Saturday, August 7, 2010

Coming distractions: November 2010 on TCM

I went by the bookmark that I have set for TCM’s tentative schedule last night and discovered that they had the listings for November up and running—but since I was wore to a frazzle…wore to a fraz-zle…I decided that looking at the offerings would have to wait until today. The big event on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ (ka-ching!) in November is the introduction of TCM’s 10-part documentary, Moguls and Movie Stars, A History of Hollywood…the first five installments of which will be telecast on Mondays and Wednesdays of the month. Supplementing this series will be movies related to early filmmaking and examples of such—which means silent film fans will be able to enjoy a smorgasbord of cinematic treasures, if the scheduled attractions are any indication. (Honest to my grandma, they have some real goodies on tap…)
Here’s the lineup for the first five parts of Moguls and Movie Stars:

Episode One: Peepshow Pioneers
November 1 at 8pm and 11pm
November 3 at 10pm
November 6 at 12noon
November 8 at 7pm

Episode Two: The Birth of Hollywood
November 8 at 8pm and 11pm
November 10 at 10pm
November 13 at 12noon
November 15 at 7pm

Episode Three: The Dream Merchants
November 15 at 8pm and 11pm
November 17 at 10pm
November 20 at 12noon
November 22 at 7pm

Episode Four: Brother Can You Spare a Dream
November 22 at 8pm and 11pm
November 24 at 10pm
November 27 at 12noon
November 29 at 7pm

Episode Five: Warriors & Peace Makers
November 29 at 8pm and 11pm
December 1 at 10pm
December 4 at 12noon
December 6 at 7pm

And here’s the schedule for the supplemental stuff:

Monday – November 1
09:00pm The Films of Thomas Edison (1893)
12:00am D.W. Griffith with Biograph (1909)
02:00am The Films of Georges Melies (1896)
04:00am Silent Shakespeare (1899)
05:30am Ramona (1910)

Wednesday – November 3
08:00pm The Magic Box (1952)
11:15pm Nickelodeon (1976)
01:15am When Comedy Was King (1957)
02:45am Hearts of the West (1975)
04:30am Show People (1928)

Monday – November 8
09:00pm Traffic in Souls (1913)
10:30pm The Heart of an Indian (1912)
12:00am The Birth of a Nation (1915)
03:15am Within Our Gates (1920)
04:45am The Blot (1921)

Wednesday – November 10
08:00pm The Immigrant (1917)
08:45pm Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919)
11:15pm The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)
12:30am The Coward (1915)
02:00am The Squaw Man (1914)
03:30am The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Monday – November 15
09:00pm Sunrise (1927)
12:00am The Iron Horse (1924)
02:30am Flesh and the Devil (1927)
04:30am The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Wednesday – November 17
08:00pm The Kid (1921)
09:00pm The Pilgrim (1923)
11:15pm One Week (1920)
11:45pm Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
01:00am Safety Last! (1923)
02:30am It (1927)
04:00am Show People (1928)
06:00am Fool's Luck (1926)

Monday – November 22
09:00pm Footlight Parade (1933)
12:00am The Public Enemy (1931)
01:30am Little Caesar (1931)
03:00am I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
05:00am Red Dust (1932)

Wednesday – November 24
08:00pm It Happened One Night (1934)
11:15pm Duck Soup (1933)
12:30am Top Hat (1935)
02:15am Heidi (1937)
03:45am Little Women (1933)
05:45am Of Human Bondage (1934)

Monday – November 29
09:00pm Casablanca (1942)
12:00am The Great Dictator (1940)
02:15am They Were Expendable (1945)
04:30am Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Also in November, TCM’s Star of the Month will be the lovely Ava Gardner—and her cinematic oeuvre will be showcased on Thursday nights all month long. Here’s the Ava lineup:

Thursday – November 4
08:00pm The Killers (1946)
10:00pm Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
12:15am Show Boat (1951)
02:15am Knights Of The Round Table (1953)
04:15am We Were Dancing (1942) (also showing November 24 @10:30am)

Friday – November 5
06:00am This Time For Keeps (1942)
07:15am Sunday Punch (1942)
08:45am Reunion in France (1942)
10:30am Kid Glove Killer (1942)
11:45am Joe Smith, American (1942)
01:00pm Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942)

Thursday – November 11
08:00pm Mogambo (1953)
10:00pm The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
12:15am Bhowani Junction (1956)
02:15am The Little Hut (1957)
04:00am Young Ideas (1943)
05:30am Swing Fever (1943)

Friday – November 12
07:00am Pilot #5 (1943)
08:15am Lost Angel (1943)
10:00am Hitler's Madman (1943)
11:30am Du Barry Was A Lady (1943)
01:15pm Blonde Fever (1944)

Thursday – November 18
08:00pm The Naked Maja (1959)
10:00pm On the Beach (1959)
12:30am The Angel Wore Red (1960)
02:15am 55 Days At Peking (1963)
05:00am The Hucksters (1947)

Friday – November 19
07:00am She Went To The Races (1945)
08:30am Two Girls And A Sailor (1944)
10:45am Three Men In White (1944)
12:15pm Music For Millions (1944)
02:15pm Maisie Goes To Reno (1944)
04:00pm The Great Sinner (1949)
06:00pm East Side, West Side (1949)

Thursday – November 25
08:00pm The Night Of The Iguana (1964)
10:00pm Seven Days In May (1964) (also showing November 2 @6pm)
12:00am Mayerling (1968)
02:15am The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
04:30am Ride, Vaquero! (1953)

Friday – November 26
06:15am Lone Star (1952)
08:00am My Forbidden Past (1951)
09:15am The Bribe (1949)

I’m constantly amazed at the ingenuity Turner Classic Movies uses for these star tributes—though “ingenuity” may be too charitable a word…”chicanery” might be a better fit. For example, We Were Dancing is said to be Gardner’s feature film debut but no one’s ever been able to identify her (she’s apparently in a crowd scene). (The same goes for Pilot #5...and what Music for Millions is doing here I have no idea.) It’s a shame they couldn’t have squeezed in the East Side Kids vehicle Ghosts on the Loose (1943) onto the schedule…

And now for a random run-down of the rest of the month:

November 1, Monday – A nice little film noir festival to kick off November—the films to be shown are Strange Bargain (1949; 6am), Dark Passage (1947; 7:15am), White Heat (1949; 9:15am), They Live by Night (1949; 11:15am), Side Street (1950; 1pm), His Kind Of Woman (1951; 2:30pm), Suddenly (1954; 4:45pm) and While The City Sleeps (1956; 6:15pm).

November 2, Tuesday – Burton Stephen Lancaster was born on this date in 1913—but you can call him “Burt”…and watch some of his classic roles in Jim Thorpe—All American (1951; 6am), Vengeance Valley (1951; 8am), From Here To Eternity (1953; 9:30am), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957; 11:30am), Sweet Smell Of Success (1957; 1:45pm), Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962; 3:30pm) and Seven Days In May (1964; 6pm).

Come evening, it’s a tribute to The Boys of Summer with a baseball-themed movie lineup that will spotlight The Winning Team (1952; 8pm), It Happened in Flatbush (1942; 10pm), Eight Men Out (1988; 11:45pm), Elmer, The Great (1933; 2am), Alibi Ike (1935; 3:15am) and The Babe Ruth Story (1948; 4:30am).

November 3, Wednesday – Someone e-mailed me the other day to ask why we don’t hear from TDOY’s junior partner, Pam, more often…and I think this may explain her absence—she’s gearing up for this Betty Hutton marathon that will include The Stork Club (1945; 6:30am), The Perils Of Pauline (1947; 8:15am), Red, Hot And Blue (1949; 10am) and Annie Get Your Gun (1950; 11:30am). (Stork Club is the film where Betty sings Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief…in case you were curious.)

November 5, Friday – The glut of Ava Gardner films in the a.m. doesn’t leave a lot of room to toast Joel McCrea on his birthday—only three movies are scheduled, but at least they’re good ones: The Most Dangerous Game (1932; 2:30pm), Foreign Correspondent (1940; 3:45pm) and The Palm Beach Story (1942; 6pm).

TCM Underground has a pair of Elizabeth Taylor flicks scheduled later in the evening—Secret Ceremony (1968; 2am) and Boom! (1968; 4am). Both of these movies were directed by Joseph Losey, and I’m looking forward to recording Ceremony since it will save me the cost of purchasing the Region 2 disc.

November 6, Saturday – The Bowery Boys continue their 10:30am Saturday morning shenanigans with Loose in London (1953)—the first of the series’ films to be written and/or directed by Edward Bernds, the former Columbia soundman-turned-director who made some of the Three Stooges’ funniest two-reelers in the late 40s/early 50s. Bernds, along with writer Elwood Ullman, applied a lot of Stooges-style slapstick to the antics of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall, which is why London and the rest of the films this month—Clipped Wings (1953, 11/13), Private Eyes (1953, 11/20) and Paris Playboys (1954, 11/27)—rank among my favorite Bowery Boys flicks.

TCM Essentials will show the 1962 version of Mutiny on the Bounty at 8pm…which will kick off a mini-marathon of movies with a Tahitian theme: Pagan Love Song (1950; 11:15pm), The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942; 12:45am), The Hurricane (1937; 2:30am) and Tahiti Nights (1944; 4:30am). (I was going to make a “Tahitian Treat” joke here but I’m afraid the Cadbury people will sue me.)

November 7, Sunday – TCM’s got A Millionaire for Christy (1951) scheduled for 10:00am, and I haven’t seen this one since the days when Comedy Central was “The Comedy Channel.” It’s a great little screwball romp with Fred MacMurray and Eleanor Parker, and I’ve set phasers to “record.”

Later that evening, TCM will roll out what I believe is the restored version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927)—that’s scheduled for 8pm, with a documentary entitled Metropolis Refound. Then it’s a mini Fritz Lang tribute—with a Silent Sunday Nights showing of Spies (1928) at midnight, followed by M (1931; 2am) and The Woman in the Window (1944; 4am).

November 9, Tuesday – It’s Edna May Oliver’s natal anniversary…and the fun starts at 6:30am with a pair of Wheeler & Woolsey vehicles, Half Shot at Sunrise (1930) and Cracked Nuts (1931; 8am). (What—is TCM’s copy of Hold ‘Em Jail broken?) Laugh and Get Rich (1931; 9:15am), The Conquerors (1932; 10:30am), Penguin Pool Murder (1932; 12noon), Meet the Baron (1933; 1:15pm), Murder on the Blackboard (1934; 2:30pm), We're Rich Again (1934; 3:45pm), Murder on a Honeymoon (1935; 5pm) and No More Ladies (1935; 6:15pm) round out what will be a great day of viewing—particularly with the Hildegarde Withers films on tap.

November 10, Wednesday – Claude Rains is today’s birthday boy, and you certainly can’t go wrong with a lineup of They Won't Forget (1937; 6am), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938; 7:45am), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939; 9:30am), Saturday's Children (1940; 11:45am), Now, Voyager (1942; 1:30pm), Mr. Skeffington (1944; 3:30pm) and Passage to Marseille (1944; 6pm).

November 11, Thursday – Faith and begorrah, ‘tis a foine thing to be celebratin’ the birthday of Pat O’Brien. Set up a keg by your TV set for a festival that will include The Fighting 69th (1940; 6am), Knute Rockne All American (1940; 7:45am), Having Wonderful Crime (1945; 9:30am), Crack-Up (1946; 10:45am), Fighting Father Dunne (1948; 12:30pm), A Dangerous Profession (1950; 2:15pm) and The People Against O'Hara (1951; 3:45pm).

But here’s the rub: it’s also Robert Ryan’s natal anniversary…and yet TCM is going to mark that occasion with only two movies…two piddly little films. Well, one of them is The Set-Up (1949; 6:45pm) so you can’t go wrong with that…but it’s preceded by The Woman On The Beach (1947; 5:30pm), which is hardly one of Ryan’s finest hours.

November 12, Friday – It’s Gordon McRae night! Enjoy TCM’s drink specials and a lineup that includes Tea For Two (1950; 8pm). The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950; 9:45pm) and Oklahoma! (1955; 11:45pm).

November 13, SaturdayTCM Essentials’ showing of The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946; 8pm) is an omen that a night of Teresa Wright films is to be scheduled. And since Mrs. Miniver (1942; 11pm), The Little Foxes (1941; 1:30am), Enchantment (1948; 3:30am) and Casanova Brown (1944; 5:15am) all follow it would appear that I have ESPN.

November 14, Sunday – TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights has a Mary Pickford silent, The Hoodlum (1919; 12:30am), scheduled that sounds like a must-record. There’s also a pair of Oscar-winning documentaries penciled in for later that (early Monday) morning that I can heartily recommend: Hearts and Minds (1974; 3:45am) and Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976; 5:45am)

November 16, Tuesday – Morgantown, WV’s favorite son, Don Knotts, is going to be feted with a mini-marathon of films beginning at 8pm with a favorite from my childhood, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966). The films that follow: The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975; 10pm), The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964; 12mid), No Time For Sergeants (1958; 2am) and Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo (1977; 4:15am). (I know I’ve said this before but it bears repeating—who in the hell is up at four in the morning to watch a Disney film?)

November 19, Friday – Director Peter Weir will be recognized with a three-feature salute beginning at 8pm with the cult classic The Last Wave (1977), and that’s followed by Gallipoli (1981) at 10pm and another cult fave, Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) at midnight. Heck, the whole schedule contains some cult movie gems—later on TCM Underground, the channel will show the wild and wacky Dementia (1955) at 2am and a true masterpiece of subtle horror, Repulsion (1965) afterward at 3:15am. (I sense a "bitches-be-crazy" theme here.)

November 20, Saturday – With the TCM Essentials showing of San Francisco (1936), things get turned over to actor Spencer Tracy for the evening. The channel will run the Fox Movie Channel staple Up the River (1930) at 10pm, and then follow that with Plymouth Adventure (1952; 12mid). The Old Man and the Sea (195; 2am) and The Devil At Four O'Clock (1961; 4:15am).

November 21, Sunday – Since TCM has the movie version of the radio/TV sitcom classic Our Miss Brooks (1956) scheduled at 10:30am; I can cross this one off my Warner Archive wish list. (The fun continues at 12 noon with She’s Working Her Way Through College (1952)—a film in which you’ll hear Ronald Reagan engage in a quick snatch of song.)

Later that evening, TCM will showcase a double feature showcasing Cary Grant and his better half at the time, Betsy Drake, in the two films the couple made together: Room for One More (1952; 8pm) and Every Girl Should Be Married (1948; 10pm).

The Silent Sunday Nights feature is The Viking (1928; 12mid), a two-strip Technicolor silent that was directed by Roy William Neill, so I’ll definitely have a look-see. Also, TCM will run the must-see cult classic Seconds (1966) at 4am.

November 23, Tuesday – “As sure as my name is Boris Karloff…” Well, okay—my name isn’t Boris Karloff, but the actor so beloved here at TDOY is celebrating a birthday…and a bodacious festival that includes The Lost Patrol (1934; 7am), The Walking Dead (1936; 8:15am), West Of Shanghai (1937; 9:30am), You'll Find Out (1940; 10:45am), Isle Of The Dead (1945; 12:30pm), The Body Snatcher (1945; 1:45pm), Bedlam (1946; 3pm), Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947; 4:30pm) and The Terror (1963; 5:45pm) is on tap for today.

November 24, Wednesday – Marjorie Main is today’s birthday gal, and is treated like royalty with showings of Turnabout (1940; 6am), Jackass Mail (1942; 7:30am), Tish (1942; 9am), We Were Dancing (1942; 10:30am), The Harvey Girls (1946;12:15pm), Big Jack (1949; 2:15pm), Ma And Pa Kettle (1949; 3:45pm), Mrs. O'Malley And Mr. Malone (1950; 5:15pm) and Mr. Imperium (1951; 6:30pm).

November 26, Friday – It’s not Sir Alfred’s birthday…but that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying a nice little min-festival of some of the Master of Suspense’s best-known films: Foreign Correspondent (1940; 11am), Strangers On A Train (1951; 1pm), Dial M For Murder (1954; 2:45pm) and To Catch a Thief (1955; 4:45pm). TCM will show that Dick Cavett Show repeat from June 8, 1972 after Thief…with the guest being (natch) Hitch hizzownself.

TCM has a couple of cult favorites on tap for later that evening: Gillo Pontecorvo’s Burn! (1969) at 10:45pm and Michael Laughlin’s Strange Behavior (1981) at 2:30am. Following Behavior is Sleepaway Camp (1983)…and if you had told me ten years ago that this would ever be on the channel’s schedule I would have suggested that you seek serious psychiatric help.

November 28, Sunday – One of the films that was shown at the big TCM Classic Film Festival to-do in Hollywood earlier this year premieres on the channel at 8pm—No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948). I’ve only seen the remake of this film (Robert Aldrich’s The Grissom Gang [1971]) and while the write-up for Orchids in Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide isn’t particularly glowing I’ll probably take a look for curiosity’s sake.

TCM Silent Sunday Nights will run Where East is East (1929; 12mid), the last of director Tod Browning and actor Lon Chaney’s collaborations and, again, while its reputation isn’t particularly sparkling I have to see it. Later that morning, one of the best films Robert Mitchum ever made—The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973; 3:30am).

November 30, Tuesday – Hold the mayo? I don’t think so! Celebrate Virginia Mayo’s natal anniversary on the final day of the month with a lineup that includes Seven Days Ashore (1944; 6:45am), Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948; 8:15am), Always Leave Them Laughing (1949; 9:45am), Flaxy Martin (1949; 11:45am), The Girl from Jones Beach (1949; 1:15pm), The West Point Story (1950; 2:45pm) and Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951; 4:45pm).

As always, the times noted are EST and the schedule is subject to change…void where prohibited. (Offer not good after curfew in Sectors R or N.)

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Matt said...

Thanks, Ivan. This is great. It makes getting through boring Summer Under The Stars month a little easier.

Amanda said...

Looks like a fabulous lineup. Can't wait until November.

I agree with Matt about Summer Under The Stars - one of my least favorite months along with Oscar month.

Stacia said...

Is this the first time they have shown Yankee Doodle in Berlin? Very exciting! I have a nice copy of it from Grapevine, but will be recording it from TCM too, because you can't have enough copies of Mack Sennett films.

And I'll third the notion that TCM's Summer Under the Stars kind of stinks, but Woody Strode day was worth the price of admission this year. And I'll probably watch "California Suite" again for 2 of the funniest words in film: Compazine spantules.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

And I'll third the notion that TCM's Summer Under the Stars kind of stinks, but Woody Strode day was worth the price of admission this year.

For me, it's going to be the Thelma Todd tribute on August 30. All those Charley Chase shorts and Todd/ZaSu Pitts shorts and Todd/Patsy Kelly shorts--it's going to be a movie-watching/recording decathlon here at Rancho Yesteryear.

So I can't really badmouth SUTS...but Oscar month? That has to be my least favorite TCM time. (I know it's one of Pam's favorites, so you can see we're maintaining the yin and yang here.)

Pam said...

Who is the "yin" and who is the "yang"?