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31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE T’S
March 1, 2017

Before we start with the S’s, what the hell happened at the Oscars Sunday night?!!!

 

The Thin Man (1934)

Drink some martinis with Nick and Nora Charles while watching the first of the six film series.


The Third Man (1949)

 

Watch Orson Welles steal the film with less than 20 minutes of screentime.


To Be or Not to Be (1942)

 

Carole Lombard’s final role.   What could have been.


Top Hat (1935)

One of the best of the Astaire-Rogers musicals.


The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1942)

Watch Bogie go mad with greed.


12 Angry Men (1957)

Henry Fonda’s only production credit.

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31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE Q
February 25, 2017

The Quiet Man (1952)

Calling all lip readers, can you figure out what Maureen O’Hara is saying to John Wayne in the final scene?

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE J
February 16, 2017

Jaws (1975)

The only “J” film on the docket.  A lot of people wouldn’t go swimming in the ocean for awhile.

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE C’S
February 13, 2017

Cabaret (1972)

Caged (1950)

Casablanca (1942)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Citizen Kane (1941)

The Crowd (1928)

December Centennials
December 11, 2016

Richard Fleischer

Born: December 8

Died: March 25, 2006

Notable Films: The Narrow Margin (1952); 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954); The Vikings (1958); Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Kirk Douglas

Born: December 9

Birth Name: Issur Danielovitch

Notable Films: Champion (1949); Ace in the Hole (1951); The Bad and the Beautiful (1952); Lust for Life (1956); Paths of Glory(1957); Spartacus (1960)



Mark Stevens 

Born: December 13

Birth Name: Richard William Stevens 

Died: September 15, 1994

Notable Films: The Dark Corner (1946); The Street with No Name (1948); The Snake Pit (1948)



Shirley Jackson 

Born: December 14

Died: August 8, 1965

Notable Films: Lizzie (1957)
Betty Grable 

Born: December 18

Died: July 2, 1973

Notable Films: Down Argentine Way (1940);  Mother Wore Tights (1947); How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)



Roy Ward Baker 

Born: December 19

Died: October 5, 2010

Notable Films: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952); A Night to Remember (1958)

NOVEMBER ON TCM
November 13, 2016

Star of the Month: Natalie Wood (Fridays in November)

 

Natalie’s daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner and widower Robert Wagner host a series of movies documenting her career from child star to adult.
To Tell the Truth: Famous Documentaries (Mondays and Wednesdays in November)

Actor Alec Baldwin hosts this documentary film festival.
Anniversary of the National Parks ( November 22)

SEPTEMBER CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAYS
September 1, 2016

Roald Dahl

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Born: September 13

Died: November 23, 1990

Notable Films: You Only Live Twice, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


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Born: September 18

Died: December 24, 1994

Notable Films: Little Women (1949), Three Coins in the Fountain, The Barefoot Contessa, Summertime


Margaret Lockwood

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Born: September 15

Died: July 15, 1990

Notable Films: The Lady Vanishes, Night Train to Munich, The Man in Grey, The Wicked Lady


Peter Finch

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Born: September 28

Birth Name: Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch

Died: January 14, 1977

Notable Films: The Nun’s Story, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Network

SUTS DAY 4-FAY WRAY
August 4, 2016

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Another SUTS newbie 16 films including two TCM premieres: 1928’s The Wedding March and 1929’s Thunderbolt.  Here are a few of my picks:

 

Doctor X (1932)

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One of the last films made in the two-Technicolor process.  Fay is a young woman who is trying to prove that her mad scientist father is not responsible for a series of gruesome murders.  A horror with comedy in it.


The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

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The very last film made in the two-Technicolor process.  A sculptor (Lionel Atwill) who runs a wax museum is badly burned in a fire.  He rebuilds his museum and suddenly people and corpses are disappearing.  Who is responsible?


The Wedding March (1928)

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A prince (Erich von Stroheim, who also directed) loves an innkeeper’s daughter (Wray).


King Kong (1933)

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Fay Wray screams her way into history.


The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

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This girl cannot catch a break!

Wray portrays a character exclusively created for the movie adaptation of the short story by Richard Cornell.

 

 

AUGUST CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAYS
August 1, 2016

Ralph Nelson

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Born: August 12

Died: December 21, 1987

Notable Films: Lilies of the Field, Father Goose, Charly


Gloria Dickson

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Born: August 13

Died: April 10, 1945

Birth Name: Thais Alalia Dickerson

Notable Films: They Won’t Forget, They Made Me a Criminal, Lady of Burlesque


Marie Wilson

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Born: August 19

Died: November 23, 1972

Birth Name: Katherine Elisabeth White

Notable Films: Boy Meets Girl, My Friend Irma


Van Johnson

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Born: August 25

Died: December 12, 2008

Birth Name: Charles Van Dell Johnson

Notable Films: A Guy Named Joe, Battleground, The Caine Mutiny


Martha Raye

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Born: August 27

Died: October 19, 1994

Birth Name: Margy Reed

Notable Films: Four Jills in a Jeep, Monsieur Verdoux


George Montgomery

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Born: August 29

Died: December 12, 2000

Birth Name: George Montgomery Letz

Notable Films: Orchestra Wives, Ten Gentlemen from West Point, Roxie Hart

 

JUNE CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAYS
May 31, 2016

Irwin Allen

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Born: June 12

Died: November 2, 1991

Notable Films: The Poseidon Adventure (1972); The Towering Inferno (1974)


Dorothy McGuire

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Born: June 14

Died: September 14, 2001

Notable Films: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945); The Enchanted Cottage (1945); The Spiral Staircase (1946); Gentlemen’s Agreement (1947); Three Coins in the Fountain (1954); Friendly Persuasion (1956); Old Yeller (1957)


Ruth Warrick

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Born : June 29

Died: January 15, 2005

Notable Films: Citizen Kane (1941); All My Children (1970-2005 as Phoebe)