Saturday, May 31, 2014

Coming distractions: June 2014 on TCM

Boy howdy, cartooners—has it been a busy beginning of the month this time around!  I bit off a few more assignments than I could chew (plus my old friend Procrastination stopped by for a visit) so I thought there might not be time for another edition of what to expect in June on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™.  If you’re old enough to remember The Ed Sullivan Show, you’ll fondly recall those times when Ed would feature the guy(s) who managed to keep all those plates spinning in the air (to the tune of Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance).  That’s kind of the situation here at Rancho Yesteryear; I’ve got three blogathon commitments this week, plus two outside assignments…and since something was going to have to eventually give, I regret to inform you that I’ll have to curtail our weekly visit to Doris Day(s) this Monday.  (I can tell you’re crushed.)

Oddly enough, the June Star of the Month on Turner Classic Movies has a very close connection to our gal Dodo: her frequent movie co-star, Rock Hudson, will be in the spotlight—though Dor once commented in an interview that she called Mr. Hudson “Ernie” because “he’s no Rock.”  (Dor, you saucy minx!)  With twenty-two of his films slotted on Thursday nights in June (including his motion picture debut, 1948’s Fighter Squadron), classic movie fans can debate the age-old question as to whether or not Hudson ever possessed serious acting chops; one of the films on the schedule, Seconds (1966), will certainly give non-believers pause (not to mention his multiple collaborations with director Douglas Sirk, notably 1957’s The Tarnished Angels).  Here’s what’s on tap for Rock’s fans:

June 5, Thursday
08:00pm The Last Sunset (1961)
10:00pm The Tarnished Angels (1957)
11:45pm Hornet's Nest (1970)
01:45am Bend of the River (1952)
03:30am Winchester '73 (1950)
05:15am Fighter Squadron (1948)

June 12, Thursday
08:00pm Magnificent Obsession (1954)
10:00pm All That Heaven Allows (1955)
11:45pm Giant (1956)
03:15am Something of Value (1957)
05:15am A Farewell to Arms (1957)
June 13, Friday
08:00am Written on the Wind (1956)
09:45am Sea Devils (1953)

June 19, Thursday
08:00pm Pillow Talk (1959)
10:00pm Lover Come Back (1961)
12:00am Send Me No Flowers (1964)
01:45am Come September (1961)
03:45am Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)

June 26, Thursday
08:00pm A Fine Pair (1969)
09:45pm Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
11:30pm Ice Station Zebra (1968)
02:15am Seconds (1966)

Friday nights on the channel, you can indulge your passion for talking like a pirate (“Arrrrrrh…Jim lad…”) because Tee Cee Em is going to feature movies that allow viewers to go sailing on the bounding main.  The “Friday Night Spotlight” will be hosted by comedian Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and the content will run the gamut from high adventure to lowbrow comedy (hey—Abbott & Costello Meet Captain Kidd is in the lineup…you do not get any more lowbrow than that).  With 23 features to unspool, here’s a look at the “Pirate Movies” schedule:

June 6, Friday
08:00pm The Sea Hawk (1924)
10:15pm The Black Swan (1942)
12:00am The Spanish Main (1945)
02:00am Pirates of Tripoli (1955)
03:30am The Golden Hawk (1952)
05:00am Hurricane Island (1951)

June 13, Friday
08:00pm The Crimson Pirate (1952)
10:00pm The Pirate (1948)
12:00am The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
01:45am Abbott & Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)
03:15am The Pirates of Blood River (1961)
04:45am Seven Seas to Calais (1962)

June 20, Friday
08:00pm Against All Flags (1952)
09:30pm Captain Blood (1935)
11:45pm The Sea Hawk (1940)
02:00am The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
03:45am Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)

June 27, Friday
08:00pm Treasure Island (1934)
10:00pm The Boy and the Pirates (1960)
11:30pm Captain Kidd (1945)
01:00am Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)
02:45am Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)
04:30am Last of the Buccaneers (1950)

Fire up the DVR’s, o TDOY faithful…because here’s what else is in store for you in jumpin’ June!

June 1, Sunday – In the primetime spotlight—Cary Grant and director Howard Hawks collaborated on five motion pictures in their respective film careers…and two of them will be featured this evening, beginning at 8pm with Bringing Up Baby (1938) and I Was a Male War Bride (1949) following at 10.  Later on TCM Imports, the Russian classic Nine Days of One Year (1964) gets an airing at 2am, followed by the cult oddity Panic in Year Zero (1962) at 4am—for those of you who have been complaining about the lack of a good radioactive double feature.

June 2, Monday – The channel is not kidding when they observe that “June is busting out all over!”  In the daylight hours, June Haver will be featured in Look for the Silver Lining (1949; 6am) and The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady (1950; 8am); June Havoc in Brewster’s Millions (1945; 10am), Sing Your Worries Away (1942; 11:30am) and Four Jacks and a Jill (1942; 12:45pm); June Lockhart in Son of Lassie (1945; 2pm) and Keep Your Powder Dry (1945; 3:45pm); and June Allyson (last month’s spotlighted star) in Till The Clouds Roll By (1946; 5:30pm).

Come nightfall, it’s a regular British Invasion!  One of the must-see movies of any serious filmgoer’s education, A Hard Day’s Night (1964), kicks it off at 8pm (a TCM premiere!) and is then followed by another new-to-the-channel movie, Go Go Mania (1965) at 9:45pm.  The remainder of the evening will be filled by Having a Wild Weekend (1965; 11:15pm), the Herman’s Hermits two-fer Hold On! (1966; 1am) and Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter (1968; 2:45am) plus Get Yourself a College Girl (1964) at 4:30am.

June 3, Tuesday – Tony Curtis celebrates what would have been his 89th natal anniversary today, and so TCM fetes him with a festival of his films: The Great Race (1965; 9:30am), Beachhead (1954; 12:15pm), Sex and the Single Girl (1964; 2pm), Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966; 4pm) and Don't Make Waves (1967; 6:15pm).

When you hear the phrase “Final Frontier”…you can’t help but think of the can’t-kill-it-with-a-stick sitcom Mad About You, starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a couple who, if they came knocking at your door, you wouldn’t bother to answer it, pretending not to be at home.  (Okay, there was some 60s sci-fi TV series that popularized it, too.)  The channel is probably thinking of that show, because the movies scheduled in primetime have a science fiction bent: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968; 8pm), Alien (1979; 10:45pm), Destination Moon (1950; 1am), Marooned (1969; 2:30am) and Queen of Outer Space (1958; 4:45am).

June 4, Wednesday – The channel commemorates Rosalind Russell’s 107th birthday with They Met in Bombay (1941; 6:15am), Fast and Loose (1939; 8am), A Majority of One (1961; 9:30am), Auntie Mame (1958; 12noon), The Trouble with Angels (1966; 2:30pm), No Time for Comedy (1940; 4:30pm) and The Feminine Touch (1941; 6:15pm).

In primetime, legendary Bond girl Ursula Andress gets a doff of the TCM hat; there’s no Dr. No (1962) scheduled (boo) but you can watch Clash of the Titans (1981) at 10pm.  The other scheduled flicks are She (1965; 8pm), 4 For Texas (1963; 12:30am), The 5th Musketeer (1979; 2:30am) and Once Before I Die (1965; 4:30am).

June 7, Saturday – At 10:30am, TCM continues to showcase films from the “Doctor” franchise: Doctor at Large (1957) today, then Doctor in Love (1960; June 14), Doctor in Distress (1963; June 21) and Doctor in Clover (1967; June 28).

With a “doc” in the a.m. hours, Tee Cee Em switches to “docks” in primetime with The Essentials’ showing of On the Waterfront (1954) at 8pm, followed by Rumble on the Docks (1956; 10pm), The Mob (1951; 11:30pm) and Waterfront (1939; 1am).

June 8, Sunday – In the morning hours, TCM has scheduled a movie that’s been on my radar for a good many years: Face of Fire (1959), which stars Cameron Mitchell and James Whitmore in a tale of “a local handyman saves a child in a fire, but the burns he receives disfigure his face so much that the townspeople avoid him.”  To the Total DVR-for-Life©!

In primetime, it’s a live action-animation double feature beginning with Don Knotts as The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) at 8pm and then the musical that lets Gene Kelly shake a tail feather with Jerry the Mouse, Anchors Aweigh (1945; 10pm).  TCM Imports also has an interesting double feature: Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus (1959; 2am) and Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus (1949; 4am).

June 9, Monday – “Someone left the cake out in the rain…”  What the hell was Jimmy Webb thinking about when he wrote MacArthur Park, anyway?  And why on Earth did Richard Harris sing it?  The closest you’re going to come to the song stylings of Mistah Harris this evening is Camelot (1967) at 10pm as TCM devotes its primetime hours to the Harris oeuvre…which will also highlight Robin and Marian (1976; 8pm), A Man Called Horse (1970; 1:15am) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962; 3:15am).

June 10, Tuesday – Here’s another question (I know, you weren’t expecting a quiz—but I’ve been hearing rumors you people haven’t been keeping up with the assigned reading): why didn’t they ever let George “Goober” Lindsey do his Cary Grant impression (“Judy Judy Judy”) on Mayberry R.F.D. as he did on The Andy Griffith Show?  I became preoccupied with this knowing that today is Judy Garland’s birthday, and that TCM will pay tribute to her with Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937; 6:30am), Everybody Sing (1938; 8am), Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937; 9:45am), Babes in Arms (1939; 11:45am), Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940; 1:30pm), For Me and My Gal (1942; 3pm), The Clock (1945; 4:45pm) and Easter Parade (1948; 6:15pm).

Hey kids!  You won’t have to wait until the end of the month for Uncle Bobby Osbo to pull the projector down from the hall closet…because in the evening hours, host and oracle Robert Osborne kicks off a festival of his “picks” with a dynamite one-two punch of Fritz Lang in The Woman in the Window (1944; 8pm) and Scarlet Street (1945; 10pm).  Make Mine Mink (1960), with TDOY fave Kenneth “Stop messing about” Williams, is on at midnight, and then a return to birthday gal Ms. Garland at 2pm in The Harvey Girls (1946).

June 11, Wednesday – A primetime salute to legendary action director Sam Peckinpah is on tap for this evening, spotlighting Sam’s feature film debut with The Deadly Companions (1961) at 10pm.  Before that, it’s longtime TDOY fave Ride the High Country (1962) starting things off at 8, and the rest of the evening is comprised of The Wild Bunch (1969; 12mid), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973; 2:30am) and Major Dundee (1965; 4:45am).

June 12, Thursday – “Ida/Sweet as apple cider…”  Yes, “the poor man’s Bette Davis” is feted this morning; pay particular attention to the inclusion of Outrage (1950; 2:15pm) on the schedule—one of Ida Lupino’s earliest directorial efforts (and a goody).  The other entries are They Drive by Night (1940; 7:15am), High Sierra (1941; 9am), Out of the Fog (1941; 10:45am), The Hard Way (1942; 12:15pm), Beware, My Lovely (1952; 3:45pm), On Dangerous Ground (1952; 5:15pm) and The Hitch-Hiker (1953; 6:45pm)—another Lupino directorial effort.

June 13, Friday – Gasp!  It’s Friday the Thirteenth…but don’t be alarmed—TCM won’t be showing any of the entries from the universally reviled horror film franchise (not yet, anyway).  Instead, it’s movies with a “thirteen” theme, including two TDOY favorites, Thirteen Women (1932; 11:15am) and The Woman on Pier 13 (1950—a.k.a. I Married a Communist, 2pm), with The Hour of 13 (1952; 12:30pm), Dementia 13 (1963; 3:15pm), 13 Ghosts (1960; 4:45pm) and Thirteen Frightened Girls (1963; 6:15pm) tossed in for spice.

June 14, Saturday – TCM kicks off the morning with a Lucille Ball triple feature: Next Time I Marry (1938; 6:30am), The Affairs of Annabel (1938; 7:45am) and its follow-up, Annabel Takes a Tour (1938; 9am)…and these will be followed by an April 28, 1977 Tonight Show with Johnny Carson clip of Johnny interviewing The First Lady of Television herownself.

Later on The Essentials, the channel introduces a “Fathers and Sons” theme with a showing of The Champ (1931) at 8pm, followed by the Mickey Rooney romp Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941) at 9:45pm and the underrated I Never Sang for My Father (1970) at 11:45.

June 15, Sunday – This is all leading up to a mini-marathon of patriarchal-themed films to celebrate the day that honors the man my mother told me is my dad…and that’s good enough for me (never gets old):

06:00am Vice Versa (1948)
08:00am The Happy Time (1952)
09:45am The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
11:30am No, My Darling Daughter (1961)
01:30am Life with Father (1947)
03:45pm The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963)
06:00pm Father of the Bride (1950)
08:00pm The Yearling (1946)
10:15pm Sounder (1972)

June 17, Tuesday – The oeuvre of three-time Oscar-nominated director Joshua Logan is the order of the day on Tee Cee Em, with two of his nominated films, Sayonara (1957) and Fanny (1961), scheduled back-to-back at 11:30am and 2:15pm respectively.  Ensign Pulver (1964; 6am), Bus Stop (1956; 8am), Tall Story (1960; 9:45am) and Camelot (1967; 4:45pm) round out the entries.

Come nightfall, actor-director-writer Gene Wilder is welcomed as June’s Guest Programmer; resisting the urge to sneak in Blazing Saddles (1974) or Young Frankenstein (1974), Mr. Wilder sets aside as his four films of choice Random Harvest (1942; 8pm), The Merry Widow (1934; 10:15pm), Witness for the Prosecution (1957; 12:15am) and Dark Victory (1939; 2:30am).  Fittingly, the night is capped off at 4:30am with a 2008 edition of Role Model, in which Gene bravely spends an hour chatting with Alec Baldwin despite not having the foresight to get a distemper shot.

June 18, Wednesday – Cinephiles will want to mark their calendars for this date when TCM pays tribute to the mastery of French director René Clair; Sous les toits de Paris (1930) starts it off at 8pm, then it’s A Nous La Liberte (1931; 9:45pm), Le Million (1931; 11:15pm), The Grand Maneuver (1955; 12:45am), It Happened Tomorrow (1944; 2:45am) and the original French version of Gigi (1948) wrapping up the evening’s events at 4:15am.

June 19, Thursday – Happy birthday to Dame May Whitty, born on this date in 1865!  The films scheduled in her honor are The Thirteenth Chair (1937; 6:45am), Night Must Fall (1937; 8am), Suspicion (1941; 10am), Mrs. Miniver (1942; 12noon), Slightly Dangerous (1943; 2:15pm), Devotion (1946; 4pm) and If Winter Comes (1947; 6pm).

June 20, Friday – There’ll be some classic movie detection all day today as “the game’s afoot” with the likes of The Thin Man (1934; 6am), The Maltese Falcon (1941; 7:45am), The Big Sleep (1946; 9:30am), Laura (1944; 11:30am), Murder, My Sweet (1944; 1pm), Harper (1966; 2:45pm) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970; 5pm).

June 21, Saturday – “It’s my happening, baby…and it freaks me out!”  Not satisfied with their earlier tribute to The British Invasion this month, the TCM faithful crank up the WABAC machine for another look at “The Swingin’ 60s” with The Essentials’ showing of I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1969) at 8pm.  (I wouldn’t include that one on my list of essentials because it hasn’t dated well…your mileage, as always, may vary.)  Following the misadventures of Peter Sellers’ baked-on-brownies lawyer is Georgy Girl (1966) at 10, and then a much better candidate for essential viewing, Blow-Up (1966), finishes the 60s theme night at midnight.

June 22, Sunday – By now, mostly everyone (except me) has managed to sneak into a movie googolplex to watch the latest incarnation of Godzilla romp and stomp on major cities…and realize they enjoyed it much more when it had Raymond Burr in it.  Your prayers have been answered: the original Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) is scheduled for this evening at 8pm, followed by a gargantuan who came close to taking ‘Zilla’s title away from him, Mighty Joe Young (1949) at 10pm.  After the TCM Silent Sunday Nights showing of the 1920 classic The Mark of Zorro at midnight, you might want to program the DVR for Krzysztof Kieslowski’s renowned “Colors” trilogy: Blue (1993; 2am), White (1994; 3:45am) and Red (1994; 5:30am).

June 23, Monday – I wonder what common theme the movies planned for today share—could it be…Satan?!!  (Why did we ever think that was funny, by the way?)  On tap are Haxan (1922; 7:15am), Inflation (1942; 9:15am), The Devil with Hitler (1942; 9:45am), The Seventh Victim (1943; 10:45am), Cabin in the Sky (1943; 12noon), Angel on My Shoulder (1946; 1:45pm), The Story of Mankind (1957; 3:30am) and The Devil's Bride (1968—a.k.a. The Devil Rides Out; 5:15pm).

The 1943 Barbara Stanwyck film Lady of Burlesque (a film adaptation of The G-String Murders, penned by none other than famed ecdysiast Gypsy Rose Lee) is not on the schedule this evening…but other females working in the Burly-Q are, beginning with the cult classic Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) at 8pm.  That’s followed by a TDOY fave, The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968), at 9:45 and then Doll Face (1945; 11:30pm), Gypsy (1962; 1am) and She's Working Her Way Through College (1952; 3:45am).

June 24, Tuesday – TCM’s a little late with a kickoff to celebrate the first day of summer (June 21)…so they attempt to make up for their tardiness with daytime showings of Summer Holiday (1948; 7am), In the Good Old Summertime (1949; 8:45am), Summer Stock (1950; 10:30am), Hot Summer Night (1957; 12:30pm), A Summer Place (1959; 2pm), The Picasso Summer (1970; 4:30pm) and Corvette Summer (1978; 6:15pm).

Come nightfall—a novel theme spotlighting movies made on the other side of the pond…but featuring big-name Hollywood stars.  Thunder in the City (1937) with Edward G. Robinson starts the ball rolling at 8pm, followed by Another Man's Poison (1951—Bette Davis & Gary Merrill; 9:45pm), Sanders of the River (1935—Paul Robeson; 11:30pm) and No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948—Jack La Rue; 1:15am).  Later in the a.m. hours, I will definitely program the DVR for The Ghost Train (1941; 3am), which stars Band Waggon’s Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch (based on the play co-written by Arthur Ridley, best known as the incontinent Private Charles Godfrey on the long-running Britcom Dad’s Army).

June 25, Wednesday – You shouldn’t expect any happy endings in the movies scheduled for the daylight hours…because as I learned from Bugs Bunny, there ain’t no such animal in operas (and these movies are opera-themed).  Kidding—I’m just kidding, the lineup features A Lady's Morals (1930; 6:15am), Forget-Me-Not (1936; 7:45am), That Girl from Paris (1936; 9am), Maytime (1937; 10:45am), Music for Madame (1937; 1pm), That Midnight Kiss (1949, 2:30pm), The Toast of New Orleans (1950; 4:15pm) and Interrupted Melody (1955; 6pm).

Now this is what I’m talkin’ about—the channel devotes the evening hours to one of the best bad guys in cinema (though I wish they had made room for 1947’s The Devil Takes a Ride).  Lawrence Tierney’s oeuvre will be explored starting at 8pm with Dillinger (1945), then it’s Badman's Territory (1946; 9:15pm), Born to Kill (1947; 11pm), The Hoodlum (1951; 12:45am), Step By Step (1946; 2am), Back to Bataan (1945; 3:15am) and San Quentin (1946; 5am).

June 26, Thursday – László Löwenstein celebrates what would have been his 110th birthday today; we know him best as screen menace and character great Peter Lorre.  There’s not a bad Lorre movie in the bunch on the schedule; the must-see M (1931) starts things at 6:15am, then it’s Stranger on the Third Floor (1940; 8:15am), Background to Danger (1943; 9:30am), The Constant Nymph (1943; 11am), The Conspirators (1944; 1pm), Passage to Marseille (1944; 2:45pm), Hotel Berlin (1945; 4:45pm) and The Verdict (1946; 6:30pm).

June 28, Saturday – I’m just gonna call this one a day in honor of my BBFF Stacia: in the early morning hours, a most fitting double feature of First a Girl (1935; 6am) and Victor/Victoria (1982; 8am) begins the day’s festivities…then later on, afternoon-wise, a showing of mutual favorite Quatermass and the Pit (1967—a.k.a. Five Million Years to Earth) at 4:15pm.

But scheduled for this evening’s Essentials is the Ernest Lubitsch classic To Be or Not to Be (1942; 8pm)…and the male star of that film will encore in The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936) at 10pm and College Holiday (1936) at midnight.  (If only he could have blown a horn then…)

June 29, Sunday – The primetime schedule offers up a Carol Reed-directed two-fer in A Kid for Two Farthings (1955; 8pm) and The Fallen Idol (1948; 10pm)…but you can also catch a third Reed classic earlier in the day with The Third Man (1949) at 2pm.

June 30, Monday – Two additional events to close out the month of June—Edythe Marrenner was born on this date in 1917…but as Susan Hayward, she would win a Best Actress Oscar for I Want to Live! (1958) and be featured in the films during the channel’s daytime lineup: Girls on Probation (1938; 6am), The Hairy Ape (1944; 7:15am), Deadline at Dawn (1946; 9am), They Won't Believe Me (1947; 10:30am), Rawhide (1951; 12:30pm), The Lusty Men (1952; 2pm), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955; 4pm) and Ada (1961; 6pm).

Then as evening shadows descend, another Academy Award winner (the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian prize in 1986) is feted in musician-composer Quincy Jones…who’s yet to win a competitive Oscar, though it’s not for lack of trying (he’s been nominated four times).  All of the movies featured this evening were scored by Q: The Pawnbroker (1965; 8pm), In the Heat of the Night (1967; 10pm), The Slender Thread (1965; 12mid), $ (Dollars) (1971; 2am) and The Italian Job (1969; 4:15am).  Good viewing this month, campers!


M. Bouffant said...

I haven't yet gone out to see this yr.'s Godzilla, & probably won't.

Did go to see Gojira in a theater last mo., & I have the first sequel, Godzilla Raids Again, in the DVR. (Any day now!)

Extra fun: The elementary school where I go to vote (because I never finish my ballot soon enough to vote by mail, speaking of procrastinating) is located where the studio in which R. Burr shot his Godzilla scenes once stood. Which I wouldn't have known but for the plaque at the entrance.

Caftan Woman said...

I don't even care what's on. I just like having you tell me about it. Although I could do without spewing the morning coffee from laughing.