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INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)


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Incidentally, the 1978 remake with Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams is also running on the Encore Suspense Channel, for those who may like to compare the two different versions.

It is now airing on Retroplex, for those interested in seeing it.

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My guess is that this film will not show up on TCM until they do a special monthly spotlight on classic science fiction. This genre is TCM's ill-begotten stepchild, and they usually do not show too many sci-fi offerings. But when they come around (provided they will come around), how can they continue to overlook this gem..?

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My guess is that this film will not show up on TCM until they do a special monthly spotlight on classic science fiction. This genre is TCM's ill-begotten stepchild, and they usually do not show too many sci-fi offerings. But when they come around (provided they will come around), how can they continue to overlook this gem..?

 

I assume TCM overlooks much of the sci-fi genre because most of those films were made by independent\minor studios and as we have discussed TCM main focus is on the major studios especially MGM, WB and RKO.   e.g.  The Forbidden Planet is shown too often but that is by a major studio.   As you have mentioned there are noirs by some of these lessor known studios and I wish TCM would do more to lease these films as well as some of better \ more interesting, even if very cheesy,  low-budget Sci-Fi pictures

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I assume TCM overlooks much of the sci-fi genre because most of those films were made by independent\minor studios and as we have discussed TCM main focus is on the major studios especially MGM, WB and RKO.   e.g.  The Forbidden Planet is shown too often but that is by a major studio.   As you have mentioned there are noirs by some of these lessor known studios and I wish TCM do more to lease these films as well as some of better \ more interesting, even if very cheesy,  low-budget Sci-Fi pictures

I think it was back in June 2010 when they did a monthly spotlight on drive-in movies...and they did show a lot of the cheesy sci-fi and horror flicks from the late 50s and 60s during that series. But if you blinked, you missed them, because most of those have never been repeated on TCM.

 

THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is definitely an overplayed title on TCM because of it's an MGM picture and in the TCM Library. 

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I agree on Dana Wynter and add my other two favorites:

"Sink the Bismarck!"

"The List of Adrian Messenger"

I haven't seen THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER. 

 

She appeared on an episode of Ironside and she was very good on that show. 

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I haven't seen THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER. 

 

She appeared on an episode of Ironside and she was very good on that show. 

 

"The List of Adrian Messenger" is or was on YouTubes a few weeks ago.  There is kind of a contest of who can overact the most,Kirk or George.  But Dana is great as is the french guy and the surprise actors are fun to watch.  It's fun to watch.

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"The List of Adrian Messenger" is or was on YouTubes a few weeks ago.  There is kind of a contest of who can overact the most,Kirk or George.  But Dana is great as is the french guy and the surprise actors are fun to watch.  It's fun to watch.

Maybe TCM will air it in December when Kirk turns 100. 

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It is still on YouTubes = see if this hyperlink works:

Click here: The List of Adrian Messenger - YouTube
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Imagine: Whit Bissell, King Donovan and Sam Peckinpah all in the same movie!!

Pretty amazing, isn't it..?!

 

Still can't believe TCM never airs this great classic. They teach INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS in film schools. It's considered a seminal work of 50s science fiction.

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Pretty amazing, isn't it..?!

 

Still can't believe TCM never airs this great classic. They teach INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS in film schools. It's considered a seminal work of 50s science fiction.

Terrific film, it never grows old.

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