Tarzan and the Mermaids [at 6am], and sort of working backward). To round out the schedule, the channel offers up three of the Jungle Jim programmers Weissmuller did for Columbia…and since my mother and I both own and have seen all the Tarzans I kind of wish they a) had penciled in more of the Jims, and b) had not stuck them in the hour where insomniacs and night auditors prowl. (Mom has viewed a few of the Jungle Jim pictures on Antenna TV, and thinks they are positively riotous.) I have since learned that Tee Cee Em will start running the Jungle Jims in a noontime slot beginning September 1—I hope to have news on that and much more soon.
Rashomon (1950; 7:45am), Seven Samurai (1954; 9:15am), Throne of Blood (1957; 12:45pm) and Yojimbo (1961; 2:45pm). And at the end of the month (August 31), James Caan gets feted with a day of his movies—some of which might not fall under the official definition of “classic movies” but are definitely worth your time like Slither (1973; 9:30am), Hide in Plain Sight (1980; 10:15pm), Thief (1981; 12mid) and The Rain People (1969; 4am).
So let’s take a quick look at the month, shall we?
Wednesday, August 1 – John Wayne. This is for the benefit of those who are no longer watching the once-proud AMC, whose schoolgirl crush on both the Duke and Clint Eastwood is starting to take on the proportions of…well, to use one of Eastwood’s films, Play Misty for Me (1971). True story: AMC runs both The Sons of Katie Elder and El Dorado practically every Saturday, and I know this to be so because my father watches them practically every Saturday. You have most of the usual suspects (Stagecoach,
The Searchers, Rio Bravo) but they will be showing Tall in the Saddle (1944) at , and I
haven’t seen that one turn up in the rotation in some time now.
The Great Divide (1929; 6am) and The Naughty Flirt (1931; 7:15am) because I’ve always had an affinity for the wicked Loy before she became America’s housewife.
Saturday, August 4 – Marilyn Monroe.
They Won’t Forget (1937; ) is a movie you really won’t forget, if you haven’t already seen it. I’ll also let Mom know that both The Wolf Man (1941; ) and The Invisible Man (1933; 8pm) are on that evening, and maybe she can dope my father’s drink or something.
Monday, August 6 – Van Heflin is a huge favorite here at Rancho Yesteryear, and since I’ve only seen the 1952 version of Bret Harte’s The Outcasts of Poker Flat I’ll have to set the alarm for the 1937 treatment. (Did you known Heflin is in both Battle Cry and Cry of Battle? What are the odds?)
Tuesday, August 7 – Sidney Poitier. Is there not a letterboxed version of Something of Value (1957; 12noon) available? Every time it’s on TCM it’s the pan-and-scan version.
Wednesday, August 8 – Rita Hayworth.
Young Dr. Kildare at ). I am kind of curious about Night Flight (1933) at , though.
Saturday, August 11 – James Mason. I guess TCM doesn’t have access to The Verdict (1982) because I don’t know how you could fete Mason without it (one of his best performances, IMO). They’re not even going to show Odd Man Out (1947)!
Sunday, August 12 – Ginger Rogers. Meh.
Monday, August 13 – Deborah Kerr. Most of my favorite Kerr films are in the evening hours: Black Narcissus (1947; 8pm), From Here to Eternity (1953; ) and The Innocents (1961; ).
The Seven Little Foys (with Bob Hope) at .
Wednesday, August 15 – Lillian Gish. Definitely a day to mark on my calendar, particularly with films like Broken Blossoms (1919; 6am), Orphans of the Storm (1921; ), La Boheme (1926; ) and The Scarlet Letter (1926; ) on tap. Plus they’ve got both Intolerance (1916; 8pm) and The Wind (1928; ) in prime-time!
Thursday, August 16 – You know…if the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll had never made any movies I don’t know how TV stations would ever celebrate his birthday. It’s all-day Elvis, and the usual suspects are in the lineup.
Friday, August 17 – Katharine Hepburn. They’ll run The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) at …that’s a novelty.
Sunday, August 19 – Eva Marie Saint. The last time I saw one of my favorite Saint pictures, A Hatful of Rain (1957; ), on TCM it was pan-and-scan. But Fox Movie Channel showed the letterboxed version a couple of months after that. You have been warned.
Monday, August 20 – Anthony Quinn. The great thing about a Quinn tribute is that The Ox-Bow Incident (1943; ) is usually guaranteed to be on the schedule.
Guilty Hands (1931; 8pm) and The House on 56th Street (1933; 9:30pm) in prime-time.
Wednesday, August 22 – Jack Lemmon. Featuring Lemmon’s only western, Cowboy (1958) at 12:15am and a movie that my pal Tom Sutpen once called the worst final film ever helmed by a major director, Buddy Buddy (1981; 4:15am).
a blogathon that same week (August 20-25) to commemorate Kelly’s 100th natal anniversary. Naturally, many of the films covered will be shown today (though good luck in finding the movie I picked, Christmas Holiday).
Friday, August 24 – Irene Dunne. The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933; ) sounds interesting.
you Errol Flynn fans in the audience need a fix with The Sun Also Rises (1957; ).
Sunday, August 26 – Gary Cooper. Yup…Ball of Fire (1941; 8pm) and Man of the West (1958; 10pm), two of my favorite Coop films, are on in prime-time.
Monday, August 27 – Jeanette MacDonald.
Sunday, August 28 - Ava Gardner. Some of these films that they schedule for these stars—in Ava’s case, Hitler’s Madman (1943; 6am) and Maisie Goes to Reno (1944; 7:45am)—are little more than glorified cameos.
Monday, August 29 – Ingrid Bergman celebrates a birthday today…but strangely enough,
isn’t on the schedule. Psyche! It so totally is, at . (Like TCM would pass up a chance to show that
Cliff Aliperti’s calls on this day because the day is devoted to Warren William films…but don’t expect me to take any messages, because I’ll be watching goodies like The Mouthpiece (1932; 9:45am), Skyscraper Souls (1932; 11:15am), Employees’ Entrance (1933; 11:45pm) and my favorite of the Lone Wolf franchise, The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939; 2:45am). Next time on Coming Distractions—a look at TCM in September. But until then, the Milk Duds are on me.