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.
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
Great Expectations (1946)
Black Narcissus (1947)
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
So Long at the Fair (1950)
Adam and Evalyn (1949)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
June 21, Tuesday
The Actress (1953)
Angel Face (1953)
Young Bess (1953)
Guys and Dolls (1955)
A Bullet Is Waiting (1954)
Affair With a Stranger (1953)
June 22, Wednesday
She Couldn't Say No (1954)
Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
This Could Be the Night (1957)
June 28, Tuesday
Home Before Dark (1958)
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Life at the Top (1965)
The Happy Ending (1969)
05:00am Mister Buddwing (1966)
June 29, Wednesday
The Big Country (1958)
Until They Sail (1957)
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
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1970)
(1969) Valley of Gwangi
June 9, Thursday
The Cosmic Monster (1958)
The Black Scorpion (1957)
The Giant Claw (1957)
04:00am The Wasp Woman (1959)
June 16, Thursday
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958)
Village of the Giants (1965)
Queen of Outer Space (1958)
Mars Needs Women (1968)
The Cyclops (1957)
The Manster (1959)
The Killer Shrews (1959)
June 23, Thursday
It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)
The Giant Behemoth (1959)
05:00am Hercules and the Princess of
June 30, Thursday
The Blob (1958)
The H-Man (1958)
The Magnetic Monster (1953)
X: The Unknown (1956)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
Watch the Skies! (2005)
Kowabunga! Some fun, huh, kids? But wait—there’s more!
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 with The House on
92nd Street (1945) and then at comes a particular favorite here at TDOY, Night Train to (1940). Joan Crawford battles the Nazi menace at in another goodie, Above Suspicion (1943), and Odette (1950; ), Northern Pursuit (1943; ) and Yellow Canary (1943; ) round out the evening. Munich
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
—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, ) and Night of the Lepus (1972; ), in case there are any confirmed bachelors out there in the audience. Seattle
the 1939 Universal serial—chapters 11 (“A Prince in Bondage”) and 12 (“War of the Planets”) at 11 and , 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
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. Rogers
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  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…
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 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 . (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
vehicles on the schedule: My Favorite Wife (1940; 7am), His Girl Friday (1940; ), Once Upon a Time (1944; ) and The Pride and the Passion (1957; ). Cary
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; ), Five Golden Hours (1961; ), 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).
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 and then follow that with the equally amazing doc Theolonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988) at . 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; ) and his critically-acclaimed biopic of the great Charlie Parker, Bird (1988) at . Young 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 .
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; ), Small Town Girl (1936; 2pm), Story of G.I. Joe (1945; 4pm) and Battleground (1949; 6pm).
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, Saturday – TCM 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; )—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.
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 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; ), and The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) brings us home at .
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; ), The Bishop Murder Case (1930; —with Rathbone as Philo Vance), A Tale of Two Cities (1935; 10am), A Feather in Her Hat (1935; ) and The Black Sleep (1956; ).
Bas is also in David Copperfield (1935—one of my favorites of his villainous roles, Mr. Murdstone) which TCM will show at 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; )…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).
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 . (By the way—don’t forget that the deadline to enter TDOY’s Judy-Corliss-Irma giveaway is today.) Later that evening, the channel will show the 1955 classic The Night of the Hunter at 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).
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.
Körkarlen, or The Phantom Carriage as it’s probably better known, directed by (and also starring) the great Victor Sjöström. At , 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.)
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).
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 with I Know Where I'm Going! (1945). One of my favorite musicals, Brigadoon (1954), follows at 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; ) 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)