Friday, June 29, 2012

Coming distractions: July 2012 on TCM

I realize that I am cutting this one mighty close.  I’m also certain that most of you are probably clued into what The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ has in store for its viewership come July, so this might be news so old the majority of you are already saying “BOR-ing!”

But I’m going to bank on more than a few of you not receiving your monthly TCM viewers’ guide yet…and really, posting on the ol’ blog this month is waaaaay down compared to the fever pitch of a month ago.  I swear I’m going to get back into the groove soon; it’s just a matter of juggling the various assignments from day to day.  But there are no doubt other explanations for why it took so long for me to get this up (even with Laura of Miscellaneous Musings fame alerting me to the tentative schedule).

1)      I am hopelessly hooked playing Cityville on Facebook/Zynga.  (Seriously…that game is like crack.)
2)      I couldn’t honestly tell you the last time I watched something on Tee Cee Em.  My folks wield an iron hand-like control over the television remote in the living room, so when I want to watch TV by my lonesome I must saunter back to my boudoir environs, where I don’t get TCM (though I do get Me-TV and Antenna TV).
3)      The Star of the Month for July is Leslie Howard.  Kind of hard to get excited about that.

Okay, before all you Howard fans go racing to the comments section and start tearing up the seats…I don’t dislike Howard.  He’s in some movies I like, notably The Petrified Forest, Stand-In and The Scarlet Pimpernel.  But at the risk of spending a few millenniums in Classic Movie Purgatory, the man just leaves me with an overall feeling of “meh.”  In his defense, I probably haven’t seen as many of his films as perhaps I should (I think that bad taste in my mouth is from Gone With the Wind, in which Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara pines for Howard’s Ashley Wilkes for reasons I still can’t comprehend.)  Anyway, the channel will pay the acclaimed British actor-director-producer tribute every Tuesday night in July with 22 of his films:

July 3, Tuesday
08:00pm Gone With the Wind (1939)
12:00am Stand-In (1937)
01:45am The First of the Few (1942; aka Spitfire)
04:00am The Gentle Sex (1943)
05:45am The Lamp Still Burns (1943)

July 10, Tuesday
08:00pm The Petrified Forest (1936)
09:30pm It’s Love I’m After (1937)
11:15pm Of Human Bondage (1934)
02:15am Five and Ten (1931)

July 17, Tuesday
08:00pm Romeo and Juliet (1936)
10:15pm A Free Soul (1931)
12:00am Smilin’ Through (1932)
01:45am Outward Bound (1930)
03:15am Captured! (1933)

July 24, Tuesday
08:00pm Pygmalion (1938)
09:45pm Berkeley Square (1933)
11:15pm Devotion (1931)
12:45pm The Animal Kingdom (1932)

July 31, Tuesday
08:00pm The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
09:45pm British Agent (1934)
11:15pm The 49th Parallel (1941)

Monday nights…beg pardon—make that Mondays in general in July will be set aside for what TCM describes as “Classic Adventure”!  A virtual filmic smorgasbord of 65+ movies, many based on timeless novels and featuring he-man movie icons like Errol Flynn, Stewart Granger and Johnny Weissmuller, the schedule for those days will be as follows:

July 2, Monday
06:00am Trader Horn (1931)
08:15am Safari (1956)
10:00am Drums of Africa (1963)
11:45am Rhino! (1964)
01:30pm Jungle Jim (1948)
04:30pm Bomba the Jungle Boy (1949)
06:00pm Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959)
08:00pm Mogambo (1953)
10:00pm Elephant Walk (1954)
12:00am Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
02:00am Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
04:00am King Solomon’s Mines (1950)

July 9, Monday
05:45am Around the World in 80 Days (1956) (also Tuesday, June 24 at 1:15pm)
09:00am Kidnapped (1948)
12:00pm The Corsican Brothers (1941)
06:00pm Scaramouche (1952)
08:00pm The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) (also Thursday, June 19, at 12:15am)
10:00pm The Three Musketeers (1948)
02:15am Ivanhoe (1952)
04:15am The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

July 10, Tuesday
06:00am The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

July 16, Monday
06:00am Run for the Sun (1956)
08:00am Northwest Passage (1940) (also Wednesday, June 25, at 6am)
10:15am The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
12:00pm The Four Feathers (1939)
04:00pm Gunga Din (1939) (also Thursday, June 19, at 10pm)
06:00pm Kim (1950)
08:00pm Jungle Book (1942)
10:00pm Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
12:00am Captains Courageous (1937)
03:45am The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

July 17, Tuesday
06:15am The Sheik (1921)

July 23, Monday
05:45am Captain Kidd (1945)
07:15am Blackbeard the Pirate (1952)
09:00am The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
10:30am The Sea Hawk (1940)
12:45pm The Spanish Main (1945)
04:30pm The Hurricane (1937)
06:30pm China Seas (1935)
08:00pm Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
12:30am Treasure Island (1934)
02:30am Captain Blood (1935)
04:45am Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)

July 24, Tuesday
06:30am Underwater! (1955)

July 30, Monday
06:00am Maya (1966)
08:00am The Black Stallion (1979)
12:00pm Mysterious Island (1961)
02:00pm The Golden Arrow (1962)
04:00pm Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
06:00pm The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
08:00pm Five Came Back (1939)
09:30pm Island in the Sky (1953)
11:30pm Plunder of the Sun (1953)
01:00am Valley of the Kings (1954)
02:45am Sinbad, the Sailor (1947)

So with the E ticket items out of the way…let’s take a look at what we can expect come this Sunday.  (I tried to go back and make certain that the films scheduled jibed with what I originally grabbed off the tentative site…so if I made any errors, mea culpa.)

July 1, Sunday – The channel has a bodacious lineup of classic movie musicals scheduled, kicking things off at 6am with 42nd Street (1933) and followed by Show Boat (1951; 7:30am), Annie Get Your Gun (1950; 9:30am), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954; 11:30am), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949; 1:30pm), On the Town (1949; 3:15pm) and The Music Man (1962) at 5:15pm.  (Seriously—not a bad one in the bunch.)

Come nightfall, a pair of movies that deal with the theme “time to go home”: Lassie Come Home (1943) at 8pm (part of TCM Essentials, Jr.) and Good-bye, My Lady (1956) after that at 10.  The last one might be worth a look because Walter Brennan and Phil Harris are in it…but personally, I’ll stick around for TCM’s Sunday Silent Nights—where they have three shorts by “the third genius,” Harold Lloyd, scheduled: Number, Please? (1920; 12mid), Never Weaken (1921; 12:30am) and A Sailor-Made Man (1921; 1am).

July 4, Wednesday – The U.S. blows out 236 candles on its birthday cake, and as is TCM’s wont, films with a Revolutionary War theme have been scheduled: The Howards of Virginia (1940; 7:15am), The Scarlet Coat (1955; 9:15am), The Devil’s Disciple (1959; 11:15am), John Paul Jones (1959; 12:45pm), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939; 3pm) and 1776 (1972; 5pm).  With the musical inclinations of the last picture, the channel will then feature musical biographies for the rest of the evening beginning at 8pm with Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), and then follow it with Stars and Stripes Forever (1952; 10:15 pm), The Glenn Miller Story (1954; 12mid), Rhapsody in Blue (1945; 2am) and Bound for Glory (1976; 4:30am).

July 5, Thursday – While the Shreve family celebrates the (mumble mumble) anniversary of younger sister Debbie’s arrival into this world, the always provocative and controversial Spike Lee applies for the position of TCM’s guest programmer…and once accepted, he picks four of my favorites for the evening: Ace in the Hole (1951; 8pm), The Night of the Hunter (1955; 10pm), On the Waterfront (1954; 11:45pm) and A Face in the Crowd (1957; 1:45am).  (Those of you not up for this quartet of films might want to help revive Big Hollywood's John Nolte with some smelling salts.)

July 6, Friday – Actress Janet Leigh celebrates what would have been her 85th birthday today, and the channel is only too happy to oblige her with a tribute that commences at 6:30am with That Forsyte Woman (1949).  Holiday Affair (1949) follows at 8:30am, and then it’s Strictly Dishonorable (1951; 10:15am), Two Tickets to Broadway (1951; 12noon), Just This Once (1952; 2pm), The Manchurian Candidate (1962; 3:45pm) and Bye Bye Birdie (1963; 6pm).

Another Leigh feature, The Naked Spur (1953), will be shown in the evening hours at 10pm as part of a three-film retrospective on James Stewart westerns beginning at 8pm with The Man from Laramie (1955) and ending with Two Rode Together (1961) at 12 midnight.  Then it’s TCM Underground, where if you’re up that late you don’t want to miss the Roman Polanski classic Repulsion (1965) at 4:15pm.

But before dessert, you have to eat your vegetables—in the form of a 1981 horror film, Possession (at 2am), directed by the legendary Andzrej Zulawski.  Let me just say this for the record.  I pride myself on being able to sit through any kind of movie, no matter how awful it is—in fact, when a movie is bad, it’s like a challenge to me to see if I can defeat it with my God-given gifts of snark and sarcasm.

I saw Possession in 1982 in a movie googolplex in Savannah, GA—only it had been released under the title The Night the Screaming Stops.  (I should have known something was up during the opening credits by the clumsy way they deposited the new title, btw.)  It is the only film I have ever walked out of without staying to the end.  No other film can make that claim, and as I mentioned to Bill at The Kind of Face You Hate on Facebook one night, that movie not only kicked my ass it probably did a kegstand afterward in celebration.  I know my BBFF Stacia is going to want to see this (if she hasn’t already) because her pretend boyfriend and Twitter companion Sam Neill is in it…all I can do is tell her “Do not seek the treasure…” and let it go at that.

July 7, Saturday – TCM has scheduled a real curio that might be of interest to OTR fans: it’s the 1942 musical comedy Seven Days’ Leave, which stars Victor Mature (I know I said musical comedy—honest, it’s not a typo) as a GI who inherits $100,000…but won’t collect the dough unless he can get heiress Terry Havalok-Allen (Lucille Ball) to marry him within a week.  This thin plot (no doubt swiped from Keaton’s Seven Chances) is a dropping off point for a bunch of old-time radio personalities like Ralph Edwards (Truth or Consequences) and Charles Victor (the host of Court of Missing Heirs).  This film also features Harold Peary in his “Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve” persona, not to mention the likes of Ginny Simms, Les Brown, Freddy Martin…and Arnold Stang.  I taped this one off of TCM sometime back (I haven’t seen the film since the days it was on AMC, which should give you an idea of how long it’s been) and probably need to revisit it soon—it will be shown at 7:30am, right after 7 Women (1966; 6am) and before 7 Faces of Dr.Lao (1964; 9am).  (Clever!)

TCM also concludes its Saturday morning excursions into the voluminous oeuvre of Columbia’s “Rusty” series this month with Rusty Leads the Way (1948) at 10:45am.  Subsequent weeks in July will bring us My Dog Rusty (1948; July 14), Rusty Saves a Life (1949; July 21) and Rusty’s Birthday (1949; July 28).  (These films will also run at 10:45am.)

July 7 will also mark the beginning of the channel’s newest cliffhanger serial offering: one that I previewed about a month ago by scheduling the 1940 chapter play The Green Hornet for our own Serial Saturdays.  The lineup is as follows:

July 7: The Tunnel of Terror/Flying Coffins/The Thundering Terror
July 14: The Time Bomb/Pillar of Flame/Highways of Peril
July 21: Dead or Alive/The Hornet Trapped/Bridge of Disaster
July 28: Panic in the Zoo/Doom of the Underworld/Disaster Rides the Rails/Bullets and Ballots

Finally, come the evening hours, the scheduling of the David Lean-Katharine Hepburn collaboration Summertime (1955) on The Essentials at 8pm ushers in a tribute to Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Hildyard.  The Sundowners (1960) follows at 9:45pm, and then it’s The Journey (1959; 12:15am) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957; 2:30am) afterward.

July 8, Sunday – TCM’s Essentials, Jr. schedules the classic W.C. Fields comedy The Bank Dick (1940) at 8pm, which warms the cockles of my cynical heart as I believe it’s never too early to introduce younger generations to one of the great film comedians of all time.  Following Dick will be a pair of films with bank robbery-related themes (the night is being called “Take it to the Bank”), The Steel Trap (1952) at 9:30pm and the neglected cult noir Crime Wave (1954) at 11.  This will push TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights up to 12:30am this week…but it will be worth it, as the channel will be showing another crime drama goodie, The Racket (1928).  The criminal shenanigans continue throughout the night with another cult classic, Jean-Luc Goddard’s Band of Outsiders (1964) at 2am on TCM Imports.

July 11, WednesdaySix a.m. is kind of an odd time to schedule Sullivan’s Travels (1941) but if you haven’t seen this one already it’s definitely worth setting your alarm.

In the evening, the channel will take a look at some of Robert Redford’s oeuvre—unfortunately, the actor’s feature film debut, War Hunt (1962), is on the schedule at 5:15am and I’m not in the night auditing business anymore.  The Sting (1973), the first PG-rated film I ever saw in theaters, kicks the night off at 8pm, followed by The Natural (1984; 10:15pm), Inside Daisy Clover (1965; 12:45am) and The Way We Were (1973; 3am).

July 12, Thursday – Director Vincent Sherman’s birthday is actually July 16…so TCM is kind of jumping the gun by devoting the daylight hours to the veteran moviemaker.  But this is not necessarily a bad thing, particularly when the lineup includes Old Acquaintance (1943; 6:45am), Nora Prentiss (1947; 8:45am), Harriet Craig (1950; 10:45am), The Damned Don’t Cry (1950; 12:30pm), Goodbye, My Fancy (1951; 2:30pm), The Garment Jungle (1957; 4:30pm) and A Fever in the Blood (1961; 6pm).

Then when the evening shadows fall, the Right Reverend Robert Osborne will schedule a few of his “picks” for his devoted flock, beginning at 8pm with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  After that, it’s Stormy Weather (1943; 9:45pm), Oscar Wilde (1960; 11:15pm) and My Reputation (1946; 1am)…followed by a Joan Crawford double feature, Autumn Leaves (1956; 2:45am) and This Modern Age (1931; 4:45am).

July 13, Friday – A couple of interesting feature films have been scheduled during the daylight hours that are definitely worth the price of admission for the curious: you have Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) at 6am, and then the oddly endearing Soldier in the Rain (1963) at 2:15pm—I couldn’t quite buy Steve McQueen’s “Gomer Pyle” impression in this one, but The Great One (Jackie Gleason) is splendid as always.

The channel then programs films a little more my meat come nightfall with a quartet of films helmed by TDOY god Samuel Fuller.  If you’re late getting home by 8pm (say, choir practice ran long or something) you’ll miss a bit of I Shot Jesse James (1949)…but afterward under no circumstances should you neglect seeing three of Sam’s best features: Park Row (1952; 9:30pm), Shock Corridor (1963; 11pm—“Nymphos!”) and The Naked Kiss (1964; 12:45am).  (I’m not joking about this—I may decide to have a pop quiz the next day.)

July 14, Saturday – Finding a decent print of Anthony Mann’s The Black Book (1949; aka Reign of Terror) is nigh next to impossible (though I think the Film Noir Foundation has been looking and looking and looking), so you’ll have to make do with what we got at 7am…I think it’s a fascinating film, solely because Mann was able to make a fairly sumptuous movie about the French Revolution on a spit-and-baling-wire budget.  Another Revolution-themed film, Voltaire (1933), precedes Black Book at 5:45am and the more lavish A Tale of Two Cities (1935) follows it at 8:30am.

TCM’s Essentials will show the 1935 classic Alice Adams (based on the Booth Tarkington novel) at 8pm, which will be your cue to settle in for an evening of Fred MacMurray movies, including The Princess Comes Across (1936; 9:45pm), No Time for Love (1943; 11:15pm), A Millionaire for Christy (1951; 12:45am), Kisses for My President (1964; 2:30am) and Too Many Husbands (1940; 4:30am).

July 15, SundayThe Reckless Moment (1949) is on the schedule again at 10:30am, another one of those movies you should watch if you haven’t already.

July 17, Tuesday – I’ve heard good things about Let Freedom Ring (1939; 6:30pm), and I would love to catch this one…but it’s on at the same time that Brian Williams is making his nightly news pronouncements, and God forbid my father miss a word of Williams’ golden tones despite the fact that he’s watched news all day long.

July 18, Wednesday – The channel sets aside a large (beau) hunk of the morning for some of legendary comedy producer Hal Roach’s oeuvre…naturally taking care to include some Laurel & Hardy features in Swiss Miss (1938; 6:30am), A Chump at Oxford (1940; 8am) and Saps at Sea (1940; 12:30pm) (a 1930 Stan & Ollie short, Brats, is also scheduled at 6am).  The other Roach films on the schedule (many of his patented “streamliners”) are Captain Caution (1940; 9:30am), One Million B.C. (1940; 11am), All-American Co-Ed (1941; 1:30pm), Miss Polly (1941; 2:30pm), Road Show (1941; 3:30pm), Tanks a Million (1941; 5pm), Brooklyn Orchid (1942; 6pm) and Dudes are Pretty People (1942; 7pm).

The Warner Archive released Francis Ford Coppola’s You’re a Big Boy Now (1966) to MOD DVD sometime back but because I don’t have two nickels to rub together I wasn’t able to invest in a copy.  Since it kicks off an evening of Coppola’s early films at 8pm, I might get an opportunity to grab it.  A Warner Archive DVD that I do have, The Rain People (1969), follows at 10pm, and then after that it’s the cult horror item Dementia 13 (1963; 12mid) and Finian’s Rainbow (1968; 1:30am).

July 19, Thursday – Ooh!  Prison flicks!  And most of them are the “chicks in chains” variety, starting off at 6am with Ladies They Talk About (1933) and followed by The House on 56th Street (1933; 7:15am), Condemned Women (1938; 8:30am), Within the Law (1939; 10am), Caged (1950; 11:15am) and House of Women (1962; 1pm).  Then it’s over to the male side of the penitentiary with Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951; 2:30pm), House of Numbers (1957; 4pm) and Convicts 4 (1962; 5:45pm).

July 20, Friday – Natalie Wood celebrates what would have been her 74th birthday today, and the channel does well by her with a lineup of her films: Never a Dull Moment (1950; 6am), The Searchers (1956; 7:45am), The Burning Hills (1956; 10am), A Cry in the Night (1956; 11:45am), The Girl He Left Behind (1956; 1:15pm), Gypsy (1962; 3:15pm) and Sex and the Single Girl (1964; 6pm).

And for the evening audience…the only thing better than a Barbara Stanwyck movie is a Barbara Stanwyck pre-Code movie, and TCM schedules four of them: Shopworn (1932; 8pm), Ten Cents a Dance (1931; 9:15pm), Illicit (1931; 10:45pm) and Forbidden (1932; 12:15am).  (Let’s be honest: the titles alone suggest it’s not going to be an outing for the entire family.)

July 21, Saturday – With the scheduling of To Have and Have Not (1944) on The Essentials at 8pm, TCM follows it up with feature films that spotlight famous Hollywood couples before they tied the knot (as in the case of Have Not, when Bogie and Bacall were still in the courtship ritual).  Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz headline Too Many Girls (1940) at 10pm, and then it’s Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in Fire Over England (1937; 11:30pm), Cary Grant and Betsy Drake in Every Girl Should Be Married (1948; 1:15am), and Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman in both Brother Rat (1938; 2:45am) and Brother Rat and a Baby (1940; 4:30am) to round out the evening.

July 22, SundaySilent Sunday Nights has a Renée Adorée film scheduled at 12:30am that I have not seen, The Mating Call (1928)…and from the description on the TCM schedule (“In this silent film, a World War I veteran takes on the Ku Klux Klan when he loses his wife to a womanizing Klansman”) I will have to load up on the iced tea because it sounds like a doozy.  I will not, however, be staying up afterward for Luchino Visconti’s masterpiece, The Leopard (1963) at 2am…even though I was so impressed with this motion picture treatment of the Risorgimento that I went along to Somerset House and changed me own name to “Leopard,” preferring it to me original handle, “Panther,”  Rawrrrrrr… (Sorry about that.  Obligatory Python reference.)

July 25, Wednesday – TCM sends a “Letter to Loretta” in the evening hours with a mini-festival of Loretta Young that includes two Young movies of which I’m actually quite fond: Come to the Stable (1949) at 11pm and The Farmer’s Daughter (1947) afterwards at 12:45am.  The rest of the gaps will be filled by Born to Be Bad (1934; 8pm), Eternally Yours (1939; 9:15pm), Bedtime Story (1941; 2:30am) and Big Business Girl (1931; 4am).

July 26, Thursday – Director Blake Edwards would have been 90 on this date today, so TCM starts off the morning with a trio of his films: Days of Wine and Roses (1962; 6am), The Great Race (1965; 8am) and The Carey Treatment (1972; 10:45am).  But then they remembered that James Coburn stars in this last picture…and the programmer decided they’d much rather watch movies with him instead—which explains why the rest of the afternoon is made up of In Like Flint (1967; 12:30pm), The Americanization of Emily (1964; 2:30pm), The Loved One (1965; 4:30pm) and Ride Lonesome (1959; 6:45pm).  (I don’t like it any more than you do…but we must remember we are guests in their house.)

On the eve of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the channel then devotes its evening lineup to films with an Olympics-theme: The Bob Mathias Story (1954; 8pm), Jim Thorpe—All-American (1951; 9:30pm), International Velvet (1978; 11:30pm), Walk Don’t Run (1966; 1:45am) and A Global Affair (1964; 3:45am).

July 27, FridayCliff Aliperti alert (notice it’s spelled correctly)!  The Case of the Howling Dog (1934) is on at 6am.

You know, I actually remember ponying up the money to see Dick Tracy (1990) in a theatre…and remember being pissed as hell, because while the movie is amazing in terms of its visual design there’s no freaking plot (it’s “all icing and no cake,” as a college English instructor I knew often said).  TCM fans will get the chance to see the film at 8pm (and will probably go off on a tirade about how it’s not a classic movie…and it isn’t) when the channel kicks off a salute to the world’s greatest comic strip cop.  After the film, Leonard Maltin interviews star Warren Beatty in a half-hour special (9:55pm) that also includes of history of the detective in film clips, and then at 10:30pm TCM will start three of the 1940s R-K-O Dick Tracy B-flicks: Dick Tracy (1945), Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946; 11:45pm) and Dick Tracy’s Dilemma (1947; 1am).

July 28, Saturday – My favorite way to spend a Saturday evening is watching Svengoolie on Me-TV (watching horror films interrupted by commercial breaks reminds me of my young adolescent days staring at Chiller Theatre), and a few weeks ago Sven (Rich Koz) unspooled I Saw What You Did (1965), a better-than-you’d-think William Castle picture that features Joan Crawford…why, I have no idea.  But TCM will run the film uncut (at 10:30pm) as part of a “Joan Crawford in the ’60’s” theme that starts with the cult horror classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) at 8pm as part of The Essentials, and also include The Caretakers (1963) at 12 midnight and another Castle goodie, Strait-Jacket (1964) at 1:45am.  (A 2002 documentary, Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star, wraps it all up at 3:30am.)

July 29, Sunday – I missed it the last time it was on, so I need to write myself a sticky and watch Kiki (1926) on Silent Sunday Nights at 12:15am, a Clarence Brown-directed silent that stars Norma Talmadge and TDOY fave Ronald Colman.  (I have that Kino Video Constance Talmadge set around the house here somewhere—and I’ve been meaning to crack it open but time and CityVille wait for no man.)

July 31, Tuesday – TCM wraps up the month with an interesting shout-out to actress Marjorie Reynolds…who before I caught her in films like Holiday Inn (1942), Ministry of Fear (1944) and The Time of Their Lives (1946) I knew her only as the mom on the TV sitcom The Life of Riley.  Sadly, none of the films I mentioned are on the schedule (not even His Kind of Woman) but if you’re a fan of Marj’s you’ll enjoy such B-picture gems as Timber Stampede (1939; 9:15am), Doomed to Die (1940; 10:30am), The Fatal Hour (1940; 11:45am), Cyclone on Horseback (1941; 1pm), Dude Cowboy (1941; 2:15pm), Meet Me on Broadway (1946; 3:30pm), The Great Jewel Robbery (1950; 5pm) and the Bowery Boys romp No Holds Barred (1952; 6:45pm).

Oh…just one more thing.  The channel runs out of Leslie Howard films after The 49th Parallel this evening, so they fill out the nighttime hours with some Joan Blondell flicks: There’s Always a Woman (1938; 1:30am), The Famous Ferguson Case (1932; 3am) and Miss Pinkerton (1932; 4:30am).  (Yowsah!)


Dave Enkosky said...

Man, I love the Joan Crawford in the 60s theme of July 28.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Man, I love the Joan Crawford in the 60s theme of July 28.

Is this a great country or what?

Stacia said...

I caught most of Possession the last time it was on TCM, yes. Fascinating. You know I love really crazy cinematic shenanigans, and Possession really delivers.

Jake Cole was watching Possession recently and tweeting, and someone tweeted "Tell us when Sam Neill stops screaming." Answer: "Trick question. He never stops screaming." That's why I laughed so hard when I read the alternate title you watched the movie under.

There aren't many films I can't finish, and when I can't it's usually because of pretentiousness or some kind of idiocy; I'll just snargle through the gore. That's why I saw Cannibal Holocaust but couldn't finish The Eiger Sanction.

I think I must have forgotten the last few days of the TCM schedule because I didn't catch the Joan Crawford day on the 28th at all.