Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings, The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ (ka-ching!) has their tentative May schedule up for everyone’s perusal—and if I may be permitted a small editorial comment, I think this is the fastest I’ve ever TCM get their monthly listings up in recent memory. So I’ll admit that I’m a little more hesitant than usual to commit to “now playing” because of the speed—the last time I did a post on coming attractions two of the movies scheduled to be shown were changed that same day!
May 3, Tuesday
A Day at the Races (1937)
Fast Company (1953)
01:00am The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
04:30am Pride of the
Blue Grass (1939)
Sporting Blood (1931)
May 4, Wednesday
07:30am Big Boy (1930)
May 10, Tuesday
My Brother Talks to Horses (1947)
The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)
She Went to the Races (1945)
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
Down the Stretch (1936)
The Day the Bookies Wept (1939)
05:00am Boots Malone (1952)
May 17, Tuesday
National Velvet (1944)
International Velvet (1978)
Black Beauty (1946)
03:30am Casey's Shadow (1978)
May 24, Tuesday
The Black Stallion (1979)
The Black Stallion Returns (1983)
Run Wild, Run Free (1969)
White Mane (1952)
05:00am Gypsy Colt (1954)
May 31, Tuesday
My Pal Trigger (1946)
The Red Pony (1949)
The Lion and the Horse (1952)
The Palomino (1950)
Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)
05:00am The Man From
May 5, Thursday
Bathing Beauty (1944)
Thrill of a Romance (1945)
12:00am Easy to Wed (1946)
02:00am Fiesta (1947)
This Time For Keeps (1947)
May 6, Friday
06:00am On an Island With You (1948)
May 12, Thursday
Neptune's Daughter (1949) (also showing on May 23 at )
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) (also showing on May 23 at )
Duchess of Idaho (1950)
Pagan Love Song (1950)
03:00am Texas Carnival (1951)
May 19, Thursday
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Skirts Ahoy! (1952)
Dangerous When Wet (1953)
Easy to Love (1953)
Jupiter's Darling (1955)
May 26, Thursday
The Unguarded Moment (1956)
10:00pm Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942)
A Guy Named Joe (1943)
The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
Um…look, I like Callaway Went Thataway as much as the next person but I think it’s stretching it a bit calling it an Esther Williams film; she’s got more screen time in 1945’s Ziegfeld Follies. (I guess that’s why they’ve scheduled Callaway for a wee a.m. slot.) But I’m not here to question TCM’s judgment…only to poke a little good-natured fun.
May 27, Friday
Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
Up Periscope (1959)
Torpedo Run (1958)
04:15am Hell Below (1933)
May 28, Saturday
Tank Battalion (1958)
The Tanks are Coming (1951)
Imitation General (1958)
Invasion Quartet (1961)
Buck Privates (1941)
Ensign Pulver (1964)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
Flight Command (1940)
Fighter Squadron (1948)
May 29, Sunday
Hell to Eternity (1960)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
10:45am All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
The Deep Six (1958)
They Were Expendable (1945)
Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
Tell It to the Marines (1926)
02:15am Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
04:15am Paratrooper (1953)
Screaming Eagles (1956)
May 30, Monday
! (1945) Objective, Burma
09:45am The Green Berets (1968)
12:15pm Kelly's Heroes (1970)
02:45pm The Devil's Brigade (1968)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Since You Went Away (1944)
02:00am The White Cliffs Of
04:15am Homecoming (1948)
So with the festival-oriented fare covered and out of the way, let’s examine a few of the highlights this month, shall we?
May 1, Sunday – TCM’s Sunday Silent Nights has the 1929 Greta Garbo film Wild Orchids scheduled at . (Yet another film I can cross off my Warner Archive want list.)
Going Hollywood (1933; 7am), Pennies From Heaven (1936; 8:30am), Road to Singapore (1940; 10am), Road to Zanzibar (1941; 11:30am), Road to Morocco (1942; 1:15pm), Going My Way (1944; 2:45pm) and Blue Skies (1946; 5pm).
May 3, Tuesday – It’s Mary Astor’s turn to wear the birthday crown as TCM throws her a bash that will include a flick that’s been on my “must-see” radar for a good many years now: The World Changes (1933) at 7:30am. The other films scheduled are Red Dust (1932; 6am), Dinky (1935; 9:15am), The Kennel Murder Case (1933; 10:30am), The Case of the Howling Dog (1934; 12noon), The Man With Two Faces (1934; 1:30pm), Midnight (1939; 3pm) and The Great Lie (1941; 5pm).
May 4, Wednesday – To commemorate Audrey Hepburn’s birthday, let’s all meet for danishes outside that jewelry store…you know the one, the name escapes me at the moment. Then we should get back in time to watch Gary Cooper rob the cradle (Aud) in Love in the Afternoon (1957) at 8:45am, followed by Green Mansions (1959; 11am); The Nun's Story (1959; 1pm) and My Fair Lady (1964; 3:45pm).
Beyond the Rocks (1922) at 8am, followed by Moran of the Lady Letty (1922; 9:30am), The Young Rajah (1922; 10:45am), Camille (1921; 11:45am), The Conquering Power (1921; 1pm) and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921; 2:45pm).
Come nightfall, TCM will feature a three-film salute to pulp novelist and tough guy Mickey Spillane (and his famous creation, Mike Hammer) beginning at 8pm with TDOY fave Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and My Gun is Quick (1957) at 10. Ralph Meeker plays Hammer in the first film and Robert “Lassie” Bray in the second…but in the third feature, The Girl Hunters (1963; 11:45pm), life imitates art—Spillane displays a flair for the buskin by interpreting the role of Hammer himself.
May 7, Saturday – TCM’s presentation of the 1939 Universal serial Buck Rogers (in the 25th Century, that is) continues with chapters five (“The Phantom Plane”) and six (“The Unknown Command”) at 11 and 11:30am. Chapters seven (“Primitive Urge“) and eight (“Revolt of the Zuggs“) will be shown the following week, and on May 21 it’s chapters nine (“Bodies Without Minds“) and ten (“Broken Barriers“). Buck gets a break on the 28th due to the Memorial Day movie marathon. (If by some chance you miss out on all the intergalactic fun I’d like to get in a shamelessly gratuitous plug and mention that VCI has re-released this classic cliffhanger in a new 70th anniversary edition with liner notes written by In the Balcony sage/Facebook compadre Laughing Gravy.)
Tarzan’s New York Adventure (1942), which will be shown at 12noon. On May 14, it’s Tarzan Triumphs (1943—Tarzan versus Nazis!) and on the 21st Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943). (The Lord of the Apes also gets a week’s reprieve to commemorate Memorial Day.)
In the evening, TCM will show one of my favorite movies at with Salt of the Earth (1954-“The formula! The formula!”) but I also want to make special note of the channel’s scheduling of The Charge at Feather River (1953) at 1:30pm—an underrated little oater (and a favorite of Classic Images book reviewer/Facebook chum Laura Wagner) that plays a lot better in its original 3-D version because then you can experience the sensation of Frank Lovejoy spitting at the camera.
May 9, Monday – TCM sets aside part of the day to fete one of
’s favorite sons: Academy Award-winning character great Charles Coburn. The film that nabbed Chuck an Oscar, The More the Merrier (1943), will be shown at 11:30am, and this will be rounded out with airings of Of Human Hearts (1938; 6am), Unexpected Uncle (1941; 8am), H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941; 9:15am), Rhapsody in Blue (1945; 1:30pm), The Green Years (1946; 4pm) and Lured (1947; 6:15pm). Savannah, GA
May 10, Tuesday – Happy birthday, Anatole Litvak! Try saying his name three times fast in succession in between breaks of these films that he directed: The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938; 6:30am), The Sisters (1938; 8am), Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939; 9:45am), The Roaring Twenties (1939; 11:30am), All This, and Heaven Too (1940; 1:30pm) and The Journey (1959; 4pm). (Okay, I’m as puzzled as you—I don’t know why Roaring Twenties is in there, since that’s a Raoul Walsh film. I have a feeling that schedule will be adjusted…maybe to accompany something like The Snake Pit .)
Murder She Said (1961; 1:30pm), Murder at the Gallop (1963; 3pm), Murder Most Foul (1964; 4:30pm) and my favorite in the franchise, Murder Ahoy (1964; 6:15pm). There’ll be some movies featuring Maggie in the morning hours, too: The Demi-Paradise (1943—aka Adventure for Two; 7am), Miranda (1948; 9am), Trouble in Store (1953; 10:30am) and The Mouse on the Moon (1963; 12noon)—Trouble in Store will be on my record list because it stars the late, great Sir Norman Wisdom…and I’ll also be on the lookout for Miranda because my pretend girlfriend Glynis Johns (*sigh*) plays a mermaid. (To quote a renowned blogger and winner of the prestigious Chuckie Award: “Hot cookies, Agnes!”)
Come nightfall…well, ever since Facebook comrade Rupert of Classic Movies Digest fame reviewed Trade Winds (1938) last year I’ve been aching to see it and because TCM will dedicate a night to its star, Joan Bennett it looks as if I may get the opportunity. Winds will be shown at ; it’s preceded by Fritz Lang’s classic Scarlet Street (1945; 8pm) and then The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939; 12mid), The Woman on the Beach (1947; ), House of Dark Shadows (1970; 3am) and Eleven Men and a Girl (1930—aka Maybe It’s Love; ) follow.
Morning Glory (1933; 6am), The Little Minister (1934; 7:15am), Break of Hearts (1935; 9:15am), Sylvia Scarlett (1935; 10:45am), A Woman Rebels (1936; 12:30pm), Quality Street (1937; 2pm) and Little Women (1933; 3:30pm). The channel will also show a pair of Dick Cavett Show repeats with Kate as guest from
September 14, 1973 () and October 2, 1973 ()
May 13, Friday – Okay, ordinarily a Walter Slezak birthday tribute wouldn’t be something to really get all worked up about…but because TCM is showing a movie that’s been MIA from their schedules for a good while now—namely, the 1947 actioner Riffraff (7:30am)—I have a feeling there will be DVRs and recorders working overtime out there in Yesteryearland. TDOY faves The Inspector General (1949; 9am) and The Yellow Cab Man (1950; ) are also scheduled—Step Lively (1944; 6am), Confidentially Connie (1953; ), Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957; 2pm), The Miracle (1959; 4pm) and The Mysterious House of Dr. “C” (1966—aka Dr. Coppelius; 6:15pm) complete the roster.
May 14, Saturday – With a TCM Essentials showing of East of Eden (1955) at 8pm, the channel decides to continue its Raymond Massey streak by showing Carson City (1952; 10:15pm), Seven Angry Men (1955; 12mid), Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940; 1:45am) and 49th Parallel (1941; 3:45am). (Before the Massey festivities start, however, I can’t recommend highly watching the underrated 1970s oater Monte Walsh, scheduled at .)
Ocean's Eleven (1960; 8pm), Viva Las Vegas (1964; 10:15pm), The Las Vegas Story (1952; 12mid), Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951; 1:45am) and Machine Gun McCain (1969; 3:30am). (No relation to the U.S. Senator from
, by the way.) Arizona
But before that sojourn to “Sin City,” TCM will light some candles on a cake for Henry Fonda (look away, Stacia!) with a birthday tribute—the best of this bunch is You Only Live Once (1937; 9:15am); I Dream Too Much (1935; 6am), Wings of the Morning (1937; 7:45am), Slim (1937; 10:45am), That Certain Woman (1937; 1:15pm), Jezebel (1938; 3pm), The Mad Miss Manton (1938; 4:45pm) and Young Mr. Lincoln (1939; 6:15pm). The 1992 documentary Fonda on Fonda, where daughter Jane and her siblings babble on for forty-six minutes about their famous pop is also on the schedule at .
The Big Shot (1932; 6am), Payment Deferred (1932; 7:15am), Strange Interlude (1932; 8:45am), Stage Mother (1933; 10:45am), Tugboat Annie (1933; 12:15pm), The Flame Within (1935; 1:45pm), Woman Wanted (1935; 3pm), Between Two Women (1937; 4:15pm) and Let Us Live (1939; 5:45pm).
May 18, Wednesday – TCM holds a day-long seminar on how to rob a bank with some really first-rate films on the schedule, notably TDOY faves Odds Against Tomorrow (1959; 8am) and The Asphalt Jungle (1950; 10am). The other chapters on successful heists are The Day They Robbed The Bank Of England (1960; ),
(1942; 12noon) and Rififi (1955; 2pm)—plus the 1941 classic High Sierra at and its 1955 remake, I Died a Thousand Times, following at . Cairo
The Wolf Man scheduled at …and then still later, Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) at . Encore Westerns devotees know that this movie is shown often in all its non-letterboxed glory—Turner Classic Movies is promising a widescreen version…but then yesterday’s The Hanging Tree (1959) was supposed to be that way, too, so make what you will of that.
May 19, Thursday – What makes this day of noir films so interesting in that things kick off with Escape in the Desert (1945) at 6:15am—and then the film on which Escape is based, The Petrified Forest (1936), follows at 7:45am. You really can’t go wrong with the majority of films scheduled; I highly recommend His Kind of Woman (1951; ) but The Killers (1946; ), Where Danger Lives (1950; 11am), The Big Sleep (1946; ), Crime in the Streets (1956; ) and Side Street (1950; ) are all worthy of the attention of any self-respecting film noir devotee.
You Can't Take It With You (1938; 6am), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939; 8:15am), The Philadelphia Story (1940; 10:30am), The Spirit of St. Louis (1957; 12:30pm), Anatomy of a Murder (1959; 3pm) and Bell, Book and Candle (1958; 5:45pm).
Later that evening, TCM pays fealty to author-playwright William Inge with three films adapted from his works: Picnic (1955; 8pm), Splendor in the Grass (1961; 10pm) and All Fall Down (1962; ). But all that drama will more than likely pale in comparison to a short subject scheduled by the channel for the wee a.m. hours with the deathless title: Tear Gas in Law Enforcement (1962—“Vintage training film used by police to show tear gas techniques”).
Cat People (1942) at 8pm…and that’s as good a reason as any to continue on the rest of the evening with a collection of her film appearances including the “sequel,” The Curse of the Cat People (1944) at 9:30pm…followed by Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1944; 11pm), The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941; 12:30am), House of Pleasure (1952; 2:30am) and Mademoiselle Fifi (1944; 4:15am). (Pleasure is better known by its French title, Le Plaisir—it was helmed by noted French filmmaker Max Ophuls—but I think the English title makes it sound like a B-pic…and the description, “Three stories explore the intersection of pleasure, purity and sex,” doesn’t help matters much either.)
May 22, Sunday – TCM will show at 6am an old John Barrymore title that I haven’t seen in ages—1939’s The Great Man Votes. I was going to say that the last time I watched it was on AMC but I think people are getting tired of me ranting about that by now (though it is true, that’s where I caught it). After Great Man, TCM rolls out Miracle on
34th Street (1947; 7:30am), which they also showed during the 31 Days of Oscar—but it’s a shame they can’t schedule it during the holiday season, when it really hits home.
Tickle Me (1965; ) won’t even be in the running. But because it was written by Edward Bernds and Elwood Ullman—the two men who guided the cinematic fortunes of the Three Stooges and the Bowery Boys—it’s one of my guilty pleasures. And besides, Elvis gets to do some Stooge-like gags in the climactic haunted house sequence…that’s gold, baby!
May 25, Wednesday – I was reading the other day that despite having won five Golden Globe awards during her incredible film career, Rosalind Russell never—ever—won an Oscar. Three of those Golden Globe performances will be shown today—Sister Kenny (1946; ), Auntie Mame (1958; ) and A Majority of One (1961; )—along with Four's a Crowd (1938; ), Fast and Loose (1939; 8am), My Sister Eileen (1942; ) and Never Wave at a WAC (1952; ).
Black Legion (1937; 8pm), The Man with Two Faces (1934; 9:30pm), The Doorway to Hell (1930; 11pm), It's Love I'm After (1937; 12:30am), Angel on My Shoulder (1946; 2:15am) and The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933; 4am).
May 26, Thursday – Finally, Marian Robert Morrison (aka John Wayne) celebrates his 104th natal anniversary and with the exception of Rio Bravo (1959; 5:30pm) TCM goes with some unusual and lesser-known choices to celebrate the Duke’s birthday beginning with Reunion in France (1942) at 6am, then followed by Without Reservations (1946; 8am), Trouble Along the Way (1953; 10am), Allegheny Uprising (1939; 12noon), The Wings of Eagles (1957; 1:30pm) and Big Jake (1971; 3:30am). Saddle up, pilgrim!