Monday, February 20, 2012

Coming distractions: April 2012 on TCM

If I had to speculate on why it seems to be easier to locate TCM’s tentative online schedules of recent, I’d guess that The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ (ka-ching!—I got a Facebook e-mail from Rick Brooks informing me that he may be returning to blogging soon, so I need to resume the royalty payments) is preoccupied with the preparations for their 2012 Classic Film Festival, which will take place April 12-15.  (Still no word on whether Bobby Osbo’s self-titled classic film festival will be returning to UGA after its 2011 hiatus, by the way…but if I had money to put down I’d say it probably won’t be happening.)  I had a tentative schedule bookmark in place and before I could check it to see if the April 2012 lineup was up, the ever-resourceful Laura of Miscellaneous Musings fame e-mailed to let me know it was.  (This was last week, when I was still working on that outside project.)

The Star of the Month for April will be Doris Day…but Tee Cee Em is doing things a little differently this time around; instead of setting aside one day each week in the month for all things Dodo, they will instead honor Doris with showings of her movies in an entire week (Monday, April 2 thru Friday, April 6).  To be honest, I kind of like the old way (I know it’s my natural inclination to gripe about these things …) but if this is the path that they have chose, I will make my peace with it.  (It might also be connected to the fact that Day will celebrate her 88th natal anniversary [knock wood] on April 3.)  So here’s the 28-film lineup from the woman whom TDOY idol Oscar Levant once memorably remarked: “I never watch Doris Day movies…I’m a diabetic”:

April 2, Monday
08:00pm Lullaby of Broadway (1951)
11:30pm My Dream is Yours (1949)
01:15am On Moonlight Bay (1951)
03:00am Romance on the High Seas (1948)
04:45am Tea for Two (1950)

April 3, Tuesday
06:30am It’s a Great Feeling (1949)
08:00am Starlift (1951)
08:00pm Lover Come Back (1961)
10:00pm That Touch of Mink (1962)
12:00am Move Over, Darling (1963)
02:00am Do Not Disturb (1965)
04:00am The Tunnel of Love (1958)

April 4, Wednesday
06:00am Lucky Me (1954)
08:00am Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962—“Elephant?  What elephant?”)
08:00pm Midnight Lace (1960)
10:00pm Storm Warning (1951)
11:45pm The Winning Team (1952)
01:30am Julie (1956)
03:30am The West Point Story (1950)

April 5, Thursday
08:00pm Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960—also Tuesday, April 17 at 12:45pm)
10:00pm The Thrill of It All (1963)
12:00am The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
02:00am It Happened to Jane (1959)
04:00am April in Paris (1952)

April 6, Friday
08:00pm Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
10:15pm Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Kind of bummed that none of the classic movie channels (well, let’s be honest—there’s really only one these days) ever shows my favorite of the Doris Day-Rock Hudson vehicles, Send Me No Flowers (1964)…but I’ve been wanting to see Storm Warning again for many years now, and I’ll also get a chance to revisit such Dodo faves as It’s a Great Feeling, The Thrill of It All (“I just drove my car into the pool!”), The Glass Bottom Boat, and Love Me or Leave Me.  The other theme that will be featured prominent on TCM in April is an all-too-fitting salute to Spring Break: 23 films featuring youth frolicking in fresh air and sunlight, enjoying good times and the favorite legal beverage of their choice…not to mention plenty of gratuitous you-know-what.  Like the feting of Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, the Spring Break tribute will also take place with the span of one week (April 16-20):

April 16, Monday
08:00pm Where the Boys Are (1960)
10:00pm Palm Springs Weekend (1965)
12:00am Girl Happy (1965)
02:00am Blue Hawaii (1961)
04:00am Clambake (1967)

April 17, Tuesday
08:00pm Gidget (1959)
09:45pm Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)
11:30pm Ride the Wild Surf (1964)
01:15am For Those Who Think Young (1964—sponsored by Pepsi-Cola!)
03:00am It’s a Bikini World (1967)

April 18, Wednesday
08:00pm The Girls on the Beach (1965)
09:30pm Beach Ball (1965)
11:00pm The Endless Summer (1966)
12:45am Barefoot Adventure (1960)
02:15am Spring Break (1983—I actually saw this in the theater…fortunately I did not pay to do so; I had a free pass and reviewed it for WMUL, Marshall University’s college radio station.  It is awful.)

April 19, Thursday (“Somebody get me Annette!”)
08:00pm Beach Party (1963)
10:00pm Muscle Beach Party (1964)
11:45pm Bikini Beach (1964)
01:30am Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
03:15am Pajama Party (1964)

April 20, Friday
08:00pm Ski Party (1965)
10:00pm Winter-A-Go-Go (1965)

I’m curious as to what the response will be with regards to the new way TCM is doing these month-long tributes…and of course, if you want to kick in your two cents the comments section awaits.  In the meantime, let’s take a look at what else is on tap in April—keeping in mind, of course that the schedule is subject to change (and that all times are EST):

April 1, Sunday – Since it’s April Fools’ Day, it seems only right to observe the occasion with some of the greatest “fools” to ever step in front of a camera.  My recommendations would include the Wheeler & Woolsey classic Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934; 6am—it also stars Thelma Todd…need I say more?) and one of The Great Man’s funniest films, The Bank Dick (1940; 8:30am).  Elmer, the Great (1933; 7:15am), The Awful Truth (1937; 9:45am), At the Circus (1939; 11:30am), The Great Race (1965; 1pm), Some Like if Hot (1959; 3:45pm) and The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976; 6pm) comprise the rest of the “Fools” lineup.

At 8pm, a double feature that I’ve jokingly decided to call “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” kicks off with one of my favorite film noirs, Call Northside 777 (1948) followed by BUtterfield 8 (1960) at 10.  TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights also has a double feature in Greta Garbo’s The Kiss (1929) at midnight and The Single Standard (1929) following at 1:15am.  As for me—I’ll need to get the DVD recorder up and running for an Akira Kurosawa classic that will be shown at 2:30am: 1963’s Tengoku to jigoku (High and Low).

April 2, Monday – “Come and listen to a story ‘bout a man named Jed/He’d be 104 ‘cept for the fact he’s dead…”  Too soon?  Well, anyway—it’s Buddy Ebsen’s birthday, and the actor known for both TV’s The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones is feted with a salute that starts at 6:45am with Born to Dance (1936—Jimmy Stewart sings!), followed by The Girl of the Golden West (1938; 8:45am), Yellow Jack (1938; 11am), Four Girls in White (1939; 12:30pm), The Kid from Texas (1939; 2pm), They Met in Argentina (1941; 3:30pm), Sing Your Worries Away (1942; 5pm) and Frontier Rangers (1959; 6:15pm)—a feature compilation of episodes from Ebsen’s lesser-known TV series, Northwest Passage.

April 3, Tuesday – “Get me da buddah…”  And now that I’ve blown you all away with my amazing Brando impression, we can celebrate what would have been the actor’s 88th natal anniversary with a lineup of movies that starts at 9:45am with The Fugitive Kind (1959), followed by Sayonara (1957) at 12 noon, Julius Caesar (1953) at 2:30pm and winding up with Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) at 4:45pm.  (Stella!)

April 4, Wednesday – The birthday celebrations continue with a salud to Anthony Perkins, who will be toasted with The Actress (1953) at 10:45am, then followed by Friendly Persuasion (1956; 12:30pm), Green Mansions (1959; 3pm), Tall Story (1960; 4:45pm) and Pretty Poison (1968; 6:30pm).  (What’s the name of that one movie where he plays the crazy guy again?)

April 5, Thursday – I hope there’s not a run on sheet cakes at the bakery!  Because today is Gregory Peck’s natal anniversary, so I thought we’d just eat cake and veg with Days of Glory (1944; 6am), The Valley of Decision (1945; 7:30am), The Yearling (1946; 9:45am), The Great Sinner (1949; 12noon), Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951; 2pm), Man with a Million (1954; 4:15pm) and The Purple Plain (1954; 5:45pm).

April 6, Friday – Kay Francis alert!  One of my favorites of her many vehicles, Guilty Hands (1931) will be re-shown at 7:15am but before that it’s A Notorious Affair (1930) at 6am and afterwards Transgression (1931; 8:30am), Jewel Robbery (1932; 9:45am) and I Loved a Woman (1933; 11am).  For the rest of the afternoon, the channel turns things over to Francis’ co-star in Woman, Eddie G. Robinson—The Man With Two Faces (1934) at 12:45pm, followed by The Whole Town’s Talking (1935; 2pm), The Last Gangster (1937; 3:45pm—yay!), The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938; 5:15pm) and a Robert Aldrich film I have not seen, Big Leaguer (1953) at 6:45pm.

April 7, Saturday – TCM continues its Saturday morning showings of the films starring the shamus who is “enemy to those who make him an enemy…friend to those who have no friend”: Boston Blackie.  It’s Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942) at 10:45am on the 7th, and then in successive weeks it’s The Chance of a Lifetime (1943; April 14), After Midnight with Boston Blackie (1943; April 21) and One Mysterious Night (1944; April 28).

The non-MGM versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Lord of the Apes also continue in April with The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935) on the 7th—a feature version of the serial starring Olympic shot-putter Herman Brix, who later changed his nom de thespian to Bruce Bennett.  (It’s also the only film property that Burroughs had an active hand in, and as such is considered more faithful to the books than other Tarzan vehicles.)  The following week, it’s Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938) with Mr. Brix…which is also edited from the same serial.  April 21 brings Tarzan’s Revenge (1938)…which is not edited from the serial, and as such does not star Herman Brix (Glenn Morris plays the ape man in this one).

Come nightfall, TCM Essentials’ scheduling of Gilda (1946) at 8pm is a sign that the rest of the evening will showcase films starring Rita Hayworth…and lo, and behold: The Lady from Shanghai (1947) at 10pm, followed by They Came to Cordura (1959; 11:45pm), The Happy Thieves (1962; 2am), The Lady in Question (1940; 3:45am) and Affair in Trinidad (1952; 5:15am).

April 8, Sunday – Easter Sunday brings on a daylong festival of Easter and religious-themed films—the one that I’m most curious to check out is Blade af Satans bog (1921; aka Leaves Out of the Book of Satan), a Carl Dreyer silent that will be the featured attraction on Silent Sunday Nights.  (One of Dreyer’s other classics, Vredens dag [1943; 2:15am, aka Day of Wrath], unspools afterward on the channel’s weekly TCM Imports.)  The movies begin at 7:15am with Godspell (1973), followed by Saint Joan (1957; 9:15am), The Song of Bernadette (1943; 11:15am), The Silver Chalice (1954; 2pm), Barabbas (1962; 4:30 pm), Easter Parade (1948; 7pm) and King of Kings (1961; 9pm).  After the two Dreyer films (in the wee a.m. hours) it’s A Man Called Peter (1955) at 4:15am.

April 9, Monday – Robert Osborne pulls out his projector as the evening shadows fall…and TCM viewers discover to their horror that instead of picking out four of his favorite flicks to show he decides to screen several hours of home movies taken during his trip to Ibiza three decades back.  Okay, I’m just having you on—Bobby Osbo’s picks include Charley’s Aunt (1941; 8pm), Son of Frankenstein (1939; 9:30pm—great choice, B.O.!), Together Again (1944; 11:15pm) and TDOY fave Theodora Goes Wild (1936; 1am).

April 10, Tuesday – The following evening at 8pm, Robert has no reservations (oh, I slay myself sometimes) about inviting Anthony Bourdain to be TCM’s guest programmer…and while Mr. O politely declines the snacks Tony has brought with him (Bourdain is the guy who ate sheep testicles one time, you’ll remember) the two of them will enjoy a night that includes The Searchers (1956), Les yeux sans visage (1960; 10:15pm, aka Eyes Without a Face), Get Carter (1971; 12mid) and Withnail & I (1987; 2am).

April 11, Wednesday – Spend a day with Randolph Scott (“Raaannndolllllph Scottttt…”) movies beginning at 6:30am with A Lawless Street (1955), then followed in succession by The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953; 8am), Carson City (1952; 9:30am), The Man Behind the Gun (1953; 11am), Colt .45 (1950; 12:30pm), Thunder Over the Plains (1953; 2pm), Fort Worth (1951; 3:30pm), Belle Starr (1941; 5pm) and TDOY fave Ride Lonesome (1959) at 6:30pm.

TCM’s Classic Movie Festival technically doesn’t kick off until the following evening but they’ll get a jump on the festivities by paying homage to the legendary Peter O’Toole with a live remote at 8pm that will also be repeated at 12 midnight (or, it’s possible the party may still be going on and it’s just more live coverage—the schedule doesn’t specify for certain).  In between those two events will be showings of two O’Toole classics, The Lion in Winter (1968) at 9:30pm and Lawrence of Arabia (1962) at 1:30am.

April 12, Thursday – TCM kicks off a short morning doff-of-the-birthday-party hat to Ann Miller with a film that’s been on my radar for many years now: New Faces of 1937 (1937), which is scheduled at 6am.  It stars Joe Penner and Milton Berle, both of whom were headlining radio shows at the time (Penner with a self-titled sitcom for Cocomalt, Berle with The Gillette Original Community Sing)…and includes a lot of OTR personnel such as Harry “Parkyakarkus” Einstein (billed as Harry Parke; he’s the father of Bob “Officer Judy” Einstein and Albert Brooks), Harriet Hilliard (Mrs. Ozzie Nelson), Bert “The Mad Russian” Gordon and Patricia “Honey Chile” Wilder.  Other familiar faces in the cast include Jerome Cowan, Richard Lane, Dewey Robinson, Francis “Nyoka” Gifford, Hillary Brooke and Robert Emmett O’Connor (the last two uncredited—O’Connor plays a cop, as I’m sure you’re surprised to learn).  The other Miller films on the schedule are Room Service (1938; 7:45am), Small Town Girl (1953; 9:15am) and The Great American Pastime (1956; 11am).

In the evening, Liza Minnelli is feted with a four-film tribute beginning at 8pm with Arthur (1981), and then later on it’s New York, New York (1977; 11pm), The Sterile Cuckoo (1969; 2am—one of my favorites) and In the Good Old Summertime (1949; 4am—look for the little girl in the last scene with Van Johnson and Judy Garland).  A repeat of the 2010 Private Screenings Liza did with Bobby Osbo is squeezed in between Arthur and New York, New York.  (I’ve reserved space in the comments section for Pam to tell her “Liza gave me cookies” story.)

April 13, Friday – And speaking of Pam (smooth as glass, I tells ya)…I’m sure she will blow off work for the day to celebrate film great Stanley Donen’s (knock wood) 88th natal anniversary with a tribute of his movies beginning at 6am with a classic he co-directed with someone else (his name escapes me), On the Town (1949).  This is followed by Royal Wedding (1951) at 7:45am, then it’s Fearless Fagan (1952; 9:30am), Love is Better Than Ever (1952; 11am), Give a Girl a Break (1953; 12:30pm), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954; 2:15pm), It’s Always Fair Weather (1955; 4pm) and Bedazzled (1967; 5:45pm).

After they’re done with Donen (yikes), TCM will celebrate its  natal anniversary (the 18th) on the air as The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ (that’s two I owe him) with a lineup that includes Casablanca (1942) at 8pm, then Jeux interdits (1952, aka Forbidden Games) at 10pm and Cape Fear (1962) at midnight.

April 14, Saturday – “Ohhhhhh Chiiiiiccckkk…”  Just wanted to let you know that Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) will be on at 9:15am before the Boston Blackie movie.

With the showing of The Fallen Idol (1948) on TCM Essentials at 8pm, the rest of the evening will kick off recognition to the films scored by William Alwyn…a first-rate lineup that features A Night to Remember (1958; 10pm), The Crimson Pirate (1952; 12:15am), Green for Danger (1946; 2:15am) and Odd Man Out (1947; 4am).  (Not a bad one in the bunch.)

April 15, Sunday – It’s a familiar Hollywood story—the young hopeful who achieves stardom through the mentorship of a matinee idol who watches his own career plunge into the toilet as his protégé’s skyrockets.  You know it as A Star is Born, filmed on several occasions in 1937, 1954 and 1976.  The 1937 one (directed by William Wellman and starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March) will be shown by TCM at 8pm…but stick around for the film that follows at 10—it’s the inspiration for all those remakes, What Price Hollywood? (1932), starring Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman, with direction by a young George Cukor.

Beginning at midnight, Silent Sunday Nights pays tribute to “the third genius” with four wonderful (and hysterically funny) Harold Lloyd shorts: Ask Father (1919), Among Those Present (1921; 12:20am), Haunted Spooks (1920; 1am) and Get Out and Get Under (1920; 1:30am).

April 16, Monday – More silent comedy goodies are in store as the channel celebrates the 123rd natal anniversary of Charles Chaplin: the 1922 short Pay Day kicks things off at 6am, followed by The Kid (1921) at 6:30 and then A Woman of Paris (1923) and City Lights (1931) at 7:30 and 9am respectively.  Charlie also shares a birthday with the great Peter Ustinov, and so after Lights the rest of the day is devoted to feting him with Hot Millions (1968; 10:30am), Topkapi (1964; 12:30pm), Billy Budd (1962; 2:45pm) and Quo Vadis (1951) finishing up the day at 5pm.

April 17, Tuesday – After her traumatic experience on Friday having to watch Stanley Donen movies, Pam is allowed to come home and recuperate with a birthday tribute to her own William “Hubba Hubba” Holden with a brief festival that will include Young and Willing (1943; 6am), Rachel and the Stranger (1948; 7:30am), Born Yesterday (1950; 9am) and The Moon is Blue (1953; 11am).  In the meantime, everyone here at TDOY will remark on how speedy her recovery has been…taking care to keep the sharper objects locked up tight in that huge drawer where we also keep the emergency medical phone numbers.

April 18, Wednesday – The void comes to an end…and baseball season gets underway.  A cinematic tribute to America’s greatest pastime starts out with a Joe E. Brown hat trick (whoops—wrong sport!): Fireman, Save My Child (1932; 6:15am), Elmer, the Great (1933; 7:30am) and Alibi Ike (1935; 8:45pm).  The rest of the batting order: The Pride of the Yankees (1942; 10am), The Babe Ruth Story (1948; 12:15pm), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949; 2:15pm), The Jackie Robinson Story (1950; 4pm), Angels in the Outfield (1951; 5:30pm) and…hey!  We’ve only got eight players…looks like we’ll have to forfeit.

April 19, Thursday – After the slew of “Beach Party” movies TCM has scheduled this evening, one of my favorite AIP guilty pleasures gets an airing at 5am: Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965).  Infectiously goofy fun, but I warn you that its follow-up (which airs afterward at 6:45am), Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966) is precisely what its name entitles, despite having been directed by horror great Mario Bava.  (Trust me on this one.)

April 20, Friday – Another interesting old-time radio tie-in is on the schedule at 12:30pm: 1933’s Meet the Baron, which features Jack Pearl in his famous characterization of Baron Munchausen.  The stuff with Pearl and co-star Jimmy Durante is kind of so-so; the real laughs come when the duo shows up at a girls’ college where Edna May Oliver serves as the administrator…and she has Ted Healy and his Stooges (Moe, Larry & Curly) on the payroll!

Later on TCM Underground, an opportunity to see Equinox (1970) again (at 2am) for those of us who missed it (don’t tell me I’m the only one raising my hand), followed by She Blogged by Night fave The Green Slime (1969) at 3:30.

April 21, Saturday – One of the most underrated of the many John Ford-John Wayne collaborations, The Long Voyage Home (1940), is on the schedule at 1:15pm…I can’t remember the last time I watched it so I’m penciling it in on my calendar.  I imagine for many the big draw will come later when the TCM Essentials airing of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) at eight ushers in a lineup of “essential” science-fiction from the 1970s: Rollerball (1975) at 10:30pm, followed by Logan’s Run (1976; 12:45am), Westworld (1973; 3am) and Soylent Green (1973; 4:30am).

April 22, Sunday – Memo to Ivan’s DVD recorder: TCM Imports will show Robert Bresson’s Journal d'un curé de campagne (1951, aka Diary of a Country Priest) at 2am, followed by Bresson’s Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (1956, aka A Man Escaped) at 4:15.  You’re always complaining about my woefully inadequate foreign film education, so I would suggest you program both for the occasion.  That is all.

April 23, Monday – Last week we got Chaplin films…this week, some classic Laurel & Hardy silent two-reelers.  I don’t know what the occasion is, but keep up the good work, TCM: Do Detectives Think? (1927; 6am), Putting Pants on Phillip (1927; 6:30am), You’re Darn Tootin' (1928; 7am), Two Tars (1928; 7:30am), Habeas Corpus (1928; 8am), Big Business (1929; 8:30am), Double Whoopee (1929; 9am—with Jean Harlow) and Angora Love (1929; 9:30am).

April 24, Tuesday – It’s not Big Bad Bob’s birthday, but anytime Tee Cee Em wants to fill up some of the daytime hours with Mitchum flicks it’s fine and dandy with yours truly.  The fun starts at 6am with Fire Down Below (1957), followed by The Night Fighters (1960) at 8am, and Rampage (1963) at 9:45.  Mitchum’s leading lady in Two for the Seesaw (1962) at 11:30am is Shirley MacLaine…and as it would so happen to be, it is Shirl’s 78th natal anniversary—so the Shirl fete continues at 1:30pm with Two Loves (1961), then Some Came Running (1958) at 3:15pm and The Apartment (1960) at 5:45pm.

Meanwhile, Barbra Streisand will celebrate Birthday Number 70 this same day, and so the channel’s evening hours will be set aside for cake and ice cream…not to mention airings of The Way We Were (1973; 8pm), Funny Girl (1968; 10:15pm), The Prince of Tides (1991; 1am), The Owl and the Pussycat (1970; 3:30am), Funny Lady (1975; 5:15am) and a showing of For Pete’s Sake (1974) the next morning (April 25) at 7:45am.  (Had I programmed this, I probably would have put Funny Lady immediately after Funny Girl for continuity’s sake.)

April 25, Wednesday – The channel’s nighttime schedule salutes director John Cromwell, kicking the festivities off with the excellent Sweepings (1933) at 8pm.  That’s followed by Jalna (1935; 9:30am), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936; 11pm), The Enchanted Cottage (1945; 12:45am), Night Song (1948; 2:30am) and The Racket (1951) winding it all up at 4:15am.

April 26, Thursday – It shouldn’t be too difficult to dope out the common theme of the lineup on films on this date: The Night of the Iguana (1964; 6am), Period of Adjustment (1962; 8am), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962; 10am), The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961; 12noon), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958; 1:45pm) and Baby Doll (1956; 3:45pm).  Yes, “What are movies based on works by Tennessee Williams?” is the correct answer…and with your Jeopardy! five-day totals, why not take some of that cash and purchase a copy of my Facebook friend and fellow blogger John DiLeo’s great book Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors—available at a neighborhood bookstore near you?  (You can buy it online as well…but your local bookstore really could use the business.)

Later this evening, the spotlight is turned on Yul Brynner…and the returning glare from his shaved head ends up blinding a few people in a completely unexpected turn of events.  (Must be getting to the end…the jokes are starting to get bad.)   It’s Triple Cross (1967) at 8pm, followed by The Magnificent Seven (1960; 10:15pm), Kings of the Sun (1963; 12:30am), The Double Man (1967; 2:30am) and Adios Sabata (1971) at 4:30am.

April 27, FridayTCM Underground repeats both Freaked (1993; 2:30am —“Styrofoam cup!”) and UHF (1989; 4am)…and Ted Turner starts to ponder if this is what he had in mind when he started TCM eighteen years ago.

April 28, Saturday – Having completely exhausted practically every movie in the Tarzan franchise, the channel decides to try something different—they’ve shown serials before, of course, but the 1933 version of the silent cliffhanger classic The Perils of Pauline is definitely a new one…and the first three chapters (“The Guns of Doom “, “The Typhoon of Terror” and “The Leopard Leaps”) will commence starting at 12noon.  (I’ve not seen the serial—a few of my chapter play friends won’t ransack their vocabulary for superlatives…they’ll only admit that there are worse ones out there.)

On TCM Essentials, a movie that I have ransacked my vocabulary for—the 1949 Carol Reed-directed classic The Third Man (1949) at 8pm.  Following that film are movies featuring one of Man’s first-rate supporting players, Trevor Howard: Brief Encounter (1945; 10pm), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962; 11:30pm), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968; 2:45am) and Golden Salamander (1949; 5am).

April 29, Sunday – Mention “Hope Lange” to a classic movie fan and chances are they’ll name one of the two movies scheduled on TCM at 8 and 10:45pm this evening, respectively: Peyton Place (1957) and Love is a Ball (1962).  Mention that same name to someone like me and I’ll either respond “Mrs. Muir” or “Dick Van Dyke’s second wife.”  (I can’t help it.  I’m just wired that way.)

April 30, Monday – Finally, the channel draws April to a close with a hat tip to director Jean Negulesco…and among the TDOY favorites that will be shown in the evening hours are the John Garfield features Nobody Lives Forever (1946; 8pm) and Humoresque (1946; 2:15am), plus one you should see if you haven’t already, The Mask of Dimitrios (1944; 4:30am).  Rounding out the scheduled movies are The Conspirators (1944; 10pm) and Daddy Long Legs (1955; 12mid).


Hal said...

What a great month. I reviewed THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING a while back and it is still M.I.A. on DVD and well worth setting your DVR for. I haven't gotten around to HIPS, HIPS, HOORAY so I'm glad to get another shot at it. MEET THE BARON preserves Jack Pearl for posterity (and IMO makes it clear why the Baron's fame was kinda fleeting...); also gotta love the "Clean as a whistle" pre-code musical montage. If you're a guy anyway....

Dave Enkosky said...

looking at the list of Doris Day movies for this month, I realized that I'm pretty sure I saw most of them when I was a kid. I haven't seen any of them since then; I wonder if I'd still like them.

Stacia said...

The last time I watched By the Light of the Silvery Moon, I noticed the house in that film is the exact same one used in Miracle of Morgan's Creek. I don't think they changed a thing, not even the fake shrubberies.

Kevin Deany said...

I was hoping that when TCM ran out of Bomba movies to run on Saturday mornings, they would turn to the Jungle Jim movies. Maybe later in the summer.

I remember how disappointed I was the first time I saw "Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood" as it has nothing to do with Tinsel Town, no murders on studio soundstages or nothing of the sort. It could have been called "Boston Blackie Goes Cleveland" for all that it mattered.

Toby O'B said...

Re: Hope Lange, I'm wired the same way. If pushed, I'll add in 'Death Wish' and pray I'm not wrong with 'Pocketful of Miracles'. And for being cut out of 'How The West Was Won'......