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TCM TiVo ALERT
For
July 23–July 31

DAVID’S BEST BETS:

INHERIT THE WIND (July 23, 11:45 am): An all-star cast – featuring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Claude Akins, and Harry Morgan – do a splendid job in this well-written film adaption of this fictionalized version of the famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial in which a teacher in the South is brought up on criminal charges for teaching the theory of evolution to his high school class. Most of the film takes place in a courtroom. The film, expertly directed by Stanley Kramer, gives viewers the feeling of being in that hot, packed courtroom with hostility in the air. While the storyline is an attack on Creationism, the actual target of this 1960 film is McCarthyism. 

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (July 31, 9:15 am): This is one of my favorite films. Kirk Douglas is a movie mogul who needs the help of former friends, he betrayed all of them, for his comeback film. While waiting for his call, the three former friends – an actress (Lana Turner), a screenwriter (Dick Powell) and a director (Barry Sullivan) – share their stories of getting burned by Douglas in the office of a producer (Walter Pidgeon). The 1952 film is based on actual Hollywood figures or at least composites of them. It's an  enjoyable film to watch as it's smart, wickedly funny and entertaining with a wonderful cast. Gloria Grahame has a small but memorable role (that earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress) in addition to the fine job by the actors previously mentioned. Vincente Minnelli's directing brings out the best in each of the performers with a great screenplay from Charles Schnee. A bit of trivia: the five Oscars won by The Bad and the Beautiful is the most by any movie not nominated for Best Picture. The mystery is how did this film not even get nominated, particularly with the Best Picture award that year going to the overrated and overproduced The Greatest Show on Earth.

ED’S BEST BETS:

CAT PEOPLE (July 26, 1:00 pm): Producer Val Lewton’s first horror hit, this tale of a strange, shy woman (Simone Simon) and the man (Kent Smith) who fells in love with her depends more on shadows and suggestion than actual visual horror. Lawton creates an eerie atmosphere of mood and style that draws us in, and once it has us, builds relentlessly until the finale. Tom Conway and Jane Randolph give wonderful supporting performances. Watch for the swimming pool scene. Lewton’s first film and the harbinger of more wonderful horror to come.

DAY FOR NIGHT (July 31, 4:30 pm): This is one of Francois Truffaut’s wittiest and most subtle films – a film about the making of a film. While on the set of Je vous presente Pamela (Introducing Pamela), the story of an English wife running off with her French father-in-law, we also get to know the cast and crew shooting the film, each with his or her own set of problems. Hence the title: a technical cinematographic term for simulating a night scene while shooting during the day. Special filters and optical processors are employed to create the illusion. While Nathalie Baye and Jean-Pierre Leaud are wonderful in their roles, Valentia Cortese steals the picture as the fading actress Severine. For those new to Truffaut, this is the perfect introduction and one not to miss.

WE AGREE ON ... BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (July 29, 4:45 pm)

ED: A. A cursory glance at the title might lead one to think this is another run-of-the-mill Western, but it is taut, compelling drama about the injustice done to man because he was different from his neighbors. This is the first film to focus on the wartime outrages against Japanese-Americans, and is something of a cross between a Western and film noir. The film is set in the fictional Southwestern town of Black Rock, where the inhabitants are bound to a code of silence over the murder of Kokomo, a local Japanese-American farmer. On that bad day a one-armed stranger named Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) arrives on a train looking for Kokomo, only to be told by one of the town’s leading citizens, Reno Smith (Robert Ryan), that Kokomo was interned during the war. Macreedy’s not buying the explanation and begins to ask questions. That’s when the proverbial crap hits the fan as Smith and his henchmen try to keep Macreedy from finding out the truth. Though the film has its share of melodrama, director John Sturges keeps it moving at a brisk pace. Not one line or shot is wasted during the length of the film, and the photography by William C. Mellor perfectly captures the bleak atmosphere, using color and Cinemascope to its best advantage. Also not to be overlooked is the casting, with Tracy ultimately up against Smith and his henchmen, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin. For his part Ryan gives the film another Western connection in that he was beginning to make name for himself as a villain in Westerns around this time. Written by Don McGuire and Millard Kaufman from the short story "Bad Time at Honda" by Howard Breslin. Produced by Dore Schary for MGM.

DAVID: A. This 1955 film is a combination of the suspense of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller with the action of a great martial-arts movie done in a Western style. The cast is filled with all-stars, led by Spencer Tracy playing a mysterious stranger with the use of only one arm. Robert Ryan is the main bad guy, aided by Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine, along with Dean Jagger as the town's alcoholic sheriff and Walter Brennan as its undertaker. It's obvious from the moment the stranger, John J. Macreedy (Tracy), gets off the train in Black Rock that, well, it's going to be a bad day there. Macreedy has a reason to be in town. That reason and his presence in Black Rock results in a lot of havoc for the townsfolk. The best scene is when Macreedy, using martial arts and only one hand, beats up Coley Trimble (played by Borgnine in my favorite role of his in cinema) in a bar fight. He only hits Trimble about five times and the fight lasts for about two minutes, but it's incredibly effective. See for yourself. A smart story with excellent action and great acting. 

Schedule Subject to Change (All Times Eastern)

July 23

6:00 am – ABOVE SUSPICION (MGM, 1943): Fred MacMurray, Joan Crawford.  An Oxford Professor and new bride appear to be on a honeymoon but are actually gathering info for British Intelligence. B

7:45 am – MARY OF SCOTLAND (RKO, 1936): Katherine Hepburn, Frederic March. Hepburn stars as the Scottish queen who ended her days in the tower of London. Directed by John Ford. C-

10:00 am – DEADLINE AT DAWN (RKO, 1946): Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas & Bill Williams. Hayward is an aspiring actress who risks much to prove murder suspect Williams’s innocence. C+

11:45 am – INHERIT THE WIND (U.A., 1960): Spencer Tracy, Frederic March and Gene Kelly in the classic movie about the Scopes trial. A-

2:00 pm – THE CAREY TREATMENT (MGM, 1972): James Coburn, Jennifer O’Neill. A doctor uncovers a hotbed of corruption when he tries to clear a co-worker of murder. C+

4:00 pm – KEY LARGO (WB, 1948): Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lionel Barrymore, Lauren Bacall. Gangster-on-the-run Eddie G. commandeers Barrymore’s hotel on Key Largo. Bogart must stop him. A+

8:00 pm – IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU (Columbia 1954): Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford. A model who comes to New York to become a star plasters her moniker across a Columbus circle billboard. B

10:00 pm – THE MARRYING KIND (Columbia, 1952): Judy Holliday, Aldo Ray. A judge forces a divorcing couple to think back on the problems that drove them apart. B+

2:00 am – UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (WB, 1991): William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin & Sam Neill. Two fugitives run off with a machine that records dreams. B

July 24

7:00 am – THE CHEYENNE SOCIAL CLUB (Nat’l Gen. Pict. Corp, 1970): James stewart, Henry Fonda & Shirley Jones. A cowboy finds that the successful business he has inherited is actually a house of prostitution. C+

8:45 am – WINCHESTER ’73 (Universal, 1953): James Stewart, Dan Duryea, & Shelley Winters. A man combs the West in search of his stolen rifle. A-

10:30 am – BEND OF THE RIVER (Universal, 1952): James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy & Rock Hudson. A man with a questionable past leads a wagon train into the Oregon Territory. A-

12:15 pm – THE FAR COUNTRY (Universal, 1955): James Stewart, Ruth Roman & Walter Brennan. Two cowboys on their way to Alaska stop to help a wagon train in trouble. B+

2:00 pm – THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALENCE (Paramount, 1962): James Stewart, Lee Marvin & John Wayne. John Ford’s Western about the real story behind Senator Stewart’s heroism. A+

6:15 pm – FIRECREEK (WB, 1968): James Stewart, Henry Fonda & Inger Stevens. Part-time sheriff Stewart must deal with a gang of freebooters that have encamped themselves in town. B+

8:00 pm – THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (UA, 1954): Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner. Director Bogart discovers and makes Spanish dancer Gardner an international star but she still longs for the simple life. A

10:30 pm – THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (MGM, 1964): Richard Burton, Ava Gardner. A defrocked priest travels to Mexico, where he confronts his destiny while exploring the sins of the flesh. B+

12:45 am – KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE (MGM, 1953): Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, & Mel Ferrer. Ferrer is Arthur and Taylor is Lancelot in this adaptation of the tales of the Round Table. C+

3:00 am – MOGAMBO (MGM, 1953): Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, & Ava Gardner. This remake of Red Dust is now set in Africa and Gable is a big game hunter/guide torn between Kelly and Gardner (in the Harlow part). C

July 25

7:15 am – THREE GODFATHERS (MGM, 1936): Chester Morris, Walter Brennan & Lewis Stone. Richard Bolesawski directed this version about three outlaws that risk their freedom to return a baby to town. A

8:45 am – GOOD-BYE, MY LADY (WB, 1956): Walter Brennan, Phil Harris & Brandon De Wilde. A stray dog brings together a young boy and old man in the Georgia swamps. C+

10:45 am – FRIENDS AND LOVERS ((RKO, 1931): Adolphe Menjou, Lily Damita. A society woman and her husband blackmail the men that flirt with her. B-

12:00 pm – THE WOMAN BETWEEN (RKO, 1931): Lily Damita, Lester Vail & O.P. Heggie. A World War I pilot falls for his commander's wife. C

1:30 am – THE MATCH KING (WB, 1932): Warren William, Lily Damita.  William corners the market on matches and then faces the dissolution of his ill-gotten empire. A+

3:00 pm – GOLDIE GETS ALONG (RKO, 1933): Lily Damita, Charles Morton & Sam Hardy. A small-town girl schemes to get to Hollywood only to run into the man she left behind. C

4:15 pm – THE FRISCO KID (WB, 1935): James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay. A shanghaied sailor turns himself into the king of San Francisco's rough-and-tumble Barbary Coast. C

5:45 pm – WE’RE IN THE MONEY (WB, 1935): Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell. Two gold digging process servers set their sights on a breach of promise defendant in this funny comedy. B

8:00 pm – HOT ROD (Monogram, 1950): James Lydon, Art Baker & Gil Stratton, Jr. A young man restores an old car behind his disapproving father's back. C+

9:30 pm – HOT ROD GANG (AIP, 1958): John Ashley, Jody Fair & Gene Vincent. A young man enters a rock band to raise money so he can enter a big drag race. C-

11:00 pm – THE GHOST OF DRAGSTRIP HOLLOW (AIP, 1959): Jody Fair, Russ Bender. A group of drag-racing fanatics move into an old deserted mansion. C

12:15 am – HOT CARS (UA, 1956): John Bromfield, Joi Lansing & Mark Dana. To pay for his son''s operation, a man gets mixed up with a stolen car ring. C-

1:30 am – THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (AIP, 1955): John Ireland, Dorothy Malone. A wrongly convicted man takes a young woman hostage while fighting to clear his name. C+

5:00 am – JALOPY (Allied Artists, 1953): The Bowery Boys. Sach experiments with a combination love potion and super car fuel. C

July 26

6:15 am – THE BODY SNATCHER (RKO, 1945): Henry Daniell, Boris Karloff. Val Lewton produced this classic chiller based on the real life Burke and Hare body snatching case. A+

8:00 am – THE BAT (Allied Artists, 1959): Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead. Feisty mystery writer Moorehead seeks to unmask a demented killer. C

9:30 am – BEDLAM (RKO, 1946): Boris Karloff, Anna Lee. Val Lewton’s last production for RKO is arguably his best with Karloff in top form as Master Sims, the sadistic ruler of a London asylum. A

11:00 am – THE DIARY OF A MADMAN (U.A., 1963): Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack. The body of a magistrate is taken over by the soul of a murderer. B-

1:00 pm – CAT PEOPLE (RKO, 1942): Kent Smith, Simone Simon. Val Lewton produced this horror classic about a woman who fears a ancient family curse will turn her into a snarling beast. A

2:30 pm – HOUSE OF WAX (WB, 1953): Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy. A splashy Technicolor remake of the two-strip color Mystery of the Wax Museum originally released in 3-D. C

4:15 pm – CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (RKO, 1944): Simone Simon, Kent Smith. Not a sequel to Cat People, but a touching fantasy about a lonely girl who sees the ghost of her father’s first wife. A+

5:30 pm – HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (Allied Artists, 1958): Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart. Millionaire Price offers $10,000 for five people chosen at random to spend a night in his haunted house. B+

8:00 pm – VERTIGO (Paramount, 1958): James Stewart, Kim Novak. Hitchcock’s masterpiece about a detective who falls for a mysterious woman he’s been hired to tail. A+

10:30 pm – NORTH BY NORTHWEST (MGM, 1959): Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint. Cary Grant is an advertising man mistaken for a government agent by spies, triggering a cross-country chase. A+

1:00 am – PSYCHO (Paramount, 1960): Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, & Anthony Perkins. A woman on the run falls prey to a disturbed young man and his violent “mother.” A+

3:00 am – THE BIRDS (Universal, 1962): Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren. Alfred Hitchcock directed this ultimate tale of Nature-gone-wild when birds suddenly begin attacking humans. A+

5:15 am – THE BELOVED BRAT (WB, 1938): Delores Costello, Bonita Granville. Dedicated teacher Costello reaches out to help spoiled tomboy Granville. C-

July 27

6:30 am – WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS (MGM, 1934): Helen Hayes, Brian Aherne. An ambitious wife backs her husband’s political career. C

8:15 am – THE SISTERS (WB, 1938): Bette Davis, Errol Flynn. Three daughters of a small town pharmacist undergo trials and tribulations in their problematic marriages between 1904 and 1908. B-

10:00 am – THE OKLAHOMA KID (WB, 1939): James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart. Cagney and Bogart as cowboys in a way ahead of its time camp classic. C-

11:30 am – BROTHER ORCHID (WB, 1940): Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart. Eddie G. is a gang leader who survives a hit, recuperates in a monastery, and leaves crime to become a monk. B

1:15 pm – CITY FOR CONQUEST (WB, 1940): James Cagney, Ann Sheridan. Anatole Litvak’s magnificent soaper about a boxer (Cagney) and his romance with a star-struck hoofer (Sheridan). B

3:15 pm – SHINING VICTORY (WB, 1941): James Stephenson, Geraldine Fitzgerald. A psychiatrist sacrifices everything for his research. B-

4:45 pm – DRANGO (UA, 1957): Jeff Chandler, Joanne Dru & Julie London. Union officer Chandler faces hostility when he’s set to rebuild a Southern town. C

6:30 pm – SADDLE THE WIND (MGM, 1958): Robert Taylor, Julie London, & John Cassavetes. Taylor stars in this well-acted tale of a rancher with a questionable past who tries to stop his outlaw brother. A-

8:00 pm – A DOUBLE LIFE (Universal, 1948): Ronald Colman, Signe Hasso & Edmond O’Brien. An actor starring as Othello opposite his wife finds the character's jealous rage taking over his mind off-stage. A+

10:00 pm – RANDOM HARVEST (MGM, 1942): Ronald Colman, Greer Garson. An amnesiac vet falls for a music hall star only to suffer an accident restoring his original memories but erasing his post-War life. B+

12:15 am – THE TALK OF THE TOWN (Columbia, 1942): Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, & Ronald Colman. A framed anarchist hides at the summer home of law professor Ronald Colman. Directed by George Stevens. A

2:30 am – THE LATE GEORGE APLEY (Fox, 1947): Ronald Colman, Vanessa Brown, Richard Haydn & Charles Russell. Young love rocks a staid Boston family. A

4:15 am – THE STORY OF MANKIND (WB, 1957): Vincent Price, Ronald Colman. An all-star studded stinker about a trial in Heaven over whether mankind should be allowed to live. D

July 28

6:00 am – THREE SAILORS AND A GIRL (WB, 1953): Jane Powell, Gordon McRae & Gene Nelson. Three sailors on leave back a Broadway hit. C

7:45 am – ON THE TOWN (MGM, 1949): Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin. Three sailors wreak havoc as they search for love during a whirlwind 24-hour leave in New York City. B+

9:30 am – SHIPMATES FOREVER (WB, 1935): Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler & Lewis Stone. An admiral’s son gives up the navy to be a song and dance man. C

11:30 am – BORN TO DANCE (MGM, 1936): Eleanor Powell, James Stewart. Stewart sings! Entertaining nonsense about a sailor who meets a girl at the Lonely Hearts Club and falls in love. C+

1:30 pm – FOLLOW THE FLEET (RKO, 1936): Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, & Harriet Hilliard. Two sailors on leave romance a dance-hall hostess and her prim sister. A

3:30 pm – NAVY BLUES (WB, 1941): Ann Sheridan, Jack Oakie & Martha Raye. Honolulu days are far from peaceful for a boatload of amorous sailors. A-

5:30 pm – ANCHORS AWEIGH (MGM 1945): Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, & Kathryn Grayson. Two sailors, one experienced (Kelly), one naïve (Sinatra) spend their liberty in Los Angeles. A-

8:00 pm – MARNIE (Universal, 1964): Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren. A rich man marries a compulsive thief and tries to unlock the secrets of her mind. A

10:30 pm – TORN CURTAIN (Universal, 1966): Paul Newman, Julie Andrews. An American scientist pretends to defect to East Germany to follow his mentor and find out what he knows. C+

1:00 am – TOPAZ (Universal, 1969): John Forsythe, Frederick Stafford & Dany Robin. A French agent is sent to Cuba to spy for the CIA. C+

3:30 am – FRENZY (Universal, 1972): Jon Finch, Barry Foster. Hitchcock directed this tale of a temperamental man who becomes the prime suspect when his wife falls victim to a serial killer. A-

5:30 am – FAMILY PLOT (Universal, 1976): Karen Black, Bruce Dern. Alfred Hitchcock’s 53rd and final film is a light suspense thriller about two couples involved in kidnapping and robbery. C+

July 29

7:45 am – BEAUTY AND THE BOSS (WB, 1932): Marian Marsh, David Manners & Warren William. After being distracted by a bevy of pretty secretaries, a banker hires a plain Jane, only to fall in love with her. B

9:00 am – THE AFFAIRS OF DOBIE GILLIS (MNGM, 1953): Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van & Bob Fosse. A lovesick teenager searches for romance at college. B+

10:30 am – A CLOSE CALL FOR BOSTON BLACKIE (Columbia, 1946): Chester Morris, George E. Stone. Blackie rescues an old girl friend from a kidnapping and becomes involved in murder. B

12:00 pm – SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (Paramount, 1964): Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster & Frederic March. John Frankenheimer’s thriller about a military officer who discovers a coup is being planned. A

2:15 pm – TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH (Fox, 1950): Gregory Peck, Gary Merrill & Dean Jagger. The leader of a World War II bomber squadron cracks under the pressure. A+

4:45 pm – BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (MGM, 1954): Spender Tracy, Lee Marvin & Robert Ryan. A one-armed veteran uncovers secrets when he tries to visit a Japanese-American war hero's family. A

6:15 pm – THEM! (WB, 1954): James Whitmore, James Arness & Edmund Gwenn. Take one part sci-fi, one part red scare and one part noir about ants made into giants by A-bomb testing in the New Mexico desert. A+

8:00 pm – SOME LIKE IT HOT (UA, 1959): Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis. Billy Wilder’s comedy about two musicians on the run from gangsters who disguise themselves as women. B+

10:15 pm – TRAPEZE (U.A., 1956): Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, & Gina Lollabridiga. Burt is an acrobat grown long in the tooth who finds himself involved with his protégé over the same woman. C

12:15 am – THE DEFIANT ONES (UA, 1958): Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier. Two convicts, one a White racist and the other Black, escape while chained to one another. B

2:00 am – THE HIDDEN (New Line, 1987): Michael Nouri, Kyle Maclachan. An alien parasite drives those that it infects to commit violent crimes. C

3:45 am – DEADLY FRIEND (WB, 1986): Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson. After his friend is killed by her abusive father, a young man attempts to save her by implanting robotic microchips into her brain. C

July 30

6:00 am – MAYTIME (MGM, 1937): Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, & John Barrymore. An opera star’s manager tries to put a halt to her romance with a poor singer. B

8:15 am – DOUBLE WEDDING (MGM, 1937): William Powell, Myrna Loy. Loy is a dress designer who wants Powell out of sister Florence Rice’s life, but ends up falling for him instead. B

10:00 am – BORN TO KILL (RKO, 1947): Lawrence Tierney, Claire Trevor. Tierney is incredible as a psycho killer who wants his wife’s divorced sister (Trevor). A

12:00 pm – A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (Fox, 1945): Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell & James Dunn. A girl in the slums tries to find her way with the help of her devoted mother and alcoholic father. A

2:15 pm – ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (Universal, 1956): Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson. Douglas Sirk directed this classic soaper about a lonely widow who defies small town gossip when she falls for a younger man. A

4:00 pm – TWO FOR THE ROAD (Fox, 1967): Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney. A married couple's relationship rises and falls during a series of European trips. A

6:00 pm – SUNDAY IN NEW YORK (MGM, 1964): Rod Taylor, Jane Fonda. A philandering pilot changes his ways fast when his sister contemplates a premarital fling. C+

8:00 pm – THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (Columbia, 1993): Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer. 19th century lawyer Day-Lewis risks his standing in society when he falls for his fiancée’s married cousin. A-

10:30 pm – THE FAN (Fox, 1949): Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll & George Sanders. A happy marriage is placed at risk when the husband starts spending his afternoons with a social climbing adventuress. C

12:00 am – TOKYO CHORUS (Shochiku, Kinema, 1931): Tokihiko Okada, A married Tokyo insurance salesman with three children loses his job when he stands up for an older colleague.  Silent. A

2:00 am – TOKYO TWILIGHT (Tôkyô boshoku) (Shochiku Eiga, 1957): Setsuko Hara, Ineko Arima & Chishû Ryû. Two sisters find long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child. A+

4:30 am – RECORD OF A TENEMENT GENTLEMAN (Shôchiku Eiga, 1947): Choko Iida, Hohi Aoki, Chishû Ryû & Eitaro Ozawa. A widow reluctantly takes in an abandoned boy. A

July 31

7:00 am – THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLAIRE (MGM, 1968): Kim Novak, Peter Finch. Obsessed director Finch grooms unknown Novak to play his deceased movie-star wife. It’s one of the great classic bad movies. D

9:15 am – THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (MGM, 1952): Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner & Dick Powell. A ruthless producer whose career is now on the rocks needs the help of those he’s crossed over the years. A-

11:15 am – THE CAMERAMAN (MGM, 1928): Buster Keaton, Marceline Day. A photographer takes up newsreel shooting to impress his girlfriend. Silent. A+

12:45 pm – SHOW PEOPLE (MGM, 1928): Marion Davies, William Haines, & Dell Henderson. A small-town girl tries to make it in Hollywood. Silent. A

4:30 pm – DAY FOR NIGHT (Films du Carrosse, 1973): Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese. A director struggles to complete his film while coping with a myriad of crises among his cast and crew. A+

6:30 pm – F FOR FAKE (Janus, 1973): Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten. Welles directed and stars in this documentary about art forgery. A

8:00 pm – AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO DIANE KEATON

9:30 pm – REDS (Paramount, 1981): Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton. Beatty’s overlong bio of Communist journalist John Reed, the only American buried at the Kremlin. B

2:30 am – MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY (TriStar, 1993): Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor’s wife suddenly drops dead. A-


TCM TiVo ALERT
For
July 15–July 22

DAVID’S BEST BETS:

I LOVE YOU AGAIN (July 16, 8:15 am): Cinema's greatest couple, William Powell and Myrna Loy, are reunited in this 1940 film with W.S. Van Dyke, who directed them in the 1934 classic, The Thin Man. When you have Powell and Loy working together, the chemistry is magic. It's a fun film to watch with Powell showing great range, playing the same character two completely different ways. Before a head injury that reverts Powell's character back to his old self as a conman, he promised to take a group of Boy Rangers on trip into the woods to learn about deer-tracking techniques. He has no idea what to do so he makes stuff up. He ends up falling into holes, getting caught in traps and is completely lost. It's Powell's best physical-comedy role that I've seen. And Myrna, what can you possibly write to capture her beauty and talent? Well, you could write a lot. But I'll leave it as she is wonderful and delightful in this movie with her character evolving with the changes in Powell's character.

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (July 21, 5:45 pm): This 1937 film had the potential to be a disaster. Spencer Tracy, with a Portuguese accent, saves Freddie Bartholomew, a spoiled rich boy, who, after being rescued, is stuck on a fishing schooner. The potential obstacles are buying Tracy's accent and hoping Bartholomew gives the performance of his life. Amazingly, both occur in this fantastic film. Tracy won the Oscar for Best Actor, and would win it again the following year for Boys TownCaptains Courageous also features the always-excellent Lionel Barrymore as the ship's captain and solid performances from a cast that includes John Carradine, Melvyn Douglas and a young Mickey Rooney. It's a great coming-of-age film, adapted from English novelist Rudyard Kipling's 1897 book of the same name.

ED’S BEST BETS:

FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH (July 15, 6:00 pm): While their Gothic horrors could oft times be hit-or-miss affairs, Hammer Studios always managed to hit a home run with their science-fiction films. And it’s no different here: Hammer took a BBC serial from the ‘50s called Quartermass and the Pit, added a little, subtracted a little, but on the whole remaining faithful to the original story. Hammer and director Roy Ward Baker capture the intelligence and the mystery of the original not by throwing special effects at the viewer, but in telling the story through the characters. What begins as the discovery of a Nazi bomb in an underground tunnel being dug up for repairs, soon leads to the finding of ape-like skulls surrounding it, which leads to the realization that this is not a Nazi weapon, but a spacecraft not of this Earth, but from Mars, complete with arthropod corpses stored inside. In the end we are wrestling with the philosophical issues of history and evolution before reaching a climax by recalling the Collective Unconscious and, especially, its archetype of the Devil. And despite all these weighty subjects, the film is an excellent piece of suspense and terror, supplying some pretty good jolts along the way.

GUN CRAZY (July 16, 10:00 pm): Director Joseph H. Lewis’s ahead-of-its-time noir about two lovers (Peggy Cummins, John Dall) that go on a crime spree. Low-budget specialists Frank and Maurice King, whose only caveat to director Lewis was not to go over budget, produced it. Lewis, as I‘ve noted earlier, was a specialist at saving a penny, as his career was spent in Poverty Row. It also takes a load off when one is working from a terrific script from blacklisted Dalton Trumbo (fronted by Millard Kaufman) and MacKinlay Kantor, who wrote the original story. While it was just another low-budget film here in America, over in France it was discovered by the Cahiers crowd and lionized as one of the great films from America. Such was its power that directors Truffaut, Godard, Melville, and Chabrol all stole from it. It's always great viewing and a Must See.

WE DISAGREE ON … WOMAN OF THE YEAR (July 15, 8:00 pm)

ED: A. Dave will tell you how annoying Katharine Hepburn is, and, frankly, I agree with his opinion. Look at her films from the '30s for RKO and you'll see why theater exhibitors labeled her a "Box Office Poison." Granted, she was in some mighty stinkers back then, but at the same time, she did nothing to redeem herself, to separate herself from the material. So for me to give this film such a high grade will cause some readers to scratch their heads and ask what's going on. First, the Hepburn that worked for MGM is far different than the one who toiled for RKO. MGM lightened her by putting her in quality films and not really allowing her to choose her material in the early days of her contract. They also gave her quality directors such as Cukor and George Stevens, who helmed this picture, and, more importantly, quality writing. And whoever thought of teaming her with Tracy should have received a lifetime Oscar. Tracy, who in my opinion was the best actor in Hollywood, was the perfect foil for Hepburn, even better than Cary Grant (if that's possible). Where she was flighty, he was laconic, the acting yin to her yang. And no picture shows off this working dichotomy better than Woman of the Year. It's the perfect clash of snob vs. slob: Hepburn is a respected political columnist and Tracy helms the bottom of the intellectual barrel as a sports reporter. In a way it prefigures The Odd Couple. Watch this movie and it will become clear that this is Tracy's movie. His is the dominant character, everything revolves around him; we see the movie through his eyes and Hepburn is really no more than a supporting player. That's not only why it works, but works so well. In fact, it set the pattern for their later movies, all of which basically followed the template. Yes, Hepburn is not exactly my cup of tea, nor will she ever be. But that does not mean that she's not capable of making a good movie.

DAVID: C+. Yes, it's true. I consider Katharine Hepburn to be the most overrated actress in the history of cinema. Why? She usually plays the same character regardless of the film, and that character is an annoying self-centered know-it-all. Just because I dislike Hepburn doesn't mean she's completely worthless. She is great in Keeper of the Flame with Spencer Tracy, and blows me away in The Lion in Winter (which happens to be on TCM at noon July 22). But that's not the Kate we see in this film. Her character is the same one we've seen her play numerous times. She's a newspaper political columnist who knows incredible people who have incredible parties talking about their incredible lives and their incredible experiences in incredible places. Tracy plays a rough-around-the-edges sportswriter. Of course they fall in love and marry, but neither fits in with the other's friends and lifestyle. After a while, you wonder: why are they together? Tracy's character realizes it too and leaves her. You can figure out the reconciliation before they even break up. There's nothing in this film that isn't predictable. Is it terrible? No. But Tracy wasted his tremendous acting talent having to carry Hepburn, who delivers an uninspiring performance. It's the first of nine films the two would do together. As I mentioned, Keeper of the Flame is the only one worth seeing.

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July 15

6:30 am – ALL THE BROTHERS WERE VALIANT (MGM, 1953): Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger & Ann Blyth. Taylor and Granger are two whaling brothers both in love with the same woman (Blyth). C

8:30 am – ESCAPE ME NEVER (WB, 1947): Errol Flynn, Ida Lupino & Eleanor Parker. A composer forsakes his innocent bride to romance his brother's fiancee. D+

10:30 am – BOSTON BLACKIE BOOKED ON SUSPICION (Columbia, 1945): Chester Morris, George E. Stone. Blackie investigates a murder triggered by the sale of phony first editions. B

12:00 am – ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD (MGM, 1951): Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh. The manager of the Pirates promises an angel that he’ll reform if his team can get some heavenly assistance. A-

2:00 pm – ROAD TO MOROCCO (Paramount, 1942): Bob Hope, Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour. Bob and Bing get caught between an Arabian bandit chief and a beautiful princess. B

3:45 pm – TOPAZ (Universal, 1969): John Forsythe, Frederick Stafford & Dany Robin. A French agent is sent to Cuba to spy for the CIA. C+

6:00 pm – FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH (20th Century Fox/Hammer, 1968): Andrew Keir, James Donald & Barbara Shelley. A bomb found in London is a spaceship from Mars carrying an ominous secret. A+

8:00 pm – WOMAN OF THE YEAR (MGM, 1942): Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn. When sophisticated political columnist Hepburn marries sportswriter Tracy they discover married life is not easy. Ratings: See above.

10:15 pm – TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (WB, 1944): Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall & Walter Brennan. Bogie is a skipper of a boat who becomes involved with the Vichy French. It was Bacall’s film debut. A

2:30 am – THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (WB, 1985): Scott Wilson, Jason Miller. The new commander of a military mental hospital hides a terrible secret. C

4:30 am – SHOCK CORRIDOR (Allied Artists, 1963): Peter Breck, Constance Towers. Samuel Fuller directed this tale of a reporter who is committed to a lunatic asylum so to investigate the murder of a patient. B-

July 16

6:15 am – BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936 (MGM, 1936): Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell. A Broadway columnist tries to use an innocent dancer to frame a producer. C+

8:15 am – I LOVE YOU AGAIN (MGM, 1940): William Powell, Myrna Loy. A con man hit on the head while on a cruise is shaken him out of his amnesiac fog and becomes a boring, upstanding businessman. A

10:00 am – GUN CRAZY (UA, 1949): John Dall, Peggy Cummins. This ahead-of-its-time sex and guns cult classic, loosely based on Bonnie and Clyde, helped inspire the French New Wave. A+

12:00 pm – PAT AND MIKE (MGM, 1952): Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn. George Cukor directed this story of a budding romance between a female athlete and her manager. C+

2:00 pm – BEACH BLANKET BINGO (AIP, 1965): Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello. Frankie, Annette and the gang rescue a beautiful singer (Linda Evans) from Eric Von Zipper and the Rats. C

4:00 pm – THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY SOXER (RKO, 1947): Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, & Shirley Temple. A teenager’s crush on a playboy complicates matters because he loves her sister. A-

6:00 pm – A LITTLE ROMANCE (WB, 1979): Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane. Teenagers elope with the help of an aging pickpocket. B+

8:00 pm – SHANE (Paramount, 1953): Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur & Jack Palance. Former gunfighter Ladd comes to the aid of homesteaders fighting off a vicious gunman. A+

10:15 pm – THE SILVER WHIP (Fox, 1953): Dale Robertson, Rory Calhoun & Robert Wagner. A stagecoach driver takes the law into his own hands after he''s robbed. C+

2:15 am – A TOUCH OF ZEN (Janus Films, 1971): Feng Hsu, Chun Shih & Ying Bai. An artist helps a beautiful woman fight off the imperial guards who killed her family. A+

July 17

6:30 am – WAY OUT WEST (MGM, 1930): William Haines, Leila Hyams. When a carnival barker gets caught conning the local cowboys, he''''s forced to work off his sentence on the open range. C+

8:00 am – RENEGADES OF THE WEST (RKO, 1933): Tom Keene, Roscoe Ates & Betty Furness. A cowboy goes undercover to catch the cattle thieves who killed his father. C+

9:00 am – WESTWARD BOUND (Monogram, 1944): Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson & Bob Steele. Two cowboys fight to protect ranchers from a pair of land grabbers. C+

10:00 am – BLAZING THE WESTERN TRAIL (Columbia, 1945): Charles Starrett, Tex Harding, & Dub Taylor. The Durango Kid saves a young woman's stagecoach line from an evil rival. C+

11:15 am – FLAME OF THE WEST (Monogram, 1945): Johnny Mack Brown, Raymond Hatton & Joan Woodbury, A lawman turned doctor refuses to fight in his town. C

12:45 pm – THE DUDE GOES WEST (Monogram, 1947): Eddie Albert, Gale Storm, & James Gleason. A tenderfoot goes to the aid of a miner’s daughter to protect her claim. C-

2:30 pm – WESTERN HERITAGE (RKO, 1948): Tim Holt, Nan Leslie. An outlaw leader uses a forged Spanish land grant to claim land from the local ranchers. C

3:45 pm – STAMPEDE (Monogram, 1949): Rod Cameron, Gale Storm & Johnny Mack Brown. Two brothers sell their Arizona land at a dangerous cost. B-

6:45 pm – THE GUN THAT WON THE WEST (Columbia, 1955): Dennis Morgan, Paula Raymond. The Calvary attempts to establish forts in the area while avoiding war. C-

8:00 pm – DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (MGM, 1965): Omar Sharif, Julie Christie. Director David Lean’s adaptation of Pasternak’s novel about two lovers caught up in the Russian Revolution. A+

11:30 pm – THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Fox, 1974), 1950): Michael York, Oliver Reed & Faye Dunaway. Richard Lester directed this version of the classic Dumas novel. B

1:30 am – REMEMBER MY NAME (Columbia-Emi-Warner, 1978): Anthony Perkins, Geraldine Chaplin & Moses Gunn. A young woman released from prison begins stalking a married construction worker. C

July 18

6:00 am – VAMPYR (Tobis-Klingman, 1932): Julian West, Maurice Schutz. A young man obsessed with the supernatural stays at an inn and finds evidence of vampires. A

7:15 am – DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (MGM, 1941): Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman. Tracy is the title character in MGM’s lush remake of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of good versus evil. A-

8:30 am – THE WASP WOMAN (Filmgroup, 1959): Susan Cabot, Fred Eisley. Enjoyable nonsense about a vain cosmetics CEO whose beauty treatment with insect enzymes makes her waspy. C

9:45 am – THE WOLF MAN (Universal, 1941): Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains. This horror classic made a star of Chaney, who portrays the tormented Larry Talbot, bitten by a werewolf and doomed to become one. B-

11:00 am – THE REPTILE (Hammer/Fox, 1966): Noel Willman, Jacqueline Pearce. In 19th century Cornwall, a Malayan curse transforms Pearce into a snake creature. C

12:45 pm – THE GREEN SLIME (MGM, 1969): Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel. A mysterious fungus invades a space station, turning the inhabitants into monsters. D-

2:30 pm – THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (MGM, 1945): Hurd Hatfield, George Sanders The best adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel about a man who doesn’t age, but a portrait of him kept in his attic does. A+

4:30 pm – FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (Amicus/WB, 1974): Peter Cushing, Ian Bannen. An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner. B-

6:15 pm – STEPHEN KING’S CAT’S EYE (MGM/UA, 1985): Drew Barrymore, James Woods. A stray cat becomes involved in three tales of horror. C-

8:00 pm – THE DROWNING POOL (WB, 1975): Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward. A private eye's investigation of an anonymous letter leads to murder. C+

10:00 pm – ODE TO BILLY JOE (WB, 1976): Robby Benson, James Best & Glynnis O’Connor. A country boy tries to hide from his homosexuality by courting a female friend. C-

12:00 am – DELIVERANCE (WB, 12972): Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, & Ronny Cox. During a hunting vacation, four men fight against a murderous clan of backwoodsmen. A+

2:00 am – THE GREAT SANTINI (Orion, 1979): Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner & Michael O’Keefe. A marine has problems adjusting to domestic life during peacetime. A

4:15 am – WISE BLOOD (Anthea, 1979): Brad Dourif, John Huston.  An ambitious southern boy decides to become a preacher and starts his own church. It’s from Flannery O’Connor’s story. C+

July 19

6:15 am – THE SILVER HORDE (RKO, 1930): Evelyn Brent, Louis Wolheim & Joel McCrea. Alaskan fisherman McCrea is caught between brutal competitor Wolheim and dance girl Brent. With Jean Arthur. B-

7:45 am – BIRD OF PARADISE (RKO, 1932): Dolores Del Rio, Joel McCrea. An island visitor falls for a woman scheduled to be a sacrifice to the gods. C

9:15 am – BORN TO LOVE (RKO, 1932): Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea. A World War I pilot thought dead turns up after the mother of his child has married. C

10:45 am – THE COMMON LAW (RKO, 1931): Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea. A kept woman gives up luxury to move in with a struggling artist. C

12:15 pm – THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (RKO, 1932): Joel McCrea, Leslie Banks. Noted big game hunter McCrea is shipwrecked on an island and hunted by Count Zaroff (Banks). A

1:30 pm – ROCKABYE (RKO, 1932): Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea. A Broadway star tries to hold onto an adopted child and a younger man. C-

2:45 pm – THE SPORT PARADE (RKO, 1932): Joel McCrea, William Gargan. Football teammates follow different paths after graduation. One becomes a sports reporter while the other ends up as a pro wrestler. B

4:00 pm – BED OF ROSES (RKO, 1933): Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks is torn between true love and a life of sin. A

5:15 pm – CHANCE AT HEAVEN (RKO, 1933): Joel McCrea, Ginger Rogers, & Marion Nixon. McCrea is a simple gas station attendant who dumps working-class girlfriend Rogers for society girl Nixon. C

6:30 pm – THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (RKO, 1934): Miriam Hopkins, Fay Wray. Heiress Hopkins trades places with secretary Wray to discourage fortune hunters, but plans backfire when she falls in love. C-

8:00 pm – ROPE (WB, 1948): James Stewart, John Dall, & Farley Granger. Two wealthy young men attempt the perfect crime by murdering a friend. B+

9:30 pm – STAGE FRIGHT (WB, 1950): Jane Wyman, Richard Todd & Marlene Dietrich. Hitchcock directed this story of an actress who tries to prove the innocence of a man accused of murder. B

11:30 pm – STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (WB, 1951): Robert Walker, Farley Granger. Hitchcock’s classic about a psycho socialite determined to drag a pro tennis player into his web of murder. A+

1:30 am – I CONFESS (WB, 1953): Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter. Hitchcock directed this tale of a priest who is the prime suspect in a murder because he cannot break the seal of confession. A+

3:30 am – DIAL M FOR MURDER (WB, 1954): Ray Milland, Grace Kelly. Hitchcock classic about a cheating husband attempting to frame his wife for the murder of the man he hired to kill her. A

July 20

6:00 am – THE SEARCHERS (WB, 1956): John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, & Vera Miles. An Indian-hating Civil War veteran tracks down the tribe that slaughtered his family and kidnapped his niece. A+

8:15 am – SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (WB, 1961): Warren Beatty, Natalie Wood. The sexual repression of ‘20s society drives two teen lovers nuts. Directed by Elia Kazan. B+

10:30 am – SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL (WB, 1964): Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda. This is coy, contrived nonsense about a journalist who is out to expose a female sex expert but winds up falling for her instead. D+

12:30 pm – THE GREAT RACE (WB, 1965): Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis. A bumbling villain plots to win an early 20th century auto race. B

3:30 pm – INSIDE DAISY CLOVER (WB, 1965): Natalie Wood, Robert Redford. Drama about the toll the dehumanizing effects of Hollywood take on a young star (Wood). C

6:00 pm – BRAINSTORM (MGM, 1983): Natalie Wood, Christopher Walken. Researchers develop a system that lets one enter and record the mind of another. B-

8:00 pm – A TALE OF TWO CITIES (MGM, 1935): Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan. Two men are in love with the same woman during the French Revolution in this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel. A+

10:30 pm – THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (Selznick International, 1937): Ronald Colman, Madeline Carroll.  Colman must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped. A

12:30 am – KISMET (MGM, 1944): Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich. From the Arabian Nights: the king of the beggars enters high society to help his daughter marry a handsome prince. B-

2:30 am – LUCKY PARTNERS (RKO, 1940): Ronald Colman, Ginger Rogers. Two strangers win the sweepstakes and then take an imaginary honeymoon. C-

4:30 am – MY LIFE WITH CAROLINE (RKO, 1941): Ronald Colman, Anna Lee. A man believes his high-spirited wife is cheating on him. C+

July 21

6:00 am – LITTLE WOMEN (RKO, 1933): Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett. The four March sisters fight to keep their family together and find love while their father is off fighting the Civil War. B

8:00 am – LITTLE MEN (RKO, 1941): Kay Francis, Jack Oakie. A con artist tries to save the boarding school where his son has found a home. C

11:30 am – SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (MGM, 1954): Howard Keel, Jeff Richards. When their older brother weds, six lumberjacks decide it’s time to go courting. B+

1:30 pm – PLEASE DON’T EAT THE DAISES (MGM, 1960): David Niven, Doris Day. It’s a pleasant comedy about a drama critic (Niven), his family, and their attempts to adjust to country life. A-

5:45 pm – CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (MGM, 1937): Lionel Barrymore, Freddie Bartholomew & Spencer Tracy. A spoiled rich boy lost at sea is rescued by a fishing boat and learns about life. A-

8:00 pm – REAR WINDOW (Paramount, 1954): James Stewart, Grace Kelly. Stewart is a photographer with a broken leg who uncovers a murder while spying on the other tenants in his building. A+

10:15 pm – THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (Paramount, 1955): Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe. A corpse creates a world of trouble for several passers-by, each of which believes they caused his death. A-

12:15 am – THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Paramount, 1956): James Stewart, Doris Day. Hitchcock’s remake of his 1934 thriller is not as good as the original. It’s most notable for Day ‘s “Que Sera, Sera.” B

2:30 am – THE WRONG MAN (WB, 1957): Henry Fonda, Vera Miles. Hitchcock’s dark tale of a musician wrongfully accused of an armed holdup in Queens. A+

4:30 am – FONDA ON FONDA (Turner, 1992): Jane Fonda recalls her father Henry's career as a star of stage and screen. A

July 22

6:45 am – BATHING BEAUTY (MGM, 1944): Esther Williams, Red Skelton. To win his fiancée (Williams) back, songwriter Steve Elliot (Skelton) enrolls as the only male student at her college. C+

8:30 am – BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF (Fox, 1953): Robert Wagner, Terry Moore. Love brings together two rival families of sponge fishers. C+

10:30 am – BOSTON BLACKIE’S RENDEZVOUS (Columbia, 1945): Chester Morris, George E. Stone, & Nina Foch. Blackie helps police stop an escaped maniac’s killing spree. C+

12:00 pm – THE LION IN WINTER (Avco Embassy, 1968): Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, & Anthony Hopkins. King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine argue over the choice of an heir. A+

2:30 pm – MOONFLEET (MGM, 1955): Stewart Granger, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, & Viveca Lindfors. Fritz Lang directed this adventure of a pirate caught between three seductive women. B

4:15 pm – ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE (U.A., 1954): Daniel O’Herlihy, Jaime Fernandez. Luis Bunuel directed this adaptation of Defoe’s classic story containing classic Bunuel touches. A

6:00 pm – THE FOUR MUSKETEERS (Fox, 1975): Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch. To maintain control of the French monarchy, Cardinal Richelieu kidnaps D’Artagnan’s true love. B+

8:00 pm – ALL ABOUT EVE (20th Century Fox, 1950): Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and Gary Merrill. An ingénue insinuates herself into the company of an established stage actress and her circle of friends. A+

10:30 pm – THE STAR (Fox, 1952): Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden. Bette is a bankrupt Hollywood queen still living in the past and headed for financial ruin until Hayden bails her out. It’s wonderfully trashy. B-

12:15 am – WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (WB, 1962): Bette Davis, Joan Crawford. Disabled former star Blanche Hudson is cared for by her psychotic former star sister Jane. A-

2:45 am – TERMINAL ISLAND (Dimension, 1973): Phyllis Davis, Don Marshall. Civil War breaks out between the inmates on an island prison. D

4:30 am – HOUSE OF WOMEN (WB, 1962): Shirley Knight, Andrew Duggan. A young woman is wrongly implicated in a crime and sentenced to five years. C-


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DAVID’S BEST BETS:

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (July 8, 8:30 am): David Niven is a World War II English Air Force pilot who falls in love with Kim Hunter and dies before his time. He asks the "Other World" for an appeal to his mistaken death sentence. The film's plot is a tried-and-true formula that's been used numerous other times. But this is the best of the bunch. When released in the United States, it was titled Stairway to Heaven because of the escalator connecting Earth and Heaven (though Heaven is never mentioned as always referred to as the "Other World.") It's a special film that is brilliantly acted and directed.

THE GRAPES OF WRATH (July 8, 12:00 pm): Only a year after John Steinbeck's 1939 classic story of the Joad family, Okies who travel to California after the Dust Bowl wipes out their family farm, Life doesn't get much better for the family on their drive to California and even worse once they get to the state. The book is good, but the film is excellent. The film and book are certainly left-wing, pro-labor union and pro-Communist. As Roger Ebert has written, it's odd that director John Ford and executive producer Darryl F. Zanuck, both conservatives, made this film. Despite the tragic story, the movie is beautiful and very moving. You'd be hard-pressed to find better acting than the performances in this movie by Henry Fonda (Tom Joad), John Carradine (Jim Casy, a former pastor turned union organizer) and Jane Darwell (Ma Joad). 

ED’S BEST BETS:

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (July 8, 8:00 pm): In my opinion this is the greatest horror film ever made, though the way James Whale directs it, it could also be seen as a black comedy. One of the decisions he made – to have the monster speak – was derided at the time and for a while later, but now is rightly regarded as a brilliant move on Whale’s part. It gives the monster a touch of humanity and frees him, for a time at least, from merely becoming the automaton he was to become in later films.

THRONE OF BLOOD (July 11, 1:00 am): The only thing better than watching Orson Welles’s Macbeth is to watch Akira Kurosawa’s MacbethThrone of Blood. Kurosawa is a better director than Welles, and he had a better cast, led by the great Toshiro Mifune, for this adaptation set in feudal Japan. Despite the usual trepidations of those concerned over a Shakespeare play translated for the Japanese audience, we can tell them to relax. The film is a masterpiece – Kurosawa is one of the great stylists and the film is a masterful blend of Noh drama, Shakespeare, and the American Western. For those who love Shakespeare, tune in and delight in Kurosawa’s adaptation. For those that have never seen a Japanese film in its original form, start with this one – it’s impossible to go wrong. And for those who always wanted to watch it, but were hesitant to tune in, now’s your chance. Personally, the film is one of my top favorites. I have it on DVD and watch it every time it airs on TCM. I have also exposed friends and loved ones to it as well. It’s just too good to pass by.

WE DISAGREE ON ... A STAR IS BORN (July 10, 12:15 am)

ED: A+. Most of the time, remakes of good movies are not so hot. They rarely achieve anything near the life and pulse of the original. But Judy Garland’s third husband, Sid Luft, was convinced that the story would play just as well as a musical and would make an excellent comeback project for Judy. On both counts he was right. Luft also guaranteed the success of the film by handing the directorial reins over to George Cukor, who had directed the original story in 1932 as What Price, Hollywood? Also on hand was Moss Hart to fashion the screenplay, which he did magnificently by drawing on his knowledge of Garland and her career. With the able support of James Mason as the doomed Norman Maine, Garland shines as Esther Blodgett, transformed by Hollywood into the glamorous Vicki Lester. Add a few well-staged songs and the sharp cinematography of Sam Leavitt, and A Star is Born is a remake that equals the original. 

DAVID: C+. There's nothing horribly wrong with this 1954 movie, much like What Price Hollywood?, a 1932 film that is quite similar to it, or the first A Star is Born from 1937 with Janet Gaynor and Frederic March. (Don't get me started on the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.) But there's really nothing special about this film. I've never been a fan of Judy Garland and she does nothing to change my assessment of her with this movie. Garland was 32 years old at the time of the film's release. That's a little old for this particular role, and you add her addiction problems and other medical issues, and Garland looks considerably older. I also don't care much for musicals. While this is not a pure musical, there's plenty of songs in it, and doesn't do anything to change my assessment of the genre. James Mason as Norman Maine, a former matinee idol who's drunken outbursts are no longer tolerated by his studio and the public with his career in full nosedive, is solid. But it's not enough to make this movie anything more than a couple of steps above mediocre. Also, the film is way too long at three hours with plenty of scenes, including the insufferable and overdramatic "Born in a Trunk" sequence, that should have been on the cutting-room floor. 

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July 8

6:00 am – ANTHONY ADVERSE (WB, 1935): Frederic March, Olivia de Havilland. March is an orphan that runs off to a life of adventure before returning to France to find the girl he left behind. A

8:30 am – A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (The Archers, 1946): David Niven, Kim Hunter. An injured pilot must argue for a chance to keep on living in celestial court. Also known as Stairway to Heaven. A+

10:30 am – ONE MYSTERIOUS NIGHT (Columbia, 1944): Chester Morris, George E. Stone. Boston Blackie helps the police recover a missing Egyptian diamond. B

12:00 pm – THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Fox, 1940): Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell. John Ford’s masterpiece about dispossessed Okie farmers; based on the novel by Steinbeck. A+

2:30 pm – MANY RIVERS TO CROSS (MGM, 1955): Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker. Pioneer woman Parker sets her sights on trapper Taylor. C+

4:15 pm – I SHOT JESSE JAMES (Lippert, 1949): Preston Foster, Barbara Britton. Samuel Fuller’s take on the murder of Jesse James by his best friend Bob Ford. B

5:45 pm – GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL (Paramount, 1957): Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas. Lancaster is Wyatt Earp and Douglas is doc Holliday in this film about Earp and the Clanton Gang. A

8:00 pm – THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (Universal, 1935): Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger, & Boris Karloff. James Whale directed this story of creating a mate for the Monster. A+

9:45 pm – THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (U.A., 1939): Louis Heyward, Joan Bennett. James Whale’s version of the famous tale wherein the Three Musketeers rescue the king’s unjustly imprisoned brother. B+

12:00 am – SHOW BOAT (Universal, 1936): Irene Dunne, Allan Jones & Paul Robeson. James Whale directed this version of the Broadway musical about life along the Mississippi. B+

2:15 am – THE INVISIBLE MAN (Universal, 1933): Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart. Director James Whale’s take on the classic H.G. Wells story.  Fast moving and engrossing. A+

3:45 am – GYMKATA (MGM, 1985): Kurt Thomas. Tetchie Agbayani. A champion gymnast competes to win the U.S. a strategic missile site. F

July 9

6:00 am – THE WOMEN (MGM, 1939): Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, & Paulette Goddard. A happily married woman (Shearer) lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband straysA

8:30 am – LOVE AFFAIR (Columbia, 1939): Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer. Near-tragic misunderstandings threaten a shipboard romance. A-

10:00 am – T-MEN (Eagle-Lion, 1948): Dennis O’Keefe, Mary Meade & Alfred Ryder. U.S. agents infiltrate a deadly counterfeit ring. Directed by Anthony Mann. A-

12:00 pm – THE HARDER THEY FALL (Columbia, 1956): Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger. An unemployed sportswriter is hired to promote a boxer based on Primo Carnera. It’s Bogart’s last film. B+

2:00 pm – THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY (MGM, 1982): Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver. Two American journalists find themselves in danger during the Indonesian revolution. B

4:15 pm – OUR MISS BROOKS (Columbia, 1956): Eve Arden, Gale Gordon. It’s the film version of the once popular but now forgotten television show. C

6:00 pm – PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND (WB, 1963): Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens. College students turn Palm Springs upside down during spring break. D+

8:00 pm – LADYBUG, LADYBUG (UA, 1963): Jane Connell, James Frawley. Students and teachers at a country school react to news of an impending nuclear attack. B

9:45 pm – DAVID AND LISA (Continental, 1962): Keir Dullea, Janet Margolin. A troubled boy begins to deal with his problems when he befriends a young schizophrenic. A-

2:00 am – SHADOWS IN PARADISE (Villealfa Film Productions, 1986): Matti Pellonpaa, Kati Outinen. A lonely garbage collector falls for a supermarket clerk. B

3:30 am – ARIEL (Villealfa, 1989): Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto. A series of comic events befall and unfortunate coal miner. B

July 10

7:45 am – A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS (MGM, 1928): Greta Garbo, John Gilbert. Garbo is a socialite determined to repay the money her late husband embezzled. Gilbert is the man she should have married. Silent. A-

9:30 am – DESERT NIGHTS (MGM, 1929): John Gilbert, Mary Nolan. After robbing a South African diamond mine, the thieves are caught in a sandstorm and their hostage (Gilbert) turns the tables on them. Silent. B-

10:45 am – THE BIG PARADE (MGM, 1925): John Gilbert, Renee Adoree. King Vidor’s powerful film on the horrors of World War I made John Gilbert a major star. A+

1:30 pm – WAY FOR A SAILOR (MGM, 1930): John Gilbert, Wallace Beery & Leila Hyams. A man jeopardizes his love life for his love of the sea. C-

3:00 pm – DOWNSTAIRS (MGM, 1932): John Gilbert, Paul Lukas. An evil chauffeur seduces and blackmails his way through high society. A

4:30 pm – THE SHOW (MGM, 1927): John Gilbert, Renee Adoree. Gilbert is a conceited carnival performer of low morals who is redeemed by the love of fellow performer Adoree in this Tod Browning outing. Silent. B-

6:00 pm – FLESH AND THE DEVIL (MGM, 1926): Greta Garbo, John Gilbert. A femme fatale comes between childhood friends in this silent melodrama. B

8:00 pm – THE MOON IS BLUE (U.A., 1953): William Holden, David Niven, & Maggie McNamara. Otto Preminger directed this film about two womanizers that fall for a woman determined to keep her virginity. C+

10:00 pm – THE BEST OF EVERYTHING (Fox, 1959): Hope Lange, Joan Crawford & Stephen Boyd. Three secretaries working in the publishing business spend their spare time looking for love. B+

12:15 am – A STAR IS BORN (WB, 1954): Judy Garland, James Mason. George Cukor directs this lavish musical remake of the 1937 original drama. Ratings: See above.

July 11

6:00 am – BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON (WB, 1953): Doris Day, Gordon McRae. A small town girl’s love life goes exponential when her sweetheart returns from World War I. C+

8:00 am – STARLIFT (WB, 1951): Doris Day, Gordon McRae & Virginia Mayo. An actress and an air transport crewman fall in love in this star-studded salute to the Korean war. C

10:00 am – ON MOONLIGHT BAY (WB, 1951): Doris Day, Gordon McRae. Tomboy Doris falls for the boy-next-door in the pre-World War II story. C

11:45 pm – THE WEST POINT STORY (WB, 1950): James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, & Doris Day. A Broadway producer tries to put on a show at the legendary military academy. B-

1:45 pm – LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (MGM, 1955): James Cagney, Doris Day. The story of torch singer Ruth Etting and her attempts to escape the gangster husband who made her a star. B+

6:00 pm – MY DREAM IS YOURS (WB, 1949): Jack Carson, Doris Day. A talent scout turns a young unknown into a singing star on the radio. C+

8:00 pm – WEST SIDE STORY (U.A., 1961): Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer. This musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, about two youngsters from rival gangs falling in love, won 11 Oscars. B+

10:45 pm – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Goldwyn, 1993): Kenneth Branaugh, Emma Thompson. Friends plot to make sworn enemies fall in love. A+

1:00 am – THRONE OF BLOOD (Toho, 1957): Toshiro Mifume, Isuzu Yamada. Director Akira Kurosawa’s take on Macbeth in a samurai setting. A+

3:15 am – CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (Alpine Productions, 1967): Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau. Welles directed and starred in this film about Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff, the roistering companion to young Prince HalA

5:30 am – THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Columbia, 1967): Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor. Burton and Taylor star in Franco Zeffirelli’s version of Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes. C

July 12

7:45 am – HAMLET (J. Arthur Rank, 1948): Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons. Olivier won an Oscar for his portrayal of the melancholy Dane in this truncated version of the play. A+

10:30 am – WAY BACK HOME (RKO, 1932): Phillips H. Lord, Effie L. Palmer & Bette Davis. A New England preacher shelters a young boy from his alcoholic father. C+

12:00 pm – NIGHT INTO MORNING (MGM, 1951): Ray Milland, John Hodiak. After a fire kills his family, a college professor sinks into alcoholism. A

1:30 pm – TOO MUCH, TOO SOON (WB, 1958): Dorothy Malone, Errol Flynn. Flynn steals this movie of Diana Barrymore and her stormy relationship with father, John. C

3:45 pm – DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (WB, 1962): Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick. Both stars received Oscar nominations in this overly dramatic tale of a husband and wife who both fight the bottle. C+

8:00 pm – REBECCA (Selznick International, 1940): Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine & Judith Anderson. Olivier marries innocent Fontaine and takes her back to his home to face the skeletons in the family closet. A+

10:30 pm – FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (UA, 1940): Joel McCrea, Laraine Day. On the eve of World War II a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London. A+

12:45 am – MR. AND MRS. SMITH (RKO, 1941): Robert Montgomery, Carole Lombard. Alfred Hitchcock’s comedy about a constantly battling couple that discovers their marriage isn’t legal. B-

2:30 am – SUSPICION (RKO, 1942): Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine. Hitchcock’s classic about a young innocent who marries a con artist and later suspects that he will murder her. A+

4:15 am – SABOTEUR (Universal, 1942): Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, & Otto Kruger. Falsely accused of sabotage, a munitions worker goes on the lam to prove his innocence. B

July 13

6:15 am – MAD LOVE (MGM, 1935): Peter Lorre, Colin Clive. A mad doctor grafts the hands of a murderer on to a concert pianist's wrists. A

7:30 am – THE HIDDEN HAND (WB, 1942): Craig Stevens, Elisabeth Fraser & Julie Bishop. The body count rises during the competition for a family inheritance. C

8:45 am – SCARED TO DEATH (Screen Guild, 1947): Bela Lugosi, George Zucco. A beautiful murder victim recalls how she met her untimely end. Dull. D

10:00 am – THE SEVENTH VICTIM (RKO, 1943): Tom Conway, Jean Brooks. A girl's search for her missing sister puts her in conflict with a band of Satanists. A+

11:15 am – THE SORCERERS (Allied Artists, 1967): Boris Karloff, Catherine Lacey. A great hypnotist develops a technique for controlling minds. C+

12:45 pm – THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE (AIP, 1962): Jason Evers, Virginia Leith. A scientist keeps the severed head of his fiancée alive while he tries to find another body for her. F

2:15 pm – HORROR HOTEL (Trans-Lux, 1962): Christopher Lee, Betta St. John. A young co-ed, traveling to a small English village to continue her research on witchcraft, discovers the village’s horrifying secret. C+

3:45 pm – THE LEOPARD MAN (RKO, 1943): Dennis O’Keefe, Margo. When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders. C

5:00 pm – THE PLUMBER (South Australian Film Corp., 1979): Judy Morris, Ivar Kants. A strange plumber terrorizes a doctor’s wife. C+

6:30 pm – THE TERROR (AIP, 1963): Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson. Roger Corman directed this tale of a lost soldier who discovers a mysterious beauty in a half-deserted castle. C-

8:00 pm – LOST HORIZON (Columbia, 1937): Ronald Colman, John Howard, &Thomas Mitchell. Frank Capra’s tale of fugitives from a Chinese revolution who discover a lost world of peace and harmony. A-

10:30 pm – IF I WERE KING (Paramount, 1938): Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone. Vagabond poet Francois Villon wins the chance to improve life in Medieval France, if he will give up his lower-class friends. A

12:30 am – CLIVE OF INDIA (UA, 1935): Ronald Colman, Loretta Young & Colin Clive. An enterprising clerk leads the British colonial campaign in India. B-

2:15 am – THE LIGHT THAT FAILED (Paramount, 1939): Ronald Colman, Walter Huston, Muriel Angelus & Ida Lupino. A London artist struggles to complete one last painting before going blind. A

4:00 am – THE MAN WHO BROKE THE BANK OF MONTE CARLO (Fox, 1935): Ronald Colman, Joan Bennett. An expatriate Russian prince creates a scandal by winning big at the gambling tables. C+

July 14

6:00 am – ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (MGM, 1946): William Powell, Fred Astaire,& Gene Kelly. Legendary showman Flo Ziegfeld imagines the sort of show he could stage with MGM’s musical stars. A

8:00 am – THE COBWEB (MGM, 1955): Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, & Gloria Grahame. This is an unintentionally funny film about an asylum where the staff is almost as loony as the inmates. D+

10:45 am – HOME FROM THE HILL (MGM, 1960): Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker. A southern landowner's family is torn apart by the revelation that he has an illegitimate son. B+

1:30 pm – A MATTER OF TIME  (AIP, 1976): Liza Minelli, Ingrid Bergman. An eccentric countess teaches a hotel chambermaid to follow her dreams. C

3:30 pm – MINNELLI ON MINNELLI: LIZA REMEMBERS VINCENTE (MGM, 1987): Liza Minnelli shares memories of her famous father while showing clips from his greatest movies. A

4:45 pm – KID GLOVE KILLER (MGM, 1942): Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt. A police chemist looks into the mayor’s murder. B

6:15 pm – LITTLE MINISTER JIM (MGM, 1947): Jackie "Butch" Jenkins, James Craig & Frances Gifford. After his mother''s death, a young boy tries to help his father stop drinking. C

8:00 pm – SHADOW OF A DOUBT (Universal, 1943): Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright. A young girl fears her favorite uncle may be a serial killer. A+

10:00 pm – LIFEBOAT (20th Century Fox, 1944): Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix. Survivors of a torpedoed boat take in a German officer from the sub that sank them. A

12:00 am – SPELLBOUND (U.A./Selznick, 1945): Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck. Bergman is a psychiatrist trying to help lover Peck find the key to a murder buried deep in his subconscious. Alfred Hitchcock directed. A-

2:15 am – NOTORIOUS (RKO, 1946): Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, & Claude Rains. A U.S. agent recruits a German expatriate to infiltrate a Nazi spy ring in Brazil. A+

4:15 am – THE PARADINE CASE (Selznick, 1948): Gregory Peck, Alida Valli. Hitchcock’s tale of a lawyer (Peck) who falls for the woman (Valli) he’s defending on a murder charge. B


TCM TiVo ALERT
For
July 1–July 7

DAVID’S BEST BETS:

BADLANDS (July 1, 6:00 pm): Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek show their incredible talents in this 1973 film, loosely based on a serial killer and his girlfriend on a 1958 cross-country killing spree. The two become more detached to reality and violent as the film progresses. The film focuses on the alienation and hopelessness felt by the two doomed young criminals. Despite their horrific actions, you feel somewhat sorry for them. An excellent script, a remarkable job by Terrence Malick in his directorial debut, and outstanding acting from Sheen and Spacek, who would go on to be major film stars. It's an exceptional film that shouldn't be missed.

THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE (July 4, 12:00 pm): Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas co-starred in a number of excellent films, but besides Seven Days in May, this is their best. The Devil's Disciple is a delightfully funny and fun story of a straight-laced preacher (Lancaster) and a colonial rebel (Douglas) during the Revolutionary War. Add Sir Laurence Olivier as British General John Burgoyne and a screenplay based on the George Bernard Shaw play and you've got an outstanding film that's a must-see for anyone who considers themselves a film fan. The chance to see Lancaster, Douglas and Olivier together is reason enough to see this. On top of that, it's lively, filled with action and incredibly entertaining.

ED’S BEST BETS:

THE MUMMY (July 1, 6:30 am): Boris Karloff gives one of his strongest and best-remembered performances as Imhotep, an Egyptian mummy revived after thousands of years. Zita Johann co-stars as his reincarnated love. Billed as “Karloff the Uncanny” in publicity for this film, Boris lives up to the moniker – and then some. Watch for the great scene when archaeologist Bramwell Fletcher reads the magic scroll that brings Karloff back to life and laughs himself insane when Karloff revives and walks away with the scroll. The makeup was years ahead of its time, adding to the eerie atmosphere. It’s one Karloff performance not to be missed.

1776 (July 4, 10:45 pm): A musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence? You’re kidding, right? No, we’re not kidding, and furthermore, it’s quite good. Based on the play, it retains many of those originally performed it. William Daniels is splendid as John Adams, Ken Howard makes for a most effective Thomas Jefferson, and Howard DaSilva is the spitting image of Ben Franklin. Throw in Virginia Vestoff as Abigail Adams and Blythe Danner as Martha Jefferson, and the film really rocks. Watch out, however, for John Cullum as Edward Rutledge of South Carolina. He brings down the house with “Molasses to Rum to Slaves.” Other numbers to look for include “But Mr. Adams,” “Cool Cool, Considerate Men” (My favorite), and the heart tugging “Mama Look Sharp.” American history was never this much fun.

WE AGREE ON ... SCARLET STREET (July 5, 8:30 am)

ED: A. Though its plot is somewhat akin to the previous year’s The Woman in the Window, directed by Fritz Lang with Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett as the leads, a trick ending reveals it was all a dream. Not so with Scarlet Street. This film, an adaptation by Dudley Nichols of Jean Renoir’s 1931 La Chienne, is a nightmare, or, more aptly, a noir mare. Bennett, this time aided by her pimp boyfriend, Dan Duryea, takes advantage of vulnerable amateur painter Robinson to try to con him out of a fortune they think he has. When Duryea has Joan sign Robinson’s paintings that he is too modest to sign, they are discovered by critics and sell for high prices. In the hands of a lesser talented director, this fact could steer the movie into a screwball comedy. But Lang uses this plot twist to make the film into an existential theatre of the absurd. There is nothing funny about Robinson losing what little identity his paintings gave him to a couple of low lifes. Also unique about this film is that it is the first time since the Code was rigorously enforced on July 1, 1934 where the murderer gets away with his crime. Lang’s ending, where the guilt-ridden Robinson roams the streets trying in vain to turn himself in while the late Joan’s “self-portrait” is selling for big bucks, is the height of existential irony.

DAVID: A. Director Fritz Lang does a superb job with this 1945 film noir that has Edward G. Robinson in a role that's different from any other he played in his career. Eddie G. is Chris Cross, a bland, boring clothing company cashier who's never done anything interesting in his life. Business picks up quickly after he saves Kitty March (Joan Bennett), a beautiful femme fatale, being accosted on the street by a guy who turns out to be Johnny (Dan Duryea), her lowlife boyfriend/pimp. Completely out of character for Chris, he dispatches Johnny with his umbrella and quickly falls in love with Kitty as he's in a loveless marriage with a wife who constantly henpecks him. Because he talks of painting, Kitty and more importantly Johnny think he's a rich artist. The two work out a plan to make money from Chris' love for Kitty and his ability as a painter. The story, based on the French novel La Chienne (The Bitch), has a number of unforeseen (and excellent) plot twists as Chris' life goes from humdrum to one filled with way too much passion, deceit and tragedy.

Schedule Subject to Change (All Times Eastern)

July 1

6:30 am – THE MUMMY (Universal, 1932): Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, & David Manners. The classic horror film starring Karloff as Imhotep, an Egyptian mummy brought back to life to claim his reincarnated love. A+

7:45 am – ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Paramount, 1933): Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi. Laughton is a mad doctor who turns wild animals into human monsters in this truly gruesome Pre-Code film. A

9:00 am – GOLD RUSH MAISIE (MGM, 1940): Ann Sothern, Lee Bowman. Brooklyn showgirl Maisie helps a poor family strike it rich. C

10:30 am – THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME (Columbia, 1943): Chester Morris, George E. Stone. While helping fellow ex-cons adjust to life as defense workers, Boston Blackie gets involved in solving a robbery. B

12:00 pm – REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (Columbia, 1962): Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason & Mickey Rooney. A washed-up boxer (Quinn) tries to break free from his ruthless promoters and start a new life. B+

4:15 pm – LORD OF THE FLIES (British Lion, 1963): James Aubrey, Tom Chapin. Shipwrecked on an island, the castaway boys eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational kids' attempts to prevent it. A-

6:00 pm – BADLANDS (WB, 1973): Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek. Charles Starkweather and Carol-Ann Fugate go on a killing spree in the Dakota badlands in 1958. A-

8:00 pm – THE LADY EVE (Paramount, 1941): Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda & Charles Coburn. Witty Sturges film about a con-artist who takes a wealthy, naive scientist for a bundle but ends up falling for him. A+

10:00 pm – MR. LUCKY (RKO, 1943): Cary Grant, Laraine Day. A gambling ship owner tries to fleece a beautiful society woman, but ends up falling in love. Featured in Band of BrothersA-

12:00 am – NOBODY LIVES FOREVER (WB, 1946): John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald. Garfield is a con man who falls for the widow he’s fleecing. B+

2:00 am – KISS OF THE TARANTULA (Cinema-Vu, 1976): Susanna Ling, Eric Mason.A disturbed teenage girl unleashes her pet tarantula against her “enemies." D+

3:45 am – THE BAD SEED (WB, 1956): Eileen Heckart, Patty McCormack & Jesse White. A woman suspects her perfect little girl may in fact be a killer. B+

July 2

6:00 am – FOREVER DARLING (MGM, 1956): Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz & James Mason. A madcap woman's guardian angel tries to save her marriage. C+

8:00 am – BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (WB, 1944): John Garfield, Paul Henreid. Passengers on a ship don’t know they’re dead and headed for the afterlife and spend the entire voyage criticizing and bickering. B+

10:00 am – THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (RKO, 1948): Farley Granger, Cathy O’Donnell, & Howard DaSilva. Granger and O’Donnell play lovers on the run from the law in Nicholas Ray’s directorial debut. B+

2:15 pm – VIVA LAS VEGAS (MGM, 1964): Vintage Elvis. He’s a racing car driver who needs money to repair his car. Ann-Margaret is a swimming instructor who needs to fall in love with Elvis. B+

6:00 pm – ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (MGM, 1950): Betty Hutton, Howard Keel. Hutton dazzles in this musical take on sharpshooter Annie Oakley. B+

8:00 pm – PLACES IN THE HEART (Columbia, 1984): Sally Field, John Malkovich. A farmer’s widow fights to keep her land during the Depression. B+

10:00 pm – THE SOUTHERNER (UA, 1945): Zachary Scott, Betty Field. Jean Renoir produced and directed this story of a sharecropper who fights the elements to start his own farm. A+

12:00 am – LOVE AMONG THE RUINS (Meyerhar Prod., 2015): Alberto Basso, Francesco Bettini. A faux documentary about the miraculous discovery and restoration of a long-lost Italian silent film. A

2:30 am – I KNEW HER WELL (Medusa Distribuzione, 1965): Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf. A naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business. A

4:45 am – LE BEAU SERGE (Ajym Film, 1959): Gerard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy. An ailing city dweller returns to his hometown in the country on a therapeutic visit. A+

July 3

7:00 am – THE PAGAN (MGM, 1929): Ramon Navarro, Renee Adoree & Donald Crisp. South Seas native Navarro falls for Adoree, but must rescue her from cruel stepfather Crisp. C-

8:30 am – STUDENT TOUR (MGM, 1934): Jimmy Durante, Charles Butterworth & Maxine Doyle. A philosophy professor gets stuck chaperoning a student tour of the world. C-

10:15 am – THE BRIBE (MGM, 1949): Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner & Charles Laughton. A sultry singer tries to detour a federal agent from completing his mission. C-

12:00 pm – THE KISSING BANDIT (MGM, 1947): Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson. A timid young man is forced to follow in his father’s footsteps as a notorious masked bandit. C

2:00 pm – ANDY HARDY’S PRIVATE SECRETARY (MGM, 1941): Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone. On the verge of his graduation, Andy decides he needs a social secretary. C+

4:00 pm – RIO RITA (MGM, 1942): Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, & Kathryn Grayson. Bud and Lou try to stop a Nazi spy ring from infiltrating a Western ranch. C+

8:00 pm – AMERICA, AMERICA (WB, 1963): Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff. Director Elia Kazan directed this semi-autobiographical account of his journey from Turkey to America. A-

11:00 pm – I REMEMBER MAMA (RKO, 1948): Irene Dunne, Philip Dorn. Norwegian immigrants face the trials of family life in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. A-

1:30 am – AN AMERICAN ROMANCE (MGM, 1944): Brian Donlevy, Ann Richards. A European immigrant becomes a master of industry but almost loses his family. C+

3:45 am – THE EMIGRANTS (Svensk Filmindustri, 1971): Max Von Sydow, Liv Ullmann. An impoverished farming couple decides to move from Sweden to the U.S. in the 19th century. A

July 4

6:30 am – JUDGE HARDY AND SON (MGM, 1939): Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney. Judge Hardy saves an elderly couple from eviction while tending to his wife’s illness. B-

8:00 am – JOHN PAUL JONES (WB, 1959): Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn. Stack stars as the Revolutionary War naval hero in this otherwise unremarkable biopic. C+

10:15 am – THE SCARLET COAT (MGM, 1955): Cornel Wilde, George Sanders. An American officer goes undercover top unmask a Revolutionary War traitor.  C+

12:00 pm – THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE (UA, 1959): Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas & Laurence Olivier. A preacher and a rebel leader change places during the American Revolution. A

4:15 pm – MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Columbia, 1938): James Stewart, Jean Arthur. A naïve young man appointed to fill out a Senate term turns the Senate upside down. A-

8:00 pm – YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (WB, 1942): James Cagney, Walter Huston, & Joan Leslie. Cagney won the Oscar (and deservedly so) for his portrayal of song-and-dance man George M. Cohan. It’s a wonderful film, spoiled only by the fact that it was not shot in Technicolor. A+

10:45 pm – 1776 (Columbia, 1972): William Daniels, Howard DaSilva. The long-running Broadway musical about the events that led to the Declaration of Independence comes to film. The director’s cut. A

1:15 am – THE MUSIC MAN (WB, 1962): Robert Preston, Shirley Jones. A lavish adaptation of the Broadway musical about a con artist hawking musical instruments and band uniforms to a small town. B+

4:00 am – MISS FIRECRACKER (Corsair, 1989): Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen & Alfre Woodard. A small-town girl pins all her hopes on winning a local beauty pageant. B+

July 5

6:00 am – HANGMEN ALSO DIE (UA, 1943): Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, & Anna Lee. Fritz Lang directed this excellent drama about the assassination of Heydrich and its aftermath. A+

8:30 am – SCARLET STREET (Universal, 1945): Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett & Dan Duryea. A middle-aged would-be painter falls into the clutches of an unscrupulous woman. A

10:30 am – CLASH BY NIGHT (RKO, 1951): Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, & Robert Ryan. Stanwyck seeks happiness by marrying fisherman Douglas, only to have best friend Ryan try to move in. A-

12:30 pm – WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (RKO, 1956): Vincent Price, Ida Lupino. Price inherits his father’s newspaper and immediately announces to the editors a competition to find the “lipstick killer.” B+

2:30 pm – BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (RKO, 1956): Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine. In order to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence, a novelist frames himself for murder. Directed by Fritz Lang. B+

5:45 pm – THE GETAWAY (Nat’l General, 1972): Steve McQueen, Ali McGraw. A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry. B+

8:00 pm – THE RING (British Int’l Pictures, 1927): Alfred Hitchcock directed this silent about two boxers competing for a woman. B

9:45 pm – DOWNHILL (Gainsborough, 1927): Ivor Novello, Ben Webster & Norman McKinnel. After being blamed for a friend''s misbehavior, an expelled schoolboy sees his life fall apart. Silent. B-

11:15 pm – THE FARMER’S WIFE (British Int’l: 1928): Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis. After his daughter weds, a middle-aged farmer decides to remarry but has trouble choosing a suitable wife. Silent. B-

1:15 am – CHAMPAGNE (British Int’l, 1928): Hitchcock directed this tale about a wealthy man who pretends to be bankrupt in order to teach his irresponsible daughter a lesson. Silent. B-

3:00 am – THE MANXMAN (British Int’l, 1929): Malcolm Keen, Anny Ondra. A fisherman and a rising young attorney fall in love with the same girl. Silent. B-

5:00 am – BLACKMAIL (British International Pictures, 1929): Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood. Hitchcock’s first sound picture is a thriller about a policeman’s girlfriend who kills a man that tried to rape her. B+

July 6

6:45 am – MURDER! (BFI, 1930): Herbert Marshall, Miles Mander, & Nora Baring. A juror who had voted to convict a murder suspect tries to prove him innocent before his execution date. A

8:30 am – THE SKIN GAME (British Int’l, 1931): Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond. A self-made man shocks the citizens of a small English town when he purchases a forest owned by the local nobility. C

10:00 am – RICH AND STRANGE (British International, 1932): Henry Kendall, Joan Barry. A young couple unexpectedly inherits a fortune and discovers it brings more pain than pleasure. C+

2:00 pm – THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (U.A., 1962): Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra & Angela Lansbury. Classic with Harvey as a Korean War vet brainwashed by Commies to become a political assassin. A+

4:15 pm – ACT OF VIOLENCE (MGM, 1949): Robert Ryan, Van Heflin.  An embittered vet (Ryan) searches for the POW (Van Heflin) who informed on him to the Nazis. C+

5:45 pm – LITTLE WOMEN (MGM, 1949): Peter Lawford, June Allyson. Allyson is fine in MGM’s harmless remake of the 1933 Katherine Hepburn version. B+

8:00 pm – THE WHITE SISTER (Metro, 1923): Lillian Gish, Ronald Colman. Thinking her lover was killed in the war, as young woman becomes a nun. Silent. A-

10:30 pm – THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH (Goldwyn/UA, 1926): Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky & Charles Lane. A plan to irrigate the Western desert is complicated by a romantic triangle. Silent. B+

12:15 am – BULLDOG DRUMMOND (UA, 1929): Ronald Colman, Claud Allister. A bored WWI veteran helps out a young woman, who believes her uncle is being held hostage. C

2:00 am – RAFFLES (Goldwyn/UA, 1930): Ronald Colman, Kay Francis. A distinguished British gentleman hides his true identity as a notorious jewel thief. B

3:30 am – THE DEVIL TO PAY (UA, 1930): Ronald Colman, Frederic Kerr, Loretta Young, & Myrna Loy. A spendthrift's return shakes up his family. B-

5:00 am – CYNARA (UA, 1932): Ronald Colman, Kay Francis & Phyllis Barry. Infidelity threatens a lawyer's marriage when his fling decides to steal him from his wife. C

July 7

6:30 am – ARROWSMITH (U.A., 1931): Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes. Colman stars as Sinclair Lewis’ dedicated doctor. A-

8:15 am – TWO O’CLOCK COURAGE (RKO, 1945): Tom Conway, Ann Rutherford & Richard Lane. An amnesiac discovers he's wanted for murder. C

11:30 am – SIDE STREET (MGM, 1950): Farley Granger, Cathy O’Donnell. A mailman, whose wife is going to have a baby, steals $30,000 belonging to a pair of blackmailers. A

1:00 pm – THE BAMBOO BLONDE (RKO, 1946): Frances Langford, Ralph Edwards. A nightclub singer inspires a World War II flyer who names his bomber after her. C

2:15 pm –- RAW DEAL (Eagle-Lion, 1948): Denis O’Keefe, Claire Trevor. When the gangster he took the rap for welches, a convict breaks out of prison to extract revenge. A-

3:45 pm – MEN IN WAR (U.A., 1957): Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, and Vic Morrow. A platoon leader, a sergeant and a shell-shocked colonel try to regroup in Korea. Great cast. B

8:00 pm – NUMBER SEVENTEEN (British Int’l, 1932): Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey. Detective Lion sets out to recover a stolen necklace from the thieves. B

9:30 pm – THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Gaumont, 1934): Leslie Banks, Edna Best. A couple learns of an assassination attempt and later discovers their daughter has been kidnapped to insure their silence. A

11:00 pm – THE 39 STEPS (Gaumont, 1939): Robert Donat, Madeline Carroll. A man falsely suspected of killing a spy travels across Scotland handcuffed to the wrist of the woman who turned him in. A

12:45 am – THE LADY VANISHES (Gainsborough, 1938): Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave. A young woman creates an international incident looking for an elderly friend who has disappeared. A-

2:45 am – JAMAICA INN (Mayflower, 1939): Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara, & Leslie Banks. Laughton stars as the Squire of a Cornish village who in reality is a bloodthirsty pirate. C

4:30 am – AVENTURE MALGACHE (Ministry of Information, 1944): Paul Bonifas, Paul Clarus. An actor recalls his life as a radio operator in the Resistance. A

5:15 am – BON VOYAGE (Milestone Films, 1944): Jon Blythe. An escaped Scottish RAF officer is debriefed in London and recounts his escape. Directed by Hitchcock. A

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  1. Once again... My main source for "recording" TCM classics! Thanks guys!

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