Thursday, June 13, 2013

Coming distractions: July 2013 on TCM

Once again, cartooners, it’s time to take an in-depth look at the classic movie goodies that are in store for you in the month of July on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™.  I say “you” instead of the usual “us” because I am still waging the battle known as The Great Living Room TV Conflict and I have to be honest—it does not look good for my side.  Both the formidable Mom and Dad armies have established a firm beachhead and attempts to seize any ground have proven fruitless.  They indulged in an American Pickers marathon the other day; Pickers being that reality show where the two guys tool around and buy people’s stuff, then high-five each other about the tremendous profit they’re going to make.  I loathe this program with every fiber of my being, and have been known to run from the living room primal screaming in frustration when the ‘rents tune in.  (Actual quote from my mother: “It’s educational.  And there’s nothing else on.”)  My one true wish is that these numbnuts (not my parents—the guys on the show) stumble upon a rural house one day and an Ed Gein-like resident quickly dispatches them to a better world, insuring they’re never heard from on TV again.  (Seriously; I would pay to watch something like that.)

(Before I forget—a doff of the TDOY derby as always to Laura at Miscellaneous Musings, who is so diligent about spotting when TCM has their tentative schedule up.)

My mother is, of course, dead wrong about the “there’s nothing else on” part because in July, Tee Cee Em will feature actor-director Paul Henreid as its Star of the Month.  Admittedly, I’ve only seen a handful of Paul’s films so for a moment there I thought they’d have to resort to showing Casablanca (1942) three or four times a night.  I am wrong about this, though—the channel has gathered up 26 films to showcase the talent that was Henreid on Tuesday nights during the month:

July 2, Tuesday
08:00pm In Our Time (1944)
10:00pm Devotion (1946)
12:00am Song of Love (1947)
02:15am Deep in My Heart (1954)
04:30am Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)

July 9, Tuesday
08:00pm Now, Voyager (1942)
10:00pm Deception (1946)
12:00am Dead Ringer (1964)
02:00am The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
04:15am The Spanish Main (1945)

July 16, Tuesday
08:00pm Never So Few (1959)
10:15pm Siren of Bagdad (1953)
11:30pm Hollow Triumph (1948)
01:00am Joan of Paris (1942)
02:45am Thief of Damascus (1952)
04:15am So Young, So Bad (1950)

July 23, Tuesday
08:00pm Of Human Bondage (1946)
10:00pm Between Two Worlds (1944)
12:00am Hollywood Canteen (1944)
02:15am Pirates of Tripoli (1955)
03:30am Last of the Buccaneers (1950)
05:00am The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)

July 30, Tuesday
08:00pm The Conspirators (1944)
10:00pm Casablanca (1942)
12:00am Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
02:00am Operation Crossbow (1965)
04:00am Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

In July’s Friday Night Spotlight, TCM offers up a retrospective of French director François Truffaut’s works—giving those of us not suffering through endless editions of Ice Road Truckers the opportunity to broaden our foreign film resume with 19 movies (and 2 shorts) from one of the most celebrated filmmakers of France’s Nouvelle Vague.

July 5, Friday
08:00pm The 400 Blows (1959)
09:45pm Antoine and Colette (from 1962’s Love at Twenty)
10:30pm Stolen Kisses (1968)
12:15am Bed and Board (1970)
02:00am Love on the Run (1979)
04:00am The Green Room (1978; a.k.a. Vanishing Fiancée)

July 12, Friday
08:00pm The Bride Wore Black (1968)
10:00pm Confidentially Yours (1983)
12:00am Mississippi Mermaid (1969)
02:15am Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me (1971)
04:00am Shoot the Piano Player (1962)

July 19, Friday
08:00pm The Soft Skin (1964)
10:00pm Jules and Jim (1962)
12:00am Two English Girls (1971)
02:15am A Story of Water (1961)
02:30am The Woman Next Door (1981)
04:30am The Man Who Loved Women (1977)

July 26, Friday
08:00pm Day for Night (1973)
10:00pm The Last Metro (1980)
12:15am The Wild Child (1970)
01:45am The Story of Adele H. (1975)

The month of July will also introduce the channel’s latest acquisition—reruns of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson!  Okay, if you’re thinking this is going to be a showcase for Aunt Blabby or Art Fern (and his Tea Time Movie) you need to settle down some (that’s why the Creator in her infinite wisdom bestowed upon us Carson’s Comedy Classics); the Tonight Show repeats are mostly going to involve edited segments with Johnny chatting it up with classic film actors-actresses and celebs from today, much in the same way TCM does with the occasional Dick Cavett Show rerun (Woody Allen, Bette Davis, etc.)  They’ve scheduled these to run on Monday nights for the time being…and I have to be honest; I think these would be better served as in-between fillers during the movies featuring the interviewees.  (Then again, people would be deprived of Pete Smith short subjects…and we wouldn’t want a riot on our hands.)  Confidentially, I’d rather watch Art Fern than Bobby Osbo any day of the week…but then again, I’m also a sucker for Stanley R. Sogg (“…the ever popular Mae Busch!”).

July 1, Monday
08:00pm Drew Barrymore (07/28/82)
08:12pm Kirk Douglas (08/31/88)
08:24pm Mary Tyler Moore (11/03/78)
08:36pm Neil Simon (06/26/80)
08:48pm George Burns (11/10/89)

July 8, Monday
08:00pm Doris Day (01/16/76)
08:12pm Charlton Heston (03/02/76)
08:24pm Chevy Chase (12/12/86)
08:36pm Steve Martin (06/15/79)
08:48pm Tony Curtis (01/10/73)

July 15, Monday
08:00pm Shelley Winters (09/26/75)
08:12pm Ronald Reagan (03/13/75)
08:24pm Robin Williams (10/14/81)
08:36pm Jonathan Winters (12/08/88)
08:48pm Michael Caine (09/21/83)

July 22, Monday
08:00pm Mel Brooks (09/21/83)
08:12pm Dom Deluise (04/16/76)
08:24pm Bette Davis (02/09/83)
08:36pm Burt Reynolds (02/18/72)
08:48pm Fred Astaire (12/21/79)

July 29, Monday
08:00pm Henry Fonda (03/26/80)
08:12pm Elizabeth Taylor (02/21/92)
08:24pm Susan Sarandon (05/09/74)
08:36pm William Holden (12/01/76)
08:48pm Goldie Hawn (10/15/80)

We’ve only scratched the surface on the embarrassment of riches that await you for July…so let’s take a look at some additional offerings—and as always, noting that times are EDT and that titles are subject to change (case in point—the pre-emption tonight to toast the late Esther Williams…RIP).

July 1, Monday – To celebrate Canada Day, the channel devotes its daylight hours to movies on the subject of The Great White North—and this is something I should really pay close attention to because my knowledge on Canada is extremely weak.  (All I know is that if I’m planning to mail a package there I’m in for a strip search before it leaves the U.S.Men of the North (1930) kicks things off at 6am, followed by River’s End (1931; 7:15am), Peg o’ the Mounted (1924; 8:30am), Quebec in Summertime (1949; 8:45am), Anne of Green Gables (1934; 9am), Rose Marie (1936; 10:30am), God’s Country and the Woman (1936; 12:30pm), Northwest Rangers (1942; 2pm), Northern Pursuit (1943; 3:15pm), The Caribou Trail (1950; 5pm) and Zero Hour! (1957; 6:30pm)

Since the last two Carson show segments feature Neil Simon and George Burns, TCM will run their 1975 film collaboration, The Sunshine Boys (1975), at 9pm—and then follow that with a pair of films based on Simon works, The Goodbye Girl (1977; 11pm) and California Suite (1978; 1am).

July 2, Tuesday – Spend a day drinking in the cinematographic beauty that is Jack Cardiff’s with a slate of his films that will be capped off at 6:30pm with the 2010 documentary Cameraman: The Life and Times of Jack Cardiff.  Until then, it’s Wings of the Morning (1937; 6:30am), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945; 8am), A Matter of Life and Death (1947; 10:15am), Under Capricorn (1949; 12:15pm), Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951; 2:15pm) and The Brave One (1956; 4:30pm).

July 3, Wednesday – The theme of TCM’s prime time schedule is “The Kids are Alright”…which is fine if you’re working on a discography of The Who, but not a philosophy to adopt if you react to movies about children in the same fashion as rubella.  Still, new fans of TDOY’s new Monday feature (oh, the shameless self-promotion) Doris Day(s) will want to check out Dodo’s cinematic swan song at 8pm, With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)…and then follow that with Weekend with Father (1951; 9:45am), And So They Were Married (1936; 11:15pm), Three Darling Daughters (1948; 12:45am), Twice Blessed (1945; 2:45am) and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963; 4:15am).

July 4, Thursday – Happy Fourth of July!  It’s a day of like-themed movies that will look like this:

06:15am The Howards of Virginia (1940)
08:15am The Devil’s Disciple (1959)
09:45am The Scarlet Coat (1955)
11:30am Let Freedom Ring (1939)
01:00pm Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
03:00pm Anchors Aweigh (1945)
05:30pm Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
08:00pm The Music Man (1962)
10:45pm Ah, Wilderness! (1935)
01:30am 1776 (1972)
04:30am Winchester ’73 (1950)

July 6, Saturday – The channel wraps up its 10:45am scheduling of films from RKO’s The Falcon franchise with The Falcon in San Francisco (1945), then it’s The Falcon’s Alibi (1946) the following week (July 13).and The Falcon’s Adventure (1946) the week after (July 20).  They’ll close out the month with the first entry in MGM’s brief Nick Carter series, Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) on the 27th.

The Lassie movies scheduled at noon also come to a close this month: Challenge to Lassie (1949) today, followed by The Painted Hills (1951; July 13).  July 20 kicks off “Mummy” movies with The Mummy (1959) on the 20th and The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964) the week after (July 27).

Come nightfall, an edition of “The Drewessentials” begins at 8pm with Key Largo (1948)—and that introduces films based on the works of Maxwell Anderson; What Price Glory (1952) airs at 10pm and The Bad Seed (1956) at midnight.

July 7, Sunday – I forgot to mention last month that TCM’s Essentials for the younger set, Essentials, Jr., returned on June 2.  (Apologies for the slight, Mr. Hader).  This evening’s feature will be The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) at 8pm, and the channel will make it a double feature with The Devil Doll (1936) at 9:30pm.  (Yes, they’re calling it “Down to Size.”  Cute.)

The real fun begins at midnight with this week’s Silent Sunday Nights, which will showcase the 1924 silent classic The Thief of Bagdad, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.  I still remember fondly seeing this for the first time on public television as a little shaver (I was already familiar with Doug from seeing The Mark of Zorro) and it’s still every bit as magical now as when I was introduced to it those many years ago.  (Sorry about getting verklempt there.)

July 8, Monday – Cowabunga—surf’s up!  Yeah, it’s summer and all so let’s throw a bitchin’ beach party with The Catalina Caper (1967; 6:30am), It’s a Bikini World (1967; 8am), Palm Springs Weekend (1963; 9:30am), Where the Boys Are (1960; 11:30am), For Those Who Think Young (1964; 2pm), Bikini Beach (1964; 4pm) and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965; 6pm)

After Carson, the schedule takes a hint from his last guest (Tony Curtis) and runs Some Like it Hot (1959) at 9pm, then follows it with the Billy Wilder-directed The Fortune Cookie (1966; 11:15pm), The Spirit of St. Louis (1957; 1:30am) and The Seven Year Itch (1955; 4am).

July 9, Tuesday – Yes, I know the channel sprung for cake and ice cream in May for Glenn Ford’s birthday…but they decided to clean out the refrigerator in the breakroom and found the remnants of a sheet cake that reads “HAP RTH LEN FOR” (and a container of butter pecan in the freezer).  So at 6am, it’s the lady known as Gilda (1946), followed by Terror on a Train (1953; 8am), The Big Heat (1953; 9:15am), The Fastest Gun Alive (1956; 11am), Ransom! (1956; 12:45pm), The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956; 2:30pm), Imitation General (1958; 4:30pm) and The Gazebo (1959; 6:15pm).

July 10, Wednesday – The incomparable John Gilbert celebrates what would have been his 116th natal anniversary today, and—no, we’re not going to recycle the Glenn Ford cake!  (Sheesh—you people are so suspicious…)  Bardelys the Magnificent (1926; 6:30am) starts off the morning, followed by The Show (1927; 8:15am), A Woman of Affairs (1928; 9:45am), Desert Nights (1929; 11:30am), Redemption (1930; 12:45pm), Way for a Sailor (1930; 2pm), The Phantom of Paris (1931; 3:30pm), West of Broadway (1931; 5pm) and The Captain Hates the Sea (1934; 6:30pm).

When evening shadows fall, TCM Oracle Robert Osborne resists the urge to plug Mother Fletcher’s products and instead rolls out a quartet of his picks that begins with one of my favorite films, The Reckless Moment (1949) at 8pm.  Then it’s a Joan Bennett encore at 9:30pm, Trade Winds (1938), and then a one-two punch starring the woman who lent Joan her hair for Trade Winds, Hedy Lamarr: Algiers (1938; 11:15pm) and Comrade X (1940; 1am).  (In keeping with the “X”-tra specialness of this last title, the night closes with Madame X [1937; 2:45am] and X the Unknown [1956; 4:15am].)

July 11, Thursday – Actor Tab Hunter will celebrate his 82nd birthday on this date (knock wood) and TCM will fete him with a lineup of his films: Gun Belt (1953; 6am), Return to Treasure Island (1954; 7:30am), The Burning Hills (1956; 9am), The Girl He Left Behind (1956; 10:45am), Gunman’s Walk (1958; 12:30pm), Lafayette Escadrille (1958; 2:15pm), The Golden Arrow (1964; 4pm) and Ride the Wild Surf (1964; 5:45pm).

The channel devotes its primetime schedule to a tribute to the late special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen (who passed away May 7) and as far as I’m concerned, they couldn’t have picked a better film to kick off the festivities at 8pm: Jason and the Argonauts (1963) is my favorite that features his incredible creations—a family film that’s fun for kids but is amazingly adult in its story as well.  The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) follows at 10pm, then it’s Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977; 12mid), Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956; 2am) and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953; 3:30am).  Ray is also featured in the 2005 documentary I’m King Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper, which closes out the night at 5am.

July 12, Friday – Trivia time (and no fair peeking at the IMDb): where was actress Joanne Dru born?  That’s right—like your humble narrator; Joanne is a native Mountaineer, born in Logan, WV in 1922.  (Or as a friend of mine calls the state due to its constant rape from greedy f**king mine interests, “Almost Level—West Virginia.”)  My fellow Appalachian highlander is saluted with a day of her films: Red River (1948; 6:15am), All the King’s Men (1949; 8:30am), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949; 10:30am), Wagon Master (1950; 12:15pm), Vengeance Valley (1951; 1:45pm), Sincerely Yours (1955; 3:15pm) and The Warriors (1955; 5:15pm).

July 13, Saturday – Bobby Osbo plays mentor to protégé Drew “Descendant from the Royal Family” Barrymore on The Essentials at 8pm with the 1939 classic melodrama The Women.  They follow that up with a pair of Rosalind Russell starrers, Hired Wife (1940; 10:30pm) and The Feminine Touch (1941; 12:15am).

July 14, SundayTCM rolls the dice in the primetime hours…and it comes up seven, as in Essentials, Jr.’s showing of The Magnificent Seven (1960) at 8pm.  They match it at 10:15 with Seven Angry Men (1955); heck, it even stretches to Silent Sunday Nights—with a double of feature of Max Linder’s Seven Years Bad Luck (1921; 12mid) and Buster Keaton’s Seven Chances (1925; 1:15am)—and TCM Imports, which will show the Akira Kurosawa epic Seven Samurai (1954) at 2:15am.  (Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!)

July 15, Monday – The channel eats up the daylight hours with films from the fertile mind of writer-director-producer Richard Brooks.  Interestingly, some of his less-familiar titles get the nod: The Light Touch (1952; 7:30am), Battle Circus (1953; 9:15am), The Last Hunt (1956; 11am), The Brothers Karamazov (1958; 12:45pm), Lord Jim (1965; 3:15pm) and The Happy Ending (1969; 6pm).

After Carson, TCM has a memorial tribute planned for actor-director Bryan Forbes, who shuffled off this mortal coil on May 8.  Stacia fave (she loves her H-H-Hancock!) The Wrong Box (1966) starts things off at 9pm, then it’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964; 11pm), The Whisperers (1967; 1am) and The L-Shaped Room (1963; 3am).  (If you can’t stay up for this last one, make plans to record it—it may be the best performance of Leslie Caron’s career.)

July 16, Tuesday – Academy Award-winning director Lewis Milestone is in the daytime spotlight, and he’s more than capable of rising to the situation with Rain (1932; 6am), Hallelujah, I’m a Bum (1933; 7:45am), Lucky Partners (1940; 9:15am), Edge of Darkness (1943; 11am), A Walk in the Sun (1946; 1pm), Pork Chop Hill (1959; 3pm) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962; 4:45pm).

July 17, Wednesday – Ira Leonard Rosenberg is in the primetime spotlight this evening…we know him better, of course, as Tony Randall, and his tour-de-force performances in 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) starts things off at 8pm.  After that, it’s Our Man in Marrakesh (1966; 10pm—a.k.a. Bang! Bang! You’re Dead!), The Mating Game (1959; 11:45pm), Boys’ Night Out (1962; 1:30am) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960; 3:30am).

July 18, Thursday – Hey, if you can knock off early from work TCM is going to run a few Preston Sturges films beginning at 1:30pm: Christmas in July (1940), then Sullivan’s Travels (1941; 2:45pm), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944; 4:30pm) and The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947; 6:15pm).

It dovetails nicely with the first choice of film (The Palm Beach Story) of the channel’s guest programmer at 8pm, former New York Times op-ed columnist (he now works for New York magazine) Frank Rich.  Following at 9:45pm is The Manchurian Candidate (1962), then Rules of the Game (1939; 12mid) and Petulia (1968) at 2am.  (Nice choices, Frank!)

July 19, Friday – With the MLB All-Star break over, it’s time to get back on the mound and set our sights on October…I don’t know if my Braves will have a shot at the World Series this year (particularly in light of some crappy calls they’ve been getting lately) but hope springs eternal.  (And where there’s hope, there’s crosby.)  In the meantime, the channel pays tribute to The Great American Pastime by starting off the morning with the Joe E. Brown trilogy of Fireman, Save My Child (1932; 6am), Elmer the Great (1933; 7:15am) and Alibi Ike (1935; 8:30am).  After that, it’s Death on the Diamond (1934; 9:45am), The Babe Ruth Story (1948; 11am), It Happens Every Spring (1949; 1pm), The Jackie Robinson Story (1950; 2:30pm), Angels in the Outfield (1951; 4pm) and The Winning Team (1952; 6pm).

July 20, Saturday – It’s Osborne and Barrymore in their usual Essentials habitat come 8pm, this week hosting Gaslight (1944)…and that’s the signal to devote some of the rest of the night to Charles Boyer’s cinematic C.V., with History is Made at Night (1937) at 10pm (finally got to see this one on Hulu a week or two back—sensational!) and Une Parisienne (1957) at midnight.

They have a great double feature scheduled on TCM Underground afterward: from 1958, it’s the smooth-as-Velveeta The Thing That Couldn’t Die (1958; 2am)…though I’ll miss the MST3K commentary on this one.  Following that, the channel continues to “get a head” (oh, I slay myself) with The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962) at 3:15am (I did a review of this one back in December 2008).  (I also love the title of one of the educational shorts that follows this, Goofballs and Tea.  No “sympathy”?)

July 21, Sunday – The foreign film classic Mon Oncle (1958) is scheduled for an 8pm showing on The Essentials, Jr…and with the Charlie Chaplin classic Modern Times (1936) following at 10, it makes for what the channel is calling “Times, They are A-Changin’”.  (And you thought the “get a head” joke was bad.)  Foreign film enthusiasts will want to stick around after the Silent Sunday Nights showing of Mabel Normand’s Mickey (1918; 12mid) to catch two back-to-back René Clair classics: A Nous la Liberté (1931; 2am—the movie that inspired the Chaplin comedy) and Le Million (1931; 3:45am).

July 22, MondayTCM lays down some big band sounds with shorts and features showcasing the musical aggregations of folks like Ozzie Nelson, Artie Shaw, Louis Prima and many more.  The movies on tap are Hollywood Hotel (1937; 6am), Garden of the Moon (1938; 8am), Orchestra Wives (1942; 10:45am), Ship Ahoy (1942; 12:30pm), Swing Fever (1943; 2:15pm), Jam Session (1944; 3:45pm), Carolina Blues (1944; 5:15pm) and Hi-De-Ho (1947; 6:45pm).

Since Carson’s last guest will be Fred Astaire in the evening hours, that’s the channel’s cue to bring on some of the classic Astaire-Rogers musicals at 9pm with The Gay Divorcee (1934), Top Hat (1935; 11pm), Follow the Fleet (1936; 1am), Swing Time (1936; 3am) and The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939; 5am).

July 24, Wednesday – The American Film Institute will pay tribute to filmmaker and funnyman Mel Brooks on June 15, 2013—an event that will air on TNT, and then TCM will encore the production at 8pm and 12:30am on July 24th.  To round out the evening’s festivities, there’ll be a showing of The Producers (1968) at 2am and two schedulings of The Twelve Chairs (1970) at 9:30pm and 4:45am.  (There’s also an excerpt from a Tonight Show appearance from September 21, 1983, an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show and a 2012 documentary, Excavating the 2000 Year Old Man)

July 25, Thursday – The channel invites you to double your pleasure and double your fun with doppelganger-themed movies that begin at 6:30am with The Black Room (1935)…then it’s Our Relations (1936; 8am), Two-Faced Woman (1941; 9:30am), Dead Men Walk (1943; 11:15am), A Stolen Life (1946; 12:30pm), The Woman in White (1948; 2:30pm), The Scapegoat (1959; 4:30pm) and The Old Dark House (1963; 6:30pm).

In primetime, films that focus on controversial and unconventional teachers are the focus, beginning with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) at 8pm.  That’s followed by Dead Poets Society (1989; 10pm), These Three (1936; 12:15am), Where Angels Go…Trouble Follows! (1968; 2am) and The Explosive Generation (1961; 4am).

July 26, FridayTCM sets aside the morning for some films helmed by journeyman Sidney Lanfield—he’d go on to have a successful small screen career as the director of episodes of shows like McHale’s Navy and The Addams Family but there’s a nice sample of his theatrical efforts here: You’ll Never Get Rich (1941; 6am), Station West (1948; 7:45am), The Lemon Drop Kid (1951; 9:15am—though Frank Tashlin directed a lot of this) and Skirts Ahoy! (1952; 11am).

The rest of the afternoon is set aside for films by Joseph L. Mankiewicz: The Quiet American (1958; 1pm), Guys and Dolls (1955; 3:15pm) and No Way Out (1950; 6pm).

July 27, Saturday – The last July edition of TCM Essentials features Robert Osborne trying to teach Drew Barrymore to walk and talk like a regular lady (“The rain in Spain/Stays mainly on the plain”).  Okay, I’m just having you on—the movie is Tootsie (1982; 8pm), and that’s followed by a pair of 1982 comedies My Favorite Year (at 10) and Diner (at midnight).

On TCM Underground, an encore presentation of the Arch Hall, Jr. double feature Wild Guitar (1962; 2am) and The Sadist (1963; 3:45am).  (Awkward pause)  A lot of weather we’ve been having lately, huh?

July 28, Sunday – And the last July edition of TCM Essentials, Jr. features a good one for the younger set: the 1946 silver screen adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.  (I, too, saw this one as a yute—very enjoyable.)  It’s paired with one of my favorite Jean Simmons films, So Long at the Fair (1950) at 10:15pmSilent Sunday Nights will show at midnight that F.W. Murnau film I’ve still yet to see, Phantom (1922).

July 29, MondayCarson’s last guest is Goldie Hawn this evening, which will allow the channel to segueway into her Academy Award-winning performance in Cactus Flower (1969) at 9pm.  After that, the attention is focused on Goldie’s co-star Walter Matthau with a hat trick: Hello, Dolly! (1969; 11pm), Hopscotch (1980; 1:30am) and Fail-Safe (1964; 3:30am).

July 31, Wednesday – “When my baby/When my baby smiles at me I go to Reno…”  Okay—that’s the last of the bad jokes because we’ve come to the end of the month…and the daylight hours are devoted to films set in The Divorce Capital of the World: The Merry Wives of Reno (1934; 6am), Reno (1940; 7:15am), Peach-o-Reno (1932; 8:45am), Vacation in Reno (1946; 10am), The Women (1939; 11:15am), Next Time I Marry (1938; 1:45pm), Maisie Goes to Reno (1944; 3pm), 5 Against the House (1955; 4:30pm) and Born to Kill (1947; 6pm).

In primetime: selections from the oeuvre of director Douglas Sirk are on the menu.  It’s Magnificent Obsession (1954) at 8pm, then Imitation of Life (1959; 10pm), There’s Always Tomorrow (1956; 12:15am), Written on the Wind (1956; 2am) and Shockproof (1949; 4am).


rockfish said...

Ha! You may have to go through a strip search to send a package to Canada?! You're let off easy, my humble Sultan of Savoir Faire, because to receive said package (and it's always a treat and greatly appreciated!) there's a taser and some probing on the northern side of the 49th...

Stacia said...

I still haven't seen Hancock's infamous interview!

Exceptionally excited for The Twelve Chairs. Eddie and I saw the PBS American Masters on Brooks recently and he's pretty keen to see it, too.

Ivan G Shreve Jr said...

rockfish spoke up from the fourth row back:

because to receive said package (and it's always a treat and greatly appreciated!) there's a taser and some probing on the northern side of the 49th...

Don't Canadians have to pay some sort of duty (heh...I said "duty") on stuff sent to them from the USA? I ask this because I recall an eBay customer asking me to put a "zero" in the field where they asked the value of the item because if I didn't he would have to pay some sort of punitive tax or something. (I told him I couldn't do that, by the way...I'd suffer at the hands of Smock Lady and her flying monkeys.)