Saturday, June 12, 2010

Coming distractions: September 2010 on TCM

Laura at Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings was eagle-eyed enough to notice that The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ (ka-ching!) has their tentative September movie lineup posted. As always, the films on that schedule are subject to change…and all show times are EDT.
September 1, Wednesday – TCM deals with a bout of vertigo with a festival of films featuring the magically babe-a-licious Kim Novak. Picnic (1955) kicks off the proceedings at 8pm, followed by Jeanne Eagels (1957; 10pm), Pal Joey (1957; 12:00mid), Middle of the Night (1959; 2am) and The Notorious Landlady (1962; 4:15am).

September 2, Thursday – Seeing as this is my birthday, I was hoping Bobby Osbo and company would do something special like show some of the Wheeler & Woolsey films that rarely make the schedule (Kentucky Kernels [1934], The Nitwits [1935])—or maybe some of those wonderful two-reelers from the Hal Roach Studios library. No such luck. I’ll just have to make do with TDOY faves Baby Doll (1956; 6:30am), Caged (1950; 8:30am), High Plains Drifter (1973; 11pm) and They Made Me a Fugitive (1947; 3am).
September 3, Friday – TCM is going to run a short film entitled The House in the Middle (1954) at 5:30am that was the subject of Ferdy on Films' Marilyn Ferdinand’s recent interview with Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Archives. “Military tests demonstrate the dangers of poor home maintenance in the event of a nuclear attack.” (Sounds pretty hooty.)

September 4, Saturday – TCM continues its fabulous (fab-u-lous!) schedule of Bowery Boys films with one of my favorites, Ghost Chasers (1951), at 10:30am. The other films with Slip, Sach and the boys this month will be Let's Go Navy! (1951; 9/11), Crazy Over Horses (1951; 9/18—this is the last one with my favorite Bowery Boy, William “Whitey” Benedict) and Hold That Line (1952; 9/25).
Later that evening, the channel will run what I’m choosing to call the “Robbing the Cradle” Festival—a selection of films spotlighting May-December romances. Included will be the rarely-shown Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973; 1:30am), but the evening starts off with The Graduate (1967) at 8pm, followed by A Cold Wind in August (1961; 10pm), Summer of '42 (1971; 11:30pm), Love and Pain and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961; 3:30am).
September 5, Sunday – TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights will show Across to Singapore (1928) at 12:15am, thus allowing me to eliminate another Warner Archive title from my wish list.

September 6, Monday – The channel realizes they left a few Kim Novak films off the list during last Wednesday’s salute, so they’ve scheduled Boys' Night Out (1962) at 2:30pm, followed by Of Human Bondage (1964; 4pm) and The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968; 5:45pm). That’s okay if you like Kim—but the big draw is going to be at 8pm when Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) is scheduled. I haven’t seen this extraordinary film since—well, since the last time it was on AMC (do I need to elaborate further?). (And what’s more—I don’t have to buy the Criterion DVD.)
September 7, Tuesday – Vivien Leigh is TCM’s Star of the Month—so I’m guessing that little Civil War potboiler she made in 1939 will probably be on the schedule. Here’s the lineup of Viv’s films to be shown:
09:00pm Dark Journey (1937)
10:30pm Storm in a Teacup (1937)
12:00am Sidewalks of London (1938)
September 14
08:00pm Gone with the Wind (1939)
02:15am A Streetcar Named Desire (1951; also showing on 9/25)
September 21
08:00pm Fire Over England (1937)
09:45pm That Hamilton Woman (1941)
12:00am Waterloo Bridge (1940)
02:00am A Yank at Oxford (1938)
September 28
08:00pm The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone (1961; also shown on 9/4)
10:00pm Anna Karenina (1947)
12:00am Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
02:15am Ship of Fools (1965)
05:00am Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond (1990; also shown on 9/7)
Also on September 7, TCM will show that four-hour Russian film, Miss Mend (1926), which I missed recording the last time it was on. After that, a pair of Charley Chase two-reel talkies: The Real McCoy (1930) and Young Ironsides (1932).

September 8, Wednesday – Normally, you think of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dottie Lamour when you think of “Road” pictures—but the ones TCM has scheduled today are missing our favorite comedic trio. Instead, we’ll enjoy Girls of the Road (1940; 6am), The Man in the Road (1956; 7:15am), Stallion Road (1947; 8:45am), Flamingo Road (1949; 10:30am), Bright Road (1953; 12:30pm), The Happy Road (1957; 2pm), The Mountain Road (1960; 4pm) and Thunder Road (1958; 6pm). After a long hard day on the road, you can then unwind with a pair of faves starring TDOY god John Garfield—Force of Evil (1948) at 2am and Castle on the Hudson (1940) at 4:30am (the splendid 2003 documentary, The John Garfield Story, is sandwiched in-between).
September 9, Thursday – “Hey kids—let’s put on a show!” Mickey Rooney’s birthday isn’t until later this month, but TCM is getting a jump on it by scheduling a day of films featuring the Mick, particularly the ones he made with Judy Garland. Starting at 6am with Babes in Arms (1939), the lineup also includes Strike Up the Band (1940; 7:45am), Girl Crazy (1943; 11:45am), Words and Music (1948; 4pm) and Summer Holiday (1948; 6:15pm). I’ll sit these out and wait until the channel spotlights an evening of prime noir beginning with Cornered (1946) at 8pm…then followed by Act of Violence (1949; 10pm) Point Blank (1967; 11:30pm) Get Carter (1971; 1:15am) and Johnny Cool (1963; 3:15am), an underrated little gem that demonstrates William Asher could do more than just Bewitched and “Beach Party” movies (though Mrs. Asher, Elizabeth Montgomery, is in the cast).

September 10, Friday – Any birthday tribute to Robert Wise that doesn’t have The Sound of Music (1965) is aces in my book. Celebrate with one of TDOY’s favorite B-picture/noir directors with The Curse of the Cat People (1944; 6am), The Body Snatcher (1945; 7:15am), Born to Kill (1947; 8:45am), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956; 10:30am), This Could Be the Night (1957; 12:30pm), Run Silent Run Deep (1958; 2:15pm), Two for the Seesaw (1962; 4pm) and The Haunting (1963; 6pm). Then, beginning at 8pm, TCM will fete Cornel Wilde with a mini-festival of films including Beach Red (1967), Leave Her to Heaven (1945; 10pm) and A Song to Remember (1945; 12mid)
September 11, Saturday – Walsh Fest! TCM will show a quartet of flicks directed by one of TDOY’s favorite one-eyed directors beginning with the classic White Heat (1949) at 8pm, followed by High Sierra (1941; 10pm) Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951; 12mid) and They Died with Their Boots On (1941; 2am). The evening caps off with a 1973 edition of The Men Who Made the Movies spotlighting Mr. W at 4:30 am.

September 13, Monday – Happy birthday to Claudette Colbert! The salute will kick off at 6:15am with It Happened One Night (1934), followed by It's a Wonderful World (1939; 8am), Midnight (1939; 9:30am), Boom Town (1940; 11:15am), The Palm Beach Story (1942; 1:15pm), The Secret Heart (1946; 2:45pm), Three Came Home (1950; 4:30pm) and The Secret Fury (1950; 6:15pm).
After finishing off the last of Ms. Colbert’s cake, TCM will remind us that it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there with a lineup of “work is hell” films that will include The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956; 8pm), Patterns (1956; 10:45pm), The Rabbit Trap (1959; 12:15am), The High Cost of Loving (1958; 1:45am) and Room at the Top (1959; 3:15am).
September 14, Tuesday – Saddle up with B-western legend Tim Holt for a five oater salute that kicks off with The Law West of Tombstone (1938) at 6am, followed by The Renegade Ranger (1938; 7:15am), Wagon Train (1940; 8:15am), Along the Rio Grande (1941; 9:15am) and The Bandit Trail (1941; 10:30am).

September 15, WednesdayTDOY’s favorite child star and one of the few surviving members of Our Gang, Jackie Cooper, celebrates his 88th birthday with a festival of his features that includes The Champ (1931; 6am), Divorce in the Family (1932; 7:30am), When a Fellow Needs a Friend (1932; 9am), O'shaughnessy's Boy (1935; 10:15am), The Devil Is a Sissy (1936; 11:45am), Boy of the Streets (1937; 1:30pm), Gallant Sons (1940; 3pm) and Everything's Ducky (1961; 4:30pm). Then at 8pm, spend your evening with some of the cinematic versions of famous gangsters with Al Capone (1959; 8pm), The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960; 10pm), King of the Roaring 20's - The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961; 12mid), Lepke (1975; 2am) and Mad Dog Coll (1961; 4am).
September 16, Thursday – TCM is showing the Sam Fuller-directed classic Underworld U.S.A. (1961; 8pm) and Ingmar Bergman’s Jungfrukällan (1960; 12:30am—aka The Virgin Spring) on the same night. There’s a theme here…but I’ll be damned if I know what it is—I just know the DVD recorder will be earning its keep.

September 17, Friday – Roddy McDowall and Anne Bancroft both celebrate birthdays today, so TCM will split the day in two to honor two distinguished performers. The Roddy portion kicks off at 6am with Man Hunt (1941), followed by The White Cliffs of Dover (1944; 7:45am) and Holiday in Mexico (1946; 10am). Anne takes over at 12:45pm with The Girl in Black Stockings (1957), followed by The Pumpkin Eater (1964; 2:15pm) 7 Women (1966; 4:15pm) and Young Winston (1972; 5:45pm). (Well, I didn’t say it was an even split.)
At 8pm, it’s “Legion of Decency” night with a trio of films that found themselves at the tsk-tsk-tsk mercy of the famous Roman Catholic organization dedicated to keeping people from enjoying adult themes in movies. The movies to be shown are The Moon Is Blue (1953), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955; 10pm) and Baby Doll (1956; 12:15am).
September 18, Saturday –Maurice Chevalier night! Every little breeze seems to whisper Louise with a festival of his films: Gigi (1958; 8pm), Love in the Afternoon (1957; 10:15pm), Le silence est d'or (1947; 12:30m—aka Man About Town), The Merry Widow (1934; 2:15am) and Jessica (1962; 4am). (“If a nightingale/Could sing like you…”)

September 20, Monday – Again, I don’t know what the theme is but TCM is showing a trio of rarities: Fritz Lang’s Secret Beyond the Door... (1948; 6pm), Joseph Losey’s The Prowler (1951; 8pm) and John Cassavetes’ Shadows (1959; 12:30am). (I just hope the TV set can hang on till then.)
September 21, Tuesday – TCM will show one of my Facebook pal Laughing Gravy’s favorite guilty pleasures, Wild Guitar (1962) at 6am…starring the incomparable Arch Halls Sr. and Jr. and directed by none other than Ray Dennis Steckler his own self. Oh, and after they show Vivien Leigh in A Yank at Oxford later on in the a.m. the channel will unspool Laurel & Hardy’s A Chump at Oxford (1940; 3:45am)…followed by Saps at Sea (1940; 5am), the last of the comedy duo’s films for Hal Roach (they never knew how good they had it there). (Gravy’s a big L&H fan, too.)
September 22, Wednesday – “I vass her first husband…” Yes, it’s Erich von Stroheim’s natal anniversary—and of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without TCM’s reconstructed version of his silent masterpiece Greed (1924), which they’ll show at 8:30am. Other Stroheim vehicles include The Merry Widow (1925; 6am), Friends and Lovers (1931; 1pm), The Lost Squadron (1932; 2:30pm), The North Star (1943; 4pm), Sunset Blvd. (1950; 6pm) and the underrated Five Graves to Cairo (1943; 8pm). (Oh, sure—now they run Cairo like tap water once I splurged for the Region 4 DVD from Australia.)

September 23, Thursday – Mickey Rooney’s birthday. Normally, I’d rather set my hair on fire than watch a Rooney film—but they are showing a pair of Andy Hardy flicks (I can’t help but enjoy these; they’re so lovably corny) in A Family Affair (1937; 11:45am) and You're Only Young Once (1938; 2:15pm)…and despite all the horrible things I’ve heard about The Chief (1933; 7:45am) curiosity has got the best of me. (“Tonight the movie’s going to be different, Graham…”) The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933; 6:15am), Broadway to Hollywood (1933; 9am), Death on the Diamond (1934; 10:30am), Down the Stretch (1936; 1pm), Stablemates (1938; 3:45pm), Love Is a Headache (1938; 5:15pm) and He's a Cockeyed Wonder (1950; 6:30pm) round out the festivities.
Oh, and at 2:15am? Enter the Dragon (1973). ‘Nuff said.
September 24, Friday – Some interesting pot luck choices during the day, including the Fred Zinnemann-directed B-classic Kid Glove Killer (1942; 9:45am), Conflict (1945; 11am—this is the one Bogie film I missed recording when they feted him in December of 2009) and a curio entitled The House Across the Street (1949; 2pm). Come the evening, a salute to the art of the hustle will kick off at 8pm with A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)—followed by The Sting (1973; 9:45pm) and The Cincinnati Kid (1965; 12mid). (And if Chuckie Award-winning blogger Stacia Jones’ Shatnerthon was still in full swing you could do a write up on Incubus [1965; 2am].)

September 25, Saturday – Before today’s Bowery Boys movie, TCM will show two of the films in the Hildegarde Withers series, Penguin Pool Murder (1932; 6am) and Murder on the Blackboard (1934; 7:30am). (The only one of these Edna May Oliver-James Gleason movies that I have on DVD is Murder on a Honeymoon [1935]…so this is most fortuitous.) Come dusk, TCM will salute playwright Tennessee Williams with the cinematic versions of his plays A Streetcar Named Desire (1951; 8pm), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958; 10:15pm), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959; 12:15am), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962; 2:15am) and Period of Adjustment (1962; 4:30am).
September 26, SundaySilent Sunday Nights will feature the 1923 version of Scaramouche—so cross off another Warner Archive title. Oh, and the 1956 Robert Mitchum western Bandido (1956) will run at 4:15am…and letterboxed, the way the Classic Movie Gods intended.

September 27, MondayDeep Valley (1947), with TDOY goddess Ida Lupino at 11:30am. (That’s the third Warner Archive title I’ve scratched off.) Actually, it’s all part of a salute to “the poor man’s John Garfield,” Dane Clark…so the lineup also includes The Very Thought of You (1944; 6:30am), God Is My Co-Pilot (1945; 8:15am), Her Kind of Man (1946; 10am), That Way with Women (1947; 1:30pm), Embraceable You (1948; 3pm), Fort Defiance (1951; 4:30pm) and Never Trust a Gambler (1951; 6pm).
That last western will segueway into a twenty-four hour festival of oaters beginning at 8pm…I don’t know the reason why, but they’ve got some real dandies on the schedule—check ‘em out:
08:00pm The Westerner (1940)
10:00pm El Dorado (1966)
12:15pm The Violent Men (1955—Babs and Eddie G. are in this? Oh, I am so there.)
02:00pm Heaven with a Gun (1969)
04:00pm Blood on the Moon (1948)
September 28
06:00am The Lusty Men (1952)
08:00am Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
09:45am The Naked Spur (1953)
11:30am Johnny Guitar (1954)
01:30am The Searchers (1956)
05:45am The Magnificent Seven (1960)

September 29, Wednesday – Happy birthday, Miss Greer Garson! Celebrate with Blossoms in the Dust (1941; 6:30am), Random Harvest (1942; 8:15am), The Youngest Profession (1943; 10:30am—they put this on the schedule instead of something like Mrs. Miniver [1942]?), Adventure (1945; 12noon), Desire Me (1947; 02:15pm), That Forsyte Woman (1949; 4pm) and The Singing Nun (1966; 6pm).
September 30, Thursday – We close out the month by raising a glass to toast the natal anniversary of Deborah Kerr, and to enjoy a lineup that spotlights Please Believe Me (1950; 6:30am), The Day Will Dawn (1942; 8am—aka The Avengers), Dream Wife (1953; 10am), King Solomon's Mines (1950; 12noon), From Here to Eternity (1953; 2pm), Tea and Sympathy (1956; pm) and If Winter Comes (1947; 6:15pm). It looks like a busy month for recording—so keep those devices well-maintained!
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Jeff Overturf said...

Is there any hint that I've missed that TCM or anyone else will one day realease a series of Bowery Boys box sets? I'd love to see that and dump my dusty stack of home-recorded VHS's!

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

TCM has promised to release all of the Bowery Boys films to DVD but it's a project that keeps getting "postponed" for various reasons. The biggest obstacle--from what I read--is that TCM did not have a satisfactory print of Mr. Hex (1946)--and from the version they broadcast a few months back I can feel their pain (it was dreadful in its video quality). I read somewhere else where they managed to find a decent I guess now they're just playing the waiting game.

Drew said...

Thanks so much for putting this together! So many great films here to look forward to, Clayton's The Pumpkin Eater in particular stands out, as it's one of my very favorites and my copy could use an upgrade! Thanks again Ivan.

B. Goode said...

I was excited to find that I could check out TCM for September.

I was a little less excited to see that a lot of their Underground selections were the same ones they broadcast just two months ago.

However, I can NEVER be dissatisfied with a channel that shows me so many great movies without commercials month after month. I often marvel at its very existence!

Pam said...

September???! I'm having a hard time planning next week.