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HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM


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On 11/26/2020 at 5:43 AM, Bogie56 said:

Friday, November 27/28

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3:30 a.m.  The Fog (1980).  By John Carpenter.  But originally TCM had scheduled Desperate Living (1977) by John Waters.

I have always found THE FOG To be a desperately uninteresting horror film, it’s basically a made for TV movie that got a theatrical release, And it misses all sorts of opportunities to deliver on some real HORROR. 

DESPERATE LIVING is ****ing NUTS THO- Both literally and figuratively the darkest film I think John Waters ever made.
So I’m not really sure if this replacement on the schedule is a trade up or more of a lateral move.

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1 hour ago, Bogie56 said:

Sunday, November 29/30

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2 a.m.  The Great Beauty (2013).  This Italian film got great reviews and won many awards but it didn’t do much for me the first time that I saw it.

Eye candy to die for, but the story is the sort of sphinx that has no secret.

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11/30/20, Midnight: The TCM premiere of Too Many Kisses (1925). Featuring Richard Dix, and in a supporting role Harpo Marx as "The Village Peter Pan." I saw this at Capitolfest two years ago; it's a nicely done comedy.

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On 11/28/2020 at 5:46 AM, LornaHansonForbes said:

I have always found THE FOG To be a desperately uninteresting horror film, it’s basically a made for TV movie that got a theatrical release, And it misses all sorts of opportunities to deliver on some real HORROR. 

DESPERATE LIVING is ****ing NUTS THO- Both literally and figuratively the darkest film I think John Waters ever made.
So I’m not really sure if this replacement on the schedule is a trade up or more of a lateral move.

DESPERATE LIVING was supposed to be on TCM and they pulled it??? I'm p-ssed! I've never seen that film (about the only film of his I haven't seen)

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On 11/29/2020 at 6:17 AM, Bogie56 said:

Monday, November 30

Shelley Winters SOTM

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2 a.m.  Blume In Love (1973).  Decent Paul Mazursky film with George Segal.  Has Segal ever been SOTM?

NO

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4 hours ago, AndreaDoria said:

Well, tonight at eight is [i]Baby Face[/i] and I'm looking forward to watching it for the third time.  

I always wonder if the phrase "sleeping her way to the top," came from this film.

Baby Face is worth seeing multiple times.     Baby Face and Night Nurse (with an early Gable as a major cad) are two very gritty pre-code films.  

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I'm recording The Gunfighter with Gregory Peck.  It's airing tonight/Friday at 1:15am.  I hadn't even heard of this film until Criterion released their own restoration a few months ago.  I'd like to see this film to see if it's worth adding to my Criterion collection.

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Monday, December 7

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8 a.m.  Postman’s Knock (1962).  With Spike Milligan.

 

Laurel & Hardy SOTM in U.S.

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9:30 p.m.  Sons of the Desert (1933).  The original Water Buffalos.

 

and it looks like it is The Bowery Boys as SOTM in Canada

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9:30 p.m.  Blues Busters (1950).  Maybe there were not enough Lassie pictures to fill the schedule.

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What I noticed about the Laurel and Hardy shorts scheduled for Monday is that many of the early ones are silents, with BIG BUSINESS and TWO TARS perhaps the most noteworthy of them. To the best of my knowledge, unlike the boys' sound shorts, no company has issued DVD releases of their silents that really do them justice as far as quality is concerned. Used copies of The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy, which featured their silents, now sell for big bucks as the discs are no longer produced. And the images of the silents even in that series is mediocre, at best. I wonder if the silent prints to be shown by TCM will be better than what is currently available in the DVD market.

Meanwhile Canadians with TCM, as usual, don't get access to Hal Roach Studios, therefore get stuck with the Bowery Boys. What have we done to be so punished?

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I bought this 21 disc box set in England.  The discs are PAL so you would need a multi region player.  You can still pick up multi region blu ray players pretty cheap.

 

Block-Heads 1938

The Bohemian Girl 1936

A Chump at Oxford 1940

Our Relations 1936

Pack Up Your Troubles 1932

Pardon Us 1931

Saps at Sea 1940

Sons of the Desert 1933

Swiss Miss 1938

A Tribute to the Boys 1991

Way Out West 1937

 

Along Came Auntie 1926

Angora Love 1929

Another Fine Mess 1930

Any Old Port 1932

Bacon Grabbers 1929

The Battle of the Century 1928

Be Big 1931

Beau Hunks 1931

Below Zero 1930

Berth Marks 1929

Big Business 1929

Blotto 1930

Brats 1930

Busy Bodies 1933

Call of the Cuckoo 1927

Chickens Come Home 1931

The Chimp 1932

Come Clean 1931

County Hospital 1932

Dirty Work 1933

Do Detectives Think? 1927

Double Whoopee 1933

Duck Soup 1927

Early to Bed 1928

The Finishing Touch 1928

The Fixer-Uppers 1935

Fluttering Hearts 1927

Flying Elephants 1927

45 Minutes From Hollywood 1926

From Soup to Nuts 1928

Going Bye-Bye 1934

Habeus Corpus 1928

Hats Off - Stills Gallery 1927

Helpmates 1931

Hog Wild 1930

The Hoose-Gow 1929

(Jewish) Prudence 1927

Laughing Gravy 1931

The Laurel Hardy Murder Case 30

Liberty 1929

The Live Ghost 1934

Love ‘Em and Weep 1927

Me and My Pal 1933

Men O’War 1929

The Midnight Patrol 1933

The Music Box 1932

Night Owls 1930

Oliver the Eighth 1934

On the Loose 1931

On the Wrong Trek 1936

One Good Turn 1931

Our Wife 1931

Perfect Day 1929

Putting Pants on Philip 1928

Sailors Breware 1927

Scram! 1932

The Second Hundred Years 1927

Should Married Men Go Home? 28

Slipping Wives 1927

Sugar Daddies 1927

That’s My Wife 1929

Their First Mistake 1932

Their Purple Moment 1928

Them Thar Hills 1934

They Go Boom 1929

Thicker Than Water 1935

Thundering Fleas 1926

**** For Tat 1935

Towed in a Hole 1933

Twice Two 1931

Two Tars 1928

Unaccustomed As We Are 1929

We Faw Down 1928

Why Girls Love Sailors 1927

With Love and Hisses 1927

Wrong Again 1929

You’re Darn Tootin’ 1928

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7 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Wednesday, December 9/10

Music by Bernard Herrmann

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1:15 a.m.  Mysterious Island (1961).  This was a big favourite when I was a kid.

Same here.   Love this film and I still watch it whenever it comes on.    Just a very good adventure film with good performances by the actors and maybe the best by Davis hubby Gary Merrill and Herbert Lom.  

Of course what made me love this film as a kid, was the Ray Harryhausen stop motion animation.     The giant crap you feature is one of best stop motion scene ever (second to the skeletons in Jason).     

Also the plot \ storyline is very solid.    E.g. How Lom feels toward mankind and why he is on the island.    Just a very well made film that rises above 90% of similar efforts by others. 

 

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