Thursday, July 8, 2010

Coming distractions: October 2010 on TCM

I’ve been so preoccupied with the Shatnerthon and other blogging-type activities that I didn’t stop to check and see if The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ (ka-ching!) had their tentative October schedule up. Fortunately for myself and like-minded TCM fans, Laura at Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings is keeping a close watch on such matters, and the schedule is available…so I thought I’d take a brief break from the Shat and examine some of the offerings—which will include more horror films than even our old pal The Retropolitan could have ever dreamed of. (As always, all times are EDT…and listings are subject to change without notice.)

October 1, Friday – Happy birthday, Walter Matthau! One of TDOY’s all time favorite thesps is feted with a festival of his feature films (dig that alliteration!) that begins at 6am with The Sunshine Boys (1975) and is then followed by Plaza Suite (1971; 8am), The Odd Couple (1968; 10am), The Fortune Cookie (1966; 12noon), Fail-Safe (1964; 2:15pm), Ensign Pulver (1964; 4:15pm) and Onionhead (1958; 6pm)
Beginning at 8pm, it’s a vampire edition of “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt Them” with Horror of Dracula (1958)…followed by The Brides of Dracula (1960; 9:30pm) Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966; 11pm) and Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968; 12:45am).

October 2, Saturday – TCM continues their Saturday morning Bowery Boys films fun with Here Come the Marines (1952) at 10:30am. The rest of the schedule in October: Feudin’ Fools (1952; Oct. 9), No Holds Barred (1952; Oct. 16), Jalopy (1953; Oct. 23) and The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954; Oct. 30). (Sure, that last one is out of sequence but since it’s Halloween weekend it’s to be expected.)
Later that evening, it’s young couples in love and on the run from the law with a festival that will spotlight Bonnie and Clyde (1967; 8pm), Badlands (1973; 10pm), Gun Crazy (1950; 12mid), They Live by Night (1949; 1:30am) and Boxcar Bertha (1972; 3:15am)

October 3, Sunday – TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights will offer a series of silent horror classics kicking off with The Phantom (1922), an F.W. Murnau film I’ll have to check out even though the responses at the IMDb are a bit muted. The October 10 edition will showcase the Lon Chaney-Tod Browning classic The Unknown (1927; the 2000 documentary Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces, featuring longtime TDOY chum, makeup artist and Chaney biographer Michael F. Blake will follow), and will in turn be followed by The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923; Oct. 17), Nosferatu (1922; Oct. 24) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925; Oct. 31). All films start at 12 midnight except for Opera, which will be shown at 1:30am.
October 4, Monday – Happy birthday, George Sidney! TCM slices up the cake with a festival of films directed by his Georgeness that kicks off at 6:30am with Pilot #5 (1943), followed by Scaramouche (1952; 7:45am), Kiss Me Kate (1953; 9:45am), The Eddy Duchin Story (1956; 11:45am), Pal Joey (1957; 2pm), Who Was That Lady? (1960; 4pm) and Bye Bye Birdie (1963; 6pm)
I don’t know what TCM’s theme for the evening is on this date—but they’ll be showing the pre-code classic Skyscraper Souls (1932) at 9:45pm. Nice to see this one make the rounds again—I’m hoping I can replace my old VHS copy.

October 5, Tuesday – It’s not Bette Davis’ birthday—and she died on October 6, according to the unshakable IMDb—but TCM’s bringing out the Bette and that’s as good enough reason as any to celebrate. (What’s more, we’re all meeting at Chuckie Award-winning blogger Stacia Jones’ for cake and champagne, Stacia being the most fervent Davis fan I know.) The lineup includes All This, and Heaven Too (1940), Shining Victory (1941), In This Our Life (1942), Old Acquaintance (1943), Winter Meeting (1948), The Catered Affair (1956), The Scapegoat (1959) and the 1983 documentary Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano at 7pm. (Yeah, I had to do a double-take on Victory, too, till I remembered Ms. D has an uncredited cameo as a nurse.)
TCM’s Star of the Month salute will kick off at 8pm…and one of Pam’s (and Laura’s) favorite thesps, Fredric March will be in the spotlight for the next 31 days in October. The scheduled films:
October 5
08:00pm Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931) (also October 18 at 6am)
12:45am I Married A Witch (1942)
02:15am ...Tick...Tick...Tick (1970)
04:00am Christopher Columbus (1949)
05:45am Anna Karenina (1935)
October 6
07:30am Executive Suite (1954)
October 12
08:00pm A Star Is Born (1937)
01:00am One Foot In Heaven (1941)
03:00am Bedtime Story (1941)
04:30am Make Me a Star (1932)
October 13
06:00am Alexander The Great (1956)
October 19
08:00pm Design For Living (1933)
09:45pm Middle of the Night (1959)
02:00am Susan And God (1940)
04:15am Mary of Scotland (1936)
October 20
06:30am Nothing Sacred (1937)
08:00am It's A Big Country (1951)
October 26
08:00pm Inherit The Wind (1960)
10:15pm There Goes My Heart (1938)
12:00am Seven Days In May (1964)
02:15am Anthony Adverse (1936)
04:45am The Young Doctors (1961)
October 27

October 6, Wednesday – The party relocates over to Carole & Co., because Ms. Lombard is today’s birthday girl. She’s feted with No More Orchids (1932) at 9:30am, followed by Virtue (1932; 10:45am), Lady By Choice (1934; 12noon), Fools For Scandal (1938; 1:30pm), In Name Only (1939; 3pm), The Gay Bride (1934; 4:45pm) and Twentieth Century (1934; 6:15 pm).
TCM will also show a 1941 film by Orson Welles entitled Citizen Kane at 8pm. (Anybody see this one? I hear it’s supposed to be good.)
October 7, Thursday – Happy birthday, director Robert Z. Leonard! (Robert Z. Leonard? Seriously?) Well, we’ve spotlighted more unusual birthdays than RZL’s here on the blog, so set your DVD recorders at 6am for Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)—followed by Ziegfeld Girl (1941; 7:45am), Stand By for Action (1942; 10am), We Were Dancing (1942; 12noon), The Man From Down Under (1943; 1:45pm), Cynthia (1947; 3:30pm) and In The Good Old Summertime (1949; 5:15pm).
Later that evening, you can explore other worlds with a festival of outer space films that will include Forbidden Planet (1956; 8pm), Alien (1979; 10pm), Countdown (1968; 12:15am), Marooned (1969; 2am) and From The Earth To The Moon (1958; 4:15am).

October 8, Friday – Today is director Rouben Mamoulian’s birthday, and TCM will celebrate by featuring Queen Christina (1933; 11:30am), We Live Again (1934; 1:15pm), The Gay Desperado (1936; 2:45pm), Golden Boy (1939; 4:15pm) and Silk Stockings (1957; 6pm). But why is the channel featuring three Howard Hawks classics—The Criminal Code (1931; 6am), Barbary Coast (1935; 7:45am) and Come and Get It (1936; 9:30am)—in the morning? Your guess is as good as mine.
At 8pm, more Hammer classics begin with The Plague of the Zombies (1966), followed by TDOY fave The Devil's Bride (1968; 9:45pm), The Reptile (1966; 11:30pm) and The Gorgon (1964; 1:15am).
October 10, Sunday – TCM shows one of the “early, funny” Woody Allen films: Sleeper (1973), at 4pm. Later, beginning at 2:45am, you will write an essay comparing and contrasting the original 1932 film Fanny (directed by Marc Allegret) with the 1961 remake by Joshua Logan. (This quiz will make up one-fourth of your blog grade this semester.)
October 11, Monday – Back over to Stacia’s when TCM runs It’s Love I’m After (1937) at 8:45am.

October 12, Tuesday – Join Jack, Doc and Reg…no, hold on a sec—Reggie wasn’t in the short-lived film series that Columbia Pictures cranked out to capitalize on radio’s successful I Love a Mystery. (Hell, they didn’t even feature Jerri Booker!). TDOY idol Barton Yarborough reprises his famous radio role as Doc Long and Jim “Mr. Bea Benaderet” Bannon star in all three Mystery films: I Love a Mystery (1945; 6am), The Devil’s Mask (1946; 7:15am) and The Unknown (1946; 8:30a). TCM then reschedules the series of Saint films it had to cancel sometime back with The Saint In New York (1938; 10am), The Saint Strikes Back (1939; 11:15am), The Saint In London (1939; 12:30pm), The Saint's Double Trouble (1940; 1:45pm), The Saint Takes Over (1940; 3pm), The Saint In Palm Springs (1941; 4:15pm), The Saint's Vacation (1941; 5:30pm) and The Saint Meets the Tiger (1943; 6:45pm).
October 13, Wednesday – TCM saddles up in the early morning hours with a trio of B-westerns starring George O’Brien: Border G-Man (1938), Painted Desert (1938) and Arizona Legion (1939).
Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered what Jay North did once he outgrew his Dennis the Menace-cuteness, the channel will show Maya (1966) at 4:45am. This served as a pilot for a short-lived TV series that ran for a single season a year afterward on NBC. (Naked City/Route 66 creator Stirling Silliphant had a hand in the series.)

October 14, Thursday – This year’s birthday tribute to Lillian Gish is a far more stingy affair, with Broken Blossoms (1919; 6:30am) and Orphans of the Storm (1921; 8am) the only showings scheduled. Then a mini-festival of Hitchcock films follows: Rich and Strange (1932; 10:45am), I Confess (1953; 12:15pm), Stage Fright (1950; 2pm), The Wrong Man (1956; 4pm) and Dial M for Murder (1954; 6pm).
The real treat is that TCM has scheduled a pair of rarities from the Paramount vaults beginning at 8pmIncendiary Blonde (1945), the thinly-disguised biography of Texas “Hello suckers!” Guinan, and the uproariously funny black comedy Murder, He Says (1945) afterward at 10pm. (I’m positively gobsmacked at how many people have told me they’ve never seen this film…of course, the last time I saw it was on the once-proud AMC if you can remember back that far…)
Still later that morning—a pair of comedies starring British comedy legend Arthur “Hello, playmates” Askey: Band Waggon (1940; adapted from the popular BBC radio comedy-variety show) and Charley’s (Big-Hearted) Aunt (1940). I have got to record these!

October 15, Friday – Happy birthday, director Mervyn LeRoy! Have a slice of Merv’s cake and sit down to Five Star Final (1931; 6:30am), Without Reservations (1946; 8am), Homecoming (1948; 10am), Million Dollar Mermaid (1952; 12noon), Latin Lovers (1953; 2pm), Rose Marie (1954; 4pm) and Mister Roberts (1955; 5:45pm).
I want my mummy! More Hammer goodness with The Mummy (1959; 8pm) The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964; 9:45pm) The Mummy's Shroud (1967; 11:15pm) and Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971; 1am).
October 16, Saturday – Marlene Dietrich night! Celebrate with A Foreign Affair (1948; 8pm), Knight Without Armour (1937; 10:15pm), Morocco (1930; 12:15am), Rancho Notorious (1952; 2am) and Witness For The Prosecution (1957; 3:45am)

October 18, MondaySavannah, Georgia’s own Miriam Hopkins was born on this date back in 1902 and as an adopted Savannah son I plan to cut a larger slice of cake than normal while watching Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931; 6am), The Richest Girl in the World (1934; 7:45am), Wise Girl (1937; 9:15am), The Old Maid (1939; 10:30am), Lady With Red Hair (1940; 12:15pm), Virginia City (1940; 1:45pm), The Heiress (1949; 4pm), and The Children's Hour (1961; 6pm). (Well, I don’t plan to watch all of them…but I’ll make a valiant effort to catch Richest and Wise.)
October 19, Tuesday – It’s not Rosalind Russell’s birthday…but she must have done something right to rate an all-day festival of her films: Evelyn Prentice (1934; 6am), The Night Is Young (1935; 7:30am), Craig's Wife (1936; 9am), Trouble For Two (1936; 10:30am), Man-Proof (1938; 12noon), What a Woman! (1943; 1:45pm), The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947; 3:30pm) and Mourning Becomes Electra (1947; 5pm)

October 20, Wednesday – TCM has scheduled Samuel Fuller’s Park Row (1952) at 9:30pm. I remember in the 1990s when IFC used to announce they were showing this film and every time I tried to watch it they’d replace it with something else.
October 21, Thursday – “I am Tondelayo…” A Hedy Lamarr tribute (that’s Hedley!) begins at 8pm with Algiers (1938), followed by Tortilla Flat (1942; 10pm), White Cargo (1942; 12mid), H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941; 1:45am) and the film that started it all, Ecstasy (1933; 4am).

October 22, Friday – Happy birthday, Constance Bennett! Personally, I’m more partial to Joan but Constance fans can revel in her loverliness with Lady With A Past (1932; 6am), Rockabye (1932; 7:30am), What Price Hollywood? (1932; 8:45am), Outcast Lady (1934; 10:15am), Topper (1937; 11:45am), Topper Takes a Trip (1939; 1:30pm), Merrily We Live (1938; 3pm), The Unsuspected (1947; 4:45pm) and It Should Happen To You (1954; 6:30pm).
After you’ve recovered from ConstanceFest, settle in for more Hammer goodies beginning at 8pm with X: The Unknown (1956), followed by TDOY fave Five Million Years To Earth (1967; 9:30pm), These Are the Damned (1963l 11:15pm) and The Stranglers of Bombay (1960; 1am).
October 23, Saturday – TCM’s got some Sir Alec Guinness films on tap—and none of them are The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) or that space movie. Instead, they’ve scheduled several of my very favorites—Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949; 8pm), The Horse's Mouth (1958; 1:30am), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951; 3:15am) and The Ladykillers (1955; 5am). They’re also going to show Last Holiday (1950; 11:45pm), which I may have to watch in light of a smashing review I read of the film at Ferdy on Films. The Captain’s Paradise (1953; 10pm) rounds out the schedule.

October 24, Sunday – After the Silent Sunday Nights showing of Nosferatu, TCM continues to hear from the children in the night with Carl Dreyer’s classic Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932; 2am)…and the not-quite-so-classic The Return of the Vampire (1944; 3:30am). After that, it’s the 1970 cult favorite Count Yorga, Vampire at 4:45am.
October 26, Tuesday – By the time this date actually rolls around, my Atlanta Braves just might be in the World Series…but I’ve learned not to hold my breath. In the meantime, celebrate with a nice batting order of baseball-themed films: Elmer, the Great (1933; 6am), Alibi Ike (1935; 7:30am), Big Leaguer (1953; 9am), Kill the Umpire (1950; 10:30am), Angels In The Outfield (1951; 12noon), Fear Strikes Out (1957; 2pm), The Winning Team (1952; 4pm) and The Babe Ruth Story (1948; 6pm).

October 27, Wednesday – Happy birthday to the Man who made Milwaukee famous! Nice to see some Jack Carson films here that aren’t the usual suspects, including She's Got Everything (1937; 8:45am), This Marriage Business (1938; 10am) and Lucky Partners (1940; 11:15am). Then, of course, you have the dependable and reliable Blues In The Night (1941; 1pm), Make Your Own Bed (1944; 2:30pm), Shine on Harvest Moon (1944; 4pm) and Mildred Pierce (1945; 6pm).
October 28, Thursday – More Roz Russell. The Velvet Touch (1948; 6am), Tell It to the Judge (1949; 8:15am), A Woman of Distinction (1950; 9:45am), Never Wave at a WAC (1952; 11:15am), Picnic (1955; 12:45pm), Gypsy (1962; 2:45pm) and her final theatrical film, Mrs. Pollifax—Spy (1971; 5:15pm).
And from eight pm on…bring on the horror flicks! I’ve highlighted those that are particular faves here in the House of Yesteryear…
8:00 PM Dead of Night (1945)
Guests at a country estate share stories of the supernatural. Cast: Mervyn Johns, Roland Culver, Michael Redgrave. Dir: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer. BW-103 mins, TV-14, CC
10:00 PM Rebecca (1940)
A young bride is terrorized by the memories of her husband's glamorous first wife. Cast: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. BW-130 mins, TV-PG, CC
12:15 AM The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (1976)
A thirteen-year-old girl turns to murder after her father dies. Cast: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith. Dir: Nicolas Gessner. C-92 mins, TV-MA, Letterbox Format
2:00 AM The Other (1972)
A boy's evil twin leads him on the path to murder. Cast: Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky. Dir: Robert Mulligan. C-108 mins,
4:00 AM Dragonwyck (1946)
A farm girl signs on as governess in a gloomy mansion. Cast: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. BW-103 mins, TV-14, CC
October 29 – Friday
6:00 AM Doctor X (1932)
A reporter investigates a series of cannibalistic murders at a medical college. Cast: Lee Tracy, Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray. Dir: Michael Curtiz. C-76 mins, TV-PG
7:30 AM The Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933)
A disfigured sculptor turns murder victims into wax statues. Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell. Dir: Michael Curtiz. C-77 mins, TV-PG, CC
9:00 AM The Vampire Bat (1933)
Villagers suspect the town simpleton of being a vampire. Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Dir: Frank R. Strayer. BW-61 mins, TV-PG
10:15 AM The Ape (1940)
A mad doctor dresses as an ape to kill victims for their spinal fluid. Cast: Boris Karloff, Maris Wrixon, Gertrude Hoffman. Dir: William Nigh. BW-62 mins, TV-PG
11:30 AM Isle Of The Dead (1945)
The inhabitants of a Balkans island under quarantine fear that one of their numbers is a vampire. Cast: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Helene Thimig. Dir: Mark Robson. BW-72 mins, TV-PG, CC
1:00 PM The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
A mad scientist kills brides and uses their glands to keep his wife alive. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Luana Walters, Elizabeth Russell. Dir: Wallace Fox. BW-63 mins, TV-PG
2:15 PM The Devil Bat (1940)
A mad scientist trains killer bats to respond to a special scent. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O'Brien. Dir: Jean Yarbrough. BW-68 mins, TV-PG
3:30 PM White Zombie (1932)
A zombie master menaces newlyweds on a Haitian plantation. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, John Harron. Dir: Victor Halperin. BW-67 mins, TV-PG
4:45 PM I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
A nurse in the Caribbean resorts to voodoo to cure her patient, even though she's in love with the woman's husband. Cast: Frances Dee, Tom Conway, James Ellison. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. BW-69 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
6:00 PM Curse of the Demon (1958)
An anthropologist investigates a devil worshipper who commands a deadly demon. Cast: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. BW-96 mins, TV-PG
8:00 PM The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
A scientist's attempts to create life unleash a bloodthirsty monster. Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hazel Court. Dir: Terence Fisher. C-82 mins, TV-14
9:30 PM The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
After escaping execution, a mad scientist moves his experiments to a German hospital. Cast: Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Eunice Gayson. Dir: Terence Fisher. C-90 mins, TV-PG, CC
11:15 PM Frankenstein Created Woman (1966)
Baron Frankenstein puts a wrongly executed man's brain into a beautiful woman's body. Cast: Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters. Dir: Terence Fisher. C-86 mins,
1:00 AM Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1969)
Baron Frankenstein blackmails a brother and sister into helping him with a brain transplant. Cast: Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones. Dir: Terence Fisher. C-101 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format
2:45 AM Carnival Magic (1982)
An animal tamer plots revenge when a magician with a talking chimp overshadows his carnival act. Cast: Don Stewart, Regina Carrol, Howard Segal. Dir: Al Adamson. C-100 mins,
4:30 AM Berserk (1967)
A lady ringmaster milks the publicity from a string of murders. Cast: Joan Crawford, Diana Dors, Ty Hardin. Dir: Jim O'Connolly. C-96 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format
October 30 – Saturday
6:15 AM The Devil Commands (1941)
A scientist kills innocent victims in his efforts to communicate with his late wife. Cast: Boris Karloff, Richard Fiske, Anne Revere. Dir: Edward Dmytryk. BW-64 mins, TV-14
7:30 AM The Ghoul (1933)
An ancient Egyptian returns to punish those who violated his tomb. Cast: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger. Dir: T. Hayes Hunter. BW-81 mins, TV-G, CC
9:15 AM The Walking Dead (1936)
A framed man comes back from the dead to seek revenge. Cast: Boris Karloff, Edmund Gwenn, Marguerite Churchill. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-65 mins, TV-PG, CC
10:30 AM The Bowery Boys Meet The Monsters (1954)
The Bowery Boys battle a family of mad scientists. Cast: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Ellen Corby. Dir: Edward Bernds. BW-65 mins,
11:45 AM Homicidal (1961)
A nurse and her husband conspire to collect a rich inheritance. Cast: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich. Dir: William Castle. BW-87 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
1:30 PM 13 Ghosts (1960)
A family inherits a house haunted by 13 ghosts and a living killer. Cast: Charles Herbert, Rosemary DeCamp, Martin Milner. Dir: William Castle. BW-82 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format
3:00 PM The Tingler (1959)
A scientist discovers an organism that lives on fear. Cast: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman. Dir: William Castle. BW-82 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
4:30 PM Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
A man whose face is frozen in a horrible smile forces a doctor to treat him. Cast: Oskar Homolka, Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton. Dir: William Castle. BW-90 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
6:15 PM Strait-Jacket (1964)
Murder follows an axe murderer home when she's released from a mental hospital. Cast: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, George Kennedy. Dir: William Castle. BW-93 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
8:00 PM The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
A deformed bell ringer rescues a gypsy girl falsely accused of witchcraft and murder. Cast: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke. Dir: William Dieterle. BW-117 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
10:15 PM Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
A crazed, aging star torments her sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion. Cast: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono. Dir: Robert Aldrich. BW-134 mins,
12:45 AM Mad Love (1935)
A mad doctor grafts the hands of a murderer on to a concert pianist's wrists. Cast: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive. Dir: Karl Freund. BW-68 mins, TV-PG, CC
2:00 AM Cat People (1942)
A newlywed fears that an ancient curse will turn her into a bloodthirsty beast. Cast: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. BW-73 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
3:30 AM Martin Scorsese Presents, Val Lewton: The Man In The Shadows (2007)
This TCM original documentary looks at the imaginative producer who fashioned a lasting body of beautiful and unsettling films on meager budgets. Cast: Martin Scorsese Narrates. BW-77 mins, TV-PG, CC
5:00 AM The Leopard Man (1943)
When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders. Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Margo, Jean Brooks. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. BW-66 mins, TV-PG, CC
October 31 – Sunday
6:15 AM Freaks (1932)
A lady trapeze artist violates the code of the side show when she plots to murder her midget husband. Cast: Wallace Ford, Olga Baclanova, Harry Earles. Dir: Tod Browning. BW-62 mins, TV-PG, CC
7:45 AM Mark Of The Vampire (1935)
Vampires seem to be connected to an unsolved murder. Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi. Dir: Tod Browning. BW-61 mins, TV-PG, CC
9:00 AM The Devil Doll (1936)
A Devil's Island escapee shrinks murderous slaves and sells them to his victims as dolls. Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Lawton. Dir: Tod Browning. BW-78 mins, TV-PG, CC
10:30 AM The Terror (1963)
A lost soldier discovers a mysterious beauty haunting a half-deserted castle. Cast: Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight. Dir: Roger Corman. C-79 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
12:15 PM A Bucket of Blood (1959)
A jealous Bohemian wannabe resorts to murder to perpetuate his new-found success as a sculptor. Cast: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone. Dir: Roger Corman. C-65 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format
1:30 PM The Raven (1963)
A widowed sorcerer discovers his late wife is alive and living with his mortal enemy. Cast: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff. Dir: Roger Corman. C-86 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format
3:00 PM Pit And The Pendulum (1961)
A young man investigates his sister's death in a mysterious castle. Cast: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr. Dir: Roger Corman. C-80 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format
4:30 PM The Masque Of The Red Death (1964)
A sadistic nobleman isolates his court from a world stricken with the plague. Cast: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher. Dir: Roger Corman. C-89 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format
6:15 PM House Of Wax (1953)
A scarred sculptor re-populates his ravaged wax museum with human corpses. Cast: Vincent Price, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones. Dir: Andre de Toth. C-88 mins, TV-PG
8:00 PM House On Haunted Hill (1959)
A millionaire offers total strangers a fortune to spend the night in a haunted house. Cast: Vincent Price, Richard Long, Carol Ohmart. Dir: William Castle. BW-75 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
9:30 PM The Haunting (1963)
A team of psychic investigators moves into a haunted house that destroys all who live there. Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn. Dir: Robert Wise. BW-112 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
11:30 PM Poltergeist (1982)
Evil spirits abduct a suburban family's daughter causing chaos and havoc. Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne. Dir: Tobe Hooper. C-115 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format
1:30 AM The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
In this silent film, a hideously deformed man haunts the sewers beneath the Paris Opera. Cast: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry. Dir: Rupert Julian. BW-90 mins, TV-G
3:15 AM A Quiet Place in the Country (1969)
A beautiful ghost inspires a painter to commit murder. Cast: Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, George Geret. Dir: Elio Petri. C-106 mins,
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Jeff Overturf said...

I gotta say, the two things I miss since booting the cable box are Alton Brown's "Good Eats" on the Food Network and TCM's ENTIRE lineup.

I like reading these, if nothing else just to see they are on-top of their game.

Stacia said...

OCTOBER IS THE BEST MONTH EVER. All those Hammer films AND Bette AND Fredric March WHO IS LIKE UNTO A GOD TO ME. Also "Skyscraper Souls"!

If you haven't seen "Five Star Final" I highly recommend it. It is surprisingly good.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

If you haven't seen "Five Star Final" I highly recommend it. It is surprisingly good.

I have seen it, and in fact I have it on a home-recorded DVD around here somewhere...but I'm hoping to re-record it because the source of my copy was a VHS version I taped off of TCM sometime in the late 90s.

I saw your post on Quatermass and the Pit and was going to mention that if you missed taping it TCM was going to run it again in October. That is one of my all-time sci-fi faves, and I remember recommending it to a younger friend who idolizes 2001. I told him, "This is 2001's doppelganger."

He ended up hating the movie although he did acknowledge my point. Kids. What can you do with 'em?

Stacia said...


QatP really took me by surprise. I noticed someone had James Donald listed as "the one they might have saved" in Arbo's floating blogathon, which was intriguing, but I think his role in the movie was so key that saving him would have been a mistake.

Stacia said...

But what about Ancient Egypt, Ivan? ANCIENT EGYPT WILL NOT BE IGNORED!

Seriously, I'm getting the weirdest spammers on SBBN, too. Must be something in the water.