Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Coming distractions: June 2011 on TCM

Because I’ve been away from the blog since Friday finishing up an outside project or two I was stuck for something to post today…but rescue came in the form of the ever-vigilant Laura of Miscellaneous Musings fame, who alerted me to the news that The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ (ka-ching!) has their tentative June schedule posted online.  After looking at the offerings I have to say I’m pretty impressed with some of the flicks TCM will be showcasing that month, including, among various other delights, several movies that have long been the exclusive property of the Fox Movie Channel.

TCM’s Star of the Month for June is none other than the always delightful Jean Simmons (who sadly left us more than a year ago today), a particular fave here at TDOY despite the fact that she never managed to snag a sparkly statuette (she was nominated twice) at what we like to call here at Rancho Yesteryear “The Night of Gratuitous Backpatting.”  Twenty-six of her vehicles are scheduled for every Tuesday in June…including a certain 1947 film about erotic nuns that I have made my mission in life to get Chuckie Award-winning blogger Stacia Jones to see.  (Why TCM isn’t showing one of Simmons’ best-remembered films, 1960’s Spartacus, is anybody’s guess…and I’d kill to be able to see 1963’s All the Way Home.)  Here’s the lineup:

June 7, Tuesday
08:00pm Great Expectations (1946)
10:15pm Black Narcissus (1947)
12:15am Hungry Hill (1947)
02:15am Uncle Silas (1947; aka The Inheritance)
04:00am The Way to the Stars (1945, aka Johnny in the Clouds)

June 14, Tuesday
08:00pm Trio (1950)
09:45pm So Long at the Fair (1950)
11:30pm Adam and Evalyn (1949)
01:15pm Hamlet (1948)
04:00pm Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

June 21, Tuesday
08:00pm The Actress (1953)
09:45pm Angel Face (1953)
11:30pm Young Bess (1953)
01:30am Guys and Dolls (1955)
04:15am A Bullet Is Waiting (1954)
05:45am Affair With a Stranger (1953)

June 22, Wednesday
07:15am She Couldn't Say No (1954)
08:45am Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

June 28, Tuesday
08:00pm Home Before Dark (1958)
10:30pm Elmer Gantry (1960)
01:00am Life at the Top (1965)
03:00am The Happy Ending (1969)
05:00am Mister Buddwing (1966)

June 29, Wednesday
06:45am The Big Country (1958)
09:45am Until They Sail (1957)

Thursday nights on TCM in June promises to be a real monster’s holiday—a collection of films mostly involving king-sized beasties that usually resulted from science and the atomic age run amok (run for your lives—it’s Godzilla!) along with a few other cult sci-fi faves.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that many of the movies featured in this Monster Rally (32 films in all, plus a documentary) are indescribably awful…but if you’re willing to bid for the services for the king of bad movies hizzownself, Scott Clevenger (this includes airfare, meals and lodging…along with a modest stipend), I have it under his personal authority that he will be more than willing to come to your house and make them more entertaining for you with songs and snappy patter.  Here’s what’s on tap for Thursday nights:

June 2, Thursday
09:45pm Rodan (1957)
02:45am Dinosaurus! (1960)
04:15am The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

June 9, Thursday
08:00pm Them! (1954)
09:45pm The Cosmic Monster (1958)
11:15pm Tarantula (1955)
12:45am The Black Scorpion (1957)
02:30am The Giant Claw (1957)
04:00am The Wasp Woman (1959)

June 16, Thursday
09:30pm Village of the Giants (1965)
11:00pm Queen of Outer Space (1958)
12:30am Mars Needs Women (1968)
02:00am The Cyclops (1957)
03:30am The Manster (1959)
04:45am The Killer Shrews (1959)

June 23, Thursday
12:30am The Giant Behemoth (1959)

June 30, Thursday
08:00pm The Blob (1958)
09:30pm The H-Man (1958)
11:00pm The Magnetic Monster (1953)
12:30am X: The Unknown (1956)
04:45am Watch the Skies! (2005)

Kowabunga!  Some fun, huh, kids?  But wait—there’s more!

June 1, Wednesday – It’s the 121st birthday of Francis Philip Wuppermann today—better known to legions of classic movie fans as the irrepressible Frank Morgan.  TCM has some real Morgan rarities scheduled in tribute, starting off at 6am with Secrets of the French Police (1932) and then following that with the delightful The Half Naked Truth (1933; 7am), The Nuisance (1933; 8:30am), The Cat and the Fiddle (1934; 10am), A Lost Lady (1934; 11:30am), By Your Leave (1935; 12:45pm), The Perfect Gentleman (1935; 2:15pm), Piccadilly Jim (1936; 3:30pm), Beg, Borrow or Steal (1937; 5:15pm) and Henry Goes Arizona (1939; 6:30pm).

“Nazis…I hate these guys.” These immortal words from Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr. overlook the fact that despite our revulsion for those creeps from the Third Reich watching movies about them is all kinds of fun.  So you can spend an evening with everybody’s favorite movie villains beginning at 8pm with The House on 92nd Street (1945) and then at 9:45pm comes a particular favorite here at TDOY, Night Train to Munich (1940).  Joan Crawford battles the Nazi menace at 11:30pm in another goodie, Above Suspicion (1943), and Odette (1950; 1:15am), Northern Pursuit (1943; 3:30am) and Yellow Canary (1943; 5:15am) round out the evening.

June 3, Friday – In addition to the death of Jean Simmons classic movie fans mourned the loss of Tony Curtis in 2010; the actor would have been eighty-six on this date and it’s only fitting that the channel honor him with a b-day tribute that kicks off with one of my Curtis comedy faves, Don’t Make Waves (1967) at 6am.  Two other favorites, The Defiant Ones (1958; 12:30pm) and Sweet Smell of Success (1957; 2:15pm) are also on tap; The Great Race (1965; 7:45am), Sex and the Single Girl (1964; 10:30am), Trapeze (1956; 4pm) and Beachhead (1954; 6pm) round out the day’s activities.

“The bluest sky you’ve ever seen…in Seattle—look out everyone, here come the brides!”  TCM devotes an evening to a walk down the dreaded matrimonial aisle with showings of Father of the Bride (1950; 8pm), June Bride (1948; 10pm) and High Society (1956; 12mid).  Then afterwards on TCM Underground, two movies that have nothing to do with marriage will be shown—Grizzly (1976, 2am) and Night of the Lepus (1972; 3:45am), in case there are any confirmed bachelors out there in the audience.

June 4, Saturday – TCM concludes its weekly intergalactic fun with Buck Rogers in the 25th Century with the final chapters in the 1939 Universal serial—chapters 11 (“A Prince in Bondage”) and 12 (“War of the Planets”) at 11 and 11:30am, respectively.  But worry ye not, cliffhanger fans—the channel won’t keep you hanging because the following week (beginning June 11) the adventures of “the singing G-man of the air” begin as the 1936 Universal chapter play Ace Drummond is unspooled with the first (“Where East Meets West”) and second (“The Invisible Enemy”) chapters in the previous Rogers timeslot.  Chapters three (“The Doorway of Doom”) and four (“The Radio Riddle”) are scheduled for June 18 and five (“Bullets of Sand”) and six (“Evil Spirits”) for June 25.

Meanwhile, back in the jungle—Lord Greystoke continues his weekly movie dominance each Saturday at noon with Tarzan and the Amazons (1945) and on June 11th, Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946).  The last of the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan films, Tarzan and the Huntress (1947; June 18) and Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948; June 25) round out the month—and there’ll also be a showing of Tarzan’s Secret Treasure at 8pm on Wednesday, June 22 (followed by the first of Johnny “Boy” Sheffield’s starring features, Bomba, the Jungle Boy [1949] at 9:30).

Come nightfall, the ramifications of the previous day’s Bridefest are all too clear in the TCM Essentials showing of Dodsworth (1936) at 8pm—followed by several other films that examine marital difficulties and D-I-V-O-R-C-E:  Payment on Demand (1951; 10pm), Faces (1968; 11:45pm), Shoot the Moon (1982; 2am) and East Side, West Side (1949; 4:15pm).  (*sigh*) And they seemed so right for each other…

June 5, Sunday – I still haven’t gotten around to seeing Witness to Murder (1954) in its entirety (I’ve seen the first and last thirds but am missing the middle) so I’m glad TCM’s got it on the schedule…and that’s followed by a Joan Crawford weepie that I enjoy more for the supporting performances of OTR faves Frank Lovejoy and Joanie’s Mildred Pierce sidekick, Eve Arden: Goodbye, My Fancy (1951; 10am).

The real DVD recording action at Castle Yesteryear will begin at 12 midnight when TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights shows Abel Gance’s silent classic J’Accuse! (1919)…and then follow that with a missing gap in my G.W. Pabst education, Kameradschaft (1931) at 3am.  (Hot cookies, Agnes!™)

June 6, Monday – It’s not Cary Grant’s birthday but that’s no reason why we can’t sit a day aside to showcase the work of an old favorite—particularly when TDOY fave North by Northwest is on schedule (at 5:30pm).   For some odd reason they’ve scheduled The Easy Way (1952) at 11:45am and Room for One More (1952) at 1:30pm without realizing that both movies are the same movie (I imagine this will be fixed by the time we go to press).  Other Cary vehicles on the schedule: My Favorite Wife (1940; 7am), His Girl Friday (1940; 8:30am), Once Upon a Time (1944; 10:15am) and The Pride and the Passion (1957; 3:15pm).

In the evening, the channel will offer a retrospective on the film work of one of television’s funniest and most innovative comedians: the one and only Ernie Kovacs.  Kovacs never really succeeded in movies to the extent that he conquered television but there were occasional flashes of brilliance; TCM is going to show one of my favorites at 8pm with North to Alaska (1960), a movie that’s pretty much an FMC staple (a channel I have to pay extra for) although it has played on AMC in the past…and I promised myself I wouldn’t go there.  The rest of Kovacs’ oeuvre for the evening will be Operation Mad Ball (1957; 10:15pm), Five Golden Hours (1961; 12:15am), It Happened to Jane (1959; 2am) and Strangers When We Meet (1960; 4am).

June 7, Tuesday – One girl…one boy…some grief…some joy.  Memories are made of this—so happy birthday to Dean Martin; let’s celebrate with Rio Bravo (1959; 6am), Bells are Ringing (1960; 8:30am), Some Came Running (1958; 10:45am), Ocean's Eleven (1960; 1:15pm), 4 for Texas (1963; 3:30pm) and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964; 5:45pm).

June 8, Wednesday – I don’t quite understand how one is supposed to celebrate Alexis Smith’s birthday without scheduling her masterful comedic performance in Here Comes the Groom (1951)…or even TDOY guilty pleasure Split Second (1953), for that matter—but since The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) will be shown at 7:30am and The Young Philadelphians (1959) at 5:30pm you can’t accuse TCM of not trying.  The other films in the Alexis tribute are The Smiling Ghost (1941; 6am), San Antonio (1945; 9am), Montana (1950; 11am), The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947; 12:30pm), The Decision of Christopher Blake (1948; 2:15pm) and Whiplash (1948; 3:45pm).

And when the evening rolls around…now you has jazz.  TCM will rerun their 2010 documentary Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way at 8pm and then follow that with the equally amazing doc Theolonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988) at 9:30pm.  Then actor-director Clint Eastwood demonstrates his lifelong love for jazz with two features: the musical documentary Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall (1997; 11:15pm) and his critically-acclaimed biopic of the great Charlie Parker, Bird (1988) at 1:15amYoung Man with a Horn (1950), a Kirk Douglas joint whose main character is loosely based on trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke, brings everything to a close at 4am.

June 9, Thursday – William Wellman has always been a particular favorite here at TDOY and though it isn’t his birthday (“Wild Bill” was a leap year baby, born in 1896) TCM is going to show some of his great pre-Codes today: Night Nurse (1931; 6am), Other Men's Women (1931; 7:15am), Safe in Hell (1931; 8:30am), The Conquerors (1932; 9:45am), Love is a Racket (1932; 11:15am), So Big! (1932; 12:30pm), Small Town Girl (1936; 2pm), Story of G.I. Joe (1945; 4pm) and Battleground (1949; 6pm).

June 10, Friday – Another round of cake and ice cream for my friends as TCM celebrates the natal anniversary of Judy Garland!  The Judy vehicles on tap for the day are Everybody Sing (1938; 6am), Girl Crazy (1943; 7:45am), The Clock (1945; 9:30am), The Pirate (1948; 11:15pm), Summer Stock (1950; 1:15pm), A Star Is Born (1954; 3:15pm) and I Could Go on Singing (1963; 6:15pm).

Now…maybe we’re not supposed to put two and two together here, but…it seems sort of odd that after capping off a day of Garland movies TCM would show three films that deal with the subject of homosexuality: The Best Man (1964; 8pm), Advise & Consent (1962; 10pm)…and one that’s been on my “must-see” list for many years now, Victim (1961; 12:30am).  (I could, of course, be reading a little too much into this…your mileage may vary.)

June 11, SaturdayTCM Essentials will show The Caine Mutiny (1954) at 8pm, a film that’s I’ve always liked (particularly for Bogart’s unforgettable performance; I use the “strawberries” bit all the time) but have always had a few reservations about it being a great movie because the filmmakers were a bit too timid in attacking the U.S. Navy (I guess producer Stanley Kramer didn’t want to jeopardize the Navy’s cooperation in letting them film on board ships and the like).  After Caine, several other films dealing with the ugly side of the military are on tap, including one of my all-time faves, King & Country (1964; 10:15pm)—nice to see this one on the schedule.  Billy Budd (1962; 12mid), South Sea Woman (1953; 2am) and The Rack (1956; 4am) round out the evening’s festivities.

June 12, Sunday – Something for everyone…a comedy tonight!  I love it when TCM plans an evening featuring some of the movie comedy greats, and this night gets off to a great start with Buster Keaton’s timeless classic The General (1927)—this and Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925) kick-started my lifelong devotion to silent films.  (If you’ve never seen The General—though I’m having difficulty imaging such a scenario—and have no desire to…I don’t think we can be friends anymore.)  Following Keaton at 9:30pm are Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy in their Oscar-winning comedy short, The Music Box (1932)…and then Cary Grant and Myrna Loy find that owning a home in the country can be a nightmare in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948; 10pm).  (This one seems a little out of place—I mean, I like Blandings but Grant has made funnier films…His Girl Friday would have been a better choice but it’s already airing on June 6.)

On TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights, we’re treated to the great French film comedian Max Linder in one of his great vehicles, Seven Years Bad Luck (1921; 12mid) and after a short break with TDOY idol Harold Lloyd (1920’s An Eastern Westerner, showing at 1:15am) we return to France for a film by the immortal Jacques Tati, Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1954) at 2am.  Then it’s back across the pond for a favorite of many a reader here at TDOY (notably Bill “I don’t care if you do hear the ice cream bells…off my lawn, you snot-nosed punks!” Crider), The Good Humor Man (1950; 3:30am), and The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) brings us home at 5am.

June 13, Monday – If the only thing Basil Rathbone ever did in films was play Sherlock Holmes he’d still be held in the highest esteem here at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear…and since today would be his 118th birthday if he were still with us TCM will showcase his signature role with four of the films he did at Universal in the 1940s (with faithful sidekick Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson): Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942; 1:30pm), The Woman in Green (1945; 2:45pm), Terror by Night (1946; 4pm) and Dressed to Kill (1946; 5:15pm).  For non-Holmes devotees there’s also The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929; 6:45am), The Bishop Murder Case (1930; 8:30am—with Rathbone as Philo Vance), A Tale of Two Cities (1935; 10am), A Feather in Her Hat (1935; 12:15pm) and The Black Sleep (1956; 6:30pm).

Bas is also in David Copperfield (1935—one of my favorites of his villainous roles, Mr. Murdstone) which TCM will show at 8pm to kick off a night of movies featuring moppet actor Freddie Bartholomew.  The interesting thing about this lineup is that it contains the 1938 20th Century-Fox Tyrone Power starrer Lloyd’s of London (1938; 10:15pm)…which I believe is a first-time showing on TCM (correct me if I’m wrong).  The channel then hopes you’re still ready for Freddie when the evening winds up with Captains Courageous (1937; 12:15am), Listen, Darling (1938; 2:30am) and Junior Army (1942; 4am)…the last one interests me only because it also stars Dead End Kids Billy Halop, Huntz Hall and Bobby Jordan.

June 14, Tuesday – Someone at TCM has acquired the hypnotic power to read minds because when I was looking at the lineup for May 2011’s Coming Distractions and saw that they were going to spotlight an evening of films (May 20) based on the works of William Inge I whined: “How come they never show The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)?”  It looks like I will get my wish; Stairs is scheduled to run at 3:15pm as part of a birthday tribute to Dorothy McGuire that also features The Enchanted Cottage (1945; 8:30am), Till the End of Time (1946; 10:30am), Friendly Persuasion (1956; 10:30am), A Summer Place (1959; 1pm) and Susan Slade (1961; 5:30pm).

June 15, Wednesday – Last week, TDOY’s Pam pointed out that A Date with Judy (1948) is the only film in which you can see Cultureshark fave Wallace Beery cut a rug with Carmen Miranda.  So in case your curiosity has been stoked, TCM will show this movie at 4pm.  (By the way—don’t forget that the deadline to enter TDOY’s Judy-Corliss-Irma giveaway is 12 midnight today.)  Later that evening, the channel will show the 1955 classic The Night of the Hunter at 8pm and according to the schedule it’s the letterboxed version…which means I can save myself a little coinage by not having to buy the Criterion disc.

June 17, Friday – Parker?  I didn’t even know her!  (Stole that from Jaime Weinman, in case you were curious.)  TCM schedules a slate of films featuring actress Eleanor Parker (who will turn 88 on June 26) that kicks with a 1944 B-film, The Last Ride at 6am…and that’s followed by Never Say Goodbye (1946; 7am), Of Human Bondage (1946; 8:45am), One for the Book (1947; 10:45am—aka The Voice of the Turtle), Valentino (1951; 12:30pm), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955; 2:30pm), Lizzie (1957; 4:45pm—the poor man’s The Three Faces of Eve) and An American Dream (1966; 6:15pm).

Then as evening shadows fall, the most decorated soldier of World War II is in the spotlight with a quartet of Audie Murphy films: Bad Boy (1949; 8pm), Drums Across the River (1954; 9:30pm), The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957; 11pm) and The Quick Gun (1964; 12:30am).

June 18, Saturday – The TCM Essentials showing of Bringing Up Baby (1938) ushers in a night of classic screwball comedies, with TDOY fave Twentieth Century (1934) following at 10pm and then Nothing Sacred (1937; 12mid), Merrily We Live (1938; 1:30am), Theodora Goes Wild (1936; 3:15am) and The Awful Truth (1937; 5am)—not a bad one in the bunch.

June 19, Sunday – I never need an excuse to sit down with a John Ford movie—and since TCM has Stagecoach (1939) scheduled at 8pm and The Searchers (1956) following at ten…well, if you need me on that particular evening look no further than in front of the TV set.

TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights is going to repeat a movie I saw previously on the channel that really knocked my non-talkie socks off: 1921’s Körkarlen, or The Phantom Carriage as it’s probably better known, directed by (and also starring) the great Victor Sjöström.  At 2:15pm, TCM will run El espíritu de la colmena (1973; The Spirit of the Beehive) which is about a young girl who’s traumatized by the Frankenstein monster after seeing the celebrated 1931 film of the same name.  So it just stands to reason that TCM will run the original Frankenstein after this at 4am…and then finish the night with Frankenstein director James Whale’s Waterloo Bridge (1931)—a great little pre-Code film that’s a lot racier (and I think better) than the well-known 1940 version with Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor.  (I love it when TCM does things nice and tidy.)

June 20, Monday – Don’t you worry, never fear…it’s Errol Flynn’s birthday, so be of good cheer.  His celebrated turn as Robin Hood isn’t scheduled, but there’s still plenty of movies that will allow you to be “in like Flynn”: Footsteps in the Dark (1941; 6:45am), Cry Wolf (1947; 8:30m), The Dawn Patrol (1938; 10am), Mara Maru (1952; 11:45am), They Died with Their Boots On (1941; 1:30pm), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939; 4pm) and Adventures of Don Juan (1948; 6pm)

Come evening, TCM salutes my former profession—the hotel bidness—with a lineup of movies that begins at 8pm with the aptly titled Hotel (1967) and then follows that with Grand Hotel (1932; 10:15pm), Room Service (1938; 12:15am), Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957; 1:45am) and Girl Happy (1965; 3:45am)…this last film which is loosely based on my experiences in the hotel game.  (Okay, I may have made that up.)

June 21, Tuesday – With the news that actress-entertainer Jane Russell has left this world for a better one TCM will no doubt schedule a tribute to her within the next week or so (pre-empting their regularly scheduled programming, if past performance is any indication) but they’ll also do Jane up right on this future date, which would have been her 90th birthday.  The films scheduled are Underwater! (1955; 6am), The Las Vegas Story (1952; 7:45am), Macao (1952; 9:15am), Double Dynamite (1951; 10:45am), His Kind of Woman (1951; 12:15pm), The Paleface (1948; 2:30pm), Young Widow (1946; 4:15pm) and The Outlaw (1943; 6pm).

June 25, Saturday – Now here’s an idea I can get behind: a movie tribute to TDOY goddess Jane Greer.  Beginning with the TCM Essentials showing of Out of the Past (1947) at 8pm (and her other team-up with Big Bad Bob following at 10, 1949’s The Big Steal), all will be bliss in the House of Yesteryear with a lineup that also includes The Company She Keeps (1951; 11:30pm), Station West (1948; 1am), Run for the Sun (1956; 2:30am) and Desperate Search (1952; 4:15am).

June 27, Monday – TCM turns the evening over to the Master of Suspense with a five-film festival of Alfred Hitchcock films…and I couldn’t help but notice that the movies get better the closer it gets to the wee am hours: Stage Fright (1950; 8pm), I Confess (1953; 10pm), Dial M for Murder (1954; 12mid), The Wrong Man (1956; 2am) and Strangers on a Train (1951; 4am).

June 29, Wednesday – TCM gets out of bed late this morning (the Jean Simmons Star of the Month tribute had a little spillover) with a couple of films that are of definite interest on the TDOY radar because they both feature one of my favorite comediennes, Joan Davis.  Both movies—Beautiful But Broke (1944) and Kansas City Kitty (1944)—were filmed at Columbia so I know there’ll be some major character actor action going on; Kitty was in fact directed by TDOY idol Del Lord and features bits from two-reeler stalwarts like Vernon Dent, Bud Jamison and Christine McIntyre.

And it’s a braw bricht moonlicht nicht as the channel features movies set in the Scottish Isles beginning at 8pm with I Know Where I'm Going! (1945).  One of my favorite musicals, Brigadoon (1954), follows at 10pm and then for the rest of the “nicht” it’s Let's Be Happy (1957; 12:00mid), Bonnie Scotland (1935; 2am), Castle in the Air (1952; 3:30am) and Mary of Scotland (1936; 5am).

June 30, Thursday – Finally, TCM wraps up the month with a tribute to the Mann of the hour…Anthony Mann, that is.  Celebrate the natal anniversary of one of TDOY’s favorite filmmakers with the following movies: Sing Your Way Home (1945; 7:15am), The Bamboo Blonde (1946; 8:30am), The Tall Target (1951; 9:45am), Follow Me Quietly (1949; 11:15am—Richard Fleischer is the credited director on this but Mann did direct a little of it in addition to contributing the story), Two O'Clock Courage (1945; 12:30pm), Desperate (1947; 1:45pm), The Black Book (1949; 3pm—aka Reign of Terror), Border Incident (1949; 4:30pm) and Devil's Doorway (1950; 6:15pm)

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Yvette said...

Where to begin, where to beging. What an embarassment of riches! I am and always will be such a huge Jean Simmons fan. There are films on the TCM list that I haven't seen in years and years. WOW!
BLACK NARCISSUS I saw more recently, but still, Wow!
THE BIG COUNTRY which I try to watch as often as I can.
The only rarity that seems to be missing is the gorgeous BLUE LAGOON. And I think, a film she made with Trevor Howard, THE CLOUDED YELLOW. Very difficult to find.

I'm also a big fan of the film, DODSWORTH. So I'll be glad to see that again.

Lots of good stuff to contemplate. As usual, Ivan, thanks!

Chase Kahn said...

For a second, I thought TCM had glossed over "Angel Face" for Jean Simmons month...good to see I was wrong.

Terrific job with this, by the way - I frequently cruise through the TCM schedule, but just reading your column saves some time...keep it up.

Stacia said...

That reminds me, why didn't Netflix send me "Black Narcissus"? Seriously, it's in my Instant Watch but not the regular queue. How on earth did I manage THAT?

There is some kind of weird physio-psychological blog going on with me and that movie.

Glad to hear they're reshowing "Shoot the Moon," which I saw years ago but wanted to see again, yet missed. I think it was on when I was sick; that's the story I'm going with, at least.

ClassicBecky said...

"All the Way Home" is too rarely shown -- a marvelous movie with incredible performances by Simmons, Robert Preston and Pat Hingle. "Victim" with Dirk Bogarde is definitely one you should see - beautifully done.

You mentioned "Witness to Murder," and I am doing a review of that on the Cafe during March for suspense genre month.

Fabulous line-up, Ivan. I can see that I won't get much done in that time period!