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TCM Programming Challenge #29, "There's No Place Like Home" as come to a conclusion.  I'd like to thank everyone for participating.  We had five wonderful schedules selected. 


Countessdelave has requested to be recused from the voting portion of our contest.  I'd like to personally thank The Countess for submitting such a wonderful schedule.  I'm sure we all enjoyed reading it! I hope that TCM takes many of the ideas from The Countess' schedule for future programming selections. 


Voting will conclude on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at midnight PST. 


The winner will get to host Programming Challenge #30!


You can post your vote in this thread or PM me.


Please vote for one of the following four schedules:

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Skimpole's Schedule


March 20-March 26 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy birthday Republican Party!

06:00 AM The Magnificent Yankee (1950) MGM BW-80 min Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz, D: John Sturges P/S
07:30 AM Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Fox BW-100 min, Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, D: John Ford
09:15 AM The Wind and the Lion (1975) MGM C-119 min Sean Connery, Candice Bergem. Brian Keith D: John Milius P/S
11:15 AM All the President's Men (1976) Warner Bros C-138 min Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards D: Alan Pakula P/S

Happy birthday Michael Redgrave!

01:45 PM The Secret Beyond the Door (1948) Universal BW-99 min Michael Redgrave, Joan Bennett, D: Fritz Lang P/S
03:30 PM The Dam Busters (1955) ABPC BW-105 min Michael Redgrave, Richard Todd D: Michael Anderson P/S
05:15 PM  Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) RKO BW-159 min Michael Redgrave, Rosalind Russell, Raymond Massey D: Dudley Nichols

Five films on a subterranean theme

08:00 PM Yellow Submarine (1968) United Artists C-85 min The Beatles D: George Dunning Premiere #1
09:30 PM 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Walt Disney Productions C-127 min James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre D:  Richard Fleischer P/S
11:45 PM (Silent) Underworld (1927) Paramount BW-80 min George Bancroft, Evelyn Brent, Clive Brook D:  Josef von Sternberg EXEMPT
01:15 AM (TCM Imports)Underground (1995) Barrandov Studios C-167 min Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic, D; Emir Kustirica EXEMPT
04:15 AM (TCM Imports) Kameradschaft (1931) Nero-Film AG BW-93 min Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, D:  G.W. Pabst P/S

Monday, March 21, 2016

British battles

06:00 AM Henry V (1944) Eagle-Lion Distributors Ltd C-136 min Laurence Olivier, Renee Asherson, Robert Newton D: Laurence Olivier P/S
08:30 AM Chimes at Midnight (1965) Internacional Films Esroliano BW-119 min Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, D: Orson Welles P/S
10:30 AM The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) Warner Bros BW-116 min Errrol Flynn, Olivia de Havailand D: Michael Curtiz P/S
12:30 PM Culloden (1964) BBC BW-69 min Tony Cosgrove, Olivier Espitalier-Noel D: Peter Watkins  TV-EXEMPT
01:45 PM Khartoum (1966) United Artists C-134 min Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson D: Basil Dearden P/S
04:00 PM Gallipoli (1981) Paramount C-111 min Mel Gibson, Mark Lee D: Peter Weir P/S
06:00 PM Lloyd's of London (1936) 20th Century Fox BW-115 min Tyrone Power, Madeline Carroll D: Henry King P/S

Star of the Month Eric Rohmer

08:00 PM La Collectionneuse (1967) Rome Paris Films C-83 min Patrick Bachau, Haydee Politoff D: Eric Rohmer P/S
09:30 PM Claire's Knee (1970) Les Films du Losange C-105 min Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu. Beatrice Raymond D: Eric Rohmer P/S
11:30 PM My Night at Maud's (1969) FFD BW-110 min Jean-Louis Trintignant, Francoise Fabian D: Eric Rohmer P/S
01:30 AM Perceval le Gallois (1978) Les Film du Losange C-140 min Fabrice Luchini, Andre Dussollier D: Eric Rohmer SOTM-EXEMPT
04:00 AM The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2007) Rezo Productions C-109 min Andy Gillet, Stephanie Crayencour D: Eric Rohmer SOTM-EXEMPT

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Joseph Schildkraut!

06:00 AM The Life of Emile Zola (1937) Warner Bros BW-116 min Paul Muni, Gloria Holden, Joseph Schildkraut D: William Dieterle P/S
08:00 AM Orphans of the Storm (1921) United Artists BW-150 min Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut D: D.W. Griffith P/S
10:30 AM The Shop Around the Corner (1940) MGM BW-97 min  James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Joseph Schildkraut D; Ernest Lubitsch P/S

The Beatles and some stranger heist films

12:15 PM A Hard Day's Night (1964) United Artists BW-87 min John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfrid Brambell D: Richard Lester P/S
01:45 PM Help! (1965) United Artists, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron D: Richard Lester Premiere#2
03:30 PM What's up Tiger Lily (1966) American International Pictures BW-80 min Woody Allen, Tatsuya Mihashi, Akiko Wakabayashi D:  Woody Allen P/S
05:00 PM  The Great Muppet Caper (1981) Universal C-93 min Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg D: Jim Henson Premiere#3
06:45 PM Pickpocket (1959) Companie Cinematographie de France BW-75 min Martin LaSalle, Erika Green D: Robert Bresson P/S

Home theme:  "They ---- you up, your mom and dad."

08:00 PM Pink Floyd--The Wall (1982) MGM/UA C-95 min Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves D: Alan Parker HOME-EXEMPT
09:45 PM East of Eden (1955) Warner Bros C-111 min James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris D: Elia Kazan P/S
11:45 PM Say Anything...(1989) 20th Century Fox C-100 min John Cusack, **** Skye, John Mahoney D: Cameron Crowe HOME-EXEMPT
01:30 AM Long Day's Journey into Night (1962) Embassy Pictures BW-174 min Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Dean Stockwell D: Sidney Lumet P/S
04:30 AM Where is the Friend's Home (1987) Kanoon C-83 min Babek Ahmed Poor D: Abbas Kiarostami P/S

Wednesday, March 23, 2015

In honor of the Emperor-films about the monarchy

06:00 AM Mary of Scotland (1936) RKO BW-123 min Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge D: John Ford P/S
08:15 AM The King and I (1956) 20th Century Fox C-133 min Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno D: Walter Land P/S
10:30 AM Cleopatra (1934) Paramount BW-100 min Claudette Colbert, Warren William D: Cecil B. De Mille P/S
12:15 PM The rise to Power of Louis XIV (1966) Office de Radiodiffusion Television Francaise C-100 min Jean Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan D: Roberto Rossellini TV-EXEMPT
02:00 PM The Scarlet Empress (1934) Paramount BW-110 min Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe D: Josef von Sternberg P/S
04:00 PM Queen Christina (1933) BW-97 min Greta Garbo, John Gilbert D: Rouben Mamoulian P/S
05:45 PM The Man who Would be King (1975) Columbia C-129 min Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer D: John Huston P/S
08:00 PM Throne of Blood (1957) Toho BW-108 min Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada D:  Akira Kurosawa P/S
10:00 PM The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Exeter (1939) Warner Bros C-106 min  Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland D: Michael Curtiz P/S
12:00 AM King Lear (1971) Athena Films BW-137 min Paul Scofield, Irene Worth D: Peter Brook Premiere#4
02:30 AM Kings and Queen (2004) France 2 Cinema C-150 min Mathieu Amalric, Emanuelle Devos, Catherine Deneuve D: Arnaud Desplechin Premiere #5

Thursday, March 24, 2016 

Five biopics about artists

05:00 AM Rembrandt (1936) London film Productions BW-85 min Charles Laughton, Gerturde Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester D: Alexander Korda P/S
06:30 AM Moulin Rouge (1952) United Artists C-119 min Jose Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor D: John Huston P/S
08:30 AM Lust for Life (1956) MGM C-122 min Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn D: Vincente Minnelli P/S
10:45 AM Edvard Munch (1974) NRK/Sveriges Radio C-210 min Geir Westby, Gro Fras, Johan Halsborg D: Peter Watkins TV-EXEMPT
02:15 PM The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) 20th Century Fox C-138 min Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison D: Carol Reed P/S


04:45 PM The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Madeleine Films C-91 min Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo D: Jacques Demy P/S
06:30 PM My Winnipeg (2007) Buffalo Gal Pictures C/BW-80 min Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage D: Guy Maddin Premiere#6
08:00 PM Death in Venice (1971) Alfa Cinematagraphica/Warner C-130 min Dirk Bogarde, Maria Berenson D: Luchino Visconti  Premiere#7
10:15 PM Osaka Elegy (1936) Shochiku BW-71 min Isuzu Yamada, Seiichi Takegawa D: Kenji Mizoguchi P/S
11:30 PM The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) Madeleine Films C-120 min Catherine Deneuve, Francois Dorleac, Gene Kelly D: Jacques Demy Premiere#8
01:45 AM  Brighton Rock (1947) Charter Film Productions BW-92 min Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley D: John Boulting P/S
03:30 AM The Four Day of Naples (1962) USA/Titanus BW-124 min REgina Bianchi, Aldo Giuffre D: Nanni Loy P/S

Friday, March 25, 2016 

Happy Birthday Simone Signoret!

05:45 AM Diabolique (1955) Cinedis BW-114 min Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, D: Henri-Georges Clouzot P/S
07:45 AM Room at the Top (1959) Romulus Film BW-115 min Simone Signoret, Laurence Harvey D: Jack Clayton P/S
09:45 AM Army of Shadows (1969) Les Films Corona C-140 min Lino Ventura, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, D: Jean-Pierre Melville Premiere#9

Spotlight on Coups

12:15 PM  The Black Book (1949) Eagle-Lion films BW-89 min Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart D: Anthony Mann P/S
01:45 PM Julius Caesar (1953) MGM BW-120 min Marlon Brando, James Mason, Louis Calhern D:Joseph L. Mankiewicz P/S
03:45 PM Richard III (1995) United Artists C-104 min Ian McKellan, Annette Benning, Kristin Scott-Thomas D: Richard Loncraine Premiere #10
05:30 PM A Very British Coup (1988) Skreba Films/Channel 4 C-148 min Ray McNally, Marjorie Yates, Alan McNaughton D: Mick Jackson TV-EXEMPT

Friday night spotlight:  the Unoscars (tonight:  alternative best picture nominees)

08:00 PM Vampyr (1932) Tobis Filmkunst BW-73 min Julian West, Henriette Gerard D; Carl Theodor Dreyer P/S
09:30 PM The World of Apu (1959) Satyajit Ray Productions BW-107 min Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore D: Satyajit Ray OSCAR-EXEMPT
11:30 PM Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Werner Herzog Filmproduktion C-94 min Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Ruy Guerra D; Werner Herzog D: Werner Herzog OSCAR-EXEMPT
01:15 AM Me and My Gal (1932) Fox Film Corporation BW-79 min Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, D: Raoul Walsh P/S
02:45 AM Orpheus (1950) Discina BW-95 min Jean Marais, Maria Casares, Marie Dea D; Jean Cocteau P/S
04:30 AM Steamboat Bill, Jr (1928) United Artists BW-87 min Buster Keaton, Marion Byron D: Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner P/S

Saturday, March 26, 2015

Children and Balloons

06:00 AM Castle in the Sky (1986) Studio Ghibli C-126 min Keiko Yokozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Kotoe Hatsui D: Hayao Miyazaki P/S
08:15 AM The Red Balloon (1956) Films Montsouris C-34 min Pascal Lamorisse D: Albert Lamorisse P/S
09:00 AM The White Balloon (1995) Ferdos Films C-85 min Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili D: Jafar Panahi Premiere#11

Spotlight on strange love stories

A girl and the boy literally in her dreams

10:30 AM Peter Ibbetson (1935) Paramount BW-88 min, Gary Cooper, Ann Harding, D: Henry Hathaway Premiere#12

A boy and the girl whose spirit is stuck in his body

12:00 PM  All of Me (1984) Universal C-93 min Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Victoria Tennant D: Carl Reiner P/S

A boy and his paramour old enough to be his grandmother

01:45 PM Harold and Maude (1971) Paramount C-91 min Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon D; Hal Ashby P/S

A girl and her husband who is thinking of killing her

03:30 PM A New Leaf (1971) Paramount C-102 min Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston D: Elaine May P/S

A boy and his underage stepdaughter

05:15 PM Lolita (1962) MGM BW-152 min James Mason, Peter Sellers, Shelly Winters D: Stanley Kubrick P/S

A girl and her giant ape

08:00 PM (Essentials) King Kong (1933) RKO BW-100 min Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot  D: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack P/S

A boy robot and his mother he is programmed to love

09:45 PM A.I:  Artificial Intelligence (2001) Warner Bros C-146 min Joel Haley Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor D: Steven Spielberg Premiere#13

A boy and his cell phone

12:15 AM  Her (2013) Warner Bros C-126 min Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams D: Spike Jonze Premiere #14

A boy and a girl and their erotic car crashes

02:30 AM (Underground) Crash (1996) Telefilm Canada C-100 min James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, Holly Hunter D: David Cronenberg EXEMPT

A boy and her brain in a jar

04:15 AM The Man with two Brains (1983) Warner Bros C-93 min Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, Sissy Spacek D: Carl Reiner Premiere#15

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Schedule for March 20, 2016-March 26, 2016

Star of the Month:  Director Eric Rohmer

Friday Night Spotlight:  The Unoscars (best picture nominee)

TCM Silent Sunday:  Underworld (1928) 

TCM Imports Double Feature:  Underground (1995) Kameradschaft (1931)

The Essentials:  King Kong (1933)

Underground Feature:  Crash (1996)

1920s:  3
1930s:  16
1940s:  6
1950s:  15
1960s:  17
1970s:  11
1980s:  9
1990s:  4
2000s:  4
2010s:  1


Yellow Submarine (1968)
Help! (1965)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
King Lear (1971)
Kings and Queen (2004)
My Winnipeg (2007)
Death in Venice (1971)
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
Army of Shadows (1969)
Richard III (1995)
The White Balloon (1995)
Peter Ibbetson (1933)
AI:  Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Her (2013)
The Man with Two Brains (1983)

Exempt Premieres:

Underworld (1927) (Silent)
Underground (1995) (TCM Imports)
Perceval le Gallois (1978) (Star of the Month)
The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2007) (Star of the Month)
Pink Floyd:  the Wall (1982) (Home)
Say Anything (1989) (Home)
Culloden (1965) (TV)
The Rise to Power of Louis XIV (1966) (TV)
Edvard Munch (1974) (TV)
A Very British Coup (1988) (TV)
The World of Apu (1959) (The Unoscars)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) (The Unoscars)
Crash (1996) (Underground)

I believe the schedule is relatively straightforward.  March 20th is the anniversary of the founding of the Republican party, so we have four movies dealing with its history and four Republicans in particular:  Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon.  We then have three movies for birthday boy Michael Redgrave, and then we conclude Sunday with five movies dealing with a subterranean film (the last films deals with trapped coal miners).  March 21st marks the ascension of Henry V, so we have two movies dealing with him.  And since Henry V was the most famously martial of English/British kings, we have five more movies dealing with British battles (or British wars).  This includes the first of my four TV selections, Culloden, originally made for the BBC.  March 21 also marks the birthday of Eric Rohmer, who is our star of the month, or more accurately our director of the month.

Tuesday the 22nd marks the birthday of Joseph Schildkraut, so we have three of his movies.  The 22nd also marks the release of the Beatles' first album, so we have their first two movies.  And since Help! is such an unusual movie, I thought I'd conclude the afternoon with three more unusual caper movies.  Tuesday evening marks my Home theme, in this case children suffering from the effects of their unpleasant parents.  (The fifth movie deals with a child constantly frustrated by adults.)  March 23rd is the birthday of Akira Kurosawa, "the Emperor" and so we have a number of movies dealing with kings and queens, of varying historical accuracy, with the second of my TV selections, The Rise to Power of Louis XIV, while Kurosawa appears with a movie about regicide.

Thursday starts with five biopics of artists, including my third TV selection, Edvard Munch, made originally for Norweigan and Swedish television.  Our theme for the rest of Thursday is movies not about capitals, or main metropolises, but second cities, with examples from France, Canada, Italy, Japan and Britain.  The 25th starts with three movies honoring birthday girl Simone Signoret.  Then there are four movies about coups (the 25th marks the anniversary of one of Pakistan's many coups, the 1971 one that started the East Pakistan massacres that eventually and inadvertently led to the creation of Bangladesh).  This includes the last of my four TV selections, the British mini-series A Very British Coup.   The Friday night spotlight is on Unoscars, in particular alternate best picture nominees.  (This could be switched with the Home theme, if you think that would be a better theme).  The 26th deals with three movies about children and balloons, and then concludes with some of the more unusual love stories in the history of movies.

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Barton Keyes' Schedule


The following schedule is for the week beginning Sunday, November 29, 2015.


Sunday, November 29: Daytime


6:00AM The Naked Spur (1953) James Stewart and Janet Leigh. Dir: Anthony Mann. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 93 min.


7:45AM A Guy Named Joe (1943) Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne. Dir: Victor Fleming. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 122 min.


10:00AM Footlight Parade (1934) James Cagney and Joan Blondell. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. Warner Bros., 104 min.


12:00PM Gaslight (1944) Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Dir: George Cukor. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 114 min.


2:00PM Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. RKO Radio Pictures, 95 min.


3:45PM Kings Row (1942) Ann Sheridan and Robert Cummings. Dir: Sam Wood. Warner Bros., 128 min.


6:00PM The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) Ronald Colman and Madeline Carroll. Dir: John Cromwell. Selznick International Pictures, 101 min. P/S


Sunday, November 29: Primetime – Julie Andrews and James Garner


8:00PM The Americanization of Emily (1964) James Garner and Julie Andrews. Dir: Arthur Hiller. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 115 min.


10:00PM Victor/Victoria (1982) Julie Andrews and James Garner. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 134 min.


Sunday, November 29: Late Night – Silent Sunday Night/TCM Imports – Canada


12:30AM The Railrodder (1965) Buster Keaton. Dir: Gerald Potterton. National Film Board of Canada, 24 min. Premiere #1


1:00AM Buster Keaton Rides Again (1965) Buster Keaton and Eleanor Keaton. Dir: John Spotton. National Film Board of Canada, 55 min. Premiere #2


2:00AM Jesus of Montreal (1989) Lothaire Bluteau and Catherine Wilkening. Dir: Denys Arcand. Centre Nationale de Cinématographique, 118 min. Premiere #3


4:15AM I Confess (1953) Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Warner Bros., 93 min. P/S


Monday, November 30: Daytime – Virginia Mayo Birthday Tribute


6:00AM The Princess and the Pirate (1944) Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo. Dir: David Butler. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 94 min. P/S


7:45AM Wonder Man (1945) Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. Dir: H. Bruce Humberstone. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 98 min. P/S


9:30AM The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 110 min. P/S


11:30AM The West Point Story (1950) James Cagney and Virginia Mayo. Dir: Roy Del Ruth. Warner Bros., 107 min. P/S


1:30PM White Heat (1949) James Cagney and Virginia Mayo. Dir: Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros., 114 min. P/S


3:30PM Red Light (1949) George Raft and Virginia Mayo. Dir: Roy Del Ruth. United Artists, 83 min. P/S


5:00PM The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Dana Andrews and Virginia Mayo. Dir: William Wyler. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 172 min. P/S


Monday, November 30: Primetime – Home Invasions


8:00PM Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster. Dir: Anatole Litvak. Paramount Pictures, 89 min. P/S


9:45PM The Desperate Hours (1955) Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March. Dir: William Wyler. Paramount Pictures, 112 min. P/S


11:45PM Cape Fear (1962) Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. Dir: J. Lee Thompson. Universal Pictures, 105 min. P/S


1:45AM Wait Until Dark (1967) Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin. Dir: Terence Young. Warner Bros., 107 min. P/S


3:45AM Straw Dogs (1971) Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. Dir: Sam Peckinpah. ABC Pictures, 117 min. Premiere #4


Tuesday, December 1: Daytime – On Display at Madame Tussaud’s


6:00AM Roman Holiday (1953) Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Dir: William Wyler. Paramount Pictures, 118 min. P/S


8:15AM The Blue Angel (1930) Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings. Dir: Josef von Sternberg. Paramount Pictures, 99 min. P/S


10:00AM Giant (1956) James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor. Dir: George Stevens. Warner Bros., 201 min. P/S


1:30PM The Misfits (1961) Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Dir: John Huston. Seven Arts, 124 min. P/S


3:45PM A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando. Dir: Elia Kazan. Warner Bros., 122 min. P/S


6:00PM The Wizard of Oz (1939) Judy Garland and Frank Morgan. Dir: Victor Fleming. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 101 min.


Tuesday, December 1: Primetime – Woody Allen’s 80th Birthday


8:00PM Annie Hall (1977) Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Dir: Woody Allen. United Artists, 97 min. P/S


9:45PM Manhattan (1979) Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Dir: Woody Allen. United Artists, 97 min. P/S


11:30PM Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Mia Farrow and Michael Caine. Dir: Woody Allen. Orion Pictures, 108 min. P/S


1:30AM Crimes and Misdemeanours (1989) Martin Landau and Anjelica Huston. Dir: Woody Allen. Orion Pictures, 104 min. P/S


3:30AM The Dick Cavett Show (1971). 60 min. P/S  


4:45AM Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002) Woody Allen. Dir: Richard Schickel. TCM Original, 89 min.


Wednesday, December 2: Daytime – Diseases


6:30AM The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) Paul Muni and Josephine Hutchinson. Dir: William Dieterle. Warner Bros., 87 min.


8:00AM Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940) Edward G. Robinson and Ruth Gordon. Dir: William Dieterle. Warner Bros., 104 min.


10:00AM Camille (1936) Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. Dir: George Cukor. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 109 min.


12:00PM Sister Kenny (1946) Rosalind Russell and Alexander Knox. Dir: Dudley Nichols. RKO Radio Pictures, 116 min.


2:00PM The Andromeda Strain (1971) Arthur Hill and James Olson. Dir: Robert Wise. Universal Pictures, 130 min. P/S


4:15PM The Cassandra Crossing (1976) Sophia Loren and Richard Harris. Dir: George P. Cosmatos. AVCO Embassy Pictures, 129. P/S


6:30PM The Killer That Stalked New York (1949) Evelyn Keyes and Charles Korvin. Dir: Earl McEvoy. Columbia Pictures, 79 min. P/S


Wednesday, December 2: Primetime – Star of the Month: Anne V. Coates


8:00PM The Red Shoes (1948) Moira Shearer and Anton Walbrook. Dir: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. J. Arthur Rank, 133 min. P/S


10:30PM Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Peter O’Toole and Alec Guinness. Dir: David Lean. Columbia Pictures, 222 min. P/S


2:30AM Chaplin (1992) Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei. Dir: Richard Attenborough. TriStar Pictures, 143 min. Premiere #5


5:00AM The Kid (1921) Charles Chaplin and Jackie Coogan. Dir: Charles Chaplin. First National, 53 min. P/S


Thursday, December 3: Daytime – Loan-Outs


6:00AM Tortilla Flat (1942) Spencer Tracy and John Garfield. Dir: Victor Fleming. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 105 min.


8:00AM Marie Antoinette (1938) Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 157 min.


10:45AM The Rains Came (1939) Tyrone Power and Myrna Loy. Dir: Clarence Brown. 20th Century Fox, 103 min. P/S


12:30PM Stanley and Livingstone (1939) Spencer Tracy and Nancy Kelly. Dir: Henry King. 20th Century Fox, 101 min. P/S


2:15PM The Dark Corner (1946) Lucille Ball and Clifton Webb. Dir: Henry Hathaway. 20th Century Fox, 99 min. P/S


4:00PM A Bell for Adano (1945) Gene Tierney and John Hodiak. Dir: Henry King. 20th Century Fox, 105 min. P/S


6:00PM It Happened One Night (1934) Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. Dir: Frank Capra. Columbia Pictures, 104 min. P/S


Thursday, December 3: Primetime – The Space Program


8:00PM For All Mankind (1989). Dir: Al Reiner. Apollo Associates, 80 min. P/S


9:30PM Apollo 13 (1995) Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon. Dir: Ron Howard. Universal Pictures, 140 min. Premiere #6


12:00AM Contact (1997) Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. Dir: Robert Zemeckis. Warner Bros., 152 min. P/S


2:45AM The Right Stuff (1983) Ed Harris and Scott Glenn. Dir: Philip Kaufman. Warner Bros., 191 min. P/S


Friday, December 4: Daytime – Mark Robson Birthday Tribute


6:00AM The Seventh Victim (1943) Kim Hunter and Hugh Beaumont. Dir: Mark Robson. RKO Radio Pictures, 71 min.


7:15AM Bedlam (1946) Boris Karloff and Anna Lee. Dir: Mark Robson. RKO Radio Pictures, 79 min.


8:45AM Champion (1949) Kirk Douglas and Marilyn Maxwell. Dir: Mark Robson. United Artists, 99 min. P/S


10:30AM My Foolish Heart (1950) Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward. Dir: Mark Robson. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 98 min. P/S


12:15PM Return to Paradise (1953) Gary Cooper and Barry Jones. Dir: Mark Robson. United Artists, 100 min. P/S


2:00PM Phffft (1954) Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon. Dir: Mark Robson. Columbia Pictures, 88 min. P/S


3:30PM The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) William Holden and Grace Kelly. Dir: Mark Robson. Paramount Pictures, 102 min. P/S


5:15PM The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) Ingrid Bergman and Curt Jürgens. Dir: Mark Robson. 20th Century Fox, 158 min. P/S


Friday, December 4: Primetime – Friday Night Spotlight: Sequels


8:00PM After the Thin Man (1936) William Powell and Myrna Loy. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 113 min.


10:00PM The Drowning Pool (1975) Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Dir: Stuart Rosenberg. Warner Bros., 109 min. P/S


12:00AM The Two Jakes (1990) Jack Nicholson and Harvey Keitel. Dir: Jack Nicholson. Paramount Pictures, 138 min. Premiere #7


2:30AM Rush Hour 2 (2001) Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Dir: Brett Ratner. New Line Cinema, 90 min. P/S


4:15AM The Street With No Name (1949) Lloyd Nolan and Richard Widmark. Dir: William Keighley. 20th Century Fox, 91 min. Premiere #8


Saturday, December 5: Daytime


6:00AM The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Dir: Charles Walters. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 109 min.


8:00AM The Big Sleep (1946) Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Dir: Howard Hawks. Warner Bros., 116 min.


10:00AM King Kong (1933) Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray. Dir: Merian C. Cooper. RKO Radio Pictures, 104 min.


12:00PM 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 149 min.


2:45PM Being There (1979) Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine. Dir: Hal Ashby. United Artists, 130 min. P/S


5:00PM The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Alec Guinness and William Holden. Dir: David Lean. Columbia Pictures, 160 min. P/S


Saturday, December 5: Primetime – The Essentials: Hollywood on Hollywood


8:00PM Sunset Boulevard (1950) William Holden and Gloria Swanson. Dir: Billy Wilder. Paramount Pictures, 110 min. P/S


10:00PM The Last Tycoon (1976) Robert DeNiro and Robert Mitchum. Dir: Elia Kazan. Paramount Pictures, 123 min. Premiere #9


12:15AM The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 118 min.


Saturday, December 5: Late Night – TCM Underground: Leno vs. Letterman


2:30AM Collision Course (1989) Jay Leno and Pat Morita. Dir: Lewis Teague. DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group, 100 min. Premiere #10


4:15AM Cabin Boy (1996) Chris Elliott and David Letterman. Dir: Adam Resnick. Touchstone Pictures, 81 min. Premiere #11

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Barton Keyes' Programming Notes


Programming notes for my schedule for the week beginning November 29, 2015:


The week begins with a double feature comprised of the two films Julie Andrews and James Garner made together -- THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY and VICTOR/VICTORIA add up to a very rewarding way to spend an evening.


Overnight, the focus is on Canada. Up first is a double feature for Silent Sunday Night -- the silent short THE RAILRODDER (1965), which Buster Keaton made for the National Film Board of Canada. This is followed by its companion piece, the documentary BUSTER KEATON RIDES AGAIN, which offers a rare glimpse into how Keaton worked. Then, this week's TCM Import has been voted by critics as one of the best Canadian films of all time, the Oscar-nominated JESUS OF MONTREAL (1989).


The daytime hours on November 30 are devoted to birthday girl Virginia Mayo, featuring many of her best films -- ranging from comedies with Bob Hope and Danny Kaye to hard-hitting crime dramas with James Cagney and her appearance in the Oscar-winning best picture of 1946.


Fulfilling the first requirements of this challenge, this evening's line-up of films put the emphasis on home invasions, including such classics as SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (1948), CAPE FEAR (1962) as well as the TCM premiere of Sam Peckinpah's controversial 1971 release STRAW DOGS.


During the daytime hours on December 1 we take a look at some films featuring men and women who have been immortalized in wax at Madame Tussaud's. This includes Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh and Judy Garland (her wax replica is actually the Dorothy character from THE WIZARD OF OZ).


This evening we celebrate the eightieth birthday of Woody Allen with four films (including his Oscar-winner ANNIE HALL, and my particular favorite CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS), as well as a 1971 Dick Cavett interview and a 2002 TCM documentary.


The December 2 daytime lineup puts the focus on diseases, ranging from great dramas like DR. EHRLICH'S MAGIC BULLETT to B-noirs like THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK. A pair of '70s disaster flicks are even thrown into the mix for good measure.


This evening we begin our Star of the Month salute to film editor Anne V. Coates. In an avenue of filmmaking that is still dominated by men, Ms. Coates has remained an in-demand talent for nearly seventy years, her diverse body of work ranging from uncredited work as an assistant editor on THE RED SHOES (1948) to her most recent editing assignment, 2015's FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. Tonight, the focus is on her work with great British filmmakers, including collaborations with Powell & Pressburger, David Lean, and Sir Richard Attenborough.


December 3 is devoted to actors on loan from their home studios. This sort of thing happened frequently under the studio system, for a variety of reasons. In some cases, actors were sent to other locales as punishment for refusing a role at their home studio -- this is how Clark Gable came to be cast in IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. Alternatively, studios might trade actors back and forth as it suited their purpose -- a good example of this is the agreement between MGM and Fox which resulted in Tyrone Power appearing in 1938's MARIE ANTOINETTE, and Spencer Tracy appearing in STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE the following year.


As December 3 is the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight, it seems only appropriate that we take to the skies tonight for a lineup of films about the development of the U.S. space program. Included is the TCM premiere of APOLLO 13 (1995).


During the day on December 4 we celebrate the birthday of director Mark Robson, tracing his career from his early days working with Val Lewton at RKO to his later period, working on more prestigious fare like THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS.


Moving right along, we kick off the Friday Night Spotlight on sequels with an evening of mystery/suspense films. Included in this batch are TCM premieres of THE TWO JAKES (1990), a disappointing Nicholson-directed follow-up to CHINATOWN, and THE STREET WITH NO NAME (1949), a quasi-sequel to THE HOUSE ON 92nd STREET.


On December 5, during the daytime hours we put to the test the theory that artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity with a double feature of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY followed by BEING THERE.


This week's 'Essential' is SUNSET BOULEVARD, providing a convenient excuse to showcase two more films about Hollywood itself, including the TCM premiere of Elia Kazan's directorial swan song THE LAST TYCOON (1976).


While Jay Leno is now a year and a half removed from 'The Tonight Show' and David Letterman wraps up his remarkable late night run tomorrow, each man's films will live on in infamy. Great comics they may be, but their acting abilities are questionable to say the least. We showcase their film work tonight on the TCM Underground.


And that's the week of November 29, 2015 on TCM.

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Lonesome Polecat's Schedule



Week of August 9-15, 2015


SOTM: Writer/Director George Seaton

THE ESSENTIALS: Road to Utopia (1945)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: La Boheme (1926) & The Playhouse (1921)

TCM IMPORTS: Otello (1986)

TCM UNDERGROUND: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)


HOME CHALLENGE: Happy Childhood Memoirs

UN-OSCAR CHALLENGE: Shoulda Won Best Make-Up



  1. Butch Minds the Baby (1942)
  2. Damn Yankees (1958)
  3. Dear Brigitte (1965)
  4. A Guide for the Married Man (1969)
  5. Goodbye, Charlie (1964)
  6. How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955)
  7. How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968)
  8. Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939)
  9. The Killers (1964)
  10. Knock on Wood (1954)
  11. The Pajama Game (1957)
  12. Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963)
  13. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  14. The Three Wise Guys (1936)
  15.  Where’s Charley? (1952)



  1. Charley's Aunt (1941)
  2. La Gloire de Mon Père (My Father’s Glory) (1990)
  3. The Happiest Millionaire (1967)
  4. The Mudlark (1950)
  5. My Geisha (1962)
  6. What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)



  1. Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)
  2. Fly with Von Drake (1963)
  3. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  4. Sword in the Stone (1963)
  5. SHORT: I’m No Fool with Fire (1955)
  6. SHORT: Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968)
  7. SHORT: The Olympic Elk (1952)
  8. SHORT: Paul Bunyan (1958)
  9. SHORT: Peter and the Wolf (1946)



  1. Aladdin (1958)
  2. Cinderella (1957)
  3. Evening Primrose (1966)
  4. Our Town (1955)


-------------SUNDAY AUGUST 9, 2015-----------------------



6:00am How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) Robert Morse & Michele Lee, dir David Swift, UA 122min (p/s)

8:15am SHORT: How to Sleep (1935) Robert Benchley, dir Nick Grinde MGM 11min

8:30am How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Marilyn Monroe & Lauren Bacall, dir Jean Negulesco FOX 95min (p/s)

10:15am How to Steal a Million (1966) Audrey Hepburn & Peter O’Toole, dir William Wyler FOX 123min (p/s)

12:30am SHORT: How to Avoid Friendship (1964) Arthur Treacher, dir Gene Deitch, Rembrandt Films 8min

12:45am How to Murder Your Wife (1965) Jack Lemmon & Virna Lisi, dir Richard Quine UA 119min (p/s)

2:45pm SHORT: How to Have an Accident in the Home (1956) Bill Thompson & Clarence Nash, dir C. August Nichols DISNEY 7min

3:00pm How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968) Dean Martin & Stella Stevens, dir Fielder Cook, Columbia 102min PREMIERE

4:45pm SHORT: How to Swim (1942) George Johnson & John McLeish, dir Jack Kinney, Disney 8min

5:00pm A Guide for the Married Man (1969) Walter Matthau & Robert Morse, dir Gene Kelly FOX 89min PREMIERE

6:30pm How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955) Betty Grable & Robert Cummings, dir Nunnally Johnson FOX 89min PREMIERE



8:00pm Damn Yankees (1958) Gwen Verdon & Ray Walston, dir George Abbott & Stanley Donen WB 111min PREMIERE

10:00pm The Pajama Game (1957) Doris Day & John Raitt, dir George Abbot & Stanley Donen WB 101min PREMIERE


11:45pm SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: La Boheme (1926) Lillian Gish & John Gilbert, dir King Vidor MGM 95min EXEMPT

1:30am SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: The Playhouse (1921) Buster Keaton & Edward F Cline, dir Buster Keaton & Edward F Cline, 1st National, 18min

2:00am TCM IMPORTS: Otello (1986) Placido Domingo & Katia Ricciarelli, dir Franco Zeffirelli, Cannon City Productions 118min EXEMPT


----------------------------MONDAY AUGUST 10, 2015-------------------------------------



4:00am Dial M for Murder (1954) Grace Kelly & Ray Milland, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 106min (p/s)

6:00am Sabrina (1954) Humphrey Bogart & Audrey Hepburn, dir Billy Wilder, Paramount 113min (p/s)

8:00am To Catch a Thief (1954) Cary Grant & Grace Kelly, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 106min (p/s)

10:00am Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Charles Laughton & Marlene Dietrich, dir Billy Wilder UA 116min (p/s)

12:00pm The Young Philadelphians (1959) Paul Newman & Barbara Rush, dir Vincent Sherman WB 136min (p/s)

2:30pm Midnight Lace (1960) Doris Day & Rex Harrison, dir David Miller, Universal 110min (p/s)

4:30pm The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956) Judy Holliday & Paul Douglas, dir Richard Quine, Columbia 99min (p/s)

6:15pm Dear Brigitte (1965) James Stewart & Bill Mumy, dir Henry Koster FOX 100min PREMIERE



8:00pm Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Mark Hamill & Harrison Ford, dir Irvin Kershner FOX 124min PREMIERE

10:15pm The Killers (1964) Lee Marvin & Angie Dickinson, dir Don Siegel, Universal 92min PREMIERE

12:00am E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982) Henry Thomas & Drew Barrymore, dir Steven Spielberg, Universal 115min (p/s)

2:00am The Cowboys (1972) John Wayne & Bruce Dern, dir Mark Rydell WB 131min (p/s)

4:15am Fitzwilly (1967) Dick Van Dyke & Barbara Feldon, dir Delbert Mann UA 102min (p/s)


-----------------------TUESDAY AUGUST 11, 2015-----------------------------



6:00am Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) Clifton Webb & Myrna Loy, dir Walter Lang FOX 86min (p/s)

7:30am Life with Father (1947) Michael Powell & Irene Dunne, dir Michael Curtiz WB 118min (p/s)

9:30am Meet Me in St Louis (1944) Judy Garland & Margaret O’Brien, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 113min (p/s)

11:30am I Remember Mama (1948) Irene Dunne & Barbara Bel Geddes, dir George Stevens RKO 134min (p/s)

1:45pm Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963) Jackie Gleason & Charles Ruggles, dir George Marshall, Paramount 98min PREMIERE

3:30pm La Gloire de Mon Père (My Father’s Glory) (1990) Philippe Caubère & Nathalie Roussel, dir Yves Robert, Gaumont 105min HOME-EXEMPT PREMIERE

5:15pm The Happiest Millionaire (1967) Fred MacMurray & Tommy Steele, dir Norman Tokar DISNEY 164min HOME-EXEMPT PREMIERE



8:00pm Sleeping Beauty (1959) Mary Costa & Eleanor Audley, dir Clyde Geromini DISNEY 75min DISNEY-EXEMPT PREMIERE

9:30pm SHORT: The Olympic Elk (1952) Winston Hibler, dir James Algar DISNEY 27min DISNEY-EXEMPT PREMIERE

10:00pm SHORT: Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) Sterling Holloway & Sebastian Cabot, dir Wolfgang Reitherman DISNEY 25min DISNEY-EXEMPT PREMIERE

10:30pm SHORT: Paul Bunyan (1958) Bill Lee & Thurl Ravenscroft, dir Les Clark DISNEY 17min DISNEY-EXEMPT PREMIERE

11:00pm Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968) Dean Jones & Peter Ustinov, dir Robert Stevenson DISNEY 106min DISNEY-EXEMPT PREMIERE

1:00am Sword in the Stone (1963) Karl Swenson & Sebastian Cabot, dir Wolfgang Reitherman DISNEY 79min DISNEY-EXEMPT PREMIERE

2:30am SHORT: Peter and the Wolf (1946) Sterling Holloway, dir Clyde Geromini DISNEY 15min DISNEY-EXEMPT PREMIERE

2:45am SHORT: I’m No Fool with Fire (1955) Cliff Edwards, dir Bill Justice DISNEY 8min DISNEY-EXEMPT PREMIERE

3:00am Fly with Von Drake (1963) Walt Disney & Paul Frees DISNEY 60min DISNEY-EXEMPT PREMIERE


------------------------WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12, 2015---------------------------



4:00am Hello, Dolly! (1969) Barbra Streisand & Walter Matthau, dir Gene Kelly FOX 146min (p/s)

6:30am Li’l Abner (1959) Leslie Parrish & Stubby Kaye, dir Melvin Frank, Paramount 114min (p/s)

8:30am It’s Always Fair Weather (1955) Gene Kelly & Michael Kidd, dir Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly MGM 101min (p/s)

10:15am Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) Jane Powell & Howard Keel, dir Stanley Donen MGM 102min (p/s)

12:00pm The Band Wagon (1953) Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 112min (p/s)

2:00pm Knock on Wood (1954) Danny Kaye & Thorin Thatcher, dir Norman Panama & Melvyn Frank, Paramount 103min PREMIERE

3:45pm Where’s Charley? (1952) Ray Bolger & Allyn Ann McLerie, dir David Butler WB 97min PREMIERE

5:30pm Guys and Dolls (1955) Frank Sinatra & Marlon Brando, dir Joseph L Mankiewicz, Goldwyn 150min (p/s)



8:00pm Butch Minds the Baby (1942) Virginia Bruce & Broderick Crawford, dir Albert S Rogell, Universal 75min PREMIERE

9:30pm Lady for a Day (1933) Warren William & May Robson, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 96min (p/s)

11:15pm Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939) Ann Sothern & Lewis Stone, dir Robert B Sinclair MGM 70min PREMIERE

12:30am The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) Bob Hope & Marilyn Maxwell, dir Sidney Lanfield, Paramount 90min (p/s)

2:00am The Three Wise Guys (1936) Robert Young & Betty Furness, dir George B Seitz MGM 73min PREMIERE


------------------------THURSDAY AUGUST 13, 2015----------------------------



3:15am Charade (1963) Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant, dir Stanley Donen, Universal 113min (p/s)

5:15am Some Like It Hot (1959) Marilyn Monroe & Tony Curtis, dir Billy Wilder UA 120min (p/s)

7:15am Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Alec Guinness & Alec Guinness, dir Robert Harner, Ealing 106min (p/s)

9:15am Goodbye, Charlie (1964) Tony Curtis & Debbie Reynolds, dir Vincente Minnelli FOX 116min PREMIERE



11:15am The Bride of Frankenstein (1931) Colin Clive & Boris Karloff, dir James Whale, Universal 75min (p/s)

12:30pm The Wizard of Oz (1939) Judy Garland & Ray Bolger, dir Victor Fleming MGM 101min (p/s)

2:15pm Beauty and the Beast (1946) Jean Marais & Josette Day, dir Jean Cocteau 93min (p/s)

4:00pm The Mudlark (1950) Irene Dunne & Alec Guinness, dir Jean Negulesco, Fox 99min OSCAR-EXEMPT PREMIERE

6:00pm My Geisha (1962) Shirley MacLaine & Robert Cummings, dir Jack Cardiff, Paramount 119min OSCAR-EXEMPT PREMIERE



8:00pm Miracle On 34th Street (1947) Edmund Gwenn & Maureen O'Hara, dir George Seaton FOX 96min (p/s)

9:45pm What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) George Peppard & Mary Tyler Moore, dir George Seaton, Universal 94min SOTM-EXEMPT PREMIERE

11:30pm Charley's Aunt (1941) Jack Benny & Kay Francis, dir Archie Mayo FOX 80min SOTM-EXEMPT PREMIERE

1:00am 36 Hours (1965) James Garner & Eva Marie Saint, dir George Seaton MGM 115min (p/s)

3:00am A Day At The Races (1937) The Marx Brothers & Allan Jones, dir Sam Wood MGM 111min (p/s)


------------------------------FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015--------------------------




MOVIES VS. TV PART 1: Movies Based On Original TV Programming

5:00am Zero Hour! (1957) Dana Andrews & Linda Darnell, dir Hall Bartlett, Paramount 81min (p/s)

6:30am The Left Handed Gun (1958) Paul Newman & Lita Milan, dir Arthur Penn WB 102min (p/s)

8:15am The Miracle Worker (1962) Anne Bancroft & Patty Duke, dir Arthur Penn UA 105min (p/s)

10:00am Marty (1955) Ernest Borgnine & Betsy Blair, dir Delbert Mann UA 90min (p/s)

11:30am The Catered Affair (1956) Bette Davis & Ernest Borgnine, dir Richard Brooks MGM 92min (p/s)

1:15pm 12 Angry Men (1957) Henry Fonda & Lee J Cobb, dir Sidney Lumet UA 96min (p/s)

3:00pm Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) Anthony Quinn & Jackie Gleason, dir Ralph Nelson, Columbia 95min (p/s)

4:45pm Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Spencer Tracy & Burt Lancaster, dir Stanley Kramer UA 186min (p/s)


MOVIES VS. TV PART 2: Original Made-For-TV Musicals

8:00pm Evening Primrose (1966) Anthony Perkins & Charmian Carr, dir Paul Bogart (songs by Stephen Sondheim) ABC 51min TV-EXEMPT PREMIERE

9:00pm Cinderella (1957) Juile Andrews & Edie Adams, dir Ralph Nelson (songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein) CBS 77min TV-EXEMPT PREMIERE

10:30pm Our Town (1955) Frank Sinatra & Paul Newman, dir Delbert Mann (songs by Jimmy van Heusen & Sammy Cahn) NBC 81min TV-EXEMPT PREMIERE

12:00am Aladdin (1958) Sal Mineo & Cyril Ritchard, dir Ralph Nelson (songs by Cole Porter) CBS 90min TV-EXEMPT PREMIERE


MOVIES VS. TV PART 3: Movies Against TV

1:45am Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) Tony Randall & Jayne Mansfield, dir Frank Tashlin FOX 93min (p/s)

3:30am A Face in the Crowd (1957) Andy Griffith & Patricia Neal, dir Elia Kazan WB 126min (p/s)

5:45am SHORT: TV of Tomorrow (1953) Paul Frees, dir Tex Avery MGM 7min

6:00am The Thrill Of It All (1963) Doris Day & James Garner, dir Norman Jewison, Universal 108min (p/s)


----------------------SATURDAY AUGUST 15, 2015-----------------------------



8:00am The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Charles Laughton & Maureen O’Hara, dir William Dieterle RKO 117min (p/s)

10:00am Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Cary Grant & Jean Arthur, dir Howard Hawks, Columbia 120min (p/s)

12:00pm Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) James Stewart & Jean Arthur, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 129min (p/s)

2:15pm Stagecoach (1939) John Wayne & Claire Trevor, dir John Ford UA 96min (p/s)

4:00pm Gone With the Wind (1939) Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh, dir Victor Fleming MGM 220min (p/s)



8:00pm TCM ESSENTIALS: Road to Utopia (1945) Bob Hope & Bing Crosby, dir Hal Walker, Paramount 90min (p/s)

9:45pm A Shot in the Dark (1964) Peter Sellers & Elke Sommer, dir Blake Edwards UA 102min (p/s)

11:30pm SHORT: The Tramp (1915) Charles Chaplin & Billy Armstrong, dir Charles Chaplin, General Films 26min

12:00am The Mouse on the Moon (1963) Ron Moody & Terry-Thomas, dir Richard Lester UA 82min (p/s)

1:30am SHORT: Putting Pants on Philip (1927) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir Clyde Bruckman, Hal Roach 19min (p/s)

2:00am TCM UNDERGROUND: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Graham Chapman & John Cleese, dir Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam EMI 91min PREMIERE- EXEMPT

3:45am Young Frankenstein (1974) Gene Wilder & Marty Feldman, dir Mel Brooks FOX 106min (p/s)

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Lonesome Polecat's Programming Notes


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).


1910s- 1

1920s- 3

1930s- 12

1940s- 11

1950s- 37

1960s- 29

1970s- 3

1980s- 3

1990s- 1

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Lydecker's Schedule


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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Lydecker's Programming Notes


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?

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Hats off to all three who accepted this challenge.  It's like intricate puzzle work combined with a vast knowledge of film.  

I have a great deal of difficulty in selecting one of the three.


But if push comes to shove may I choose Lydecker.  Working Slavko Vorkapich into the challenge was probably what swung it for me.

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Hats off to all three who accepted this challenge.  It's like intricate puzzle work combined with a vast knowledge of film.  

I have a great deal of difficulty in selecting one of the three.


But if push comes to shove may I choose Lydecker.  Working Slavko Vorkapich into the challenge was probably what swung it for me.

Thanks Bogie! We actually had five participants-- Lydecker, Lonesome Polecat, Skimpole, Barton_Keyes and Countess Delave.  The Countess requested to be recused from the voting portion. 


I've got your vote! Thanks!


Lydecker- 2

Skimpole- 1

Lonesome Polecat- 3


Keep on voting everyone! Your vote counts! You could be the swing vote!

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Votes keep rollin' in...


Barton Keyes- 1

Lydecker- 2

Skimpole- 1

Lonesome Polecat- 4


You have until the end of Saturday at midnight (which I suppose is technically Sunday isn't it?) PST to vote!


I'll crown the winner on Sunday.


Keep the votes coming!

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We've got 3 more votes!


Barton Keyes- 1

Lydecker- 4

Skimpole- 2

Lonesome Polecat- 4


You have until the end of Saturday 12am (ok, technically sunday AM) PST to vote!!


Right now we have a tie!


Winner crowned on Sunday!

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First of all:  Thank you, speedracer5, for creating a wonderful challenge that was irresistible to me-I had to enter.  It was great to get get back into the action and create another schedule for this challenge.  I'm not sorry I recused myself from the vote because I'm happy to see such great schedules being posted-lots of creativity that will keep the challenges continuing into the future.


Thank you all for your positive comments on the previous Challenge thread.  I really appreciate them.


Now on to the four fabulous schedules.


Skimpole:  Your SOTM, Eric Rohmer, is a really wonderful choice.  I liked your Beatles/Heist theme, Subterranean theme.  I chuckled at your twists on love stories.  Great job!


Lydecker:  Your boarding house theme for the "Home" requirement was lots of fun.  Slavko Vorkapich was terrific for the SOTM.  I'm envisioning that scene in What Price Hollywood? right now.


I liked your Pulitzer prize winners and ahhh… Orry Kelly and Travis Banton.  Kay Francis had all the luck!


Island adventures seems like a natural theme for TCM.  Lots of material.


Your Friday night spotlight was what we both went for in the Un-Oscars requirement.  Both of us wanted to showcase performers not nominated.  I, too, believe that Ida Lupino was robbed of a nomination in The Hard Way.


Wonderful schedule!


Barton Keyes:  You had some truly wonderful & unique themes.  I loved, loved, loved Home Invasions for your "Home" requirement.


The Madame Tussaud theme, Mark Robson and Diseases were all wonderful and your Friday spotlight on sequels is a really great idea.


Kudos to you.  I think that this is the best schedule you've ever submitted.


Lonesome Polecat:  A marvelous schedule once again.


Charlie Tabesh:  Won't you please try to get the rights to What's So Bad About Feeling Good?  LP has had quite the campaign going for this film for years.  LP-I liked how you snuck it in with your SOTM-George Seaton.


My favorite themes and use of films were in TCM Instruction Manual, Disney vault selections, Un-Oscars makeup, and Fun in Funerals.  And what a treat to see four made/filmed-for-TV musicals, including Evening Primrose, for your Friday night spotlight.


Terrific job!


Once again, it's a tough decision between four greats but I have to cast my vote for Barton Keyes, who had some themes that I really resonated with. 



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First of all:  Thank you, speedracer5, for creating a wonderful challenge that was irresistible to me-I had to enter.  It was great to get get back into the action and create another schedule for this challenge.  I'm not sorry I recused myself from the vote because I'm happy to see such great schedules being posted-lots of creativity that will keep the challenges continuing into the future.


Thank you all for your positive comments on the previous Challenge thread.  I really appreciate them.


Now on to the four fabulous schedules.


Skimpole:  Your SOTM, Eric Rohmer, is a really wonderful choice.  I liked your Beatles/Heist theme, Subterranean theme.  I chuckled at your twists on love stories.  Great job!


Lydecker:  Your boarding house theme for the "Home" requirement was lots of fun.  Slavko Vorkapich was terrific for the SOTM.  I'm envisioning that scene in What Price Hollywood? right now.


I liked your Pulitzer prize winners and ahhh… Orry Kelly and Travis Banton.  Kay Francis had all the luck!


Island adventures seems like a natural theme for TCM.  Lots of material.


Your Friday night spotlight was what we both went for in the Un-Oscars requirement.  Both of us wanted to showcase performers not nominated.  I, too, believe that Ida Lupino was robbed of a nomination in The Hard Way.


Wonderful schedule!


Barton Keyes:  You had some truly wonderful & unique themes.  I loved, loved, loved Home Invasions for your "Home" requirement.


The Madame Tussaud theme, Mark Robson and Diseases were all wonderful and your Friday spotlight on sequels is a really great idea.


Kudos to you.  I think that this is the best schedule you've ever submitted.


Lonesome Polecat:  A marvelous schedule once again.


Charlie Tabesh:  Won't you please try to get the rights to What's So Bad About Feeling Good?  LP has had quite the campaign going for this film for years.  LP-I liked how you snuck it in with your SOTM-George Seaton.


My favorite themes and use of films were in TCM Instruction Manual, Disney vault selections, Un-Oscars makeup, and Fun in Funerals.  And what a treat to see four made/filmed-for-TV musicals, including Evening Primrose, for your Friday night spotlight.


Terrific job!


Once again, it's a tough decision between four greats but I have to cast my vote for Barton Keyes, who had some themes that I really resonated with. 

Thanks Countess!!


Your vote has been tabulated. 


The final results and winner will be announced tomorrow!!

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