Friday, April 24, 2009

DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-Alert!

Fans of Turner Classic Movies are no doubt aware of the fact that the contents of the channel usually start at the top of the hour or at the :30 mark—and also at the quarter hours (:15 and :45). So when a movie finishes early, they fill up the remaining time with promos, trailers, etc.—and if you’ve been really good, they’ll sneak in a travelogue or Pete Smith/Robert Benchley/Joe McDoakes short. They’ve scheduled a few two-reelers this weekend that you might want to be on the lookout for:

Paree, Paree (1934) – One of Bob Hope’s Vitaphone shorts that takes the stage musical 50 Million Frenchmen (with music by Cole Porter) and squeezes it to fit the time frame of twenty minutes. Not one of Hope’s best two-reelers, but the music’s hard to beat: the comedian sings You Do Something to Me and You’ve Got That Thing, accompanied by the dancing of Dorothy Stone. (April 25, starts approximately at 9:32am following Road to Bali.)

So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947) – Funny Joe McDoakes (but seriously—is there any other kind?) short that allows star George O’Hanlon to play both Joe and his real self in a tale that finds our hero appearing in a small role in a WWI film…and predictably making a mess of things. Jack Carson fans will get a kick out of his cameo in this one. (April 26, starts approximately at 3:42pm following Tea for Two.)

Three Chumps Ahead (1934) – TCM’s trotted this one out before, so in case you missed it the first time now’s your chance to experience the magic of Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly. (April 26, starts approximately at 5:35pm following The Three Faces of Eve.)

You’re Telling Me (1932) – A rare opportunity to catch one of the shorts in Hal Roach’s “The Boy Friends” series, which featured former Our Gangers Mickey Daniels and Mary Kornman along with W.C. Fields fave Grady Sutton. Future director Gordon Douglas has an acting role in this funny outing that features a visit with Gordon’s family (the father is played by the one-of-a-kind Billy Gilbert). (April 26, starts approximately at 7:39pm following The Night of the Hunter.)

(P.S. I “liberated” the One Reel Wonders photo from Raquelle at Out of the Past: A Classic Film Blog. I hope she doesn’t mind.)


Anonymous said...

You had a slip-of-the-mind, I think, and wrote Patsy Cline for Patsy Kelly!

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Indeed I did. Noted and corrected. (This is what happens when I'm up at 7am in the morning, btw.)

Toby O'B said...

The best follow-up I ever saw on TCM, from feature film to short, was with a WB cartoon following 'The Fighting 69th'. The cartoon was about armies of black ants vs. red ants for the spoils of a picnic spread. For a cartoon, it was pretty heavy-duty when it came to depicting death. (I know it was made for an adult audience to be seen in the theatre, but still....)