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Voting Thread for: TCM Programming Challenge #28


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We have six wonderful schedules! All who were registered members of this forum prior to January 1, 2015 or who submitted an entry are eligible to vote for their favorite schedule.


The winner will have the honor of hosting TCM Programming Challenge #29: Just for the Elephant.


To rehash:


Requirements for TCM Programming Challenge #28
This challenge opens at 12:01 A.M. ET, Sunday, January 11, 2015 and runs through 11:59 P.M. ET, Sunday, February 15, 2015. A voting thread will be started shortly after the end of the challenge.
The week chosen must be between March 1, 2015 to February 27, 2016. 
You may use up to 10 premieres in this challenge. 
Short films do not count toward the limit on premieres when used to fill up to 15 minutes between feature films. 
Required Theme:
As Time Goes By
One evening of four movies with a specific theme with each movie having been made in a later decade than the previous movie. The movies are to progress with the first movie being made no later than 1939 and last movie no earlier than 1980.
The theme which unites the movies is of your choosing. It may be genre, director, actor, cinematographer or any other factor.
These are not to be remakes or use the same source material as other movies in the evening.
Please do not use this theme for your Star of the Month.
Optional Theme
"Movies TCM Will Never Show" 
An evening of at least four movies which TCM has not aired and likely will never air because there is no extant print, rights will never be relinquished or other known reasons. 
Pornography will not be allowed! 
Four movies in this Optional Theme will not count against Premiere Count. Please mark them as: EO#1, EO#2, EO#3 and EO#4 as justification to represent: Exempt Option.
All movies must have had theatrical release except for those television programs and movies which TCM has aired previously.
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Taran_of_Prydain's Schedule:


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ealing Studios

600 AM The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Starring Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James Directed by Charles Crichton Ealing 82 min. (p/s)

730 AM Nowhere to Go (1958) Starring Maggie Smith, George Nader, Bernard Lee Directed by Seth holt MGM/Ealing 88 min.

900 AM The Man In the White Suit (1951) Starring Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker Directed by Alexander Mackendrick Ealing 85 min. (p/s)

1030 AM Mandy (1952) Starring Jack Hawkins, Phyllis Calvert, Mandy Miller Directed by Alexander Mackendrick Ealing 89 min. (p/s)

1200 PM Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Starring Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson Directed by Robert Hamer Ealing 108 min. (p/s)

200 PM The Cruel Sea (1953) Starring Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm Elliott Directed by Charles Frend Ealing 126 min. (p/s)

415 PM The Ladykillers (1956) Starring Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers Directed by Alexander Mackendrick Ealing 98 min. (p/s)

600 PM Passport to Pimlico (1949) Starring Stanley Holloway, Hermoine Baddeley, Margaret Rutherford Directed by Henry Cornelius Ealing 86 min. (p/d)

730 PM Now Playing: February (2016)

As Time Goes By: Disney Animated Films

800 PM Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) With the voices of Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Harry Stockwell Directed by David Hand RKO/Disney 83 min. Premiere #1

930 PM Dumbo (1941) With the voices of Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Margaret Wright Directed by Ben Sharpstein RKO/Disney 64 min. Premiere #2

1045 PM Sleeping Beauty (1959) With the voices of Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Eleanor Audley Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Les Clark, Eric Larson, and Wolfgang Reitherman Disney 77 min. Premiere #3

1215 AM 101 Dalmatians (1961) With the voices of Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, Cate Bauer Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, and Wolfgang Reitherman Disney 79 min. Premiere #4

145 AM The Rescuers (1977) With the voices of Eva Gabor, Bob Newhart, Geraldine Page Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, and Art Stevens Disney 77 min. Premiere #5

315 AM The Black Cauldron (1985) With the voices of Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne Directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich Disney 80 min. Premiere #6

445 AM Beauty and the Beast (1991) With the Voices of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise Disney 84 min. Premiere #7



Monday, February 8, 2016

The French New Wave

615 AM Claire's Knee (1971) Starring Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Beatrice Romand Directed by Eric Rohmer Janus Films 103 min. (p/s)

800 AM A Man and a Woman (1966) Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anouk Aimee, Pierre Barouh Directed by Claude Lelouch Allied Artists 102 min. (p/s)

945 AM Masculine-Feminine (1966) Starring Jean-Pierre Leaud, Chantal Goya, Marlene Jobert Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Janus Films 103 min. (p/s)

1130 AM The Bride Wore Black (1968) Starring Jeanne Moreau, Michel Bouquet, Michael Lonsdale Dirrected by Francois Truffaut UA 108 min. (p/s)

130 PM Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) Starring Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray Directed by Agnes Varda Janus Films 89 min. (p/s)

300 PM Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) Starring Dominique Labourier, Juliet Berto, and Marie-France Pisier Directed by Jacques Rivette Films du Losange 192 min. Premiere #8

615 PM Stolen Kisses (1968) Starring Jean-Pierre Leaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig Directed by Francois Truffaut UA 94 min. (p/s)

The Archers

800 PM I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) Starring Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, Finlay Currie Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Janus Films 93 min. (p/s)

945 PM The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Staring Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Janus Films 161 min. (p/s)

1230 AM Black Narcissus (1947) Starring Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, David Farrar Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Janus Films 101 min. (p/s)

215 AM The Red Shoes (1948) Starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Janus Films 131 min. (p/s)

430 AM A Canterbury Tale (1944) Starring Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Janus Films 95 min. (p/s)


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Starring Ann Harding

615 AM Devotion (1931) Starring Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Robert Williams Directed by Robert Milton RKO Pathe 84 min.

745 AM Double Harness (1933) Starring William Powell, Ann Harding, Lucile Browne Directed by John Cromwell RKO 73 min.

900 AM Love from a Stranger (1937) Starring Ann Harding, Basil Rathbone, Binnie Hale Directed by Rowland Lee UA 87 min. (p/d)

1030 AM Peter Ibbetson (1935) Starring Gary Cooper, Ann Harding, Ida Lupino Directed by Henry Hathaway Paramount 88 min. Premiere #9

1200 PM Enchanted April (1935) Starring Ann Harding, Frank Morgan, Katharine Alexander Directed by Harry Beaumont RKO 66 min.

115 PM The Animal Kingdom (1932) Starring Leslie Howard, Ann Harding, Myrna Loy Directed by Edward Griffith RKO 86 min. (p/d)

245 PM Biography of a Bachelor Girl (1935) Starring Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, Edward Everett Horton Directed by Edward Griffith MGM 85 min.

415 PM When Ladies Meet (1933) Starring Ann Harding, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery Directed by Harry Beaumont MGM 83 min.

545 PM Prestige (1932) Starring Ann Harding, Adolphe Menjou, Melvyn Douglas Directed by Tay Garnett RKO 71 min.

700 PM Private Screenings: Angela Lansbury (2006)

Star of the Month: Thelma Ritter

800 PM The Mating Season (1951) Starring Thelma Ritter, Gene Tierney, Miriam Hopkins Directed by Mitchell Leisen Paramount 101 min. (p/s)

945 PM Rear Window (1954) Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Paramount 112 min. (p/s)

1145 PM Pillow Talk (1959) Starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall Directed by Michael Gordon Universal 102 min. (p/s)

130 AM Pickup on South Street (1953) Starring Richard Widmark, Thelma Ritter, Jean Simmons Directed by Sam Fuller 20th Century Fox 83 min. (p/s)

300 AM The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951) Starring Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter, Zero Mostel Directed by George Cukor 20th Century Fox 102 min. (p/s)

445 AM Perfect Strangers (1950) Starring Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, Thelma Ritter Directed by Bretaigne Windust WB 87 min. (p/s)


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Birthday, Judith Anderson!

615 AM And Then There Were None (1945) Starring Barry Fitzgerald, June Duprez, Judith Anderson Directed by Rene Clair 20th Century Fox 97 min. (p/s)

800 AM Laura (1944) Starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb Directed by Otto Preminger 20th Century Fox 88 min. (p/s)

930 AM The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott Directed by Lewis Milestone Paramount 117 min. (p/d)

1130 AM Rebecca (1940) Starring Joan Fontaine, Lawrence Olivier, Judith Anderson Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Selznick/UA 130 min. (p/s)

145 PM Kings Row (1942) Starring Ann Sheridan, Ronald Reagan, Claude Rains Directed by Sam Wood WB 130 min.

400 PM Lady Scarface (1941) Starring Judith Anderson, Dennis O'Keefe, Frances Neal Directed by Frank Woodruff RKO 69 min.

515 PM Tycoon (1947) Starring John Wayne, Laraine Day, Judith Anderson Directed by Richard Wallace RKO 130 min.

730 PM MGM Parade Episode #7 (1955)

Films TCM Will Never Show

800 PM The Ten Commandments (1956) Starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Yvonne De Carlo Directed by Cecil B. DeMille  Paramount 219 min. EO #1

1145 PM The Sound of Music (1965) Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker Directed by Robert Wise 20th Century Fox 175 min. EO #2

245 AM It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore Directed by Frank Capra Liberty/RKO 130 min. EO #3

500 AM Letty Lynton (1932) Starring Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Nils Asther Directed by Clarence Brown MGM 84 min. EO #4


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Birthday Tributes:  Leslie Nielsen, Kim Stanley, Eva Gabor

630 AM Airplane! (1980) Starring Robert Hayes, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker Paramount 88 min. (p/s)

800 AM Rosie! (1967) Starring Rosalind Russell, Sandra Dee, Leslie Nielsen Directed by David Lowell Rich Universal 98 min. Premiere #10

945 AM The Sheepman (1958) Starring Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Nielsen Directed by George Marshall MGM 86 min.

1115 AM Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Starring Kim Stanley, Richard Attenbourough, Nanette Newman Directed by Bryan Forbes Artixo Productions 115 min. (p/s)

115 PM The Goddess (1958) Starring Kim Stanley, Lloyd Bridges, Steve Hill Directed by John Cromwell Columbia 104 min. (p/s)

300 PM The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon Directed by Richard Brooks MGM 116 min. (p/d)

500 PM Don't Go Near the Water (1957) Starring Glenn Ford, Earl Holliman, Anne Francis Directed by Charles Walters MGM 107 min.

700 PM Private Screenings: Shirley MacLaine (2003)

Lillian Gish & D.W. Griffith

800 PM Orphans of the Storm (1921) Starring Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut Directed by D.W. Griffith UA 147 min. (p/s)

1030 PM Broken Blossoms (1919) Starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp Directed by D.W. Griffith UA 91 min. (p/s)

1215 AM Way Down East (1920) Starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman Directed by D.W. Griffith UA 130 min. (p/s)

230 AM Intolerance (1916) Staring Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, Lillian Gish Directed by D.W. Griffith UA 197 min. (p/s)


Friday, February 12, 2016

Their First Talkie

600 AM The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929) Starring Norma Shearer, Lewis Stone, H.B. Warner Directed by Bayard Vellier  MGM 113 min.

800 AM The Unholy Three (1930) Starring Lon Chaney, Lila Lee, Elliott Nugent Directed by Jack Conway MGM 72 min.

915 AM Coquette (1929) Starring Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore Directed by Sam Taylor UA 74 min. (p/s)

1030 AM Anna Christie (1930) Starring Greta Garbo, Charles Bickford, Marie Dressler Directed by Clarence Brown MGM 89 min.

1200 PM The Great Dictator (1940) Starring Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie Directed by Charles Chaplin UA 125 min. (p/s)

215 PM  One Romantic Night (1930) Starring Lillian Gish, Conrad Nagel, Marie Dressler Directed by Paul Stein UA 73 min. (p/s)

330 PM Free and Easy (1930) Starring Buster Keaton, Anita Page, Robert Montgomery Directed by Edward Sedgwick MGM 92 min.

515 PM Untamed (1929) Starring Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Ernest Torrence Directed by Jack Conway MGM 86 min.

645 PM Navy Blues (1929) Starring William Haines, Anita Page, Karl Dane Directed by Clarence Brown MGM 74 min.

Friday Night Spotlight: Fellini!

800 PM I Vitelloni (1953) Starring Alberto Sordi, Franco Interlenghi, Franco Fabrizi Directed by Federico Fellini Janus Films 101 min. (p/s)

945 PM La Strada (1954) Starring Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart Directed by Federico Fellini Janus Films 101 min. (p/s)

1130 PM Nights of Cabiria (1957) Starring Giuletta Masina, Francois Perier, Amedeo Nazzari Directed by Feederico Fellini Janus Films 116 min. (p/s)

130 AM La Dolce Vita (1960) Starring Marcello Mastrionni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimee Directed by Federico Fellini Janus Films 176 min. (p/s)

430 AM Ginger and Fred (1986) Starring Giuletta Masina, Marcello Mastrionni, Franco Fabrizi Directed by Federico Fellini MGM 125 min.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Birthday, Kim Novak!

645 AM Strangers When We Meet (1960) Starring Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Barbara Rush Directed by Richard Quine Columbia 117 min. (p/s)

845 AM Middle of the Night (1959) Starring Fredric March, Kim Novak, Glenda Farrell Directed by Delbert Mann Columbia 118 min. (p/s)

1045 AM Jeanne Eagels (1957) Starring Kim Novak, Jeff Chandler, Agnes Moorehead Directed by George Sidney 109 min. (p/s)

1245 PM Vertigo (1958) Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Paramount 128 min. (p/s)

300 PM The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker Directed by Otto Preminger Columbia 116 min. (p/s)

500 PM Bell, Book, and Candle (1958) Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon Directed by Richard Quine Columbia 109 min. (p/s)

700 PM Kim Novak: Live at the TCM Classic Film Festival (2013)

The Essentials/TCM Underground: Maggie Smith

800 PM The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Starring Maggie Smith, Pamala Franklin, Celia Johnson Directed by Ronald Neame 20th Century Fox 116 min. (p/s)

1000 PM Hot Millions (1968) Starring Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Bob Newhart Directed by Eric Till MGM 108 min.

1200 AM Young Cassidy (1965) Starring Rod Taylor, Maggie Smith, Julie Christie Directed by Jack Cardiff and John Ford MGM 110 min.

200 AM Underground: Murder by Death (1976) Starring Peter Falk, David Niven, Maggie Smith Directed by Robert Moore Columbia 93 min. (p/s)

345 AM Underground: The Honey Pot (1967) Starring Rex Harrison, Maggie Smith, Cliff Robertson Directed by Joseph Mankiewicz UA 131 min. (p/s)


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Taran_of_Prydain's Programming Notes:


Sunday daytime shows off the diverse output of Ealing Studios, best known for their comedies, but just as adept at making dramas as well. Sunday primetime presents the required theme of this challenge as a night of great Disney animated films from seven consecutive decades.
Monday daytime brings The French New Wave to light. The films presented capture the zeitgeist of this groundbreaking movement. Monday primetime focuses on the masterpieces made by the British filmmaking team known collectively as The Archers.
Ann Harding, one of the 30s most underrated actresses, gets a showcase of her own during Tuesday daytime, while Thelma Ritter, the screen's greatest character actress, gets the SOTM treatment that she richly deserves.
Another great character actress, Judith Anderson receives a birthday tribute on Wednesday showcasing her most memorable roles. Wednesday primetime consists of four films that will never be shown on TCM, the first three as they are leased out for exclusive airings on other networks, and the fourth due to legal reasons.
Thursday daytime consists of three birthday tributes to three very diverse individuals, Leslie Nielsen, Kim Stanley, and Eva Gabor. Thursday primetime features four of the collaborations between Lillian Gish and D.W. Griffith.
Friday showcases silent performers first foray into Talkies, while The Friday Night Showcase focuses on the films of Federico Fellini.
Saturday daytime is a birthday tribute to Kim Novak, one of the last studio-made stars. The Essentials and TCM Underground focus on Britain's gifted Maggie Smith, with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie serving as The Essential for the week, wile Underground is filled with a double feature of Murder by Death and The Honey Pot.
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Barton_Keyes' Schedule:


My schedule for the week of January 3 to January 9, 2016:


Sunday, January 3, 2016: Daytime


6:00AM The Longest Day (1962) John Wayne and Henry Fonda. Dir: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton and Bernhard Wicki. 20th Century Fox, 178 min. P/S


9:00AM The Big Country (1958) Gregory Peck and Jean Simmons. Dir: William Wyler. United Artists, 165 min. P/S


12:00PM The Petrified Forest (1936) Leslie Howard and Bette Davis. Dir: Archie Mayo. Warner Bros., 83 min.


1:45PM The African Queen (1951) Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Dir: John Huston. United Artists, 105 min. P/S


3:45PM True Grit (1969) John Wayne and Kim Darby. Dir: Henry Hathaway. Paramount Pictures, 128 min. P/S


6:00PM Rooster Cogburn (1975) John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn. Dir: Stuart Millar. Universal Pictures, 108 min. P/S


Sunday, January 3, 2016: Primetime – Quiz Shows


8:00PM Champagne for Caesar (1950) Ronald Colman and Celeste Holm. Dir: Richard Whorf. United Artists, 99 min. Premiere #1


9:45PM Quiz Show (1994) John Turturro and Ralph Fiennes. Dir: Robert Redford. Hollywood Pictures, 133 min. P/S


Sunday, January 3, 2016: Late Night – Silent Sunday Night/TCM Imports: Serial Killers


12:15AM The Lodger (1927) Ivor Novello and Marie Ault. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Gainsborough Pictures, 80 min. P/S


2:00AM (1931) Peter Lorre and Otto Wernicke. Dir: Fritz Lang. Paramount, 111 min. P/S


4:00AM 10 Rillington Place (1971) Richard Attenborough and John Hurt. Dir: Richard Fleischer. Columbia Pictures, 111 min. P/S


Monday, January 4, 2016: Daytime – Flying


6:00AM Wings (1927) Clara Bow and Gary Cooper. Dir: William A. Wellman. Paramount Pictures, 144 min. P/S


8:30AM Conquest of the Air (1936) Laurence Olivier. Dir: Zoltan Korda. United Artists, 71 min. P/S


10:00AM Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. Dir: Howard Hawks. Columbia Pictures, 121 min. P/S


12:15PM The Dawn Patrol (1938) Errol Flynn and David Niven. Dir: Edmund Goulding. Warner Bros., 103 min.


1:00PM Desperate Journey (1942) Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan. Dir: Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros., 107 min.


3:00PM Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) Van Johnson and Spencer Tracy. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 138 min.


5:30PM The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) James Stewart and Patricia Neal. Dir: Billy Wilder. Warner Bros., 135 min. P/S


Monday, January 4, 2016: Primetime – Wartime Romances


8:00PM A Farewell to Arms (1932) Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper. Dir: Frank Borzage. Paramount Pictures, 85 min. P/S


9:30PM Casablanca (1942) Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Dir: Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros., 102 min.


11:30PM The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson. Dir: Richard Brooks. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 116 min.


1:45AM The Americanization of Emily (1964) Julie Andrews and James Garner. Dir: Arthur Hiller. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 115 min. P/S


3:45AM The English Patient (1996) Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes. Dir: Anthony Minghella. Miramax, 162 min. P/S


Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Daytime – Jane Wyman’s Birthday


6:45AM Brother Rat and a Baby (1940) Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman. Dir: Ray Enright. Warner Bros., 87 min.


8:30AM Larceny, Inc. (1942) Edward G. Robinson and Jane Wyman. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. Warner Bros., 95 min. P/S


10:15AM The Lost Weekend (1945) Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. Dir: Billy Wilder. Paramount Pictures, 104 min. P/S


12:15AM The Yearling (1946) Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman. Dir: Clarence Brown. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 128 min. P/S


2:30PM Johnny Belinda (1948) Jane Wyman and Lew Ayres. Dir: Jean Negulesco. Warner Bros., 102 min. P/S


4:30PM Magnificent Obsession (1954) Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. Dir: Douglas Sirk. Universal International Pictures, 108 min. P/S


6:30PM All That Heaven Allows (1955) Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. Dir: Douglas Sirk. Universal International Pictures, 89 min. P/S


Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Primetime – Catholic Priests


8:00PM I Confess (1953) Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Warner Bros., 92 min. P/S


9:45PM On the Waterfront (1954) Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint. Dir: Elia Kazan. Columbia Pictures, 108 min. P/S


11:45PM Doubt (2008) Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Dir: John Patrick Shanley. Miramax, 105 min. P/S


1:45AM Going My Way (1944) Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Dir: Leo McCarey. Paramount Pictures, 128 min. P/S


4:00AM Boys Town (1938) Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. Dir: Norman Taurog. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 96 min.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016: Daytime – Hotels


6:00AM Grand Hotel (1932) Greta Garbo and John Barrymore. Dir: Edmund Goulding. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 110 min


8:00AM Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) Ginger Rogers and Lana Turner. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 130 min.


10:15AM Key Largo (1948) Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Dir: John Huston. Warner Bros., 101 min.


12:00PM Separate Tables (1958) David Niven and Deborah Kerr. Dir: Delbert Mann. United Artists, 100 min. P/S


1:45PM Hotel (1967) Rod Taylor and Karl Malden. Dir: Richard Quine Warner Bros., 124 min. P/S


4:00PM Plaza Suite (1971) Walter Matthau and Lee Grant. Dir: Arthur Hiller. Paramount Pictures, 114 min. P/S


6:00PM California Suite (1978) Maggie Smith and Alan Alda. Dir: Herbert Ross. Columbia Pictures, 103 min. P/S


Wednesday, January 6, 2016: Primetime – Star of the Month: Peter O’Toole


8:00PM Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Peter O’Toole and Alec Guinness. Dir: David Lean. Columbia Pictures, 222 min. P/S


12:00AM Zulu Dawn (1979) Burt Lancaster and Peter O’Toole. Dir: Douglas Hickox. American Cinema Releasing, 115 min. P/S


2:00AM The Last Emperor (1987) John Lone and Peter O’Toole. Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci. Columbia Pictures, 163 min. P/S


5:00AM Lord Jim (1965) Peter O’Toole and James Mason. Dir: Richard Brooks. Columbia Pictures, 154 min. P/S


Thursday, January 7, 2016: Daytime – Great Title Sequences


7:45AM My Man Godfrey (1936) William Powell and Carole Lombard. Dir: Gregory La Cava. Universal Pictures, 94 min. P/S


9:30AM Beauty and the Beast (1946) Jean Marais and Josette Day. Dir: Jean Cocteau. DisCina, 93 min. P/S


11:15AM The Thing from Another World (1951) Margaret Sheridan and Kenneth Tobey. Dir: Christian Nyby. RKO Radio Pictures, 87 min. P/S


12:45PM Around the World in 80 Days (1956)  David Niven and Shirley MacLaine. Dir: Michael Anderson. United Artists, 183 min. P/S


4:00PM The Parent Trap (1961) Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith. Dir: David Swift. Walt Disney Productions, 128 min. P/S


6:15PM Murder by Death (1976) David Niven and Maggie Smith. Dir: Robert Moore. Columbia Pictures, 94 min. P/S


Thursday, January 7, 2016: Primetime – The Afterlife


8:00PM Defending Your Life (1991) Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep. Dir: Meryl Streep. Warner Bros., 107 min. Premiere #2


10:00PM A Matter of Life and Death (1946) David Niven and Kim Hunter. Dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. J. Arthur Rank, 104 min. P/S


12:00AM Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Robert Montgomery and Evelyn Keyes. Dir: Alexander Hall. Columbia Pictures, 94 min. P/S


1:45AM Heaven Can Wait (1943) Gene Tierney and Don Ameche. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. 20th Century Fox, 112 min. P/S


3:45AM A Guy Named Joe (1943) Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne. Dir: Victor Fleming. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 122 min. P/S


Friday, January 8, 2016: Daytime – Noir


6:00AM Out of the Fog (1941) John Garfield and Ida Lupino. Dir: Anatole Litvak. Warner Bros., 85 min.


7:30AM The Woman in the Window (1944) Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett. Dir: Fritz Lang. RKO Radio Pictures, 99 min.


9:30PM This Gun For Hire (1942) Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Dir: Frank Tuttle. Paramount Pictures, 80 min. P/S


11:00AM The Blue Dahlia (1946) Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Dir: George Marshall. Paramount Pictures, 96 min. P/S


12:45PM Lady in the Lake (1947) Robert Montgomery and Audrey Totter. Dir: Robert Montgomery. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 105 min.


2:45PM Gilda (1946) Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. Dir: Charles Vidor. Columbia Pictures, 110 min. P/S


4:45PM The Lady From Shanghai (1948) Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. Dir: Orson Welles. Columbia Pictures, 87 min. P/S


6:30PM Act of Violence (1948) Van Heflin and Robert Ryan. Dir: Fred Zinnemann. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 82 min.


Friday, January 8, 2016: Primetime – Friday Night Spotlight: Noir/Neo-Noir


8:00PM The Maltese Falcon (1941) Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. Dir: John Huston. Warner Bros., 101 min.


10:00PM Chinatown (1974) Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Dir: Roman Polanski. Paramount Pictures, 131 min. P/S


12:30AM Murder, My Sweet (1944) Dick Powell and Claire Trevor. Dir: Edward Dmytryk. RKO Radio Pictures, 95 min.


2:15AM Farewell, My Lovely (1975) Robert Mitchum and Charlotte Rampling. Dir: Dick Richards. Avco Embassy Pictures, 95 min. Premiere #3


4:00AM Marlowe (1969) James Garner and Rita Moreno. Dir: Paul Bogart. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 96 min. P/S


Saturday, January 9, 2016: Daytime


6:00AM That’s Entertainment! (1974) Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. Dir: Jack Haley, Jr. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 134 min.


8:30AM Ninotchka (1939) Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 111 min.


10:30AM Silk Stockings (1957) Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. Dir: Rouben Mamoulian. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 117 min.


12:30PM The Philadelphia Story (1940) Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. Dir: George Cukor. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 112 min.


2:30PM High Society (1956) Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. Dir: Charles Walters. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 111 min.


4:30PM Roxie Hart (1942) Ginger Rogers and Adolphe Menjou. Dir: William A. Wellman. 20th Century Fox, 75 min. P/S


6:00PM Chicago (2002) Renée  Zellweger and Richard Gere. Dir: Rob Marshall. Miramax, 113 min. P/S


Saturday, January 9, 2016: Primetime – The Essentials: In-Laws


8:00PM Father of the Bride (1950) Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 92 min.


9:45PM The Birdcage (1996) Robin Williams and Gene Hackman. Dir: Mike Nichols. United Artists, 118 min. P/S


12:00AM The In-Laws (1979) Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. Dir: Arthur Hiller. Warner Bros., 105 min. P/S


Saturday, January 9, 2016: Late Night – TCM Underground: Dick Van Dyke


2:00AM Cold Turkey (1971) Dick Van Dyke and Bob Newhart. Dir: Norman Lear. United Artists, 101 min. P/S


4:00AM The Comic (1969) Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney. Dir: Carl Reiner. Columbia Pictures, 94 min. P/S

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Notes regarding the following schedule:


Sunday, January 3 includes a double feature of films about quiz shows, which includes the TCM premiere of Champagne for Caesar (1950).


This week's Silent Sunday Night feature and TCM Import are connected by the common theme of serial killers.


Monday, January 4 includes several films about flying in the daytime. The evening hours fulfill the requirements of the challenge, with a series of films about wartime romances through the years from 1932 to 1996.


Tuesday, January 5 is lent to a birthday celebration for Jane Wyman, with several of her best films airing today. The evening hours focus on the depiction of Catholic priests in the movies, played by (in the order in which the films will air) Montgomery Clift, Karl Malden, Philip Seymour Hoffmann, Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald and Spencer Tracy.


Wednesday, January 6 is comprised of a daytime marathon of films set in hotels. The evening hours are devoted to our Star of the Month Peter O'Toole; tonight we focus on his work in the epic/adventure genre, including his two appearances in Oscar-winning best pictures (Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and The Last Emperor (1987)).


Thursday, January 7 features a daytime lineup of films with great title sequences, spotlighting the work of artists like Saul Bass and Charles Addams. The evening hours feature some films which feature representations of the afterlife, beginning with the TCM premiere of Defending Your Life (1991).


Fridays this month feature daytime marathons of film noir, leading up to the Friday Night Spotlight which I call Noir/Neo-Noir, alternating back-and-forth between the two subgenres. This evening features the TCM premiere of Farewell, My Lovely (1975).


On Saturday, January 9, this week's 'Essential' Father of the Bride (1950) provides an excuse to showcase two more films featuring in-laws. The schedule for the week is finished off by a double feature of Dick Van Dyke in the TCM Underground.

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July 19, 2015

Daytime Theme: Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo

6:00am ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953) Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert. Dir. William Wyler.  Paramount. 118 mins (p/s).
8:00am FIVE CAME BACK (1939) Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie. Dir. John Farrow. RKO. 74 mins (p/s).
9:15am  THE SANDPIPER (1965) Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Eva Marie Saint. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. MGM. 116 mins (p/s).
11:15am KITTY FOYLE (1940) Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig. Dir. Sam Wood. RKO. 105 mins (p/s).

Daytime Theme: (Not So) Dream Homes

1:00pm THE LONG, LONG TRAILER (1954) Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main. Dir. Vincente Minnelli.  MGM. 95 mins (p/s).
2:45pm MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948) Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas. Dir. H.C. Potter. RKO. 93 mins (p/s).
4:30pm THE EGG AND I (1947) Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main. Dir. Chester Erskine. Universal. 108 mins (p/s).
6:30pm MA AND PA KETTLE (1949) Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long. Dir. Charles Lamont. Universal. 76 mins (p/s).

Guest Programmer: Paul Bunyan

8:00pm DAVY CROCKETT, KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER (1955) Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael. Dir. Norman Foster. Disney. 93 mins (p/s).
9:35pm JOHNNY APPLESEED (1948) Dennis Day. Disney. 19 mins. Short.
10:00pm ROBIN HOOD (1973) Roger Miller, Brian Bedford, Phil Harris. Dir. Wolfgang Reitherman. Disney. 83 mins. (Premiere #1).
11:30pm THE SWORD IN THE STONE (1963) Rickie Sorenson, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson. Dir. Wolfgang Reitherman. Disney. 75 mins (Premiere #2).    
12:45am A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT (1921) Harry Myers, Pauline Starke, Rosemary Theby. Dir. Emmett J. Flynn. Fox Film. 80 mins (Premiere-Exempt).
2:15am PEEKS AT HOLLYWOOD (1946). 9 mins. Short.
2:30am THE SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Kuninori Kodo. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. Cowboy Pictures. 207 mins (p/s).

July 20, 2015

Daytime Theme: The Magnificent Seven

6:00am THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960) Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen. Dir. John Sturges.  United Artists. 126 mins (p/s).
8:15am RETURN OF THE SEVEN (1966) Yul Brynner, Robert Fuller, Julian Mateos. Dir. Burt Kennedy. United Artists. 95 mins (p/s).
10:00am GUNS OF THE MAGNIFCENT SEVEN (1969) George Kennedy, James Whitmore, Monte Markham. Dir. Paul Wendkos. United Artists. 106 mins (p/s).
12:00pm THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN RIDE! (1972) Lee Van Cleef, Stefanie Powers, Michael Callan.  United Artists. 100 mins (p/s).

Daytime Theme: Starring Myrna Loy

1:45pm LIBELED LADY (1936) Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy. Dir. Jack Conway.  MGM. 98 mins (p/s).  
3:30pm THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946) Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews. Dir. William Wyler. RKO. 165 mins (p/s).
6:15pm THE RAINS CAME (1939) Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, George Brent. Dir. Clarence Brown. Fox. 100 mins (p/s).

PRIMETIME THEME: Happy Birthday Natalie Wood!

8:00pm BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE (1969) Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliot Gould. Dir. Paul Mazursky. Columbia. 104 mins. (p/s).
9:45pm LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER (1963) Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams. Dir. Robert Mulligan. Paramount. 100 mins (p/s).
11:30pm PENELOPE (1966) Natalie Wood, Ian Bannen, Dick Shawn. Dir. Arthur Hiller. MGM. 97 mins (p/s).
1:15am EDITH HEAD PRESENTS FASHION FROM "PENELOPE" (1966) Natalie Wood, Edith Head. MGM. 5 mins.
1:30am KINGS GO FORTH (1958) Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood. Dir. Delmer Daves. United Artists. 109 mins (p/s).
3:30am GYPSY (1962) Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden. Warner Brothers. 149 mins (p/s).

July 21, 2015

Daytime Theme: Train Travel

6:00am MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974) Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman. Dir. Sidney Lumet. EMI Films. 131 mins (p/s).
8:15am THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946) Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger. Dir. George Sidney. MGM. 101 mins (p/s).
10:00am SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932) Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong. Dir. Josef von Sternberg. Paramount. 80 mins (p/s).
11:30am STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Warner Brothers. 100 mins (p/s).

Daytime Theme: 'Escape' Films

1:15pm ESCAPE ME NEVER (1947) Errol Flynn, Ida Lupino, Eleanor Parker. Dir. Peter Godfrey. Warner Brothers. 101 mins (p/s).
3:00pm ESCAPE (1940) Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Conrad Veidt. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. MGM. 102 mins (p/s).
4:45pm THE ESCAPE ARTIST (1982) Griffin O'Neal, Raul Julia, Desi Arnaz. Dir. Caleb Deschanel. Orion Pictures. 94 mins (Premiere #3).
6:30pm TARZAN ESCAPES (1936) Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Buckler. Dir. John Farrow. MGM. 89 mins. (p/s).

PRIMETIME THEME: Happy Birthday Don Knotts!

8:00pm THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN (1966) Don Knotts, Joan Staley, Liam Redmond. Dir. Alan Rafkin. Universal. 90 mins (p/s).
9:30pm THE RELUCTANT ASTRONAUT (1967) Don Knotts, Leslie Nielsen, Joan Freeman. Dir. Edward J. Montagne. Universal. 102 mins (premiere #4)
11:15am HOW TO FRAME A F IGG (1971) Don Knotts, Joe Flynn, Edward Andrews. Dir. Alan Rafkin. Universal. 103 mins (premiere #5).
1:00am THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG (1975) Bill Bixby, Don Knotts, Susan Clark. Dir. Norman Tokar. Disney. 100 mins (p/s).
2:45am THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG RIDES AGAIN (1979).  Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Tim Matheson. Dir. Vincent McEveety. Disney. 88 mins (p/s).
4:15am THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET (1964). Don Knotts, Carole Cook, Jack Weston. Dir. Arthur Lubin.  Warner Brothers. 102 mins (p/s).

July 22, 2015

Daytime Theme: "Enchanted" Movies

6:00am ENCHANTED APRIL (1935) Ann Harding, Frank Morgan, Katharine Alexander. Dir. Harry Beaumont. RKO. 66 mins (p/s).
7:15am THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE (1945) Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young, Herbert Marshall. Dir. John Cromwell.  RKO. 91 mins (p/s).
9:00am ENCHANTED ISLAND (1958) Dana Andrews, Jane Powell, Don Dubbins. Dir. Allan Dwan. Warner Brothers. 93 mins (p/s).
10:45am ENCHANTMENT (1949) David Niven, Teresa Wright, Evelyn Keyes. Dir. Irving Reis. RKO. 102 mins (p/s).
12:30pm THE ENCHANTED POT (1962) 15 mins. Short.
12:45 pm NOW PLAYING JULY 2015. 30 mins.

Written by Garson Kanin & Starring Judy Holliday

1:15pm BORN YESTERDAY (1950) Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden. Dir. George Cukor. Columbia. 102 mins (p/s).
3:00pm ADAM'S RIB (1949) Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday. Dir. George Cukor. MGM. 101 mins (p/s).
4:45pm THE MARRYING KIND (1952) Judy Holliday, Aldo Ray, Madge Kennedy. Dir. George Cukor. Columbia. 92 mins (p/s).
6:30pm IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU (1954) Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford, Jack Lemmon. Dir. George Cukor.  Columbia. 81 mins (p/s).
PRIMETIME THEME: Betty Grable, Star of the Month

8:00pm SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES (1942) Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, John Payne. Dir. Irving Cummings. Fox. 90 mins (premiere #6).
9:30pm THE SHOCKING MISS PILGRIM (1947) Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Anne Revere.  Dir. George Seaton. Fox. 85 mins (premiere #7).
11:00pm MOON OVER MIAMI (1941) Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Robert Cummings. Dir. Walter Lang. Fox. 91 mins (p/s).
12:45am THE DOLLY SISTERS (1945) Betty Grable, John Payne, June Haver. Dir. Irving Cummings. Fox. 114 (p/s).
2:45am CONEY ISLAND (1943) Betty Grable, George Montgomery, Cesar Romero. Dir. Walter Lang. Fox. 90 mins (p/s).
4:15am DOWN ARGENTINE WAY (1940) Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda. Dir. Irving Cummings. Fox. 94 mins (p/s).

July 23, 2015

Daytime Theme: Gloria De Haven's 90th Birthday

6:00am SUMMER HOLIDAY (1948) Mickey Rooney, Gloria DeHaven, Walter Huston. Dir. Rouben Mamoulian. MGM. 92 mins. (p/s).
7:45am BETWEEN TWO WOMEN (1945) Van Johnson, Lionel Barrymore, Gloria DeHaven. Dir. Willis Goldbeck. MGM. 82 mins (p/s).
9:15am TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR (1944) June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, Van Johnson. Dir. Richard Thorpe. MGM. 124 mins (p/s).
11:30am SUMMER STOCK (1950) Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken. Dir. Charles Walters. MGM. 108 mins (p/s).
1:30pm THE METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STORY (1950) Lionel Barrymore, Dore Schary, Frank Whitbeck. Dir. Herman Hoffman. 60 mins. (p/s).  

Daytime Theme: Raymond Chandler's Birthday

2:30pm LADY IN THE LAKE (1947) Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan. Dir. Robert Montgomery. MGM. 103 mins (p/s).
4:15pm MURDER, MY SWEET (1944) Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley. Dir. Edward Dmytryk. RKO. 93 mins (p/s).
6:00pm THE BIG SLEEP (1946) Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgley. Dir. Howard Hawkes. Warner Brothers. 113 mins (p/s).

PRIMETIME THEME: Required Theme "As Time Goes By," Detectives through the decades.

8:00pm THE THIN MAN (1934) William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan. Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. MGM. 91 mins (p/s).
9:45pm THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George. Dir. John Huston. Warner Brothers. 100 mins (p/s).
11:30pm TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles. Dir. Orson Welles. Universal. 95 mins (p/s).
1:15am LADY IN CEMENT (1968) Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, Richard Conte. Dir. Gordon Douglas. Fox. 93 mins (Premiere #8).
3:00am PEEPER (1976) Michael Caine, Natalie Wood, Kitty Winn. Dir. Peter Wyams. Fox. 87 mins (Premiere #9).
4:30am DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (1982) Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Carl Reiner. Dir. Carl Reiner.  Universal. 89 mins (p/s).

July 24, 2015
Daytime Theme: Otto Preminger & Dana Andrews

6:00am LAURA (1944) Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb.  Dir. Otto Preminger. Fox. 87 mins (p/s).
7:30am FALLEN ANGEL (1945) Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell. Dir. Otto Preminger. Fox. 97 mins (p/s).
9:15am DAISY KENYON (1947) Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda. Dir. Otto Preminger. Fox. 98 mins (p/s).
11:00am WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950) Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill. Dir. Otto Preminger. Fox. 95 mins (p/s).

Daytime Theme: Scary Phone Calls

12:45pm MIDNIGHT LACE (1960) Doris Day, Rex Harrison, Myrna Loy. Dir. David Miller. Universal. 107 mins (p/s).
2:45pm SORRY WRONG NUMBER (1948) Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards. Dir. Anatole Litvak. Paramount. 89 mins (p/s).
4:15pm DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954) Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Warner Brothers. 105 mins (p/s).
6:00pm WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (1979) Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst. Dir. Fred Walton. United Artists. 97 mins (premiere #10).
7:45pm HOT DOG (1930) Dogville Comedy Short. 15 mins.

 Friday Night Spotlight: Dancing Ladies, Vera-Ellen

8:00pm WONDER MAN (1945) Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen. Dir. Bruce Humberstone. RKO. 95 mins (p/s).
9:45pm ON THE TOWN (1949) Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Vera-Ellen. Dir. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen. MGM. 97 mins. (p/s).
11:30 pm THREE LITTLE WORDS (1950) Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen. Dir. Richard Thorpe. MGM. 100 mins (p/s).
1:15am HAPPY GO LOVELY (1951) David Niven, Vera-Ellen, Cesar Romero. Dir. Bruce Humberstone. RKO. 87 mins (p/s).
2:45am THE BELLE OF NEW YORK (1952) Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Marjorie Main. Dir. Charles Walters. MGM. 80 mins (p/s).
4:15am LET'S BE HAPPY (1957) Vera-Ellen, Tony Martin, Robert Flemyng. Dir. Henry Levin. Allied Artists. 93 mins (p/s).

July 25, 2015

Daytime Theme: Tennessee Williams

6:00am A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1952) Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter. Dir. Elia Kazan.  Warner Brothers. 125 mins (p/s).
8:15am SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER (1959) Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift. Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Columbia. 112 mins (p/s).
10:15am CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958) Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives. Dir. Richard Brooks. MGM. 108 mins (p/s).
12:15pm THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1964) Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr. Dir. John Huston.  MGM. 125 mins (p/s).

Daytime Theme: Face Movies

2:30pm A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957) Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa. Dir. Elia Kazan.  Warner Brothers. 125 mins (p/s).
4:45pm FUNNY FACE (1957) Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson. Dir. Stanley Donen. Paramount. 103 mins. (p/s).
6:30PM BABY FACE (1933) Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook. Dir. Alfred E. Green. Warner Brothers. 76 mins. (p/s).

The Essentials: Films That Take Place in Kansas

8:00pm PAPER MOON (1973) Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn. Dir. Peter Bogdanovich. Paramount. 102 mins (p/s).
9:45pm DODGE CITY (1939) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 104 mins (p/s).
11:30pm DODGE CITY: GO WEST, ERROL FLYNN (2005). 9 mins. Short.
11:45pm PICNIC (1955) William Holden, Kim Novak, Betty Field. Dir. Joshua Logan. Columbia. 113 mins (p/s).
1:45am CARSON ON TCM: WILLIAM HOLDEN (1976). 12 mins (p/s).  

Underground: Queens in Space

2:00am BARBARELLA (1968) Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg. Dir. Roger Vadim. Paramount. 98 mins. (p/s).
3:45am QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE (1958) Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming, Lisa Davis. Dir. Edward Bernds. Allied Artists. 80 mins (p/s).
5:15am THE GRANDMOTHER (1970) Dir. David Lynch. Short. 34 mins.

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Schedule for Sunday, July 19, 2015 through Saturday, July 25, 2015


Star of the Month: Betty Grable


Friday Night Spotlight: Dancing Ladies


TCM Silent Sunday:  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court  (1921)


TCM Imports:  The Seven Samurai (1954)


The Essentials: Paper Moon (1973)


Underground: Space Queens


Required Themes:  As Time Goes By: Detectives Through the Decades


Guest Programmer:  Paul Bunyan


Robin Hood (1973)
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
How to Frame a F igg (1971)
Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
Peeper (1976)
Lady in Cement (1968)
The Escape Artist (1982)
When a Stranger Calls (1979)

Exempt Premieres
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1921) Silent Sunday Night

Sunday, July 19, 2015


We start the morning off with four films written by Dalton Trumbo.  Trumbo was part of the “Hollywood Ten.”  Trumbo, (along with nine of his colleagues) refused to answer the House Un-American Activities Committee’s (HUAC) questions about his involvement with the Communist Party.   As a result, he along with nine other members of the Hollywood community were blacklisted.  Trumbo used a front writer for some of his screenplays.  He used the pseudonym “Robert Rich” to submit other works.  He won two Academy Awards while blacklisted, one for Roman Holiday (which was awarded to his front writer, Ian McLellan Hunter) and the other for The Brave One awarded to “Robert Rich.” In the afternoon, we showcase four couples moving into what they think is their dream house, only for it to go awry quickly.  In the evening, the legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan joins us to select his favorite Disney programming.  Bunyan, a folk hero himself, selected three of his favorite films about his fellow legends—Davy Crockett, Robin Hood and King Arthur.  Two of Bunyan’s films are TCM premieres: Robin Hood and The Sword in the Stone. He also selected a short film about another American legend: Johnny Appleseed.  After The Sword in the Stone, we are continuing the King Arthur legend with our Silent Sunday Night selection: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.  Our TCM Imports selection this evening is Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Continuing with The Seven Samurai, we are showcasing The Magnificent Seven, an Old-West style remake of The Seven Samurai.  We're also showing all three of the 'Magnificent' sequels.  In the afternoon, we are airing three films featuring Hollywood’s “Perfect Wife,” Myrna Loy.  Monday night is a Natalie Wood birthday salute, featuring five of her most popular films from the peak of her career.  She worked with a variety of different stars, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Rosalind Russell to Steve McQueen.  


Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Today we are saluting a bygone form of travel—train travel.  Prior to The Golden Age of Flying in the 1950s and 1960s, Americans preferred to travel by rail.  Trains were luxurious and exciting.  This morning we’re featuring four train-oriented films.   In the afternoon, “escape” into our escape themed films.  Some escapes are literal (Tarzan Escapes) and others are more figurative (Escape Me Never).  Make sure to tune in for the premiere of The Escape Artist, featuring everyone’s favorite Cuban bandleader, Desi “Ricky Ricardo” Arnaz.  In the evening, we’re celebrating the birthday of Don Knotts.  See Knotts in five of his most popular films, including the premieres of The Reluctant Astronaut and How to Frame a F igg.


Wednesday, July 22, 2014


This morning, we’re airing a series of “Enchanted” films.  In the afternoon, we’re showcasing one of Hollywood’s best collaborations: Garson Kanin and Judy Holliday.  Coincidentally, George Cukor directed all four of these films.  The combination of Kanin and Holliday produced some of Hollywood’s best loved films including Born Yesterday which brought Holliday an Oscar for Best Actress.  In the evening, we’re showcasing our Star of the Month, Betty Grable, in six of her most famous musicals.  Tune in for the premiere of two of her best films: Springtime in the Rockies and The Shocking Miss Pilgrim.


Thursday, July 23, 2015


This morning we celebrate Gloria DeHaven’s 90th birthday with four of her best films at MGM includingSummer Stock, Judy Garland’s final collaboration with pal Gene Kelly and final film at MGM.  Be prepared to be immersed in the world of film noir as we celebrate author Raymond Chandler’s birthday with three films featuring his detective, Phillip Marlowe.  We continue the detective theme into the evening with six films showcasing gumshoes through the decades.  Be sure to watch the premiere of Peeper starring Michael Caine and Natalie Wood.  The evening wraps up with Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, a film spoofing all the detective films of yore.


Friday, July 24, 2015


This morning features another successful collaboration, Otto Preminger and Dana Andrews.  This theme is bookended by two of the best film noirs: Laura and Where the Sidewalk Ends.  This afternoon, we’re being terrorized by scary phone calls, including the scariest call of all in When a Stranger Calls, a premiere for TCM.  All July, we’ve been showcasing Dancing Ladies as part of our Friday Night Spotlight.  Last week was Ann Miller and this week we’ll be featuring Vera-Ellen, one of the few dancers to dance with both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.   We’re starting the evening with Vera-Ellen’s first film, Wonder Man and concluding with her last, Let’s Be Happy.  Vera-Ellen was one of Hollywood’s best dancers and an underrated talent.  

Saturday, July 25, 2015


We’re starting off the weekend with a series of films based on Tennessee Williams’ plays.  In the afternoon, we’re facing off with “Face” movies including the pre-code film, Baby Face, featuring Barbara Stanwyck and a young John Wayne.  In the evening, it’s time for another installment of TCM’s The Essentials.  Tonight’s theme features films that take place in “The Sunflower State,” Kansas.  Our Essential this evening is Paper Moon, a film that takes place during The Great Depression and features Ryan O’Neal as a con artist who is forced to take an orphan (Tatum O’Neal) on a road trip to her aunt’s home.  Along the way, the O’Neals con and scheme their way across the Midwest and discover a little about themselves along the way.   We conclude the Kansas-themed films with two additional selections: Dodge City and Picnic.  Our Underground selections celebrate space queens  Barbarella (Queen of the Galaxy) and Talleah (Queen of Outer Space).

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Week of April 19-25, 2015

SOTM: Robert Cummings

THE ESSENTIALS: Swing Time (1936)


TCM IMPORTS: Children of Heaven (1997)

TCM UNDERGROUND: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

AS TIME GOES BY CHALLENGE: Roulette through the decades

FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT: Hollywood’s Blacklist


  1. Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)
  2. Blithe Spirit (1945)
  3. Fantasia (1940)
  4. Goodbye, Charlie (1964)
  5. The Picture Show Man (1977)
  6. Pinocchio (1940)
  7. The Sound of Music (1965)
  8. What a Way to Go (1964
  9. What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968))
  10. White Wilderness (1958)


  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  2. Song of the South (1946)
  3. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  4. The Ten Commandments (1956)


--------------------SUNDAY APRIL 19, 2015----------------------



6:00am The Matchmaker (1958) Shirley Booth & Paul Ford, dir Joseph Anthony, Paramount 103min (p/s)

7:45am Hello, Dolly! (1969) Barbra Streisand & Walter Matthau, dir Gene Kelly FOX 146min (p/s)

10:15am Romeo and Juliet (1968) Leonard Whiting & Olivia Hussey, dir Franco Zeffirelli, Paramount 138min (p/s)

12:45pm West Side Story (1961) Natalie Wood & George Chakiris, dir Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins UA 152min (p/s)

3:30pm Pygmalion (1938) Leslie Howard & Wendy Hiller, dir Anthony Asquith MGM 89min (p/s)

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



75th Anniversary of both Fantasia & Pinocchio

8:00pm SHORT: Steamboat Willie (1928) Walt Disney, dir Ub Iwerks & Walt Disney, Disney 8min

8:15pm Fantasia (1940) Leopold Stokowski & Deems Taylor, dir James Algar, Disney 125min PREMIERE

10:30pm SHORT: The Old Mill (1937) dir Wilfred Jackson, Disney 9min

10:45pm Pinocchio (1940) Dickie Jones & Christian Rub, dir Norman Ferguson, Disney 88min PREMIERE

12:15am SHORT: The Olympic Champ (1942) George Johnson & John McLeish, dir Jack Kinney, Disney 7min

12:30am White Wilderness (1958) Winston Hibler & Volmer Sorensen, dir James Algar, Disney 72min PREMIERE

1:45am SHORT: Lonesome Ghosts (1937) Billy Bletcher & Walt Disney, dir Burt Gillett, Disney 9min



Only movie to win an Oscar for Best Title Writing

2:00am SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: The Red Mill (1927) Marion Davies & Owen Moore, dir Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle MGM 74min (p/s)

Only Best Foreign Language Film winner from Iran

3:15am TCM IMPORTS: Children of Heaven (1997) Mohammed Amir Naji & Amir Farrokh Hashemian, dir Majid Majidi, The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults 89min EXEMPT


----------------------MONDAY APRIL 20, 2015-----------------------



Only person named Oscar to win an Oscar (lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II)

4:45am State Fair (1945) Jeanne Crain & Dana Andrews, dir Walter Lang FOX 100min (p/s)

Only Oscar winner who won for playing an Oscar loser (Maggie Smith)

6:30am California Suite (1978) Maggie Smith & Michael Caine, dir Herbert Ross, Columbia 103min (p/s)

Only silent film to win Best Picture/only film to win an Oscar for Best Engineering Effects

8:15am Wings (1927) Clara Bow & Richard Arlen, dir William A Wellman, Paramount 144min (p/s)

Only performer to get 2 Oscar nominations for the same role (Barry Fitzgerald)

10:45am Going My Way (1944) Bing Crosby & Barry Fitzgerald, dir Leo McCarey, Paramount 126min (p/s)

Only performer to win 2 Oscars for the same performance (Harold Russell)

1:00pm The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Frederic March & Myrna Loy, dir William Wyler, Goldwyn 171min (p/s)

Only movie to win an Oscar for Best Picture: Unique and Artistic Production

4:00pm Sunrise (1927) George O’Brien & Janet Gaynor, dir FW Murnau FOX 94min (p/s)

Only write-in Oscar winner (Best Cinematography: Hal Mohr)

5:45pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) James Cagney & Mickey Rooney, dir William Dieterle & Max Reinhardt WB 133min (p/s)



8:00pm Ikiru (1952) Takashi Shimura & Nobuo Kaneko, dir Akira Kurosawa, Toho 143min (p/s)

10:30pm Grand Hotel (1932) Greta Garbo & Lionel Barrymore, dir Edmund Goulding MGM 112min (p/s)

12:30am The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Gary Cooper & Teresa Wright, dir Sam Wood, Goldwyn 128min (p/s)

2:45am One Way Passage (1932) William Powell & Kay Francis, dir Tay Garnett WB 67min (p/s)


----------------------TUESDAY APRIL 21, 2015--------------------



4:00am Callaway Went Thataway (1951) Fred MacMurray & Howard Keel, dir Norman Panama & Melvin Frank MGM 81min (p/s)

5:30am My Favorite Blonde (1942) Bob Hope & Madeleine Carroll, dir Sidney Lanfield, Paramount 78min (p/s)

7:00am White Christmas (1954) Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye, dir Michael Curtiz Paramount 120min (p/s)

9:00am Road to Utopia (1946) Bing Crosby & Bob Hope, dir Hal Walker, Paramount 90min (p/s)

10:30am Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) Cary Grant & Myrna Loy, dir HC Potter RKO 94min (p/s)



12:15pm Heaven Can Wait (1978) Warren Beatty & James Mason, dir Warren Beatty & Buck Henry, Paramount 101min (p/s)

2:00pm Carousel (1956) Shirley Jones & Gordon MacRae, dir Henry King FOX 128min (p/s)

4:15pm Blithe Spirit (1945) Rex Harrison & Constance Cummings, dir David Lean UA 96min PREMIERE

6:00pm Goodbye, Charlie (1964) Tony Curtis & Debbie Reynolds, dir Vincente Minnelli FOX 117min PREMIERE



8:00pm It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) James Stewart & Donna Reed, dir Frank Capra, Liberty Films 130min EO#1

10:15pm Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) Mark Hamill & Alec Guinness, dir George Lucas FOX 121min EO#2

12:30am Song of the South (1946) James Baskett & Bobby Driscoll, dir Wilfred Jackson & Harvey Foster, Disney 94min EO#3

2:15am The Ten Commandments (1956) Charlton Heston & Yul Brynner, dir Cecil B DeMille FOX 220min EO#4


---------------WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2015------------------



6:00am Key Largo (1948) Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall, dir John Huston WB 100min (p/s)

7:45am The Goodbye Girl (1977) Richard Dreyfus & Marsha Mason, dir Herbert Ross (written by Neil Simon) WB 111min (p/s)

9:45am Don’t Fence Me In (1945) Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, dir John English, Republic 71min (p/s)

11:00am Modern Times (1936) Charles Chaplin & Paulette Goddard, dir Charles Chaplin UA 87min (p/s)

12:30pm The Long, Hot Summer (1958) Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward, dir Martin Ritt FOX 115min (p/s)

2:30pm The Pirate (1948) Judy Garland & Gene Kelly, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 102min (p/s)

4:15pm Who Was That Lady? (1960) Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh, dir George Sidney, Columbia 115min (p/s)

6:15pm The Court Jester (1955) Danny Kaye & Glynis Johns, dir Norman Panama & Melvin Frank (songs by Sylvia Fine), Paramount 101min (p/s)



8:00pm What a Way to Go (1964) Shirley MacLaine & Robert Cummings, dir J Lee Thompson, FOX 111min PREMIERE

10:00pm Saboteur (1942) Robert Cummings & Priscilla Lane, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Universal 109min (p/s)

12:00am The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) Jean Arthur & Robert Cummings, dir Sam Wood RKO 92min (p/s)

1:45am Dial M for Murder (1954) Grace Kelly & Robert Cummings, dir Alfred Hitchcock WB 105min (p/s)

3:30am Lucky Me (1954) Doris Day & Robert Cummings, dir Jack Donohue WB 100min (p/s)


---------------THURSDAY APRIL 23, 2015---------------



5:15am The Quiet Man (1952) Mildred Natwick & John Wayne, dir John Ford RKO 130min (p/s)

7:30am Barefoot in the Park (1967) Jane Fonda & Robert Redford, dir Gene Saks, Paramount 106min (p/s)

9:30am The Trouble With Harry (1955) John Forsythe & Shirley MacLaine, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 99min (p/s)

11:15am She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) John Wayne & Joanne Dru, dir John Ford RKO 103min (p/s)



1:00pm Silent Movie (1976) Mel Brooks & Dom DeLuise, dir Mel Brooks, Brooksfilms 87min (p/s)

2:30pm The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) Doris Day & Rod Taylor, dir Frank Tashlin MGM 110min (p/s)

4:30pm The Cheap Detective (1978) Peter Falk & Eileen Brennan, dir Robert Moore, Columbia 92min (p/s)

6:15pm What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) George Peppard & Mary Tyler Moore, dir George Seaton Universal 94min PREMIERE



8:00pm Now, Voyager (1942) Bette Davis & Paul Henreid, dir Irving Rapper WB 117min (p/s)

10:00pm A Raisin in the Sun (1961) Sidney Poitier & Claudia McNeil, dir Daniel Petrie, Columbia 128min (p/s)

12:15am A Passage to India (1984) Judy Davis & Peggy Ashcroft, dir David Lean, Columbia 164min (p/s)

3:00am Paths of Glory (1957) Kirk Douglas & Ralph Meeker, dir Stanley Kubrick UA 88min (p/s)

4:30am Of Mice and Men (1939) Lon Chaney Jr & Burgess Meredith, dir Lewis Milestone UA 105min (p/s)


---------------FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2015-------------------



6:15am Third Man on the Mountain (1959) Michael Rennie & James MacArthur, dir Ken Annakin, Disney 105min (p/s)

8:00am Goldfinger (1964) Sean Connery & Gert Frobe, dir Guy Hamilton UA 110min (p/s)

10:00am The Great Escape (1963) James Garner & Steve McQueen, dir John Sturges UA 172min (p/s)

1:00pm Scott of the Antarctic (1948) John Mills & Derek Bond, dir Charles Frend, Ealing 111min (p/s)

3:00pm The Pink Panther (1963) Peter Sellers & David Niven, dir Blake Edwards UA 115min (p/s)

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



8:00pm Dalton Trumbo & Ian McLellan Hunter – Roman Holiday (1953) Gregory Peck & Audrey Hepburn, dir William Wyler, Paramount 118min (p/s)

10:00pm Alvah Bessie & Lester Cole – Objective, Burma (1945) Errol Flynn & James Brown, dir Raoul Walsh WB 142min (p/s)

12:30am Edward Dmytryk & Adrian Scott – Murder, My Sweet (1944) Dick Powell & Claire Trevor, dir Edward Dmytryk RKO 95min (p/s)

2:15am Ring Lardner Jr, Ruth Gordon & Garson Kanin – Woman of the Year (1942) Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn, dir George Stevens MGM 114min (p/s)

4:15am Albert Maltz – SHORT: The House I Live In (1945) Frank Sinatra, dir Mervyn LeRoy RKO 11min (p/s)

4:30am Samuel Ornitz – SHORT: The Case of Lena Smith (1929) Esther Ralston & James Hall, dir Josef Von Sternberg, Paramount 4min


-----------SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2015--------------



Celebrating Australian & New Zealander Films & Filmmakers (Those Underlined)

4:45am Gallipoli (1981) Mel Gibson & Mark Lee, dir Peter Weir, The Australian Film Commission 110min (p/s)

6:45am Network (1976) Faye Dunaway & Peter Finch, dir Sidney Lumet MGM/UA 121min (p/s)

9:00am The King’s Speech (2010) Colin Firth & Geoffrey Rush, dir Tom Hooper, Weinstein 118min (p/s)

11:00am Edge of Darkness (1943) Errol Flynn & Judith Anderson, dir Lewis Milestone (Gowns by Orry-Kelly) WB 119min (p/s)

1:00pm Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Cate Blanchett & Karl Urban, dir Peter Jackson, New Line 201min (p/s)

4:30pm Lady for a Day (1933) May Robson & Warren William, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 96min (p/s)

6:15pm The Picture Show Man (1977) Rod Taylor & John Meillon, dir John Power, Australian Film Commission 99minPREMIERE



8:00pm THE ESSENTIALS: Swing Time (1936) Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, dir George Stevens RKO 103min

9:45pm The Big Sleep (1946) Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall, dir Howard Hawks WB 114min (p/s)

11:45pm Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968) Dean Jones & Peter Ustinov, dir Robert Stevenson DISNEY 106min PREMIERE

1:45am Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) James Garner & Suzanne Pleshette, dir Burt Kennedy UA 91min (p/s)

3:30am TCM UNDERGROUND: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) Steve Martin & Michael Caine, dir Frank Oz, Orion 110min EXEMPT

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LonesomePolecat’s Programming Notes


First of all, thanks for running the show, SansFin. Great challenge and lots of fun to put together. And now for my usual overly long explanation of what I’ve done.



It’s pretty normal for a play to be made into a film or for a play to be made into a musical, but it’s rare for both the stage play and the stage musical versions to be made into a film. Sometimes the story gets three out of four, like RAISIN IN THE SUN (the stage musical is called simply RAISIN). Therefore it’s worth looking at the rare ones who made it to all four incarnations, and it’s even more interesting to see them back to back to see the changes. If you’re familiar with the stage versions it’s fun to compare what made it to the film. For example, in the stage version of THE MATCHMAKER, there’s a funny and spotty aunt that never made any other version, and the stage version of MY FAIR LADY is more based on the screenplay of PYGMALION than the stage play. And the script of the film WEST SIDE STORY is way the heck better than the stage script.



75th Anniversary of both Fantasia & Pinocchio

I am a Disney Kid from way back so I was super excited to schedule some Disney cartoons. I should say I intentionally chose FANTASIA and PINOCCHIO because they are 75 this year, but it’s actually because I truly think they are Disney’s two greatest animated films. FANTASIA is such a masterpiece that to me it is in a class all on its own. I easily could have scheduled all feature cartoons, but then I remembered the fun and varied programming of the first night of TREASURES FROM THE DISNEY VAULT that was recently on TCM and decided to follow that model. So in addition to the two animated films, I have a representation of the 4 best short cartoons (those Goofy “How To” toons are my favorite kinds) and a feature documentary from Disney’s amazing “True Life Adventure” series.



I disagree with the Academy on most things, but I find Oscar Trivia fascinating. So here is a whole day of Oscar feats that only apply to one person or movie. This is also a good excuse to show one of the greatest foreign language films of all time, CHILDREN OF HEAVEN, about some poor Iranian kids who ahvre to share a pair of shoes. The one I find most fascinating is that Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for his role in GOING MY WAY. That just tells you how much they loved him (I love him too).



These are four movies about terminal illnesses. THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES is of course about Lou Gehrig, who died from the same disease that took my mom’s cousin, and though it is great, I think IKIRU is the best of the bunch. This is yet another great movie from Akira Kurosawa about a man who knows he is dying but fights deep seeded city corruption to get a park built before he dies. Definitely a must-see.



I love the wit of this guy’s scripts, so it was great to have an excuse to feature him. Along with his partner Melvin Frank, they also wrote and directed THE COURT JESTER (shown later in the schedule) and both the stage and film versions of the musical LI’L ABNER. It’s no surprise to me that they wrote my favorite Road movie, ROAD TO UTOPIA, which has Robert Benchley supposedly helping the audience understand the plot. And don’t tell James Stewart, but WHITE CHRISTMAS is my favorite holiday movie of all time—I love the way Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby speak that hilarious dialogue. “My dear friend, when what’s left of you gets around to what’s left to be gotten, what’s left to be gotten won’t be worth getting whatever it is you’ve got left!”



These are all movies that have their own versions of where we go when we die. All are comedies that aren’t trying to pretend that this is real doctrine, so there is no need to look here for real answers. The real reason for this theme is to schedule BLITHE SPIRIT. I got to see Angela Lansbury in the revival of BLITHE SPIRIT at the Ahmanson in LA just one month ago and it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had in the theater. I love Angela Lansbury so much and it was amazing to watch her as the wacky Medium who brings the leading man’s dead wife back to life. I’ve never seen the movie, though, but I’ll have to now that I know it’s a David Lean film.



For this optional challenge I chose two movies that TCM would never get the rights to due to other networks’ previous claims and two that the filmmakers would never let go. George Lucas wants us to forget there even is an original version of the original STAR WARS, so he would never let anyone show it on TV (maybe after he’s dead). And Disney is so embarrassed about SONG OF THE SOUTH they’d never let it be seen anywhere, which is funny since we see way more offensive stuff on TCM.



These are all films that husbands and wives worked on together while they were still married. I could have filled this with famous on-screen couples like Bogie and Bacall, but I made sure half of the films were a performer working with their off-screen spouse, like Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. There are way more couples than this (I intentionally left off Lizzie and Burton because they kinda drive me nuts), so this could easily also be a Friday Night Spotlight.



I love this unappreciated actor so much. He was never nominated for an Oscar, but he enjoyed a long career in which he worked with many top leading ladies and directors. He did everything from suspense to comedy to drama to musicals, and even did an Annette Funicello beach movie. In WHAT A WAY TO GO (one of my pet premieres), he plays the psychiatrist who hears Shirley MacLaine’s hilarious story of marrying and burying husband after husband and says, “You don’t need a psychiatrist; you need your head examined!” The only acting award he ever received was for something I couldn’t schedule—he won an Emmy for playing Juror #8 in the original TV movie version of 12 ANGRY MEN (played on the screen by Henry Fonda). Luckily, thanks to technology we can watch this performance anytime on youtube, and I highly recommend it.



On Thursday we look at the works of two great and contrasting character actors whom I love to bits. Mildred’s best performance of the bunch might be the one she originated on Broadway: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. She also steals THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY with her talk of Blueberry Muffins. Dom DeLuise’s set could have been all Mel Brooks works, but I chose SILENT MOVIE of the lot because he is one of the three main characters who is in almost every scene (and because it’s hilarious).



These are movies whose titles are taken from poems, but not movies based on poems (yes, those exist). It’s interesting that all movies with poetic titles are dramatic—no wacky comedies here, but all great stuff. A PASSAGE TO INDIA is my favorite of this bunch and is completely awesome, but PATHS OF GLORY is a fantastic one I never even heard of til TCM showed it on their recent tribute to WWI. To find out which poems they come from and who wrote the poems, consult your local internet.



When TCM showed THIRD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN during their recent “Treasures from the TCM Vault,” I was in love. This movie makes you want to jump into the screen and go to the gorgeous Alps. On this Friday we have a whole set of movies that are actually filmed in the Alps and all the better for it. My family came from the Italian Alps, so maybe they’re in my blood and I’m just biased, the Alps are even more gorgeous than they look on screen.



This month’s Friday Night Spotlight is a tribute to those who were blacklisted during that crazy McCarthy era we now laugh about in school when people were so afraid of communism they wouldn’t let named communists work in Hollywood. There is such a huge list of blacklisted actors, directors, and other filmmakers that I decided to focus this evening on The Hollywood Ten (and even then I didn’t have time to get all ten), with a few others who worked with them on their scheduled film. The interesting thing about ROMAN HOLIDAY is that Dalton Trumbo worked under the smoke screen of Ian McLellan Hunter, then won the Oscar, and then Hunter also got blacklisted! Humans are so paranoid.



Celebrating Australian & New Zealander Films & Filmmakers (Those Underlined)

On April 25, 1915 many Australians and New Zealanders died fighting the Gallipoli campaign. To honor them, I honor all Aussie/NZer actors and filmmakers, with a special effort to show films actually made Down Under. There turned out to be so darn many I never even knew about that here again, this could be a Friday Night Spotlight as well. When Rod Taylor died recently many people on the threads said how much they wanted to see his Australian movie THE PICTURE SHOW MAN (about Aussie film pioneers), so I decided I wanted to see it too (love Rod!). Then of course I had to show the film that tells the story of the day, GALLIPOLI. I hate to schedule recent movies but I had to make two exceptions: THE KING’S SPEECH because it features Aussie Oscar Winner Geoffrey Rush playing real life Aussie hero Lionel Logue who aided King George VI with his stutter at a time when speech making was critical; and LOTR: RETURN OF THE KING because it is filmed on location in New Zealand by an almost completely New Zealander crew, and is a masterpiece of NZ filmmaking.



Finally, the As Time Goes By challenge is fulfilled with roulette through the decades. The title of this theme comes from SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER, in which Latago Smith (James Garner) continuously mocks people who play roulette, then blows all his money playing it himself. The funniest roulette moment in this group is in BLACKBEARD’S GHOST: to save Blackbeard’s descendants, the ghost (played brilliantly by Peter Ustinov) moves either the ball or the chips so Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette can win every time. Just when they win back all the money they need for the mortgage, Suzie goes crazy thinking how much more money they can win. This is a movie we watch every Halloween and every year it gets funnier.


And on that note, we say farewell to another schedule for another challenge. Thanks again, SansFin!




20s- 5

30s- 10

40s- 27

50s- 16

60s- 16

70s- 9

80s- 3

90s- 1

00s- 1

10s- 1

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lydecker's Schedule:


February 7 – 13, 2016


SUNDAYFebruary 7, 2016


DAYTIME/PRIMETIME“I appreciate this whole seduction thing you’ve got going on here,

but let me give you a tip  -- I’m a sure thing.”

Friendly - For A Price.


6 AM Virtue (1932) Carole Lombard & Pat O’Brien. Dir:  Edward Buzzell. Columbia, 66 min. p/s

7:15 AM Safe in Hell (1931) Dorothy Mackaill & Donald Cook. Dir:  William Wellman. First National, 77 min. p/s

8:45 AM Never on Sunday (1960) Melina Mercouri & Jules Dasin. Dir:  Jules Dasin. Lopert Picture Co., 90 min. p/s

10:15 AM Irma La Douce (1963) Jack Lemmon & Shirley MacLaine. Dir:  Billy Wilder. United Artists, 147 min. p/s

12:45 PM Midnight Cowboy (1969) Dustin Hoffman & Jon Voight. Dir:  John Schlesinger. United Artists, 113 min. p/s

2:45 PM The Sting (1973) Paul Newman & Robert Redford. Dir:  George Roy Hill. Universal, 129 min. p/s

5 PM Waterloo Bridge (1931) Mae Clarke & Kent Douglass. Dir:  James Whale. Universal, 81 min. p/s

6:30 PM Frisco Jenny (1932) Ruth Chatterton & Louis Calhern. Dir:  William Wellman. First National/Warner Bros., 75 min. p/s

8 PM Pretty Woman (1990) Julia Roberts & Richard Gere. Dir:  Garry Marshall. Touchstone Pictures, 119 min. Premiere.

10 PM Waterloo Bridge (1940) Vivien Leigh & Robert Taylor. Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy. MGM, 108 min. p/s


LATE NIGHT: “He’s acting like he wants to buy me.”

Silent Sunday/TCM Imports


12 AM Pandora’s Box (1929) Louise Brooks & Francis Lederer. Dir:  G.W. Pabst. Sud-Film, 134 min., p/s

2:15 AM Belle de Jour (1967) Catherine Deneuve & Jean Sorel. Dir:  Luis Bunuel. Valoria/United Artists, 101 min. p/s

4 AM American Gigolo (1980) Richard Gere & Lauren Hutton. Dir:  Paul Schrader. Paramount, 117 min. Premiere.


MONDAYFebruary 8, 2016


DAYTIME:  “And, after you kissed me, I always used to wipe my mouth.  Wipe my mouth!”

Too Friendly.  Programming Challenge  -- Obsessive Love On Film Through The Decades.


6 AM Of Human Bondage (1934) Leslie Howard & Bette Davis.  Dir:  John Cromwell. Warner Brothers, 83 min. p/s

7:30 AM Possessed (1947) Joan Crawford & Van Helflin. Dir:  Curtis Bernhardt. Warner Brothers, 108 min.  p/s

9:30 AM Vertigo (1958) James Stewart & Kim Novak. Dir:  Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount, 128 min. p/s

11:45 AM Obsession (1976) Cliff Robertson & Genvieve Bujold. Dir:  Brian DePalma. Columbia, 98 min. Premiere

1:30 PM Fatal Attraction (1987) Michael Douglas & Glenn Close. Dir:  Adrian Lyne. Paramount, 119 min. Premiere


DAYTIME:  “I don’t want another lunatic in the family.  I have lunatics enough already.”

Happy Birthday, Charles Ruggles.


3:30 PM Murders in The Zoo (1933) Charles Ruggles & Lionel Atwill. Dir:  A. Edward Sutherland. Paramount, 66 min. p/s

4:45 PM Bringing Up Baby (1938) Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant. Dir:  Howard Hawks. RKO, 102 min. p/s

6:30 PM Murder in The Private Car (1934) Charles Ruggles & Una Merkel. Dir:  Harry Beaumont. MGM, 60 min. p/s

7:30 PM Now Playing February


PRIMETIME:  “I can tell you’re a real woman, not one of those stuffed brassieres you see on Park Avenue.”

Happy Birthday, Lyle Talbot.


8 PM 20,000 Years In Sing Sing (1932) Spencer Tracy & Bette Davis. Dir:  Michael Curtiz. First National, 77 min. p/s

9:30 PM No More Orchids (1932) Carole Lombard & Lyle Talbot. Dir: Walter Lang. Columbia, 74 min. p/s

10:45 PM The Dragon Murder Case (1943) Warren William & Margaret Lindsay. Dir:  H. Bruce Humberstone. Warner Brothers, 65 min.

12 AM Murder In The Clouds (1934) Lyle Talbot & Ann Dvorak. Dir. D. Ross Lederman. First National, 60 min. p/s



Optional Challenge: Films That TCM Will Never Show. BFI’s Most Wanted.


1 AM The Crooked Billett (1929) Madeleine Carroll & Carlyle Blackwell. Dir:  Adrian Brunel. Gainsborough Pictures, 82 min. EO#1

2:30 AM Men of Tomorrow (1932) Maurice Braddell & Joan Gardner. Dir:  Zoltan Korda & Leontine Sagan. London Film Company, 88 min. EO#2

4 AM Murder at Monte Carlo (1935) Errol Flynn & Eve Gray. Dir:  Ralph Ince. Warner Brothers, 70 min. EO#3

5:15 AM Too Many Crooks (1930) Lawrence Olivier & Dorothy Boyd. Dir:  George King. Fox Film UK, 38 min. EO#4


TUESDAY, February 9, 2016


DAYTIME:  “Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby.”

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends.


6 AM Anna Christie (1930) Greta Garbo & Marie Dressler. Dir. Clarence Brown. MGM, 89 min. p/s

7:30 AM Scarface (1932) Paul Muni & Ann Dvorak. Dir: Howard Hawks. United Artists, 93 min. p/s

9:15 AM The Petrified Forest (1936) Leslie Howard & Bette Davis. Dir. Archie Mayo. Warner Brothers, 83 min. p/s

10:45 AM Golden Boy (1939) Barbara Stanwyck & William Holden. Dir. Rouben Mamoulian. Columbia, 99 min. p/s

12:30 PM A Guy Named Joe (1943) Spencer Tracy & Irene Dunne. Dir. Victor Fleming. MGM, 122 min. p/s


DAYTIME:  “Will ya stop reminding me of heaven when I’m so close to the other place?”

Friends Come in Threes.


2:45 PM Three Wise Girls (1932) Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke & Marie Prevost. Dir:  William Beaudine. Columbia Pictures, 68 min. p/s

4 PM Three On A Match (1932) Ann Dvorak, Joan Blondell & Bette Davis. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. Warner Brothers, 63 min. p/s

5:15 PM Three Coins In The Fountain (1954)  Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters & Maggie McNamara. Dir:  Jean Negulesco. 20th Century Fox, 102 min. p/s

7 PM Harlow:  The Blonde Bombshell (1993) Narrator:  Sharon Stone. Dir:  Jom McQuade. TCM Production, 48 min. p/s


PRIMETIME:  “You must think I was born yesterday.  Well, sometimes there’s just no other possible explanation.”

Best Friends


8 PM Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Jane Russell & Marilyn Monroe. Dir. Howard Hawks. 20th Century Fox, 91 min. p/s

9:45 PM Thelma & Louise (1991) Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis. Dir. Ridley Scott. MGM, 129 min. p/s

12 AM Casablanca (1942) Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers, 102 min. p/s

1:45 AM The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Morgan Freeman & Tim Robbins. Dir. Frank Darabont. Castle Rock/Columbia, 142 min. Premiere.

4:15 AM Manhattan Melodrama (1934) Clark Gable & William Powell. Dir:  W.S. Van Dyke. MGM, 93 min. p/s


WEDNESDAYFebruary 10, 2016


DAYTIME “Why, we’ll all be typhoons!”

Mothers & Sons – Helen Broderick & Broderick Crawford


6 AM Swing Time (1936) Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Dir. George Stevens. RKO, 103 min. p/s

7:45 AM Murder On A Bridle Path (1936)  Helen Broderick & James Gleason. Dir. William Hamilton & Edward Killy. RKO, 66 min. p/s

9 AM We’re On The Jury (1937) Helen Broderick & Victor Moore. Dir. Ben Holmes. RKO, 71 min. p/s

10:15 AM Larceny, Inc. (1942) Edward G. Robinson & Jane Wyman. Dir. Lloyd Bacon. Warner Brothers, 95 min. p/s

12N Scandal Sheet (1952) Broderick Crawford & John Ireland. Dir: Phil Karlson. Columbia, 82 min. p/s


DAYTIME:  Have you got a valediction, boyo?

Mothers & Sons  --  Kay Johnson & James Cromwell


1:45 PM The Ship from Shanghai (1930) Conrad Nagel & Kay Johnson. Dir: Charles Brabin. MGM, 67 min. p/s

3 PM Passion Flower (1930) Kay Francis & Kay Johnson. Dir:  William C. de Mille. MGM, 78 min. p/s

4:30 PM L.A. Confidential (1997) Kevin Spacey & James Cromwell. Dir:  Curtis Hanson. Warner Brothers, 138 min. p/s

6:15 PM Murder By Death (1976) Peter Sellers & David Niven. Dir: Robert Moore. Columbia, 94 min. p/s


PRIMETIME:  “Sun don’t shine on the same dog’s **** every day, but mister, you ain’t seen a ray of light since you got here.”

Happy Birthday Jerry Goldsmith.


8 PM Hoosiers (1986) Gene Hackman & Barbara Hershey. Dir:  David Anspaugh. Orion Pictures, 115 min. Premiere

10 PM The Prize (1963) Paul Newman & Edward G. Robinson. Dir:  Mark Robson. MGM, 134 min. p/s

12:15 AM Seven Days In May (1964) Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas. Dir: John Frankenheimer. Paramount, 118 min. p/s

2:15 AM Chinatown (1974) Jack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway. Dir:  Roman Polanski. Paramount, 131 min. p/s

4:30 AM The Omen (1976) Gregory Peck & Lee Remick. Dir:  Richard Donner. 20th Century Fox, 111 min. p/s


THURSDAYFebruary 11, 2016


DAYTIME:  “A fine night for spirits of one sort or another.”

Fathers & Daughters -- Gene & June Lockhart


6:30 AM Times Square Playboy (1936) Warren William & Gene Lockhart. Dir: William McGann. Warner Brothers, 60 min. p/s

7:30 AM Brides Are Like That (1936) Ross Alexander & Anita Louise. Dir: William McGann. Warner Brothers, 67 min. p/s

8:45 AM A Christmas Carol (1938) Reginald Owen & Gene Lockhart.  Dir: Edwin L. Marin. MGM, 69 min. p/s

10 AM She-Wolf of London (1946) Don Porter & June Lockhart. Dir:  Jean Yarborough. Universal, 60 min. p/s

11 AM Son of Lassie (1945) Peter Lawford & June Lockhart. Dir:  S. Sylvan Simon. MGM, 100 min. p/s


DAYTIME:  “I’m very sorry but under certain circumstances I simply can’t resist the temptation to be a cad.”

Fathers & Daughters -- John & Mia Farrow


12:45 PM The Saint Strikes Back (1939) George Sanders & Wendy Barrie. Dir:  John Farrow. RKO, 64 min. p/s

2 PM West of Shanghai (1937) Boris Karloff & Ricardo Cortez. Dir:  John Farrow. Warner Brothers, 64 min. p/s

3:15 PM Alias Nick Beal (1949) Ray Milland & Audrey Totter. Dir:  John Farrow. Paramount, 92 min. p/s

5 PM Men In Exile (1937) Dick Purcell & Sally Haines. Dir:  John Farrow. Warner Brothers, 58 min. p/s

6 PM Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Woody Allen & Mia Farrow. Dir:  Woody Allen. Orion Pictures, 103 min. p/s

7:45 PM Why Daddy? (1944) Robert Benchley & Frederick Brady. Dir:  Will Jason. MGM, 10 min. p/s


PRIMETIME/LATE NIGHT:  “I know for some women, men are a household necessity; myself, I’d rather have a canary.”

SOTM – Ruth Chatterton


8 PM Madam X (1929) Ruth Chatterton & Lewis Stone. Dir:  Lionel Barrymore. MGM, 95 min. p/s

9:45 PM Anybody’s Woman (1930) Ruth Chatterton & Clive Brooke. Dir:  Dorothy Arzner. Paramount, 80 min. Premiere

11:15 PM Lilly Turner (1933) Ruth Chatterton & George Brent. Dir: William Wellman. First National, 65 min. p/s

12:30 AM Journal Of A Crime (1934) Ruth Chatterton & Adolphe Menjou. Dir:  William Keighley. First National, 65 min. p/s

1:45 AM Dodsworth (1936) Ruth Chatterton & Walter Huston. Dir:  William Wyler. Samuel Goldwyn, Inc. 90 min. p/s

3:15 AM Female (1933) Ruth Chatterton & George Brent. Dir:  Michael Curtiz. First National, 65 min. p/s

4:30 AM The Rich Are Always With Us (1932) Ruth Chatterton & George Brent. Dir:  Alfred Green. First National, 75 min.

5:45 AM MGM Parade


FRIDAYFebruary 12, 2016


DAYTIME:  “I ain’t afraid of cops.  I was brought up to spit whenever I saw one.”

Husbands & Wives  --  Dorothy Adams & Byron Foulger


6:15 AM So Proudly We Hail (1943) Claudette Colbert & Paulette Goddard. Dir:  Mark Sandrich. Paramount, 124 min. p/s

8:30 AM Laura (1944) Gene Tierney & Dana Andrews. Dir:  Otto Preminger, 20th Century Fox, 88 min. p/s

10 AM The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) Boris Karloff & Lorna Gray. Dir:  Nick Grinde. Columbia, 64 min. p/s

11:15 AM Sullivan’s Travels (1942) Joel McCrea & Veronica Lake. Dir:  Preston Sturges. Paramount, 90 min.


DAYTIME:  “You got types?  Only you, darling. Lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.”

Husbands & Wives  --  Albert Hackett & Frances Goodrich


12:45 PM The Thin Man (1934) William Powell & Myrna Loy. Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke. MGM, 93 min. p/s

2:30 PM Chained (1936) Clark Gable & Joan Crawford. Dir: Clarence Brown. MGM, 74 min. p/s

3:45 PM Small Town Girl (1936) Janet Gaynor & Robert Taylor. Dir:  William Wellman. MGM. 106 min. p/s

5:45 PM After The Thin Man (1936) William Powell & Myrna Loy. Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke. MGM, 113 min. p/s

7:45 PM The Trouble With Husbands (1940) Robert Benchley. Dir:  Leslie Rousch. Paramount, 11 min. p/s


PRIMETIME/LATE NIGHT: “In this world, you turn the other cheek and you get hit with a lug wrench.”

Friday Night Spotlight  -- The American Roadside (Tonight:  Gas Stations)


8 PM Heat Lightning (1934) Aline MacMahon & Ann Dvorak. Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy, Warner Brothers, 63 min. p/s

9:15 PM Impact (1949) Brian Donlevy & Ella Raines. Dir:  Arthur Lubin. United Artists, 111 min. p/s

11:15 PM Hard To Get (1938) Dick Powell & Olivia DeHavilland. Dir:  Ray Enright. Warner Brothers, 82 min. p/s

12:45 PM The Millionaire (1931) George Arliss & David Manners. Dir:  John G. Adolfi. Warner Brothers, 80 min. p/s

2:15 AM A Slight Case of Larceny (1953) Mickey Rooney & Eddie Bracken. Dir:  Don Weis, MGM, 71 min. p/s

3:30 AM The Hoodlum (1951) Lawrence Tierney & Allene Roberts. Dir:  Max Nosseck, United Artists, 61 min. p/s

4:45 AM Chance At Heaven (1933) Joel McCrea & Ginger Rogers. Dir:  Walter Seiter. RKO, 71 min. p/s


SATURDAY, February 13, 2016


DAYTIME:  “The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision making

ability whatsoever to have to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee.”

Father, Mother & Daughter  --  Henry, Phoebe & Nora Ephron


6 AM Look For The Silver Lining (1949) June Haver & Ray Bolger. Dir:  David Butler. Warner Brothers, 106 min. p/s

8 AM The Jackpot (1950) James Stewart & Barbara Hale. Dir:  Walter Lang. 20th Century Fox, 85 min. p/s

9:30 AM There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954) Ethel Merman & Dan Dailey. Dir:  Walter Lang. 20th Century Fox, 117 min. p/s

11:30 PM Capt. Newman, MD (1963) Gregory Peck & Tony Curtis. Dir:  David Miller. Universal, 126 min. p/s

1:45 PM When Harry Met Sally (1989) Billy Crystal & Meg Ryan. Dir:  Rob Reiner. Columbia, 96 min. p/s

3:30 PM Heartburn (1986) Meryl Streep & Jack Nicholson. Dir:  Mike Nichols. Paramount, 108 min. p/s

5:30 You’ve Got Mail (1998) Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan. Dir:  Nora Ephron. Warner Brothers, 119 min. Premiere

7:30 PM MGM Parade


PRIMETIME:  “We didn’t exactly believe your story, Miss O’Shaughnessy.  We believed your $200.”

Guest Programmer:  Brigid O’Shaughnessy


8PM The Great Lie (1941) Bette Davis & George Brent. Dir:  Edmund Goulding. Warner Brothers, 108, p/s TCM ESSENTIAL

10 PM True Confession (1937) Carole Lombard & Fred MacMurray. Dir:  Wesley Ruggles. Paramount, 85 min. p/s

11:30 PM And One Was Beautiful (1940) Robert Cummings & Laraine Day. Dir:  Robert B. Sinclair. MGM, 70 min. p/s

12:45 PM Satan Met A Lady (1936) Bette Davis & Warren William. Dir:  William Dieterle. Warner Brothers, 74 min. p/s


LATE NIGHT:  “I was beginning to wonder what a girl had to do to get arrested.”

TCM Underground:  Dick Tracy  


2 AM Dick Tracy (1945) Morgan Conway & Anne Jeffreys. Dir:  William A. Berke. RKO, 61 min. p/s

3:15 AM Dick Tracy vs Cueball (1946) Morgan Conway & Dick Wessel. Dir:  Gordon M. Douglas. RKO, 62 min. p/s

4:30 AM Dick Tracy’s Dilemma (1947) Ralph Byrd & Kay Christopher. Dir:  John Rawlins. RKO, 60 min. p/s

5:30 AM MGM Parade

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SOTM:  Ruth Chatterton

TCM Essential:  The Great Lie

Friday Night Spotlight:  The American Roadside

Silent Sunday:  Pandora’s Box

TCM Import:  Belle de Jour

Programming Challenge:  Obsessive Love on Film Through The Decades

Bonus Programming Challenge:  BFI’s Most Wanted

Guest Programmer:  Brigid O’Shaughnessy


By decade:

1920’s – 3

1930’s – 49

1940’s – 19

1950’s – 8

1960’s – 7

1980’s – 6

1990’s - 5


Inspired by other challenge schedules which have adhered to a single theme, this time around my schedule highlights “Friends and Family” in many variations.


Friends of one sort or another start the schedule off on Sunday with 24 hours of “Friendly  --  For A Price” followed by “A Little Too Friendly”  --   Obsessive Love on Film Through the Decades (Programming Challenge) on Monday. Monday also includes birthday tributes to two favorites of mine: Charles Ruggles and Lyle Talbot.  Late night on Monday (to fulfill the optional challenge) we have “BFI’s Most Wanted” which are, I believe, “Films TCM Will Never Show.” Among these films are the screen debuts of Errol Flynn, Robert Donat and Lawrence Olivier.  These films are considered lost (or have incomplete prints) but BFI still holds hopes (as I do) that usable, complete prints will turn up one of these days.


On Tuesday, just to prove that friendly gestures are not completely unheard of in the Hollywood community we have “I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends.”  These films are all connected by the kindness of a Hollywood notable whose influence or intervention helped a newcomer or a down on their luck actor obtain or retain an important film role. These include: “Anna Christie” (Frances Marion persuading Irving Thalberg to cast Marie Dressler) “Scarface” (Karen Morley giving up the showier role to newcomer Ann Dvorak) “The Petrified Forest” (Leslie Howard insisting that the unknown Humphrey Bogart play Duke Mantee in the film version) “Golden Boy” (Barbara Stanwyck championing – no pun intended – a young William Holden behind the scenes) and “A Guy Named Joe” (Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne insisting that MGM wait for a recovering Van Johnson.) Tuesday also features:  “Friends Come in Threes” and “Best Friends.”


Wednesday we move into the family side of “Friends and Family.” First up:  Mothers & Sons with films featuring Helen Broderick & Broderick Crawford and Kay Johnson & James Cromwell. Primetime brings a birthday salute to the versatile Jerry Goldsmith.  Thursday daytime we have Fathers & Daughters, Gene & June Lockhart and John & Mia Farrow. Primetime we salute my SOTM, the amazingly talented Ruth Chatterton who not only had a celebrated career as an actress, but was also a novelist and aviator.


Friday we move into more “family” films, this time featuring Husbands & Wives. We start the day with two character actors whose faces we recognize but whose names we may have forgotten  --  Dorothy Adams and Byron Foulger. Next up are the wonderful husband/wife writing team of Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich who allegedly modeled the Nick-Nora relationship after their own.  Our Friday Night Spotlight is “The American Roadside” which features films in which iconic symbols of Americana --  in this case the gas station  --  figure prominently.


Saturday we have the films written and/or directed by the members of one very talented Hollywood family  -- Henry, Phoebe and Nora Ephron.  Primetime features films personally selected by our very special guest programmer, Brigid O’Shaughnessy, who as a world class liar, introduces her TCM Essential:  “The Great Lie,” which not only is all about lying but features Brigid’s alter ego, Mary Astor, in her Academy Award winning performance.  This film is a guilty pleasure of its time, filled with sexism (lots of catfights,) racism (don’t even get me started) and many tried and true melodramatic plot devices including:  “Presumed Dead In The Jungle Husband Turns Out To Be Inconveniently Alive.” Brigid fills out the evening with other movies about liars and in late night, TCM Underground gives us three Dick Tracy films not to be missed.


It’s been fun!

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Schedule for September 13, 2015-Septembr 19, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Three films about double-crosses and bad faith

06:00 AM I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) Warner Bros BW-93 min Paul Muni, Brenda Farrell, D: Mervyn LeRoy  P/S
07:45 AM Criss Cross (1949) Universal BW-87 min Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Dureya D:  Robert Siodmak P/S
09:15 AM The Life of Emile Zola (1937) Warner Bros BW-116 min Paul Muni, Gloria Holden, Joseph Schildkraut D: William Dieterle P/S

Happy Birthday, Claudette Colbert!

11:15 AM Boom Town (1940) MGM BW-119 min Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy D: Jack Conway P/S
01:15 PM It Happened One Night (1934) Colombia BW-105 min Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable D: Frank Capra P/S
03:00 PM The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) Paramount BW-93 min Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier D: Ernst Lubitsch P/S
04:45 PM Midnight (1939) Paramount BW-94 min Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore P/S
06:30 PM The Palm Beach Story (1942) Paramount BW-88 min, Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Rudy Vallee, D: Preston Sturges P/S

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!  An evening of fairy tales with a focus on animation

08:00 PM The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) British Lion Films C-128 min Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann D: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger P/S
10:15 PM Pinocchio (1940) Walt Disney Productions C-88 min Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones D: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske Premiere#1
12:00 AM The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) UFA BW-67 min Animated Silent Film D; Lotte Reiniger P/S
01:15 AM Peter Pan (1924) Paramount BW-105 min Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrence, Mary Brian D: Herbert Brenon EXEMPT
03:15 AM Alice (1988) Condor Films C-86 min Kristyna Kohoutova D: Jan Svankmajer EXEMPT
04:45 AM The Snow Queen (1957) Mosfilm C-64 min Anna Komolova, Galina Kozhakina, Yanina Zheymo, Mariya Babanova D:Lev Atamanov, Nikolay Petrovich Fyodorov EXEMPT 

Monday, September 14, 2015 

A Frenchman, a Russian, A Greek, several Americans and a Spaniard look at Latin America, who looks back.

06:00 AM Black Orpheus(1959) Dispat films/GAGA Communications C-107 min Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn D: Marcel Camus P/S
08:00 AM I am Cuba (1964) Mosfilm, ICAIC BW-141 min Sergio Correri, Jean Bouisse, Celia Rodriguez, D: Mikhali Kalatazov P/S
10:30 AM Missing (1982) Universal Pictures C-122 min Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek D: Constantin Costa-Gavras P/S
12:45 PM The Three Caballeros (1944) Walt Disney Productions C-72 min Clarence Nash, Jose Oliveira, Joaquin Garay D: Norman Ferguson P/S
02:00 PM Los Olividados (1950) BW-80 min Ulramar Films Alfonso Mejia, Stella Inda, Roberto Cobo D; Luis Bunuel P/S
03:30 PM The Battle of Chile (1975, 1976, 1978) BW-263 min Instituto Cubano del Arte y Industria Cinematograficos BW-184 min D: Patrizo Guzman P/S

Casinos, Lotteries and Racetracks:  Don't Bet Against the House:  Guest Programmer Johnny "Kelly" Hooker

08:00 PM  Monte Carlo (1930) Jeanette MacDonald & Jack Buchanan D:Ernst Lubitsch Paramount 90 min. (p/s)
09:45 PM Le Million (1931) Films Sonores Tobis BW-83 min Rene Lefevre, Annabella, D: Rene Clair P/S
11:15 PM The Killing (1956) United Artists BW-83 min Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Elisha Cook, Jr, Marie Windsor D: Stanley Kubrick P/S
12:45 AM Atlantic City (1980), ICC/Paramount C-104 min Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon. Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli D: Louis Malle P/S
02:45 AM Casino (1995) Universal C-182 min Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone D:  Martin Scorsese Premiere#2

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Jean Renoir!

06:00 AM La Chienne (1931) Gaumont BW-95 min Michel Simon, Janie Mareze, Georges Flament, D: Jean Renoir Premiere#3
07:45 AM La Marseillaise (1938) SEDIF BW-135 min Pierre Renoir, Lisa Delamare D: Jean Renoir Premiere#4
10:00 AM Woman on the Beach (1947) BW-71 min Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford, D: Jean Renoir P/S
11:15 AM The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir (1969) ORTF C-100 min Jeanne Moreau, Nino Formicola, Fernand Sardou, Dominique Labourier D: Jean Renoir Premiere #5
01:00 PM The Golden Coach (1952) Delphinus C-100 min Anna Magnani, Odoardo Spadaro, Duncan Lamont D: Jean Renoir P/S
02:45 PM La Bete Humaine (1938) Paris Film BW-100 min Jean Gabin, Simone Simon D: Jean Renoir P/S
04:30 PM The Southerner (1945) United Artists BW-92 min Zachary Scott, Betty Field D; Jean Renoir P/S
06:15 PM Elena and Her Men (1956) Warner Bros C-96 min Ingrid Bergman, Jean Marais D: Jean Renoir P/S
08:00 PM Grand Illusion (1937) RAC BW-117 min Jean Gabin, Marcel Diallo, Erich von Stroheim D: Jean Renoir P/S
10:15 PM The Rules of the Game (1939) Nouvelles Editions de Films BW-113 min Marcel Diallo, Jean Renoir D: Jean Renoir P/S
12:15 AM The River (1951) United Artists C-99 min Patricia Wallers, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight D: Jean Renoir P/S
02:00 AM French Cancan  (1954) Franco London Films C-93 min Jean Gabin, Francoise Arnouf D: Jean Renoir P/S
03:45 AM A Day in the Country  (1936) Pantheon Productions BW-40 min Sylvia Bataille, Georges D'Arnoux, Jane Marken D: Jean Renoir P/S
04:30 AM Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932) CCF BW-87 min Michel Simon, Charles Granval D:  Jean Renoir P/S

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Happy day after your Birthday Agatha Christie!

06:00 AM  And Then There Were None (1945) 20th Century Fox BW-97 min Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Houston, Louis Hayward, D:  Rene Clair P/S
07:45 AM Witness for the Prosecution (1957) United Artists BW-116 min Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton D: Billy Wilder P/S
09:45 AM Murder on the Orient Express (1974)  Paramount C-128 min Albert Finney, Martin Balsam, Lauren Bacall D; Sidney Lumet P/S

Happy Birthday Lauren Bacall!

12:00 PM Dark Passage (1947) Warner Bros BW-106 min Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart D: Delmer Davies P/S
02:00 PM The Cobweb (1955) MGM C-124 min Lauren Bacall, Richard Widmark, Charles Boyer D; Vincente Minneli P/S

And happy Birthday Alexander Korda!

04:15 PM That Hamilton woman (1941) Alexander Korda Films Inc/United Artists BW-128 min Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier D: Alexander Korda P/S
06:30 PM Rembrandt (1936) London film Productions BW-85 min Charles Laughton, Gerturde Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester D: Alexander Korda P/S

Too Hot for TCM

08:00 PM From this Day Forward (1946) RKO BW-95 min Joan Fontaine, Mark Stevens, Harry Morgan D: John Berry EXEMPT
09-45 PM The Patriot (1928) Paramount BW-113 min Emil Jannings, Florence Vidor, Lewis Stone D: Ernst Lubitsch EXEMPT
11:45 PM Chelsea Girls (1966) The Factory BW-210 min Nico, Brigid Berlin, Ondine D: Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey EXEMPT
03:30 AM Superstar:  the Karen Carpenter Story (1988)  Iced Tea Productions C-43 min Merrill Gruver, Michael Edwards D: Todd Haynes EXEMPT

And happy Birthday Peter Falk

04:15 AM The In-Laws (1979) Warner Bros C-103 min Peter Falk, Alan Arkin D: Arthur Hiller P/S

Thursday, September 17, 2015  Edmund O'Brien, Edgar Ulmer, Boston

Happy Birthday Boston!

06:00 AM Now Voyager (1942) Warner Bros BW-117 min Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains D: Irving Rapper P/S
08:00 AM H.M. Pulham Esq (1941) MGM BW-120 min Hedy Lamarr, Robert Young D: King Vidor P/S 
10:00 AM The Magnificent Yankee (1950) MGM BW-80 min Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz, D: John Sturges P/S
11:30 AM The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) Paramount C-103 min Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle D: Peter Yates P/S
01:15 PM The Cardinal (1963) Columbia C-175 min Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider, D: Otto Preminger P/S

Happy Birthday Edgar G. Ulmer!

04:15 PM People on Sunday (1930) Filmstudio BW-73 min Erwin Splettstosser, Brigitte Bochert, D: Robert and Curt Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer Premiere#6
05:30 PM The Black Cat (1934) Universal BW-65 min Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff D: Edgar G. Ulmer P/S
06:45 PM Detour (1945) Producers Releasing Corporation BW-68 min Tom Neal, Ann Savage, D: Edgar G. Ulmer P/S

Star of the Month Edmond O'Brien

08:00 PM White Heat (1949) Warner Bros BW-114 min Edmond O'Brien, James Cagney, Virginia Mayo D: Raoul Walsh P/S
10:00 PM D.O.A (1950) United Artists BW-83 min Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton D; Rudolph Mate P/S
11:30 PM The Killers (1946) Universal BW-103 min Edmond O'Brien, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner D: Robert Siodmak P/S
01:30 AM Seven Days in May (1964) Paramount BW-118 min Edmond O'Brien Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March D: John Frakenheimer P/S
03:45 AM The Barefoot Contessa (1954) United Artists C-130 min Edmon O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner D: Joseph L. Mankewicz P/S

Friday, September 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Jack Cardiff!

06:00 AM Black Narcissus (1947) The Archers C-99 min Deborah Kerr, Sabu, Jean Simmons, D: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger P/S
07:45 AM Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) Romulus Films C-122 min Ava Gardner, James Mason D: Albert Lewin P/S
10:00 AM Cameraman:  The Life and work of Jack Cardiff (2010) Modus Operandi Films C-86 min D: Craig McCall P/S

Happy Birthday Greta Garbo!

11:30 AM The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924) AB Svensk FilmIndustri BW-183 minGreta Garbo, Lars Hanson D: Mauritz Stiller Premiere#7
02:45 PM Anna Christie (1930) MGM BW-85 min Greta Garbo, Charles Bickford, Marie Dressler D: Clarence Brown P/S
04:15 PM Queen Christina (1933) BW-97 min Greta Garbo, John Gilbert D: Rouben Mamoulian P/S
06:00 PM Ninotchka (1939) MGM BW-111 min Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, D: Ernst Lubitsch P/S

Friday Night Spotlight/As Time Goes by Programming Challenge:  Great Debuts (Tonight Great Directorial Debuts)

08:00 PM Strike (1925) Goskino BW-82 min Maksim Shtraukh, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov, D: Sergei Eisenstein P/S
09:30 PM Citizen Kane (1941) RKO BW-119 min Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore D: Orson Welles P/S
11:45 PM Pather Panchali (1955) Government of West Bengal BW-119 min Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Subir Bannerjee D: Satjayit Ray P/S
02:00 AM Duel (1971) Universal s C-90 min Dennis Weaver D: Steven Spielberg  P/S
03:45 AM Reservoir Dogs (1992) Live Entertainment C-99 min Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen. D: Quentin Tarantino P/S

Saturday, September 19, 2015 


05:30 AM Dinner at Eight (1933) MGM BW-113 min John Barrymore, Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow D: George Cukor P/S
07:30 AM The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) Dean Film C-100 min Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur D: Luis Bunuel P/S

09:15 AM The Yearling (1946) MGM C-128 min Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., D: Clarence Brown P/S
11:30 AM Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) Argos Films BW-95 min Anna Wizemsky, Pierre Klosowski D: Robert Bresson P/S

01:15 PM Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 20th Century Fox C-91 min Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell D: Howard Hawks
03:00 PM Daisies (1966) Filmove Studio Barrandov C-76 min Ivana Karbanova, Jitka Cerhova D; Vera Chytilova

04:30 PM Scarface (1932) United Artists BW-93 min Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, George Raft, Boris Karloff D: Howard Hawks P/S
06:15 PM Bugsy Malone (1976) Paramount C-93 min Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger, Jodie Foster D: Alan Parker Premiere#8

08:00 PM (Essentials) 8 1/2 (1963) Cinecitta BW-135 min Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee, Claudia Cardinale, D; Federico Fellini P/S
10:30 PM Synecdoche, New York (2008) Sony Pictures Classics, C-123 min Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton D: Charlie Kaufman Premiere #9

12:45 AM The Thief of Baghdad (1924) United Artists BW-140 min Douglas Fairbanks, Snitz Edwards, Julianne Johnston D: Raoul Walsh P/S
03:15 AM (Undergound) Arabian Nights (1974) PEA/United Artists C-125 min Franco Merli, Ines Pellegrini, Ninetto Davoli, D: Pier Paolo Pasolini EXEMPT

05:30 AM The House is Black (1963) Studio Golestan BW-22 min D: Forugh Farrokhzad P/S

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Programming Notes


Schedule for September 13, 2015-September 19, 2015

Star of the Month:  Edmond O'Brien

Friday Night Spotlight/As Time Goes By Programming Challenge:  Great (Directorial) Debuts

TCM Silent Sunday:  The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)  Peter Pan (1924)

TCM Imports Double Feature:  Alice (1988) The Snow Queen (1957)

The Essentials:  8 1/2 (1963)

Underground Feature:  Arabian Knights (1974)

Guest Programmer:  Johnny "Kelly" Hooker

1920s   6
1930s   22
1940s   20
1950s   16
1960s   9
1970s   8
1980s   4
1990s   2
2000s   1
2010s   1


Pinocchio (1940)
Casino (1995)
La Chienne (1931)
La Marseillaise (1938)
The Little Theater of  Jean Renoir (1969)
People on Sunday (1930)
The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924)
Bugsy Malone (1976)
Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Exempt Premieres:

Peter Pan (1924) (Silent)
Alice (1988) (TCM Imports)
The Snow Queen (TCM Imports)
From this Day Forward (1946) (TCM will never show)
The Patriot (1928) (TCM will never show)
Chelsea Girls (1966) (TCM will never show)
Superstar:  the Karen Carpenter Story (1986) (TCM will never show)
Arabian Nights (Underground)

The schedule is fairly sell explanatory, starting off with three movies about double-crosses and bad faith.  The 13th happens to be the anniversary of when Louis XVI pretended to accept the French constitution, so I think the theme is appropriate.  We then have five movies celebrating Claudette Colbert's birthday, and tonight we have six films celebrating Roald Dahl's.  Four of the six movies are animated in one form or another.   I thought having various non-Latin Americans making films about Latin America would be a good idea for a set of movies, and since the 14th is the birthday of Jacobo Arbenez, the Guatemalan president overthrown in 1954 by an American conspiracy with dreadful consequences for that country, that day is a good a day as any.   I hadn't really planned for a guest programmer, but Johnny Hooker is as good as anyone for the five movies on casinos, lotteries and racetracks.

For Tuesday we have a whole day devoted to birthday boy Jean Renoir.  This the 15th is also Agatha Christie's birthday, we start the 16th with three of the most respected movies based on her novels.  The last of those movies, Murder on the Orient Express, conveniently ties in with our tribute to birthday girl Lauren Bacall, who has two of her lesser known movies shown.  It's also birthday special for director Alexander Korda.  I then devote to four movies too hot for TCM, for four separate reasons.  The forums mentioned that From this Day Forward couldn't be played because of complex rights issues.  The Patriot is, of course, the only best Picture nominee that is currently missing.  Chelsea Girls is the kind of modernist alternative movie that conventional critics have no interest in bringing to your attention.  And Superstar:  the Karen Carpenter Story can't be seen because her brother successfully sued to prevent people from watching it.  And to fill up the day we have a movie from yet another birthday boy, Peter Falk.

September 17 marks the founding of Boston, so we have five movies about that city.  We then have three movies by birthday boy Edgar G. Ulmer, including the TCM premiere of People on Sunday which he co-produced and co-directed.  The 100th birthday of Edmond O'Brien is September 10, 2015, so he is the star of the month, and Thursday evenings are the time devoted to him.  His oscar-winning role in The Barefoot Contessa conveniently transitions to our tribute for birthday boy cinematographer Jack Cardiff, followed by four films for birthday girl Greta Garbo.   We then have our times go by as we see great directorial debuts for Eisenstein, Welles, Ray, Spielberg and Tarantino.  Finally for the 19th, we have six sets of two films, doppelgangers of a sort.  They are not originals and remakes, only one is actually a parody.  They are more intriguing variations of a theme.  And for the final hour we have a reshowing of The House is Black, because even though Iran is actually Arab, it would be a good idea to have an Iranian's opinion about the area.

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Voting for: TCM Programming Challenge #28: As Time Goes By.is now OPEN!


Please show your support for the enthusiasm, creativity and hard work of all those who submitted these wonderful schedules by voting for the one which is your favorite!


Voting may be done by posting within this thread or by sending me PM with your vote.


Voting will be open until: Noon (ET) Monday, February 23, 2015. I will then announce winner.


All who were registered members of this forum on or prior to January 1, 2015 or who submitted an entry are eligible to vote.


Schedules eligible for votes:









Please contact me at once if you submitted a schedule and I did not post it here or if I have made mistakes in posting your schedule or Programming Notes!


I wish to thank all who created schedules for this Challenge! They are all quite wonderful and I am proud of all of you. I am sure that TCM Programmers will quickly be studying these entries for themes to steal use in real schedules!


I am quite delightedly serious when I say that I am very happy that I do not have to make choice of one only to receive my vote!

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I have been told that some are not able to post to this thread. I believe it must be due to new forum software which greatly dislikes large posts and which goes off the rails when asked with doing actual work.


I am sorry to say that I have no method of correcting this. It has been known problem since software installation and TCM choses to ignore it.


I am able only to remind all that they can vote by sending me PM. 


I am very sorry that this trouble must taint the Challenge.

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I have been told that some are not able to post to this thread. I believe it must be due to new forum software which greatly dislikes large posts and which goes off the rails when asked with doing actual work.


I am sorry to say that I have no method of correcting this. It has been known problem since software installation and TCM choses to ignore it.


I am able only to remind all that they can vote by sending me PM. 


I am very sorry that this trouble must taint the Challenge.

I haven't voted yet, but I don't seem to have a problem posting here. There are much larger, ongoing threads, after all.

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I haven't voted yet, but I don't seem to have a problem posting here. There are much larger, ongoing threads, after all.


The problem lies in size of each page. Challenge's original thread has few problems because each page has few large posts.


That this thread has many large posts on first page causes problem because it requires forum software to perform more work to display page. This situation coupled with server inadequate to handle forum load often causes problems.


This is of most problem for those with ping lag due to their ISP's location or connections. That should not be of concern to text-based forum but it is sad to say that it is.

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My vote goes to skimpole.


I thank you for voting!


I truly hope that many more people vote as there is currently a three-way tie for first!


I believe that it has never before fallen to Challenge Setter to cast deciding vote. Please, please, please do not make me the first to have to do so!

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