Thursday, August 29, 2013

Coming distractions: September 2013 on TCM

After the mammoth August month of Summer Under the Stars on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™, you’d be forgiven if you thought TCM would just coast in September on Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson segments and showings of Casablanca.  O ye of little faith, cartooners—there are some big doin’s on tap for the merry month of September, pointed out on the tentative schedule by the endlessly resourceful Laura of Miscellaneous Musings fame: there’s a most deserving Star of the Month, as well as salutes to the Master of Suspense and the future…and we’re all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.  (And remember my friends…future events such as these will affect you in the future.)

The E-ticket item on the channel this month is the champagne-over-the-bow christening of a fifteen-part documentary entitled The Story of Film: An Odyssey—a comprehensive study of the medium and art of the motion picture, first presented on Channel 4 in the UK in 2011.  (As such, the production has received mixed reviews on the always reliable IMDb.)  Each section of Story of Film runs an hour, and TCM will run one segment on Monday nights in September with a repeat on Tuesday nights…and then supplement the program with examples of the films showcased.  It sounds like a wonderful opportunity to revisit a lot of films I’ve enjoyed previously as well as view movies that have eluded me all these years; the fact that the program kicks off on September 2 is an amazing omen in itself because I (ahem) will be celebrating my half-century natal anniversary on that date.


Um…yeah.  Here’s the schedule for…The Story of Film:

September 2, Monday
08:00pm An Edison Album (1893-1912)
09:30pm Lumière's First Picture Shows (1895-1897)
10:00pm The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The World Discovers A New Art (1895-1918)
11:15pm A Trip to the Moon (1902)
11:30pm Falling Leaves (1912)/Canned Harmony (1912)/A House Divided (1913)
12:30am The Squaw Man (1914)
02:00am The Birth of a Nation (1915)
05:15am Orphans of the Storm (1921)

September 3, Tuesday
08:00pm Intolerance (1916)
11:30pm Way Down East (1920)
02:00am Haxan (1922)
04:00am The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The World Discovers A New Art (1895-1918)
05:15am The Phantom Carriage (1922)

September 4, Wednesday
07:15am The Wind (1928)

September 9, Monday
08:00pm One Week (1920)
08:30pm Three Ages (1920)
10:00pm The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Triumph of American Film (1918-1928)
11:15pm The General (1927)
12:45am The Kid (1921)
01:45am City Lights (1931)
03:30am Never Weaken (1921)
04:15am Safety Last! (1923)

September 10, Tuesday
08:00pm Nanook of the North (1922)
09:15pm The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
12:00am The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
02:00am The Crowd (1928)
03:45am The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Triumph of American Film (1918-1928)
05:00am Greed (1924)

September 11, Wednesday
07:30am Vampyr (1932)

September 16, Monday
08:00pm Sunrise (1927)
10:00pm The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Great Rebel Filmmakers Around the World (1918-1935)
11:15pm Battleship Potemkin (1925)
12:45am The Goddess (1934)
02:15am The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
03:30am Metropolis (1927)

September 17, Tuesday
08:00pm La Roue (1922)
12:30am Un Chien Andalou (1929)
01:00am Umarete Wa Mita Keredo (1932)
03:00am The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Great Rebel Filmmakers Around the World (1918-1935)
04:15am Osaka Elegy (1936)

September 23, Monday
08:00pm Love Me Tonight (1932)
10:00pm The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Great American Movie Genres… (1930s)
11:15pm The Public Enemy (1931)
12:45am Frankenstein (1931)
02:00am Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
03:45am Twentieth Century (1934)
05:30am The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1927)

September 24, Tuesday
08:00pm Zero for Conduct (1933)
09:00pm L’Atalante (1934)
10:45pm Grand Illusion (1937)
12:45am Rules of the Game (1939)
02:45am The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Great American Movie Genres… (1930s)
04:00am Port of Shadows (1939)

September 30, Monday
08:00pm Stagecoach (1939)
10:00pm The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Devastation of War... (1939-1952)
11:15pm Citizen Kane (1941)
01:30am The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
04:30am Rome, Open City (1946)

Thursday nights in September, Tee Cee Em pays tribute to the one and only Kim Novak…and you know what that means.  Well, yes—Vertigo will be in the lineup…but they’ll also endlessly rerun that Bobby Osbo interview with her from the TCM Classic Film Festival back in 2012.  Seriously—look at the schedule that follows, and chug a beer every time you see it listed among the sixteen Novak features showcased in September.

September 5, Thursday
08:00pm Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2013)
09:00pm Vertigo (1958—also September 15 @ 5:45pm)
11:15pm Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2013)
12:15am The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
02:30am Pushover (1954)
04:15am 5 Against the House (1955)

September 12, Thursday
08:00pm Picnic (1956)
10:00pm Pal Joey (1957)
12:00am The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
02:15am Jeanne Eagels (1957)

September 19, Thursday
08:00pm Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
10:00pm Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2013)
11:00pm Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
01:15am The Notorious Landlady (1962)
03:30am Phffft! (1954)

September 26, Thursday
08:00pm Middle of the Night (1959)
10:15pm Of Human Bondage (1964)
12:00am The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
02:15am The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
04:00am Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2013)

In the channel’s Friday Night Spotlight—the future’s so bright, we’ll have to wear shades.  Yes, movies with a “Future Shock” theme will be featured through September…however, it does not appear that Robert Osborne will be hosting these in tandem with Alvin Toffler.  (I make leetle joke.)  If you ever thought out loud: “Will there ever be a day when I can watch A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) or Minority Report (2002) on TCM…or is that just wishful thinking?”—Friday nights is where you will want to be.

September 6, Friday
08:00pm Metropolis (1927)
10:45pm Things to Come (1936)
12:30am Escape from New York (1981)
02:15am Brazil (1985)

September 13, Friday
08:00pm Soylent Green (1973)
09:45pm Minority Report (2002)
12:15am Logan’s Run (1976)
02:30am Mad Max (1979)

September 20, Friday
08:00pm La Jetee (1962)
08:45pm Rollerball (1975)
11:00pm A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
01:45am Total Recall (1990)

September 27, Friday
08:00pm The Time Machine (1960)
10:00pm World Without End (1956)
11:30pm The Omega Man (1971)
01:30am A Boy and His Dog (1975)

And the last big event of the month?  Hitchcock!  Lots and lots of Hitchcock!  Sundays in September (they’re calling it “Sundays with Hitch”…awwwww…), the channel will feature films from The Master of Suspense beginning at 10am and continuing on into the night.  (And my mother is constantly bitching that there’s never anything to watch on Sundays…hah!)  Here’s the schedule:

September 1, Sunday
10:00am Murder! (1930)
12:00pm Rope (1948)
01:30pm Spellbound (1945)
03:30pm Marnie (1964)
05:45pm The Birds (1963)
08:00pm Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
10:00pm Psycho (1960)
12:00am The Lodger (1926)
02:00am Blackmail (1929)
03:30am Frenzy (1972)

September 8, Sunday
10:00am Under Capricorn (1949)
12:00pm Stage Fright (1950)
02:00pm I Confess (1953—also September 11 @ 2:00am)
04:00pm The Wrong Man (1956)
06:00pm Saboteur (1942)
08:00pm Foreign Correspondent (1940)
10:15pm North by Northwest (1959)
12:45am The Ring (1927)

September 15, Sunday
10:00am Number Seventeen (1932)
11:15am The Trouble with Harry (1955)
01:15pm Family Plot (1976)
03:30pm The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
05:45pm Vertigo (1958—also September 5 @ 9:00pm)
08:00pm Rear Window (1954)
10:00pm To Catch a Thief (1955)
12:00am The Farmer’s Wife (1928)

September 22, Sunday
10:00am The Skin Game (1931)
11:30am Lifeboat (1944—also September 14 @ 8:00pm)
01:15pm The Lady Vanishes (1938)
03:15pm Topaz (1969)
05:45pm Torn Curtain (1966)
08:00pm The 39 Steps (1935)
09:30pm Sabotage (1936)
11:00pm The Dick Cavett Show: Alfred Hitchcock (1972)
12:15am Champagne (1928)

September 29, Sunday
10:00am Rich and Strange (1932)
12:00pm Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
02:00pm Suspicion (1941)
04:00pm Strangers on a Train (1951)
06:00pm Dial M for Murder (1954)
08:00pm Rebecca (1940)
10:15pm Notorious (1946)

Kowabunga, kids!  That’s a lot of classic movie entertainment for your cable dollah!  But if you’re one of the first fifty callers (operators are standing by!) you’ll also enjoy these highlights from the rest of the month:

September 2, Monday – Sure, we’ll be breaking out the cake and ice cream for my birthday and for the premiere of The Story of Film today…but during the daylight and early evening hours, TCM will also offer up their annual tribute to the Telluride Film Festival, underway right now from August 29 to September 2.  Here’s what they’ve picked to highlight:

06:00am Hester Street (1975)
08:00am History Begins at Night (1937)
09:45am Cinerama Adventure (2002)
11:30am How the West Was Won (1962)
02:15pm Happy Anniversary (1962)
02:30pm Le Havre (2011)
04:15pm Pitfall (1948)
05:45pm Burden of Dreams (1982)
07:30pm Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980)

September 4, Wednesday – It’s not Brian Keith’s birthday…but what the hey—TCM rolls out the red carpet for him with a mini-festival of some of his oeuvre today, beginning with The Bamboo Prison (1955) at 8:45am.  That’s followed by Storm Center (1956; 10:15am), Run of the Arrow (1957; 11:45am), The Deadly Companions (1961; 1:15pm), The Hallelujah Trail (1965; 3pm) and Gaily, Gaily (1969; 6pm).

Come nightfall…it’s Robert Osborne’s DVD Playhouse!  Yes, Uncle Bobby has rummaged through the voluminous Turner Classic Movies library and found four “picks” to entertain the #TCMParty folks on Twitter.  It’s James Cagney in Captains of the Clouds (1942) at 8pm, then The Black Swan (1942; 10pm), You’ll Never Get Rich (1941; 11:30pm) and the evening finishes out with the wonderful (and highly underrated) Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) at 1:15am.

September 6, FridayShe Who Must Not Be Named Alert: Lost Angel (1943) airs at 7:15am.

September 7, Saturday – The channel wraps up the remaining movies in the Nick Carter franchise at 10:45am today (1940’s Phantom Raiders) and next Saturday at the same time (1940’s Sky Murder), then finishes out the month on the 21st and 28th (also at 10:45am) with the two Kitty O’Kelly flicks, Detective Kitty O’Day (1944) and Adventures of Kitty O’Day (1944).  So…there’s that.

At noon, TCM schedules a salute to aquatic creatures with Flipper (1963) on 9/7, then it’s Flipper’s New Adventure (1964; 9/14), Namu, the Killer Whale (1966; 9/21) and Ring of Bright Water (1969; 9/28).  (One of these things is not like the other—hint: it’s got “killer” in the title.)

Later on the Drewsentials Essentials, the theme is “Back at the Ranch”—which I believe is not kosher to use unless Gene Autry is mentioned in the same sentence.  (I could be wrong about this.)  Anyway, it’s describing the scheduling of Giant (1956) at 8pm and McLintock! (1963) at 11:30.  A double feature of monster makers follows on TCM Underground with The Awful Dr. Orloff (1962) at 2am and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).  Following that is a 1967 short entitled Her Name Was Ellie, His Name Was Lyle—which features this deadpan description: “A relationship is threatened when a young man discovers he has caught syphilis from his waitress.”  (Sounds like there was more than just a monetary tip involved...heyyyy-yooo!!!)

September 9, Monday – Producer Arthur Freed was born on this date in 1894 (a Charleston, SC native—saaalute!) and every musicals fan worth their salt knows of his amazing films (or so Pam tells me), many of which will be showcased today beginning at 6am with Pagan Love Song (1950).  Okay…maybe that’s not so amazing, but it will be followed by Annie Get Your Gun (1950; 7:15am), Show Boat (1951; 9:15am), The Belle of New York (1952; 11:15am), Singin’ in the Rain (1952; 12:45pm), The Band Wagon (1953; 2:45pm) and Invitation to the Dance (1956; 4:45pm).  A documentary, Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM (1996), closes the day out at 6:30pm.

September 10, Tuesday – It’s a day of heist films—and the capers commence at 6am with one of my favorites, Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).  Once a Thief (1965) follows at 8, and then it’s Rififi (1954; 10am), I Died a Thousand Times (1955; 12noon), The Anderson Tapes (1971; 2pm), High Sierra (1941; 4pm) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1968; 6pm).

September 11, Wednesday – It’s back to the musicals again…only they’re tuneful movies with a fantasy bent.  One of our favorites here at TDOY, Brigadoon (1954), airs at 8:45am and then it’s Carousel (1956; 10:45am), Finian’s Rainbow (1968; 1pm), Tom Thumb (1958; 3:30pm) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) at 5:30pm.

In primetime, Mr. O welcomes Guest Programmer Madeleine Stowe—and I gotta tell ya…I need to start boning up on my pop culture knowledge because I was not aware that Ms. Stowe was still working (she’s a regular on the popular ABC-TV series Revenge…a series I have not seen); I know her from films like The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Unlawful Entry (1992) and Twelve Monkeys (1995).  (Yes, my clock stopped back in 1995…now get out of my yard!)  Maddie (I guess I can call her that) has chosen as her quartet of films The More the Merrier (1943; 8pm), Splendor in the Grass (1961; 10pm), Bicycle Thieves (1948; 12:15am) and I Confess (1953; 2am).

September 13, Friday – Hot cookies, Agnes!™  The channel does a stretch in the sneezer with a day festooned with prison-themed films beginning with Road Gang (1936) at 6am.  After that, it’s Numbered Men (1930; 6:30am), Condemned Women (1938; 9am), Hell’s Highway (1932; 10:30am), The Big House (1930; 11:45am), Each Dawn I Die (1939; 1:15pm), Ladies They Talk About (1933; 3pm), Brute Force (1947; 4:15pm) and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932; 6pm).

September 14, Saturday – Mr. O and Ms. B kick off another edition of TCM’s Essentials at 8pm with Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat (1944)—ushering in tonight’s theme, “To the Lifeboats!”  (Eyeball roll.)  After that, it’s Abandon Ship! (1957) at 10 and Titanic (1953) following at midnight.  (The Clifton Webb-Barbara Stanwyck version, that is.)

At 2am on TCM Underground: Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974).  Is this a great channel or what?

September 16, Monday – Director-producer Alexander Korda was born on this date in 1893, and today features a mix of films that he both directed and produced.  At 6am, it’s The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), then Fire Over England (1937; 8am), The Divorce of Lady X (1938; 9:45am), Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937; 11:30am), Elephant Boy (1937; 1pm), The Challenge (1938; 2:30pm), Vacation from Marriage (1945; 4pm) and An Ideal Husband (1947; 6pm).

September 17, Tuesday – My BBFF Stacia recently rolled out a review of Winter Meeting (1948) at her home base of She Blogged by Night…and the part that made me choke on my sweet roll was when she referenced that the Bette Davis starrer was turning “into a Joan Crawford vehicle”…and then explained in the footnote: “Those of you who know how difficult it was for me to not use the word ‘lesser’ here: Thank you for still being my friend.”  Well, it made me laugh—and you’ll be thinking about it, too, as you watch a day of movies featuring La Joan: Our Blushing Brides (1930; 6am), Montana Moon (1930; 7:45am), This Modern Age (1931; 9:15am), Today We Live (1933; 10:30am), Dancing Lady (1933; 12:30pm), The Gorgeous Hussy (1936; 2:15pm), Mannequin (1937; 4:15pm) and The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937; 6:15pm).

September 18, Wednesday – Two tributes on tap today; the first is dedicated to a day of Victor Mature movies, which gets underway at 6am with The Housekeeper’s Daughter (1939), and is joined by Seven Days’ Leave (1942; 7:30am), Gambling House (1951; 9am), Million Dollar Mermaid (1952; 10:30am), The Las Vegas Story (1952; 12:30pm), The Robe (1953; 2pm), The Sharkfighters (1956; 4:30pm) and The Long Haul (1957; 6pm).

Mario Lanza takes over the second star spotlight at 8pm with The Seven Hills of Rome (1957), and after that it’s For the First Time (1959; 10pm), The Great Caruso (1951; 12mid), The Student Prince (1954; 2am) and Because You’re Mine (1952; 4am).

September 19, Thursday – I know I’ve never been shy about promoting Westerns here on the blog…but in the case of the first one scheduled today at 6am, I’ll make an exception.  Okay, if you feel you must watch Across the Wide Missouri (1951), be my guest…but stick around for the ones that follow: The Lusty Men (1952; 7:30am), Ride, Vaquero! (1953; 9:30am), The Man from Laramie (1955; 11am), Great Day in the Morning (1956; 12:45pm), Saddle the Wind (1958; 2:30pm), The Badlanders (1958; 4pm) and Rio Bravo (1959; 5:30pm).

September 20, Friday – Just one more reason why TCM is the best: a birthday tribute to director Norman Z. McLeod, born on this date in 1895.  One of his best-remembered films, Topper (1937), kicks off the day’s festivities at 6:30am and then it’s Merrily We Live (1938; 8:15am), There Goes My Heart (1938; 10am), Remember? (1939; 11:30am), Little Men (1940; 1pm), Lady Be Good (1941; 2:30pm), Swing Shift Maisie (1943; 4:30pm) and Never Wave at a WAC (1952; 6pm).

September 21, Saturday – The wackiness on TCM Essentials continues with a scheduling of the 1934 screwball comedy classic It Happened One Night at 8pm.  After Clark and Claudette, the evening’s tribute to screenwriter Robert Riskin continues with The Whole Town’s Talking (1935) at 10pm and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) putting it to a close at 12 midnight.

September 23, Monday – The channel must be a Gemini, because it can’t decide if it wants to devote the entire day to Ethel Waters or Jennifer Jones movies.  Ethel gets the nod at 6am, with Cairo (1942)—followed by Cabin in the Sky (1943; 8am), Pinky (1949; 9:45am), and The Member of the Wedding (1952) at 11:30am.   Mrs. David O. Selznick takes over at 1:15 with Madame Bovary (1949), then it’s The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (1956; 3:15pm) and The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957; 6pm).

September 24, Tuesday – I’ve mentioned on the blog here in the past that TCM rarely gets around to showing one of my favorite Ginger Rogers films, Storm Warning (1951)—it’s a deliriously demented “message” picture with Ging as a model who discovers her sister’s (Doris Day!) husband (Steve Cochran) is in the KKK!  It’s also a real hoot because Ronald Reagan plays a crusading liberal district attorney out to bring down the local chapter (I wonder if Ronnie remembered this when he gave that “states’ rights” speech in Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1980), and you’ll get an opportunity to see it at 1:45pm.  Rounding out the rest of the Rogers flicks are Twist of Fate (1954; 6:45am), Tight Spot (1955; 8:30am), It Had to Be You (1947; 10:30am), Perfect Strangers (1950; 12:15pm), I’ll Be Seeing You (1944; 3:30pm), Black Widow (1954; 5pm) and Roxie Hart (1942; 6:45pm).

September 25, Wednesday – TCM’s D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today with a day’s worth of films about couples that go Splitsville—The Divorcee (1930) at 6am, followed by Divorce in the Family (1932; 7:30am), Wednesday’s Child (1934; 9am), Child of Divorce (1947; 10:15am), Payment on Demand (1951; 11:30am), Man on Fire (1957; 1pm), The Palm Beach Story (1942; 2:45pm), Divorce, American Style (1967; 4:15pm) and One is a Lonely Number (1972; 6:15pm).

Come nightfall, the channel devotes its programming to director King Vidor…beginning with a movie that will get a Blu-ray release on October 1, The Big Parade (1925; 8pm).  After that, four vehicles from Vidor’s sound oeuvre: Street Scene (1931; 10:15pm), Stella Dallas (1937; 11:45pm), Duel in the Sun (1947; 1:45am) and Ruby Gentry (1952; 4:15am).

September 26, Thursday – I love a Gershwin tune—how ‘bout you?  Well, learn to love it—it’s a mini-festival of movies larded with George’s infectious music on the occasion of his birthday (born on this date in 1898): Girl Crazy (1932; 6:30am), Shall We Dance (1937; 8am), A Damsel in Distress (1937; 10am), Girl Crazy (1943; 12noon), Rhapsody in Blue (1945; 1:45pm), Tea for Two (1950; 4:15pm) and An American in Paris (1951; 6pm).

September 27, FridayTDOY actor fave Joel McCrea is feted with a day of his films—two of his best, Colorado Territory (1949; 6am) and Stars in My Crown (1950; 7:45am), kick the festivities off and then it’s Shoot First (1953; 9:15am), Wichita (1955; 10:45am), The First Texan (1956; 12:15pm), Trooper Hook (1957; 1:45pm), The Oklahoman (1957; 3:15am), Gunsight Ridge (1957; 4:45pm) and Fort Massacre (1958; 6:15pm).

September 28, Saturday – The last edition of TCM Essentials this month will be a goody because it features one of the movies’ underrated actresses (she’s still with us, too!) in two classic cult films: Peggy Cummins is in Gun Crazy (1950) at 8pm and Curse of the Demon (1958) at 11:45pm.  (The 1958 film Hell Divers is sandwiched in-between at 9:45.)  Stick around for TCM Underground, too—because another cult fave, The Honeymoon Killers (1970), will unspool at 2am.

September 30, Monday – Closing out the month: things get a little soapy today with more “mellerdrammers” than you’ve had hot dinners.  Penny Serenade (1941) gets things started at 6am, followed by Random Harvest (1942; 8am), Flamingo Road (1949; 10:15am), The Rains Came (1939; 12noon), Susan Slade (1961; 2pm), Leave Her to Heaven (1945; 4pm) and Magnificent Obsession (1954; 6pm).


Stacia said...

Such a great line-up of films, but for the first time since I've had TCM, I think I can say I've seen easily 95% of the Story of Film and Hitch flicks. Of the 5 or so I haven't seen, I have 3 sitting here at home on DVD anyway. Might try to catch La Jetee if I can remember it; TCM's website doesn't list it so I can't set up a reminder.

Anyone who hasn't seen Burden of Dreams and Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe needs to see them, by the way. BoD was phenomenal. I watched it after seeing Fitzcarraldo but it can be seen as a standalone documentary if you don't want to go through a few hours of Klaus Kinski first.

And an early happy birthday, Ivan!

Stacia said...

I forgot to mention that I don't think even Eddie got the "lesser Joan Crawford vehicle" joke. You are smart and that is why I like having you as my friend.