Friday, November 30, 2012

Coming distractions: January 2013 on TCM

Eagle-eyed Laura of Miscellaneous Musings fame gave me a heads-up early last month that The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ had already posted their tentative schedule for the inaugural month of the coming year.  (Assuming this doesn’t end as the Mayans predicted, natch.)  As always, there are tons of goodies in store for my fellow classic movie maniacs including a salute to the “caper film” and a feting of an Oscar-winning actress who also hosted a popular dramatic anthology on NBC-TV from 1953-61 (which netted her three, count ‘em, three Emmy Awards).

As you may have already guessed, that actress is Loretta Young—who, because she celebrates her centennial birthday in January (January 6, for those of you keeping score at home), will be the focus of a 38-film retrospective taking place on every Wednesday night during the month.  While I certainly wouldn’t consider myself a dues-paying member of Gretchen’s cult, she did appear in some dandy movies (many of the pre-Code variety)…so fortunately TCM has seen fit to schedule them for the benefit of her fans (and me).  Here’s the lineup:

January 2, Wednesday
08:00pm Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
09:30pm Platinum Blonde (1931)
11:15pm Taxi! (1932)
12:30am Life Begins (1932)
01:45am The Squall (1929)
03:45am Show of Shows (1929)

January 3, Thursday
06:00am Loose Ankles (1930)
07:15am I Like Your Nerve (1931)
08:30am Road to Paradise (1930)
10:00am The Truth About Youth (1930)

January 9, Wednesday
08:00pm Employees Entrance (1933)
09:30pm Heroes for Sale (1933)
11:00pm Born to Be Bad (1934)
12:15am Midnight Mary (1933)
01:45am They Call it Sin (1932)
03:00am The Hatchet Man (1932)
04:30am Play-Girl (1932)
05:45am The Ruling Voice (1931)

January 10, Thursday
07:00am She Had to Say Yes (1933)

January 16, Wednesday
08:00pm Man’s Castle (1933)
09:15pm Suez (1938)
11:00pm Kentucky (1938)
12:45am The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
02:30am Beau Ideal (1931)
04:00am Big Business Girl (1931)

January 23, Wednesday
08:00pm The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)
09:45pm Bedtime Story (1942)
11:15pm Wife, Husband and Friend (1939)
12:45am A Night to Remember (1942)
02:30am Week-End Marriage (1932)
03:45am Grand Slam (1933)

January 30, Wednesday
08:00pm The Farmer’s Daughter (1947)
09:45pm The Stranger (1946)
11:30pm Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
01:00am Along Came Jones (1945)
02:45am Key to the City (1950)
04:30am Cause for Alarm (1951)
05:45am The Unguarded Hour (1936)

Tuesday nights on Tee Cee Em, the channel will host 27 movies that spotlight one of the cinema’s most popular genres: “the caper film.”  Anything that can be boosted—jewelry, money, works of art—is fair game, with classic feature films spotlighting heists that are successful…and some that go south:

January 1, Tuesday
08:00pm The Pink Panther (1964)
10:00pm The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
12:00am Rififi (1954)
02:15am Big Deal on Madonna Street (1953)
04:00am Jack of Diamonds (1967)

January 8, Tuesday
08:00pm Ocean’s Eleven (1960; also January 25 at 12:15am)
10:15pm Seven Thieves (1960)
12:15am Bob le Flambeur (1955)
02:00am Kaleidoscope (1966)
04:00am 5 Against the House (1955)

January 15, Tuesday
08:00pm The League of Gentlemen (1960)
10:00pm $ (Dollars) (1971)
12:15am Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)
02:15am Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
04:00am The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)

January 22, Tuesday
08:00pm How to Steal a Million (1966)
10:15pm Topkapi (1964)
12:30am The Happy Thieves (1962)
02:15am Cairo (1963)
04:00am The Anderson Tapes (1971)

January 23, Wednesday
06:00am The Split (1968)

January 29, Tuesday
08:00pm The Italian Job (1969)
10:00pm The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
11:30pm They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1969)
01:45am Armored Car Robbery (1950)
03:00am Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1958)
04:15am The Hoodlum (1951)

And if that’s not enough to satisfy your classic movie itch—here are some more highlights from January…keeping in mind, of course, that the films scheduled are subject to change (and that all times are EST).

January 1, Tuesday – Before you nestle in with this evening’s caper festival, the morning hours will feature film adaptations of some of Broadway’s biggest hit musicals.  Finian’s Rainbow (1968) kicks things off at 6am, and that’s followed by Funny Girl (1968; 8:30am), My Fair Lady (1964; 11:15am), Camelot (1967; 2:15pm) and Hello, Dolly! (1969; 5:30pm).

January 2, Wednesday – Oh, sure…you could spend most of your valuable television watching time engrossed in Ghost Hunters (and who knows—my father might even be up to joining you).  But here’s a spoiler warning for you: they never find any!  TCM, on the other hand, spotlights mesmerizing tales of folks trapped between this world and the next today with a festival featuring The Cockeyed Miracle (1946; 6am), A Guy Named Joe (1943; 7:30am), Cabin in the Sky (1943; 9:45am), Topper (1937; 11:30am), A Matter of Life and Death (1947; 1:30pm), Angel on My Shoulder (1946; 3:30pm) and Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941; 5:30pm).

January 3, Thursday – Marion Davies celebrates what would have been her 116th natal anniversary today…and while I’m kind of bummed the channel couldn’t squeeze in one of her silent features, fans of her sound flicks can nosh on The Bachelor Father (1931; 11:15am), Polly of the Circus (1932; 1pm), Page Miss Glory (1936; 2:15pm) and her cinematic swan song, Ever Since Eve (1937; 4pm).

As my Facebook chum Archie Waugh often says: “So…it has come to this.”  Moviedom’s most nauseatingly cheerful moppet raises the blood sugar of diabetic viewers in the evening with The Littlest Rebel (1935) at 8pm, followed by Captain January (1936; 9:30pm), Curly Top (1935; 11pm), I’ll Be Seeing You (1944; 12:30am), Fort Apache (1948; 2am) and Adventures in Baltimore (1949; 4:15pm).  (Well, at least I know where Page will be if I need her.)

January 4, Friday – Jane Wyman’s 96th birthday gets celebrated today…but you’ll have to wait until later in the day to see the film that nabbed her a Best Actress Oscar, Johnny Belinda (1948; 6:15pm).  Before that, it’s My Love Came Back (1940; 6am), The Body Disappears (1941; 7:30am), Honeymoon for Three (1941; 8:45am), Larceny, Inc. (1942; 10:15am), The Doughgirls (1944; 12noon), Night and Day (1946; 1:45pm) and The Yearling (1946; 4pm).

Come nightfall, a nice little sampling of director Jack Arnold’s outstanding science fiction film oeuvre; Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) kicks the evening off at 8pm, followed by Tarantula (1955; 9:30pm), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957; 11pm) and It Came From Outer Space (1953; 12:30am).  Not a bad one in the bunch—pay no attention to that smartass who wrote about Tarantula back in July 2011.

January 5, Saturday – In December 2012, TCM started scheduling films from the Torchy Blane franchise at the noontime hour…and in 2013; they continue that practice with the second of the Blane B-pictures, Fly Away Baby (1937), today.  January 12 features The Adventurous Blonde (1937), then Blondes at Work (1938) on the 19th and Torchy Blane in Panama (1938) finishing out January on the 26th.

But at 10:45am on each Saturday, it’s another Warner Bros. hero—Brass Bancroft!  Yes, the B-picture series that Ronald Reagan couldn’t quite disavow in his career kicks in with Secret Service of the Air (1939).  Code of the Secret Service (1939; January 12), Smashing the Money Ring (1939; January 19) and Murder in the Air (1940; January 26) complete the quartet of programmers that I wrote about in this post back in March 2009.

When evening shadows fall, TCM Essentials schedules at 8pm the classic Bogie & Bacall feature where “Baby” taught all the young horny guys in the audience that the only thing involved in whistling was putting your lips together “and blow”: To Have and Have Not (1944).  And that’s the channel’s cue to usher in “Blowing the Whistle”—an evening of films in which whistling or blowing (one’s cover) is involved.  It’s as silly as it sounds…but you’ll get an opportunity to see the first film in The Whistler franchise at 10pm, Fritz Lang’s 1931 masterpiece M at 3am, and TDOY fave Theodora Goes Wild (1936) at 4:45am.  Libel (1959; 11:15pm) and A Fistful of Dollars (1964; 1am) round out the offerings.

January 6, Sunday – At 8pm, a more mature James Stewart headlines one of the feature films from later in his career: Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), a fairly lame comedy (despite the presence of Maureen O’Hara)  whose sole bright spot is when he calls some kid “a little creep.”  (Well, it’s funny the way Jimmy says it.)  That’s followed by Take Her, She’s Mine (1963; 10pm), in which father Jimmy attempts to keep college-age daughter Sandra Dee from being embroiled in scandal.  (It’s Sandra Dee—what could she have possibly done, worn white after Labor Day?)

On TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights: a Sessue Hayakawa double feature…beginning with Cecil B. DeMille’s The Cheat (1915) at midnight—a film I recently purchased in a Kino Lorber DVD sale (it was paired with DeMille’s Manslaughter…I couldn’t resist).  The Dragon Painter (1919) follows at 1am, and on TCM Imports it’s The Story of Oharu (1952; 2am)…one of those Mizoguchi films I keep meaning to watch in an effort to class up this place.

January 7, Monday – Bill Paxton is the channel’s guest programmer, and has chosen Juliet of the Spirits (1965; 8pm), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973; 10:30pm), California Split (1974; 12:30am) and The Last Detail (1973; 2:30am) as the four films with which he’ll discuss with Bobby Osbo.  And then it’s game over, man…game over!  (Okay, I have no idea if Robert Osborne has returned to his hosting duties on TCM yet or not…I just wanted to make an Aliens joke.)

January 8, Tuesday – The King celebrates his 78th birthday today…and since we all know Elvis did not die (he just went home), he’ll be able to pick up TCM on his home planet and watch some of his greatest movies.   Okay…except for Jailhouse Rock (1957) at 2:45pm they’re all pretty much mutts—the canines include Speedway (1968; 6:15am), Kissin’ Cousins (1964; 8am), Live a Little, Love a Little (1968; 11:30am), Viva Las Vegas (1964; 1:15pm), It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963; 4:30pm) and Love Me Tender (1956; 6:30pm).  (Oh…they’re also showing my favorite Elvis guilty pleasure—Tickle Me at 9:45am.  A movie written by the two men who guided both the cinematic fortunes of the Three Stooges and the Bowery Boys?  Who couldn’t love that?)

January 9, Wednesday – OTR film alert: the second in the short-lived I Love a Mystery movie series, The Devil’s Mask (1946), is scheduled at 1:30pm.  (I like the Columbia ILAM films, though I’ll readily admit they can’t measure up to the radio show.)  Oh, and if you’re strapped for cash and can’t afford the recently released The Iron Petticoat DVD (the 1956 Ninotchka with Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn) it will also air at 4:45pm.

January 10, Thursday – Sal Mineo celebrates what would have been his 74th birthday today.  Start movin’ in his direction with the 1966 telefilm The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones at 8:15am, followed by Cheyenne Autumn (1964; 10am), The Gene Krupa Story (1959; 1pm), The Young Don’t Cry (1957; 2:45pm), Crime in the Streets (1956; 4:15pm) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955) winding down the celebration at 6pm.

Come nightfall…well, if Bobby Osbo is back by this time he’s got some movies to show.  Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) kicks things off at 8pm, and then it’s Roughly Speaking (1945; 10pm), Old Acquaintance (1943; 12mid) and The Hurricane (1937; 2am).

January 11, Friday – The channel devotes the daylight hours to the cinematic oeuvre of George Raft…who, despite his thespic limitations made some pretty good flicks including Each Dawn I Die (1939; 7:15am), They Drive by Night (1940; 9am), Manpower (1941; 10:45am) and Background to Danger (1943; 12:30pm).  Johnny Angel (1945; 2pm), Nocturne (1946; 3:30pm), Race Street (1948; 5pm) and A Dangerous Profession (1950; 6:30pm) are also on tap.

At 8pm, “Epic Roadshow Comedies” are the theme with a double feature of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) starting things off, followed by The Great Race (1965) at 11pm.  (World has its moments, but Race just goes to prove that bigger isn’t necessarily better.)

January 12, Saturday – The TCM Essentials scheduling of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) at 8pm ushers in a night of films with a “sibling rivalry” theme…though I can’t for the life of me find any evidence of that in the film that follows at 10:30pm, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).  (Blanche DuBois has more serious issues than competition with her sister, it seems to me.)  The theme does gets stronger afterward with The Little Foxes (1941; 12:45am), East of Eden (1955; 2:45am) and Steel Against the Sky (1941; 5am).

January 13, Sunday – An Irene Dunne double feature of Anna and the King of Siam (1946) (The King and I without the music) and Magnificent Obsession (1935) occupies the evening hours at 8pm and 10:15pm respectively.  But those of you who’ve stopped by here every now and then know that I’d be more jazzed about the Silent Sunday Nights presentation at midnight, which features three shorts from the Holy Trinity of Silent Comedy: Bumping Into Broadway (1919; Harold Lloyd), The Scarecrow (1920; Buster Keaton) and The Pilgrim (1923; Charlie Chaplin).

Later in the wee a.m. hours: one of the most beautiful examples of cinematography can be found in Nicolas Roeg’s cult classic Walkabout (1971), which starts at 3:30am.

January 14, Monday – The October 11 tribute to Lew Landers must have been an unqualified success…because the channel is giving Louis Friedlander another go-around with a day of his quickies.  Living on Love (1937) starts things rolling at 7:15am, followed by Crashing Hollywood (1938; 8:30am), Double Danger (1938; 9:45am), Law of the Underworld (1938; 11am), Fixer Dugan (1939; 12:15pm), Twelve Crowded Hours (1939; 1:30pm), The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942; 2:45pm), Stand by All Networks (1942; 4pm), Submarine Raider (1942; 5:15pm) and The Truth About Murder (1946; 6:30pm).

The evening hours will feature another segment in TCM’s American Film Institute Master Class series, The Art of Collaboration – Robert Zemeckis & Don Burgess…which will air at 8 and 11:30pm (a showing of 2000’s What Lies Beneath is sandwiched between the two showings at 9pm).  Since I lost interest in Zemeckis’ work about the time he got an Oscar for the execrable Forrest Gump, I’ll find something else to do until 12:45am, when a trio of Jack Nicholson films will be the focus: Carnal Knowledge (1971), Five Easy Pieces (1970; 2:30am) and Easy Rider (1969; 4:15am).

January 15, Tuesday – Academy Award-winning actress Susan Hayward gets a salud from the channel this morning that kicks off with her first credited film, Girls on Probation (1938) at 7amThe Hairy Ape (1944; 8:15am), Deadline at Dawn (1946; 10am), They Won’t Believe Me (1947; 11:30am), Tulsa (1949; 1pm), I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955; 2:30pm), Top Secret Affair (1957; 4:30pm) and I Thank a Fool (1962; 6:15pm) round out your viewing choices as far as Hayward is concerned.

January 16, Wednesday – Here’s a birthday that doesn’t get celebrated on TCM too often: that of stage and screen legend Diana Wynyard.  You’d think that with Rasputin and the Empress (1932) occupying a shelf in their film library it would get off the bench…but no, the channel is going to go with Men Must Fight (1933) at 6am, and then follow that with Where Sinners Meet (1934; 7:15am) and Gaslight (1940; 8:30am).  With the Wynyard entries apparently exhausted, the focus then shifts to Alec Guinness with Oliver Twist (1948; 10:15am), Malta Story (1953; 12:15pm), The Detective (1954; 2pm), The Prisoner (1955; 3:45pm) and Cromwell (1970; 5:30pm).

January 17, Thursday – The Godfather of Noir, Eddie Muller, will be sitting in with Bobby Osbo this evening for “A Night in Noir City” (and Osborne will be there, as you can see in this picture on the right I liberated from Muller’s Facebook page).  Two movies of interest…well, they’re all pretty great but for our purposes I’m going to single out 99 River Street (1953; 9:30pm) because a reprint of a review I wrote on this film was recently posted at my friend Richard’s Noir Babes site.  Cry Danger (1951), a film restored by Muller’s Film Noir Foundation is on before Street at 8pm and after Street it’s a film that I’ve yet to see the end of: Tomorrow is Another Day (1951; 11pm).  (I’m not making this up, by the way; I watched it one evening when it was playing on Encore Mystery back in the late 90s…and never got to see the conclusion.) TDOY faves The Breaking Point (1950) and The Prowler (1951) follow at 12:45 and 2:30am.

January 18, Friday – Happy birthday to Cary Grant!  That Bristol boy will celebrate what would have been his 109th birthday today, and TCM is ready, willing and able to accommodate him with a festival of his films: Suzy (1936; 6:15am), Mr. Lucky (1943; 8am), None But the Lonely Heart (1944; 10am), Gunga Din (1939; 12:00noon), The Philadelphia Story (1940; 2pm), Notorious (1946; 4pm) and Monkey Business (1952; 6pm).

Come nightfall—an evening of shorts featuring the greatest movie comedy team of all time.  Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy star in Chickens Come Home (1931; 8pm), Blotto (1930; 9:45pm), Be Big (1931; 11:30pm) and Laughing Gravy (1931; 12mid).  But what many classic movie fans may not know is that several Laurel & Hardy shorts were also adapted for Spanish audiences…with Stan & Ollie reciting Spanish dialogue phonetically and some of the supporting roles cast with Spanish-speaking actors.  You’ll get the opportunity to see some of these shorts: Politiquerias (1931; 8:45pm), La Vida Nocturna (1930; 10:15pm) and Les Carottiers (1931; 12:45am) following the English versions of these classic comedies.

January 19, Saturday – Academy Award-winning actress Shelley Winters takes charge of the evening’s viewing choices beginning at 8pm with the TCM Essentials showcase of Lolita (1962).  Afterward, it’s The Big Knife (1955; 10:45pm), The Chapman Report (1962; 12:45am), I Died a Thousand Times (1955; 3am) and Tennessee Champ (1954; 4:45am).

January 20, Sunday – Loretta Young is not the only celebrity celebrating her centennial this month…Danny Kaye would be having cake and ice cream on this day as well if he had lived to reach the century mark.  The movie that I contributed a review for both The Paramount Centennial Blogathon and The Camp & Cult Blogathon in September, The Court Jester (1956), will be one of several films showcased…not to mention a classic telecast from the entertainer’s 1960s variety show.  The lineup is as follows:

06:00am The Danny Kaye Show
07:00am Up in Arms (1944)
08:45am Merry Andrew (1958)
10:30am The Dick Cavett Show (with guest Danny Kaye from 1971)
12:00pm The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)
02:00pm The Inspector General (1949)
04:00pm Me and the Colonel (1958)
06:00pm The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
08:00pm Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
10:00pm The Court Jester (1956)
12:00am A Song is Born (1948)
02:00am Wonder Man (1945)
04:00am The Man from the Diners’ Club (1963)

January 21, Monday – Great viewing awaits TCM devotees today with a slew of films featuring Sidney Poitier: No Way Out (1950; 6am), Blackboard Jungle (1955; 8am), Something of Value (1957; 9:45am), Edge of the City (1957; 11:45am), A Raisin in the Sun (1961; 1:15pm), A Patch of Blue (1965; 3:30pm) and To Sir, With Love (1967; 5:30pm).

Then as evening shadows fall, the channel pays tribute to the star of what I continue to maintain is the greatest television situation comedy of all time: Dick Van Dyke, who will receive the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award on January 27, gets his due on TCM with Divorce American Style (1967; 8pm), Cold Turkey (1971; 10pm), Stacia holiday fave Fitzwilly (1967; 12mid), Bye Bye Birdie (1963; 2am) and Some Kind of a Nut (1969; 4am).

January 22, Tuesday – One of the drawbacks to marriage is that happy ever after sometimes means that you might have mistakenly said “I do” to a lunatic murderer.  The films scheduled for today on the channel will offer perspective on this matrimonial hazard, beginning with Cast a Dark Shadow (1955) at 6am, followed by Gaslight (1944; 7:30am), The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947; 9:30am), Autumn Leaves (1956; 11:30am), Undercurrent (1946; 1:30pm), Experiment Perilous (1944; 3:30pm) and Rebecca (1940; 5:15pm).

January 23, Wednesday – Bad movie aficionados are well acquainted with the moniker of “Arch Hall”—though there were actually two Arches, Senior and Junior.  Arch, Sr. was the auteur of such vehicles as Eegah and Wild Guitar (both 1962)…with Junior his nominal star (“Wowzie-wow-wow!”).  But The Sadist (1963) is actually a decent little B-thriller (Arch, Sr. didn’t have much participation in this one, save for the opening narration and some radio announcements) and has earned a little cult cachet of its own.  Judge for yourself when TCM runs it at 7:30am; it precedes a day of horror films—The Terror (1963; 9:15am), The Reptile (1966; 10:45am), The Nanny (1965; 12:30pm), The Mummy (1959; 2:15pm), The Body Snatcher (1945; 4:45pm) and The Haunting (1963; 6pm).

January 24, Thursday – No one was more surprised than I when the legendary Ernest Borgnine passed away in July of 2012 at the age of 95.  I would have bet cash money that the actor was going to live forever…even to the point of wondering if that really was makeup on him in the movie The Devil’s Rain (1975).  TCM spotlights some of Borgnine’s first-rate film work on what would have been his 96th natal anniversary with From Here to Eternity (1953; 6am), Bad Day at Black Rock (1954; 8:15am), The Catered Affair (1956; 9:45am), Torpedo Run (1958; 11:30am), The Badlanders (1958; 1:15pm), The Flight of the Phoenix (1966; 2:45pm) and Howard Hughes fave Ice Station Zebra (1968; 5:15pm).

At 8pm, the channel begins what will ultimately be a two-night salute to Academy Award-winning composer Jimmy Van Heusen, the tunesmith responsible for such ditties as Swingin’ on a Star (written with Johnny Burke) and High Hopes (with Sammy Cahn).  On Thursday, the movies featuring Van Heusen’s music are Road to Morocco (1942; 8pm), Welcome Stranger (1947; 9:30pm), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967; 11:30pm), Some Came Running (1958; 2:15am) and Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963; 4:45am).  For Friday (January 25): The Tender Trap (1955; 8pm), Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964; 10pm) and Ocean’s Eleven (1960; 12:15am).

January 25, Friday – Since I missed it the last time TCM had it on, I must remember to catch Night Flight (1933) at 8:15am.  (I’ll stand a better chance of seeing it then because my father’s got his nose buried in the newspaper at that time in the morning.)

January 27, Sunday – Three of the best films from the Master of Suspense’s “British period” are showcased on the evening schedule, with the Hitchcock classic The 39 Steps (1935) at 8pm, then The Lady Vanishes (1938; 9:30pm) and Sabotage (1936; 11:15pm) after that.  That pushes the Silent Sunday Nights presentation up to 12:45am…but since it’s a doozy of a Lon Chaney film, The Penalty (1920), hopefully there won’t be too much heated discussion.

January 28, Monday – “It’s just another Pre-Code Monday/I wish it was Sunday…”  No, I don’t—what am I saying?  On the schedule are After Tonight (1933; 6:15am), Hat, Coat and Glove (1934; 7:30am), Let’s Try Again (1934; 8:45am), Dance Hall (1929; 10am), She’s My Weakness (1930; 11:30 am), Lovin’ the Ladies (1930; 12:45pm), The Public Defender (1931; 2pm), The Royal Bed (1931; 3:15pm), Secret Service (1931; 4:30pm), No Marriage Ties (1933; 5:45pm) and No Other Woman (1933; 7pm).

TCM schedules one of Tyrone Power’s best showcases, The Mark of Zorro (1940), at 8pm…and the exchange of cold steel follows at 10pm with ClassicBecky heartthrob Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Don Juan.  The swordplay continues through the night with Cyrano de Bergerac (1950; 12mid), Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953; 2am) and At Sword’s Point (1951; 3:45am).

January 31, Thursday – We close out the month with a double ice-cream-and-cake celebration!  The morning hours honor the natal anniversary of actor-singer Mario Lanza, with schedulings of The Toast of New Orleans (1950; 7:15am), Because You’re Mine (1952; 9am) and Serenade (1956; 10:45am).  Come afternoon, it’s Jean Simmons’ turn in the birthday spotlight: Home Before Dark (1958; 1pm), Divorce American Style (1967; 3:30pm) and The Actress (1953; 5:30pm) are on tap.

Then the channel selects TDOY god Lee Marvin as the focus for the final night of classic film viewing in January; Marvin’s Oscar-winning turn in Cat Ballou (1965) at 8pm, followed by the underrated oater Monte Walsh (1970) at 10. The Dirty Dozen (1967; 12mid), Point Blank (1967; 2:45am) and the Walter Matthau-directed Gangster Story (1959; 4:45am) play us out.


Hal said...

I'm a little disappointed to have a caper comedy spotlight with no WHO'S MINDING THE MINT? and a Van Dyke spotlight with no THE COMIC.

Stacia said...

I used to watch Ghost Hunters! True story. In the first season, they never ever found anything. I was on a fan group that had a running joke about how, in every episode, Jason would PFFT at "ghosts" captured on video and say, "That's just dust."

For a while I posted to the SciFi fan group, but then it became obvious Ghost Hunters was faking stuff. At first, we were allowed to talk about it, then some members of the show would show up and have epic breakdowns (Jason and Donna were the two I witnessed) which SciFi had to moderate. Soon we weren't allowed to post any dissension at all, and were all relegated to what they called "The Skeptic's Corner." One by one, all of us regulars were banned for specious reasons.

I remember being really proud of being the person to first notice that, during an episode where Grant and Jason are talking about TAPS while sitting in an old plantation cabin, you can see exactly how Grant is faking a lamp cord being moved.

So... er... tell your dad not to watch the show, is what I'm saying here.

Nice to see Ernie B's getting some love in January. Last I knew, he was doing well, but I suppose at 95 anything can happen.