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There are only three or four people alive in the world that remember that (Perry Como)song and two or maybe three are on this board. >>


Sorry Nort,


I suspect there are more here than you realize. Count me as a fan of the show and yes, I remember the lyrics. Ah, youth.


I had the pleasure of meeting Henry Beckman (Capt Clancey) years ago and attending a party at his home in Hollywood. I was good friends with his youngest son.

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A wonderful, inventive schedule! Loved the By the Numbers and as many here can tell you, anyone who programs William Wellman movies is a-okay in my book.


Also, I thought I might be the only person who saw (much less loves) "Hearts of the West" (I prefer it over "Nickelodeon").


Anyways, Congratulations!


Man, voting is going to be difficult to say the least.

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You are being much too modest about your weeks programming because it is very professional and the hard work that you put into it shows. I will just list some of the highlights about it that I like and not even try to comment on everything.


? It starts off with a bang right from the start with ?The Dark at the Top of The Stairs? a movie that is not available on DVD or VHS. This is a movie, which has so many great stars in it that it could easily have been one of your Essentials.

? Wings (1927) with Clara Bow another hard to find movie is a great choice for Silent Sunday night.

? From the Radio to the Screen: Henry Aldrich night is a great idea, I?ve never seen any of them and would not miss any of them if they showed up on TCM.

? Alan Arkin is a favorite of mine also; therefore, I am always on the lookout for any of his movies that are on TV.


I will close by saying that it is hard to do these challenges back to back without getting repetitive. That is why TCMProgrammer repeats many of the movies each month. So a great job done by you and your guest programmer mrsl.

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Thank you Kyle, lzcutter and allieharding for your compliments! I admit I was a little worried about posting my schedule, especially when all of you have come up with such great schedules of your own. It's like entering into the big league.


lzcutter, I have never seen 'Hearts of the West'! It was like, once I started watching TCM, they stopped showing it. And it was hard choosing the William Wellman movies--but I had to go with the Precodes. There's just something really good about a Barbara Stanwyck or Edward G. Robinson precode that you can't get in other movies.


allieharding, "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" is one of those movies I'd like to see, especially since I've seen the Angela Lansbury PS and an A&E Biography, and she mentioned that this was one of her favorite movies. And it's directed by Delbert Mann, whose work I enjoy ("Marty", "Separate Tables" to name a few).


Cable always seems to show the same Alan Arkin movies. I check his tv schedule every month and I've always seen the ones they're showing. I never miss "The Russians Are Coming!" though--I *love* him with that Russian accent. Sigh.


And I agree with your statement: anyone who is a true movie lover, should be able to program a week's worth of movies. If you're broadminded and a fan of many genres, the possiblities are endless!

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Here goes.... I picked the week of May 6 - 12, 2007. My wife's birthday is the 7th.

If I don't do it now I'll keep changing it and never get it on here. This is what I might think a week on TCM would be.


Sunday May 6


"Relatively Speaking...."


6:00am - Our Relations - 1936 - Laurel & Hardy - 74m - MGM

7:20am - Brats - 1930 - Laurel & Hardy - 20m - Roach

7:40am - Twice Two - 1933 - Laurel & Hardy - 20m

8:00am - The Prince and The Pauper - 1937 - Bobby & Billy Mauch - 117m - WB

Syncopation Station

10:00am - A Night At The Opera - 1935 - Marx Brothers - 115m - MGm

Noon - Raputin and The Empress - 1932 - The Barrymores - 132m - MGM

2:15pm - Paris Blues - 1961 - Newman and Woodward - 98m

4:15pm - Young Bess - 1953 - Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger - 111m -MGM


Essential - 6pm - The Treasure of The Sierra Madre - 1948 - Dir - John Huston. Walter Huston. 124m - WB


'Tis A Noble Lot


...About Nobility

8:15pm - Elizabeth & Essex - 1939 - Bette Davis, Errol Flynn. 106m - WB

10:15pm - The Scarlet Pimpernel - 1935 - Leslie Howard - 95m - UA


...by Nobility

Midnight - The Circus - 1928 - Sir Charles Chaplin - 71m

1:30am - Scott of The Antarctic - 1948 - Sir John Mills - 111m -

3:30am - The Stars Look Down - 1940 - Dir. Sir Carol Reed. Sir Michael Redgrave, Dame Margaret Rutherford. 110m - MGM

5:30 - Festival Of Shorts -


Monday - May 7


Gary Cooper Birthday Tribute

6:00am - Along Came Jones - 1945 - Loretta Young - 90m - RKO

7:45am - Design For Living - 1933 - Frederic March - 90m - Paramount

9:30am - Man Of The West - 1958 - Julie London - 100m - UA

11:30am - The Adventures of Marco Polo - 1938 - Alan Hale - 104m - WB

1:30pm - Good Sam - 1948 - Ann Sheidan - 118m - RKO

3:30pm - Love In The Afternoon - 1957 - Audrey Hepburn - 130m - Allied

6:00pm - The Westerner - 1940 - Walter Brennan - 100m - UA



8:00pm - Till The End Of Time - 1946 - Dir. - Edward Dymytyk - 105m - RKO

10:00pm - The Enforcer - 1951 - Zero Mostel - 84m - WB

11:30pm - Tom, Dick and Harry - 1941 - Burgess Meredith - 84m - RKO

1:00am - Our Vines Have Tender Grapes - 1945 - Wr. - Dalton Trumbo - 105m MGM

3:00am - Saturday's Children - 1940 - John Garfield - 101m - WB


5:00am - Why Worry? - 1923 - Harold Lloyd - 60m


Tuesday - May 8


It's All News

6:00am - Picture Snatcher - 1933 - James Cagney - 75m - WB

7:30am - Five Star Final - 1931 - Edward G. Robinson - 84m - WB

9:00am - Cimarron - 1960 - Glenn Ford - 140m - MGM

11:30am - Texas Lady - 1955 - Claudette Colbert - 86m - RKO

1:15pm - The Front Page - 1931 - Adolphe Menjou - 100m - UA


3:15p - "Private Screenings" - Lemmon and Matthau - 60m


Former Friends

4:15pm - Manhattan Melodrama - 1934 - William Powell - 93m - MGM

6:00pm - Manpower - 1941 - Edward G. Robinson - 103m - WB


1939 too...

8:00pm - It's A Wonderful World - James Stewart - 86m - MGM

9:30pm - In Name Only - Carole Lombard - 94m - RKO

11:30pm - TheGreat Man Votes - John Barrymore - 72m - RKO

12:45am - The Old Maid - Bette Davis - 95m - WB

2:30am - Juarez - Paul Muni - 125m - WB

4:45am - The Flying Dueces - Laurel and Hardy - 67m


Wednesday - May 9


Road Trip

6:00am - Without Reservations - 1946 - Claudette Colbert - 107m - RKO

8:00am - Stagecoach - 1939 - John Wayne - 96m - UA

10:00am - High Sierra - 1941 - Humphrey Bogart - 100m - WB

Noon - The Major and The Minor - 1942 - Ginger Rogers - 100m - Paramount


Broadway or Bust

2:00pm - Stage Struck - 1936 - Dick Powell - 91m - WB

3:35pm - Show Business - 1932 - Thelma Todd - 20m - Roach

4:00pm - Love Me of Leave Me - 1955 - James Cagney - 122m - MGM

6:15pm - Broadway Danny Rose - 1984 - Woody Allen - 85m - UA


Star of The Month - Joel McCrea

8:00pm - Foreign Correspondent - 1940 - 120m - UA

10:15pm - Colorado Territory - 1949 - 94m - WB

12:00am - The Most Dangerous Game - 1932 - 63m - RKO

1:15am - Palm Beach Story - 1941 - 90m - Paramount

3:00am - The Virginian - 1946 - 87m - Paramount


4:45am - Preston Sturges - The Rise and Fall of An American Dreamer - 60m


Thursday - May 10


Fred Astaire Birthday Tribute

6:00am - Carefree - 1938 - Ginger Rogers - 83m - RKO

7:30am - Funny Face - 1957 - Audrey Hepburn - 103m - Paramount

9:30am - Yolanda and The Thief - 1945 - Lucille Bremer - 109m - MGM

11:30am - Belle of New York - 1952 - Vera Allen - 82m - MGM

1:00pm - Band Wagon - 1953 - Cyd Charisse - 112m - MGM

3:00pm - Holiday Inn - 1942 - Bing Crosby - 101m - Paramount

5:00pm - Broadway Melody of 1940 - Eleanor Powell - 102m - MGM


7:00pm - "Private Screenings" - Jane Powell - 44m


Film Series - Philo Vance

8:00pm - The Bishop Murder Case - 1930 - Basil Rathbone - 88m - MGM

9:30pm - The Gracie Allen Murder Case - 1939 - Warren William, Gracie Allen - 74m - Paramount.

11:00pm - The Dragon Murder Case - 1934 - Warren William - 68m - 1st National

12:15am - Calling Philo Vance - 1940 - James Stephenson - 63m - WB


1:30am - Mister Roberts - 1955 - Henry Fonda - 126m - WB

3:45am - Johnny Guitar - 1954 - Joan Crawford - 110m - Republic

5:45am - His Silent Racket - 1933 - Charley Chase - 20m


Friday - May 11


Four Star Friday

6:00am - Intruder In The Dust - 1950 - Claude Jarman - 87m - MGM

7:45am - The Shop Around The Corner - 1940 - James Stewart - 100m - MGM

9:45am - Shanghai Express - 1932 - Marlene Dietrich - 84m - Paramount

11:15am - Life With Father - 1947 - William Powell - 118m - WB

1:30pm - Witness For The Prosecution - 1958 - Tyrone Power - 115m - UA

3:30pm - Stella Dallas - 1937 - Barbara Stanwyck - 104m - UA

5:30pm - Camille - 1937- Great Garbo - 109m - MGM


7:30pm - Cartoon Alley -

Mutiny On The Bunny 7m

Rabbit Hood - 8m

Knighty Knight Bugs - 6m

A Hare Grows In Manhattan - 8m


Guest Programmer - Inglis

8:00pm - The Quiet Man - 1952 - John Wayne - 129m - Republic

10:30pm - Rear Window - 1954 - James Stewart - 112m - Paramount

12:30am - Shenandoah - 1965 - James Stewart - 105m - Universal

2:30am - To Catch A Thief - 1955 - Cary Grant - 106m - Paramount


4:30am - Vivacious Lady - 1938 - Ginger Rogers - 90m - RKO


Saturday - May 12

6:00am - Government Girl - 1944 - Olivia de Havilland - 93m - RKO

8:00am - "Darkness After Dawn" - Rogue Cop - 1954 - Robert Taylor - 94m - MGM

9:45am - Sylvia Scarlett - 1937 - Katharine Hepburn - 95m - RKO


11:30am "Cartoon Alley"

Sniffles Takes A Trip

Bedtime For Sniffles

Sniffles Bells The Cat


Katharine Hepburn Birthday Tribute

Noon - The Sea Of Grass - 1947 - Spencer Tracy - 123m - MGM

2:15pm - The Lion In Winter - 1968 - Peter O'Toole - 134m - Avco

4:45pm - A Bill Of Divorcement - 1932 - John Barrymore - 75m - RKO

6:15pm - Alice Adams - 1935 - Fred MacMurray - 95m RKO


Rejected Roles

8:00pm - "Essential" - High Noon - 1952 - Gary Cooper - 87m - UA (Rejected by Montgomery Clift)

9:45pm - Lady For A Day - 1933 - Warren William - 102m - Columbia - (Rejected by James Cagney)

11:45pm - Madame Currie - 1944 - Greer Garson - 125m - MGM - (Rejected by Katharine Hepburn)

2:00am - The Dirty Dozen - 1967 - Lee Marvin - 149m - MGM (Rejected by John Wayne)

4:45am - Duck Soup - 1933 - 80m (Shortly after they are rejected by Paramount.)


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The only thing I'd add to my list is my "Rejected Roles" info was courtesy of a website so I'm trusting its accuracy.


Thanks to Mongo for his birthday listings. Kyle for his help and presiding over this contest. Others who helpd provide info for those of us playing along at home.


A few family favorites, some Laurel and Hardy for Judith and me and my undying appreciation for all the TCM programmers go through to give us great choices each month. ALso, many thanks to 'inglis' for picking some of her favorites for me.


My list wasn't clever or wonderfully eccentric but it was fun and time consuming. Boy are my fingers tired.


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Well, below is my schedule. Hope you like it. There are some new things I am trying out. I will post my notes below after the list.



(PD = Public Domain) (ps=previously scheduled on TCM)


SUNDAY, May 20, 2007


George Arliss ? A Man of Character


6:00 AM Disraeli (WB, 1929) 89 min

7:30 AM The Green Goddess (WB, 1930) 73 min.

8:45 AM Voltaire (WB, 1933) 72 min.


Syncopation Station


10:00 AM The Boy Friend (MGM, 1971) Twiggy, Tommy Tune. 108 min.


British Sunday Theater (a new TCM theme)


12:00 Noon The Magic Box (Festival, 1951) Robert Donat, Maria Schell. 118 min.


2:00 PM Forever Ealing (TCM, 2002) documentary 50 min.

Producer Alexander Korda Festival


3:00 PM Dark Journey (London Film., 1937) Conrad Veidt, Vivien Leigh. 82 min. PD

4:30 PM Sanders of the River (London Film, 1935) Paul Robeson, Leslie Banks. 85 min. PD

6:00 PM THE ESSENTIALS The Thief of Bagdad (Alexander Korda Films, 1940) Conrad Veidt, Sabu. 106 min. ps

8:00 PM The Private Life of Henry VIII (London Film, 1934) Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Elsa Lanchester. 93 min. PD

9:45 PM The Four Feathers (London Film, 1939) John Clements, Ralph Richardson. 130 min. ps


Silent Sunday Nights


12:00 Mid. Napoleon (Films 13, 1927) Directed by Abel Gance. 275 min.


TCM Imports


4:45 AM Sarah Bernhardt shorts:

La Dame aux camellias (Camille) (1911, 24 min.) PD;

Les Amours de la reine Elisabeth (Queen Elizabeth) (1912, 40 min.) PD;

Le Duel d?Hamlet (The Hamlet Duel) (1908, 3 min.) PD


MONDAY, May 21




6:00 AM Angel on My Shoulder (Premier Productions, 1946) Paul Muni, Claude Rains. 100 min. ps

7:45 AM Cabin in the Sky (MGM, 1943) Ethel Waters, Eddie ?Rochester? Anderson. 99 min.

9:30 AM Faust (MGM, 1926) Directed by F.W.Murnau 116 min. PD


Getting Their Just Deserts


11:30 AM Sahara Col., 1943) Humphrey Bogart. 97 min.

1:15 PM The Lost Patrol (RKO, 1934) Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff. 66 min.

2:30 PM Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion (Universal, 1950) 80 min.

4:00 PM Road to Morocco (Paramount, 1942) Bob Hope, Bing Crosby. 83 min. ps

5:30 PM Caesar and Cleopatra (Rank, 1945) Vivien Leigh, Claude Rains. 138 min.


The ?Carry On? Series


8 PM Carry On Cleo (Adder, 1965) 92 min.

9:45 PM Carry On Cabby (Adder, 1963) 89 min.

11:30 PM Carry On Teacher (Adder, 1959) 88 min.

1:15 AM Carry On Constable (G.H.W. Prod. 1961) 86 min.

3:00 AM Carry On Nurse (Governor, 1960) 84 min.

4:30 AM Carry On Matron (Rank, 1972) 87 min.




Sir Lord Laurence Olivier ? Star of the Month ? 100th Birthday All Day Tribute


6:00 AM Friends and Lovers (RKO, 1931) Adolph Menjou, Laurence Olivier (his first film), Erich Von Stroheim. 68 min.

7:15 AM Westward Passage (RKO, 1932) Ann Harding, Laurence Olivier. 73 min.

8:30 AM Fire Over England (London Film, 1937) Flora Robson, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh. 84 min. PD

10:00 AM The Divorce of Lady X (London Film, 1938) Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier. 92 min. PD

11:45 AM Wuthering Heights (Samuel Goldwyn, 1939) Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier. 104 min.

1:30 PM Rebecca (Selznick, 1940) Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine.131 min.

3:45 PM Henry V (Two Cities Films, 1944) Laurence Olivier. 137 min.

6:15 PM The Entertainer (Woodfall Film, 1960) Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright. 97 min.

8:00 PM Hamlet (Rank, 1948) Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons. 155 min.

11:00 PM Love Among the Ruins (ABC Circle Films, 1975) Katherine Hepburn, Laurewnce Olivier. 102 min. (see ?Special Note?)

1:00 AM The Prince and the Showgirl (WB, 1957) Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier. 118 min. ps

3:00 AM Othello (WB, 1965) Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith. 165 min.





Movies of Freaks, Meeks, and Geeks


Not So Silent Partners ? Ventriloquists in the Movies


6:00 AM The Unholy Three (MGM, 1930) Lon Chaney. 74 min.

7:15 AM The Great Gabbo (James Cruze, Inc., 1930) Eric Von Stroheim. 70 min. PD

8:30 AM You Can?t Cheat An Honest Man (Universal, 1939) W.C.Fields, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. 76 min.




9:45 AM I Married A Witch (Paramount, 1942) Frederic March, Veronica Lake. 77 min.

11:15 AM Bell Book and Candle (Columbia, 1959) James Stewart, Kim Novak. 103 min.

1:00 PM The Court Jester (Paramount, 1956) Danny Kaye, Basil Rathbone. 101 min.


One Notion, Invisible


2:45 PM Harvey (Universal, 1950) James Stewart. 105 min.

4:30 PM Play It Again, Sam (Paramount, 1972) Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. 86 min.

6:00 PM The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (Universal, 1966) Don Knotts. 90 min. PREMIERE


Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. ? The Greatest Swashbuckler ? birthday salute


8:00 PM The Mark of Zorro (UA, 1920) Douglas Fairbanks, Noah Beery. 80 min. PD

9:30 PM The Thief of Bagdad (UA, 1924) Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnson. 133 min. PD

12:00 mid. Don Q, Son of Zorro (UA, 1925) Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Astor. 137 min. PD

2:30 AM The Black Pirate (UA, 1926) Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove. 88 min. PD

4:00 AM The Iron Mask (UA, 1929) Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte. 98 min. PD





Homely is Where the Heart Is


6:00 AM Marty (UA, 1955) Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair. 90 min.

7:30 AM Now, Voyager (WB, 1942) Bette Davis, Paul Henreid. 118 min.

9:30 AM The Enchanted Cottage Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young. (RKO, 1945) 93 min.


I Take Thee for Better or Verse ? Songwriters in Love


11:15 AM Till the Clouds Roll By (MGM, 1947) Robert Walker. 136 min.

1:45 PM Three Little Words (MGM, 1950) Fred Astaire, Red Skelton. 103 min.

3:30 PM Words and Music (MGM, 1948) Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake. 122 min.

6:00 PM Bye Bye Birdie (Col, 1963) Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh. 112 min


And my Guest Programmer for this evening?s four films is?GarboManiac


8:00 PM Romance (MGM, 1930) Greta Garbo. 77 min.

9:30 PM Algiers (UA, 1938) Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr. 100 min. PD

11:30 PM Romeo and Juliet (MGM, 1937) Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard. 125 min.

2:00 AM Captain Blood (WB, 1935) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland. 119 min.


If I Were King


4:00 AM The Prisoner of Zenda (Selznick, 1937) Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll. 101 min.



FRIDAY, May 25


Two Wongs Do Make A Right


6:00 AM Mr. Wong, Detective (Col., 1972) Boris Karloff as Mr, Wong. 69 min. PD

7:15 AM Phantom of Chinatown (RKO, 1940) Keye Luke replacing Karloff as Mr. Wong. 62 min. PD


Queen for a Day


8:30 AM The Spanish Cape Mystery (Republic, 1935) Donald Cook as Ellery Queen. PD

9:45 AM The Mandarin Mystery (Republic, 1936) Eddie Quinlan as EQ. 63 min. PD

11:00 AM Ellery Queen, Master Detective (Columbia, 1940) Ralph Belllamy as EQ. 69 min. PD

12:15 PM Ellery Queen?s Penthouse Mystery (Columbia, 1941) Ralph Bellamy. 69 min. PD

1:30 PM Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (Columbia, 1941) Ralph Bellamy/ 68 min. PD

2:45 PM Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (Columbia, 1941) Ralph Bellamy. 70 min. PD

4:00 PM Close Call for Ellery Queen (Columbia, 1942) William Gargan as EQ. 65 min. PD

5:15 PM Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (Columbia, 1942) William Gargan. 70 min. PD

6:45 PM Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (Columbia, 1942) William Gargan. 64 min. PD


3D MOVIES ? A Special One-Evening Event by TCM to attract new viewers (see notes below)


8:00 PM Kiss Me Kate in 3D. (MGM, 1953) Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson. 110 min.

10:00 PM Dial M for Murder in 3D (WB, 1954) Ray Milland, Grace Kelly. 106 min.

12:00 Mid. TCM UNDERGROUND Frankenstein 3D (Bryanston Pictures, 1974) 96 min.

2:00 PM TCM UNDERGROUND House of Wax in 3D (WB, 1953) Vincent Price. 88 min.

4:00 AM The Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D (Universal, 1954) Richard Calson, Julia Adams. 80 min.

5:30 AM Cartoon: Lumber Jack Rabbit in 3D (WB, 1954). Bugs Bunny.





The Swinging Sixties - Surfing, Speed, and Suggested Sex


6:00 AM Follow That Dream (MGM, 1962) Elvis Presley. 110 min.

8:00 AM DARKNESS AFTER DAWN The Little Shop of Horrors (The FilmGroup, 1960) Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph. 70 min. PD

9:30 AM The Spy With My Face (MGM, 1966) Robert Vaughn, David McCallum. 86 min.


11:30 AM CARTOON ALLEY A Sheep in the Deep (WB, 1962), The Rebel Without Claws (WB, 1961), and Pent-House Mouse (MGM, 1963).


12:00 Noon LONE STAR CINEMA Cat Ballou (Columbia, 1965) Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin. 97 min. ps


Hey, Kids! Matinee Day at the Atlas Theater (free Pepsi until 2:00 o?clock!)


2:00 PM 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (MGM, 1964) Tony Randall, Barbara Eden 100 min.

4:00 PM The Thief of Baghdad (MGM, 1961) Steve Reeves 90 min.


TCM Special Restoration

5:30 PM Life Goes to the Movies (Time-Life, 1976) 150 min.


Timeless Romances


8:00 PM THE ESSENTIALS Somewhere in Time (Universal, 1980) Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour. 103 min.

10:00 PM A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven) (The Archers, 1947) David Niven. Kim Hunter. 104 min.

12:00 MID Time After Time (WB, 1979) Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen. 112 min. PREMIERE

2:00 AM A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur?s Court (Paramount, 1949) Bing Crosby. 107 min.

4:00 AM The Time Machine (MGM, 1960) Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux. 103 min.



I wanted to start these notes with the most unusual night of my schedule, the 3D night. One of the requirements of the TCM Challenge was to program something that would expose TCM to younger audiences. Having just come back from a 3D film festival, I thought of having an evening of them on TCM. The capability is out there, as NBC ran an evening of it a few years ago. 3D glasses can be given out at Barnes and Noble and in issues of Now Playing. It would certainly generate interest and media attention.



As to the rest of the schedule, in order, I wanted to begin it with a few films of George Arliss, who is now forgotten but in his day was a great box-office figure. He was well-known for portraying historical characters, Voltaire, Cardinal Richelieu, Rothschild, Disraeli, and more. He was also the actor who gave Bette Davis her big break in movies.


Also, Arliss was British by birth, and you will notice a British slant for this first day and in places through the rest of week?s schedule. I grew up in British Columbia, Canada, and we were strongly influenced by England. And one of the things I enjoyed each Sunday morning was a thing called British Sunday Theater on KVOS-TV, an American channel coming from Bellingham, WA, just across the border. It would run films made either in England or that had England as a setting (such as the American Sherlock Holmes series with Basil Rathbone). I thought it would be a great new weekly feature for TCM because there are so many great British films that could be shown. And if they could get a host like Michael Caine or Anthony Hopkins to talk about the films and the British industry, that would be even better.


And for the first film I have programmed for the BST is ?The Magic Box,? a movie with Robert Donat as a real-life British inventor, who may actually have been the first inventor of the motion-picture camera. The film was a British government effort, and the acting appearances by British actors is incredible for one film: among them Leo Genn, Marius Goring, Glynis Johns, Laurence Olivier, Richard Attenborough, Michael Redgrave, and Margaret Rutherford. (I saw that Warner Bros. issued a VHS release of it, so I snuck it in without using a Premiere.)


Following that is a tribute to one of England?s great film producers, Sir Alexander Korda. I hope TCM will play all of them, as they are in the public domain and are terrific films.


For TCM Imports, I have put together a compilation of rare existing shorts that feature the acclaimed French stage actress, Sarah Bernhardt.


Jump to Monday, yep, the British influence comes in again on my Franchise choice. I decided to go for one that not many would have thought of, the ?Carry On? Gang movies, starring Sidney James and the regular cast including Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Williams, and the bubbly, voluptuous Barbara Windsor. The series may be the longest ever done, 31 movies produced from 1958 to 1992. I wanted to lead off with one of my favorites, ?Carry On Cleo?. For this reason, I scheduled ?Caesar and Cleopatra? (which may be PD) with Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh) just ahead of it, so you can laugh even more at the sight of Sidney James as Marc Anthony and Kenneth Williams as Caesar.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007, is Laurence Olivier?s 100th birthday, so he becomes my Star of the Month. BUT he is not my only pick for SOTM: the other is Katherine Hepburn, who also has her 100th birthday in May 2007! This leads into my ?Special Note? next to ?Love Among the Ruins? --- Special Note: LATR was a made for TV-movie and I would never suggest a TV-movie be shown on TCM, but in this very special month when it would have been their 100th birthdays, I think TCM should run the only film they made together. TCM, please make note of these two incredible birthdays for your programming in May 2007.


Wednesday has a birthday salute to Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., and his greatest movies are in the public domain. I think others would love a night of his work, too.


And this leads to my Guest Programmer on Thursday night, GarboManiac, who has written these notes why he chose the four films for the evening::


?.*Romance: MGM 1931 ? Greta Garbo

Like an old cameo from your grandmother, this film is a rare look into the old world of beauty and ?romance.? Garbo is superb as an Italian opera singer. Her movements and insight into the character are worthy of the Oscar nomination she received. It is one of my personal favorites of the Divine One, and feel it is a must see for everyone who loves a heartbreaking love story. Other than Lewis Stone, her supporting cast is weak. But, Garbo needs little support when she is on screen for all you see is Garbo. She is a picture in each glorious Gilbert gown.

*Algiers: United Artists 1938 ? Hedy Lamarr/Charles Boyer

A classic if there ever was one. It was its unfortunate fate to have been made one year before the GOLDEN AGE reached its peak. Had this film been made in ?39, it would have been included in all the reference books as one of the greatest examples of dark, moody, mysterious cinema. Add to that, the smooth, enticing performance of Charles Boyer coupled with the first appearance of that vision of beauty, Hedy Lamarr, this film could not fail. Oh, and don?t forget the outstanding supporting cast including Alan Hale, Joseph Calleia, and Gene Lockhart.

*Romeo and Juliet: MGM 1937 ? Norma Shearer/Leslie Howard

Praised by critics as a must for students of the Elizabethan drama, this film ignited my admiration of Shakespeare. His works did not interest me. But, Norma Shearer as Juliet, won me over. I can watch this movie again and again partly because of its fantastic supporting cast: John Barrymore, Edna May Oliver, C. Aubrey Smith, and Basil Rathbone. But, it is Norma?s film, a tribute to a great actress and a great star!

*Captain Blood: Warner Brothers 1935 ? Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland

As the best of the swashbucklers, Captain Blood offers an escape for anyone longing for adventure. Flynn as the doctor trying to help humanity, the slave who resents the whip, and the pirate who falls in love is mesmerizing. One of the best films of the genre, and my all time favorite, even over Robin Hood! The pairing of Flynn and DeHavilland was pure genius. Few onscreen pairings generated this kind of excitement, passion and devotion. And, that final close up of the lovers at the end is pure Hollywood at its best!?


Okay, back to me. I had originally considered using the Ellery Queen series as my Franchise but chose the Carry On films. And since EQ is PD, why waste it, so I filled out my Friday daytime with it.


Okay, now, Friday night?s important programming. I've already mentioned abopve about the 3D programming.


A couple of notes about Saturday: When I was kid, I actually did spend a lot of time at the matinees at the Atlas Theater where I lived. The only difference was that it was actually free Pepsi until 1 o'clock, not 2 PM like in my schedule. This was in the early Sixties and for 20 cents, we got two B movies from the 60s, a short, a cartoon, and also a serial chapter from a Columbia serial from the 1940s (I wanted to program my schedule just like that but didn't have the room). The thing I was happiest about the matinee listing was I got to include the Italian version of The Thief of Baghdad starring Steve Reeves. In this way, I was able to get my three favorite versions of it on my schedule (Fairbanks, Sabu, and Reeves).


And to the special TCM restoration showing of Life Goes to the movies, well, I wanted to get in my schedule and the only possible way I could do so without using a Premiere was to pretend that TCM had freshly restored this great movie documentary. Sorry to those who read that and got excited that TCM really had done that.


Saturday night was where I wanted to introduce "Somewhere in Time" to TCM in a premiere, but it turns out there is already a TCM article on it in the database, indicating they must have shown it at some point. So I switched that premiere to another great time travel pic called "Time After Time."


A special thanks to my guest programmer, GarboManiac, for really coming through with great films and great notes about why they were chosen.


Hopefully, all can forgive me the puns in the theme headers ("One Notion, Invisible", instead of "One Nation, Indivisible"...gad!). And that?s it for me until the next Challenge.

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Let me be one of the first to congratulate you on your outstanding work. Not only did you list the films, but you wrote commentary after the schedule! And, your ability to turn a phrase is very impressive and amusing! You did a great job, and I was pleased to be a part of it.




Peter asked me to be his guest programmer during the wars! We kept in touch through PMs. We wanted to show that there was a unity between us, and that there was no animosity over the Hedy thread. Well, it turned out to be a great line up, and I hope everyone enjoys my small input into this great body of work!


I can't imagine how any of you participants come up with all of this and do it so well. I know it must be an exhausting but exhilarating experience.

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We are starting to get a good cross-section of weekly schedules now with more entries coming in. I know that TCMProgrammer will appreciate all the different perspectives in each example entered. Everyone in the programming department will have a good feel for what viewers are interested in as a whole. Keep them coming.

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filmlover and movieman1957 great schedules!


filmlover, I particularly like the idea for a 3-D night, especially with the Underground movies. That would be fun. And I've never heard of the "Carry On" series. Very interesting!


movieman1957, I never knew all those roles were rejected by those certain stars, especially High Noon being rejected by Montgomery Clift. He rejected a lot of parts, didn't he? All the things you learn from schedules!


It's really exciting to see how many different ideas there are concerning schedules! Great work, everyone, I can't wait to see the rest.

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Thanks, movieman, you had a terrific schedule, too. And, Sugarpuss, I have been wanting to say congratulations to you, as well. Please, both of you, don't think I wasn't being courteous; it was just that I have been working hard to get mine done and online. Now that it is, I can relax and enjoy other's efforts.


Speaking of which, I hope we get more participants. There is still about two weeks left to get one in.

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Thanks for the kind words and Kyle for his p.m.


I didn't really look that hard at anyone's schedule before I posted mine as I didn't want to change anything as I fear I would have to redo it all. I'd let it stand or fall. I looked to see that the topic wasn't duplicated. Nice to know some movies I was considering for my themes fit nicely into others.


Sugarpuss - Terrific schedule for your first time. It's wonderfully creative.


To Matt, Allie and Filmlover, it's a mighty task you have done (again) and all with great flair and imagination. You all should be proud of your work. Thanks for letting me play. I'm looking forward to relaxing and to those schedules yet to come.


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Hello movieman1957 -


Congratulations! You succeeded in completing a week of programming for TCM! And very well too. I knew you could pull it off. I hope you enjoyed yourself and are pleased with the result. It is full of good things.


And thanks to Inglis for acting as your Guest Programmer. Inglis, any chance of filling us in on the reasons behind these choices? I'd love to hear them.


movieman1957 and Inglis, thanks so much for participating in "Another TCM Programming Challenge" and helping make it a success.


Kyle In Hollwood

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filmlover -


"Another TCM Programming Challenge" and another exemplary schedule from filmlover. You hit a lot of high notes during this week and did a great job with your choices for a film series and a Guest Programmer. Well Done.


Thanks to GarboManiac for sitting in as a Guest Programmer and for the notes on your selections. Great job and great choices. Maybe we can get a full week of TCM programming out of you in a future Challenge.


Thanks to you both for participating in "Another Programing Challenge" and I hope you have enjoyed yourselves.


Kyle In Hollywood

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Thanks for thanking me but I really didn't do much it was Movieman who let me come on board for a night and I was happy to do so as for my choices, Hitchcock movies always draw attention and to me those are 2 of the best ,Grace Kelly in Rear Window is superb and I love the scenery in that movie the way this movie was shot depicting everybody's private lives and of course the thrill of James Stewart watching Raymond Burr and trying to figure out what happened to the wife.To Catch a Thief well just plain and simple I love the chemistry between Grant and Kelly.The Quiet man is my all time favorite the story the shooting in Ireland and just all the Characters in that movie .Wayne and O'Hara it doesn't get any better than that and probably one of the best Ford and Wayne collaborations at least for me that is.Mr Hobbs Takes A Vacation I am a big fan Of MaureenO'Hara and James Stewart and this is just an all around fun movie with lots of great funny scenes . I love when James Stewart's character gets Fabian to dance with his daughter. Shenandoah what can I say great cast great story and classic scene Doug Mclure asking James Stewart for his daughters hand in marriage . I just want to say thanks for letting be a part of it and Chris special thanks to you for thinking of me. Inglis

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Hey sugarpuss -

Did you happen to catch the "Hollywood - Style Center To the World" short you programmed when it was shown earlier today? It ran just after "Stagecoach". A young country girl goes to town and gets to purchase a dress "just like the one Joan Crawford wears" in "Susan And God". Very amusing. Also had scenes of Adrian sketching.


Kyle (betting on Michael Knight) In Hollywood

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Aww, poop. I didn't see it! I usually check the "Upcoming Shorts" thread to make sure nothing good is being scheduled. It wasn't listed!


The irony is that I rushed home to tape "At the Circus" (I know TCM shows it a lot, but I've been on a Marx Brothers kick lately). I managed to turn the tv on in time to see a MGM "Upcoming movies from 1940" promo and was really happy I got home in time for that. If only I had gotten home 15 minutes earlier, I would have had the "Style center of the world" one as well!

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sugarpuss wrote -

"Aww, poop. I didn't see it!"


Actually, you did catch the end of it. The short segues from being about the influences of Hollywood on fashion into a 1940 MGM sneak preview. The preview section was about twice as long as the fashion section. But it was interesting just the same. And thanks JackBurley for the tip on the short appearing on "The Women" DVD.


Kyle In Hollywood

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Here's a still from the short you've been talking about, Hollywood - Style Center To the World. I love it, the voice over at this point says, "All Points Hollywood!" As if saying forget Paris, forget New York - Culver City is the fashion capital of the world.





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WOW, Peter! That just says volumes about you! Such class, such taste, such elegance! That is what we are missing today! Grace and charm are a thing of the past. So nice to see old world graciousness displayed on the cover of ANYTHING!

And who to better represent it? Hepburn and Olivier at their ripest! Again, you have done a smashing job!

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