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TCM Programming Challenge #29- "There's No Place Like Home," THE CHALLENGES


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Normally I write a ton but I don’t happen to have enough time lately and I want to get this out before someone else beats me to any of my ideas. So I’m just going to point out a couple things:

  1. My response to the Home challenge is all movies based on books/stories people wrote about their own happy childhoods. THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE is a segue into…
  2. Since I did a “treasures from the Disney Vault” last time I wanted to make an effort not to repeat the same ones, just to challenge myself. Last time I did FANTASIA & PINOCCHIO, a True Life Adventure film called WHITE WILDERNESS, and the animated short films THE OLD MILL, THE OLYMPIC CHAMP, STEAMBOAT WILLIE, and LONESOME GHOSTS. This time I wanted to make sure to have a mix between the famous (i.e. SLEEPING BEAUTY) and the unappreciated (i.e. SWORD IN THE STONE), though I pretty much did that for each theme I chose. I once again did animated features & shorts and a True Life Adventure film (THE OLYMPIC ELK), but this time included a live action film (BLACKBEARD’S GHOST) and an episode of Disney’s Sunday Night TV Show which was sometimes called “The Wonderful World of Color”. This particular episode features an ignored character Professor Ludwig Von Drake who I remember from my childhood. Also from my childhood & also ignored is one of the I’M NO FOOL cartoons with Jiminy Cricket. “I’m no fool, no siree, I’m gonna live to be 93, I play safe for you and me, ‘Cause I’m no fool!” Remember those?
  3. The reason I chose Make-Up for the Un-Oscar challenge is to point out the travesty that there was no make-up category til the 1980s! Not cool! This was hard to narrow down, so I went with the Makeup Basics: a monster movie (BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN), a creature movie (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), a movie that makes people into other races (MY GEISHA—in this case Shirley MacLaine wanting to play Madam Butterfly), a movie that makes actors look like famous people (THE MUDLARK with Irene Dunne as Queen Victoria), and one that covers pretty much everything else (WIZARD OF OZ). It’s also no coincidence what I scheduled in the previous block: SOME LIKE IT HOT, a cross dressing movie that fooled real women on set, and KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS in which Alec Guinness plays 8 different characters of varying ages and even genders.
  4. Thanks to the TV challenge that allowed the scheduling of TV movies, I made a whole day out of my Friday Night Spotlight theme “movies vs. TV”. This is a glance at the long battle between movies and TV that has existed since TV’s rise in popularity and still continues today. In one block we have movies about the inferiority of TV. In another we have fantastic original made-for-TV musicals with songs by some of the best songwriters of the 20th Century. Then in the third and biggest we have movies that were based on original teleplays--stuff the movies stole from the very medium it made fun of. This last one was fun to discover (and yes I researched each title to make sure it was on TV first, not on stage or a book, etc). I knew 12 ANGRY MEN and MARTY were written for TV first, but the rest completely shocked me, and there’s even more than the ones I scheduled. Can you believe THE MIRACLE WORKER was on TV first, even before it was on stage? (Look it up if you don’t believe me).

That’s all I’m going to write about. I figure the rest is self explanatory, right?

Thanks again to SpeedRacer for hosting a fun challenge with tons of premieres! J




1910s- 1

1920s- 3

1930s- 12

1940s- 11

1950s- 37

1960s- 29

1970s- 3

1980s- 3

1990s- 1

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Great schedule LP! I love your "How to" movies and your Disney Vault.  I would watch the entire John Williams day.  I also loved the movies vs TV. 


3 Great Schedules!! I'm looking forward to seeing more.  8 days left!

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Skimpole & LP:


Great schedules, both of them.  LP, love your TCM Instruction Manual (brilliant idea!) Fun in Funeral, two John Williams (they are both favorites of mine) and Thomas Mitchell of 1939.  (Somebody needs to make him a SOTM.) Skimpole, great idea to salute Joseph Schildkraut, love your subterranean theme, children and balloons and strange love stories.  


My schedule is done and I am working on notes.  Hope to post soon.




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January 10 – 16, 2016


SUNDAY January 10, 2016


DAYTIME :  “All alone in the bridal suite?  You must love yourself.”

Horrible Honeymoons


6 AM The Long, Long Trailer (1953) Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz. Dir:  Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 96 min. p/s

7:45 AM The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936) Warren William and Claire Dodd. Dir:  William Clemens, Warner Brothers, 63 min. p/s

9 AM Haunted Honeymoon (1940) Robert Montgomery & Constance Cummings. Dir:  Arthur B. Woods. MGM, 83 min. p/s

10:30 AM Haunted Honeymoon (1986) Gene Wilder & Gilda Radner. Dir:  Gene Wilder. Orion Pictures, 82 min. Premiere


DAYTIME:  Well, for goodness sakes, what’s the matter with you people?

Don’t you know what beds are for? Or do you?”

Oscar Hosts (Hosts indicated in bold.)


12 PM The Taming of the Shrew (1929) Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford. Dir:  Sam Taylor. UA, 73 min. Premiere

1:15 PM Dangerous Corner (1934) Conrad Nagel & Virginia Bruce. Dir:  Phil Rosen. RKO, 67 min. p/s

2:30 PM Grand Hotel (1932) Lionel Barrymore & Greta Garbo. Dir:  Edmund Goulding. MGM, 113 min. p/s

4:30 PM Mrs. Parkington (1944) Greer Garson & Agnes Moorehead. Dir:  Tay Garnett. MGM, 124 min. p/s

6:45 PM When Ladies Meet (1933) Myrna Loy & Robert Montgomery. Dir:  Harry Beaumont. MGM, 73 min. p/s


PRIMETIME:  “I bet you say that to all of your wives.”

Bigamy Can Be Fun (and Complicated.)


8 PM The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959) Clifton Webb & Dorothy McGuire. Dir:  Henry Levin. 20th Century Fox, 87 min. Premiere

9:30 PM Suzy (1936) Jean Harlow & Cary Grant. Dir:  Geo. Fitzmaurice. MGM, 90 min. p/s

11 PM My Favorite Wife (1940) Irene Dunne & Cary Grant. Dir:  Garson Kanin. RKO, 88 min. p/s



Silent Sunday – Silent Lubitsch


12:30 AM The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) Norma Shearer & Ramon Novarro. Dir:  Ernst Lubitsch. MGM, 106 min. Exempt


LATE NIGHT:  “Everyone is entitled to their happiness.”

TCM Imports - The Films of Kenji Mizoguchi


2:30 AM The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) Shotaro Hanayagi & Kokichi Takada, Dir:  Kenji Mizoguchi. Shochiku, 142 min. Ex.empt

5 AM Sisters of the Gion (1936) Isuzu Yamada & Yoko Umemura. Dir:  Kenji Mizoguchi. Shochiku, 95 min. Exempt


MONDAY, January 11, 2016


DAYTIME:  “You know the old saying:  Where there’s a will, there’s a lot of relatives.”

Body Parts


6:45 AM Loose Ankles (1930) Loretta Young & Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Dir: Ted Wilde, First National Pictures, 69 min. p/s

8 AM The Left Hand of God (1955) Humphrey Bogart & Gene Tierney. Dir:  Edward Dmytryk. 20th Century Fox, 87 min. p/s

9:30 AM The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935) Warren William & Genevieve Tobin. Dir:  Archie Mayo, First National, 77 min. p/s

11 AM Banjo On My Knee (1936) Barbara Stanwyck & Joel McCrea. Dir:  John Cromwell. 20th Century Fox, 95 min. p/s

12:45 PM The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) Robert Alda & Andrea King. Dir:  Robert Florey. Warner Brothers, 88 min. p/s

2:15 PM Bells On Their Toes. (1952) Myrna Loy & Jean Crain. Dir:  Henry Levin. 20th Century Fox, 89 min. Premiere

3:45 PM Cool Hand Luke (1967) Paul Newman & George Kennedy. Dir:  Stuart Rosenberg. Warner Brothers, 126 min. p/s

6 PM The Man With The Golden Arm (1952) Frank Sinatra & Eleanor Powell. Dir:  Otto Preminger. United Artists, 119 min. p/s


PRIMETIME/LATE NIGHT:  “Are those trunks full of bodies?”

“Just those, but I don’t intend to unpack them.”

“There’s No Place Like Home” – Boarding Houses (Challenge #1)


8 PM Fulta Fisher’s Boarding House (1922) Mildred Owens & Ethan Allen. Dir:  Frank Capra. Fireside Productions, 12 min. HOME-Exempt

8:15 PM The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935) Conrad Veidt & Anna Lee, Dir:  Berthold Viertel. Gaumont British Picture Corp., 90 min. HOME-Exempt

9:45 PM It All Came True (1940) Ann Sheridan & Jeffrey Lynn. Dir:  Lewis Seiler. Warner Brothers, 97 min. p/s

11:30 PM The Lady With Red Hair (1940) Miriam Hopkins & Claude Rains. Dir:  Kurt Bernhardt. Warner Brothers, 78 min. p/s

1 AM The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) Michael Rennie & Patricia Neal. Dir:  Robert Wise. 20th Century Fox, 92 min. p/s

2:45 AM Cabaret (1972) Liza Minnelli & Michael York. Dir:  Bob Fosse. Allied Artists, 120 min. p/s

4:45 AM Stage Door (1937) Katharine Hepburn & Ginger Rogers. Dir:  Gregory LaCava. RKO, 92 min.


TUESDAY, January 12, 2016


DAYTIME:  “Just a couple of lumps of Benzedrine.  It’s gonna be a rough day.”

By The Numbers


6:30 AM One, Two, Three (1961) James Cagney & Horst Bucholz. Dir:  Billy Wilder. The Mirsch Company/UA, 108 min. p/s

8:30 AM Two For The Road (1967) Audrey Hepburn & Albert Finney. DIr:  Stanley Donen., 20th Century Fox, 111 min. p/s

10:30 AM Three Wise Girls (1932) Jean Harlow & Mae Clarke. Dir:  William Beaudine. Columbia, 68 min. p/s

11:45 AM Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994) Hugh Grant & Andie MacDowell. Dir:  Mike Newell. Gramercy Pict., 117 min. p/s


DAYTIME: “Singing ‘Feelings’ knee-deep in paper orchids and plastic tiki lamps is not exactly my idea of a fun evening.”



1:45 PM Hollywood Steps Out (1941) The Voices of: Dave Barry, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc & Kent Rogers. Dir:  Tex Avery. Warner Brothers, 8 min. p/s

2 PM The Stork Club (1945) Betty Hutton & Barry Fitzgerald. Dir:  Hal Walker. Paramount, 98 min. p/s

3:45 PM Nora Prentiss (1947) Ann Sheridan & Kent Smith. Dir:  Vincent Sherman. Warner Brothers, 111 min. p/s

5:45 PM  The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) Jeff Bridges & Michelle Pfeiffer. Dir:  Steve Kloves. Gladden Ent./20th Century Fox, 114 min. Premiere


PRIMETIME/LATE NIGHT: “One never knows where one is going to find talent.”

SOTM – Slavko Vorkapich, Montage Master (Programming Challenge #2)


8 PM Crime Without Passion (1934) Claude Rains & Margo. Dir:  Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur. Paramount, 70 min. SOTM-Exempt

9:15 PM They Gave Him A Gun (1937) Spencer Tracy & Gladys George. Dir:  W.S. Van Dyke. MGM, 94 p/s

11 PM Maytime (1937) Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy. Dir:  Robert Z. Leonard. MGM, 132 min. p/s

1:15 AM Port of the Seven Seas (1938) Wallace Beery & Frank Morgan. Dir:  James Whale. MGM, 81 p/s

2:45 AM Viva Villa (1934) Wallace Beery & Fay Wray. Dir:  Jack Conway. MGM, 115 min. p/s

4:45 AM The Last Gangster (1937) Edward G. Robinson & James Stewart. Dir:  Edward Ludwig. MGM, 81 min. p/s


WEDNESDAY, January 13, 2016


DAYTIME:  “Well, for years I was smart.  I recommend pleasant.”

Pulitzer Prize Winners (Plays to Film)


6:15 AM Craig’s Wife (1936) Rosalind Russell & John Boles. Dir:  Dorothy Arzner. Columbia, 73 min. p/s

7:30 AM Men In White (1934) Clark Gable & Mryna Loy, Dir:  Richard Boleslawski. MGM, 74 min. p/s

8:45 AM Abe Lincoln In Illinois (1940) Raymond Massey & Gene Lockhart. Dir:  John Cromwell. RKO, 110 min. p/s

10:45 AM State of the Union (1948) Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn. Dir:  Frank Capra. MGM, 111 min. p/s

12:45 PM Harvey (1950) James Stewart & Josephine Hull. Dir:  Henry Koster. Universal-International, 104 min. p/s


DAYTIME:  “And I’m taking all my dolls, even the dead ones.”



2:30 PM These Three (1936) Merle Oberon & Miriam Hopkins (and Bonita Granville as “The Brat”) Dir:  William Wyler. Samuel Goldwyn, 90 min. p/s

4 PM Bright Eyes (1934) Shirley Temple & Jane Withers (as “The Brat”) Dir:  David Butler. Fox Film Co., 83 min. p/s

5:30 PM Captains Courageous (1937) Spencer Tracy & Freddie Bartholomew (as “The Brat”) Dir:  Victor Fleming. MGM, 118 min. p/s

7:30 PM MGM Parade #29


PRIMETIME/LATE NIGHT:  “I’m mad about you my little shoplifter, my sweet little pickpocket.”

Dressing Kay - A Salute to Orry-Kelly & Travis Banton       


8 PM For The Defense (1930) William Powell & Kay Francis. Dir:  John Cromwell. Paramount, 65 min. p/s

9:15 PM Ladies Man (1931) William Powell & Kay Francis. Dir:  Lothar Mendes. Paramount, 70 min. p/s

10:30 PM Trouble in Paradise (1932) Kay Francis & Miriam Hopkins. Dir:  Ernst Lubitsch. Paramount, 83 min. p/s

12 AM One Way Passage (1932) William Powell & Kay Francis. Dir:  Tay Garnett. Warner Brothers, 68 min. p/s

1:15 AM I Found Stella Paris (1935) Kay Francis & Ian Hunter. Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy. Warner Brothers, 85 min. p/s

2:45 AM First Lady (1937) Kay Francis & Preston Foster. Dir:  Stanley Logan. Warner Brothers, 83 min. p/s

4:15 AM Stolen Holiday (1937) Kay Francis & Claude Rains. Dir:  Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers, 76 min. p/s

5:45 AM Breakdowns of 1938 (1938) Warner Brothers “Blooper” Reel. Warner Brothers, 13 min. p/s


THURSDAY, January 14, 2016


DAYTIME:  “Fat ones, tall ones, thin ones.  Doesn’t make any difference as long as they’re wearing skirts, a little mascara and still breathing.”

Cosmetic Queens


6 AM To Each His Own (1946) Olivia de Havilland & John Lund. Dir:  Mitchell Leisen. Paramount, 122 min. p/s

8:15 AM Let’s Live A Little (1948) Hedy Lamarr & Robert Cummings. Dir:  Richard Wallace. Eagle-Lion Films, 85 min. Premiere

9:45 AM Caprice (1967) Doris Day & Richard Harris. Dir:  Frank Tashlin. 20th Century Fox, 98 min. Premiere

11:30 AM Wasp Woman (1959) Susan Cabot & Anthony Eisley. Dir:  Roger Corman, Film Group, 73 min. p/s


DAYTIME:  “World, here I come!”

Happy Birthday William Bendix.


12:45 PM Wake Island (1942) Brian Donlevy & William Bendix. Dir:  John Farrow. Paramount, 88 min. p/s

2:15 PM China (1943) Loretta Young & William Bendix. Dir:  John Farrow. Paramount, 79 min. p/s

3:45 PM Lifeboat (1944) Talullah Bankhead & William Bendix, Dir:  Alfred Hitchcock. 20th Century Fox, 96 min. p/s

5:30 PM The Babe Ruth Story (1948) William Bendix & Claire Trevor. Dir:  Roy Del Ruth. Monogram Pictures, 106 min. p/s

7:30 PM MGM Parade


PRIMETIME/LATE NIGHT:  “I don’t drink . .  . wine.”

Happy 100th Anniversary to the Vampire Film


8 PM Vampyr (1932) Julian West & Maurice Schutz. Dir:  Carl Theodor Dreyer. Carl Theodor Dreyer Filmproduktion/Tobias Filmkunst, 73 min. p/s

9:15 PM Dracula (1931) Bela Lugosi & Helen Chandler. Dir:  Tod Browning. Universal, 85 min. p/s

10:45 PM Mark of the Vampire (1935) Lionel Barrymore & Elizabeth Allen. Dir:  Tod Browning. MGM, 80 min. p/s

12:15 AM Dracula’s Daughter (1936) Otto Kruger & Gloria Holden. Dir:  Lambert Hillyer. Universal, 71 min. p/s

1:30 AM The Return of the Vampire (1944) Bela Lugosi & Frieda Inescort. Dir:  Lew Landers. Columbia, 69 min. p/s

2:45 AM Dracula (1958) Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing. Dir:  Terence Fisher. Hammer Film Productions, 82 min. Premiere

4:15 AM The Hunger (1983) Catherine Deneuve & David Bowie. Dir:  Tony Scott. MGM, 96 min. p/s


FRIDAY, January 15, 2016


DAYTIME:  “You can check the wings and halo at the desk.”

The Un-Oscars - Never Even Nominated!  (Optional Challenge #4)

(Actor/Actress never nominated indicated in bold.)


6 AM Red Dust (1932) Clark Gable & Jean Harlow. Dir:  Victor Fleming. MGM, 83 min. p/s

8:30 AM The Rains Came (1939) Tyrone Power & Myrna Loy. Dir:  Clarence Brown. 20th Century Fox, 103 min. p/s

10:15 AM The Dawn Patrol (1938) Errol Flynn & Basil Rathbone. Dir:  Edmund Goulding. Warner Brothers, 105 min. p/s

12 PM Double Indemnity (1944) Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck. Dir:  Billy Wilder. Paramount, 107 min. p/s

2 PM The Hard Way (1943) Ida Lupino & Joan Leslie. Dir:  Vincent Sherman. Warner Brothers, 109 min. p/s

4 PM The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) Peter Lorre & Sydney Greenstreet. Dir:  Jean Negulesco. Warner Brothers, 97 min. p/s

5:45 PM Foreign Correspondent (1940) Joel McCrea & Laraine Day. Dir:  Alfred Hitchcock. United Artists, 119 min. p/s


PRIMETIME:  “A sense of honor in the South Seas is about as useful and often as silly as a silk hat.”

Friday Night Spotlight  -- Island Adventures


8 PM Bird of Paradise (1951) Debra Paget & Louis Jourdan. Dir:  Delmer Davis. 20th Century Fox, 100 min. Premiere

9:45 PM The Most Dangerous Game (1932) Joel McCrea & Fay Wray. Dir:  Irving Pinchel and Ernest B. Schoedsack. RKO, 100 min. p/s

11:30 PM Island of Lost Souls (1932) Charles Laughton & Richard Arlen. Dir:  Erle C. Kenton. Paramount, 71 min. p/s

12:45 AM Treasure Island (1934) Wallace Beery & Jackie Cooper. Dir:  Victor Fleming. MGM, 110 min. p/s

2:45 AM The Hurricane (1937) Dorothy Lamour & Jon Hall. Dir:  John Ford. Samuel Goldwyn Prod., 110 min. p/s

4:45 AM Road To Bali (1952) Bing Crosby & Bob Hope. Dir:  Hal Walker. Paramount, 91 min. p/s


SATURDAY, January 16, 2015


DAYTIME:  “I’d hang him from the highest tree and his friends with him.”

“Wouldn’t that require a great deal of rope?”

Unlikely Women of The West


6:30 AM When the Daltons Rode (1940) Randolph Scott & Kay Francis. Dir:  George Marshall. Universal, 81 min. p/s

8 AM Sin Town (1942) Constance Bennett & Broderick Crawford. Dir:  Ray Enright. Universal, 82 min. Premiere

9:30 AM The Texans (1938) Randolph Scott & Joan Bennett. Dir:  James P. Hogan. Paramount, 92 min. Premiere

11:15 AM Belle Starr (1941) Gene Tierney & Randolph Scott. Dir:  Irving Cummings. 20th Century Fox, 82 min. p/s

12:45 PM Flame of the Barbary Coast (1945) John Wayne & Ann Dvorak. Dir:  Joseph Kane. Republic Pictures, 91 min. p/s


DAYTIME:  “It takes a silver bullet to kill Brutus Jones.”

A Salute to Paul Robeson


2:30 PM Camille (1926) Paul Robeson & Anita Loos.  Dir:  Ralph Barton. Warner Brothers, 33 min. Premiere

3:15 PM The Emperor Jones (1933) Paul Robeson & Dudley Digges. Dir:  Dudley Murphy. United Artists, 72 min. p/s

4:30 PM King Solomon’s Mines (1937) Cedric Hardwicke & Paul Robson. Dir:  Robert Stevenson. Gaumont Picture Company, 80 min. p/s

6 PM Show Boat (1936) Irene Dunne & Allen Jones & Paul Robeson. Dir:  James Whale. Universal Pictures, 113 min. p/s


PRIMETIME:  “What won’t last??  “My liver and a movie star’s marriage.”

Art Direction by Carroll Clark


8 PM What Price Hollywood? (1932) Constance Bennett & Lowell Sherman. Dir:  George Cukor. RKO/Pathe, 88 min. p/s ESSENTIAL

9:30 PM Flying Down to Rio (1933) Dolores Del Rio & Gene Raymond. Dir: Thornton Freeland. RKO. 89 min. p/s

11 PM Murder My Sweet (1944) Dick Powell & Claire Trevor. Dir:  Edward Dmytryk. RKO, 95 min. p/s

12:45 AM While The City Sleeps (1956) Dana Andrews & Rhonda Fleming. Dir:  Fritz Lang. RKO, 95 min. p/s


LATE NIGHT:  “She makes a beautiful zombie, doesn’t she?”

TCM Underground – Zombies


2:45 AM White Zombie (1932) Bela Lugosi & Madge Bellamy. Dir:  Victor Halperin. United Artists, 67 min. p/s

4 AM I Walked With a Zombie (1943) James Ellison & Frances Dee. Dir:  Jacques Tourneur. RKO, 69 min. p/s

5:15 AM Zombies On Broadway (1945) Alan Carney & Bela Lugosi. Dir:  Gordon M. Douglas. RKO, 68 min. p/s

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TCM Challenge #29:  “There’s No Place Like Home.”

Week of January 10 – 16, 2016


SOTM:  Slavko Vorkapich, Montagist/Editor

The Essential:  What Price Hollywood? (1932)

Friday Night Spotlight:  Island Adventures

Silent Sunday:  The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)

TCM Imports:  The Story of the Last Crysanthemum (1939) & Sisters of the Gion (1936)

TCM Underground:  Zombies!

Programming Challenge: There’s No Place Like Home:  Boarding Houses

Bonus Challenge:  The Un-Oscars:  Never Even Been Nominated.


TCM Premieres:

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)

The Taming of the Shrew (1929)

Haunted Honeymoon (1986)

The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959)

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

Sin Town (1942)

The Texans (1938)

Camille (1926) (Paul Robeson version)

Belles On Their Toes (1952)

Let’s Live A Little (1948)

Caprice (1967)

Dracula (1958)

Bird of Paradise (1951)


Challenge Exempt Premieres:

Fulta Fisher’s Boarding House (1922) SHORT

The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)

Crime Without Passion (1934)


By decade:

1920’s – 4

1930’s – 50

1940’s – 22

1950’s – 18

1960’s – 4

1970’s – 1

1980’s – 3

1990’s - 1


Sunday starts off with films about honeymoons which didn’t go so well, followed by “Oscar Hosts.” Back in the day, the Oscars were hosted by any number of Hollywood luminaries including:  Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Conrad Nagel, Agnes Moorehead and more. This film block salutes the work of five Oscar hosts.  Sunday prime time begins with “Bigamy Can Be Fun – and Complicated” followed by the Silent Sunday feature: Silent Lubitsch.  TCM Imports showcases two films by the amazing Kenji Mizoguchi.


Monday daytime is all about “body parts” and in prime time the “There’s No Place Like Home” challenge focuses on films in which boarding houses play a prominent role.  Throw a disparate group of folks together in one spot and you have endless drama, intrigue and/or comic possibilities. The evening starts off with a short film, which happens to be Frank Capra’s first as a director, with the unlikely title:  “Fulta Fisher’s Boarding House.”


“By the numbers” begins Tuesday’s film lineup and then moves into films about nightclubs, beginning with one of my favorite Warner Brothers’ cartoons, “Hollywood Steps Out.” Prime time is a salute to my behind the scenes SOTM, Montage Master, Slavko Vorkapich. I’ve always loved movie montages (spinning newspapers, marching armies, etc. etc.) and Vorkapich is considered “the montagist” of his time.  In fact, he was so renowned for his work that scripts requiring montages indicated the need for one with the notation: “Vorkapich here.” 


Pulitzer Prize winning plays were routinely a source for Hollywood films and, in honor of the 99th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, five plays which became films start the day off on Wednesday.  Next, we move into “Brats,” three films about kids who really needed (and generally got) a good spanking.  Wednesday evening is all about “Dressing Kay,” a salute to talented costume designers Orry-Kelly and Travis Banton and the lady who wore their designs so well. We conclude the evening with Breakdowns of 1938 where Kay Francis (along with many other Warner Brothers stars) entertains us with many memorable bloopers.


Thursday daytime focuses on cosmetic queens then moves into a birthday salute to the wonderful William Bendix.  Thursday night salutes 100 Years of Vampire Films (yes, the first vampire film was produced way back in 1916) with seven films that prove that, like vampires, vampire films never die.


Friday daytime deals with “The Un-Oscars” and focuses on what I consider to be some of Oscar’s most glaring omissions --  legendary actors and actresses who were never even nominated for a single performance in their career.  These include:  Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Errol Flynn, Ida Lupino, Peter Lorre and Joel McCrea.  Finally, what could be better on a cold January night than to have a few “Island Adventures” which is my Friday Night Spotlight.


Saturday starts with “Unlikely Women of the West.”  Who could have imagined that Hollywood glamour queens like Constance Bennett, Kay Francis and Gene Tierney would be out there mixing it up with the cowboys?  Then, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first film starring an African American actor, is a salute to the incomparable Paul Robeson, starting with the other “Camille” of 1926 along with three other Robeson films.


I have long admired art director Carroll Clark for his talent and his versatility and Saturday evening is dedicated to this creative genius, showcasing three decades of his set designs.  First up is my TCM Essential: George Cukor’s “What Price Hollywood?” a brilliant look at Hollywood life wonderfully acted by Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman.  And, to come full circle in saluting my behind the scenes SOTM, the compelling “my life is passing before me” montage seen at the moment Lowell Sherman’s character (Max Carey) considers suicide was created by none other than Slavko Vorkapich.  TCM Underground is “all about zombies.” What better way to end a Saturday night?


As always, it’s been fun.  Enjoy!

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Great schedule Lydecker!


I loved those you honored for the "Un-Oscars."  I also loved the Honeymoons gone wrong-- imo, The Long, Long Trailer can never be on the TCM schedule too often.  I also loved the salute to nightclubs and your boarding house take on the "home" theme.  I also love your SOTM selection.  I have never heard of Slavko Vorkapich, but love to know that he did movie montages.  Who doesn't love a movie montage?


4 excellent schedules have been posted! I look forward to seeing more!

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6:00 am  Murders in the Rue Morgue  (1932)  Dir. Robert Florey

starring Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox.  Univ., 61 minutes.  p/s.

7:15 am  Phantom of the Rue Morgue  (1954)  Dir. Roy Del Ruth.

starring Karl Malden, Patricia Medina.  WB, 83 minutes.  p/s.

8:45 am  Phantom of Paris  (1931)  Dir. John S. Robertson.

starring John Gilbert, Leila Hyams.  MGM, 74 minutes.

10:00 am  This Was Paris  (1942)  Dir. John Harlow.

starring Ann Dvorak, Ben Lyon.  WB, 77 minutes.

11:30 am  Is Paris Burning?  (1966)  Dir. Rene Clement.

starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron.  Para., 173 minutes.  p/s.

2:30 pm  Bob Le Flambeur  (1955)  Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville.

starring Isabel Corey, Roger Duchesne.  Rialto, 98 minutes.  p/s.

4:15 pm  Camille  (1936)  Dir. George Cukor.

starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor.  MGM, 109 minutes.

Short: Une Femme Coquette  (1955)  Dir. Jean-Luc Godard.

starring Maria Lysandre.  Actua Films, 10 minutes.

6:30 pm  Nana  (1934)  Dir. Dorothy Arzner.

starring Anna Sten, Lionel Atwill.  Goldwyn, 88 minutes.  p/s.




8:00 pm  Paris Model  (1953)  Dir.  Alfred E. Green.

starring Marilyn Maxwell, Paulette Goddard.  Para., 81 minutes.  p/s.

9:30 pm  Under Eighteen  (1931)  Dir. Archie Mayo.

starring Marian Marsh, Warren William, Anita Page.  WB, 80 minutes.

11:00 pm  Street of Women  (1932)  Dir. Archie Mayo.

starring Kay Francis, Roland Young.  WB, 59 minutes.




12:00 am  Fig Leaves  (1926)  Dir. Howard Hawks.

starring Olive Borden, George O’Brien.  Fox,  68 minutes.  Exempt.

Short:  Good Morning, Eve  (1934)  Dir. Roy Mack.

starring Leon Errol.  Vitaphone, 19 minutes




1:45 am  Falbalas ( aka Paris Frills)  (1945)  Dir. Jacques Becker.

starring Raymond Rouleau, Micheline Presle.  Vedis, 111 minutes.  Exempt.


3:45 am  Hollywood Fashion Machine:  Paris Goes to Hollywood  (1999) 

Dir. Gabriel Rotello.  World of Wonder, 30 minutes.  TV#1-Exempt.

4:15 am  Artists and Models  (1937)  Dir. Raoul Walsh.

starring Jack Benny, Ida Lupino.  Paramount, 97 minutes.  p/s.







6:00 am  Broadway To Hollywood  (1933)  Dir.  Willard Mack.

starring Alice Brady, Frank Morgan, Mickey Rooney.  MGM, 85 minutes.

7:30 am  Little Miss Broadway  (1938)  Dir. Irving Cummings.

starring Shirley Temple, George Murphy.  TCF, 72 minutes. p/s.

8:45 am  Poor Little Rich Girl  (1936)  Dir. Irving Cummings.

starring Shirley Temple, Alice Faye.  TCF, 79 Minutes. p/s.

10:15 am  Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm  (1938)  Dir. Allan Dwan.

starring Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott.  TCF, 81 minutes.  p/s.

10:00 am  Paddy O’Day  (1935)  Dir. Lewis Seiler.

starring Jane Withers, Rita Hayworth.  TCF, 72 minutes.  p/s.

11:45 am  The Seven Little Foys  (1932)  Dir. Melville Shavelson.

starring Bob Hope, Milly Vitale.  Paramount, 93 minutes.  p/s.

1:30 pm  Yankee Doodle Dandy  (1942)  Dir.  Michael Curtiz.

starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie.  WB, 126 Minutes.

3:45 pm  Gypsy  (1932)  Dir. Mervyn LeRoy.

starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden.  WB, 143 Minutes.  p/s.

6:15 pm  Big Broadcast of 1936  (1935)  Dir. Norman Taurog.

starring Jack Oakie, Bing Crosby, Nicholas Bros.  Para., 97 Minutes. p/s.

Short:  Bubbles (1930)  Dir. Roy Mack.

starring Judy Garland & The Vitaphone Kiddies.  Vitaphone, 8 minutes.




8:00 pm  The Three Lives of Thomasina  (1963)  Dir. Don Chaffey.

starring Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice.  Buena Vista, 97 Minutes.  Disney-exempt.

9:45 pm  That Darn Cat (1965)  Dir. Robert Stevenson.

starring Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine.  Buena Vista, 116 minutes.  Disney-Exempt.

11:45 pm  Lady & the Tramp  (1955)  Dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson.

starring voices Peggy Lee,  Barbara Luddy.  Buena Vista, 76 minutes.  Disney-Exempt.

1:15 am  101 Dalmations (1961)  Dir. Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske.

starring voices Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson.  Buena Vista, 79 minutes.  Disney-Exempt.

2:45 am  Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color: Little Dog Lost (1963)  Dir. Walter Perkins.

starring Margaret Gerrity, Priscilla Overton.  NBC TV, 60 minutes.  TV#2-Exempt.

3:45 am  The Shaggy Dog  (1959)  Dir. Charles Barton.

starring Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Annette Funicello.  Buena Vista, 104 minutes.  p/s.

5:45 am  Short:  Society Dog Show  (1939)  Dir. Bill Roberts.

Animated voice: Pinto Colvig.  Walt Disney, 8 minutes.






6:00 am  All About Eve (1950)  Dir. Joseph Mankiewicz.

starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders.  TCF, 138 minutes.  p/s.

8:30 am  The Saint Strikes Back (1939)  Dir. John Farrow.

starring George Sanders, Wendy Barrie.  RKO, 64 minutes.

9:45 am  The Saint in London (1939)  Dir. John Paddy Carstairs.

starring George Sanders, Sally Gray.  RKO, 72 minutes.

11:00 am  Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)  Dir. Anatole Litvak.

starring Edward G. Robinson, George Sanders.  WB, 104 minutes.

12:45 pm  The House of Seven Gables  (1940)  Dir. Joe May.

starring George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Vincent Price.  TCF, 89 minutes.

2:15 pm  Foreign Correspondent  (1940)  Dir.Alfred Hitchcock.

starring Joel McCrea, Lorraine Day, George Sanders.  UA, 120 minutes.  p/s.

4:15 pm  Rebecca  (1940)  Dir. Alfred Hitchcock.

starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders.  UA, 130 minutes.  p/s.

6:00 pm  The Private Affairs of Bel Ami  (1947)  Dir. Albert Lewin.

starring George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Ann Dvorak.  UA, 112 minutes.  Premiere # 1.




8:00 pm  The Light That Failed  (1939)  Dir. William A. Wellman.

starring Ronald Colman, Ida Lupino, Walter Huston.  Para., 99 minutes.  Oscar-Exempt.

9:45 pm  The Hard Way  (1943)  Dir.  Vincent Sherman.

starring Ida Lupino, Joan Leslie, Jack Carson.  WB, 109 minutes.

11:45 pm  Ivy  (1947)  Dir. Sam Wood.

starring Joan Fontaine, Herbert Marshall, Patric Knowles.  Univ., 99 minutes. Oscar-Exempt.

1:30 am  His Girl Friday  (1940)  Dir. Howard Hawks.

starring Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant.  Columbia, 92 minutes.  p/s

3:15 am La Strada  (1954)  Dir. Federico Fellini.

starring Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart.  Ponti-DeLaurentis, 108 minutes. p/s.

5:15 am Anthony Quinn: An Original  (1990)  Dir. Gene Feldman.

starring Federico Fellini, Giulieta Masini. Wombat Productions, 60 minutes.  TV#3-Exempt.







6:15 am  The Lady Eve  (1941)  Dir. Preston Sturges.

starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda.  Para., 94 minutes. p/s.

8:00 am  The Women  (1939)  Dir. George Cukor.

starring Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford. MGM, 133 minutes.

10:15 am  The Petrified Forest  (1936)  Dir. Archie Mayo.

starring Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart.  WB, 82 minutes.

11:45 am  City Lights  (1931)  Dir. Charles Chaplin.

starring Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill.  UA, 87 minutes.  p/s.

1:15 pm  Things Change  (1988)  Dir. David Mamet.

starring Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna.  Columbia, 100 minutes.  Premiere # 2.

3:00 pm  Psycho  (1960)  Dir. Alfred Hitchcock.

starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles.  Paramount, 109 minutes.  p/s.

5:00 pm  The Night of the Hunter  (1955)  Dir. Charles Laughton.

starring Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters.  UA, 93 minutes.  p/s.

Documentary:  And The Oscar Goes To…  (2014)  Dir. Rob Epstein.

starring Angelica Huston, Robert Osborne, Tom Hanks.  TCM, 87 minutes.




8:00 pm  Amelie  (2001)  Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

starring  Audrey Tatou, Mathieu Kassovitz.  Miramax, 129 minutes.  Premiere #3.

10:15 pm  Air Hostess  (1949)  Dir. Lew Landers.

starring Gloria Henry, Audrey Long.  Columbia, 60 minutes.  Premiere# 4.

11:30 pm  Sabrina  (1954)  Dir. Billy Wilder.

starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden.  Paramount, 113 minutes.  p/s.

1:30 am  That Touch of Mink  (1962)  Dir. Delbert Mann.

starring Doris Day, Cary Grant, Audrey Meadows.  Univ., 99 minutes. p/s.

3:15 am  Women’s Prison  (1955)  Dir. Lewis Seiler.

starring Ida Lupino, Jan Sterling, Audrey Totter.  Columbia, 79 minutes.  p/s.

4:45 am  The Set-Up  (1949)  Dir. Robert Wise.

starring Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter.  RKO, 73 minutes.







6:00 am  Forty Naughty Girls  (1937)  Dir. Edward Cline.

starring James Gleason, Zasu Pitts.  RKO, 63 minutes.

7:15 am  Journal of a Crime  (1934)  Dir. William Keighley.

starring Ruth Chatterton, Adolphe Menjou.  1st Nat’l, 65 minutes.

8:30 am  Stage Fright  (1950)  Dir. Alfred Hitchcock.

starring Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Todd.  WB, 110 minutes.  p/s.

10:30 am   The Death Kiss  (1932)  Dir. Edwin L. Marin.

starring Bela Lugosi, David Manners.  KBS Prod.,  75 minutes.  p/s.

11:15 am  Lady of Burlesque  (1943)  Dir.  William Wellman.

starring Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O’Shea.  UA, 91 minutes.  p/s.

1:00 pm  Murder at the Vanities  (1934)  Dir. Mitchell Leisen.

starring Carl Brisson, Kitty Carlisle, Victor McLaglen.  Paramount, 89 minutes.  Premiere # 5.




2:30 pm  The Broadway Melody  (1929)  Dir. Harry Beaumont.

starring Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King.  MGM, 100 minutes.  p/s.

4:15 pm  Springtime in the Rockies  (1942)  Dir. Irving Cummings.

starring Betty Grable, John Payne, Carmen Miranda.  TCF, 91 minutes. p/s.

6:00 pm  Kiss Me Kate  (1953)  Dir.  George Sidney.

starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller.  MGM, 109 minutes





8:00 pm  Bolero  (1934)  Dir. Wesley Ruggles.

starring George Raft, Carole Lombard, Sally Rand.  Para., 85 minutes.  SOTM-Exempt.

9:30 pm  All the King’s Horses  (1935)  Dir. Frank Tuttle.

starring Carl Brisson, Mary Ellis.  Paramount, 87 minutes.  SOTM-Exempt.

Short: Unusual Occupations  (1937)  Dir. Gayne Whitman

starring Ken Carpenter, Millie Hall, LeRoy Prinz.  Para., 10 minutes.

11:15 pm  Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)  Dir. Mitchell Leisen.

starring W.C. Fields, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour.  Para., 91 minutes. p/s.

1:00 am  April Showers (1948)  Dir.  James V. Kern.

starring Ann Sothern, Jack Carson.  WB, 94 minutes.

2:45 am  Look For the Silver Lining  (1949)  Dir. David Butler.

starring June Haver, Ray Bolger, Gordon MacRae.  WB, 106 minutes.


Short:   Bromo And Juliet (1926)  Dir. Leo McCarey.

starring Charley Chase, Laurel & Hardy.  Hal Roach, 23 minutes.





ROMEO AND JULIET: Variations of Shakespeare’s Oft-Told Tale


5:30 am  Romeo Must Die  (2000)  Dir.  Andrzej Bartkowiak.

starring Jet Li, Aallayah.  WB, 115 minutes.  Premiere #6.

7:30 am  West Side Story  (1961)  Dir. Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins.

starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno.  UA, 152 minutes.  p/s.

10:15 am  Romeo and Juliet  (1968)  Dir. Franco Zeffirelli.

starring Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting.  Paramount, 138 minutes.  p/s.

12:45 pm  Romanoff and Juliet  (1961)  Dir. Peter Ustinoff.

starring Peter Ustinoff, Sandra Dee, John Gavin.  Univ, 103 minutes. Premiere #7.

2:30 pm  Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors  (1967)  Dir. Sergey Paradzhanov.

starring Ivan Mikolaychuk.  Artkino Pictures, 100 minutes.  Premiere # 8.

4:15 pm  Kentucky  (1938)   Dir. David Butler.

starring Loretta Young, Richard Greene.  TCF, 96 minutes.  p/s.

6:00 pm  Hollywood Revue of 1929  (1929)  Dir. Charles Reisner.

starring Norma Shearer, John Gilbert.  MGM, 118 minutes.



The 1930s


8:00 pm   Love on Wheels  (1932)  Dir. Victor Saville.

starring Jack Hulbert, Leonora Corbett, Edmund Gwenn.  Gainsborough, 86 minutes.  Premiere # 9.

9:30 pm  Evergreen (1934)  Dir. Victor Saville.

starring Jessie Mathews, Sonnie Hale.  British Gaumont, 94 minutes.  p/s.

11:15 pm  Look Up and Laugh (1935)  Dir. Basil Dean.

starring Gracie Fields, Vivian Leigh.  ATP, 80 minutes.  Premiere # 10.

12:45 am  Break the News  (1938)  Dir. Rene Clair.

starring Jack Buchanan, Maurice Chevalier, June Knight.  J. Buchanan prod., 72 minutes.  Premiere # 11.

2:00 am  Everything is Rhythm  (1936)  Dir. Alfred J. Goulding.

starring Harry Roy, Princess Pearl.  ABFD, 65 minutes.  Premiere#12.

3:15 am  First a Girl  (1935)  Dir. Victor Saville.

starring Jessie Mathews, Sonnie Hale, Anna Lee.  British Gaumont, 78 minutes. p/s.

4:45 am  Highlight: The Singing Cinema  (1964)  Dir. Denis Gifford.

starring Jessie Mathews, Carl Brisson, Gracie Fields,   British Pathe for UK television.  TV#4-Exempt.







6:00 am  Dementia 13  (1963)  Dir. Francis Ford Coppola.

starring William Campbell, Luana Anders.  AIP, 75 minutes.  p/s.

7:15 am  A Breath of Scandal  (1960)  Dir. Michael Curtiz. 

starring Sophia Loren, John Gavin, Angela Lansbury.  Paramount, 98 minutes.  p/s. 

9:00  am  Something For Everyone  (1970)  Dir. Harold Prince.

starring Angela Lansbury, Michael York.  Nat’l Gen. Pictures, 110 minutes.  Home-Exempt.

11:00 am  Barry Lyndon  (1975)  Dir. Stanley Kubrick. 

starring Ryan O’Neal, Marissa Berenson.  WB, 188 minutes.  p/s.

2:15 pm  La Belle et La Bete (1946)  Dir. Jean Cocteau.

starring Jean Marais, Josette Day.  Janus, 93 minutes.  p/s.

4:00 pm  Scared Stiff  (1953)  Dir. George Marshall.

starring Martin & Lewis, Lizabeth Scott, Carmen Miranda.  Paramount, 108 minutes.  Home-Exempt.

6:00 pm  Young Frankenstein  (1974)  Dir. Mel Brooks.

starring Gene Wilder, Madeleine Kahn.  TCF, 108 minutes.  p/s.





8:00 pm   Rocky Horror Picture Show  (1975)  Dir. Jim Sharman.

starring Tim Curry, Richard O’Brien, Susan Sarandon.  TCF, 101 minutes.  Premiere# 13.

10:00 pm  Clue  (1985)  Dir. Jonathan Lynn.

starring Tim Curry, Madeleine Kahn.  Paramount, 94 minutes.  Premiere# 14.

11:45 pm  High Anxiety  (1977)  Dir. Mel Brooks.

starring Mel Brooks, Madeleine Kahn, Harvey Korman.  TCF, 94 minutes.  p/s.




1:30 am  Shock Treatment  (1981)  Dir. Jim Sharman.

starring Richard O’Brien, Barry Humphries, Patricia Quinn.  TCF, 88 minutes.  Exempt.

3:00 am  Shock  (1946)  Dir. Alfred Werker.

starring Vincent Price, Lynn Bari.  TCF, 70 minutes.   Premiere #15.

4:15 am  Shock Corridor  (1963)  Dir. Sam Fuller.

starring Peter Breck, Constance Towers.  Allied Artists, 101 minutes.  p/s.

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Terrible time getting this posted.  It took 20 minutes to work.  Here goes...



Programming Notes:  Challenge #29

Week of January 10-January 16, 2016


Sunday.  The Mean Streets of Paris is about the grittier side of Paris.  This includes WWII predicaments.


The evening theme of Modistes, Models & Modes premieres Fig Leaves (I keep hoping for this film) for the silent and Falbalas for the import.


Monday.  Performing Tots.  There is a rich history of performing children in film-many more than the examples I provide.


Disney frequently used animals as his subjects.  For my vault selections, I have chosen to target films about cats and dogs.  I was able to program several favorites, including The Three Lives of Thomasina.  I’m hoping that this will show up on TCM in the future.


Tuesday.  Wonderful actor George Sanders always seemed to act with an air of ennui.  It’s as if he didn’t care or couldn’t bother with trivialities.  Was that just his style or was it really him?  I suspect it was a bit of both.  I premiere The Private Affairs of Bel Ami.


My Oscar snubs include fabulous performances that were never even nominated by the Academy.  Ida Lupino, Joan Fontaine, Rosalind Russell, Giulietta Masina.  It’s a list of great performances in this program of films.  The Light That Failed and Ivy are the premieres.


Wednesday.  I had to continue with more Oscar snubs.  More great perfrmances that were completely ignored by Oscar.  I include the premiere of Things Change with Don Ameche.  He is terrific in this 1988 Mamet film.   My Dinner With Audrey is an evening with a several actresses named Audrey.  I think that you will find a little more action in these films than in My Dinner With Andre.


Thursday.   I enjoy a lot of backstage musicals and dramas.  The daytime focuses on murder and romance.  I premiere Murder at the Vanities.


My SOTM is Choreographer LeRoy Prinz.   He did some great work.  I premiere Bolero and All the King’s Horses.


Friday.   I offer a selection of variations on Romeo and Juliet.  Premieres are Romeo Must Die, Romanoff and Juliet and Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.


The Friday Night Spotlight is British Musicals.  This particular Friday focuses on the 1930s.  I premiere four different films.  TCM has never shown many.  I wonder if they are difficult to secure.  We’ve seen the occasional Jessie Mathews film but not much else from this period.


Saturday.   I had several ideas for the “home” theme but I liked using the play of words in “A Man’s Castle is His Home”.  Everyone owns a castle or gets one in my lineup.  I premiere Something For Everyone and Scared Stiff.


My Essentials pick is Rocky Horror Picture Show.  I follow with another Tim Curry premiere: Clue.  The rest of the evening is devoted mental institutions and my Underground pick is Shock Treatment, made by Rocky Horror’s team,  Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien.


Silent Sunday Nights

Fig Leaves


TCM Imports

Falbalas (aka Paris Frills)


Star of the Month

LeRoy Prinz


Friday Night Spotlight

British Musicals: the 1930s


The Essentials

Rocky Horror Picture Show


TCM Underground

Shock Treatment


Exempt Premieres-TV & Film

Fig Leaves


Hollywood Fashion Machine: Paris Goes to Hollywood

The Three Lives of Thomasina

That Darn Cat

Lady & the Tramp

101 Dalmations

Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color: Little Dog Lost

The Light That Failed


Anthony Quinn: An Original


All the King’s Horses

Highlight: The Singing Cinema

Something For Everyone

Scared Stiff



The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

Things Change


Air Hostess

Murder at the Vanities

Romeo Must Die

Romanoff and Juliet

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Love on Wheels

Look Up and Laugh

Break the News

Everything is Rhythm

Rocky Horror Picture Show



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Well Countess Dave you have lots of interesting choices:  Fig Leaves (which I used in a previous challenge), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (which I was tempted to use as an offbeat love story), as well as Barry Lyndon.  Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors is certainly the sort of movie TCM should show, and it's certainly an offbeat variation of the Rome-and-Juliet theme.  Plus you have Amelie, Clue and a whole new genre most people hadn't known existed:  thirties British musicals!

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What a great schedule.  Love your Mean Streets of Paris, Performing Tots, Disney Cats & Dogs and, of course, George Sanders and his legendary "ennui."  Oscar snubs is great, too.  Super job.



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I think I confused myself and thought I scheduled the challenge to end tonight at midnight (which I suppose is TECHNICALLY june 5) but I may have said last night at midnight.  Lol.


Anyway.  The challenge will end tonight at 12:00am PST.  I will start working on posting the voting threads tomorrow (hopefully I'll have time). 


Thanks for everyone's participation.  It'll be tough to make a decision!

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