Sixty-two of Crawford’s movies are on tap for this one, which will take place Thursday nights starting at 8pm and pretty much running for 24 hours each time (save the last day of the month)…so if there are any gaps in your La Joan collection, this would be an opportune time to fire up the TiVo. Take a look at what’s in store:
January 2, Thursday
08:00pm The Unknown (1927)
09:00pm Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
10:30pm Our Modern Maidens (1929)
12:00am Our Blushing Brides (1930)
01:45am Lady of the Night (1924)
03:00am The Boob (1926)
04:15am Spring Fever (1927)
05:45am Across to Singapore (1928)
January 3, Friday
07:15am West Point (1928)
09:00am The Hollywood Revue (1929)
11:00am Untamed (1929)
12:30pm Montana Moon (1930)
02:00pm Paid (1930)
03:30pm Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)
05:00pm Laughing Sinners (1931)
06:15pm Possessed (1931)
January 9, Thursday
08:00pm Grand Hotel (1932)
10:00pm Rain (1932)
11:45pm Dancing Lady (1933)
01:30am Forsaking All Others (1934)
03:00am This Modern Age (1931)
04:30am Today We Live (1933)
January 10, Friday
06:30am Chained (1934)
08:00am Sadie McKee (1934)
09:45am I Live My Life (1935)
11:30am No More Ladies (1935)
01:00pm The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
03:00pm Love On the Run (1936)
04:30pm The Bride Wore Red (1937)
06:15pm The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)
January 16, Thursday
08:00pm The Women (1939)
10:30pm When Ladies Meet (1941)
12:30am A Woman's Face (1941)
02:30am They All Kissed the Bride (1942)
04:15am Mannequin (1937)
January 17, Friday
06:00am The Shining Hour (1938)
07:30am The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)
09:15am Strange Cargo (1940)
11:15am Susan and God (1940)
01:30pm Reunion in France (1942)
03:30pm Above Suspicion (1943)
05:15pm Hollywood Canteen (1944)
January 23, Thursday
08:00pm Mildred Pierce (1945)
10:00pm Humoresque (1946)
12:15am Flamingo Road (1949)
02:00am The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
03:45am Possessed (1947)
05:45am It's a Great Feeling (1949)
January 24, Friday
07:15am Harriet Craig (1950)
09:00am Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)
11:00am This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
12:45pm Torch Song (1953)
02:30pm Queen Bee (1955)
04:15pm Autumn Leaves (1956)
06:15pm The Story of Esther Costello (1957)
January 30, Thursday
08:00pm The Best of Everything (1959)
10:15pm What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
12:45am Della (1964)
02:00am Trog (1970)
03:45am The Karate Killers (1967)
05:30am The Caretakers (1963)
January 31, Friday
07:30am Berserk! (1967)
(Science!) This piece on the TCM website will give you a little more information on the Friday Night Spotlight theme; but it promises, as the press release trumpets: “a lineup of movies that delve into issues of scientific discovery, exploration and alteration, with some side trips into science fiction.”
January 3, Friday
08:00pm Madame Curie (1943)
10:15pm A Beautiful Mind (2001)
12:45am For All Mankind (1989)
02:15am Countdown (1968)
04:15am Marooned (1969)
January 10, Friday
08:00pm Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
09:30pm Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
11:30pm The Thing From Another World (1951; also January 4 @6:30pm)
01:15am Forbidden Planet (1956)
03:00am Solaris (1972)
January 17, Friday
08:00pm The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
10:30pm Gallant Journey (1946)
12:00am Silkwood (1983)
02:15am The Beginning or the End (1947)
04:15am These Are the Damned (1962)
January 24, Friday
08:00pm Edison, the Man (1940)
10:00pm The Magic Box (1951)
12:00am It Happens Every Spring (1949)
01:45am The Man in the White Suit (1951)
03:15am Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
January 31, Friday
08:00pm First Men in the Moon (1964)
10:00pm The Time Machine (1960)
12:00am The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
01:45am Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
03:45am Charly (1968)
So much for the E-ticket items on the channel’s schedule—let’s take a look at some other delights that will be set before us in the month of January:
(I prefer the 1925 version, which is kind of a King Kong blueprint…but it really won’t matter much in the long run because I probably won’t see either of them.) Before World, it’s the underrated sci-fi classic Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) at 8pm, and then following World you’ll have TDOY fave The Valley of Gwangi (1969; 12mid), She (1965; 2am) and The Lost Continent (1968; 4am).
January 2, Thursday – Several days on the channel’s schedule feature a fistful of pre-Code films…and this is one of them. It’s The Ship from Shanghai (1929) at 6:30am, followed by Call of the Flesh (1930; 7:45am), The Great Meadow (1931; 9:30am), Sporting Blood (1931; 11am), New Morals for Old (1932; 12:30pm), Washington Masquerade (1932; 2pm), Day Of Reckoning (1933; 3:30pm), The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933; 4:45pm) and Stage Mother (1933; 6:15pm).
The following Saturdays in January—at the same time of 10:30am—the channel starts with the popular Hildegarde Withers series, and it’s fortunate that those three Saturdays will highlight the best entries with Edna May Oliver and James Gleason: Penguin Pool Murder (January 11), Murder on the Blackboard (January 18) and Murder on a Honeymoon (January 25).
The primetime schedule kicks off with the first edition of TCM Essentials for the new year; Uncle Bobby Osbo and his faithful Indian companion Drew Barrymore introduce The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) at 8pm. Design for Scandal (1941) follows at 10:15pm and then That Forsyte Woman (1949) at midnight, continuing the evening’s Walter Pidgeon theme.
I, on the other hand, will be looking forward to TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights for the next two weeks when the spotlight will be on the comedic output of the great Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. January 5 at midnight, the following shorts will be shown: The Knockout (1914), A Flirt’s Mistake (1914), Fatty Joins the Force (1913), Leading Lizzie Astray (1914), Fatty and Mabel’s Simple Life (1915), Fatty’s Chance Acquaintance (1915) and Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition (1915).
The following week (January 12) it’s Fatty’s New Role (1915), Mabel and Fatty’s Wash Day (1915), Mabel and Fatty’s Married Life (1915), Fatty’s Faithful Fido (1915), Fatty’s Plucky Pup (1915) and Fatty’s Tintype Tangle (1915).
January 6, Monday – The daylight hours feature a number of first-rate films noir…and though it’s getting to be an annoying habit, I will remind you that The Reckless Moment (1949) is on the schedule again at 4:30pm; you should see it if you haven’t done so (I may plan a pop quiz later).
But also on the schedule are two editions of Private Screenings (at 8pm and an 11:30pm encore)…and according to the schedule, the person in that spotlight will be (drum roll) Robert Osborne! What I’m dying to know is…does he interview himself or does someone else step into the interviewer’s shoes? Okay, I’m just kidding; I know the answer to that one—former TCM Essentials toothache Alec Baldwin will do the honors. (I just hope he doesn’t call Osborne a “toxic little queen”—‘cause I think Bob could clean his clock.) And this thing is ninety minutes long…but I suppose that makes sense, because you have to factor in additional time for Baldwin’s ego.
January 7, Tuesday – Here’s something a little more interesting that it being all about Osborne; TCM will commemorate the 90th anniversary of Columbia Pictures with a 24-hour salute to some of the studio’s best films. (It’s not listed on the schedule now but the tentative lineup originally had Charley Chase’s classic 1940 two-reel comedy The Heckler scheduled for 9am—sad to see it yanked.)
07:00am Lady for a Day (1933)
08:45am It Happened One Night (1934)
10:30am The Whole Town's Talking (1935)
12:15pm His Girl Friday (1940)
02:00pm Cover Girl (1944)
04:00pm Gilda (1946)
06:00pm From Here to Eternity (1953)
08:00pm On the Waterfront (1954)
10:00pm The Way We Were (1973)
12:15am Gandhi (1982)
03:45am The Remains of the Day (1993)
No one is more pleased than I to see that my favorite Elvis Presley guilty pleasure, Tickle Me (1965), is on the schedule at 12:45pm. (Hey—an Elvis movie written by Bowery Boys scribes Ed Bernds and Elwood Ullman, plus a climax later ripped off by the Scooby Doo people…tell me what’s not to like?) The other “King” flicks are Stay Away, Joe (1968; 6am), Live a Little, Love a Little (1968; 7:45am), Double Trouble (1967; 9:15am), Spinout (1966; 11am), Girl Happy (1965; 2:30pm), Kissin’ Cousins (1964; 4:15pm) and It Happened at the World's Fair (1963; 6pm). (Nice to see they gravitated toward El’s “I-made-these-for-the-money” oeuvre this year.)
Come primetime—a salute to “the poor man’s John Garfield” as an evening of films starring Dane Clark unfurls with Gunman in the Streets (1950) at 8pm. That’s followed by Embraceable You (1947; 9:45pm), That Way with Women (1947; 11:15pm), Outlaw’s Son (1957; 1am), Whiplash (1948; 2:45am) and Backfire (1950; 4:30am)—this last one I just recently acquired after receiving a replacement Film Noir Classics: Volume 5 set that someone decided to help themselves to during Christmas (by surgically removing it from its envelope with a x-acto knife).
(I’ve not seen this one; Internets legend F. Gwynplaine “I’ve seen them all!” MacIntyre jibes that it’s a little too close to W.C. Fields’ Poppy but I will try to keep an open mind.) At 4:45pm, the Ritz Brothers (the bête noir of author James Neibaur, whose book on the Elvis films will be released in April) star in The Gorilla (1939)—a guilty pleasure of mine because any movie with Patsy Kelly, Lionel Atwill and Bela Lugosi cannot be completely terrible. (Besides, Jim admits to being a fan of Brown and Carney…’nuff said.)
January 11, Saturday – If by some chance you missed It Happened One Night (1934) on Tuesday (perhaps you were at work?) you can catch it again at 8pm on The Essentials as Osbo and Drewbo feature it along with Lady for a Day (1933; 12:15am), which was also in the Columbia 90th anniversary spotlight. In between the two films is Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) (a Frank Capra tribute, as you’ve no doubt guessed by now) at 10pm—a film that has quite a great deal of love among classic film fans despite the fact that the chief asset of the stage play is not in the movie. (Boris Karloff, as you’ve no doubt guessed by now.)
Miscellaneous Musings sent me the addy to the channel’s tentative schedule many moons ago, I was really pumped because I saw where the 1976 cult classic Massacre at Central High was going to be featured on TCM Underground. Well, that apparently was yanked and was substituted with the Blaxploitation classics Black Caesar (1972) and Hell Up in Harlem (1973)…and now they’ve called another audible and settled on The Flesh Merchant (1956; 2am—a.k.a. The Wild and the Wicked), Chained for Life (1951; 3am) and Child Bride (1938; 4:15am). (Suffice it to say, I’m bummed.)
January 12, Sunday – In the primetime spotlight: the two films that won Ingrid Bergman two Best Actress Oscar statuettes—Anastasia (1956) at 8pm, followed by Gaslight (1944) at 10. And after the Arbuckle shorts on Silent Sunday Nights, a pair of foreign film classics in Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962; 2am) and My Life to Live (1962; 3:45am).
On the preceding Monday night, past Lifetime Achievement Award winners get their due when the following movies unfurl: Strike Me Pink (1936; 8pm—Eddie Cantor), Guys and Dolls (1955; 10pm—Frank Sinatra), Sunrise at Campobello (1960; 12:45am—Ralph Bellamy), Battleground (1949; 3:15am—Ricardo Montalban) and Baby Doll (1956; 5:30am—Karl Malden).
January 15, Wednesday – I’m really dreading this day because the former child star referred to as She Who Must Not Be Named on the blog (I dare not speak her name for fear of summoning forth a powerful demon) turns 77. It’s not so much her movies that chill my marrow; I can avoid the lineup of Little Women (1949; 6:15am), Glory (1956; 10:15am), Bad Bascomb (1946; 12noon), Music for Millions (1944; 2pm), The Canterville Ghost (1944; 4pm) and Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945; 6pm) that day. But I’ll probably have to write something nice about her for the ClassicFlix Facebook/Twitter posts, and I will demand hazard pay.
In the evening hours, the theme is The Long Arm of the Law—with my favorite Jean Arthur film, The Talk of the Town (1942) getting things started at 8pm, then The Paper Chase (1973; 10:15pm), Philadelphia (1993; 12:15am), 12 Angry Men (1957; 2:30am) and State’s Attorney (1932; 4:15am)
January 18, Saturday – It promises to be a big night for my BBFF Stacia, because Tallulah Bankhead is in the primetime spotlight with a TCM Essentials scheduling of Lifeboat (1944) at 8pm and Faithless (1932) following at 10. But the real fun starts with the delightfully demented Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) at 11:30pm; I saw this movie when I was a lot younger and I have a feeling it might have done a lot to warp me at that impressionable age.
The all-time Stacia fave Skidoo (1969) is in the lead-off slot on TCM Underground at 2am, and coupled with that is The Big Cube (1969; 3:45am), which earned quite a few rave reviews on Facebook recently…if one defines “rave” as “What the…front yard?” I kind of like the concept of a small subversive corner of Turner Classic Movies…I only wish they’d follow through with that Central High thing.
(I swear that joke is not mine.) It’s Roz and Hayley Mills in The Trouble with Angels (1966) at 8pm, then Stella Stevens takes over as the bane of Roz’s existence in Where Angels Go…Trouble Follows! (1968) at 10. (Okay, Binnie Barnes is also in both of them—not necessarily a bad thing.) On the bright side, TCM will show the Wim Wenders-directed classic Wings of Desire (1987) at 2am.
January 20, Monday – To commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the channel schedules a daylong festival of films spotlighting African-American actors and directors: The Joe Louis Story (1953; 6am), The Jackie Robinson Story (1950; 7:30am), The Learning Tree (1969; 9am), Intruder in the Dust (1949; 11am), Sergeant Rutledge (1960; 12:30pm), Duel at Diablo (1966; 2:30pm), Lilies of the Field (1963; 4:15pm) and In the Heat of the Night (1967; 6pm). Come nightfall, the cinematic oeuvre of singer-activist Harry Belafonte is on display with Bright Road (1953; 8pm), The World, the Flesh, and the Devil (1959; 9:15pm), Buck and the Preacher (1972; 11pm), Odds Against Tomorrow (1959; 1am) and The Angel Levine (1970; 3am).
It will brace me for this evening’s guest programmer—who is none other than “Judge” Judy Sheindlin. (That noise? Oh, it’s just the sound of my eyes rolling back in my head. Honestly, I can see why they ran that Ultimate Fan Contest—they’ve run out of people to host.) Her Honor has chosen The Goodbye Girl (1977; 8pm), Elmer Gantry (1960; 10pm) and The Good Earth (1937; 12:30am) as the movies she will run…while I, on the other hand, will elect to turn the TV off at 8 in a defiant blow for good taste.
January 22, Wednesday – The woman whom I knew growing up as Josephine the Plumber in the Comet TV commercials will be in the primetime spotlight this evening—she’s Jane Withers, the popular child star in the 1930s and 1940s who could drink Shirley Temple’s milkshake any day of the week. (I’ll just wait for Page’s response in the comments.) Jane and Shirl appear in Bright Eyes (1934), the movie that kicks off the festivities at 8pm, and then it’s all Jane in Paddy O'Day (1935; 9:30pm), High School (1940; 11pm), The North Star (1943; 12:30am) and Giant (1956; 2:30am—I always forget she’s in this movie!).
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January 25, Saturday – I don’t have to tell you how much of a kick mi madre has been getting out of seeing “the fish movie”—a.k.a. Jaws (1975) on the channel of late; she’ll get to see it again when it’s featured on The Essentials as part of a “70’s Thrills” theme that begins at 8pm. Following Jaws is a movie that scared the snot out of me when I first saw it (and I’m glad it was on cable, where I had access to a change of underwear), Alien (1979; 10:15pm)…and then another HBO goodie (I lost count how many times I watched this one…and to this day I’ll defend George Segal’s performance as outclassing the final product), Rollercoaster (1977) at 12:15am. The evening concludes with a TCM Underground “infant” double feature: The Baby (1973) at 2:30am, then Spider Baby (1964) at 4:30. (Yowsah!)
(Check out this splendid essay on Drums from Aubyn Eli, a.k.a. The Girl with the White Parasol at ClassicFlix when you get a chance.) On Silent Sunday Nights, one of Harold Lloyd’s most popular film comedies begins at midnight: Speedy (1928).
January 27, Monday – You’ve heard me mention radio’s Lum & Abner (Chester Lauck and Norris Goff) on the blog on occasion—the channel is going to show two of the feature films that the comic duo did for independent movie producer Jack Votion today, beginning with The Bashful Bachelor (1942) at 6am. I really enjoy this one of the two being offered; Lauck and Goff contributed the story, and it features a grand performance from TDOY fave ZaSu Pitts and bulls-eye comic relief from Grady Sutton as Cedric Weehunt. (And the actress who plays “Agatha Abernathy” is none other than Marni Nixon!) Two Weeks to Live (1943) will run at 10:30am and while it has a funny moment or two I wouldn’t compare it to the charming Bachelor. (Franklin Pangborn has a funny contribution, and you’ll spot favorites like Charles Middleton and Tim Ryan, too.)
After that, it’s The Merry Widow (1934; 10:30am), Ninotchka (1939; 12:15pm), The Shop Around the Corner (1940; 2:15pm), That Uncertain Feeling (1941; 4pm) and my all-time favorite, To Be or Not to Be (1942; 5:30pm).
Come nightfall, actor Michael Caine “gets a dinner” with an evening devoted to some of his movies: Gambit (1966; 8pm), Get Carter (1971; 10pm), Pulp (1972; 12mid), X, Y & Zee (1972; 2am) and The Wrong Box (1966; 4am).
January 29, Wednesday – In a preview of what you’ll see on Oscar night…oh, wait—they don’t hand out these awards at the Oscars anymore, do they? Well, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi all received Honorary Awards at the 5th Annual Governor Awards this past November 16th…and for unexplained reasons, the channel is just now getting around to handing out some recognition in their primetime lineup this evening. Lansbury, of course, plays the silver screen’s most diabolical mom in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), which will air at 8pm…and a second Lansbury vehicle from her MGM days, The Harvey Girls (1946), follows at 10:15pm. A pair of Steve Martin films, Pennies from Heaven (1981; 12:15am) and Father of the Bride (1991; 2:15am) follow, and the evening is wrapped up with I Compagni (1964; 4:15am) and La Notti Bianche (1957; 6:30am), two movies featuring the costume design of Piero Tosi. (As for Angelina Jolie—the winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award…well, TCM’s audience may not be ready for a showing of Lookin’ to Get Out.)
And for those of you who “love a mystery,” the three Columbia programmers based on Carlton E. Morse’s legendary radio show are scheduled: I Love a Mystery (1945; 4:15pm), The Devil's Mask (1946; 5:30pm) and The Unknown (1946; 6:45pm).