Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Coming distractions: December 2009 on TCM

You could have knocked me over with a cement mixer (if you’re inclined toward that sort of thing) this morning when I just happened to stumble onto the tentative December lineup of films on TCM. Right off the bat, I couldn’t help but notice that The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™* will be honoring TDOY icon Humphrey Bogart as its December Star of the Month on Wednesdays, which will allow me to fill in the gaps of the Bogie flicks missing from the TDOY archives. This not only means that I’ll be able to add clinkers like Men Are Such Fools (1938) and Swing Your Lady (1938) but elusive, Fox Movie Channel-only delights like Deadline - U.S.A. (1952) and The Left Hand of God (1955). Here’s the listing of films to be featured, for the curious:
Wednesday, December 2
6:00 AM Love Affair (1932)
An heiress' affair with an aeronautical engineer threatens his career. Cast: Dorothy Mackaill, Humphrey Bogart, Hale Hamilton. Dir: Thornton Freeland. BW-68 mins,
7:15 AM Big City Blues (1932)
A country boy finds love and heartache in New York City. Cast: Eric Linden, Joan Blondell, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. BW-63 mins, TV-PG
8:30 AM Three on a Match (1932)
A woman's childhood friends try to rescue her from gangsters. Cast: Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. BW-63 mins, TV-PG, CC
10:00 AM Black Legion, The (1936)
A disgruntled factory worker is lured into joining a secret society out to terrorize foreigners. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Ann Sheridan. Dir: Archie Mayo. BW-83 mins, TV-G, CC
12:00 PM Bullets Or Ballots (1936)
A cop goes undercover to crack an influential crime ring. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: William Keighley. BW-82 mins, TV-G, CC
1:30 PM China Clipper (1936)
A flyer sacrifices everything to open a transpacific airline. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Beverly Roberts, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Ray Enright. BW-89 mins, TV-PG
3:15 PM Isle Of Fury (1936)
A man on the run in the South Seas gets caught up in a romantic triangle. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Woods. Dir: Frank McDonald. BW-61 mins, TV-G
4:30 PM Great O'Malley, The (1937)
A ruthless cop gets mixed up with a man who's only turned to crime to help his crippled daughter. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan. Dir: William Dieterle. BW-71 mins, TV-G
6:00 PM Marked Woman (1937)
A crusading DA fights to get a nightclub hostess to testify against her gangster boss. Cast: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. BW-97 mins, TV-G, CC
8:00 PM Petrified Forest, The (1936)
An escaped convict holds the customers at a remote desert cantina hostage. Cast: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Archie Mayo. BW-82 mins, TV-G, CC
9:30 PM Dead End (1937)
A killer returns to his childhood home to plot his escape from the law. Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: William Wyler. BW-92 mins, TV-PG
11:30 PM Kid Galahad (1937)
A mob-connected trainer grooms a bellhop for the boxing ring. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Wayne Morris. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-102 mins, TV-PG, CC
1:30 AM Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
Childhood friends on opposite sides of the law fight over the future of a street gang. Cast: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-97 mins, TV-G, CC
3:30 AM Bacall on Bogart (1988)
Lauren Bacall hosts this extraordinary documentary on her life on- and off-screen with her late husband, Humphrey Bogart. Cast: HOST: Lauren Bacall. Dir: David Heeley. C-84 mins, TV-G, CC
5:00 AM One Fatal Hour (1936)
A radio-station manager tries to keep tabloid journalists from reviving a 20-year-old murder case. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Beverly Roberts, Henry O'Neill. Dir: William McGann. BW-56 mins, TV-G
Wednesday, December 9
6:00 AM San Quentin (1937)
A convict's sister falls for the captain of the prison guards. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. BW-70 mins, TV-PG, CC
7:15 AM Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse, The (1938)
A doctor plots crimes so he can study criminal psychology. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Anatole Litvak. BW-87 mins, TV-PG, CC
8:45 AM Crime School (1938)
A crusading warden sets out to improve conditions at a reform school. Cast: The Dead End Kids, Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page. Dir: Lewis Seiler. BW-85 mins, TV-G, CC
10:15 AM Men Are Such Fools (1938)
An ambitious secretary uses the men in her life to turn herself into a radio star. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane, Wayne Morris. Dir: Busby Berkeley. BW-69 mins, TV-G, CC
11:30 AM Racket Busters (1938)
A mobster tries to take over the trucking business. Cast: George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Allen Jenkins. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. BW-71 mins, TV-G, CC
12:45 PM Swing Your Lady (1938)
A wrestling promoter stranded in the South pits his star grappler against a lady blacksmith. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Louise Fazenda. Dir: Ray Enright. BW-77 mins, TV-G
2:15 PM Dark Victory (1939)
A flighty heiress discovers inner strength when she develops a brain tumor. Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Edmund Goulding. BW-104 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
4:15 PM Invisible Stripes (1939)
On his release from prison, a crook tries to stop his brother from following in his footsteps. Cast: George Raft, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. BW-81 mins, TV-G, CC
5:45 PM King Of The Underworld (1939)
A lady doctor gets mixed up with a criminal gang. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson. Dir: Lewis Seiler. BW-67 mins, TV-PG, CC
7:00 PM Bogart: The Untold Story (1996)
Stephen Bogart hosts this one-hour special on the life and career of his legendary father, Humphrey Bogart. Cast: Host: Stephen Bogart C-46 mins, TV-G, CC
8:00 PM Oklahoma Kid, The (1939)
A cowboy sets out to avenge his father's lynching. Cast: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. BW-81 mins, TV-PG, CC
9:30 PM Roaring Twenties, The (1939)
Three WWI Army buddies get mixed up with the mob in peacetime. Cast: James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Raoul Walsh. BW-107 mins, TV-G, CC
11:30 PM They Drive by Night (1940)
Truck driving brothers are framed for murder by a lady psycho. Cast: George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Raoul Walsh. BW-95 mins, TV-PG, CC
1:30 AM High Sierra (1941)
An aging ex-con sets out to pull one more big heist. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Arthur Kennedy. Dir: Raoul Walsh. BW-100 mins, TV-G, CC
3:30 AM Virginia City (1940)
A rebel spy poses as a wild West dance hall girl. Cast: Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-121 mins, TV-G, CC
Wednesday, December 16
6:00 AM Becoming Attractions: Humphrey Bogart (1996)
Host Robert Osborne takes a look at Humphrey Bogart's rise to stardom through the marketing of his movie trailors. C-45 mins, TV-G, CC
7:00 AM Return Of Doctor X, The (1939)
A murderer returns from the grave with a thirst for blood. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Dennis Morgan. Dir: Vincent Sherman. BW-63 mins, TV-PG, CC
8:15 AM You Can't Get Away With Murder (1939)
A young tough takes the rap for a hardened gangster. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Billy Halop, Gale Page. Dir: Lewis Seiler. BW-79 mins, TV-G, CC
9:45 AM Brother Orchid (1940)
After a failed hit, a mob chief recuperates in a monastery. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. BW-88 mins, TV-PG, CC
11:15 AM It All Came True (1940)
A gangster hides out in a boardinghouse full of eccentrics. Cast: Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, ZaSu Pitts. Dir: Lewis Seiler. BW-97 mins, TV-PG
1:00 PM Wagons Roll At Night, The (1941)
A circus manager turns a young farm boy into a star lion tamer. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney, Eddie Albert. Dir: Ray Enright. BW-84 mins, TV-G
2:30 PM Across The Pacific (1942)
An American agent tries to keep Axis spies from blowing up the Panama Canal. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: John Huston. C-97 mins, TV-G, CC
4:15 PM All Through The Night (1942)
A criminal gang turns patriotic to track down a Nazi spy ring. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Jane Darwell. Dir: Vincent Sherman. BW-107 mins, TV-PG, CC
6:15 PM Big Shot, The (1942)
A mob leader escapes prison and flees with his love to a mountain hideaway, where he tries to atone for his sins. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning, Richard Travis. Dir: Lewis Seiler. BW-82 mins, TV-PG
8:00 PM Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: John Huston. BW-101 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
10:00 PM Casablanca (1942)
An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-103 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
12:00 AM Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
Three prospectors fight off bandits and each other after striking-it-rich in the Mexican mountains. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt. Dir: John Huston. BW-126 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
2:15 AM African Queen, The (1951)
A grizzled skipper and a spirited missionary take on the Germans in Africa during World War I. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley. Dir: John Huston. C-105 mins, TV-PG, CC
4:15 AM Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
An Eddie Cantor look-alike organizes an all-star show to help the war effort. Cast: Eddie Cantor, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie. Dir: David Butler. BW-127 mins, TV-G, CC
Wednesday, December 23
6:00 AM Bogart: The Untold Story (1996)
Stephen Bogart hosts this one-hour special on the life and career of his legendary father, Humphrey Bogart. Cast: Host: Stephen Bogart C-46 mins, TV-G, CC
7:00 AM Action In The North Atlantic (1943)
A Merchant Marine crew fights off enemy attacks at the start of World War II. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. BW-127 mins, TV-G, CC
9:15 AM Sahara (1943)
An international platoon fights off Nazis in World War II Africa. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, Lloyd Bridges. Dir: Zoltan Korda. BW-98 mins, TV-PG, CC
11:00 AM Passage to Marseille (1944)
Devil's Island escapees join up with the Allies during World War II. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Michele Morgan. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-109 mins, TV-PG, CC
1:00 PM Conflict (1945)
A man murders his wife so he can be free to marry her sister. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Curtis Bernhardt. BW-86 mins, TV-PG, CC
2:30 PM Dead Reckoning (1947)
A tough veteran sets out to solve his war buddy's murder. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott, Morris Carnovsky. Dir: John Cromwell. BW-100 mins, TV-PG
4:15 PM Two Mrs. Carrolls, The (1947)
A woman slowly discovers that her artist husband is a deranged killer. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith. Dir: Peter Godfrey. BW-94 mins, TV-G, CC
6:00 PM Knock On Any Door (1949)
A crusading lawyer fights to save a juvenile delinquent charged with murder. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready. Dir: Nicholas Ray. BW-100 mins, TV-PG
8:00 PM To Have And Have Not (1944)
A skipper-for-hire's romance with a beautiful drifter is complicated by his growing involvement with the French resistance. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan. Dir: Howard Hawks. BW-100 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS
10:00 PM Big Sleep, The (1946)
Private eye Philip Marlowe investigates a society girl's involvement in the murder of a pornographer. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Malone. Dir: Howard Hawks. BW-114 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
12:00 AM Dark Passage (1947)
A man falsely accused of his wife's murder escapes to search for the real killer. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead. Dir: Delmer Daves. BW-106 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
2:00 AM Key Largo (1948)
A returning veteran tangles with a ruthless gangster during a hurricane. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall. Dir: John Huston. BW-101 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS
4:00 AM Bacall on Bogart (1988)
Lauren Bacall hosts this extraordinary documentary on her life on- and off-screen with her late husband, Humphrey Bogart. Cast: HOST: Lauren Bacall. Dir: David Heeley. C-84 mins, TV-G, CC
Wednesday, December 30
6:00 AM Tokyo Joe (1949)
An American in post-war Japan gets caught up in the black market. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Sessue Hayakawa, Alexander Knox. Dir: Stuart Heisler. BW-89 mins, TV-PG
7:30 AM Chain Lightning (1950)
A reckless jet pilot goes to work for a demanding aviation tycoon. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Eleanor Parker, Raymond Massey. Dir: Stuart Heisler. BW-95 mins, TV-PG, CC
9:15 AM In a Lonely Place (1950)
An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy. Dir: Nicholas Ray. BW-93 mins, TV-PG, CC
11:00 AM Sirocco (1951)
A mysterious American gets mixed up with gunrunners in Syria. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Marta Toren, Lee J. Cobb. Dir: Curtis Bernhardt. BW-98 mins, TV-PG
12:45 PM Battle Circus (1953)
A doctor fights for his life during the Korean War. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, June Allyson, Keenan Wynn. Dir: Richard Brooks. BW-90 mins, TV-PG, CC
2:15 PM Barefoot Contessa, The (1954)
A Spanish dancer becomes an international star but still longs to get her feet in the dirt. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. C-130 mins, TV-G, CC
4:30 PM Harder They Fall, The (1956)
A cynical press agent exposes inhuman conditions in the boxing game. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling. Dir: Mark Robson. BW-109 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
6:30 PM Bacall on Bogart (1988)
Lauren Bacall hosts this extraordinary documentary on her life on- and off-screen with her late husband, Humphrey Bogart. Cast: HOST: Lauren Bacall. Dir: David Heeley. C-84 mins, TV-G, CC
8:00 PM Deadline U.S.A. (1952)
C-87 mins,
9:45 PM Left Hand of God, The (1955)
C-87 mins,
11:30 PM Beat The Devil (1954)
A group of con artists stake their claim on a bogus uranium mine. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Jennifer Jones. Dir: John Huston. BW-90 mins, TV-PG, CC
1:30 AM Caine Mutiny, The (1954)
Naval officers begin to suspect their captain of insanity. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson. Dir: Edward Dmytryk. C-125 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
4:00 AM Two Guys From Milwaukee (1946)
A runaway prince in disguise takes up with a taxi driver. Cast: Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Joan Leslie. Dir: David Butler. BW-90 mins, TV-G, CC
The films of Frank Capra will also be featured exclusively on TCM on Monday nights in December, and I’m looking forward to grabbing a few for my collection including The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933; once available on Region 2 but now out of print, I believe), State of the Union (1948) and Broadway Bill (1934).

December 3 will spotlight a pair of John Garfield films that I’ve already seen but do not have in my library: Flowing Gold (1940—which is my candidate for worst Julie film) and Nobody Lives Forever (1946). (The Fallen Sparrow [1943] will be sandwiched in-between these two, so if you’ve been putting off seeing it you now no longer have an excuse.) On Sunday, December 6, TCM will show a silent Russian film entitled Miss Mend (1926)—whose synopsis reads: “Three reporters and an office girl are trying to stop a bacteriological strike by some powerful western business leaders against the USSR.” (Definitely sounds as if it’s worth a glance.)
To commemorate “a date that will live in infamy” on December 7th, TCM will show a handful of famous WW2 documentaries: Prelude to War (1943), The Nazis Strike (1943), Divide and Conquer (1943), The Battle of Britain (1944), The Battle of Russia (1944), The Battle of China (1944), War Comes to America (1945) and Tunisian Victory (1944). These critically-acclaimed Why We Fight docs were all helmed by the aforementioned Frank Capra, in keeping with the Monday theme.

December 17th, TCM will roll out two Kay Kyser (“Evenin’, chillun…how you all?!!”) vehicles, the Ol' Perfessor‘s debut That's Right - You're Wrong (1939) and Playmates (1941), the final film outing for the Great Profile himself, John Barrymore. (Words cannot even begin to describe how awful this last movie is. You will simply have to see for yourself.)

Finally, beginning Christmas night, TCM will kick off a interesting holiday tribute spotlighting the world’s greatest detective’s film adventures beginning with the original The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. All of the Rathbone-Bruce Universal films will be shown that weekend (as well as 1939’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the second and last of the 20th Century-Fox films) so you can pretty well guess where my mother will be Friday and Saturday. (Other scheduled celluloid bits of Sherlockiana include Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes [1970], the Holmes-meets-Jack-the-Ripper original A Study in Terror [1965]…and as part of TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights, the 1922 Sherlock Holmes that’s available on the John Barrymore box set from Kino. But remember—this tentative schedule is always subject to change!
*Yes, I’m still having to pay him for this.


Dave Lewis said...

A Bogey bonanza! Thanks for the tip.

Chris Vosburg said...

Interesting. You knew that Guy Ritchie's Feature "Sherlock Holmes" opens in the US on Christmas Day (distributed by 20thC-Fox), right?

Happy Birthday, incidentally.

Philip Schweier said...

Bogart AND Sherlock Holmes? And me in Savannah without TCM. Be sure to catch Bogie's outing in Dead Reckoning, Ivan. He looks in the phone book and all the street names listed may look familiar. And the Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a fun romp for fans of the Master. I'm sure your mum would enjoy.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Dave: Only too happy to pass on the news. Honest to my grandma, a couple of weeks ago I was making out a list of the Bogart films that I either had not seen or did own copies of...and then this happens. "It's Kismet, I tells ya!"

Chris: I will have to do my best Johnny Carson impression and reply "I did not know that." I will say this for remakes--they allow fans access to the originals when cable channels want to do tie-ins to recently released films. (Thanks for the birthday wishes!)

Philip: I haven't caught the Wilder film but everyone I've talked to says it's a must-see. And yes, the phone book bit in Dead Reckoning cracks me up every single time...