Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Coming distractions: September 2012 on TCM

It promises to be a momentous month for The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™, as a quick glance at this tentative schedule in September reveals (and I actually found this one by my lonesome—though it was mostly just dumb luck).  Of course, it will also be momentous outside Tee Cee Em, because a certain blogger will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of his 39th birthday in that same time frame.  (No peeking as to whom.)

I’ll get to the momentous part of the TCM schedule in a second, but the Star of the Month is none other than Betty Joan Perske—better known to one and all as Lauren Bacall.  Timed to coincide with Bacall’s September birthday (she’ll turn, knock wood, 88 on the 16th), the tribute to the esteemed actress (who is still working in pictures, her most recent turn featured in the 2012 indie flick The Forger) will consist of 16 feature films…and when I first learned that Bacall would be in the spotlight I wondered if they would have that many movies to make it through the entire month (I guess they don’t have the rights to The Shootist any more—but VCI just released North West Frontier to DVD…they couldn’t score that?)—looking at the schedule, you’ll see it’s the equivalent of a cinematic hot dog in that there’s a lot of filler in there (some of the Bogart docs which would be fine if Bogie were the SOM…but he’s not).  But, hey—I’m probably nitpicking too much…here’s what’s on tap:

Wednesday, September 5 (Bogie & Baby night!)
08:00pm To Have and Have Not (1944)
10:00pm The Big Sleep (1946)
12:00am Dark Passage (1947)
02:00am Key Largo (1948)
04:00am Bacall on Bogart (1988)
05:30am Bogart: The Untold Story (1996)

Wednesday, September 12
09:00pm Confidential Agent (1945)
11:15pm Young Man with a Horn (1950)
01:15am Bright Leaf (1950)
03:15am Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall (2005)

Wednesday, September 19
09:45pm The Cobweb (1955) (also Wednesday, September 5 at 7:45am)
12:00am Blood Alley (1955)
02:00am Written on the Wind (1956)
03:45am Designing Woman (1957) (also Sunday, September 30 at 10am)

Wednesday, September 26
08:00pm The Gift of Love (1958)
10:00pm Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
12:00am Harper (1966)

Okay…now for the momentous part.  This September marks the centennial anniversary of Paramount Pictures (which will be the subject of a blogathon hosted by Angela at The Hollywood Revue in that same month)—but it’s also the 100th birthday of Keystone, the studio of mirth established by the King of Comedy himself, Mack Sennett.  Every Thursday in September, TCM will feature a bodacious fistful of shorts and feature films produced by Sennett, comedies that star many of the silent funsters like Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Charles Chaplin, Harry Langdon and—of course—the Keystone Kops.

I am so stoked about this—I have been since I heard about TCM’s plans to salute Sennett several months ago on Facebook.  So jazzed that I will be grabbing as many of these as I can, and if that means I have to wrestle a certain pair of parental units for control of the TV set, then it will be Katie Bar the Door.  Here’s the tentative lineup of what’s in store for fans of silent cinema and Mack Sennett…actor, writer, director and producer:

Thursday, September 6
08:00pm With a Kodak (1912); Katchem Kate (1912); The Manicure Lady (1911); The Curtain Pole (1909); Comrades (1911)

Thursday, September 13
12:30am The Surf Girl (1916); Madcap Ambrose (1916); His Bitter Pill (1916); The Waiters’ Ball (1916)
02:00am Thirst (1917); A Clever Dummy (1917); Teddy at the Throttle (1917); Her Torpedoed Love (1917)

Thursday, September 20
08:00pm Hearts and Flowers (1919); Mickey (1918)
10:00pm Don’t Weaken! (1920); Gymnasium Jim (1922); Bright Eyes (1922)
12:15am The Daredevil (1923); The Extra Girl (1923)
05:00am A Rainy Knight (1925)

Thursday, September 27
11:00pm Run, Girl, Run (1928); The Best Man (1928); Fiddlesticks (1927); Smith’s Pony (1927)
12:30am Matchmaking Mamma (1929); Match Play (1930); Taxi for Two (1928); His Unlucky Night (1928)

I’ve seen more than a few of these shorts, particularly the ones with Arbuckle, Harry Langdon and W.C. Fields (there was some speculation on Facebook that the print of The Dentist might be a little more complete than the one that’s been circulating for years now)…but the entire presentation is going to be a real treat.  A few of these shorts (Smith’s Pony, Run, Girl, Run, His Unlucky Night, Matchmaking Mamma) even feature a young Carol(e) Lombard, for those you who may be fans of hers.

And now for something completely different…a look at what’s in store for the rest of the month, keeping in mind that all times are EDT and are schedule to change.

September 1, Saturday – The channel digs into the Columbia library and pulls out two of the studio’s long running film series.  At 10:45am on each Saturday of the month, I can’t recommend highly enough tuning in to The Whistler (1944; Sept. 1), the first of eight films based on the popular CBS West Coast Radio series that ran from 1942 to 1955.  (I have all of the Whistler films on DVD, and am making arrangements to review each film on the day before they’ll be shown on TCM at the Radio Spirits blog.)  On September 8, it’ll be The Power of the Whistler (1945), followed by Voice of the Whistler (1945; September 15), Mysterious Intruder (1946; September 22) and The Secret of the Whistler (1946; September 29).

Following The Whistler at twelve noon…it’s “Tarzan with clothes on!”  That’s right, Johnny Weissmuller’s Jungle Jim series begins on the first of the month with the inaugural feature, Jungle Jim (1948)—and then the rest of the month will showcase The Lost Tribe (1949; September 8), Captive Girl (1950; September 15—this is the one with both Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe), Mark of the Gorilla (1950; September 22) and Pygmy Island (1950; September 29).

Come nightfall, the TCM Essentials showing of the classic 1953 musical The Band Wagon at 8pm can only mean that a night of movies featuring the incomparable Oscar Levant is not far behind.  And the channel makes it so: with The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) at 10pm, followed by Humoresque (1946; 12mid), An American in Paris (1951; 2:15am) and Romance on the High Seas (1948; 4:15am).

September 2, Sunday – Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. turns (knock wood) 49 on this day, but because I am not a classic movie icon none of my films will be shown today.  TCM does devote the evening hours to show viewers how “hand-y” they are with four films about pianists who lose their hands and have them replaced with those from homicidal killers.  Yes, they went to the well numerous times with this one, beginning at 8pm with Hands of a Stranger (1962) and followed by The Beast with Five Fingers (1946; 9:45pm), Mad Love (1935; 11:30pm) and The Hands of Orlac (1925) on TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights at 12:45am.

September 3, Monday – The Telluride Film Festival will be held from September 2-5 this year, and TCM sets aside today to honor the event by setting aside the day to show feature films, shorts and documentaries previously showcased at the most open, democratic and collegial of film festivals, it says here in the publicity material.

06:00am Greed (1924)
10:45am The Dot and the Line (1965)
11:00am The Apartment (1960)
02:15pm My Life to Live (1962)
05:45pm Black Narcissus (1946)
08:00pm The Palm Beach Story (1942)
09:45pm My Brilliant Career (1979)
11:30pm Toni (1936)
01:00am Night and the City (1950)
02:45am My Name is Ivan (1962) (They should have saved this for the previous day.)
04:30am Orlando (1992)

September 4, Tuesday – Director and HUAC fink Edward Dmytryk celebrates his 104th natal anniversary on this date, and the channel pays homage to him with the following movies from his oeuvre: Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942; 6:15am), Tender Comrade (1943; 7:30am), Behind the Rising Sun (1943; 9am), Murder, My Sweet (1944; 10:30am), Back to Bataan (1945; 12:15pm), The Juggler (1953; 2pm), Where Love Has Gone (1964; 3:30pm) and Anzio (1968; 5:30pm).

When evening shadows fall, those of you who thought Regis Philbin would go gentle into that good night owe the rest of us a round of drinks because he’s the guest programmer on TCM this evening, and he’s selected Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948; 8pm), High Society (1956; 10pm), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956; 12mid) and Gunga Din (1939; 2am).

September 5, Wednesday – The subject of mental illness is addressed in the movie lineup this day, kicking off at 6am with the underrated Sidney Poitier-James Darren starrer Pressure Point (1962), and that’s followed by The Cobweb (1955; 7:45am), The Caretakers (1963; 10am), High Wall (1947; 12noon), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959; 2pm), The Snake Pit (1948; 4pm) and The Three Faces of Eve (1957; 6pm).

September 6, Thursday – After the Mack Sennett films, TCM will run the first two movies in Monogram’s long-running Bowery Boys series: Live Wires (1946; 3:30am) and In Fast Company (1946; 4:45am).  (If you’re still awake by then.)

September 7, Friday – Another director all-too-willing to tell HUAC what it wanted to know celebrates a birthday this week as well—it’s Elia Kazan, who would have been 103 and whose oeuvre is examined with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945; 6am), Boomerang! (1947; 8:15am), Pinky (1949; 9:45am), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951; 11:30am), East of Eden (1955; 1:45pm), Baby Doll (1956; 3:45pm) and A Face in the Crowd (1957; 5:45pm).

In the evening, the channel will run prison-themed films…but they’re movies with basis in fact, including one that’s been on my radar for some time now: Cell 2455 Death Row (1955; 10:45pm)—loosely based on the account of Caryl Chessman.  Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) starts the program off at 8pm, and winding the night up is Convicts 4 (1962) at 12:15am.

Later, on TCM Underground, one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen—The Legend of Hell House (1973) at 2:15am.  It’s being paired with House on Haunted Hill (1959; 4am), which is more campy than scary (though the scene where that old woman comes out of nowhere did give me a start).

September 8, Saturday – TCM’s The Essentials schedules The Goodbye Girl (1977) at 8pm as part of an evening’s entertainment the channel is calling “Precocious Girls.”  “Precocious” is really just an euphemism for “bratty,” and to bolster my evidence I submit to you Exhibit A, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947) at 10pm (with Page of My Love of Old Hollywood fave Shirley Temple), and Exhibit B, two movies with She Who Must Not Be Named: Lost Angel (1943; 1:45am) and Little Women (1949; 3:45am).  The remaining film scheduled, Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944; 11:45pm), also features a well-known movie brat in Mickey Rooney…though to my knowledge he is not female.

September 9, Sunday – Two films directed by the great Lewis Milestone have been slotted for the evening hours: A Walk in the Sun (1945) at 8pm, followed by Milestone’s take on Les Misérables (1952) at 10:15.  I’m not sure why you would ever need to remake this film after the splendid 1935 version with Fredric March and Charles Laughton…but then again, I don’t understand the need for a “Precocious Girls” evening either.

September 10, Monday – Happy 97th birthday to longtime TDOY fave Edmond O’Brien (aka “The Sweatiest Man in Noir”), who gets a short tribute with a few of the more obscure movies on his resume…starting at 6:30am with Parachute Battalion (1942), and followed by Powder Town (1942; 8am), China Venture (1953; 9:30am), Cow Country (1953; 11am), Man in the Dark (1953; 12:30pm) and The World Was His Jury (1958; 1:45pm).

At 8pm, the channel kicks off a salute to Jack Cole…and at first I thought they were referring to the Playboy artist and creator of Plastic Man but as it turns out you can always learn something new about movies.  Cole was a choreographer, dancer and theatre director known as “the father of theatrical jazz dance,” and his work will be on display in Tonight and Every Night (1945; 8pm), On the Riviera (1951; 10pm), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953; 11:45pm), Les Girls (1957; 1:30am) and River of No Return (1954; 3:30am).

September 11, Tuesday – There’ll be an uptick in Twitter activity come nightfall…and most of it will emanate from My Love of Old Hollywood’s Page, because the channel will feature an evening of Cary Grant movies (“Judy, Judy, Judy…”).  The 1952 screwball classic Monkey Business kicks things off at 8pm, followed by People Will Talk (1951; 10pm), I Was a Male War Bride (1949; 12mid), The Awful Truth (1937; 2am) and The Bishop’s Wife (1947) finishing things out at 3:45am.

September 13, Thursday – Happy birthday, Claudette Colbert!  There’ll be pictures taken later…so make sure you get her good side.  And in between the ice cream and cake, we can watch The Secret Heart (1946; 6:15am), It Happened One Night (1934; 8am), Parrish (1961; 10am), Cleopatra (1934; 12:30pm), Without Reservations (1946; 2:30pm), It’s a Wonderful World (1939; 4:30pm) and The Palm Beach Story (1942; 6pm).

September 14, Thursday – “Over the sea/Let’s go men…”  Yes, the channel schedules a glut of seafaring tales in the daylight hours, starting at 6:30am with White Shadows in the South Seas (1928), then Sea Devils (1937; 8am), The Sea Wolf (1941; 9:30am), Ship Ahoy (1942; 11am), High Barbaree (1947; 12:45pm), All the Brothers Were Valiant (1952; 2:30pm), Crest of the Wave (1954; 4:15pm) and The Sea Around Us (1953; 6pm).

Come nightfall, it’s an evening of films with Queen Elizabeth I as the subject: two of them feature Bette Davis, who some have said made the perfect Liz (not me, of course—just some people…they live behind the 7-11)—The Virgin Queen (1955) at 8pm and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) at 12 midnight.  Sandwiched between the two is Young Bess (1953; 10pm), with Jean Simmons as the would-be monarch.

Later on TCM Underground: Corman alert!  The camp classic The Wasp Woman (1959) at 3:30am, right after the cult film Equinox (1970; 2am).

September 15, SaturdayWarren William alert!  One of his Perry Mason films is scheduled at 7:30am, The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935).  (He’s no Raymond Burr, but the Mason films are not-bad little mysteries.)  I might be up at that time because I’ve never seen the film that’s on afterward, One More River (1934; 9am)—directed by TDOY fave James Whale.

TCM’s slotted the 1927 silent film classic Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) for its 8pm Essentials showcase, which will be the first in several movies with “death traps” as their theme.  Strangers on a Train (1951) follows Sunrise at 10pm, then it’s Dial M for Murder (1954; 12mid), Niagara (1953; 2am) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946; 3:45am).

September 17, Monday – Screen legends Roddy McDowall and Anne Bancroft share a birthday today, so the morning hours will offer up three films from Roddy’s resume in The Defector (1966; 6am), Lord Love a Duck (1966; 8am) and The Cool Ones (1967; 10am).  Then it’s all the Bancroft you can handle-croft with screenings of The Pumpkin Eater (1964; 11:45am), 7 Women (1966; 1:45pm), Young Winston (1972; 3:15pm) and The Miracle Worker (1962; 6pm).

When evening shadows fall, TCM oracle Bobby Osbo brings out his projector for an evening of his “picks”—so I hope you people don’t have anywhere to be for the next 7 hours.  White Cargo (1942—“I am…Tondelayo…”) is the first item on the menu at 8pm, followed by another Hedy Lamarr (“That’s Hedley!”) film in H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) at 9:45pm.  Northern Pursuit (1943) and The Window (1949) round out the program at 12 midnight and 1:45am, respectively…and though it’s not technically an Osborne pick, the channel will show If You Knew Susie (1948) with funsters Eddie Cantor and Joan Davis (and purported clandestine buddies off-screen) at 3:15am.

September 18, Tuesday – Seeing as today is screen siren Greta Garbo’s birthday, the tribute will start at 6:30am with the 1990 documentary The Divine Greta Garbo.  Then you’ll want to be alone with the selection of films that commences at 7:30am with Flesh and the Devil (1927), followed by Love (1927; 9:30am), A Woman of Affairs (1928; 11am), Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931; 1:15pm), Queen Christina (1933; 2:45pm) and Two-Faced Woman (1941; 4:30pm).  The 2005 Kevin Brownlow doc Garbo bookends the daytime lineup at 6:15pm.

In primetime, TCM salutes the underrated oeuvre of director Gregory La Cava with the following lineup: Gabriel Over the White House (1933; 8pm), Smart Woman (1931; 9:45pm), The Half Naked Truth (1932; 11pm), The Age of Consent (1932; 12:30am), Bed of Roses (1933; 1:45am), What Every Woman Knows (1934; 3am) and Laugh and Get Rich (1931; 4:45am).

September 19, Wednesday – I could say I’ll be out of the office on business today…but TCM will be devoting the daytime hours to one of my idols, John Garfield, so…  The 2003 documentary The John Garfield Story will be shown at 9:15am, and as for movies there’s They Made Me a Criminal (1939; 6am), Dust Be My Destiny (1939; 7:45am), Flowing Gold (1940; 10:45am), East of the River (1940; 12:15am), Out of the Fog (1941; 1:45pm), Dangerously They Live (1942; 3:15pm), Nobody Lives Forever (1946; 4:30pm) and The Breaking Point (1950; 6:15pm).

While I’m on the subject of Julie, a casual TDOY visitor sent me an e-mail this morning wanting to drum up support for a John Garfield DVD set…something I would be all over like white on rice, so if you’re of a like mind you can sign the petition here.

September 20, Thursday – After drinking deeply from the Fountain of Youth that has sustained her all these years, Sophia Loren celebrates her 78th birthday by settling in to watch her younger self on TCM…beginning at 7:15am with her Oscar-winning turn in Two Women (1961), then The Millionairess (1961; 9am), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1964; 10:30am), Lady L (1965; 12:30pm), Operation Crossbow (1965; 02:30pm), C’era Una Volta (1967; 4:30pm) and Ghosts – Italian Style (1967; 6:15pm).

September 21, Friday – The daylight hours of the channel are set aside for a series of films that were released in 1962: Sweet Bird of Youth (6am), Gypsy (8:15am), The Manchurian Candidate (10:45am), Days of Wine and Roses (1pm); Jules and Jim (3:15pm) and Lolita (5:15pm).

Then at 8pm, an Adolphe Menjou film festival kicks off with Easy to Love (1934), followed by Paths of Glory (1957; 9:15pm), The Hucksters (1947; 11pm) and Journal of a Crime (1934; 1am).  On TCM Underground, they’ll show the film based on the 1946 “Texarkana Moonlight Murders,” The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) at 2:15am, and then another film “ripped from the headlines” (based on the murders committed by England’s John Christie in 1949), 10 Rillington Place (1971), at 4am.

September 22, Saturday – Tee Cee Em holds a fundraiser in “Casino Night” this evening, beginning with Gilda (1946) on The Essentials at 8pm and continuing with gambling-themed films in Any Number Can Play (1949; 10pm), Johnny O’Clock (1947; 12mid), Where It’s At (1969; 1:45am) and The Shanghai Gesture (1941; 3:45am).  (Proceeds will go toward buying more ephemera for Ben Mankiewicz’s weekend set.)

September 24, Monday – A smattering of both A and B westerns are on tap for fans of the channel today; among the cowboy greats scheduled are Tex Ritter in Song of the Gringo (1936; 6am), George O’Brien in Marshal of Mesa City (1939; 9:30am), Roy Rogers in both Rough Riders’ Round-up (1939; 10:45am) and On the Old Spanish Trail (1947; 1:15pm), and Eddie Albert in The Dude Goes West (1948; 2:45pm).  (Okay, that last one’s a little out-of-step with the others I mentioned…but I’ve never seen it, so I’ve penciled it in for a look-see.)

In the evening hours, movies centering on the Jewish faith will be featured starting with The Chosen (1981) at 8pm, then followed by The Diary of Anne Frank (1959; 10pm), Fiddler on the Roof (1971; 1:15am) and Bye Bye Braverman (1968) at 4:30am.

September 25, Tuesday – Aldo Ray’s birthday is today, and though the channel misses out by not showing his best film (1952’s The Marrying Kind, with TDOY goddess Judy Holiday) they do have the good sense to show Nightfall (1957) at 1pm.  The other movies scheduled are My True Story (1951; 6:15am), Saturday’s Hero (1951; 7:30am), Let’s Do it Again (1953; 9:30am), Three Stripes in the Sun (1955; 11:15am), Men in War (1957; 2:30pm), The Naked and the Dead (1958; 4:15pm) and Kill a Dragon (1967; 6:30pm).

In primetime, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) at 8pm ticks off an evening of movies set in the titular city, with It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) following at 10:15pm, then The Lord’s of Flatbush (1974; 12:15am), The Landlord (1970; 2am) and Paul Muni’s cinematic swan song, The Last Angry Man (1959; 4am).

September 28, Friday – The channel fills the daylight hours with musicals produced by M-G-M’s legendary Arthur Freed, who is also the subject of the Great Performances documentary that will be shown at 6:30pm, Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM (1996).  Before that, you will be entertained by Babes in Arms (1939; 6am), Ziegfeld Follies (1946; 7:45am), Summer Holiday (1948; 9:45am), Pagan Love Song (1950; 11:30am), The Belle of New York (1952; 1pm), Brigadoon (1954; 2:30pm) and Silk Stockings (1957; 4:30pm—on which Freed worked uncredited).

Come evening, a three-film scheduling of “comedy cowboys,” beginning with one of the funniest Westerns ever put on celluloid, Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), at 8pm.  The hit-and-miss Along Came Jones (1945) follows at 10pm, and then a movie I’m curious to check out—Carry On Cowboy (1966; 12mid)—in light of the Carry On collections currently being released to DVD by VCI Entertainment.

September 29, Saturday – One of my BBFF (pronounced “buh-biff”) Stacia’s favorite film comedies, The Wrong Box (1966), will be shown at 2am on this date; it’s all part of a tribute to Sir Ralph Richardson, which gets underway with The Fallen Idol (1948) on TCM’s The Essentials at 8pm.  The other movies to be shown are Anna Karenina (1948; 10pm), The Four Feathers (1939; 12mid) and The Looking Glass War (1969) at 4am.  (Richardson’s character’s name in this last film is “LeClerc”…so if I were to joke “It is I!  LeClerc!” I’m sure most of you wouldn’t have the foggiest idea what I was talking about.)

September 30, Sunday – Finally, TCM surprises the heck out of me by scheduling Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935) in the evening hours (9:30pm) as part of a theme they’re calling “Egyptian Antiquities.”  In light of the pressure to remove the Chans from FMC (or FXMC or whatever the hell they’re calling it now) it’s nice to see one of moviedom’s greatest sleuths get a little exposure (though I will warn folks that this movie features Lincoln “Stepin Fetchit” Perry doing that schtick that gets these movies in trouble in the first place).  Before we visit with Chan, it’s the 1932 Boris Karloff classic The Mummy at 8pm, and following Charlie is Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) at 11.


VP81955 said...

As Mary Wells would have said, you beat me to the punch on Sennett.

Let me in advance wish you a happy 39 + 10, which comes precisely two weeks after my 39 + 18.

Dave Enkosky said...

Wow, September 5 is awesome.

Mike Doran said...

As it happens, September 30 will be my 62nd birthday.
That makes a primetime showing of Charlie Chan In Egypt Mr. Osborne's present for me.
i'm really curious about what Bob Almighty will have to drop in the way of arcane info on CCIE - he'll also have the early appearance of Rita Cansino/Hayworth in play, plus the leading lady Pat Paterson (aka Mme. Charles Boyer) in addition to Mr. Perry/Fetchit.

I wonder if he'll go along with the new revised history notion that 'Stepin Fetchit' was Mr. Perry's subversive satire on race attitudes in the USA.
Guess I gotta wait 'til my natal anni ...

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

VP admitted:

As Mary Wells would have said, you beat me to the punch on Sennett.

I've not seen any of those Lombard comedies, so they're going to be a real treat come September. Thanks for the pre-birthday wishes, and I'll reciprocate by wishing you a wonderful natal anniversary as well.

Dave, addressing all my movie needs, opined:

Wow, September 5 is awesome.

But not nearly as awesome as September 2.

And Mr. Television put in his two cents:

As it happens, September 30 will be my 62nd birthday. That makes a primetime showing of Charlie Chan In Egypt Mr. Osborne's present for me.

Clearly, Bobby Osbo always liked you best. (All he got me was the 1925 The Hands of Orlac, which I haven't gotten around to watching yet.) I'm just hoping that CCIE kicks off a trend of more Chan movies on TCM.

Stacia said...

Every Thursday in September, TCM will feature a bodacious fistful of shorts and feature films produced by Sennett,



\o/ YAY!

Also, everyone watch The Wrong Box or you will get SUCH a pinch.

Toby O'B said...

I probably should make a note to watch "The Snake Pit" this time around, to finally see the inspiration for one of my favorite jokes from "Rocky and Bullwinkle". And I will be one of those tuning in for "The Wrong Box" and several others with Sir Ralph.

Stacia said...

Sir Ralph is perfection in The Wrong Box. It's a terrific cast. The only thing that could make the film better is if it had John Mills.