Saturday, May 11, 2013

Coming distractions: June 2013 on TCM

In a recent post from my BBFF Stacia at She Blogged by Night, the star of stage, Twitter and Spectrum Culture Online was kind enough to lob some most laudable words in my direction regarding our semi-regular feature here at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, whereupon I take a look at the monochromatic celluloid goodies in store for us on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ in upcoming months.  I should also profusely thank my friend Rick Brooks, senior fellow at Cultureshark Institute, for generously allowing me to use that description of TCM without siccing his lawyers on me, and as always, to Laura of Miscellaneous Musings, who’s great about shooting me an e-mail when the tentative schedule has been posted.

In June, the channel is planning to fete Eleanor Parker as their Star of the Month…which is wonderful to hear since I have always believed Ellie never really got her critical due despite appearing in many wonderful movies (Caged, Detective Story, A Millionaire for Christy, Scaramouche) and being thrice-nominated for an Academy Award.  Monday nights are the place to look for some of these classics; TCM will be serving up 34 movies featuring the thesp brought into this world as Eleanor Jean Parker.  The schedule looks like this:

June 3, Monday
08:00pm Busses Roar (1942)
09:15pm The Very Thought of You (1944)
11:00pm Between Two Worlds (1944)
01:00am Mission to Moscow (1943)
03:15am Crime by Night (1944)
04:30am The Last Ride (1944)
05:30am The Mysterious Doctor (1943)

June 4, Tuesday
06:30am Hollywood Canteen (1944)

June 10, Monday
08:00pm Caged (1950)
09:45pm Chain Lightning (1950)
11:30pm Of Human Bondage (1946)
01:30am Never Say Goodbye (1946)
03:15am Pride of the Marines (1945)
05:30am Escape Me Never (1947)

June 11, Tuesday
07:30am One for the Book (1947)
09:30am The Woman in White (1948)
11:30am It’s a Great Feeling (1949)

June 17, Monday
08:00pm Scaramouche (1952)
10:00pm Interrupted Melody (1955)
12:00am Home from the Hill (1960)
02:45am Lizzie (1957)
04:15am How to Steal the World (1968)

June 18, Tuesday
06:00am The Seventh Sin (1957)
07:45am Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
09:30am Valley of the Kings (1954)
11:15am Above and Beyond (1952)

June 24, Monday
08:00pm Detective Story (1951)
10:00pm A Millionaire for Christy (1951)
11:45pm Valentino (1951)
01:45am The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
04:00am The King and Four Queens (1956)
05:30am A Hole in the Head (1959)

June 25, Tuesday
07:45am An American Dream (1966)
09:45am The Oscar (1966)

If the movie How to Steal the World doesn’t look like a familiar entry on Parker’s movie resume, that’s because it’s the feature film version of a two-part episode from The Man from U.N.C.L.E., “The Seven Wonders of the World Affair,” originally telecast in January of that same year.  (Personally, I’d jump at the chance to see 1969’s Eye of the Cat again—I haven’t seen it since it was on TBS many, many moons ago.)

Friday nights in June offers up movies that are right up the dark alley here at Rancho Yesteryear.  It will focus on films from “noir writers”—either features based on their books or screenplays written specifically by such authors as Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, etc.  In order to catch some of these classics, I will be forced to slip both the ‘rents a sedagive so they will sleep the sleep of the peacefully drugged…while I take control of the remote and get a gander at these 23 films on the schedule:

June 7, Friday (Dashiell Hammett)
08:00pm The Maltese Falcon (1931)
09:30pm City Streets (1931)
11:00pm After the Thin Man (1936)
01:00am The Glass Key (1942)
02:30am The Maltese Falcon (1941)
04:30am Satan Met a Lady (1936)

June 14, Friday (David Goodis)
08:00pm Dark Passage (1947)
10:00pm Nightfall (1957)
11:30pm The Burglar (1956)
01:15am Shoot the Piano Player (1962)
02:45am The Burglars (1971)
05:00am The Unfaithful (1947)

June 21, Friday (Jonathan Latimer/James M. Cain)
08:00pm Nocturne (1946)
09:45pm They Won’t Believe Me (1947)
11:15pm Double Indemnity (1944)
01:15am The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
03:15am Serenade (1956)

June 28, Friday (Cornell Woolrich/Raymond Chandler)
08:00pm The Leopard Man (1943)
09:30pm Deadline at Dawn (1946)
11:00pm Murder, My Sweet (1944)
01:00am The Big Sleep (1946)
03:00am Lady in the Lake (1947)
05:00am Strangers on a Train (1951)

Okay, okay…I know what you’re thinking.  (And it’s kind of weirding me out…I’m afraid I’ll turn into a geek like Tyrone Power in Nightmare Alley…)  June is a short month, and you can’t help but feel shortchanged when it comes to classic movies.  Au contraire, mes amis—there are scads of wonderful features in store for us and I thought I’d take a quick glance at the highlights…but as always, titles are subject to change and all times listed are EDT.

June 1, Saturday – Tee Cee Em continues to go through the catalog of classics from the RKO Falcon series every Saturday at 10:45am.  Kicking off the month is The Falcon in Danger (1943), followed by The Falcon and the Co-Eds (1944; 6/8), The Falcon Out West (1944; 6/15), The Falcon in Mexico (1944; 6/22) and The Falcon in Hollywood (1944; 6/29).

Following the Falcon flicks (dig that alliteration!) the channel will present over a period of five weeks at noon entries from MGM’s Lassie series—that’s right, the world’s most famous collie was a motion picture star before settling in on the small screen every week with Jeff, Timmy and the rest.  Lassie Come Home (1943), the first one based on Eric Knight’s novel, starts off the month…followed by Son of Lassie (1945; 6/8), Courage of Lassie (1946; 6/15), Hills of Home (1948; 6/22) and The Sun Comes Up (1949; 6/29).

Come nightfall, it’s another edition of TCM’s Essentials—or as my Twitter compadre Kristen jokingly refers to it, “The Drewssentials”—as TCM Oracle Robert Osborne and his protégé Drew Barrymore rhapsodize over Libeled Lady at 8pm…which ushers in a night of “Libel Suits” movies, namely Libel (1959) at 9:45pm, followed by The Life of Emile Zola (1937; 11:30pm) and Sued for Libel (1940) at 1:30am.

June 2, SundayTCM has a double feature scheduled featuring one of TDOY’s favorite thespians, the incomparable Basil Rathbone.  The Court Jester (1956) is unspooled at 8pm, followed by more of Bas’ signature villainy in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) at 10.

But here’s the deal: Rathbone’s birthday is June 13, and the channel will be celebrating his natal anniversary on that date with Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942; 6:45am), Sherlock Holmes in Terror by Night (1946; 8am), Confession (1937; 9:15am), A Tale of Two Cities (1935; 10:45am), The Garden of Allah (1936; 1pm), The Last Days of Pompeii (1935; 2:30pm), The Magic Sword (1962; 4:30pm) and The Mark of Zorro (1940; 6pm).  You’d think they would have shown a little more originality in the scheduling.  (Or referred to this Sunday night as “Basil Rathbone with a Sword in His Hand.”)

June 3, Monday – Happy birthday, Paulette Goddard!  Ms. Goddard celebrates what would have been her 103rd natal anniversary with a hat doff of TCM films that starts at 6am with Modern Times (1936), then it’s Dramatic School (1938; 7:30am), The Women (1939; 9am), The Great Dictator (1940; 11:15am), Second Chorus (1940; 1:30pm), Pot O’Gold (1941; 3pm), An Ideal Husband (1947; 4:30pm) and Paris Model (1953; 6:15pm).

June 4, Tuesday – B-western fans might want to program their recording devices because the channel has a few oaters starring George O’Brien on tap beginning with The Marshal of Mesa City (1939) at 8:45amBullet Code (1940; 11:15am), Legion of the Lawless (1940; 12:30pm), Prairie Law (1940: 3pm) and Triple Justice (1940; 4:15pm) all follow, and there’s a bonus Tim Holt saga at 6:45pm, Robbers of the Range (1941).

At eight o’clock, Uncle Bobby Osbo fights off the urge to show several hours of footage he shot with his IPhone at the TCM Film Festival and instead schedules a quartet of his famous “picks”: The Rains Came (1939; 8pm), Billy the Kid (1941; 10pm), That’s Entertainment! III (1994; 12mid) and TDOY fave The Mask of Dimitrios (1944; 2:15am).

June 5, Wednesday – Spangler Arlington Brugh’s natal anniversary is August 5, 1911…but since TCM throws its huge Summer Under the Stars bash in the month of August, they’ve decided to move Mr. Brugh’s—better known as Robert Taylor—b-day up a month and schedule it this morning, scheduling Camille (1936) at 6am, then Three Comrades (1938; 8am), Waterloo Bridge (1940; 10am), Flight Command (1940; 12noon), When Ladies Meet (1941; 2pm), High Wall (1947; 4pm) and Westward the Women (1951; 6pm).

Taylor also figures in one of the movies to be shown during the evening hours—in fact, it’s my favorite Taylor picture: the 1950 western Devil’s Doorway (11:30pm), directed by Anthony Mann.  The esteemed Mr. Mann and his westerns are the subject of that night’s programming, with The Far Country (1954; 8pm), longtime TDOY fave Winchester ’73 (1950; 9:45pm), Cimarron (1960; 1am) and The Last Frontier (1956; 3:45am).

June 6, ThursdayTCM observes the sixty-ninth anniversary of D-Day with like-minded war film features that begin with Attack on the Iron Coast (1968) at 6am, followed by Fighter Squadron (1948; 7:45am), I See a Dark Stranger (1946; 9:30am), The Americanization of Emily (1964; 11:30am), 36 Hours (1965; 1:30pm), Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944; 3:30pm), Screaming Eagles (1956; 4:45pm) and Breakthrough (1950; 6:15pm)

Once the fog of war lifts, the channel turns its attention to “Creature Features.”  The last one scheduled for the evening, Cyclops (1957; 4am), is recommended only if you’re in a very silly mood (Bert I. Gordon directed it—do I really need to continue?) and the one before that, King Kong (1933; 2am), is scheduled at an ungodly hour (seriously—I support a federal law that mandates this movie only be shown when kids are able to watch it, so that they may develop the same love for classic movies as I did as a kid)…but otherwise there are some first-rate movies in this bunch: Bride of Frankenstein (1935; 8pm), Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956; 9:30pm), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954; 11pm) and It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955; 12:30am—R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen).

June 8, Saturday – The elusive Ted Tetzlaff-directed Riffraff (1947) will be shown this morning at 6am…I’ve been trying to record this one for some time now, so maybe today could be the day, as they sing in the ads for the Georgia Lottery.

Osborne and Barrymore will unspool Breathless (1959) at 8pm on The Essentials, and follow that up with two more films starring Jean-Paul Belmondo: The Thief of Paris (1967; 9:45am) and Two Women (1960; 12mid).  Then on TCM Underground, a showing of the cult documentary Crumb (1994; 2:30am)—for those of us too cheap to buy the Criterion disc.

June 9, Sunday – Primetime will feature a trio of “crime comedies” beginning at 8pm with a true classic, The Lavender Hill Mob (1951).  Another goodie follows at 9:30 with A Slight Case of Murder (1938)…and then you’re on your own at 11 with A Slight Case of Larceny (1953)—which features both Mickey Rooney and Eddie Bracken in a cinematic experiment I can only deduce was the result after a night of binge drinking at the local college.  (Fortunately, TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights will run It (1927) at 12:30am to get that stale taste of beer out of your mouth.)

June 10, Monday – The 1934 Charley Chase short The Chases of Pimple Street is scheduled at 6am.  (Woo hoo!)

June 11, Tuesday – The channel features a few noir goodies in the afternoon after Eleanor Parker flicks in the morning: They Drive By Night (1940; 1pm), Detour (1945; 2:45pm), Homicide (1949; 4pm) and The Hitch-Hiker (1953; 5:30pm).

Come evening, an example of how TCM is getting kind of desperate when it comes to devising ideas for their “theme nights”—this one is titled (I swear I’m not making this up): “Working Women Who Surrender in the End.”  (Mark my words, one of these nights they’re going to do “Movies with People Looking at Their Watches.”)  The lineup isn’t bad: pre-Code sleepers Baby Face (1933) at 8pm and Female (1933) at 9:30, then His Girl Friday (1940; 10:45pm), Woman of the Year (1942; 12:30am), They All Kissed the Bride (1942; 2:30am) and Front Page Woman (1935) closing out the evening at 4am.

June 12, Wednesday – The only color feature film Bela Lugosi ever made, Scared to Death (1947), gets a showing at 6am…if you’re brave enough.  (It also features corpse narration, three years before the better known Sunset Blvd.)  If I can swing it, I’ll try to catch Let’s Make Music (1941) at noon only because I’m curious about a movie featuring Bing Crosby’s brother Bob that was written by Nathaniel West.

At 8pm, a scheduling of Imitation of Life (1959) introduces the theme “Lana Turner in the 50s” (well, it was either that or “Lana Turner in Her 50s”); Life is followed by The Rains of Ranchipur (1955; 10:15pm), The Sea Chase (1955; 12:15am), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952; 2:30am) and Latin Lovers (1953; 4:45am).

June 13, Thursday – A primetime look at “Terms of Inheritance” gets underway with the underrated Brewster’s Millions (1945) at 8pm (well, it’s got Eddie “Rochester” Anderson in the cast—that alone is worth the price of admission), then it’s Laughter in Paradise (1951; 9:30pm), Good Neighbor Sam (1964; 11:15pm), Cinderella Jones (1946; 1:30am), Next Time I Marry (1938; 3:15am) and Seven Chances (1925; 4:30am).  (Oh, Buster…they’ve done you so wrong.)

June 14, FridayWhat Every Woman Knows (1934) gets a showing at 9:15am.  If you’ve never watched this one, you should.

June 15, Saturday – The last time TCM showed The Palm Beach Story (1942) I made the observation that I knew Preston Sturges was a great director because he accomplished the impossible: he made Rudy Vallee funny.  Since Story is the subject of TCM’s Essentials, the channel will follow that up with a pair of Vallee vehicles that can’t quite match his peerless performance in the Sturges film…but if you’re game, they’re Gold Diggers in Paris (1938; 9:45pm) and Sweet Music (1935; 11:30pm).

June 16, Sunday – Since the channel gave mothers their due in May, it seems only fitting that they set aside the day to honor the patriarchs on Father’s Day:

06:00am Bonjour Tristesse (1957)
08:00am The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)
10:00am Father of the Bride (1950)
11:45am Citizen Kane (1941)
02:00pm All the King’s Men (1949)
04:00pm The Last Hurrah (1958)
06:15pm Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
08:00pm To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
10:15pm Life with Father (1947)
12:30am The Kid (1921)
01:30am Chaplin Today: The Kid (2003)
02:00am Close-Up (1990)
04:00am 12 Angry Men (1957)

June 17, MondayTCM celebrates actor Ralph Bellamy’s 109th birthday with a lineup of his movies: Ever in My Heart (1933; 6am), Flying Devils (1933; 7:15am), Headline Shooter (1933; 8:30am), Picture Snatcher (1933; 9:45am), Spitfire (1934; 11:15am), This Land is Mine (1943; 12:45pm), The Awful Truth (1937; 2:30pm), Boy Meets Girl (1938; 4pm) and Sunrise at Campobello (1960; 5:30pm)

June 18, Tuesday – Back in January of this year, Tee Cee Em set aside a couple of nights to honor tunesmith James Van Heusen…and several of the movies scheduled featured collaborations with his partner Sammy Cahn.  So because Mr. Cahn will be in the spotlight this evening (“Sammy Cahn in Hollywood”), you’ll probably experience a slight bit of déjà vu with the scheduling of Three Coins in the Fountain (1954; 8pm), Tonight and Every Night (1945; 10pm), Anchors Aweigh (1945; 11:45pm), Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964; 2:15am) and Romance on the High Seas (1948; 4:30am).

June 19, Wednesday – You know…I didn’t think it possible that you could schedule a birthday tribute to the venerable Dame May Whitty without having The Lady Vanishes (1938) in the lineup—but TCM has done it, so go ahead and spend the money acquiring the Criterion disc.  And while you’re waiting for it to arrive, check out The Thirteenth Chair (1937; 6:45am), The Constant Nymph (1943; 8am), Slightly Dangerous (1943; 10am), Lassie Come Home (1943; 11:45am), My Name is Julia Ross (1945; 1:30pm), Devotion (1946; 2:45pm), If Winter Comes (1947; 4:45am) and The Sign of the Ram (1948; 6:30am).

When evening shadows fall, the schedule gives way to a celebration of films written by playwright-screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart.  My favorite of the Cary Grant-Katharine Hepburn collaborations, Holiday (1938), kicks things off at 8pm and that’s followed by Keeper of the Flame (1942; 10pm), No More Ladies (1935; 12mid), A Woman’s Face (1941; 1:30am) and The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934; 3:30am).

June 20, Thursday – The channel pays tribute to the “cool, crazy and fantabulous” Mamie van Doren—who turned 82 this past February.  High School Confidential! (1958) is not on the schedule (boo…hiss) but there’s plenty of prime Mamie in Untamed Youth (1957; 8pm), The Beat Generation (1959; 9:30pm), Born Reckless (1959; 11:15pm), Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1958; 12:45am), Vice Raid (1959; 2am), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960; 3:15am) and The Girl in Black Stockings (1957; 5am).  (Yowsah!)

June 21, Friday – Because TCM is splitting up the day to celebrate both the birthdays of Judy Holliday and Jane Russell…this means I don’t get to make the “Every day’s a Holliday” joke, which is sort of tradition.  Be that as it may, Judy’s got the morning with Adam’s Rib (1949; 6:30am), Born Yesterday (1950; 8:15am) and Bells are Ringing (1960; 10am)—then the afternoon is turned over to Jane with The Outlaw (1943; 12:15pm), Young Widow (1946; 2:15pm), The French Line (1954; 4pm) and Underwater! (1955; 6pm).  (No doubt about it—Judy made better movies.)

June 22, Saturday – The hosting of the John Ford-John Wayne western classic The Searchers (1956) on the Essentials at 8pm will be followed by two more movies dealing with obsession: Moby Dick (1956) at 10:15pm and TDOY fave Les Misérables (1935) at 12:15am.

June 23, SundayTCM is calling its primetime double feature of The Pirate (1948; 8pm) and The Crimson Pirate (1952; 10pm) “Batten down the hatches!”—which kind of reminds me of a gag from a Bugs Bunny cartoon…which I won’t repeat because I’m pressed for time.

June 24, Monday – It’s Doppelgänger Day on the channel, featuring films about look-a-likes: Callaway Went Thataway (1951; 7am), Kissin’ Cousins (1964; 8:30am), The Scapegoat (1959; 10:15am), The Prince and the Pauper (1937; 12noon), The Prisoner of Zenda (1952; 2pm), The Big Mouth (1967; 4pm) and The Whole Town’s Talking (1935; 6pm)

June 25, TuesdayTCM devotes the primetime hours to “Schoolgirl Crushes”…which, depending on your state of mind, you’ll either find beguiling or unsettlingly creepy.  The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) starts things off at 8pm, followed by The World of Henry Orient (1964; 10pm), To Sir, With Love (1967; 12mid), The River (1951; 2am) and International Velvet (1978; 3:45am).

June 26, Wednesday – A cornucopia of films from the year 1950 are in the spotlight today: Outrage (6am), Double Deal (7:30am), Born to Be Bad (9am), Quicksand (10:45am), Destination Murder (12:15pm), Dial 1119 (1:30pm), Armored Car Robbery (3pm), Black Hand (4:15pm) and The Asphalt Jungle (6pm).

Come nightfall, R.O. welcomes fashion designer Joseph Abboud (yes, I had to look up who this guy was—are you happy?) as the channel’s guest programmer…and Joe doesn’t disappoint in that he’s just one of so many guest programmers who’s stuck Casablanca (1942; 3am) in his queue.  They Died With Their Boots On (1941) kicks off the evening at 8pm, followed by Rebecca (1940; 10:30pm) and Notorious (1946; 1am); after Casablanca, be sure to check out one of Bogie’s underrated comedies, All Through the Night (1942) at 5am.

June 27, ThursdayTCM starts off the morning with a salute to one of my favorite B-movie directors…and one of my favorites of his films, the 1949 Charles McGraw crime drama The Threat (1949) at 7am.  This will be followed by The Big Trees (1952; 8:15am), Donovan’s Brain (1953; 10am) and Pirates of Tripoli (1950; 11:30am).  The afternoon finds the channel paying tribute to the late Patricia Medina (who passed away on April 28 at the age of 92) with showings of The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956; 12:45pm), Miami Expose (1956; 2:15pm), Drums of Tahiti (1954; 3:45pm), The Black Knight (1954; 5pm) and The Lady and the Bandit (1951; 6:30pm).

Primetime features a festival of Sean Connery films—the venerable Scot will celebrate his 83rd birthday in August (knock wood).  A Bridge Too Far (1977) kicks things off at 8pm, followed by Robin and Marian (1976; 11pm), The Anderson Tapes (1971; 1am), A Fine Madness (1966; 3am) and The Wind and the Lion (1975; 5am).

June 28, Friday – A couple of weeks ago, I found some DVDs at on clearance and one of them was a Roan edition of The Vagabond Lover (1929).  Granted, I was taking a chance since this was a Rudy Vallee film not directed by Preston Sturges (and therefore, not funny) but since I only paid 99 cents for it I figured what the hell.  Well, it’s on this morning at 7:15am.  I guess there’s a lesson to be learned there somewhere.

June 29, SaturdayMad Monster Party (1967) at 9am.  A representative from Lions Gate promised to send me a freebie of this when they released it in Blu-ray/DVD combo form last September but she lied…she lied a lot.  So I close the iron door on her.

Finally, it’s Robert & Drew for the last time in June as they host Auntie Mame (1958) at 8pm for The EssentialsTCM is calling this and the other two movies to be shown—What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969) and Hamlet (1969)—“Nephew Night,” which sounds like a Golden Corral promotion.  Afterward, on TCM Underground, I’d recommend The Psychopath (1966) at 2:30am but Stacia tweeted the other night that they don’t show it in letterbox…so stick around for Lured (1947) at 4am instead


Vince said...

FYI, your host on TCM for June's Friday night noir writers series will be none other than Eddie Muller, author and head honcho of the Film Noir Foundation.

Ivan G Shreve Jr said...

FYI, your host on TCM for June's Friday night noir writers series will be none other than Eddie Muller, author and head honcho of the Film Noir Foundation.

And a more fitting host indeed! Thanks for the info, Br'er Vince!

Stacia said...

Everyone, get a copy of The Seventh Sin! It's not a good movie so maybe DON'T get a copy, I dunno -- but it is hard to find so might be worth grabbing. Vincente Minnelli in the uncredited director, who took over after Neame was fired, though I have no idea how much of the film is Minnelli's.

Also, yes, I recorded The Psychopath the last time it was on Underground and it's pan & scan. There's a cheapish UK DVD of it in the proper aspect ratio, so if someone has a region free DVD player they can buy it if they don't mind shipping.

TDOY fave Les Misérables (1935)

Mine too! We're sane!

Rich said...

I watched 'Bobby-Soxer' the last time it was on... Put me down in the 'unsettlingly creepy' category (though it was kinda sorta interesting to see Shirley Temple as a teenager).

Kevin Deany said...

God help me, but I'm really looking forward to the Mamie Van Doren night, and no, I'm not joking. I've never seen a couple of these films and they sound somewhat glorious. Who wouldn't want to see Mamie in "Sex Kittens Go to College"? I know I would.

Ivan G Shreve Jr said...

I watched 'Bobby-Soxer' the last time it was on... Put me down in the 'unsettlingly creepy' category (though it was kinda sorta interesting to see Shirley Temple as a teenager).

I feel the same way about the film that follows, The World of Henry Orient. I've had so many female friends tell me about what a memorable experience watching that movie was, and I just react...ick.

And if you tell Page I said this I will deny it, but I actually like Shirl in Fort Apache.

Ivan G Shreve Jr said...

God help me, but I'm really looking forward to the Mamie Van Doren night, and no, I'm not joking. I've never seen a couple of these films and they sound somewhat glorious. Who wouldn't want to see Mamie in "Sex Kittens Go to College"? I know I would.

And this is why I always think of Kevin as a son.

Kevin Deany said...

Thanks, Dad.

Max Alvarez said...

Thank you for mentioning the June 5th Anthony Mann western mini-marathon on TCM, which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, and 5 p.m. Pacific Time. What a glorious opportunity this is for those unfamiliar with Anthony Mann to experience the director at various stages of his Hollywood career. While two of the four scheduled westerns - "The Last Frontier" (Columbia, 1955) and "Cimarron" (M-G-M, 1960) - are considered weaker Mann genre entries (the director disowned the latter after Metro mangled the editing), "Devil’s Doorway" (M-G-M, 1950) and "The Far Country" (Universal-International, 1955) are superb western adventures in the classic Mann style. "Doorway," overshadowed at the 1950 box office by the rival "Broken Arrow," is notable for its stunning expressionist B&W John Alton cinematography. It also features Robert Taylor as the sympathetic American Indian hero!