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:
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Great Gatsby (1974)
12:45am The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
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)
The Naked and the Dead (1958)
11:00am The Fountainhead (1949)
01:00pm All the King’s Men (1949)
Peyton Place (1957)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945—also November 17 @ )
The Call of the Wild (1935)
01:45am The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954)
03:30am Moby Dick (1956)
05:00am Lost Horizon (1937)
November 8, Thursday
07:30am Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
09:45am The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Captain Blood (1935)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
From Here to Eternity (1953—also November 2 @ )
12:30am Lolita (1962)
The Haunting (1963)
05:15am The Chosen (1981)
November 13, Tuesday
07:15am Light in the Piazza (1962)
09:15am Ship of Fools (1965)
The Group (1966)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Big Sleep (1946)
12:00am Ten Little Indians (1965)
02:00am In Cold Blood (1967)
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)
Green for Danger (1946)
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
Strangers on a Train (1951—also November 23 @ )
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Anna Karenina (1948)
01:30am The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
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)
Taras Bulba (1962)
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Jules and Jim (1962)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
02:15am Wise Blood (1979)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
November 22, Thursday
06:30am God’s Little Acre (1958)
08:45am Anne of Green Gables (1934)
10:15am Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
Lassie Come Home (1943)
The Yearling (1946)
The Secret Garden (1949)
Little Women (1949)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
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)
Wuthering Heights (1939—also November 3 @ )
Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)
Brighton Rock (1947)
The Time Machine (1960)
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
12:15am Solaris (1972)
From the Earth to the Moon (1958)
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.
November 6, Tuesday
Lady with a Past (1932)
Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)
The Easiest Way (1931)
12:30am The Common Law (1931)
02:00am Son of the Gods (1930)
Born to Love (1931)
November 13, Tuesday
What Price Hollywood? (1932)
Our Betters (1933)
Two Against the World (1932)
12:30am Law of the Tropics (1941)
After Tonight (1933)
November 20, Tuesday
After Office Hours (1935)
Merrily We Live (1938)
01:00am Topper Takes a Trip (1939)
Bed of Roses (1933)
November 27, Tuesday
Tail Spin (1939)
Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942)
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)…
Man of the West (1958), is on the schedule ()…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).
Beginning at , 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 and The Seven Year Itch (1955) at (which is letterboxed).
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940), one of the best B-pictures ever produced, gets an airing at . 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
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,
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 .
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).
The Pink Panther (1964), followed by The Lion (1962) at 10pm. Speaking for myself, I’ll wait until and TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights to stare at Lulu in the 1929 silent film classic Pandora’s Box (1929).
November 5, Monday – Kendra 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 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; ), Ziegfeld Girl (1941; ), Crossroads (1942; 12noon), The Conspirators (1944; ), Experiment Perilous (1944; ) and A Lady Without Passport (1950; 5pm).
A Fistful of Dollars (1964; 8pm), For a Few Dollars More (1965; ) 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 . (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 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
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
Sherlock Holmes is paired with Buster Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. (1924; ). (I saw the Barrymore flick a year or two back…and was not impressed.) TCM Imports also has a goodie at —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; ).
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 …but that was directed by George B. Seitz.) The Leopard Man (1943; ) and Easy Living (1949; ) round out the rest of the Tourneur tribute.
Little Women (1933) is slotted for airing at , 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; ), The Admirable Crichton (1957; 12mid) and Wicked as They Come (1957; ).
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).
Plymouth Adventure (1952) is slotted for , 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 (some feel that version is a little bit superior to the English-speaking one). After that, two more Jacques Feyder-directed films: Daybreak (1931; ) and Son of India (1931; 5am).
Gang Busters scheduled to run at …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 , the film based on the 1929 Cole Porter musical (though all the musical numbers were excised from
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.
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 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; ), Room for One More (1952; 11pm), Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960; ) and Father’s Little Dividend (1951; 5am).
The channel’s scheduling of My Fair Lady (1964) at 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 . (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.
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 .
November 25, Sunday – The channel programs one of my favorite Bob Hope films at —The 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!)
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).
The Iron Petticoat (1956), gets a showing at , 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; ), Comrade X (1940; ), Ninotchka (1939; ) and British Agent (1934; ). (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).
MovieMorlocks.com 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
too.” Join them at ClassicScreenings.com, won’t you?
*Never gets old.
**Yeah, I made this up.