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Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama

1922, Eugene O’Neill:

6:00am Anna Christie (1930) Greta Garbo & Charles Bickford, dir Clarence Brown MGM 1h29min (p/s)

1936, Robert E Sherwood:

7:30am Idiot’s Delight (1939) Norma Shearer & Clark Gable, dir Clarence Brown MGM 1h40min (p/s)

1945, Mary Chase:

9:15am Harvey (1950) James Stewart & Josephine Hull, dir Henry Koster, Universal 1h44min (p/s)

1956, Albert Hackett & Frances Goodrich:

11:00am The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) Millie Perkins & Joseph Schildkraut, dir George Stevens, Fox 170min (p/s)

1962, Frank Loesser & Abe Burrows:

2:00pm How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) Robert Morse & Rudy Vallee, dir David Swift UA 2h2min (p/s)

1971, Paul Zindel:

4:15pm The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (1972) Joanne Woodward & Nell Potts, dir Paul Newman FOX 1h40min (p/s)

1991, Neil Simon:

6:00pm Lost in Yonkers (1993) Richard Dreyfuss & Mercedes Ruehl, dir Martha Coolidge, Columbia 1h54min (p/s)



1988, Alfred Uhry:

8:00pm Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Jessica Tandy & Morgan Freeman, dir Bruce Beresford WB 1h39min (p/s)

1937, George S Kaufman & Moss Hart:

9:45pm You Can’t Take It With You (1938) Lionel Barrymore & Jean Arthur, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 2h6min (p/s)



12:00am Peter Pan (1924) Betty Bronson & Ernest Torrence, dir Herbert Brenon, Lasky 1h45min EXEMPT

2:00am The Immigrant (1917) Charles Chaplin & Edna Purviance, dir Charles Chaplin, Lone Star 28min (p/s)



2:00am Rajio no Jikan (Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald) (1997) Toshiaki Karasawa & Kyoka Suzuki, dir Koki Mitani, Toho 1h43min EXEMPT


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4:15am Love on the Run (1936) Joan Crawford & Clark Gable, dir WS Van Dyke MGM 1h20min (p/s)

5:45am It Happened One Night (1934) Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 105min (p/s)

7:30am Here Comes the Groom (1951) Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman, dir Frank Capra, Paramount 1h53min (p/s)

9:30am Swing Time (1936) Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, dir George Stevens RKO 1h43min (p/s)

11:15am It Had to Be You (1947) Ginger Rogers & Cornel Wilde, dir Don Hartman & Rudolph Mate, Columbia 1h38min (p/s)

1:00pm If You Could Only Cook (1935) Herbert Martshall & Jean Arthur, dir Willaim A Seiter, Columbia 1h12min (p/s)



2:15pm Remember the Night (1940) Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray, dir Mitchell Leisen, Paramount 94min (p/s)

4:00pm Easy Living (1937) Jean Arthur & Edward Arnold, dir Mitchell Leisen, Paramount 1h28min (p/s)

5:30pm Thirty Day Princess (1934) Sylvia Sidney & Cary Grant, dir Marion Gering, Paramount 1h14min SCRIPT-EXEMPT PREMIERE

6:45pm Hotel Haywire (1937) Leo Carrillo & Mary Carlisle, dir Arthur Archainbaud, Paramount 1h6min SCRIPT-EXEMPT PREMIERE




8:00pm My Friend Irma (1949) Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, dir George Marshall, Paramount 103min PREMIERE

9:45pm SHORT: Lambchops (1929) George Burns & Gracie Allen, dir Murray Roth WB 8min

10:00pm The Cocoanuts (1929) The Marx Brothers & Margaret Dumont, dir Robert Florey & Joseph Santley, Paramount 1h36min (p/s)

11:45pm SHORT: The Operation (1930) Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, dir Murray Roth WB 10min

12:00am One Night in the Tropics (1940) Bud Abbot & Lou Costello, dir A Edward Sutherland, Universal 1h22min PREMIERE

1:30am SHORT: The Lucky Dog (1921) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir Jess Robbins, Sun-Lite 15min

1:45am Soup to Nuts (1930) The Three Stooges & Ted Healy, dir Benjamin Stoloff FOX 1h10min PREMIERE


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3:00am A Foreign Affair (1948) Jean Arthur & Marlene Dietrich, dir Billy Wilder, Paramount 1h56min (p/s)

5:00am The Big Lift (1950) Montgomery Clift & Paul Douglas, dir George Seaton FOX 2h (p/s)

7:00am The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) Richard Burton & Claire Bloom, dir Martin Ritt, Paramount 1h52min (p/s)

9:00am Man on a String (1960) Ernest Borgnine & Kerwin Matthews, dir Andre De Toth, Columbia 1h32min (p/s)

10:45am The Man Between (1953) James Mason & Claire Bloom, dir Carol Reed UA 1h40min (p/s)

12:30pm One, Two, Three (1961) James Cagney & Horst Buchholz, dir Billy Wilder UA 1h55min (p/s)

2:30pm Torn Curtain (1966) Paul Newman & Julie Andrews, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Universal 2h8min (p/s)

4:45pm The Quiller Memorandum (1966) George Segal & Max Von Sydow, dir Michael Anderson, Rank 1h44min (p/s)

6:30pm Night People (1954) Gregory Peck & Broderick Crawford, dir Nunnally Johnson FOX 1h30min PREMIERE



8:00pm The Lady Wants Mink (1953) Dennis O’Keefe & Eve Arden, dir William A Seiter, Republic 1h32min PREMIERE

9:45pm Anatomy of a Murder (1959) James Stewart & Eve Arden, dir Otto Preminger, Columbia 160min (p/s)

12:30am The Kid From Brooklyn (1946) Danny Kaye & Eve Arden, dir Norman Z McLeod, Goldwyn 1h53min (p/s)

2:30am Mildred Pierce (1945) Joan Crawford & Eve Arden, dir Michael Curtiz WB 111min (p/s)

4:30am The Doughgirls (1944) Jane Wyman & Eve Arden, dir James V Kern WB 1h42min (p/s)

6:15am Tea For Two (1950) Doris Day & Eve Arden, dir David Butler WB 1h38min


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8:00am Adam and Evelyne (1949) Stewart Granger & Jean Simmons, dir Harold French GFD 1h10min (p/s)

9:15am Eve Knew Her Apples (1945) Ann Miller & William Wright, dir Will Jason, Columbia 1h4min (p/s)

10:30am East of Eden (1955) James Dean & Raymond Massey, dir Elia Kazan WB 1h55min (p/s)

12:30pm Adam Had Four Sons (1941) Ingrid Bergman & Warner Baxter, dir Gregory Ratoff, Columbia 1h21min (p/s)

2:00pm All About Eve (1950) Bette Davis & Anne Baxter, dir Joseph L Mankiewicz FOX 2h18min (p/s)

4:30pm Adam’s Rib (1949) Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn, dir George Cukor MGM 1h41min (p/s)

6:15pm The Lady Eve (1941) Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda, dir Preston Sturges, Paramount 1h34min (p/s)



8:00pm Captain Lightfoot (1955) Rock Hudson & Barbara Rush, dir Douglas Sirk, Universal 1h32min PREMIERE

9:45pm The Country Girl (1954) William Holden & Grace Kelly, dir George Seaton, Paramount 1h44min (p/s)

11:30pm Blood Alley (1955) John Wayne & Lauren Bacall, dir Willaim A Wellman WB 1h50min (p/s)

1:30am The Big Combo (1955) Cornel Wilde & Richard Conte, dir Joseph H Lewis AA 1h24min (p/s)

3:00am The End of the Affair (1955) Van Johnson & Deborah Kerr, dir Edward Dmytryk, Columbia 1h45min (p/s)

4:45am A Prize of Gold (1955) Richard Widmark & Mai Zetterling, dir Mark Robson, Columbia 1h38min (p/s)


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6:30am Third Man on the Mountain (1959) Michael Rennie & James MacArthur, dir Ken Annakin, Disney 1h47min (p/s)

8:30am 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Kirk Douglas & James Mason, dir Richard Fleischer, Disney 2h7min (p/s)

10:45am Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) Albert Sharpe & Janet Munro, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney 1h33min (p/s)

12:30pm “I Captured the King of the Leprechauns” (1959) Walt Disney & Pat O’Brien, dir Harry Keller & Robert Stevenson, Disney 49min (p/s)

1:30pm Bedknobs & Broomsticks (1971) Angela Lansbury & David Tomlinson, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney 117min (p/s)

3:30pm Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968) Peter Ustinov & Dean Jones, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney 1h46min EFFECTS-EXEMPT PREMIERE

5:30pm Mary Poppins (1964) Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney 2h19min EFFECTS-EXEMPT PREMIERE



8:00pm Goodbye, Charlie (1964) Tony Curtis & Debbie Reynolds, dir Vincente Minnelli FOX 1h56min DIRECTOR-EXEMPT PREMIERE

10:00pm The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Kirk Douglas & Lana Turner, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h58min (p/s)

12:00am The Clock (1945) Judy Garland & Robert Walker, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h30min (p/s)

1:30am The Band Wagon (1953) Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h52min (p/s)

3:30am On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) Barbra Streisand & Yves Montand, dir Vincente Minnelli, Paramount 2h9min DIRECTOR-EXEMPT PREMIERE

5:45am I Dood It (1943) Red Skelton & Eleanor Powell, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h42min (p/s)


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7:30am Strike Me Pink (1936) Eddie Cantor & Ethel Merman, dir Norman Taurog, Goldwyn 1h40min (p/s)

9:15am Mysterious Island (1961) Michael Craig & Joan Greenwood, dir Cy Endfield, Columbia 1h41min (p/s)

11:00am The Perils of Pauline (1947) Betty Hutton & John Lund, dir George Marshall, Paramount 96min (p/s)

12:45pm SHORT: Two Boobs in a Balloon (1935) Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, dir Lloyd French 10min WB

1:00pm Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) David Niven & Cantiflas, dir Michael Anderson UA 175min (p/s)

4:00pm SHORT: The Balloonatic (1923) Buster Keaton & Phyllis Haver, dir Edward F Kline & Buster Keaton, 1st National 27min (p/s)

4:30pm The Wizard of Oz (1939) Judy Garland & Frank Morgan, dir Victor Fleming MGM 102min (p/s)

6:15pm Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) Red Buttons & Barbara Eden, dir Irwin Allen FOX 1h41min PREMIERE




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

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

11:45pm Where’s Charley? (1952) Ray Bolger & Allyn Ann McLerie, dir David Butler WB 1h37m PREMIERE

1:30am The Boys from Syracuse (1940) Allan Jones & Martha Raye, dir A. Edward Sutherland Universal 73min PREMIERE

2:45am On Your Toes (1939) Vera Zorina & Eddie Albert, dir Ray Enright WB 1h34min (p/s)


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4:30am Calamity Jane (1953) Doris Day & Howard Keel, dir David Butler WB 1h41min (p/s)

6:15am Go West Young Lady (1941) Glenn Ford & Ann Miller, dir Frank R Strayer, Columbia 1h10min (p/s)

7:30am Wagon Master (1950) Ben Johnson & Ward Bond, dir John Ford, Argosy 1h26min (p/s)

9:00am Gunfight at Dodge City (1959) Joel McCrea & Julie Adams, dir Joseph M Newman UA 1h21min (p/s)

10:30am Born to the West (1937) John Wayne & Marsha Hunt, dir Charles Barton, Paramount 59min PUBLIC DOMAIN

11:30am Destry Rides Again (1939) James Stewart & Marlene Dietrich, dir George Marshall, Universal 1h34min (p/s)

1:15pm Lust for Gold (1949) Ida Lupino & Glenn Ford, dir S Sylvan Simon, Columbia 1h30min (p/s)

2:45pm Blazing Saddles (1974) Gene Wilder & Cleavon Little, dir Mel Brooks WB 1h33min (p/s)

4:30pm Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943) Alice Faye & John Payne, dir H Bruce Humberstone FOX 1h39min PREMIERE

6:15pm Red Garters (1954) Rosemary Clooney & Jack Carson, dir George Marshall, Paramount 91min PREMIERE



8:00pm THE ESSENTIALS: What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) George Peppard & Mary Tyler Moore, dir George Seaton, Universal 1h34min PREMIERE

9:45pm The Andromeda Strain (1971) James Olson & Arthur Hill, dir Robert Wise, Universal 131min (p/s)

12:00am Billion Dollar Brain (1967) Michael Caine & Karl Malden, dir Ken Russell UA 1h51min (p/s)

2:00am TCM UNDERGROUND: Night of the Living Dead (1968) Duane Jones & Judith O’Dea, dir George A Romero, Image Ten 1h36min

3:45am TCM UNDERGROUND: The Last Man on Earth (1964) Vincent Price & Franca Bettoia, dir Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow API 1h26min




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TCM Programming Challenge #32: “The Sum of Its Parts”


Week of June 4-10, 2017

SOTM: Eve Arden

THE ESSENTIALS: What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: Peter Pan (1924) & The Immigrant (1917)

TCM IMPORTS: Rajio no Jikan (Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald) (1997)

TCM UNDERGROUND: Night of the Living Dead (1968) & The Last Man on Earth (1964)




1. EFFECTS CHALLENGE: Classic Disney Effects

2. MUSIC CHALLENGE: Broadway Musicals By George Abbott

3. WRITING CHALLENGE: Written By Not Directed By Preston Sturges

4. DIRECTOR CHALLENGE: Variations on Vincente Minnelli



  1. The Boys from Syracuse (1940)
  2. Captain Lightfoot (1955)
  3. Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)
  4. Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)
  5. The Lady Wants Mink (1953)
  6. My Friend Irma (1949)
  7. Night People (1954)
  8. One Night in the Tropics (1940)
  9. Red Garters (1954)
  10. Soup to Nuts (1930)
  11. What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
  12. Where’s Charley? (1952)



  1. Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)
  2. Born to the West (1937)
  3. Damn Yankees (1958)
  4. Goodbye, Charlie (1964)
  5. Hotel Haywire (1937)
  6. Mary Poppins (1964)
  7. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
  8. The Pajama Game (1957)
  9. Thirty Day Princess (1934)



1910s- 1

1920s- 5

1930s- 18

1940s- 21

1950s- 31

1960s- 15

1970s- 5

1980s- 1

1990s- 2




Don't really feel like going on and on like I usually do, and most of my schedule is self-explanatory, but I should explain a couple of things:

1. Recently Me-TV showed the episodes of I LOVE LUCY in which they visit Hollywood and I noticed that pretty much every time they had a guest star, that guest star mentioned a specific movie they just made or were making at the time. Probably as part of the deal of them guest starring on the show, like they do on talk shows these days. So I scheduled the movies that those guest stars promoted.

2. In case there's no confusion about my music challenge entry, "Broadway Musicals By George Abbott," he wrote the scripts for these shows, not the songs. Had to mention who wrote the songs because they are amazing: DAMN YANKEES & PAJAMA GAME are by Adler & Ross, WHERE'S CHARLEY is by Frank Loesser, and both ON YOUR TOES & THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE are by Rodgers & Hart. George Abbott was a genius who not only wrote fantastic scripts for Broadway musicals, but also directed & produced a boatload of Broadway musicals. Hence why I'm honoring this guy.

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Love your schedule LonesomePolecat!

So many unique and fun themes throughout.

The Hollywood episodes of I Love Lucy have always been some of my favorites, so it's

great to see you honoring those guest stars and their movies.

It's nice George Abbott is getting some love, and Eve Arden is a fantastic choice for SOTM.

The lady elevated every film she was involved with.

Thanks, as always, for your great schedule LonesomePolecat!

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Lonesome Polecat:


As always, so much to love about your schedule.  First off, I worship Eve Arden so I am totally on board with her being your SOTM.  "Stop The Wedding" and "East/West Berlin" are great topics as is "Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship."  Love your Silent Sunday and "Bizarre Epidemics" is lots of fun.  (Epidemic films are a guilty pleasure of mine.) Super job!



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Interesting schedule!  Danielle Darrieux is a great choice for SOTM, perhaps one day TCM will follow your lead.  Love Howard Hawks Day, Performances that Should Have Won Best Actress and "Hunting Nazis."  Good job.



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LonesomePolecat - I am very happy to see that you have brought us one of your excellent schedules! I find them at all times to contain wide range of wit and substance.


I believe that: Eve Arden would be very superior: Star of the Month. She brightens all movies and is often a defining force.


I feel that it is far past time for: Damn Yankees (1958) to be: Essential. It is wonderfully entertaining and influential.


I love many of your themes and you have included many of my favorite movies.


The range of movies you choose is remarkable. I hope that: TCM Programmers take special note of your schedule.

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Lydecker’s Schedule


July 30 – August 5, 2017


SUNDAY, July 30, 2017


“Everyone’s here to meet you including some I thought were dead.”

A Salute to Billie Burke


6 AM In Pursuit of Polly (1918) Billie Burke & Thomas Meighan. Dir:  Chet Withey. Paramount, 50 min. Premiere #1

7 AM Only Yesterday (1933) Margaret Sullavan & John Boles. Dir:  John Stahl. Universal, 105 min. Premiere #2

8:45 AM A Bill of Divorcement (1932) John Barrymore & Billie Burke. Dir:  George Cukor. RKO, 76 min. p/s

10:15 AM Dinner At Eight (1934) Marie Dressler & Lionel Barrymore. Dir:  George Cukor. MGM, 110 min. p/s

12:15 PM The Young Philadelphians (1959) Paul Newman & Barbara Rush. Dir:  Vincent Sherman. Warner Brothers, 136 min. p/s


“You guys up for a toga party?”

Greeks and Geeks


2:45 PM Sorority House (1939) Anne Shirley & James Ellison. Dir:  John Farrow. RKO, 63 min. p/s

4:00 PM Take Care of My Little Girl (1951) Jean Peters & Dale Robertson. Dir:  Jean Negulesco. 20th Century Fox, 94 min. p/s

5:45 PM Animal House (1978) John Belushi & Tim Matheson. Dir:  John Landis. Universal, 109 min. Premiere #3

7:45 PM How to Behave (1936) Robert Benchley. 10 min. Short


“If anyone orders merlot, I’m leaving.”

The TCM Wine Club


8 PM Blood and Wine (1996) Jack Nicholson & Jennifer Lopez. Dir:  Bob Rafelson. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 101 min. Premiere #4

9:45 PM Days of Wine & Roses (1962) Jack Lemmon & Lee Remick. Dir:

Blake Edwards. Warner Brothers, 117 min. p/s

11:45 PM Wine (1913) Fatty Arbuckle & Ford Sterling. Dir:  George Nichols. Keystone Studios, 10 min. Short


The TCM Wine Club (cont.)

Silent Sunday/TCM Imports


12 AM Champagne (1928) Betty Balfour & Jean Bradin. Dir:  Alfred Hitchcock.

British International Pictures, 93 min. Exempt             

1:45 AM Champagne Charlie (1944) Tommy Trinder & Stanley Holloway. Dir:  Alberto Cavalcanti. Ealing Studios, 72 min. Exempt

3 AM The Champagne Murders (1967) Anthony Perkins & Stephane Audran. Dir:  Claude Chabrol. Universal France, 105 min. Exempt

4:45 AM Champagne for Caesar (1950) Ronald Coleman & Celeste Holm. Dir:  Richard Whorf. 20th UA, 99 min. Premiere #5


MONDAY, July 31, 2017


“Cirrhosis are red, violets are blue.  Sugar is sweet and so are you.”

In honor of Challenge 32  --  5 Films from 1932


6:30 AM Horse Feathers (1932) Groucho, Chico & Harpo Marz. Dir:  Norman Z. MacLeod. Paramount, 68 min. p/s

7:45 AM Blonde Venus (1932) Marlene Dietrich & Cary Grant. Dir:  Josef von Sternberg. Paramount, 93 min. p/s

9:30 AM Red-Headed Woman (1932) Jean Harlow & Chester Morris. Dir:  Jack Conway. MGM, 79 min. p/s

11 AM Murders In The Rue Morgue (1932) Bela Lugosi & Sidney Fox. Dir:  Robert Florey. Universal, 61 min. p/s

12:15 PM What Price Hollywood? (1932) Constance Bennett & Lowell Sherman. Dir:  George Cukor. RKO, 88 min. p/s


“She had warmth, vitality.  She had authentic magnetism.

Wherever we went she stood out.”

20th Century Fox “Jeans”


1:45 PM Laura (1944) Gene Tierney & Dana Andrews. Dir:  Otto Preminger.

20th Century Fox, 88 min. p/s

3:15 PM Thunder Birds (1942) Gene Tierney & Preston Foster. Dir:  William Wellman. 20th Century Fox, 79 min. p/s

4:45 PM Pinky (1949) Jeanne Crain & Ethel Barrymore. Dir:  Elia Kazan. 20th Century Fox, 102 min. p/s

6:30 PM Vicki (1953) Jean Peters & Jeanne Crain.  Dir:  Harry Horner. 20th Century Fox, 85 min. p/s


“It’s not a code breaker. It’s THE code breaker. No more secrets.”

Breaking The Code


8 PM Sneakers (1992) Robert Redford & Sidney Poitier. Dir:  Phil Alden Robinson. Universal, 126 min. Premiere #6

10:15 PM The Imitation Game (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch & Keira Knightley. Dir:  Morten Tyldum. Studio Canal/The Weinstein Company, 114 min. Premiere #7

12:15 AM Rendezvous (1935) William Powell & Rosalind Russell. Dir:  William K. Howard. MGM, 94 min. p/s

2 AM Enigma (2001) Dougray Scott & Kate Winslett. Dir:  Michael Apted. Jagged Films, 119 min. Premiere #8

4 AM The 39 Steps (1935) Robert Donat & Madeleine Carroll Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Gaumont British, 86 min. p/s

5:30 AM MGM Parade #26



TUESDAY, August 1, 2017


“I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I am living.”

Depressing Musicals (Challenge #1 -- Musicals)


6 AM Show Boat (1936) Irene Dunne & Allan Jones. Dir:  James Whale. Universal, 113 min. p/s

8 AM Carousel (1956) Shirley Jones & Gordon MacRae. Dir:  Henry Koster. 20th Century Fox, 128 min. p/s

10:15 AM Les Miserables (2012) Hugh Jackman & Russell Crowe. Dir:  Tom

Hooper. Universal, 158 min. Music-Exempt

1 PM Cabaret (1972) Liza Minnelli & Michael York. Dir:  Bob Fosse. Allied Artists, 124 min. p/s


“Who wants a life imprisoned in safety?”



3:15 PM Women In the Wind (1939) Kay Francis & William Gargan. Dir:  John Farrow. Warner Brothers, 63 min. p/s

4:30 PM Tail Spin (1939) Constance Bennett & Alice Faye. Dir:  Roy Del Ruth. 20th Century Fox, 84 min. p/s

6 PM Amelia (2009) Hilary Swank & Richard Gere. Dir:  Mira Nair. Fox Searchlight Films, 111 min. Premiere #9


“Oh, this is a refined operation, son and I’ve got it timed down to the last wave of the brakeman’s hand on the last train outta town.”

Star of the Month --  Robert Preston


8 PM Illegal Traffic (1938) Robert Preston & J. Carrol Naish. Dir:   Louis King. Paramount, 67 min. Premiere #10

9:30 PM Beau Geste (1939) Gary Cooper & Robert Preston. Dir:  William Wellman. Paramount, 120 min. p/s

11:30 PM This Gun For Hire (1942) Robert Preston & Veronica Lake. Dir:  Frank Tuttle. Paramount, 81 min. p/s

1 AM The Music Man (1962) Robert Preston & Shirley Jones. Dir:  Morton DaCosta. Warner Brothers, 151 min. p/s

3:45 AM Victor/Victoria (1982) Julie Andrews, James Garner & Robert Preston. Dir:  Blake Edwards. MGM, 132 min. p/s


WEDNESDAY, August 2, 2017


“I suddenly found out I had some brains and decided to use them.

Happy Birthday Ann Dvorak.


6 AM The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932) Ann Dvorak & Lee Tracy. Dir:  Michael Curtiz. First National/W-B, 73 min. p/s

7:15 AM Racing Lady (1937) Ann Dvorak & Harry Carey. Dir:  Wallace Fox. RKO, 59 min. p/s

8:15 AM Housewife (1934) Ann Dvorak & George Brent. Dir:  Alfred E. Green. Warner Brothers, 69 min. p/s

9:30 AM I Was An American Spy (1951) Ann Dvorak & Gene Evans. Dir:  Lesley Selander. Allied Artists, 85 min. p/s

11 AM This Was Paris (1942) Ann Dvorak & Ben Lyon. Dir:  John Harlow. Warner Brothers, 77 min. p/s


“Must scold, must nag, mustn’t be too pretty in the mornings.”

Happy Birthday Myrna Loy.


12:30 PM Penthouse (1932) Warner Baxter & Myrna Loy. Dir:  W. S. Van Dyke. MGM, 90 min. p/s

2 PM Stamboul Quest (1934) Myrna Loy & George Brent. Dir:  Sam Wood. MGM, 86 min. p/s

3:30 PM Evelyn Prentice (1934) William Powell & Myrna Loy. Dir:  Wiliam K. Howard. MGM, 80 min. p/s

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

7 PM Myrna Loy:  So Nice To Come Home To (1991) Host:  Kathleen Turner. Dir:  Richard Schickel. TCM, 46 min. p/s


“The poor dope  - he always wanted a pool. 

Well, in the end, he got himself a pool.”

Screenplay/Director  -- The Amazing Billy Wilder (Challenges 3 & 4)


8 PM Sunset Blvd (1950) William Holden & Gloria Swanson. Dir/Screenplay:  Billy Wilder. Paramount, 110 min. p/s

10 PM Stalag 17 (1953) William Holden & Don Taylor.  Dir/Screenplay:  Billy Wilder. Paramount, 120 min. p/s

12 AM The Apartment (1960) Jack Lemmon & Shirley MacLaine. Dir/Screenplay:  Billy Wilder. United Artists, 125 min. p/s

2:15 AM Double Indemnity (1944) Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck. Dir/Screenplay:  Billy Wilder. Paramount, 107 min. p/s

4:15 AM Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Tyrone Power & Marlene Dietrich. Dir/Screenplay:  Billy Wilder. MGM, 116 min. p/s


THURSDAY, August 3, 2017


“Let there be dancing in the streets, drinking in the saloons and necking in

the parlor.”

Screen plays by The Algonquin Roundtable


6:15 AM Murder On A Honeymoon (1935) Edna May Oliver & James Gleason.  Dir:  Lloyd Corrigan. W-B, 74 min. p/s (Screenplay by Robert Benchley)

7:30 AM A Night At The Opera (1936) The Marx Brothers. Dir:  Sam Wood. MGM, 90 min. p/s (Screenplay by George S. Kaufman)

9 AM A Star Is Born (1937) Janet Gaynor & Fredric March. Dir:  William Wellman. Selznick Int., 111 min. p/s (Screenplay by Dorothy Parker)

11 AM The Man With Two Faces (1934) Edward G. Robinson & Mary Astor. Dir:  Archie Mayo. First Nat’l/W-B, 72 min. p/s (Screenplay by Alexander Woolcott)

12:15 PM The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) Fredric March & Myrna Loy. Dir:  William Wyler. Samuel Goldwyn.172 min. (Screenplay by Robert Sherwood)


“I loathe tragedy. Such an inferior genre.”

Marcel Carne


3:15 PM Children of Paradise (1946) Jean-Louis Barrault & Arletty. Dir:  Marcel Carne. Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema, 163 min. p/s

6 PM Hotel du Nord (1938) Annabella & Jean-Pierre Aumont. Dir:  Marcel Carne. SEDIF/Imperial Film, 83 min. Premiere #11

7:30 PM Carnival in Paris (1937) Henry Brandon & Harry Burns. Dir:  Wilhelm Thiele. MGM, 22 min. p/s


If we don’t end war, war will end us.”

Percy aka “Pop” Day, Master of Matte Painting (Challenge #2 – Movie Magic/SFX)


8 PM Napoleon (1927) Albert Dieudonne & Gina Manes. Dir:  Abel Gance. Gaumont, 235 min. p/s

12 AM Things To Come (1936) Raymond Massey & Ralph Richardson. Dir:  William Cameron Menzies. London Film Productions, 92 min. p/s

1:45 AM In Which We Serve (1942) Noel Coward & John Mills. Dir:  Noel Coward & David Lean. Two Cities Films, 115 min. p/s

3:45 AM The Four Feathers (1939) John Clements & June Duprez. Dir:  Zoltan Korda. UA/London Films, 129 min. p/s


FRIDAY, August 4, 2017


“Three people may keep a secret if two of them are dead.”



6 AM Secret Beyond the Door (1947) Michael Redgrave & Joan Bennett. Dir:  Fritz Lang. Diana Prod. Co., 73 min. p/s

7:15 AM Secrets (1933) Mary Pickford & Leslie Howard. Dir:  Frank Borzage. Mary Pickford Co., 90 min. p/s

8:45 AM Secrets of An Actress (1938) Kay Francis & Ian Hunter. Dir:  William Keighley. Warner Brothers, 70 min. p/s

10 AM The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933) Irene Dunne & Lionel Atwill. Dir:  Charles Brabin. MGM, 84 min. p/s

11:30 AM The Secret of St. Ives (1949) Richard Ney & Vanessa Brown. Dir:  Phil Rosen. Columbia, 75 min. p/s


“I’ll cut your ears off for that one, Copper!”

Happy Birthday, Joseph Calleia.


12:45 PM Public Hero #1 (1935) Chester Morris & Joseph Calleia. Dir:  J. Walter Reuben. MGM, 88 min. p/s

2:15 PM Tough Guy (1936) Jackie Cooper & Joseph Calleia. Dir:  Chester M. Franklin. MGM, 75 min. p/s

3:30 PM Exclusive Story (1936) Franchot Tone & Joseph Calleia. Dir:  George B. Seitz. MGM, 73 min. p/s

4:45 PM Sundown (1941) Gene Tierney & Bruce Cabot. Dir: Henry Hathaway. UA/Walter Wanger Pictures, 90 min. p/s

6:15 PM Cry Tough (1959) John Saxon & Linda Cristal. Dir:  Paul Stanley. UA, 84 min. p/s

7:45 PM A Night At The Movies. Robert Benchley, Dir:  Roy Rowland. MGM, 10 min. p/s


“It was an evil house from the beginning  -- a house that was born bad.”

Old Dark Houses


8 PM The Old Dark House (1932) Boris Karloff & Melvyn Douglas. Dir:  James Whale. Universal, 71 min. p/s

9:15 PM The Black Cat (1934) Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi. DIr:  Edgar G. Ulmer.

Universal, 65 min. p/s

10:30 PM The Monster (1927) Lon Chaney & Johnny Arthur. Dir:  Roland West. MGM, 86 min. p/s

12 AM The Cat and The Canary (1925) Laura LaPlante & Forrest Stanley. Dir:  Paul Leni. Universal, 82 min. p/s

1:30 AM The Haunting (1963) Julie Harris & Claire Bloom. Dir:  Robert Wise. MGM, 114 min. p/s

3:30 AM Hold That Ghost (1941) Bud Abbott & Lou Costello. Dir:  Arthur Lubin. Universal, 85 min. p/s

5 AM Secret of the Blue Room (1933) Lionel Atwill & Gloria Stuart. Dir:  Kurt Neumann. Universal, 66 min. p/s


SATURDAY, August 5, 2017


“How can we get a nice little war going?”

Directors Who Began As Editors


6:15 AM Pygmalion (1937) Leslie Howard & Wendy Hiller.  Dir:  Anthony Asquith & Leslie Howard. Gabriel Pascal Productions, 89 min. p/s (Editor:  David Lean)

7:45 AM Gunga Din (1939) Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. & Cary Grant. Dir:  George Stevens. RKO, 96 min. p/s (Editor:  John Sturges)

9:30 AM Gentleman Jim (1942) Errol Flynn & Alexis Smith. Dir: Raoul Walsh. Warner Brothers, 104 min. p/s (Montage Editor:  Don Siegel)

11:15 AM Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Peter Sellers & George C. Scott. Dir:  Stanley Kubrick. Columbia, 95 min. p/s (Editor:  Anthony Harvey)


“My press card’s out of date?  Damn.”

War Correspondents


1 PM The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) Mel Gibson & Linda Hunt. Dir:  Peter Weir. MGM, 114 min. p/s

3 PM The Killing Fields (1984) Sam Waterston & Haing S. Ngor. Dir:  Roland Joffe. Warner Brothers, 141 min. p/s

5:30 PM Salvador (1986) James Woods & James Belushi. Dir:  Oliver Stone.

Helmdale Film, 122 min. Premiere #12


“Go ahead, jump.  He never loved you, so why go on living?”

Guest Programmer --  Mrs. Danvers


8 PM The Servant (1963) Dick Bogarde & Sarah Miles. Dir: Joseph Losey. Elstree Studio Films, 112 min. p/s TCM Essential

10 AM The Nanny (1965) Bette Davis & William Dix. Dir:  Seth Holt. Assoc. British Picture Corp., 91 min. p/s

11:45 PM In Old Chicago (1938) Tyrone Power & Alice Faye. Dir:  Henry King.

20th Century Fox, 96 min. p/s


“The only way to resign from our profession is to die.”

Mata Hari x 2  -- TCM Underground


1:30 AM Mata Hari (1985) Sylvia Kristel & Oliver Tobias. Dir:  Curtis Harrington.

Golan-Globus, 108 min. Exempt (TCM Underground)

3:30 Mata Hari (1931) Greta Garbo & Ramon Navarro. Dir:  George Fitzmaurice. MGM, 89 min. p/s

5 AM The Divine Greta Garbo (1990) Host:  Glenn Close. Dir:  Susan F. Walker.

TCM, 47 min. p/s

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TCM Challenge #32:  “The Sum of Its Parts.”

Week of July 30 – August 5, 2017


SOTM:  Robert Preston

The Essential: The Servant (1963)

Friday Night Spotlight:  Old Dark Houses

Guest Programmer:  Mrs. Danvers

Silent Sunday:  Champagne (1928)

TCM Imports:  Champagne Charlie (1944) & The Champagne Murders (1967)

TCM Underground:  Mata Hari x 2 (1981 & 1931)

Programming Challenge #1:  Play It, Sam: Depressing Musicals

Programming Challenge #2:  It’s Practically Magic: Percy Day, Master of Matte Painting

Bonus Challenges: Screenplays/Director:  The Amazing Billy Wilder


TCM Premieres:

In Pursuit of Polly (1918)

Only Yesterday (1933)

Animal House (1978)

Blood and Wine (1996)

Champagne for Caesar (1950)

Sneakers (1992)

The Imitation Game (2014)

Enigma (2001)

Amelia (2009)

Illegal Traffic (1938)

Hotel du Nord (1938)

Salvador (1986)


Exempt Premieres:

Champagne (1928)

Champagne Charlie (1944)

The Champagne Murders (1967)

Les Miserables (2014)


By decade:


1910’s - 1

1920’s - 4

1930’s – 44

1940’s - 14

1950’s - 11

1960’s - 8

1970’s - 2

1980’s - 5

1990’s - 2

2000’s – 1

2010’s – 1


Sunday starts with Billie Burke and then segues into sorority/fraternity films.  A “TCM Wine Club” Film Festival takes center stage Sunday night and continues through Silent Sunday and TCM Imports. Cheers!  Monday morning we have some great films from 1932 (in honor of Challenge #32) and in the afternoon, a few films from the three 20th Century Fox “Jeans.” Monday primetime features some great “code breaker” movies, including two TCM Premieres.


Contrary to popular opinion, musicals are not all “all happy, all the time.”  Some actually

deal with very serious subjects and can be downright depressing.  Hey, it’s not all “Singin’ In the Rain!” And, so, for Challenge #1 (musicals) I have chosen to feature musicals of this ilk.  Hum along through your tears. In the afternoon we move on to Aviatrix and then Tuesday primetime is a salute to my Star of the Month, the amazingly versatile Robert Preston. (Consider this a big hint, TCM Programmers.) Wednesday begins with birthday salutes to both Ann Dvorak & Myrna Loy (who knew two such talented ladies shared a birthday?) then moves into my “combo” screenplay/director challenge which salutes the brilliant Billy Wilder who was both a writer and a director and did both things brilliantly. The members of the Algonquin Roundtable take center stage Thursday morning with films based on screenplays written by 5 of the founding members and in the afternoon we put the spotlight on one of my favorite directors, Marcel Carne. I’ve always been amazed by the magic of matte painting and its ability to fool the eye.  Challenge #2 (It’s Almost Magic) celebrates one of the early matte painting magicians, British artist W. Percy Day.  He greatly advanced the art of matte painting and also mentored many folks who continue to work movie magic via matte painting today.  Friday AM is all about “secrets” then moves into a birthday salute to Joseph Calleia.  And for those of you who love “things that go bump in the night,” films, the Friday Night Spotlight features movies about Old Dark Houses.  Saturday brings a series of films edited by future directors then moves into movies about war correspondents.  In primetime my guest programmer, Mrs. Danvers of “Rebecca,” intros two films about devious servants; the TCM Essential, “The Servant” and Bette Davis as “The Nanny.”  And, because Mrs. Danvers just can’t resist a good fire, her final selection of the evening is “In Old Chicago. ”Mata Hari x 2 wraps up the evening  (and the week) with “Mata Hari,” (1985) my TCM Underground choice.



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Thank you for submitting a schedule Lydecker.

There's a lot to like here. I've always been fascinated with matte paintings myself, and depressing musicals is a clever take on the music challenge. I absolutely love your Old Dark Houses night. The Old Dark House itself is such a fun and crazy romp, and I'm happy to see you include Hold That Ghost, one of my very favorite Bud and Lou films.

Great job!

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Love it, Lydecker! Movie character guest programmer, Robert Preston, celebrating a matte artist, etc. Especially love the Directors Who Started as Editors, not just because one of my favorite directors, the Great Robert Wise, also started out as an editor, but because editing is such an unappreciated art--probably because if you're doing it right, it's invisible :)

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Lydecker shoots and scores!  OK. Bad hockey/movie joke :-)


Matte painting has always intrigued me as well, so your shout to Percy Day is spot on.  In doing more research on him, I found this;


"...one of his early assignments was André Hugon's L'arriviste, released in 1924. The film was a source of consternation to the French political establishment, causing an angry member of parliament to table the motion: "How had a foreigner obtained the authorisation to film this house?" Without ever setting foot inside the house, Day had reproduced the interiors of the Chambre des Députés, so accurately that the illusion had fooled even the members themselves. As a result, he was deluged with commissions...."




Malta's hometown hero Joseph Calleia has always been a fav as well.  He had more skill as an actor than his character parts (generally) allow him to show...


Finally, I enjoyed your tip of the hat to the TCM Whine Club.  When I was in HS in the 1970s, our prom theme was "Days of Wine and Roses."  It wasn't until years later that I realized it wasn't a happy go luck party film!  What were they thinking (or drinking?) at my school?



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Love it, Lydecker! Movie character guest programmer, Robert Preston, celebrating a matte artist, etc. Especially love the Directors Who Started as Editors, not just because one of my favorite directors, the Great Robert Wise, also started out as an editor, but because editing is such an unappreciated art--probably because if you're doing it right, it's invisible :)


I truly admire editors and believe they are right up there with directors, DP's and writers as the key architects of every film.  And, you are right  --  if they do their job right, they are often the unsung heroes of a film.  TCM should put the Spotlight on them!

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