Friday, April 6, 2012

Coming distractions: June 2012 on TCM

Whoa!  Finding the tentative schedule of The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ must be getting easier and easier if a schmoe like me had little difficulty in locating it.  (One of these days, I’m even going to have to start watching some of these offerings on TCM.)

I know that parenthesed statement must come as quite a shock.  But the truth of the matter is: the only television set in Rancho Yesteryear capable of receiving TCM is continually blocked by a force more powerful than anything previously conceived by nature: namely, my father.  Once, I contacted researchers from the University of Georgia to see if they might be interested in tracking the progress of one man slowly turning his mind to guacamole with a never-ending barrage of reality TV, cable news shout fests and stimulating Military Channel programs like World War II in Color.  (I’ve patiently tried to explain to him that the only time I ever remember the Second World War being in color was in the final seasons of 12 O’Clock High and Combat!)  They firmly declined my offer…but I’d swear that I heard laughter in the background.

Be that as it may, there is much good viewing for the month of June.  The Star of the Month will be, in fact, many stars: Elvis!  James Dean!  Sandra Dee!  Fabian!  Ann-Margret!  Rula Lenska!  (Okay, I’m kidding about Rula.)  And many more!  Every Thursday night in June, the channel will present a total of 16 films featuring the TV and music faves younger generations willingly plunked down cash at the theater ticket stall to see time and time again.  Here’s what the lineup looks like:

Thursday, June 7
08:00pm Jailhouse Rock (1957)
10:00pm State Fair (1962)
12:00am Rebel Without a Cause (1955) (also June 23rd at 8pm)

Thursday, June 14
08:00pm The Young Don’t Cry (1957)
09:45pm A Summer Place (1959)
02:00am Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Thursday, June 21
08:00pm Ride the Wild Surf (1964)
10:00pm Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
12:00am That Funny Feeling (1965)

Thursday, June 28
08:00pm Finian’s Rainbow (1968)
12:30am Head (1968)
02:15am Look in Any Window (1961)

Well…okay…this doesn’t look too bad…besides, they’ll be showing Head, and…um…they’ll…um…I said Head already, didn’t I?  Okay…maybe the SOM is a little meh this month—but also on the channel’s roster is a tribute to “The Immigrant Experience”; films chronicling what it was like for the tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free upon setting foot in the U.S.  (I think I would have been a little put out by the “wretched refuse of your teeming shore” name-calling.)  Each Wednesday night in the month of June, TCM will present 24 feature films and shorts guaranteed to score you an A on the next history exam:

Wednesday, June 6
08:00pm America, America (1963)
11:00pm An American Romance (1944)
01:15am Hester Street (1975)
03:00am Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)
05:00am The Glass Wall (1953)

Wednesday, June 13
08:00pm West Side Story (1961)
10:45pm Black Legion (1937)
02:00am It’s a Big Country (1951)
03:45am His Family Tree (1935)
05:00am Romance in Manhattan (1935)

Wednesday, June 20
08:00pm I Remember Mama (1948)
12:30am Strangers in the City (1962)
02:00am I Am an American (1944)
02:15am All Mine to Give (1957)
04:15am Big City (1937)

Wednesday, June 27
08:00pm Delicious (1931—El Brendel alert!)
10:00pm The Immigrant (1917)
10:30pm Anything Can Happen (1952)
12:30am Come Live With Me (1941)
02:15am Paddy O’Day (1935)
05:30am At Sea Ashore (1936)

Just as TCM is paying tribute to our Moms with a daylong “madre” film festival in May, they’ll also set aside a special Sunday of viewing for the patriarchs of our families on June 17.  The films to be shown are as follows:

08:00am Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
10:00am Bonjour tristesse (1958) (“…brassiere company…send me my mail there!”)
12:00pm The Impossible Years (1969)
04:00pm Life with Father (1947)
06:15pm Father of the Bride (1950)

At 8pm, the channel kicks off a special lineup of “Father’s Day” westerns with Rio Bravo (1959), followed by Fort Apache (1948) at 10:30pm.  (My father, on the other hand, will be watching Storage Wars.)

And lastly, although TCM often schedules films to commemorate the birthdays of silver screen stars from the past…they rarely go as all out as they will on June 10, when they will pay tribute to Judy Garland on her 90th natal anniversary with this gathering of films:

06:00am Everybody Sing (1938)
07:45am Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
09:30am Strike Up the Band (1940)
12:00pm For Me and My Gal (1942)
02:00pm Girl Crazy (1943)
03:45pm A Star is Born (1954)
08:00pm The Wizard of Oz (1939)
10:00pm Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
12:00am Easter Parade (1948)
02:00am Summer Stock (1950)
04:00am I Could Go on Singing (1963)

Hey…when you preempt both Silent Sunday Nights and TCM Imports you know Judy’s birthday is a big deal.  (I believe the Wizard of Oz presentation is part of the return of TCM Essentials, Jr., which will once again be hosted by Bill Hader.  I hope they can work in a Vincent Price movie this year—Hader’s Price impression is the best.)

Shall we take a look at what else is on tap for the rest of the month?  Well, why not—the blog’s paid for.  Keep in mind as always that all times are EDT and are also subject to change.

June 1, Friday – The pride of Mount Airy, NC will celebrate his 86th natal anniversary (knock wood) as June rolls in—and I guess since no one wants to sit through The Second Time Around (1961) or Angel in My Pocket (1969) the celebration is going to be brief; A Face in the Crowd (1957) kicks things off at 11:45am, and that’s followed by Onionhead (1958; 2pm), No Time for Sergeants (1958; 4pm) and Hearts of the West (1975; 6:15pm).  Walter Matthau is one of Andy’s co-stars in Crowd, and so TCM will devote the morning to him (though his birthday is in October) with Cactus Flower (1969) at 6am, followed by Casey’s Shadow (1978; 8am) and Island of Love (1963; 10am).

TCM turns its evening schedule over to films based on the works of author Erskine Caldwell, with his best-known novels, Tobacco Road (1941) and God’s Little Acre (1958) scheduled for 8 and 10:15pm respectively; Claudelle Inglish (1961) completes the Caldwell hat trick at 12 midnight.  Then, for those of you who missed it the last time, TCM Underground will run the 1980 Christmas horror cult classic You Better Watch Out at 2am.

June 2, Saturday – In June, TCM has two more Boston Blackie movies to finish up in the 10:45am slot, so look for Boston Blackie’s Chinese Venture (1949) this morning and then Trapped by Boston Blackie (1948) the following Saturday (June 9).  Staring June 16, the channel will then show some of the entries in the “Rusty” series—Columbia programmers featuring boy-and-his-dog tales that might be of interest to B-movie fans (one of the vehicles, 1947’s For the Love of Rusty, was helmed by John Sturges and will be shown on June 23), kicking things off with Adventures of Rusty (1945) and then The Son of Rusty (1947) closing out the month on June 30 in the same 10:45am time slot.

Meanwhile, in the land of comic strips, the channel will finish out the 1937 Republic serial Dick Tracy at 12 noon with the following chapters:

June 2 – Dangerous Waters/Death Rides the Sky/Brother Against Brother
June 9 – Battle in the Clouds/The Ghost Town Mystery/Stratosphere Adventure
June 16 – Harbor Pursuit/The Trail of the Spider/The Gold Ship
June 23 – The Fire Trap/The Devil in White/Brothers United (final chapter)

And because they ran out of chapters before they ran out of month, TCM will show the 1945 RKO feature film Dick Tracy on June 30 at noon so that everything is neat and tidy.

Come nightfall, a screening of the Martin Scorsese classic Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) at 8pm on TCM Essentials ushers in a “Go Ask Alice” theme for the rest of the night: Woody Allen’s Alice (1990) follows at 10:15, and then it’s I Love You Alice B. Toklas! (1969; 12:15am), Alice’s Restaurant (1969; 2am) and What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969) finishing up the festival at 4am.

June 3, SundayTDOY character fave E.G. Marshall figures heavily in two courtroom-related dramas in the evening hours on TCM; at 8, he’s unable to get out of jury duty and as such finds himself trapped in a decision room with 12 Angry Men (1957).  But at 10pm, he takes a more active role in our legal system, prosecuting the case against Van Johnson in 1954’s The Caine Mutiny (“Ah, but the strawberries that's...that's where I had them...”)

June 4, Monday – Happy birthday Roz!  (Probably not dignified to call Rosalind Russell that…but there’s precious little she can do about it now.)  One of the movie’s most unappreciated actresses celebrates what would have been her 105th natal, and a nice lineup of films is on tap to give her some props.  It’s The Citadel (1938) at 6am, followed by The Women (1939; 8am), Sister Kenny (1946; 10:30am), Mourning Becomes Electra (1947; 12:45pm), Picnic (1955; 3:30pm) and Auntie Mame (1958; 5:30pm).

After dinner, kids—Uncle Bobby Osbo is going to put on a show with four of his selected favorites.  The first two have a unifying theme in that Bette Davis plays Queen Elizabeth in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939; 8pm) and then again in The Virgin Queen (1955; 10pm).  The first PG-rated film I ever saw in theaters, The Sting (1973), follows at 12 midnight and then Mr. Osborne wraps things up with another Paul Newman feature, The Young Philadelphians (1959), at 2:15am.

June 5, Tuesday – TCM plans an evening of films situated around train stations in the evening hours, including two Judy Garland films that didn’t get penciled in for her birthday tribute: The Clock (1945; 11pm) and The Harvey Girls (1946; 4am).  Rounding out the rest of the features are Since You Went Away (1944; 8pm), Union Depot (1932; 12:45am) and In the Heat of the Night (1967; 2am)…which is starting to take on the same “let’s-play-this-every-month” status as Citizen Kane and Casablanca.

June 6, Wednesday – Hot cookies, Agnes!™  It’s a day of classic horror films, kicking off with Frankenstein (1931) at 6am, followed by Doctor X (1932; 7:15am), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932; 8:45am), Freaks (1932; 10:30am), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932; 11:45am), Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932; 1pm), Island of Lost Souls (1933; 2:15pm), Mad Love (1935; 3:30pm), Mark of the Vampire (1935; 4:45pm) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939; 6pm).  (Mumsy will be most pleased.)

June 7, Thursday – One of the finest actresses in British cinema will celebrate her 81st birthday today…and I wouldn’t be too surprised to see one or two of these entries turning up in future editions of Overlooked Films (mostly because VCI was nice enough to send me promo copies).  Virginia McKenna will grace The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957; 6:30am), Carve Her Name with Pride (1958; 8:30am), Simba (1955; 10:30am), A Town Like Alice (1956; 12:15pm), Born Free (1966; 2:15pm), Storm Over Jamaica (1958; 4pm) and Ring of Bright Water (1969; 6pm).  (Wimpole, Storm, Free and Bright Water team McKenna up with her real-life husband, Bill Travers.)

June 8, Friday – More birthday wishes!  This time they go out to Alexis Smith, who was one of the co-stars of The Constant Nymph (1943), a film that every classic movie fan in the blogosphere has seen by now except me.  (Fortunately, I will placing a strong sedative in my father’s cocoa around 9am in plenty of time for its starting time at 9:30.)  The other films trumpeting what would have been Alexis’ 91st natal are ‘The Smiling Ghost’ (1941; 6am), Dive Bomber (1941; 7:15am), The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945; 11:30am), Conflict (1945; 1pm), Of Human Bondage (1946; 2:30pm), Stallion Road (1947; 4:30pm) and Montana (1950; 6:15pm).

After dark, TCM plays Ghost Hunter and visits some “creepy old mansions” beginning with The Spiral Staircase (1945; 8pm), then followed by TDOY fave The Innocents (1961; 9:30pm), The Black Cat (1934; 11:15pm) and the original Gaslight (1940) at 12: 30am.  (To be honest…the mansion in Cat isn’t so much creepy as a “what the fuh…”)

June 9, Saturday – Wendell “Hic!” Corey’s finest hour onscreen gets a showing in the cult noir classic The Killer is Loose (1956), which airs before today’s Boston Blackie vehicle at 9:15am.

Come evening, I predict my BBFF Stacia (who came up with Mr. Corey’s nickname, by the way) will be spending more time than usual on Twitter because after the TCM Essentials airing of Jezebel (1938) at 8pm, it’s Hank Fonda for the rest of the eve.  Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) follows at 10pm, then The Mad Miss Manton (1938; 12mid), Wings of the Morning (1937; 1:30am), Slim (1937; 3:15am)…and a little B-picture I watched sometime last year and found quite enjoyable, Let Us Live (1939) at 4:45.

June 11, Monday – With the news that the classic nighttime soap Dallas will be returning to TV screens this year I guess now’s as good a time to schedule a Larry Hagman film festival…but it looks like TCM gives up three films in—apparently someone forgot he’s also in Fail-Safe (1964) and Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976).  The Group (1966) kicks off the evening at 8pm, followed by Harry and Tonto (1974; 10:45pm—and his role is minimal in that at best) and Ensign Pulver (1964) at 1am.  The channel then decides that since Walter Matthau’s in the latter film, they’ll just play things out with a pair of (very good) Matthau vehicles, Hopscotch (1980; 3am) and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974; 5am).

June 12, Tuesday – Happy 97th birthday Priscilla Lane!  Celebrate everybody’s favorite Warner Bros. starlet with a mini-festival of her films that commences with her debut moon pitcher, Varsity Show (1937) at 7amBrother Rat (1938; 9am), Brother Rat and a Baby (1940; 10:30am), Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938; 12noon), Four Daughters (1938; 1:30pm) Daughters Courageous (1939; 3:15pm), Love, Honor and Behave (1938; 5:15pm) and Men are Such Fools (1938; 6:30pm) round out the schedule.

Now...this might seem like nitpicking on my part—but if I were to ask you to name some films noir that rely heavily on flashbacks…what would be the first one you’d name?  Mine would be The Locket (1946), but it’s not in evidence on TCM’s evening schedule of “Noir Flashbacks” that commences at 8pm with Possessed (1947) and continues with They Won’t Believe Me (1947; 10pm), Dead Reckoning (1947; 11:30pm), The Mask of Dimitrios (1944; 1:30am), The Bribe (1949; 3:15am) and Killer’s Kiss (1955; 5am).

June 13, Wednesday – Basil Rathbone would have been 120 years old today…and as such I imagine he probably would have tapered off a bit in the acting biz.  But Tee Cee Em has plenty of movieage to celebrate Bas’ birthday: The Flirting Widow (1930; 6:15am), The Lady of Scandal (1930; 7:30am), Sin Takes a Holiday (1930; 9am), Anna Karenina (1935; 10:30am), A Feather in Her Hat (1935; 12:15pm), Kind Lady (1935; 1:30pm), Confession (1937; 3pm), The Dawn Patrol (1938; 4:30pm) and Fingers at the Window (1942; 6:30pm).

June 14, Thursday – Man…if I had known they’re be so many birthdays on the schedule I would’ve made the cake budget stretch a little more.  It’s Dorothy McGuire’s turn in the natal anniversary spotlight, and I’m positively stunned to see The Spiral Staircase (1945; 3:15pm) slated twice in the same month after years of a Staircase drought.  The other McGuire features are Susan Slade (1961; 7am), Friendly Persuasion (1956; 9am), Trial (1955; 11:30am), The Enchanted Cottage (1945; 1:30pm), Till the End of Time (1946; 4:45pm) and Invitation (1952; 6:30pm).

After Bye Bye Birdie’s 2am showing on the channel’s Teen Idols presentation…stick around for one of my favorite feature film comedies, Cold Turkey (1971) at 4am.  (Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Bob & Ray and a virtual cornucopia of character greats.)

June 15, Friday – The channel gets “hot for teaching” with a lineup featuring Forty Little Mothers (1940; 6am), Playmates (1941; 7:30am), Tennessee Johnson (1942; 9:15am), The Corn is Green (1945; 11:15am), Good News (1947; 1:15pm), The Miracle Worker (1962; 3pm) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939; 5pm).

As evening shadows fall, TCM warns its loyal viewers to…run for your lives!  It’s Gojira (1954; 8pm)!  Which can only mean that three other creations by Japanese director Ishirô Honda won’t be far behind: Rodan (1957; 9:30pm), Mothra (1962; 11pm) and The H-Man (1959) at 1am.

June 16, Saturday – They say that breaking up is hard to do.  Now I know—I know that it’s true.  And with TCM Essentials showcasing The Way We Were (1973) at 8pm, it will usher in a veritable crying jag of painful cinematic separations with Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) at 10:15pm, the underrated Judy Holliday film The Marrying Kind (1952) at 12:15am, and Divorce American Style (1967) at 2am.  Payment on Demand (1951) winds up the damage done at 4am.

June 18, Monday – Here’s something you don’t see every day—a birthday tribute to B-western cowboy Dick Foran, who would have been 102 today,  There’ll be plenty of Foran oaters on hand today (which will free up some fodder for our own B-Western Wednesdays), and the fun starts at 6:30am with the Joe E. Brown comedy Earthworm Tractors (1936).  Treachery Rides the Range (1936; 7:45am), The Cherokee Strip (1937; 8:45am), Guns of the Pecos (1937; 9:45am), Empty Holsters (1937; 10:45am), She Loved a Fireman (1937; 12noon) and Heart of the North (1938; 1pm) constitute the B-western product, with Over the Wall (1938; 2:30pm), The Fearmakers (1958; 3:45pm), Chicago Confidential (1957; 5:15pm) and Violent Road (1958; 6:30pm) featuring Dick out of cowboy garb.  (I wouldn’t be surprised to see Foran turn up on a Mayberry R.F.D. rerun soon, he’s so omnipresent here on the blog.)

After ForanFest comes to its conclusion, Robert Osborne welcomes guest programmer Ellen Barkin into his den for a quartet of fine films: Fat City (1972) at 8pm, followed by Le notti di Cabiria (1957; 10pm), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966; 12:15am) and The Last Picture Show (1971; 2:45am).  (TCM closes things down with another classic from the BBS stable, The King of Marvin Gardens [1973], at 5am.)

June 19, Tuesday – How can anyone host a birthday tribute to Louis Jourdan (who will turn 91, bless his heart…buh-less his little heart!) without scheduling his finest hour onscreen—I am, of course, talking about Swamp Thing (1982)!  Oh well…we’ll just have to make do with Madame Bovary (1949; 7am), The Happy Time (1952; 9am), The Swan (1956; 10:45am), Gigi (1958; 12:45pm), Dangerous Exile (1958; 2:45pm), Amazons of Rome (1961; 4:30pm) and Made in Paris (1966; 6:15pm).  (Not even Octopussy, ferchrissake…)

The screenwriter many consider to have been the most talented of “The Hollywood Ten” is feted with a nice tribute later on in the evening.  Among the movies in Dalton Trumbo’s oeuvre to be shown are Spartacus (1960) at 8pm, followed by The Brave One (1956) at 11:30pm (the film for which Trumbo won his second Best Story Oscar, under the pseudonym “Robert Rich”).  The underrated The Boss (1956) follows at 1:30am (as “Ben Perry”) and John Garfield’s swan song, He Ran All the Way (1951; as “Guy Endore”) calls it a wrap at 3:15am.  If you’re not familiar with why Trumbo had to resort to so many pseudonyms, I can’t think of a finer picture to watch than The Front (1976), which follows He Ran at 4:45am.

June 20, Wednesday – If you’re wondering where our pal ClassicBecky has disappeared to today, look no further than the man celebrating what would have been his 103rd birthday (yeah, it’s that Errol Flynn guy) with this lineup of films: Green Light (1937; 6:30am), Northern Pursuit (1943; 8am), The Dawn Patrol (1938; 9:45am), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936; 11:30am), Santa Fe Trail (1940; 1:30pm), The Warriors (1955, aka The Dark Avenger; 3:30pm), Rocky Mountain (1950; 5pm) and The Master of Ballantrae (1953; 6:30pm).

June 21, Thursday – Today is my day to disappear…because the channel has scheduled a day of films featuring “the poor man’s Bette Davis,” Ida Lupino herownself.  Sitting through the first one will be difficult (it’s got that Flynn fellow in it), but after Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) at 6am it’s smooth sailing with Pillow to Post (1945; 8:15am), The Man I Love (1947; 10am), Deep Valley (1947; 11:45am), Escape Me Never (1947; 1:30pm—damn it, he’s in this one, too!), On Dangerous Ground (1952; 3:15pm), The Bigamist (1953; 4:45pm) and While the City Sleeps (1956; 6:15pm).

June 22, Friday – My absence continues as I celebrate the birthday of a man whose films are the reason I dearly love movies today.  He didn’t direct the first feature on the morning’s schedule (co-wrote it with Charles Brackett), Ninotchka (1939; 6am) but after that it’s all (Billy) Wilder with The Seven Year Itch (1955; 8am), Love in the Afternoon (1957; 10am), The Spirit of St. Louis (1957; 12:15pm), Some Like It Hot (1959; 2:45pm) and The Apartment (1960) at 5pm.

At 8pm, TCM ushers in a salute to “Summertime.”  That’s summertime, summertime sum-sum-summertime, summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summer…okay, I should have went with my gut and cut that joke.  The evening starts off with Street Scene (1931), then it’s You’re Only Young Once (1938; 9:30pm), Stand by Me (1986; 11pm) and Last Summer (1969; 12:30am).  Kristy McNichol and Tatum O’Neal continue the summer fun on TCM Underground with Little Darlings (1980) at 2:15pm, a fave of my pal Hal at The Horn Section.

June 23, SaturdayTCM Essentials’ 8pm showing of Rebel Without a Cause (1955) could send the rest of the evening off in many directions—but they never seem to entertain the thought of a William Hopper festival.  Instead, the channel will fete the lovely actress who plays Hopper’s daughter…the Natalie Wood films continue at 10pm with Sex and the Single Girl (1964), followed by Cash McCall (1959; 12mid), Splendor in the Grass (1961; 2am) and Kings Go Forth (1958; 4:15am).

June 24, Sunday – TCM will show one of my favorite Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn teamings, Keeper of the Flame (1942) at 6:15am.  (The old man will probably still be asleep.)

The channel takes us all to the circus come the evening hours, by setting aside the schedule to movies about clowns.  At 8pm, as part of the admirable efforts of Essentials, Jr.  to introduce the younger generation to Chaplin, it’s The Circus (1928)…and then at 9:30 it’s The Big Circus (1959).  (Be sure not to confuse the two.)  The Circus Clown (1934) follows at 11:30, and then Silent Sunday Nights gets into the three-ring act with Lon Chaney’s Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) at 12:45am.  A TCM Imports showing of La strada (1954; 2:15am) and Danny Kaye’s Merry Andrew (1958; 4:15am) enthusiastically wave goodbye to appropriate exit music.

June 25, Monday – A movie that I’ve been hoping would turn up on the channel again is scheduled for 9am—Turn Back the Clock (1933).  (I might get to see this one, too…if I can send Dad for his newspaper for the next hour-and-a-half.)

It’s nice to see a tribute to the gifted actor Ross Alexander turn up on the nighttime schedule—a talent who tragically left us far too soon.  The features start at 8pm with Hot Money (1936), and that’s followed by We’re in the Money (1935; 9:15pm), China Clipper (1936; 10:30pm), Ready, Willing and Able (1937; 12:15am), Shipmates Forever (1936; 2am), Boulder Dam (1936; 4am) and Brides are Like That (1936; 5:15am).

June 26, Tuesday – TCM’s theme this evening is “Gregory Peck Goes to War”…which sort of made me SOL, because a back injury from his college days kept Peck out of any real action.  But that’s what acting is all about—and Greg exercises his thespic chops in MacArthur (1977) at 8pm, followed by The Purple Plain (1954; 10:30pm), The Guns of Navarone (1961; 12:30am) and Days of Glory (1944) at 3:15am.

June 27, Wednesday – They used to announce the beginning of Don Ameche and Francis Langford’s Bickersons sketches with “the honeymoon is over!”—and while the closest we’ll come to old-time radio today is Here We Go Again (1942) at 11:15am (with Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Jim & Marian Jordan [“Fibber McGee & Molly”] and Harold “The Great Gildersleeve” Peary) there are plenty of honeymoon capers on tap beginning with Made for Each Other (1939) at 6:30am, followed by Haunted Honeymoon (1940; 8:15am), Father Takes a Wife (1941; 9:45an), Above Suspicion (1943; 12:45pm), The Long, Long Trailer (1954; 2:15pm), Period of Adjustment (1962; 4pm) and The Family Way (1966; 6pm).

June 28, Thursday – My favorite science fiction film of the 1960s, Five Million Years to Earth (1968; aka Quatermass and the Pit) gets an airing at 4pm.  Unfortunately, four o’clock also kicks off the same local news my father watched at noon.

June 29, Friday – If you haven’t found the time to watch one of my favorite John Garfield movies, you should make the time—The Fallen Sparrow (1943) is on at 9:30am.  (“Hey, Dad…take your time going out for that paper!”)

June 30, Saturday – One of those movies that Sony Home Video is offering on their MOD (manufactured on demand) program, 711 Ocean Drive (1950), gets an airing at 9am.  So I can check that off my wish list.

Finally, TCM says “buh-bye” to June in grand style with an encore of Sullivan’s Travels (1941) on Essentials at 8pm (for Kristen, I’ll bet) and then finishing out the rest of the evening schedule with prime Preston presentations.  (Sturges, that is.)  It’s Christmas in July (1940) at 9:45pm, followed by The Great McGinty (1940; 11pm), The Lady Eve (1941; 12:30ampositively the same dame!), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944; 2:15am) and The Palm Beach Story (1942; 4am).

1 comment:

Toby O'B said...

I don't know if I should be insulted that MY birthday will be celebrated with all monster movies or not.......

But I am disappointed that "The Velvet Touch" wasn't listed in the Rosalind Russell line-up. For me it's the perfect prequel to 'Columbo'. (I think Columbo's mentor Sgt. Gilhooley is even one of the unnamed lesser detectives.)