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.
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
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)
The Lamp Still Burns (1943)
July 10, Tuesday
It’s Love I’m After (1937)
Of Human Bondage (1934)
Never the Twain Shall Meet (1931)
Five and Ten (1931)
July 17, Tuesday
Romeo and Juliet (1936)
A Free Soul (1931)
12:00am Smilin’ Through (1932)
Outward Bound (1930)
July 24, Tuesday
The Animal Kingdom (1932)
July 31, Tuesday
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
British Agent (1934)
The 49th Parallel (1941)
July 2, Monday
06:00am Trader Horn (1931)
08:15am Safari (1956)
11:45am Rhino! (1964)
Jungle Jim (1948)
Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957)
Bomba the Jungle Boy (1949)
Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959)
Elephant Walk (1954)
12:00am Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
04:00am King Solomon’s Mines (1950)
July 9, Monday
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) (also Tuesday, June 24 at )
10:30am The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954)
The Corsican Brothers (1941)
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) (also Thursday, June 19, at )
The Three Musketeers (1948)
12:15am Knights of the Round Table (1954)
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)
10:15am The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
The Four Feathers (1939)
Gunga Din (1939) (also Thursday, June 19, at )
Jungle Book (1942)
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
12:00am Captains Courageous (1937)
02:00am The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
03:45am The Thief of
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)
The Sea Hawk (1940)
The Spanish Main (1945)
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
The Hurricane (1937)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
02:30am Captain Blood (1935)
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
July 24, Tuesday
July 30, Monday
06:00am Maya (1966)
08:00am The Black Stallion (1979)
The Land That Time Forgot (1975)
Mysterious Island (1961)
The Golden Arrow (1962)
Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
Five Came Back (1939)
Island in the Sky (1953)
Plunder of the Sun (1953)
Valley of the Kings (1954)
02:45am Sinbad, the Sailor (1947)
04:45am A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
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.)
Lassie Come Home (1943) at (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; ) 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.)
That Forsyte Woman (1949). Holiday Affair (1949) follows at , and then it’s Strictly Dishonorable (1951; ), Two Tickets to Broadway (1951; 12noon), Just This Once (1952; 2pm), The Manchurian Candidate (1962; ) and Bye Bye Birdie (1963; 6pm).
Another Leigh feature, The Naked Spur (1953), will be shown in the evening hours at as part of a three-film retrospective on James Stewart westerns beginning at with The Man from
(1955) and ending with Two Rode Together (1961) at . 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 .
But before dessert, you have to eat your vegetables—in the form of a 1981 horror film, Possession (at ), 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.
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
“Rusty” series this month with Rusty Leads the Way (1948) at .
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 .)
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 ushers in a tribute to Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Hildyard. The Sundowners (1960) follows at , and then it’s The Journey (1959; ) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957; ) afterward.
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 and the neglected cult noir Crime Wave (1954) at 11. This will push TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights up to 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 on TCM Imports.
July 11, Wednesday – 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.
War Hunt (1962), is on the schedule at 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 , followed by The Natural (1984; ), Inside Daisy Clover (1965; ) 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; ), Nora Prentiss (1947; ), Harriet Craig (1950; ), The Damned Don’t Cry (1950; ), Goodbye, My Fancy (1951; ), The Garment Jungle (1957; ) 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 with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). After that, it’s Stormy Weather (1943; ), Oscar Wilde (1960; ) and My Reputation (1946; 1am)…followed by a Joan Crawford double feature, Autumn Leaves (1956; ) and This Modern Age (1931; ).
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.
I Shot Jesse James (1949)…but afterward under no circumstances should you neglect seeing three of Sam’s best features: Park Row (1952; ), Shock Corridor (1963; 11pm—“Nymphos!”) and The Naked Kiss (1964; ). (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 and the more lavish A Tale of Two Cities (1935) follows it at .
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, Sunday – The Reckless Moment (1949) is on the schedule again at , 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.
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 , 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).
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; ), House of Numbers (1957; 4pm) and Convicts 4 (1962; ).
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).
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, Sunday – Silent 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.)
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; ), Bedtime Story (1941; ) 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; ). 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; ), International Velvet (1978; ), Walk Don’t Run (1966; ) and A Global Affair (1964; ).
July 27, Friday – Cliff Aliperti alert (notice it’s spelled correctly)! The Case of the Howling Dog (1934) is on at .
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 (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; ) and Dick Tracy’s Dilemma (1947; 1am).
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 ) 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 as part of The Essentials, and also include The Caretakers (1963) at and another Castle goodie, Strait-Jacket (1964) at . (A 2002 documentary, Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star, wraps it all up at .)
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 , 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.)
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).