Thursday, September 13, 2012

Coming distractions: November 2012 on TCM

Nobody could possibly have been as astounded as I was when last week I stumbled onto the tentative line-up of goodies to be offered up by The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ in November.  Usually, it’s Laura at Miscellaneous Musings who gives me the heads-up on this…but she was convalescing, so I just happened to find it first.  But regardless of who planted the first flag, its contents allow me to compose a post for one of the blog’s most popular features.

This November, Tee Cee Em does a bit of cheating with its “Spotlight” in that the theme is “Novel to Film”—showcasing popular movies based on books, natch.  Perhaps it is impolite of me to point this out…but that’s a fairly good-sized chunk of moviedom right there.  Still…if any younger kids or college students out there in the blogosphere have to whip out a book report and the Internets is broken, these 85 movies might save your keister in a pinch.  I should offer a word of caution: I knew a boy—we’ll call him Theodore, though close friends and family nicknamed him “Beaver”—who was assigned a book report on The Three Musketeers…and rather than read the book, he watched the 1939 Ritz Brothers comedy instead.  This did not endear him to his teacher/high school principal, who flunked his ass and then to add insult to injury, he later died fighting in Vietnam.  Okay, I might have a few of the details of that wrong but you kind of get where I’m going with this.  So every Monday and Wednesday night in November (for 24 hours, even), the channel will present a cornucopia (you like how I tied that into Thanksgiving?) of movies using classic novels as source material:

November 5, Monday
08:00pm The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
10:15pm The Great Gatsby (1974)
02:15am The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
04:00am The Age of Innocence (1934)
05:30am Babbitt (1934)

November 6, Tuesday
06:45am Alice Adams (1935)
08:30am The Naked and the Dead (1958)
11:00am The Fountainhead (1949)
01:00pm All the King’s Men (1949)
03:00pm Peyton Place (1957)
05:45pm A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945—also November 17 @ 3:45pm)

November 7, Wednesday
10:00pm The Call of the Wild (1935)
11:45pm She (1965)
03:30am Moby Dick (1956)
05:00am Lost Horizon (1937)

November 8, Thursday
07:30am Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
12:00pm Moonfleet (1955)
01:45pm Captain Blood (1935)
04:00pm The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
06:00pm The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

November 12, Monday
10:15pm From Here to Eternity (1953—also November 2 @ 11:45am)
12:30am Lolita (1962)
03:15am The Haunting (1963)
05:15am The Chosen (1981)

November 13, Tuesday
07:15am Light in the Piazza (1962)
09:15am Ship of Fools (1965)
12:00pm The Group (1966)
02:45pm The Caine Mutiny (1954)
05:00pm Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

November 14, Wednesday
08:00pm The Maltese Falcon (1941)
10:00pm The Big Sleep (1946)
12:00am Ten Little Indians (1965)
02:00am In Cold Blood (1967)
04:30am Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

November 15, Thursday
06:30am The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
08:00am The Woman in White (1948)
10:00am The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
12:00pm Green for Danger (1946)
04:00pm A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
06:00pm Strangers on a Train (1951—also November 23 @ 10am)

November 19, Monday
08:00pm Doctor Zhivago (1965)
11:30pm Anna Karenina (1948)
03:30am Madame Bovary (1949)
05:30am Gigi (1958)

November 20, Tuesday
07:30am The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
09:15am The Three Musketeers (1935—this is the one that Beaver should have watched)
11:00am The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
01:30pm Taras Bulba (1962)
04:00pm Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
06:00pm Jules and Jim (1962)

November 21, Wednesday
08:00pm To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
10:15pm Gone with the Wind (1939)
02:15am Wise Blood (1979)

November 22, Thursday
06:30am God’s Little Acre (1958)
08:45am Anne of Green Gables (1934)
12:00pm Lassie Come Home (1943)
01:45pm The Yearling (1946)
04:00pm The Secret Garden (1949)
05:45pm Little Women (1949)

November 26, Monday
08:00pm Pride and Prejudice (1940)
10:15pm Jane Eyre (1944)
12:00am Great Expectations (1946)
02:00am A Room with a View (1985)
04:00am Jungle Book (1942)

November 27, Tuesday
06:00am Treasure Island (1934)
08:00am Lord of the Flies (1963)
09:45am Frankenstein (1931)
11:00am Ivanhoe (1952)
01:00pm Wuthering Heights (1939—also November 3 @ 8pm)
06:00pm Brighton Rock (1947)

November 28, Wednesday
08:00pm The Time Machine (1960)
10:00pm The Andromeda Strain (1971)
12:15am Solaris (1972)
03:15am 2010 (1984)

Whew!  I need to take a breather.  Oh, and if you’ve been assigned The Catcher in the Rye—well, you’re on your own there.

TCM’s Star of the Month is none other than the glamorous Constance Bennett, which means there’ll be lots of pre-Code gems included with the movies scheduled every Tuesday night in November.  23 films starring the most “independent and outspoken” of the Bennett sisters (which also include Joan, Barbara and Zeppo) are on the schedule, and here’s how the line-up shapes up:

November 6, Tuesday
08:00pm Lady with a Past (1932)
09:30pm Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)
11:00pm The Easiest Way (1931)
12:30am The Common Law (1931)
02:00am Son of the Gods (1930)
03:45am Born to Love (1931)

November 13, Tuesday
08:00pm What Price Hollywood? (1932)
09:45pm Our Betters (1933)
11:15pm Two Against the World (1932)
12:30am Law of the Tropics (1941)
02:00am Rockabye (1932)
03:15am After Tonight (1933)

November 20, Tuesday
08:00pm After Office Hours (1935)
09:30pm Merrily We Live (1938)
11:15pm Topper (1937)
01:00am Topper Takes a Trip (1939)
03:30am Bed of Roses (1933)

November 27, Tuesday
08:00pm Tail Spin (1939)
09:30pm Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942)
11:00pm Two-Faced Woman (1941)
12:45am Smart Woman (1948)
02:30am The Unsuspected (1947)
04:30am Escape to Glory (1940)

So with the E-ticket items out of the way, let’s have a look at what’s in store the rest of the month…keeping in mind as always, that the films scheduled are subject to change at the merest whim of the TCM programmers (and that the times listed are EST)…

November 1, Thursday – One of my all-time favorite westerns, Anthony Mann’s Man of the West (1958), is on the schedule (12:45pm)…and I’m thinking I might tackle this one for my BBFF Stacia’s Camp and Cult Classics Blogathon.  Speaking of which (smooooooth), she’s allowing people to choose which films she will blog about over at SBBN, so if you’re of a particularly evil mind you could go over and vote for some real stinkers.  (But you didn’t hear that from me.)

Come nightfall…bad boys, bad boys…whatcha gonna do…yes, it’s an evening of “Rogue Cops”—those brothers in the blue fraternity who sometimes have to break the rules in order to bust some heads.  One of the best examples of this is Sgt. Dave Bannion, the hero of Fritz Lang’s blistering film noir The Big Heat (1953), which kicks things off at 8pm…and that’s followed by Bullitt (1968; 9:45pm), The Racket (1951; 11:45pm), The Organization (1971; 1:30am) and Infernal Affairs (2002; 3:30am).

November 2, Friday – Burt Lancaster celebrates what would have been his 99th natal anniversary today, so the channel starts the morning off with one of my favorite Lancaster flicks, Brute Force (1947), at 6:30am.  That’s followed by Jim Thorpe – All American (1951; 8:15am), Vengeance Valley (1951; 10:15am), From Here to Eternity (1953; 11:45am), South Sea Woman (1953; 1:45pm), His Majesty O’Keefe (1954; 3:30pm) and Birdman of Alcatraz (1962; 5:15pm).

Beginning at 8pm, TCM doffs its cap to comic actor Tom Ewell with a movie that I tried to watch one time on one of the regular channels many moons ago, The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956)—it was a Frank Tashlin film I had not seen.  I gave up about ten minutes into it because it was the pan & scan version…and my guess is that’s the one the channel will run here, though I’d love to be wrong.  Afterward, it’s Adam’s Rib (1949) at 10pm and The Seven Year Itch (1955) at midnight (which is letterboxed).

November 3, SaturdayStranger on the Third Floor (1940), one of the best B-pictures ever produced, gets an airing at 7:45am.  Catch it if you haven’t seen it already.

TCM continues its Saturday morning line-up of “series” films by showcasing the four features produced by Columbia between 1939-40 based on Margaret Sidney’s “Five Little Peppers” books.  The first of these, Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939), airs at 10:45am and will be followed in subsequent weeks by Five Little Peppers at Home (1940; November 10), Out West with the Peppers (1940; November 17) and the final entry, Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940; November 24).  On the off chance that anybody out there is assigned Sidney’s novel for a book report—the first of these movies (and their follow-ups) bear only a passing similarity to the actual novels…they were mostly vehicles cooked up for the studio’s moppet star, Edith Fellows.

Following the Peppers will be a selection of “Saint” films, based on the immortal literary sleuth created by Leslie Charteris.  The first of R-K-O’s series, The Saint in New York (1938) airs at noon (and stars Louis Hayward as Simon Templar) but in subsequent weeks it’s cinematic cad George Sanders as the ex-thief in The Saint Strikes Back (1939; November 10), The Saint in London (1939; November 17) and The Saint’s Double Trouble (1940; November 24).  Despite the constant ribbing I must endure from Page of My Love of Old Hollywood when I go off on a rant about anything cinematic involving Shirley Temple or She Who Must Not Be Named, I know Pagie is going to get a kick out of Saturdays at noon.

On TCM’s The Essentials at 8pm, a scheduling of Wuthering Heights (1939) ushers in an evening of films featuring Merle Oberon—following Heights at 10 is Night in Paradise (1946), then it’s The Divorce of Lady X (1938; 11:30pm), The Cowboy and the Lady (1938; 1:15am), The Dark Angel (3am) and The Lion Has Wings (1939; 5am).

November 4, Sunday – Capucine fans will want to pop some corn and huddle around the TV set beginning at 8pm when the channel lays a double feature on ya beginning with The Pink Panther (1964), followed by The Lion (1962) at 10pm.  Speaking for myself, I’ll wait until midnight and TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights to stare at Lulu in the 1929 silent film classic Pandora’s Box (1929).

November 5, MondayKendra will want to close down the switchboard because Vivien Leigh would have celebrated her 99th birthday today, and TCM will remember with Fire Over England (1937) at 6:45am, followed by Sidewalks of London (1938; 8:30am), A Yank at Oxford (1938; 10am), Waterloo Bridge (1940; 11:45am), That Hamilton Woman (1941; 1:45pm), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951; 4pm) and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961; 6:15pm).

November 8, Thursday – According to the channel’s description, the evening TCM hours will be devoted to “Entertainment Weakly Weekly’s All-Time Greatest Movies.”  Surprisingly, there are actually some films featured here that were made before 1975, which is a little out of character for those people: Breathless (1960; 8pm), Top Hat (1935; 9:45pm) and Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927; 2am) all made the cut.  Network (1976; 11:45pm) will also be included…but I don’t know if the last film scheduled for the evening—Diner (1982; 3:45am)—is part of the list or just one of those movies they stick in there to wrap up the day.  (I mean, I like Diner—but all-time greatest?  No.)

November 9, Friday – Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr!  (That’s Hedley!*)  Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler is feted on her 99th with a festival including Lady of the Tropics (1939; 6am), H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941; 7:45am), Ziegfeld Girl (1941; 9:45am), Crossroads (1942; 12noon), The Conspirators (1944; 1:30pm), Experiment Perilous (1944; 3:15pm) and A Lady Without Passport (1950; 5pm).

Come nightfall, TCM salutes The Man With No Chair…er, Name with the Sergio Leone-directed trilogy of A Fistful of Dollars (1964; 8pm), For a Few Dollars More (1965; 9:45pm) and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966; 12mid).  The rumor that Clint will be interviewed by an empty chair representing Robert Osborne is just that, a rumor.

Afterward, TCM Underground will show the cult fave Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) at 3:15pm.  (Update: As RTWhite has noted in the comments, the channel has already called an audible and has substituted Garcia with the 1962 horror classic Burn, Witch, Burn [aka Night of the Eagle].)

November 10, Saturday – If I were a TCM programmer, I’d have scheduled Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel (1962) a little earlier in the evening (maybe as the Essentials pick that same eve) instead of 4am…because, damn it, some of us are asleep then.  Instead, an evening of “meal tickets” kicks off at 8pm with Dinner at Eight (1933), then The Thin Man (1934; 10pm), The Party (1968; 12mid) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967; 2am).

November 11, Sunday – TCM sets aside the evening hours for a “Night in Hong Kong” with a double feature of Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955; 8pm) and The Seventh Sin (1957; 10pm).  (Note to Stacia: now they decide to show it…)  Next week, the channel will do a “Night in Bangkok” because…one night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster.  The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free.  (Yes, I am kidding about this…I will stop at nothing where music references are concerned.)

There’s an interesting double feature slotted for TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights at midnight: the 1922 John Barrymore film Sherlock Holmes is paired with Buster Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. (1924; 1:30am).  (I saw the Barrymore flick a year or two back…and was not impressed.)  TCM Imports also has a goodie at 2:30am—Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket (1959).

November 12, Monday – TCM wishes Grace Kelly a happy one with a morning filled with her feature films: Mogambo (1953; 6am), Dial M for Murder (1954; 8am), Green Fire (1954; 10am) and The Swan (1956; 11:45am).

But it’s also the birth date of TDOY director fave Jacques Tourneur, and so Tee Cee Em will fete his natal anniversary with the two Nick Carter films he directed (starring Walter Pidgeon), Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939; 1:45pm) and Phantom Raiders (1940; 2:45pm).  (They’ve also got 1940’s Sky Murder scheduled at 4pm…but that was directed by George B. Seitz.)  The Leopard Man (1943; 5:15pm) and Easy Living (1949; 6:30pm) round out the rest of the Tourneur tribute.

November 14, WednesdayLittle Women (1933) is slotted for airing at 6am, and that signals that a festival of features devoted to sisterhood is not far behind.  It’s Fog Over Frisco (1934) at 8am, then Double Wedding (1937; 9:15am), The Sisters (1938; 10:45am), My Sister Eileen (1942; 12:30pm), Two Sisters from Boston (1946; 2:15pm), A Stolen Life (1946; 4:15pm) and Born to Kill (1947; 6:15pm).

November 15, Thursday – The news that TCM oracle Bobby Osbo is taking a vacation from his duties at the channel saddened quite a few folks in the classic film blogosphere…so I’m curious if this month’s “picks” from the host feature pre-recorded intros or if someone pinch-hits for him.  “Hi!  I’m Taylor Swift and my first pick for this evening is The Unsinkable Molly Brown!”  Okay, I am kidding about the Taylor Swift part (though it would be kind of amusing, particularly the part where Kanye West interrupts her intro to the movie) but not about the 1964 musical that nabbed Debbie Reynolds an Oscar nom—it will air at 8pm.  That’s followed by Babes in Arms (1939; 10:15pm), The Admirable Crichton (1957; 12mid) and Wicked as They Come (1957; 1:45am).

November 16, Friday – TCM interrupted a birthday tribute to Blake Edwards back in July for a day of movies in memory of Ernest Borgnine’s passing…so they’ve rescheduled that programming for today, and therefore it’s only fair that I recycle what I wrote back in June: “Director Blake Edwards would have been 90 on this date today, so TCM starts off the morning with a trio of his films: Days of Wine and Roses (1962; 6am), The Great Race (1965; 8am) and The Carey Treatment (1972; 10:45am).  But then they remembered that James Coburn stars in this last picture…and the programmer decided they’d much rather watch movies with him instead—which explains why the rest of the afternoon is made up of In Like Flint (1967; 12:30pm), The Americanization of Emily (1964; 2:30pm), The Loved One (1965; 4:30pm) and Ride Lonesome (1959; 6:45pm).  (I don’t like it any more than you do…but we must remember we are guests in their house.)

November 17, Saturday – “That girl who waits on tables/Used to wait for me at home…”  Now that I’ve got the obscure country music lyric out of the way, you’ll be happy to know that TCM’s Essentials will kick off an evening of films featuring women who work hard for the money (so hard for it, honey) with Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) at 8pm, followed by Bedazzled (1967; 10pm—“Julie Andrews!”), Of Human Bondage (1946; 12mid), The Harvey Girls (1946; 2am) and Boy Meets Girl (1938; 4am).

November 18, Sunday – It’s November…close to Thanksgiving…why shouldn’t the channel devote an evening to “Early Settlers”?  Plymouth Adventure (1952) is slotted for 8pm, and then Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (1953) follows at ten.  (Then a 1950 short, My Country ‘Tis of Thee, to get people to midnight.)

TCM has also scheduled the German version of Greta Garbo’s Anna Christie (1930) on its Imports series at 2am (some feel that version is a little bit superior to the English-speaking one).  After that, two more Jacques Feyder-directed films: Daybreak (1931; 3:30am) and Son of India (1931; 5am).

November 19, Monday – TCM has the 1955 film Gang Busters scheduled to run at 6:15am…and not only is it based on the classic old-time radio crime drama, it’s essentially a re-edited feature comprised of several episodes from the 1952 TV show (the one that used to alternate with Dragnet in its early seasons).  OTR vets Myron Healey and Sam Edwards are in the cast, not to mention Don C. Harvey—aka “Bartog” from our weekly Serial Saturdays production of Adventures of Sir Galahad (1949).

November 20, Tuesday – After the Constance Bennett films are done for the evening, the channel unspools 50 Million Frenchmen (1931) at 4:45am, the film based on the 1929 Cole Porter musical (though all the musical numbers were excised from U.S. prints due to poor b.o. for musicals at the time).  Hey…Olsen and Johnson and Bela Lugosi?  If I’m awake, I’m there.

November 21, Wednesday – It’s Eleanor Powell’s centennial birthday!  I know where my longtime online chum Laura will be…up at the crack of ice watching Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) at 6:30am, followed by Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937; 8:30am), Rosalie (1937; 10:30am), Honolulu (1939; 12:45pm), Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940; 2:15pm), Lady Be Good (1941; 4:15pm) and I Dood It (1943; 6:15pm).

November 22, Thursday – Come nightfall, TCM devotes the rest of the evening to “family comedies”…though any family who’s planning to stay up until 2:45am to watch Life with Father (1947) is one that is apparently working the swing shift.  The other films scheduled are Cheaper by the Dozen (1950; 8pm), Sitting Pretty (1948; 9:30pm), Room for One More (1952; 11pm), Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960; 12:45am) and Father’s Little Dividend (1951; 5am).

November 23, Friday – In the daylight hours, the channel pays tribute to The Master of Suspense beginning with a June 8, 1972 telecast of The Dick Cavett Show at 6:30am, where Sir Alfred was Dick’s guest.  Then at 8am the movies start: Under Capricorn (1949), followed by Strangers on a Train (1951; 10am), The Wrong Man (1956; 11:45am), North by Northwest (1959; 1:45pm), Suspicion (1941; 4:15pm) and Dial M for Murder (1954; 6pm).

The channel’s scheduling of My Fair Lady (1964) at 8pm means…you’ll probably need to brew an urn of java to keep awake.  No, no…that’s just me being silly again—it ushers in a salute to the musicals of (Alan Jay) Lerner and (Frederick) Loewe, with Camelot (1967) following at 11pm.  (On second thought…maybe it wouldn’t hurt to have a Big Gulp handy.)

November 24, Saturday – The Barbara Stanwyck-Henry Fonda screwball comedy The Mad Miss Manton (1938) is scheduled on TCM at 9:15am (hey—you’re up to watch Five Little Peppers in Trouble…why not just get up a little earlier?) and the only reason I mention this is that my pal Dor has a nice write-up of the film over at Tales of the Easily Distracted and I won’t get my house keys back without a plug.

On TCM’s Essentials at 8pm, a showing of Jezebel (1938) ushers in a tribute to the director who was the focus of a blogathon this year over at The Movie Projector.  Following Bette Davis and Henry Fonda (wow! Two Hank Fonda mentions) is Ben-Hur (1959; 10pm—any of that coffee left?), then Mrs. Miniver (1942; 2am) and Funny Girl (1968) wrapping up the evening at 4:30am.

November 25, Sunday – The channel programs one of my favorite Bob Hope films at 6:15pmThe Lemon Drop Kid (1951).  My advice is to DVR/TiVo/record it and then save it for December, ‘cause it plays a lot better during the holidays.

After Bob, a double feature of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974; 8pm) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977; 10pm).  (Harryhausen!)

November 26, Monday – Cinema from 1952 is the order of the day, beginning with TDOY fave The Narrow Margin at 7am, then it’s One Minute to Zero (8:15am), Road to Bali (10:15am), Beware, My Lovely (12noon), Holiday for Sinners (1:30am), Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (2:45pm), Talk About a Stranger (4pm), You for Me (5:15pm) and The Steel Trap (6:30pm).

November 28, Wednesday – Guess who has a birthday today?  G-L-O-R-I-A…  That’s right, the Gal with the Novocaine Lip, Gloria Grahame, celebrates what would have been her 89th natal anniversary, and the channel kicks off with her first credited role in Blonde Fever (1944) at 6am…then tosses in Crossfire (1947; 7:15am), Merton of the Movies (1947; 8:45am), Roughshod (1949; 10:15am), A Woman’s Secret (1949; 11:45am), Macao (1952; 1:15pm), The Big Heat (1953; 2:45pm), The Good Die Young (1954; 4:30pm) and Chandler (1971; 6:15pm).

November 29, Thursday – Another rarely-seen Bob Hope film, The Iron Petticoat (1956), gets a showing at 8pm, ushering in a night of “Variations on a Theme.”  See if you can guess what it is from the other films scheduled: Silk Stockings (1957; 9:45pm), Comrade X (1940; 11:45pm), Ninotchka (1939; 1:30am) and British Agent (1934; 3:45am).  (Now let’s not always have the same hands…)

November 30, Friday – The last birthday shout-out of the month is awarded to Virginia Mayo, who’s feted with Smart Girls Don’t Talk (1948) at 6am, and then it’s Always Leave Them Laughing (1949; 7:30am), Flaxy Martin (1949; 9:30am), The Girl from Jones Beach (1949; 11am), White Heat (1949; 12:30pm), Red Light (1949; 2:30pm), The Iron Mistress (1952; 4pm) and The Story of Mankind (1957; 6pm).

Finally to wrap up the month: the channel welcomes as the guest programmer(s) for November…the Movie Morlocks! is the official TCM blog, with a dedicated group of classic film fans, buffs and historians contributing essays on movies both famous and infamous, popular and cult.  I don’t know if they’ll have the actual bloggers on TV to rap with Bobby Osbo as each film unspools (one of the Morlocks is windy silent comedy historian David Kalat, and I wouldn’t wish an audience with him on my worst enemy) but the movies to be shown are The Locket (1946; 8pm), Dracula’s Daughter (1936; 9:45pm), Touchez pas au grisbi (1954; 11:45pm) and Five Million Miles to Earth (1968; 1am—aka Quatermass and the Pit).  Be of good cheer, though—I have heard rumors that there’s a prominent cartoon studio interested in turning the Morlocks into a Saturday morning cartoon show where the regulars solve crimes while watching classic movies.  (I think there’s also a rock band involved.**)

Oh, and as Peter Falk used to say: “Just one more thing.”  A few individuals formerly associated with The Cinementals have started up a new classic film site dedicated to providing “a comprehensive listing of classic films playing each week at rep houses, film festivals, second-run theaters, and major chains … not just in the big cities like New York and Los Angeles, but in smaller cities like Baltimore and in suburbs like Wilmington, DE.   We want classic film lovers from San Francisco to Atlanta and from Chicago to Austin to have a site to visit to see what great classic movies might be playing nearby.  And we want the same thing for our friends from the UK to Australia, too.”  Join them at, won’t you?

*Never gets old.
**Yeah, I made this up.


RTWhite said...

Hi Ivan!
LTF, FTC....
The currnet TCM sched has "Burn Witch Burn" in place of "Bring Me the Head of AG" 11/9...

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...


Thanks for the heads-up on has been duly noted and corrected in the above copy, with you receiving full faith and credit. As a rule, I try to check the two schedules as I go along but that one got completely past me.

Dave Enkosky said...

I think the Grapes of Wrath is probably my favorite adaptation of a book. It's one of the few instances of a great book becoming a great movie.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

I'm in definite agreement with you, Dave. My second favorite is definitely All the King's Men (the 1949 version, of course).