol Flynn, Eleanor Parker, Lucile Watson. Dir: James V Kern, WB, 94 mins.

11:15 AM Let's Do It Again (1953) Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Aldo Ray. Dir: Alexander Hall, Columbia, 94 mins., P/S

1:00 PM Marriage on the Rocks (1965) Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin. Dir: Jack Donohue, WB, 109 mins., P/S

3:00 PM Scenes From A Marriage (1973) Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Bibi Andersson. Dir: Ingmar Bergman, Cinematograph AB, 168 mins., P/S

6:00 PM Murphy's Romance (1985) Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin. Dir: Martin Ritt, Columbia, 107 mins., P/S


Character Actor Judith Anderson in the 1940s

8:00 PM Laura (1944) Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb. Dir: Otto Preminger, Fox, 88 mins., P/S

9:30 PM Rebecca (1940) Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, Selznick, 130 mins., P/S

11:45 PM Edge Of Darkness (1943) Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston. Dir: Lewis Milestone, WB, 119 mins.

1:45 AM Tycoon (1947) John Wayne, Laraine Day, Cedric Hardwicke. Dir: Richard Wallace, RKO, 128 mins.

4:00 AM The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946) Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott. Dir: Lewis Milestone, Hal Wallis, 116 mins., P/S


Thursday, September 10


6:00 AM Phantom Carriage (1921) Victor Sjostrom, Hilda Borgstrom, Tore Svennberg. Dir: Victor Sjoestrom, Svensk Filmindustri, 93 mins., P/S

7:45 AM Alice In Wonderland (1933) Leon Errol, Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling. Dir: Norman McLeod, Paramount, 76 mins., P/S

9:15 AM The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943) Hans Albers, Wilhelm Bendow, Brigitte Horney. Dir: Josef von Báky, UFA, 110 mins., P/S

11:15 AM Bell, Book and Candle (1959) James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon. Dir: Richard Quine, Columbia, 102 mins., P/S

1:15 PM Ghosts - Italian Style (1969) Sophia Loren, Vittorio Gassman, Francesco Tensi. Dir: Renato Castellani, La Champion, 92 mins., P/S

2:45 PM The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1973) John Phillip Law, Tom Baker, Caroline Munro. Dir: Gordon Hessler, Columbia, 105 mins., P/S

4:30 PM Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind (1984) Alison Lohman, Edward James Olmos, Mark Hamill. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki, Tokuma Shoten, 117 mins., P/S

6:30 PM My Neighbor Totoro (1993) Dakota Fanning, Timothy Daly, Lea Salonga. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki, Tokuma Shoten, 88 mins., P/S


1950s Noir

8:00 PM Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1957) James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter. Dir: Gordon Douglas, Cagney Prods., 102 mins., Premiere # 7

9:45 PM The Clouded Yellow (1950) Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Sonia Dresdel. Dir: Ralph Thomas, Carillon, 95 mins., Premiere # 8

11:30 PM Nightfall (1956) Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft. Dir: Jacques Tourneur, Copa, 78 mins., P/S

1:00 AM Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958) Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom. Dir: Michael Anderson, Associated Dragon, 87 mins., P/S

2:30 AM The Steel Trap (1952) Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright, Jonathan Hale. Dir: Andrew Stone, Thor Prods., 85 mins., P/S

4:00 AM The Big Knife (1955) Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Rod Steiger. Dir: Robert Aldrich, Associates & Aldrich Company, 111 mins., P/S


Friday, September 11


6:00 AM The Cat and the Canary (1927) Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley. Dir: Paul Leni, Universal, 80 mins., P/S

7:30 AM Midnight Mystery (1930) Betty Compson, Lowell Sherman, Raymond Hatton. Dir: George B. Seitz, RKO, 69 mins.

8:45 AM The Spiral Staircase (1945) Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore. Dir: Robert Siodmak, RKO, 83 mins.

10:30 AM Tension (1950) Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse. Dir: John Berry, Loew's, 95 mins., P/S

12:15 PM The Bride Wore Black (1968) Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Bouquet. Dir: FrancoisTruffaut, Les Films du Carrosse, 107 mins., P/S

2:15 PM Suspiria (1977) Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett, Alida Valli. Dir: Dario Argento, Seda Spettacoli, 93 mins., P/S

4:00 PM Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Bob Hoskins, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer. Dir: Robert Zemeckis, Amblin, 103 mins., P/S

5:45 PM Se7en (1995) Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey. Dir: David Fincher, New Line, 127 mins., P/S


Friday Night Spotlight: Comedy Styles

Frantic Comedies of the 1960s

6:00 PM Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969) Bourvil, Peter Cook, Tony Curtis. Dir: Ken Annakin, Champion, 120 mins., Premiere # 9

10:15 PM Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Terry-Thomas. Dir: Ken Annakin, Fox, 138 mins., P/S

12:45 AM The Great Race (1965) Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood. Dir: Blake Edwards, WBP, 160 mins., P/S

3:30 AM Daisies (1966) Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová, Marie Cesková . Dir: Vera Chytilová, Filmové, 76 mins., P/S

4:45 AM The Firemen's Ball (1967) Jan Vostrcil, Josef Sebánek, Josef Valnoha. Dir: Milos Forman, Filmové, 71 mins., P/S


Saturday, September 12

Stealing Time

6:00 AM The Blackbird (1926) Lon Chaney, Renée Adorée, Doris Lloyd. Dir: Tod Browning, MGM, 86 mins.

7:30 AM Jewel Robbery (1932) William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson. Dir: William Dieterle, WB, 68 mins.

8:45 AM Larceny, Inc. (1942) Edward G Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford. Dir: Lloyd Bacon, WB, 95 mins.

10:30 AM Rififi (1954) Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel. Dir: Jules Dassin, Indusfilms, 118 mins., P/S

12:45 PM The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke. Dir: Norman Jewison, Mirisch, 102 mins., P/S

2:30 PM The Anderson Tapes (1971) Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam. Dir: Sidney Lumet, Columbia, 99 mins., P/S

4:15 PM A Fish Called Wanda (1988) John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline. Dir: Charles Crichton, MGM, 108 mins., P/S

6:15 PM Reservoir Dogs (1992) Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen. Dir: Quentin Tarantino, Live Ent., 99 mins., P/S


The Future is Not What it Was in the 1970s


8:00 PM Silent Running (1972) Bruce Dern, Huey, Dewey, Louie. Dir: Douglas Trumbull, Universal, 89 mins., P/S


9:30 PM Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) Eric Braeden, Susan Clark, Gordon Pinsent. Dir: Joseph Sargent, Universal, 100 mins., Premiere # 10

11:15 PM The Omega Man (1971) Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash. Dir: Boris Sagal, Seltzer Prods., 98 mins., P/S

1:00 AM A Boy and His Dog (1974) Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Tiger. Dir: L. Q. Jones, LQ/JAF, 91 mins., P/S


TCM Underground

2:30 AM THX 1138 (1971) Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley. Dir: George Lucas, American Zoetrope, 88 mins., P/S

4:00 AM Zardoz (1974) Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman. Dir: John Boorman, Boorman Prods., 106 mins., P/S




A Slave of Love (1976)

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

Irma Vep (1996)

The Cigarette Girl from Moscow (1924)

The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

The Sea Wolves (1980)

The Moon's Our Home (1936)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1957)

The Clouded Yellow (1950)

Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969)


Exempt Premieres:

Silent Sunday Night

Silent Movie (1976)


TCM Import

Identification of a Woman (1982)



1920s: 7

1930s: 14

1940s: 14

1950s: 14

1960s: 14

1970s: 15

1980s: 9

1990s: 7



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OK.  We should now have ALL of the Challenge #27 schedules up on this thread for your viewing pleasure.  I "thought" they were all up but had some problems last night with the message boards when I tried to upload all of the schedules.  Clearly, one "went missing" but it is now there. Apologies again to SansFin.  


Lots of time to view the schedules and make your final decisions  --  you have until Saturday, November 8 at 6 PM (EST.)

Good luck to everyone.



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We've got our first 2 votes for the Challenge #27 Schedules:


LonesomePolecat - 1

Speedracer5 - 1


Take the weekend to check out the incredible schedules in this thread and vote for your favorite.  You have until Saturday, Nov. 8,

6 PM EST to make a selection.  You can post your vote to this thread or message me privately.  Vote early, vote often!



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I thought they were all up but I did have one "add reply" that took forever to post.  I will rectify this immediately!!  So sorry.


I understand fully the problems with the new forum software. I had a considerable number in a previous Challenge. I believe an important point in dealing with this new forum software is to make a number of moderate-sized posts rather rather than a few large ones. I had many less errors and time-outs when separating the Programming Notes from the Schedules.

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I am very sorry I was not able to comment on each of these wonderful schedules in the original thread. I have now had time to give each the consideration which they deserve.


I would be happy to see any of them become a true TCM schedule.


I would like to take a moment to thank lydecker for setting excellent Challenge Requirements and for operating the Challenge.


I have chosen the five aspects of each entry which I consider the most important to me:



Mary Wickes truly added much more to the movies than her billing indicated.


I have just now seen that we both scheduled: Phantom Carriage (1921). I trust that this is because you like it as much as I do.


I like very much the movies you choose for: Kleptomaniacs theme.


I believe that you can never go wrong with a day of Ronald Colman movies! I like in particular your choice of: If I Were King (1938).


I hope to see your tribute to: Stanwyck and Capra at Columbia transplanted to a real TCM schedule soon.



Barton Keyes:

The movies written by Sid Caesar's writers are all excellent!


I like very much your choice of train movies.


Your Movie Characters of 1950s are truly quite memorable.


Your schedule is very educational. I have learned that I have the same taste as Elmer Fudd! :)


Henri-Georges Clouzot is truly worthy of a tribute.




I was very happy to see which Hayao Miyazaki movies you choose because they are excellent and they are not the two which I wished to schedule. ;)


I like very much your choice of movies for tribute to Mel Brooks.


Your: Alfred Hitchcock's Single Location Films theme is very unique!


Your: Great Characters of the 1930s truly are memorable characters.


You have a very interesting collection of movies scored by Miklos Rosza.



Lonesome Polecat:

I love that you choose to showcase comedies of 1960s. I believe that it was the decade of resurgence of comedy movies and had more variety than any decade since the 1930s.


I did not realize that Ernest Lehman created such a wide variety of excellent movies.


I love to see Henry Travers in a movie because he adds to very much gentle warmth and humour.


Your choices of detectives for: Friday Night Spotlight shows incredible range!


It is very nice to see wide range of types of movies starring Frank Sinatra. I believe that I am one of few people who like his acting as much as I like his singing.




I like very much your theme of ignored-by-Oscar movies! Your memorable characters of 1970s is highpoint.


I would love to see Robert Osborne sitting across from Chernabog! :)


I love that you included so many excellent foreign movies. You are only other entrant to schedule a Mosfilm movie!


Adolphe Menjou! I believe no other thing needs to be said.


Your literate murder mysteries are excellent!




I like very much your choice of movies for Burl Ives. I must wonder if you have watched: The Brass Bottle (1964).


Your choice of Memorable Characters of 1950s is certainly quite varied!


I believe you choose those musicals of which most people say most often: "I do not like musicals but I like this one."


Andy Devine is a very interesting choice for SOTM! I am sorry to say that I do not know his work well which is perversely fitting for your theme. :)


I will suggest that you make an effort to truly watch these movies. Most are quite excellent. I recommend in particular: Passport to Pimlico (1949), Spirit of the Beehive (1973), Two Mules For Sister Sara (1970), The Ghost Breakers (1940), A Lady Without Passport (1950), The Brothers Karamazov (1959), Camelot (1967) and The Devil's Disciple (1959).



I will require more time to think of the schedules before casting my vote. I have narrowed it down to five. The odd-man-out is due solely to inclusion of one certain movie. 


I congratulate all entrants on their wonderful schedules!
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I understand fully the problems with the new forum software. I had a considerable number in a previous Challenge. I believe an important point in dealing with this new forum software is to make a number of moderate-sized posts rather rather than a few large ones. I had many less errors and time-outs when separating the Programming Notes from the Schedules.

Doesn't the new board software preserve the formatting if you use the Quote button at the bottom of a post? I'd think it would be easy to hit the quote button, copy the quoted material, and paste it into the compose box of the new thread. Well, you'd have to get rid of the quote tags, but that's not much work. It's a heck of lot easier than the old board, since the new one uses more standard formatting.


(Other than the fact that no sane person reads from bottom to top.)

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I think I mentioned in my notes there were a few cheats, in that I've seen most of the movie, except that I turned on TCM 10 minutes in or something. That's the case with Spirit of the Beehive. Somehow I've seen the first third and last third of The Devil's Disciple but not the middle. I keep turning on TCM when the movie is an hour through already.


As for Andy Devine, he did a lot of westerns in the second half of his career, and played several notable supporting roles: the cowardly sheriff in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance comes to mind (although I have seen that one all the way through so I couldn't use it). He was also Janet Gaynor's assistant director friend in A Star Is Born. And he has one of the more disturbing scenes you'll ever see in John Wayne's Island in the Sky, when he does a cannonball into a swimming pool.

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SansFin, I love that idea of scheduling only movies you haven't seen, or at least not seen all the way through. It's amazing how many classics I've totally missed such as the one you already mentioned, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, and many others. (I only just watched PSYCHO for the first time when TCM showed it last month--can you believe it?!) I've been making an effort to pick up the pieces lately and I'm so glad I did.

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Challenge #27 Voting Update:


So far, we have a 5-way tie!


LonesomePolecat - 1

Obrienmundy - 1

SansFin - 1

Skimpole - 1 

Speedracer5 - 1


Get those votes in!!  We have so many wonderful schedules which deserve your support.

Voting deadline is Saturday, November 8th at 6 PM (EST).




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Doesn't the new board software preserve the formatting if you use the Quote button at the bottom of a post? I'd think it would be easy to hit the quote button, copy the quoted material, and paste it into the compose box of the new thread. Well, you'd have to get rid of the quote tags, but that's not much work. It's a heck of lot easier than the old board, since the new one uses more standard formatting.



The problem which I faced most often was the forum software timing-out. There is a special error message for it which states that it was not able to process the post within its resource limits. This is more likely to occur when a few large posts appear on the same page. The problem was lessened when the Programming Notes were separated from the Schedule. 


I have encountered at irregular times the same error message when reading older posts in the Challenge Archive. It is at times necessary to call a page several times before it appears.

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The problem which I faced most often was the forum software timing-out. There is a special error message for it which states that it was not able to process the post within its resource limits. This is more likely to occur when a few large posts appear on the same page. The problem was lessened when the Programming Notes were separated from the Schedule. 


I have encountered at irregular times the same error message when reading older posts in the Challenge Archive. It is at times necessary to call a page several times before it appears.

Yes, I had the "timing-out" error message appear multiple times when I attempted to post the Challenge #27 schedules and programming notes on the voting thread.  What was really confusing is that sometimes I would get the error message but find that the particular schedule/notes HAD posted; other times the error message was correct  --  the schedule/notes had not posted.  I did want to keep the schedules/notes in a single post on the thread but it seemed as though that is/was too much information within a single post. 



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Challenge #27 Voting Update:


LonesomePolecat - 2

Obrienmundy - 1

SansFin - 2

Skimpole - 1 

Speedracer5 - 1


Lots of interest in these Challenge #27 Schedules.  Get your votes in before Saturday, November 8 at 6 PM (EST.)




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