October 3, 2017

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.


October 3, 2017

TCM Spotlight: Trailblazing Women-Part III (Mondays in October)

The “October on TCM” post was getting a little too long so the Trailblazing Women festival is now its own segment.

TCM enters its final year of the three-year partnership with Women in Film.  This year’s theme features women behind the scenes starting October 2 with screenwriters in the Silent Film & the Early Talkie Era.  This group includes:

Bess Meredyth

Credits include the 1925 version of Ben-Hur (which will be shown on TCM), Don Juan, and her Oscar-nominated script A Woman of Affairs.

Dorothy Parker

The only female member of the famed Algonquin Hotel Round Table is credited for 16 screenplays including the 1937 version of A Star is Born (which will be shown on TCM), The Little Foxes, and Sabetour.

Anita Loos

The quadruple-threat of journalist, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Loos earned a reputation as a writer of cynical dialogue.  Loos is best known for her 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes which was adapted into 1953 musical starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.  Her screenwriting credits include The Women (which will be shown on TCM), San FranciscoRed Headed Woman, and Another Thin Man.

Frances Marion

The journalist (one of the first female war correspondents) turned screenwriter wrote around 150 scripts from 1915 to 1939.  She wrote star vehicles for silent stars Mary Pickford and Marion Davies.  She was also an expert in adapting literary materials to the big screen.  She wrote silent film adaptations of Pollyanna and Anne of Green Gables, won an Oscar for the 1930 film The Big House, and the 1936 film version of Camille (which will be shown on TCM).

Jeanie MacPherson

MacPherson was mostly a contract writer for pioneering director Cecil B. DeMille.  Her scripts include Dynamite (which will be shown on TCM), The King of Kings, and Madame Satan.

On October 9, screenwriters from the Classic Studio Era will be featured.  This group includes:

Leigh Brackett

Director Howard Hawks read a 1944 detective novel called No Good from a Corpse and thought this guy Leigh Brackett could write an adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel The Big Sleep (which will be shown on TCM).  He was shocked that this guy Brackett was this girl Brackett.  Hawks used Brackett to write for five more of his movies including Rio Bravo and Hatari!  She also wrote the screenplay for a little-known movie called The Empire Strikes Back.

Ruth Gordon

An actress, playwright, and screenwriter, Gordon wrote several screenplays with her husband and collaborator, Garson Kanin.  Her films include Adam’s Rib (which will be shown on TCM), Pat and Mike, and The Marrying Kind.  She is best known for her acting roles in Rosemary’s Baby (where she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar) and Harold and Maude-she’s Maude.

Betty Comden

She and collaborator Adolph Green (no, they were not married like other male-female screenwriting collaborators) wrote some of the greatest musicals ever made.  Their films include Singin’ in the Rain (which will be shown on TCM), Auntie Mame, On the Town, and The Band Wagon.

Jay Presson Allen

Allen wrote several memorable scripts including Cabaret (which will be shown on TCM), The Prince of the City, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Marnie.

Lenore Coffee

The screenwriter is credited for 72 scripts ranging from 1919 to 1960.  Her films include The Great Lie (which will be shown on TCM), Sudden Fear, Four Daughters, and Beyond the Forest.

On October 16, the theme is film editors from the Classic Studio Era.  They include:

Anne Bauchens

Bauchens worked on 25 Cecil B. DeMille films and many others.  They include Madame Satan (which will be shown on TCM), Beast of the City, the 1934 version of Cleopatra, Love Letters, and The Ten Commandments (the 1923 and 1956 versions).

Dede Allen

Allen has collaborated with directors Arthur Penn (six films) and Sidney Lumet (four films) plus countless others.  Her films include Bonnie and Clyde (which will be shown on TCM), Dog Day Afternoon, The Hustler, and Reds.

Margaret Booth

Booth was a pioneer in film editing.  She spent the majority of her film career at MGM, working her way up to supervising film editor, a position which she held for 30 years.  Her films include the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty (which will be shown on TCM), Camille, Gigi, and Ben-Hur.

Verna Fields

She won an Oscar for editing the film Jaws and worked on several films for Peter Bogdanovich including What’s Up Doc? (which will be shown on TCM) and Paper Moon.

Marcia Lucas

Lucas edited some the 1970s most iconic films including American Graffiti, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (which will be shown on TCM), Taxi Driver, Star Wars, and The Return of the Jedi.

On October 23, TCM presents female editors in the Contemporary Era.  They include:

Anne V. Coates

Coates, who received an Honorary Oscar in 2016, has an editing career spanning nearly six decades.  Her films include The Elephant Man (which will be shown on TCM), Becket, Murder on the Orient Express, and Erin Brockovich.

Susan Morse

Morse edited Woody Allen’s films from 1977 to 1998.  They include Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Hannah and Her Sisters (which will be shown on TCM).

Thelma Schoonmaker

The editor who enjoys an exclusive collaboration with Martin Scorsese beginning with Raging Bull in 1980.  Her other films include Goodfellas, Casino (which will be shown on TCM-also a premiere), and Gangs of New York.  Their next collaboration The Irishman will be released in 2018.

Carol Littleton

Littleton has been editing films since 1972.  Her films include Body Heat, E.T., The Big Chill, Places in the Heart (which will be shown on TCM), and Wyatt Earp.

On October 30, TCM spotlights women producers including a few who managed to produce films in the Golden Age of Hollywood.  This group includes:

June Mathis

Mathis is responsible for building the reputation of Rudolph Valentino with vehicles as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (which will be shown on TCM) and Blood and Sand.

Kathleen Kennedy

One of the most powerful people in Hollywood (I’m serious-she replaced Chris Lord and Phil Miller with Ron Howard on the Han Solo movie apparently because of creative differences).  She has an imprint on some of the highest-grossing films in box-office history.  It all started with an Associate Producer credit on The Raiders of the Lost Ark and then her producing career began with E.T. then Back to the Future (which will be shown on TCM and a premiere), Jurassic Park, and the new Star Wars films.

Virginia Van Upp

Van Upp started her Hollywood career as a screenwriter with such films as Cover Girl.  She had a brief producing career in the 1940s with her most remembered film being Gilda (which will be shown on TCM).

Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips spearheaded some of the most iconic films from the 1970s.  She became the first female producer to win an Academy Award with 1973’s The Sting.  Other films include Taxi Driver (which will be shown on TCM) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Joan Harrison

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s protegees who contributed to his scripts and later worked her way to becoming a producer for several Universal films.  Her films include Phantom Lady, They Won’t Believe Me (which will be shown on TCM), and Ride the Pink Horse.

Harriet Parsons

The daughter of gossip columnist Louella Parsons, Harriet enjoyed a successful career as a producer in the 1940s and the 1950s.  Her films include The Enchanted Cottage, I Remember Mama (which will be shown on TCM), and Clash by Night.

September 3, 2017


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)

August 31, 2017

Here we are, the final SUTS day.  To close the festival out is Elizabeth Taylor with 11 films and one documentary.  One of her films, 1973’s Night Watch, is a TCM premiere.

Mariah’s Picks

National Velvet (1944)

Taylor’s breakthrough role.  She got to keep the horse!

Father of the Bride (1950)

Elizabeth is the bride to Spencer Tracy’s father.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958-10 pm/9 pm c)

Liz throws herself onto husband Paul Newman, but he won’t go for it.

August 30, 2017

The voice of Shere Khan from the animated version of The Jungle Book has his SUTS day with 13 films, two of which are TCM premieres, Bluebeard’s Ten Honeymoons and A Touch of Larceny; both were released in 1960.

Mariah’s Picks

Village of the Damned (1960)

George has a rare starring role as one of the parents of a group of evil children.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945-2 pm/1 pm c)

George is a painter who creates the portrait of Dorian Gray.

Foreign Correspondent (1940-4 pm/3 pm c)

Poor George has to cancel his rumba lessons to hunt down Nazi spies.

A Shot in the Dark (1964-6:15 pm/5:15 pm c)

George is one of the suspects in Peter Sellers’ second movie as Inspector Clouseau.

August 29, 2017

The silent film star has 13 films on tap today plus a world premiere restoration of 1922’s When Knighthood was in Flower.

Mariah’s Picks

The Patsy (1928-6:30 pm/5:30 pm c)

Marion is the “unfavorite” child in this sorta-Cinderella story.

Show People (1928-10:15 pm/9:15 pm c)

Marion’s Peggy Pepper makes it big in Hollywood as Patricia Pepoire in this send-up of the movie industry.

August 28, 2017

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The character actor is known only for this scene.

Mariah’s Pick

Blazing Saddles (1974-10 pm/9 pm c)

Slim is the henchman of Harvey Korman’s Hedley (not Hedy) Lamarr who tries to take out sheriff Cleavon Little and gunslinger Gene Wilder.

August 25, 2017

The first woman to receive the Best Actress Oscar for a foreign film makes her SUTS debut with 11 films, 2 of which are TCM premieres, 1952’s Casque d’Or and 1948’s Against the Wind.

Mariah’s Pick

Diabolique (1955-10:15 pm/9:15 pm c)

The wife and mistress (Signoret) of a cruel man plot to kill to him.

August 24, 2017

The seemingly Irish singer (actually of Swedish stock) makes his SUTS debut with 13 films one is a TCM premiere, 1943’s The Desert Song.

Mariah’s Picks

Christmas in Connecticut (playing on the East Coast as I write this post, not on the West Coast yet)

Morgan is a WWII soldier, who after surviving his naval ship being destroyed and nearly a month stranded at sea, wants to have a big Christmas dinner cooked by America’s best cook, writer Elizabeth Lane.  However, Lane (played by Barbara Stanwyck) is a complete phony.  She can’t boil an egg and gets her recipes from friend Felix, a restauranteur.  What’s she going to do?

It’s a Great Feeling (1949-4:30 pm/3:30 pm c)

Morgan plays “himself” in this spoof about Hollywood.  Gary Cooper is just one of the many cameos by Warner Bros. stars or stars who were working on the Warner Bros. lot while the movie was filming.

The Hard Way (1943-10 pm/9 pm c)

Morgan is the leading man in Ida Lupino’s showcase.

August 21, 2017

The Pre-Code star makes her SUTS debut today.  Sorry for the late notice, but I watched the eclipse instead.  I don’t have any picks today but I didn’t realize her hair was that long!

P.S. I get to see another eclipse in my area seven years from now!