The Forger) will consist of 16 feature films…and when I first learned that Bacall would be in the spotlight I wondered if they would have that many movies to make it through the entire month (I guess they don’t have the rights to The Shootist any more—but VCI just released North West Frontier to DVD…they couldn’t score that?)—looking at the schedule, you’ll see it’s the equivalent of a cinematic hot dog in that there’s a lot of filler in there (some of the Bogart docs which would be fine if Bogie were the SOM…but he’s not). But, hey—I’m probably nitpicking too much…here’s what’s on tap:
Wednesday, September 5 (Bogie & Baby night!)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
The Big Sleep (1946)
12:00am Dark Passage (1947)
02:00am Key Largo (1948)
04:00am Bacall on Bogart (1988)
05:30am Bogart: The Untold Story (1996)
Wednesday, September 12
Confidential Agent (1945)
Young Man with a Horn (1950)
01:15am Bright Leaf (1950)
03:15am Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall (2005)
Wednesday, September 19
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
The Cobweb (1955) (also Wednesday, September 5 at )
12:00am Blood Alley (1955)
02:00am Written on the Wind (1956)
Designing Woman (1957) (also Sunday, September 30 at 10am)
Wednesday, September 26
The Gift of Love (1958)
Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
12:00am Harper (1966)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
a blogathon hosted by Angela at The Hollywood Revue in that same month)—but it’s also the 100th birthday of Keystone, the studio of mirth established by the King of Comedy himself, Mack Sennett. Every Thursday in September, TCM will feature a bodacious fistful of shorts and feature films produced by Sennett, comedies that star many of the silent funsters like Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Charles Chaplin, Harry Langdon and—of course—the Keystone Kops.
I am so stoked about this—I have been since I heard about TCM’s plans to salute Sennett several months ago on Facebook. So jazzed that I will be grabbing as many of these as I can, and if that means I have to wrestle a certain pair of parental units for control of the TV set, then it will be Katie Bar the Door. Here’s the tentative lineup of what’s in store for fans of silent cinema and Mack Sennett…actor, writer, director and producer:
Thursday, September 6
With a Kodak (1912); Katchem Kate (1912); The Manicure Lady (1911); The Curtain Pole (1909); Comrades (1911)
A Fishy Affair (1913); The Bangville Police (1913); Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life (1913); Mabel’s Dramatic Career (1913); The Water Nymph (1912)
10:00pm A Life in the Balance (1913); On His Wedding Day (1913); The Speed Kings (1913); The Grocery Clerk’s Romance (1912); A Flirt’s Mistake (1914)
The Great Toe Mystery (1914); The Rounders (1914); Mabel’s Married Life (1914); ‘Curses!’ They Remarked (1914); Recreation (1914); Shot in the Excitement (1914); The Knockout (1914)
12:45am Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914)
02:00am The Noise of Bombs (1914); Hash House Mashers (1915); Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition (1916); Ambrose’s First Falsehood (1914), Fatty’s New Role (1915), Leading Lizzie Astray (1914)
Thursday, September 13
08:00pm Gussle’s Day of Rest (1915), Do-Re-Mi-Boom! (1915); A Bird’s a Bird (1915); Court House Crooks (1915)
He Did and He Didn’t (1916); Wife and Auto Trouble (1916); Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916); Dizzy Heights and Daring Hearts (1915)
12:30am The Surf Girl (1916); Madcap Ambrose (1916); His Bitter Pill (1916); The Waiters’ Ball (1916)
Thursday, September 20
02:00am The Half-Back of Notre Dame (1924); Picking Peaches (1924); Black Oxfords (1924); Ten Dollars or Ten Days (1924)
03:45am Water Wagons (1925); Galloping Bungalows (1924); His Marriage Wow (1925); Lizzies of the Field (1924); Super-Hooper-Dyne-Lizzies (1925)
05:00am A Rainy Knight (1925)
Thursday, September 27
08:00pm Hoboken to Hollywood (1926); A Harem Knight (1926); Saturday Afternoon (1926); A Sea Dog’s Tale (1926)
Broke in China (1927); The Golf Nut (1927); The Pride of Pikesville (1927); Catalina, Here I Come (1927)
Don’t Play Bridge with Your Wife (1933); The Dentist (1932); The Loud Mouth (1932); The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933); The Great Pie Mystery (1931)
I’ve seen more than a few of these shorts, particularly the ones with Arbuckle, Harry Langdon and W.C. Fields (there was some speculation on Facebook that the print of The Dentist might be a little more complete than the one that’s been circulating for years now)…but the entire presentation is going to be a real treat. A few of these shorts (Smith’s Pony, Run, Girl, Run, His Unlucky Night, Matchmaking Mamma) even feature a young Carol(e) Lombard, for those you who may be fans of hers.
And now for something completely different…a look at what’s in store for the rest of the month, keeping in mind that all times are EDT and are schedule to change.
Following The Whistler at …it’s “Tarzan with clothes on!” That’s right, Johnny Weissmuller’s Jungle Jim series begins on the first of the month with the inaugural feature, Jungle Jim (1948)—and then the rest of the month will showcase The Lost Tribe (1949; September 8), Captive Girl (1950; September 15—this is the one with both Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe), Mark of the Gorilla (1950; September 22) and Pygmy Island (1950; September 29).
The Band Wagon at can only mean that a night of movies featuring the incomparable Oscar Levant is not far behind. And the channel makes it so: with The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) at , followed by Humoresque (1946; 12mid), An American in Paris (1951; ) and Romance on the High Seas (1948; ).
September 2, Sunday – Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. turns (knock wood) 49 on this day, but because I am not a classic movie icon none of my films will be shown today. TCM does devote the evening hours to show viewers how “hand-y” they are with four films about pianists who lose their hands and have them replaced with those from homicidal killers. Yes, they went to the well numerous times with this one, beginning at 8pm with Hands of a Stranger (1962) and followed by The Beast with Five Fingers (1946; 9:45pm), Mad Love (1935; 11:30pm) and The Hands of Orlac (1925) on TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights at 12:45am.
06:00am Greed (1924)
10:15am Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood (2009)
10:45am The Dot and the Line (1965)
11:00am The Apartment (1960)
The Tramp and the Dictator (2002)
My Life to Live (1962)
Black Narcissus (1946)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
My Brilliant Career (1979)
01:00am Night and the City (1950)
02:45am My Name is Ivan (1962) (They should have saved this for the previous day.)
04:30am Orlando (1992)
September 4, Tuesday – Director and HUAC fink Edward Dmytryk celebrates his 104th natal anniversary on this date, and the channel pays homage to him with the following movies from his oeuvre: Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942; 6:15am), Tender Comrade (1943; 7:30am), Behind the Rising Sun (1943; 9am), Murder, My Sweet (1944; 10:30am), Back to Bataan (1945; 12:15pm), The Juggler (1953; 2pm), Where Love Has Gone (1964; 3:30pm) and Anzio (1968; 5:30pm).
When evening shadows fall, those of you who thought Regis Philbin would go gentle into that good night owe the rest of us a round of drinks because he’s the guest programmer on TCM this evening, and he’s selected Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948; 8pm), High Society (1956; 10pm), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956; 12mid) and Gunga Din (1939; 2am).
Pressure Point (1962), and that’s followed by The Cobweb (1955; 7:45am), The Caretakers (1963; 10am), High Wall (1947; 12noon), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959; 2pm), The Snake Pit (1948; 4pm) and The Three Faces of Eve (1957; 6pm).
September 6, Thursday – After the Mack Sennett films, TCM will run the first two movies in Monogram’s long-running Bowery Boys series: Live Wires (1946; 3:30am) and In Fast Company (1946; 4:45am). (If you’re still awake by then.)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945; 6am), Boomerang! (1947; ), Pinky (1949; ), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951; ), East of Eden (1955; ), Baby Doll (1956; ) and A Face in the Crowd (1957; ).
In the evening, the channel will run prison-themed films…but they’re movies with basis in fact, including one that’s been on my radar for some time now: Cell 2455 Death Row (1955; 10:45pm)—loosely based on the account of Caryl Chessman. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) starts the program off at , and winding the night up is Convicts 4 (1962) at .
Later, on TCM Underground, one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen—The Legend of Hell House (1973) at . It’s being paired with House on Haunted Hill (1959; 4am), which is more campy than scary (though the scene where that old woman comes out of nowhere did give me a start).
The Goodbye Girl (1977) at as part of an evening’s entertainment the channel is calling “Precocious Girls.” “Precocious” is really just an euphemism for “bratty,” and to bolster my evidence I submit to you Exhibit A, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947) at 10pm (with Page of My Love of Old Hollywood fave Shirley Temple), and Exhibit B, two movies with She Who Must Not Be Named: Lost Angel (1943; 1:45am) and Little Women (1949; 3:45am). The remaining film scheduled, Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944; ), also features a well-known movie brat in Mickey Rooney…though to my knowledge he is not female.
September 9, Sunday – Two films directed by the great Lewis Milestone have been slotted for the evening hours: A Walk in the Sun (1945) at , followed by Milestone’s take on Les Misérables (1952) at . I’m not sure why you would ever need to remake this film after the splendid 1935 version with Fredric March and Charles Laughton…but then again, I don’t understand the need for a “Precocious Girls” evening either.
Parachute Battalion (1942), and followed by Powder Town (1942; 8am), China Venture (1953; 9:30am), Cow Country (1953; 11am), Man in the Dark (1953; 12:30pm) and The World Was His Jury (1958; 1:45pm).
At , the channel kicks off a salute to Jack Cole…and at first I thought they were referring to the Playboy artist and creator of Plastic Man but as it turns out you can always learn something new about movies. Cole was a choreographer, dancer and theatre director known as “the father of theatrical jazz dance,” and his work will be on display in Tonight and Every Night (1945; 8pm), On the Riviera (1951; 10pm), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953; 11:45pm), Les Girls (1957; 1:30am) and River of No Return (1954; 3:30am).
September 11, Tuesday – There’ll be an uptick in Twitter activity come nightfall…and most of it will emanate from My Love of Old Hollywood’s Page, because the channel will feature an evening of Cary Grant movies (“Judy, Judy, Judy…”). The 1952 screwball classic Monkey Business kicks things off at 8pm, followed by People Will Talk (1951; 10pm), I Was a Male War Bride (1949; 12mid), The Awful Truth (1937; 2am) and The Bishop’s Wife (1947) finishing things out at 3:45am.
The Secret Heart (1946; ), It Happened One Night (1934; 8am), Parrish (1961; 10am), Cleopatra (1934; ), Without Reservations (1946; ), It’s a Wonderful World (1939; ) and The Palm Beach Story (1942; 6pm).
September 14, Thursday – “Over the sea/Let’s go men…” Yes, the channel schedules a glut of seafaring tales in the daylight hours, starting at 6:30am with White Shadows in the South Seas (1928), then Sea Devils (1937; 8am), The Sea Wolf (1941; 9:30am), Ship Ahoy (1942; 11am), High Barbaree (1947; 12:45pm), All the Brothers Were Valiant (1952; 2:30pm), Crest of the Wave (1954; 4:15pm) and The Sea Around Us (1953; 6pm).
Come nightfall, it’s an evening of films with Queen Elizabeth I as the subject: two of them feature Bette Davis, who some have said made the perfect Liz (not me, of course—just some people…they live behind the 7-11)—The Virgin Queen (1955) at and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) at . Sandwiched between the two is Young Bess (1953; 10pm), with Jean Simmons as the would-be monarch.
Later on TCM Underground: Corman alert! The camp classic The Wasp Woman (1959) at , right after the cult film Equinox (1970; 2am).
Warren William alert! One of his Perry Mason films is scheduled at , The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935). (He’s no Raymond Burr, but the Mason films are not-bad little mysteries.) I might be up at that time because I’ve never seen the film that’s on afterward, One More River (1934; 9am)—directed by TDOY fave James Whale.
TCM’s slotted the 1927 silent film classic Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) for its Essentials showcase, which will be the first in several movies with “death traps” as their theme. Strangers on a Train (1951) follows
at , then it’s Dial M for Murder (1954; 12mid),
Niagara (1953; 2am) and The Postman Always Rings Twice
(1946; ). Sunrise
September 17, Monday – Screen legends Roddy McDowall and Anne Bancroft share a birthday today, so the morning hours will offer up three films from Roddy’s resume in The Defector (1966; 6am), Lord Love a Duck (1966; 8am) and The Cool Ones (1967; 10am). Then it’s all the Bancroft you can handle-croft with screenings of The Pumpkin Eater (1964; ), 7 Women (1966; ), Young Winston (1972; ) and The Miracle Worker (1962; 6pm).
White Cargo (1942—“I am…Tondelayo…”) is the first item on the menu at 8pm, followed by another Hedy Lamarr (“That’s Hedley!”) film in H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) at 9:45pm. Northern Pursuit (1943) and The Window (1949) round out the program at and 1:45am, respectively…and though it’s not technically an Osborne pick, the channel will show If You Knew Susie (1948) with funsters Eddie Cantor and Joan Davis (and purported clandestine buddies off-screen) at .
September 18, Tuesday – Seeing as today is screen siren Greta Garbo’s birthday, the tribute will start at with the 1990 documentary The Divine Greta Garbo. Then you’ll want to be alone with the selection of films that commences at 7:30am with Flesh and the Devil (1927), followed by Love (1927; 9:30am), A Woman of Affairs (1928; 11am), Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931; 1:15pm), Queen Christina (1933; 2:45pm) and Two-Faced Woman (1941; 4:30pm). The 2005 Kevin Brownlow doc Garbo bookends the daytime lineup at .
In primetime, TCM salutes the underrated oeuvre of director Gregory La Cava with the following lineup: Gabriel Over the White House (1933; 8pm), Smart Woman (1931; 9:45pm), The Half Naked Truth (1932; 11pm), The Age of Consent (1932; 12:30am), Bed of Roses (1933; 1:45am), What Every Woman Knows (1934; 3am) and Laugh and Get Rich (1931; 4:45am).
The John Garfield Story will be shown at 9:15am, and as for movies there’s They Made Me a Criminal (1939; 6am), Dust Be My Destiny (1939; 7:45am), Flowing Gold (1940; 10:45am), East of the River (1940; 12:15am), Out of the Fog (1941; 1:45pm), Dangerously They Live (1942; 3:15pm), Nobody Lives Forever (1946; 4:30pm) and The Breaking Point (1950; 6:15pm).
While I’m on the subject of Julie, a casual TDOY visitor sent me an e-mail this morning wanting to drum up support for a John Garfield DVD set…something I would be all over like white on rice, so if you’re of a like mind you can sign the petition here.
September 20, Thursday – After drinking deeply from the Fountain of Youth that has sustained her all these years, Sophia Loren celebrates her 78th birthday by settling in to watch her younger self on TCM…beginning at 7:15am with her Oscar-winning turn in Two Women (1961), then The Millionairess (1961; 9am), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1964; 10:30am), Lady L (1965; 12:30pm), Operation Crossbow (1965; 02:30pm), C’era Una Volta (1967; 4:30pm) and Ghosts – Italian Style (1967; 6:15pm).
September 21, Friday – The daylight hours of the channel are set aside for a series of films that were released in 1962: Sweet Bird of Youth (6am), Gypsy (8:15am), The Manchurian Candidate (10:45am), Days of Wine and Roses (1pm); Jules and Jim (3:15pm) and Lolita (5:15pm).
Easy to Love (1934), followed by Paths of Glory (1957; 9:15pm), The Hucksters (1947; 11pm) and Journal of a Crime (1934; 1am). On TCM Underground, they’ll show the film based on the 1946 “Texarkana Moonlight Murders,” The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) at 2:15am, and then another film “ripped from the headlines” (based on the murders committed by England’s John Christie in 1949), 10 Rillington Place (1971), at 4am.
September 22, Saturday – Tee Cee Em holds a fundraiser in “Casino Night” this evening, beginning with Gilda (1946) on The Essentials at 8pm and continuing with gambling-themed films in Any Number Can Play (1949; 10pm), Johnny O’Clock (1947; 12mid), Where It’s At (1969; 1:45am) and The Shanghai Gesture (1941; 3:45am). (Proceeds will go toward buying more ephemera for Ben Mankiewicz’s weekend set.)
Song of the Gringo (1936; 6am), George O’Brien in Marshal of Mesa City (1939; 9:30am), Roy Rogers in both Rough Riders’ Round-up (1939; 10:45am) and On the Old Spanish Trail (1947; 1:15pm), and Eddie Albert in The Dude Goes West (1948; 2:45pm). (Okay, that last one’s a little out-of-step with the others I mentioned…but I’ve never seen it, so I’ve penciled it in for a look-see.)
In the evening hours, movies centering on the Jewish faith will be featured starting with The Chosen (1981) at 8pm, then followed by The Diary of Anne Frank (1959; 10pm), Fiddler on the Roof (1971; 1:15am) and Bye Bye Braverman (1968) at 4:30am.
The Marrying Kind, with TDOY goddess Judy Holiday) they do have the good sense to show Nightfall (1957) at . The other movies scheduled are My True Story (1951; 6:15am), Saturday’s Hero (1951; 7:30am), Let’s Do it Again (1953; 9:30am), Three Stripes in the Sun (1955; 11:15am), Men in War (1957; 2:30pm), The Naked and the Dead (1958; 4:15pm) and Kill a Dragon (1967; 6:30pm).
In primetime, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) at 8pm ticks off an evening of movies set in the titular city, with It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) following at 10:15pm, then The Lord’s of Flatbush (1974; 12:15am), The Landlord (1970; 2am) and Paul Muni’s cinematic swan song, The Last Angry Man (1959; 4am).
September 28, Friday – The channel fills the daylight hours with musicals produced by M-G-M’s legendary Arthur Freed, who is also the subject of the Great Performances documentary that will be shown at , Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM (1996). Before that, you will be entertained by Babes in Arms (1939; 6am), Ziegfeld Follies (1946; 7:45am), Summer Holiday (1948; 9:45am), Pagan Love Song (1950; 11:30am), The Belle of New York (1952; 1pm), Brigadoon (1954; 2:30pm) and Silk Stockings (1957; 4:30pm—on which Freed worked uncredited).
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), at . The hit-and-miss Along Came Jones (1945) follows at 10pm, and then a movie I’m curious to check out—Carry On Cowboy (1966; 12mid)—in light of the Carry On collections currently being released to DVD by VCI Entertainment.
September 29, Saturday – One of my BBFF (pronounced “buh-biff”) Stacia’s favorite film comedies, The Wrong Box (1966), will be shown at on this date; it’s all part of a tribute to Sir Ralph Richardson, which gets underway with The Fallen Idol (1948) on TCM’s The Essentials at . The other movies to be shown are Anna Karenina (1948; 10pm), The Four Feathers (1939; 12mid) and The Looking Glass War (1969) at . (
character’s name in this last film is “LeClerc”…so if I were to joke “It is
I! LeClerc!” I’m sure most of you
wouldn’t have the foggiest idea what I was talking about.)
Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935) in the evening hours (9:30pm) as part of a theme they’re calling “Egyptian Antiquities.” In light of the pressure to remove the Chans from FMC (or FXMC or whatever the hell they’re calling it now) it’s nice to see one of moviedom’s greatest sleuths get a little exposure (though I will warn folks that this movie features Lincoln “Stepin Fetchit” Perry doing that schtick that gets these movies in trouble in the first place). Before we visit with Chan, it’s the 1932 Boris Karloff classic The Mummy at , and following Charlie is Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) at 11.