APRIL ON TCM

TCM has a lot going on in April with a 100th birthday tribute to one of the greatest actors of all time, a 24-hour marathon each Wednesday for the director of Casablanca, a tribute to a film noir icon, and a celebration of one of MGM’s most famous musical stars.

Here we go!

STAR OF THE MONTH: WILLIAM HOLDEN (MONDAYS IN APRIL)

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TCM celebrates the 3-time Oscar nominated with a 100th birthday tribute and 34 films starting with his credited debut in 1939’s Golden Boy (April 2 @ 8pm/7pm) to his final film in 1981’s S.O.B. (May 1 @ 2:15am/1:15am).  Two of the 34 films will be TCM premieres 1947’s Dear Ruth (April 3 @ 1:45am/12:45am) and 1980’s The Earthling (May 1 @ 4:30am/3:30am).  Actress Stefanie Powers will join Ben Mankiewicz every Monday evening introducing several of Holden’s most famous films.

 

The Beginning

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William Beedle, Jr. was born on April 17, 1918.  In 1938, the renamed William Holden was signed to a six-month contract with Paramount Pictures.  After two uncredited roles, Holden was thrust into the spotlight when he won the coveted role of “Joe Bonaparte” in the 1939 film adaptation of the play Golden Boy.  Columbia Pictures, who produced the movie, also bought half of the actor’s contract.

“Smilin’ Jim” roles

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For the next decade, Holden alternated between Columbia and Paramount with an occasional loan-out.  Due to his All-American image, Bill starred in a series of roles which he dubbed his “Smilin’ Jim” which was a character who gets himself into a tight spot and smiles his way of out of it.  Holden was not a fan of these roles.  The audience can see some of his “Jim” parts in Dear Ruth, and 1942’s The Fleet’s In (April 3 @ 3:30am/2:30am).  WWII interrupted his career from 1942 until 1947 when he finally returned to films.  Holden continued to alternate between his two studios.

The Breakthrough and International Superstar

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Finally, in 1950, William Holden was cast in the film that would change everything Sunset Boulevard (April 9 @ 8pm/7pm).  Holden memorably played “Joe Gillis” a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who winds up being the kept man of an aging Hollywood actress named “Norma Desmond” played by silent film star Gloria Swanson.  He would follow this with the hit comedy Born Yesterday (April 30 @ 8pm/7pm).  Then in 1953, Holden re-teamed with SB’s writer/director Billy Wilder for the war dramedy Stalag 17 (April 9 @ 10pm/9pm).  Playing the cynic POW “J.J. Stefon” William Holden would win his only Academy Award for Best Actor.  Soon, Holden would be one of the top box-office stars, reaching the number spot in 1956.

Later Years

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By the 1960’s, Holden’s career took a sharp downturn due to his alcoholism. He did experience several highs with 1969’s The Wild Bunch (Monday April 23 @ 12:30am/11:30pm) and 1976’s Network (April 30 @ midnight/11pm) which gave Holden one last Best Actor nomination.  William Holden died on November 12, 1981 at the age of 63.


TCM SPOTLIGHT: DIRECTED BY MICHAEL CURTIZ (WEDNESDAYS IN APRIL)

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Michael Curtiz had one of the most amazing careers in film history.  He made a whopping 178 movies over six decades starting in 1912 and ending in 1961.  He directed 11 performers to Academy Award nominations.  He won only one Oscar himself, a Best Short Subject called Sons of Liberty in 1939.

Oh, and he directed Casablanca (April 18 @ 8pm/7pm).  So every Wednesday, there will be a full 24 hours of Curtiz’s work, starting in the 1930s and ending in the 1960s.


TCM SPOTLIGHT: THE VICTORIAN ERA IN FILM (THURSDAYS IN APRIL)

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TCM celebrates the Victorian Era with its pomp and circumstance and underlying struggles of poverty, sickness, and the subjugation of women (some things never change). The films are divided into four categories: Victorian Crime (April 5), Victorian Science and Exploration (April 12), Victorian Romance (April 19), and Victorian Society and Manners (April 26).


STARRING MICHAEL DOUGLAS (APRIL 3)

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Michael Douglas sat down with Ben Mankiewicz at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival and discussed his career as an actor and producer.  Then TCM will show two of his most famous films (which he also produced), 1979’s The China Syndrome (9:15pm/8:15pm) and the TCM premiere of 1984’s Romancing the Stone (12:45am/11:45pm).


STARRING JANE POWELL (APRIL 10)

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In a Facebook post for what’s coming up, TCM mentioned that Jane Powell would be a guest programmer.  I don’t know if this is true or not.  What is true is that TCM will be showing five of Powell’s most memorable films-1950’s Two Weeks with Love (8pm/7pm) co-starring Debbie Reynolds, 1948’s A Date with Judy (10pm/9pm) co-starring Elizabeth Taylor, 1955’s Hit the Deck (midnight/11pm) again with Debbie Reynolds, 1950’s Nancy Goes to Rio (2am/1am), and 1958’s The Girl Most Likely (4am/3am).  Fingers crossed that Jane is there to introduce her films!


TRIBUTE TO PEGGY CUMMINGS (APRIL 17)

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TCM pays tribute to the film noir icon (even though she was only in one noir movie!) with five films.  They include the noir Gun Crazy (8pm/7pm) where Cummings gave a memorable performance as the femme fatale Annie Laurie Starr.  Also included in the tribute 1947’s The Late George Apley (1:30am/12:30am), 1953’s Always a Bride (3:30am/2:30am), 1957’s Hell Drivers (11:30pm/10:30pm), and 1958’s Curse of the Demon (9:45pm/8:45pm).

Peggy Cummings died on December 29, 2017.  She was 92 years old.


I.A.L. DIAMOND SCREENPLAYS (APRIL 24)

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The I.A.L. apparently stands for “Interscholastic Algebra League” because Diamond won a mathematics prize in high school.  He started collaborating with Billy Wilder in 1957.  The duo won the Best Screenplay Oscar in 1960 for The Apartment (8/pm/7pm).  Other Diamond films in the tribute include his first collaboration with Wilder, 1957’s Love in the Afternoon (3:45am/2:45am) plus non-Wilder films 1946’s Two Guys from Milwaukee  (2am/1am), 1969’s Cactus Flower (10:15pm/9:15pm) and 1951’s Love Nest (12:15am/11:15pm)


DON’T FORGET BRAD DEXTER (APRIL 27)

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The supporting actor gets his due with three films beginning as one of The Magnificent Seven (8pm/7pm), followed by 1952’s The Las Vegas Story (10:30pm/9:30pm), and 1965’s None But the Brave (12:15am/11:15pm), which is notable for being the only film directed by Frank Sinatra.

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MARCH ON TCM

TCM debuts a brand new “season” this March.  Usually, TCM’s calendar year runs from March and ends with the 31 Days of Oscar festival.  TCM has hired two new hosts, Dave Karger and Alicia Malone to assist Ben Mankiewicz.  Also, with a heavy heart, it has been one year since we lost Robert Osborne.

STAR OF THE MONTH: ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MARCH 12-16)

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Technically, Taylor is the Star of the Week.  There are 30 movies and one documentary on the docket which will start with a lesser seen Taylor movie, 1947’s Cynthia (March 12 @ 4:15pm/3:15pm) where Elizabeth receives her first onscreen kiss.  This festival includes one TCM premiere, 1970’s The Only Game in Town (March 16 @ 12:30am/11:30pm) starring Liz, Warren Beatty, and is the last film directed by George Stevens.  Stevens directed Taylor in two of her most memorable films, 1951’s A Place in the Sun (which will not be shown) and 1956’s Giant (March 14 @ 11pm/10pm).  Here’s a still of her from the movie.

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TCM SPOTLIGHT: MENTAL ILLNESS IN MOVIES (MARCH 5 AND 6)

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The first TCM spotlight this month is about how films depict mental illness, for better or for worse.  Part one has films all nominated or won an Oscar.  The second night all take place at mental health asylums or clinics.  So lay on the couch and tell your life story.


TCM SPOTLIGHT: GREAT MOVIE ENDINGS (MARCH 19-23)

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The second TCM spotlight focuses on some of the greatest endings in movie history.  I won’t spoil anything for you, I promise.  Each night has a different chapter including Going Out with a Bang (March 19-20), Ending on a Musical Note (March 20-21), Romantic Endings (March 21-22), Famous Last Words (March 22-23), and Twist Endings (March 23-24).  So get ready for your closeup, make it to the top of the world, and remember tomorrow is another day.


NOIR ALLEY (SUNDAY MORNINGS @ 9am AND SATURDAY NIGHTS @ 11pm)

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Noir Alley will now air on Saturday nights at 11 with an encore the next morning at 9.  This month’s films include The Big Heat, Stranger on the Third Floor, Crossfire, and No Questions Asked.


STARRING ANNA MAY WONG (MARCH 4)

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TCM celebrates the career of the first Chinese-American movie star featuring four of her films of the 1920s and the 1930s.

Born Wong Liu Tsong in Los Angeles, Anna began performing bit parts in silent films at the age of 14.  Her breakthrough performance was in 1922’s The Toll of the Sea, a rare silent film in color.

The four films which will be shown include 1931’s Daughter of the Dragon (8pm/7pm), 1932’s Shanghai Express (9:30pm/8:30pm), 1929’s Piccadilly (11pm/10pm), and the Silent Sunday Night feature, 1927’s Mr. Wu (1am/midnight) with Lon Chaney.


GUEST PROGRAMMER: DREW SCOTT (MARCH 8)

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The realtor Property Brother sits down with host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss his choices for the night.  Most were inspired by his father, James Scott, who immigrated from Scotland to Canada after being inspired by American Westerns.  Mr. Scott lived out his dream and became a cowboy.  Drew’s choices include High Noon (8pm/7pm), To Kill a Mockingbird (9:45pm/8:45pm), Poltergeist (12:15am/11:15pm), and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (2:30am/1:30am).


TREASURES FROM THE DISNEY VAULT (MARCH 29)

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Film historian Leonard Maltin again serves as host of the semi-annual series.  All are TCM premieres including 1962’s In Search of the Castaways (10pm/9pm) starring Hayley Mills and Maurice Chevallier plus Goldie Hawn’s movie debut in 1968’s The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (midnight/11pm).


STARRING DIANA DORS (MARCH 30)

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TCM celebrates Britain’s Marilyn Monroe (aka “The Siren of Swindon) with three films and two of them are TCM premieres 1956’s Yield to the Night and 1952’s Lady Godiva Rides Again.  Her birth name was Diana Mary Fluck.  She once said, “I suppose they were afraid that if my real name, Diana Fluck, was in the lights, and one of the lights blew.”


RELIGIOUS EPICS (MARCH 31-APRIL 1)

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For Passover and Easter, TCM has 8 religious epics from the 1950s and the 1960s (they were really popular then) scheduled, except for The Ten Commandments which will air on ABC, probably on Passover night.  However, you will see Paul Newman’s movie debut, 1954’s The Silver Chalice (5am/4am) which he later apologized for.  Also, this is the first time I’ve seen a screenshot from the movie, because what the heck is Jack Palance wearing?!!

 

Come back in April with Star of the Month William Holden, who celebrates his centennial on April 17, and the special Live from the TCM Classic Movie Festival with Michael Douglas.

JANUARY ON TCM

Welcome to the end of 2017!  I hope 2018 is even better!  Also, please watch me on Wheel of Fortune on January 2.

STAR OF THE MONTH: CHARLES BOYER (THURSDAYS IN JANUARY)

The inspiration for Pepe-le-Pew has his first ever SOTM tribute with 25 films, one of which will be a TCM premiere, 1934’s Liliom.  I still can’t believe Boyer hasn’t been SOTM before!

Mariah’s Picks

Love Affair (1939-January 4 @ 8pm/7pm c)

The story that’s been told three different times, twice by the same director.  Two people engaged to others meet on an ocean liner and fall in love.  When the ship docks, the two decide to wait six months to see if their love is real.


Algiers (1938-January 5 @ 4:45am/3:45am c)

Boyer and Hedy Lamarr have a tragic love affair.

 


Gaslight (1944-January 11 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Boyer is trying to drive wife Ingrid Bergman crazy, but why?


Hold Back the Dawn (1941-January 11 @ 10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Boyer is Romanian gigolo stuck at the Mexico/U.S. border having to wait 8 years to gain entry to America, so he seduces American teacher Olivia de Havilland for a green card.


Fanny (1961-January 25 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Boyer is a bar owner who helps a young woman who is pregnant by his sailor son.



TCM SPOTLIGHT: SURVIVAL MOVIES (FRIDAYS IN JANUARY)

TCM presents 20 films which feature people of different backgrounds having to trust and rely on each other in order to live through life-threatening situations including plane crashes, dangerous expeditions, shipwrecks, and even a ship turning upside down!  This includes four TCM premieres: 1953’s Inferno, 1971’s Man in the Wilderness, 2007’s Into the Wild, and 1969’s The Other Side of the Mountain.

Mariah’s Picks

Deliverance (1972-January 5 @ 10pm/9pm c)

Four buddies really regret going white water river rafting.


The Most Dangerous Game (1932-January 6 @ midnight/January 5 @ 11pm)

Fay Wray and Joel McCrea are hunted by a man looking for a thrill.


The Poseidon Adventure (1972-January 19 @ 10:45pm/9:45pm c)

Passengers fight to survive to climb to the top of an upside-down ship.  Not a Happy New Year for them.


Five Came Back (1939-January 20 @ midnight/January 19 @ 11pm c)

Look for Lucille Ball in an early role as a woman of questionable virtue whose plane crashes in the Amazon jungle.  The 1956 remake airs right after and is directed by the same person, John Farrow.



STARRING W.C. FIELDS (JANUARY 2)

The legendary comedian has 5 movies and 2 shorts on the second day of the new year.  The night kicks off with the rarely seen 1932 film Million Dollar Legs, followed by two of Field’s best films, 1934’s It’s a Gift and 1940’s The Bank Dick (written by Fields under the pseudonym, get this, Mahatma Kane Jeeves!).  Next is the surreal Never Give a Sucker an Even Breakfollowed by two shorts, The Dentist and The Fatal Glass of Beer, and finally ends with his critically-acclaimed role as Micawber in the 1935 film version of David Copperfield.



HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS (JANUARY 3)

Did you know that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who is mostly known for its annual Golden Globe Awards, also works on restoring classic films for future generations?  Journalist and film producer Silvia Bizio joins host Ben Mankiewicz to present four films restored by the HFPA.  First up is the anti-war message film The Boy with Green Hair (1948), followed by the “spaghetti Western” A Fistful of Dollars (1964), then iconic director Satyajit Ray’s debut film Pather Panchali (1955), and ending with David Lynch’s major mind-screw Eraserhead (1977).



STARRING GLORIA GRAHAME (JANUARY 7)

Actress Annette Bening, who stars as actress Gloria Grahame in the new film Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool joins Noir Alley host Eddie Muller for a double feature of Gloria Grahame’s best-known and loved films.  The night starts with In a Lonely Place (1950) and then her Oscar-winning role in 1952’s The Bad and the Beautiful.



AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILMMAKERS (JANUARY 15)

TCM presents an evening of films directed by African-Americans.  Here’s the lineup:

  • A Warm December (Sidney Poitier) 8pm/7pm c
  • Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash) 10pm/9pm c-added to the National Film Registry in 2004.
  • Trouble Man (Ivan Dixon) January 16 @ midnight/January 15 @ 11pm c-TCM premiere
  • Shaft (Gordon Parks) January 16 @ 2am/1am c
  • Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins) January 15 @ 4am/3am c


TCM GUEST PROGRAMMER: JOANNA GOING (JANUARY 22)

The former Kingdom and Mad Men actress joins Ben Mankiewicz to discuss three of her favorite films.

  • The Black Stallion (1979)
  • Wings of Desire (1987)
  • Day for Night (1973)


GOVERNORS AWARDS (JANUARY 31)

TCM celebrates the honorees of the 9th annual Governors Awards which were held on November 10.

  • My Brothers Wedding (1984)-Charles Burnett
  • Straight Time (1978)-Owen Roizman
  • Klute (1971)-Donald Sutherland
  • Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962)-Agnes Varda
  • Le Bonheur (1965)-Agnes Varda

DECEMBER ON TCM

TCM Spotlight: Christmas Movies (Fridays in December (except the 29th) plus Christmas Eve)

Note: Only one of these movies will air on TCM.  TCM will also air its original documentary TCM Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas featuring a look of some of the most iconic Christmas movies of all time.  Interviewees include Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life and Margaret O’Brien.

Mariah’s Picks

Never Say Goodbye (1946-December 2 @ 4:15am/3:15am c)

Watch Errol Flynn in a modern-day comedy as a father who teams up with his little girl to try to reunite with his ex-wife.


A Christmas Carol (1951-December 8 @ 8pm/7pm c)

One of my mom’s favorite Christmas movies.


Holiday Affair (1949-December 15 @ 10pm/9pm c)

Robert Mitchum in a rare comedy role.  He becomes part of a love triangle with Janet Leigh at the center.


It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947-December 15 @ 11:45pm/10:45pm c)

An eclectic group of people gather at a rich man’s house while he is south for the winter.  This time though, the rich man finds out and disguises himself so he can stay at his own house!


The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942-December 16 @ 2am/1am c)

What happens when the world’s worst houseguest breaks his leg on your property and he has to stay with you while he recuperates?  All Hell breaks loose.


Christmas in Connecticut (1945-December 22 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Barbara Stanwyck is a columnist who is touted as “the greatest cook in the country” and seems to have it all-a home in the country, a husband, and an infant.  Turns out, it’s all a big lie.  Stanwyck and her editor have cooked up the entire backstory and are able to get away with it until the publisher decides to have her and her husband host a WWII hero as a publicity stunt and he will join them as well for Christmas.  Stanwyck has to think fast to save her job.


Little Women (1933-December 24 @ 6am/5am c)

As Katharine Hepurn later said, “no role fit me better than Jo March.”


The Bishop’s Wife (1947-December 24 @ 8pm/7pm c)

The movie from the first image that will be shown on TCM.



Star of the Month: Lana Turner (Tuesdays in December)

TCM Backlot members chose the MGM glamour queen as the last Star of the Month of 2017.  TCM presents 44 films spanning from Turner’s early years to the very end of her career.

Mariah’s Picks

They Won’t Forget (1937-December 5 @ 8pm/7pm c)

It all started with a tight sweater and a walk.


Ziegfeld Girl (1941-December 6 @ 2:45am/1:45am c)

Turner’s dramatic breakthrough.


The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946-December 12 @ 8pm/7pm c)

I watched this two summers ago at a movie palace with a packed audience.  When Turner entered, I heard a guy say “WHOAH.”


The Three Musketeers (1948-December 12 @ 10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Lana’s first time in color.  She is also the villian.


Peyton Place (1957-December 19 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Turner’s only Oscar nomination.


Imitation of Life (1959-December 19 @ 11pm/10pm c)

Lana’s most popular movie.


The Bad and the Beautiful (1952-December 20 @ 1:15am/12:15am c)

Lana is an actress who is screwed over by producer Kirk Douglas.



TCM Spotlight: The Great American Songbook (Thursdays in December)

The Ambassador of The Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein, hosts December’s Spotlight on some of the greatest songs ever written.  Such highlights include: “The Way You Look Tonight” featured in the Astaire Rogers musical Swing Time (1936-December 21 @ 8pm/7pm c).



Produced by Alan Ladd, Jr. (December 6)

The producer who greenlit Star Wars is honored with a 2016 documentary It’s Always About the Story: Conversations with Alan Ladd, Jr. and two films: 1981’s Chariots of Fire and 1983’s The Right Stuff.



Guest Programmer: Matt Walsh (December 11)

The Veep star joins Leonard Maltin as he selects four comedies: 1979’s Being There starring Peter Sellers in an Oscar-nominated role, 1982’s My Favorite Year starring Peter O’Toole in an Oscar-nominated role, 1987’s cult classic Withnail & I, and the 1932 Marx Brothers classic Horse Feathers.



Treasures from the Disney Vault (December 20)

Leonard Maltin returns to host another installment in TCM’s continuing series.  All 7 movies and shorts are TCM premieres.  They are the 1938 Mickey Mouse short The Brave Little Tailor followed by 1952’s Robin Hood and His Merry Men, 1960’s The Sign of Zorro.  Then comes 1957’s Tricks of the Trade, an episode from the Disneyland TV series, and capping off the night, 1977’s Pete’s Dragon and 1986’s Fuzzbucket.



In Memoriam (December 29)

TCM remembers the stars we lost in 2017 with a night of some of their most notable films.

Jules et Jim (Jeanne Moreau)

Died on July 31st at the age of 89.


Apollo 13 (Bill Paxton)

Died unexpectedly of a stroke after heart surgery on February 25th.


Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mary Tyler Moore)

Died January 25th less than a month after her 80th birthday.


Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero)

Died on July 16 at age 77.


Kelly’s Heroes (Don Rickles)

Died on April 6th at the age of 90.




The Thin Man New Year’s Eve Marathon (December 31 through January 1)

Spend the last evening of 2017 drinking martinis and trying to solve the mystery before Nick and Nora Charles do.

 

NOVEMBER ON TCM

Here’s what coming to TCM this November.

 

Star of the Month: James Stewart (Wednesdays in November)

TCM celebrates the 5-time Oscar-nominated actor with 57 films airing all day Wednesday this month.  One of my favorites.

Mariah’s Picks

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (November 1 @ 9:45pm/8:45pm c)

Besides George Bailey, Jefferson Smith is Jim’s other iconic role.


Destry Rides Again (November 2 @ 12:15am/November 1 @ 11:15pm)

Jimmy is the new sheriff in town who doesn’t like guns and drinks milk.


After the Thin Man (November 2 @ 2am/1am c)

Jimmy’s first significant role is this sequel to The Thin Man.


Vivacious Lady (November 2 @ 4am/3am c)

Jimmy marries Ginger Rogers (who he dated in real life) after a whirlwind courtship.  Pity he forgot to tell his fiancee back home!


The Shop Around the Corner (November 8 @ 8pm/7pm c)

This film is airs frequently during the holidays.  Jimmy and Margaret Sullivan are bickering co-workers at a department store who are pen pals who don’t know each other.


The Mortal Storm (November 8 @ 10pm/9pm c)

Jim who is a pacifist and Margaret Sullivan who is half-Jewish, watch as their friends and family succumb to Nazi hysteria.


The Philadelphia Story (November 9 @ midnight/November 8 @ 11pm c)

The movie Jimmy won the Best Actor Oscar for.  People now think it was a consolation prize for not winning the previous year.  Jimmy voted for best bud Henry Fonda-who didn’t receive another Best Actor nomination for 40 years!


Vertigo (November 15 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Sights & Sound named this movie the greatest film of all time in 2012, knocking off Citizen Kane after 50 years!


Anatomy of a Murder (November 15 @10:30pm/9:30pm c)

Jimmy received the last of his five Oscar nominations for his portrayal of a small-town lawyer who is defending a soldier who killed the man who raped his wife.


Harvey (November 22 @ 10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Jimmy is the adorable Elwood P. Dowd who’s best friend is a seven-foot invisible rabbit named Harvey.


Rear Window (November 23 @ 2:15am/1:15am c)

Jimmy gets in trouble for spying on his neighbors.


The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (November 29 @ 5:45pm/4:45pm c)

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”  Also, try to watch fify-something Jimmy play a twenty-something.


Winchester ’73 (November 29 @8pm/7pm c)

This movie is historical in a business sense.  Universal couldn’t afford to pay Jimmy’s usual salary so his agent struck a deal where Jimmy would work for scale and ten percent of the film’s profits.  Jimmy made over half a million dollars on this one film.


The Naked Spur (November 30 @ 1:30am/12:30am c)

Jimmy is a bitter bounty hunter looking to turn in outlaw Robert Ryan.



Noir Alley (Sunday Mornings at 10am/9am c)

Welcome to Noirvember, everybody!  Noir Alley just introduced a new VR experience (note: you don’t have to have VR) Noir Alley 360° .  A new episode will debut every Sunday.

Split Second (November 5)

A killer hides in a ghost town that is a nuclear test site.


The Window (1949-November 12)

Young Tommy has told too many tall tales, so when he witnesses his neighbors commit a murder, no one believes him.  Bobby Driscoll won a special juvenile Oscar for his performance.


Night and the City (November 19)

An American hustler living in London gets involved in the dark world of wrestling.


Strangers on a Train (November 26)

A man makes the mistake of striking up a conversation with a stranger.



TCM Spotlight: The Hollywood Blacklist (Mondays & Tuesdays in November)

On the eve of the 70th anniversary that changed Hollywood forever, TCM presents every Monday and Tuesday evening films focusing on individuals who were affected by the Hollywood Blacklist, some of whom who careers were completely destroyed and a few who died because of the all the drama and heartache. The programming is divided into five categories: Before the Blacklist (The Hollywood Ten); Before the Blacklist (Other blacklisted writers & directors); Before the Blacklist (Actors); During the Blacklist (Working abroad & pseudonyms); and After the Blacklist (Comebacks). It all starts November 6 with a 1976 documentary called Hollywood on Trial narrated by John Huston.

Mariah’s Picks

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (Dalton Trumbo) (November 6 @ 10pm/9pm c)

This wholesome family drama was the last script by Trumbo before he was blacklisted and started using pseudonyms in order to keep working.  Star Edward G. Robinson, who enjoyed the change of pace from his crime films, was later “graylisted” which while he was not blacklisted from working in Hollywood, his output in the first half of the 1950s was B-film work.


Crossfire (Adrian Scott & Edward Dmytryk) (November 7 @ 2am/1am c)

This was the first B-movie to receive a Best Picture nomination.  Actor Robert Ryan also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor (his only one!).


Woman of the Year (Ring Lardner, Jr.) (November 8 @12:15am/November 7 @ 11:15pm)

When Hepburn met Tracy.  The first of nine pairings.


Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky) (November 13@ 8pm/7pm c)

An attorney tries to protect his big brother from the mob.


The Naked City (Jules Dassin) (November 14 @ 2am/1am c)

A veteran cop and his new partner investigate the murder of a young model.  Shot entirely in New York City.


He Ran All the Way (John Garfield & Norman Lloyd) (November 14 @ 8pm/7pm c)

This was Garfield’s last film.  He died of a heart attack on May 21, 1952, partially due to the immense stress of being blacklisted.  Lloyd was more fortunate thanks to Alfred Hitchcock, who employed him on TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.  Lloyd will be 103 on Wednesday, November 8.


Scarface (Karen Morley) (November 15 @midnight/November 14 @ 11pm c)

Before Pacino, there was Muni.  He was just as sadistic.


A Streetcar Named Desire (Kim Hunter) (November 15 @ 3:45am/2:45am c)

Hunter won Best Supporting Actress.


Gun Crazy (Morris Carnovsky) (November 15 @ 8:15am/7:15am c)

A couple goes on a bank-robbing spree.


Rififi (Jules Dassin) (November 21 @ 2am/1am c)

Dassing moved to Europe to continue making movies.  This is the first one he was able to make.


The Bridge on the River Kwai (Michael Wilson & Carl Foreman-Pierre Bouelle solely credited until 1985) (November 21 @ 10:30pm/9:30pm c)

A British colonel and his men build a bridge while they are imprisoned by the Japanese during WWII.  Wilson and Foreman wrote the screenplay in secret and didn’t receive credit until 1985 after both were deceased.


Exodus (Dalton Trumbo) (November 27 @ 8pm/7pm c)

With this film and Spartacus, Trumbo was able to take back his name.


The Front (Zero Mostel & Martin Ritt) (November 28 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Woody Allen plays a clerk who becomes a “front” for blacklisted writers.  Mostel co-stars as an actor who struggles under the pressure from HUAC.



Veterans Day (November 11 & 12)

TCM salutes the brave men and women who have served our country.  Host Ben Mankiewicz will speak with eight veterans who chose a film that has meant something to them.

Mariah’s Picks

The Best Years of Our Lives (November 11 @ 5pm/4pm c)

Three servicemen at different stages in their lives share a flight back home and become intertwined in each other’s dramas.  The Best Picture winner of 1946.


Casablanca (November 12 @ 3:45pm/2:45pm c)

Fathom Events will be showing this movie as part of their TCM Big Screen Classics series.  It will air the 12th and 15th of this month.



Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film (November 5)

TCM salutes the avant-garde and experimental films during the years of 1894-1941.  It includes a 1941 production of Peer Gynt starring a 17-year-old Charlton Heston.



Guest Programmer: Matthew Modine (November 24)

This month’s Guest Programmer is Matthew Modine, who is now starring in Stranger Things (note to self: binge-watch Stranger Things)  Mr. Modine has chosen 1967’s The Dirty Dozen and Cool Hand Luke, 1976’s Network, and 1937’s Grand Illusion.

OCTOBER ON TCM

Monster of the Month: Dracula (Sundays in October)

TCM celebrates the man with the fangs spanning 50 years and 12 pictures.

Mariah’s Picks

Dracula (1931-available on TCM on Demand/WATCH TCM app)

Bela Lugosi is arguably the best and most remembered Dracula.  The 1931 film was made in English and Spanish.


 

Dracula’s Daughter (1936-available on TCM on Demand/WATCH TCM app)

Gloria Holden is The Prince of Darkness’ little girl.


Horror of Dracula (1958-October 15 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Would you believe Christopher Lee is only onscreen for seven minutes?

 



 

TCM Spotlight: Classic Horror (Tuesdays in October)

It’s time to get into the Halloween spirit with these classic monster movies from the 1930s to the 1960s.  Every Tuesday night is a different decade.

Mariah’s Picks

Frankenstein (1931-October 3 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Boris Karloff remains the definitive Frankenstein.  Watch his debut and find out what happens in this scene with The Creature and the little girl.


Bride of Frankenstein (1935-October 3 @ 9:30pm/8:30pm c)

A rare sequel that is arguably better than the original.


Cat People (1942-October 10 @ 8pm/7pm c)

A bride is obsessed with the fear of turning into a panther if she gives into passion.


I Walked with a Zombie (1943-October 11 @ 12:30am/October 10 @ 11:30pm c)

A loose adaptation of Jane Eyre set in the West Indies.  Involves voodoo.


Carnival of Souls (1962-October 25 @ 2am/1am c)

A woman has strange things happen to her after a car accident.


The Haunting (1963-Halloween @ 9:30pm/8:30pm c)

Watch this one, not the remake.



Star of The Month: Anthony Perkins (Fridays in October)

Norman Bates makes his SUTS debut with 13 films.

Mariah’s Picks

Friendly Persuasion (1956-October 6 @ 9:45 pm/8:45pm c)

Perkins received his only Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the eldest son of a Quaker family who enlists in the Civil War. Gary Cooper co-stars.


Psycho (1960-October 27 @ 8pm/7pm c)

Perkins most famous role and it typecasted him for the rest of his career.


Pretty Poison (1968-October 27 @ 10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Perkins is a recently released mental patient who meets teenager Tuesday Weld who is crazier than he is.



George Pal (October 11 and 12)

One of the most highly regarded and honored science fiction filmmakers is celebrated by TCM over two nights.

Mariah’s Picks

The Time Machine (1960-October 12 @ 1am/midnight c)

Pal directed this faithful adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel.  The film won a Best Special Effects Oscar.



Guest Programmer: Todd Haynes (October 19)

The film director selects four films which he studied in preparation for his upcoming film Wonderstruck, which will be in theaters on the 20th.  Haynes chose the following:

The Crowd (1928-October 19 @ 8pm/7pm c)

A young man tries to survive setbacks in his life.


Sounder (1972-October 19 @ 10pm/9pm c)

A sharecropper’s family fights to survive the Great Depression after he is arrested for stealing food to give to his family.


The Night of the Hunter (1955-October 20 @ midnight/October 19 @ 11pm c)

Rober Mitchum is the world’s worst stepfather.


Walkabout (1971-October 20 @ 2am.1am c)

 

An Aborigine helps two kids lost in the desert.



Noir Alley (Sunday mornings in October)

Have you bought the new Batman in Noir Alley comic book?  Well, you can get it for free at your local comic book store.  Later this month, TCM will launch Noir Alley: 360° of Noir, a virtual experience allowing fans to solve crimes in the film noir world.

 

Possessed (1947-October 1 @ 10am/9am c)

Joan Crawford is a woman who marries her employer Raymond Massey, but is still hung up on ex Van Heflin.


They Won’t Believe Me (1947-October 8 @ 10am/9am c)

Robert Young plays against type as a gold-digging stockbroker juggling his heiress wife and two girlfriends.


Side Street (1950-October 15 @ 10am/9am c)

Frustrated postal worker Farley Granger steals $30,000 from a crooked lawyer and lives to regret it.


Raw Deal (1948-October 22 @ 10am/9am c)

Framed man Dennis O’Keefe kidnaps social worker Marsha Hunt (100 years young on the 17th!) and goes on the run with girlfriend Claire Trevor.


The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946-October 29 @ 10am/9am c)

Barbara Stanwyck is a woman who rules her manufacturing town with an iron fist.  Kirk Douglas makes his film debut as her weak, alcoholic husband.

SEPTEMBER ON TCM

 

Star of the Month: Jennifer Jones (Tuesdays in September)

The brunette beauty who could play a saint and a sinner has her SOTM debut with 17 films, including one TCM premiere, 1962’s Tender is the Night.

Mariah’s Picks

The Song of Bernadette (1943-September 5 @ 8pm/7pm central)

Jen won an Oscar in her debut film as “Jennifer Jones.”  She made a few films under her real name, Phylis Isley.  I might check this one out for reevaluation.  You see, this movie was my second-grade teacher’s favorite film and she would show it every time we had a movie day.

Cluny Brown (1945-September 6 @ 1am/midnight central)

Jennifer shows her rarely seen comedic side as a girl who knows all about plumbing, but not much about men.

Duel in the Sun (1946-September 6 @ 3am/2am central)

Jen really goes against-type and so does Gregory Peck, he’s the bad guy!

Portrait of Jennie (1948-September 12 @ 8pm/7pm central)

Jennifer is a mysterious woman who inspires painter Joseph Cotten to paint his masterpiece.

Ruby Gentry (1952-September 13 @ 2am/1am central)

Jen has a love/hate relationship with beau Charlton Heston.

Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955-September 19 @ 10pm/9pm central)

Jen received her fifth and final Oscar nomination as a Eurasian doctor in love with a married man.  A short-lived soap opera was based off this film.


TCM Spotlight: The Motion Picture & Television Fund (Wednesdays in September)

TCM celebrates the legacy of the Motion Picture & Television Fund which has been in operation since 1942.  It has housed anyone who has worked in the movie and TV industry where they live in comfortable retirement.  Some of the MPTF’s residents will co-host with host Ben Mankiewicz, including the nearly 105-year-old Connie Sawyer, who may be the oldest living member of the Screen Actors Guild!

Mariah’s Picks

Little Annie Rooney (1926-September 6 @ 8pm/7pm central)

Mary Pickford works to save her crush from a murder rap.

 

My Fair Lady (1964-September 14 @ 12:15am/September 13 @ 11:15pm central)

One of Audrey Hepburn’s most famous films.  Sadly, she didn’t get to do her own singing.

In the Heat of the Night (1967-September 20 @ 8pm/7pm central)

One of three movies in Sidney Poitier’s biggest year in his career.

A Star is Born (1937-September 21 @ 2am/1am central)

If you miss this movie you can catch it on September 29 and compare it with the 1954 and the 1976 versions.


TCM Special Presentation: Counter-Culture (September 14, 21, and 28)

It’s been  50 years since the start of the Counterculture movement?!  TCM has three nights of programming, to celebrate this milestone which is separated into three categories: Turn On (politics/sexual liberation); Tune In (music/concert films); Drop Out (drugs).  Tune In and Drop Out each feature two TCM premieres including Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back.


Treasures from the Disney Vaults (September 11)

Leonard Maltin returns to host this semi-annual series; this time with one short and six films, two of which are TCM premieres, 1960’s Kidnapped and 1968’s Blackbeard’s Ghost.


90th Anniversary of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (September 18)

The iconic movie theater celebrates its 90th-anniversary with three films that have a special place in its history.  The first film to play at the theater, the first MGM feature to be released with a pre-recorded soundtrack of music and sound effects, and the first Best-Picture winner to premiere at the theater.

They are (in order):

  • The King of Kings (1927)
  • White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)
  • The Broadway Melody (1929)

The Essentials (Saturdays)

Host Alec Baldwin continues presenting essential films with special guest William Friedkin for next four Saturday evenings in September.  On September 30,  special guest David Letterman takes over.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Bullitt (1968)

The Band Wagon (1953)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)


Noir Alley (Sunday mornings)

The film noir series returns with four new films.  For anyone who missed Framed during Glenn Ford’s SUTS day, it airs September 3.

Framed (1947)

711 Ocean Drive (1950)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

Scandal Sheet (1952)


TCM Remembers Jerry Lewis (Labor Day evening)

TCM pays tribute to the legendary comedian who passed away on August 20.  Fittingly, TCM will show his films on Labor Day, when he used to host his famous telethons.

The movies scheduled are:

  • The Nutty Professor (1963)
  • The King of Comedy (1983)
  • The Stooge (1952)
  • The Bellboy (1960)
  • The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

Directed by Werner Herzog (September 7)

The scary-looking, intense director has 4 films scheduled, all of which are TCM premieres.

The films are:

  • Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  • Stroszek (1977)
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
  • Cobra Verde (1987)