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TCM TiVo ALERT
For
August 15–August 22

DAVID’S BEST BETS:

VIVA LAS VEGAS (August 16, 10:00 am): For the most part, if you've seen one Elvis film from the 1960s, you've seen them all. While 1964's Viva Las Vegas doesn't stray too far from the Elvis Formula – he has a rugged-type job, somehow gets into a jam, sees a pretty girl, sings some songs, gets into a fight, gets the girl and lives happily ever after – it is significantly better than most of them. That's not much of a compliment, but this is one of Presley's best films. The reason? The on-screen and off-screen chemistry between Elvis, who plays race-car driver Lucky Jackson, and Ann-Margaret, who plays Rusty Martin, his love interest in one of her sexiest roles. While not the best actress to play opposite Elvis, Ann-Margaret is the most entertaining and interacts better with him than any other. Rusty is a swimming instructor and dancer, great excuses for her to wear skimpy clothes. But it's more than a T&A film. There's some great dance numbers that are filmed nicely with the use of several different camera angles, the excellent theme song along with a few other musical numbers, an exciting car race (of course Elvis is a race-car driver, a job he had in several of his films), and Presley's charisma, rarely captured during this era. Is it a masterpiece or even Elvis' best movie? No, but it's very entertaining to watch.

GASLIGHT (August 19, 10:30 pm): As a huge fan of Joseph Cotten and Ingrid Bergman, it's great to see that when the two teamed together in this 1944 film that the result was spectacular. (Unfortunately, the chemistry between the two wasn't nearly as good when they worked together on Alfred Hitchcock's Under Capricorn five years later.) Gaslight has fantastic pacing, starting slowly planting the seeds of Bergman's potential insanity and building to a mad frenzy with Cotten's Scotland Yard inspector saving the day and Bergman gaining revenge. While Charles Boyer has never been a favorite of mine, he is excellent in this role as Bergman's scheming husband who is slowly driving her crazy. Also deserving of praise is Angela Lansbury – I'm not a fan of her either – in her film debut as the couple's maid. Lansbury has the hots for Boyer and nothing but disdain for Bergman. A well-acted, well-directed film that is one I always enjoy viewing no matter how many times I see it.

ED’S BEST BETS:

MYSTERY STREET (August 15, 12:00 am): This is a neat little B-thriller that stands out today as one of the first procedural police dramas from Hollywood. Starring Ricardo Montalban as a Cape Cod detective and Bruce Bennett as a Harvard professor, it follows the discovery of the remains of a murdered B-girl on a Cape Cod beach straight through to the arrest of her killer. It’s an early exercise in forensic science as they trace the clues step-by-step, interview witnesses, and even overcome class prejudice to finally lead them to the murderer. It’s intelligent, well written and expertly acted. Look for Elsa Lanchester as an eccentric landlady.

WHEN LADIES MEET (August 21, 11:15 pm): A smart and sophisticated Pre-Code drama. Myrna Loy is a successful novelist enamored wth her publisher, Frank Morgan. But Morgan is married to Ann Harding. Loy’s boyfriend, Robert Montgomery, decides to break up Loy’s budding romance by introducing her to Harding without telling either lady who she’s meeting. When the cat is finally let out of the bag, the fireworks begin as Harding gives Loy some common sense advice about her husband. The fly in the ointment is Morgan, who is horribly miscast as a love interest, but Loy and Harding are so good that we forget after awhile and concentrate on the give-and-take between the ladies. Remade in 1941 with Joan Crawford, Greer Garson and Robert Taylor, but this is the version to see.

WE AGREE ON ... THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (August 19, 8 pm)

ED: A+. The title of this film has passed into the popular culture to indicate a brainwashed sleeper, one who has been hypnotized and instructed to act when his controllers pull his psychological trigger. But packaged as a political thriller, it may be the most sophisticated political satire ever to come out of Hollywood. Seen today, it’s lost none of its punch; the satire still has bite, and its story uncannily echoes through contemporary halls. Kudos to George Axelrod, who adapted Richard Condon’s best-selling novel, and John Frankenheimer, who guides the film with a steady hand. The performances are terrific from top to bottom, with Janet Leigh taking a wonderful turn as the mysterious Rosie. Angela Lansbury was the political mommy of all mommies – one of the great villains of the movies – and James Gregory shines as her weak-willed husband. Sinatra is Sinatra – pitch perfect, and Laurence Harvey has never been better. Legend has it that Sinatra purchased the rights and kept it out of release from 1964 until 1988, supposedly over remorse about JFK’s death. But Roger Ebert said that director Frankenheimer told him that the real reason was that Sinatra had a dispute with United Artists about the profits, and bought the rights with the intention that it would earn no money for the studio or anyone else. Forget Jonathan Demme’s 2004 remake. This is the one to see.

DAVID: A+. This is my favorite Cold War film, telling the chilling story of Staff Sgt. Raymond Shaw – played by the vastly underrated Laurence Harvey in his greatest performance – who, along with other members of his unit are captured during the Korean War and brainwashed by Chinese and Russians. But the soldiers don't know they've been brainwashed and that Shaw has been turned into a killing machine. When he's playing Shaw while under the spell of the Communists, Harvey is brilliant – detached, robotic and commands your attention. While Frank Sinatra and Janet Leigh also get their names above the title, this film belongs to Harvey and Angela Lansbury. Only three years older than Harvey, Lansbury plays Shaw's wickedly evil, incestuous, opportunistic, calculating, red-baiting – though she is working with the Communists – mother. I'm not a Lansbury fan for the most part, but she is marvelous here. Sinatra is excellent, accepting his secondary role, and Leigh's small part is about as strange and intriguing as you'll find. The movie clocks in at a little over two hours, but the time just flies by and the ending is absolutely shocking the first time you see it. It's a strong, stark, powerful, terrifying film.

Schedule Subject to Change

August is the annual “Summer Under the Stars” feature on TCM. Each day a different star is highlighted.

August 15 – Ricardo Montalban

6:00 am — FIESTA (MGM, 1947): Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban. A sister (Williams) takes the place of her toreador brother (Montalban) in the bullring so he can pursue his musical career. C

10:00 am — TWO WEEKS WITH LOVE (MGM, 1950): Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban. Two sisters find romance during a turn-of-the-century family vacation. C+

12:00 pm — SOMBRERO (MGM, 1953): Ricardo Montalban, Pier Angeli. Three sets of lovers are caught between feuding Mexican villages. D+

1:45 pm — MY MAN AND I (MGM, 1952): Ricardo Montalban, Shelley Winters. William A. Wellman directed this drama about a Mexican-American laborer and his fight for dignity. B-

3:30 pm — BORDER INCIDENT (MGM, 1949): George Murphy, Ricardo Montalban. Police investigate the illegal immigration racket. B

8:00 pm — LATIN LOVERS (MGM, 1952): Lana Turner, Ricardo Montalban. An heiress searches for true love while vacationing in Brazil. C+

10:00 pm — THE RELUCTANT SAINT (Davis--Royal Films Int’l, 1962): Maximilian Schell, Ricardo Montalban. In this true story, a 17th century man miraculously overcomes his intellectual challenges to become a priest. A

12:00 pm — MYSTERY STREET (MGM, 1950): Ricardo Montalban, Bruce Bennett. A small town detective and a Harvard professor team to solve a case with nothing more than the victim’s bones to go on. A-

2:00 am — ACROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI (MGM, 1951): Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalban. An explorer leads the way for 19thcentury settlers along the American frontier. B-

August 16 – Elvis Presley

8:00 am — ELVIS ON TOUR (MGM, 1972): Extensive concert footage of Elvis is the highlight of this documentary. A

10:00 am — SPINOUT (MGM, 1966): Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, & Deborah Walley. Three amorous women pursue racing car driver and singer Elvis. Who will he choose? C

12:00 pm — THIS IS ELVIS (WB, 1981): Johnny Harra, Rhonda Lyn. Using staged scenes and vintage clips, this biopic re-creates Elvis Presley's life. C+

2:00 pm — KISSIN’ COUSINS (MGM, 1964): Elvis Presley, Arthur O’Connell & Glenda Farrell. Singing Air Force officer Elvis gets mixed-up with his twin cousin. C

4:00 pm — GIRL HAPPY (MGM, 1965): Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares. A rock singer is hired to chaperone a gangster's daughter in Fort Lauderdale. C+

6:00 pm — JAILHOUSE ROCK (MGM, 1957): Elvis Presley, Mickey Shaugnessy. After learning to play the guitar in prison, a young man becomes a rock 'n' roll sensation. A-

8:00 pm — ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (MGM, 1970): Elvis Presley. Concert footage is combined with a backstage documentary of Elvis in Las Vegas. A-

10:00 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+

12:00 am — KID GALAHAD (U.A. 1962): Elvis Presley, Gig Young. Elvis is a mechanic-turned boxer by promoter Young in this remake of the 1937 film. C+

2:00 am — IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD’S FAIR (MGM, 1963): Elvis Presley, Joan O’Brien. Elvis helps a lost young girl at the Seattle World’s Fair and falls in love with social worker Joan. C-

4:00 am — LIVE A LITTLE, LOVE A LITTLE (MGM, 1968): Elvis Presley, Rudy Vallee. Photographer Elvis tries to keep his staid boss from discovering that he’s moonlighting for a girlie magazine. B-

August 17 – Rosalind Russell

6:00 am — CRAIG’S WIFE (Columbia, 1936): Rosalind Russell, John Boles. A woman puts her beautiful house ahead of her family.A-

7:30 am — TROUBLE FOR TWO (MGM, 1936): Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell. An offbeat black comedy about a European prince, about to marry, who joins a suicide club. A-

11:30 am — NO TIME FOR COMEDY (WB, 1940): James Stewart, Rosalind Russell. A playwright ‘s wife convinces him to give up comedy for tragedy with the usual comedic results. B+

1:30 pm — THEY MET IN BOMBAY (MGM, 1941): Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell & Peter Lorre. Two jewel thieves on the lam fall in love while in the Far East. B

5:30 pm — AUNTIE MAME (WB, 1958): Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, & Coral Browne. An orphaned young boy goes to live with his free-spirited aunt (Russell). A-

8:00 pm — WHAT A WOMAN! (Columbia, 1943): Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne.  Literary agent Russell discovers that the book’s author may just be the man to play the lead in the movie. B+

10:00 pm — MY SISTER EILEEN (Columbia, 1942): Rosalind Russell, Janet Blair. Two sisters – one smart, one pretty – move to New York to build careers. The Three Stooges appear in a cameo. B

12:00 am — HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Columbia, 1940): Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell.  It’s Howard Hawks’ hilarious remake of The Front Page with star reporter Russell as editor Grant’s ex-wife. A+

2:00 am — THE FEMININE TOUCH (MGM, 1941): Rosalind Russell, Don Ameche, & Kay Francis. A psychology professor writing a book on jealousy finds his wife is an expert on the subject. B

4:00 am — RENDEVOUS (MGM, 1935): William Powell, Rosalind Russell & Lionel Atwill. Cryptologist Powell must deal with a spy ring in this WW1 thriller. C

August 18 – Rod Taylor

8:00 am — THE LIQUIDATOR (MGM, 1966): Rod Taylor, Trevor Howard. A killer-for-hire gets involved in a plot to kill Prince Phillip.B-

10:00 am — THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT (MGM, 1966): Doris Day, Rod Taylor. A scientist’s biographer (Day) is mistaken for a spy. B-

12:00 pm — THE TIME MACHINE (MGM, 1960): Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux. George Pal’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’s dystopia set in the year 802,701 with humans divided into peaceful Eloi and cannibalistic Morlocks. B+

3:45 pm — HOTEL (WB, 1967): Rod Taylor, Catherine Spaak. A sort of Grand Hotel, this is the story of the clock-like movements of a giant, big city New Orleans hotel with all the side dramas. D+

8:00 pm — 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+

10:15 pm — DARK OF THE SUN (MGM, 1968): Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux. A mercenary band fights to get refugees and a fortune in diamonds out of the Congo. B

2:00 am — YOUNG CASSIDY (MGM, 1965): Rod Taylor, Flora Robson, & Jack MacGowran. This is the story of playwright Sean O’Casey’s’ involvement in the Irish rebellion of 1910. C+

August 19 – Angela Lansbury

6:00 am — IF WINTER COMES (MGM, 1948): Walter Pidgeon, Deborah Kerr & Janet Leigh. A scandal breaks out when a well-meaning, innocent man takes in a pregnant girl. B+

10:00 am — ALL FALL DOWN (MGM, 1962): Eve Marie Saint, Warren Beatty & Angela Landsbury. A young drifter’s possessive mom gets in the way of his romance with an older woman. B-

12:00 pm — THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT (UA, 1964): Peter Sellers, Paula Prentiss & Merrie Spaeth. Two poor little rich girls dog the steps of a womanizing pianist. B

3:45 pm — STATE OF THE UNION (Liberty Films/MGM 1948): Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy. A presidential candidate puts his integrity & marriage to the test during the campaign. C+

6:00 pm — THE HARVEY GIRLS (MGM, 1946): Judy Garland, John Hodiak. Straitlaced waitresses battle saloon girls to win the West for domesticity in this lively musical. B+

8:00 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+

10:30 pm — GASLIGHT (MGM, 1944): Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, & Joseph Cotten. A newlywed fears she’s going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion. A

12:30 am — THE PRIVATE AFFAIRS OF BEL AMI (UA,1947): George Sanders, Angela Lansbury & Ann Dvorak. A man rises through Parisian society by using the women he romances. A

2:30 am — SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (PBS, 1982): George Hearn, Angela Lansbury. A filmed version of the Broadway musical; it debuted on PBS. A-

August 20 – Cary Grant

6:00 am — PENNY SERENADE (Columbia, 1941): Irene Dunne, Cary Grant. A woman on the verge of divorce recalls her heartbreaking attempts to adopt a child. A

8:15 am — IN NAME ONLY (RKO, 1939): Carole Lombard, Cary Grant & Kay Francis. A better than average soaper about a man whose wife won’t divorce him so he can marry his widowed sweetheart. A-

10:00 am — NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART (RKO, 1944): Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore. Cockney drifter Grant tries to turn his fortunes around to support dying mother Barrymore. C+

12:00 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-

2:00 pm — 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+

4:00 pm — I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE (RKO, 1948): Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan. An Army woman stationed overseas tries to get her French-born husband back to the States. A

6:00 pm — THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (MGM, 1940): Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn & James Stewart. Society lady Hepburn finds herself being wooed by ex-husband Grant and tabloid reporter Stewart. A-

8:00 pm — HOLIDAY (Columbia, 1938): Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Doris Nolan, & Lew Ayers. An unhappy heiress (Hepburn) falls in love with her stodgy sister’s freethinking fiancé (Grant). C+

9:45 pm — AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (20th Cent. Fox, 1957): Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr. A playboy and singer agree to meet in six months at the Empire State Building though engaged to others. C+

12:00 am — 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-

2:00 am — PEOPLE WILL TALK (Fox, 1951): Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain. A doctor sets tongues wagging by his approach to medicine. A+

4:00 am — WALK, DON’T RUN (Columbia, 1966): Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, & Jim Hutton. In Tokyo, during the Olympics, one of three unlikely housemates plays matchmaker for the other two. B-

August 21 – Ann Harding

6:00 am — HER PRIVATE AFFAIR (Path Exchange, Inc., 1929): Ann Harding, Harry Bannister. A judge's wife gets mixed up with a blackmailing gigolo. C

7:30 am — CONDEMNED (UA, 1929): Ronald Colman, Ann Harding. A Devil’s Island convict and the warden’s wife fall in love. C

9:00 am — THE CONQUERORS (RKO, 1932): Richard Dix, Ann Harding & Edna May Oliver. Newlyweds go West and build a banking empire in Nebraska. C

10:30 am — THE LIFE OF VERGIE WINTERS (RKO, 1934): Ann Harding, John Boles. A politician marries while maintaining a second, illegitimate family on the side. B-

12:00 pm — THE LADY CONSENTS (RKO, 1936): Ann Harding, Herbert Marshall & Margaret Lindsay. A doctor leaves his wife for another woman then realizes he''''s made a big mistake. C+

1:30 pm — THE WITNESS CHAIR (RKO, 1936): Ann Harding, Walter Abel. A woman lets her lover stand trial for the murder she committed. C-

4:30 pm — EYES IN THE NIGHT (MGM, 1942): Edward Arnold, Ann Harding. A blind detective gets mixed up with enemy agents and murder when he tries to help a friend with a rebellious daughter. B

8:00 pm — BIOGRAPHY OF A BACHELOR GIRL (MGM, 1935): Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery. A man reunites with his lost love when her upcoming memoirs threaten his political career. D+

9:30 pm — THE ANIMAL KINGDOM (RKO, 1932): Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, & Myrna Loy. An intellectual publisher cannot choose between his society wife and his freethinking former love. A-

11:15 pm — WHEN LADIES MEET (MGM, 1933): Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, & Myrna Loy. A female novelist doesn’t realize her new friend is the wife whose husband she’s trying to steal. A

2:30 am — DOUBLE HARNESS (RKO, 1933): Ann Harding, William Powell. After tricking a playboy into marriage, a woman sets out to win his love honestly. B

August 22 – Glenn Ford

6:00 am — FRAMED (Columbia, 1947): Glenn Ford, Janis Carter. A femme fatale lures an unemployed man into helping her with a criminal scheme. C

7:30 am — THE MATING OF MILLIE (Columbia, 1948): Glenn Ford, Evelyn Keyes. A businesswoman who wants to adopt a child must find a husband. C+

9:00 am — HUMAN DESIRE (Columbia, 1954): Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame. An unhappy wife seduces a veteran into helping her get rid of her husband. C+

10:45 am — TERROR ON A TRAIN (MGM, 1953): Glenn Ford, Maurice Denham. Bomb expert Ford has little time to defuse a bomb on a train loaded with explosives. B-

12:15 pm — THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE (MGM, 1956): Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain Ex-gunman Ford and wife Crain must constantly move from town to town lest his identity be discovered. B-

4:00 pm — THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (MGM, 1955): Glenn Ford, Anne Francis. Ford is a teacher who must face the problems of juvenile delinquency in his high school. A

8:00 pm — EXPERIMENT IN TERROR (Columbia, 1962): Lee Remick, Ross Martin, Glenn Ford, Stephanie Powers. A master criminal tries to force a bank teller to help him pull off a big heist. B+

10:15 pm — THE VIOLENT MEN (Columbia, 1955): Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck & Edward G. Robinson. The wife of crooked cattle baron Robinson plots his death. B-

12:00 am — GILDA (Columbia, 1946): Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford. A gambler runs into his old flame in South America, but unfortunately, she’s married to his new boss. B+


2:00 am — POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES (UA, 1961): Glenn Ford, Bette Davis. A good-hearted gangster turns an old apple seller into a society matron so she can impress her daughter. B


TCM TiVo ALERT
For
August 8–August 14

DAVID’S BEST BETS:

STAGECOACH (August 12, 12:15 pm) As you'll read below in our We Disagree, I'm not a fan of all John Wayne films. However, this is one of the best Westerns ever made. This 1939 film, directed by John Ford, is about a group of people – including a prostitute, an alcoholic doctor, a pregnant woman, a gambler, and a bank embezzler  – traveling by stagecoach in 1880 through hostile Apache territory in the Southwest. Along the way, they pick up the notorious Ringo Kid (Wayne), who helps fend off the Indians. The cast that also features Claire Trevor, John Carradine and Donald Meek is the strong-point of this film with each actor getting enough screen time to let viewers be interested in every character. Wayne is perfectly cast as the young gun who's wrongfully accused, but fast with a six-shooter and charming despite being rough around the edges. This was Ford's first talkie Western and one of his best. As with nearly all of Ford's films, the scenery in Stagecoach is breathtaking. 
BALL OF FIRE (August 13, 2:00 pm): Barbara Stanwyck is a hot nightclub performer hiding from the police and her mob boyfriend in a house with brilliant, eccentric professors writing an encyclopedia. Director Howard Hawks – with the assistance of Billy Wilder, who co-wrote the screenplay from one of his short stories – does a great job blending the two worlds together to make an outstanding romantic comedy. The main professor, Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper), is focusing his work on American slang. The slang of 1941 is dated, but the scenes that have Potts learning the words of the day from Stanwyck's character, Sugarpuss, are hysterical with Cooper doing an excellent job as the straight man. Also of note are the wonderful acting performances of the other professors, all who are considerably older than Potts. It's a funny, entertaining film that leaves the viewer with a smile on his/her face for most of the movie.

ED’S BEST BETS:

FAST AND FURIOUS (August 8, 10:45 am): The Thin Man movies were popular must sees with moviegoers. Unfortunately, MGM couldn’t grind them out as fast as fans would have liked. To fill in the gap, MGM and other studios filled the screen with other husband and wife duos, hoping to strike another mother lode. This series centered around married rare booksellers Joel and Garda Sloane lasted for three films, and was generally entertaining. Unfortunately, MGM didn’t know what it wanted to do with the series and in each film we saw a different couple as Joel and Garda. This was the last film in the series and starred Franchot Tone as Joel and Ann Sothern as Garda. It was also Tone’s last film under his MGM contract, as he left for the stage. This time the Sloanes become involved with a murder at a seaside beauty pageant. The film is fast-moving, well-plotted, and entertaining, leading viewers to wonder how well the series could really have done if the studio wasn’t always changing the leads. MGM quickly lost interest in the Sloanes when William Powell and Myrna Loy agreed to return in Another Thin Man. MGM didn’t make mistakes often, but here they had the chance to create a good B-series to stand in between Powell and Loy outings. Watch and see if you agree. 

LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT (August 13, 9:00 am) No one was better in the Pre-Code era than Barbara Stanwyck, and is at her best in this, the grandmother of women-behind-bars flicks. She’s a bank robber sent to prison, where she encounters all the later standard prison clichés: the large, burly matron, scheming jealous rival inmates, the hard-line warden, and the older lifers, led by Aunt Maggie (the excellent supporting actress Maude Eburne) who mentors Babs and shows her the ropes. There’s also a brief glimpse into a muscular cigar-smoking inmate. Maggie warns Babs about her: “She likes to wrestle.” And we all know what that means. Though the film cops out at the end as Babs gets involved – and reformed by – a radio evangelist (Preston Foster), it’s still the template for later women-in-prison movies, none of which have ever topped it. A psychotronic classic.

WE DISAGREE ON ... THE QUIET MAN (August 12, 8:00 pm)

ED: A+. If ever a film could be said to be a paean poem, it is The Quiet Man, for it is John Ford’s loving tribute to Ireland, the home of his parents. (He was born in Maine.) John Wayne is somehow just right for the role of Sean Thornton, a boxer who comes to the village where he was born in Ireland to find peace, claim his homestead, and find a wife. He’s haunted by the past, having quit the ring after accidentally killing his last opponent. He catches the eye of Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara), but her brother, Squire “Red” Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen), the richest farmer in the area, has it in for Thornton. Sean’s homestead separates Danaher’s spread from that of the Widow Sarah Tillane (Mildred Natwick) and Danaher had his eye on it before Sean’s arrival. Now Danaher contrives to keep Sean and Mary Kate separate, and when they do marry, he does everything in his power to demean Thornton. He’s clearly scrapping for a fight, but Sean won’t fight because of the bad memories. But he must fight if he is to look manly in the eyes of his wife, and the village. It is Thornton’s dilemma that drives the film, and when he finally confronts his bullying brother-in-law, it’s a scene for the ages. O’Hara is clearly the star of the film. Her Mary Kate easily outshines both Wayne and McLaglen, no easy task since the film revolves around the enmity between them. Barry Fitzgerald also shines as Michaleen Flynn, the local matchmaker and cart driver who can’t seem to tell anyone a thing without getting a mug of stout from them first. It’s a wonderful film with the longest fight scene in history. This is what is meant by the term “film classic.”

DAVID: C. The Quiet Man is one of the most overrated films in cinematic history. John Wayne plays Sean Thornton, an Irish boxer who killed a man – surprisingly not with his overacting – with his fists in the ring. He's back in Ireland to forget about his past and live on his family's farm. While he's at it, he grabs a woman to be his wife. The lucky lady is Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara). She's fiery, but Wayne can tame her – or can he? Danaher's jackass of a brother (Victor McLaglen), who is a major property owner in town, tries to get in his way. Director John Ford attempts to inject humor into this film as the town conspires to make sure Thornton claims Danaher as his property against the will of her brother. One charming scene has Thornton dragging Danaher across a field full of animal dung. This was Ford's tribute to his native country. Apparently he's not a big fan of Ireland. The main storyline is Thornton doesn't want to fight because he killed a man, Danaher's brother is itching for a scrape with him and the townsfolk want to see violence. Thornton won't fight so everyone considers him the coward of the county (with apologies to Kenny Rogers). His wife won't, um, be intimate with him until he gets a dowry from her brother. She apparently believes she is property with a certain financial value. Score one for women's lib! Fighting seems to be the only way people in this film solve their differences. To make it more ridiculous, the two start to like each other as they exchange exaggerated punches. Mary Kate feels closer to her husband and her brother as the fight goes on and on and on. If I'm looking for a long entertaining fight scene I'll watch They Live. Much is made about The Quiet Man's romantic storyline. Love equally violence in this film. The scenery is beautiful, but the same can be said of a National Geographic documentary of the Irish countryside. And it's not like this is a quick watch. The film drags on for two hours and nine minutes.

Schedule Subject to Change (All Times Eastern)

August is the annual “Summer Under the Stars” feature on TCM. Each day a different star is highlighted.

August 8 – Franchot Tone

6:00 am – TODAY WE LIVE (MGM, 1933): Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, & Robert Young. During World War I, two officers, one a pilot and the other from the Navy, compete for the love of an aristocratic woman. C-

8:00 am – DANGEROUS (WB, 1935): Bette Davis, Franchot Tone. This sob story about an alcoholic former Broadway star and her rehabilitation by a young architect in love with her earned Davis an Oscar. C

9:30 am – EXCLUSIVE STORY (MGM, 1936): Franchot Tone, Madge Evans. A newspaper’s attorney tries to get the goods on a numbers racket. B

10:45 am – FAST AND FURIOUS (MGM, 1939): Franchot Tone, Ann Sothern. Married book dealers Joel and Garda Sloane get involved with murder during a beauty pageant. B 

1:45 pm – UNCLE VANYA (Continental Dist., 1958): Mary Perry, Franchot Tone. Passions flare when a retired professor moves his young wife to the country estate he inherited from his first wife. C

3:30 pm – FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO (Paramount, 1943): Franchot Tone, Erich Von Stroheim. Billy Wilder directed this film about an undercover British agent in Field Marshal Rommel’s headquarters. A-

8:00 pm – THE KING STEPS OUT (Columbia, 1936): Miss Grace Moore, Franchot Tone. A young woman saves her sister from marriage to an emperor that she doesn’t love. B+

9:45 pm – THE UNGUARDED HOUR (MGM, 1936): Loretta Young. Franchot Tone. A blackmailer tries to stop a woman from revealing evidence that could save a condemned man. C+

11:30 pm – GENTLEMEN ARE BORN (WB, 1934): Franchot Tone, Jean Muir. Recent college graduates face the realities of the Great Depression. C

2:45 am – THE GIRL FROM MISSOURI (MGM, 1934): Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore. A gold digging chorine tries to keep her virtue while searching for a rich husband. A-

August 9 – Sandra Dee

6:00 am – UNTIL THEY SAIL (MGM, 1957): Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine & Paul Newman. Four sisters in New Zealand fall for Allied soldiers en route to the front in World War II. C+

8:00 am – DOCTOR, YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! (MGM, 1967): Sandra Dee, George Hamilton. Four suitors pursue a pregnant singer to the maternity ward. C

10:00 am  – THE WILD AND THE INNOCENT (Universal, 1959): Audie Murphy, Joanne Dru & Sandra Dee. A young mountaineer gets his first taste of city life. C+

12:00 pm – THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE (MGM, 1958): Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall & Sandra Dee. British parents prepare their Americanized daughter for her debut in society. B-

4:00 pm – GIDGET (Columbia, 1959): Sandra Dee, James Darren & Cliff Robertson. A young girl wants to win acceptance from the gang of surfers at her local beach. C

5:45 pm – IMITATION OF LIFE (Universal, 1959): Lana Turner, John Gavin. Turner dominates this remake of the 1934 soaper about two women, one Black, one White and their daughters. C+

8:00 pm – THAT FUNNY FEELING (Universal, 1965): Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin. A cleaning girl tries to pass off her workplace as her home, not knowing she's dating her boss. C+

10:00 pm – THE RESTLESS YEARS (Universal, 1958): Teresa Wright, John Saxon & Sandra Dee. A high school boy defies local gossip when he falls for an unstable woman’s illegitimate daughter. C

12:00 am – ROMANOFF AND JULIET (Universal, 1961): Peter Ustinov, Sandra Dee. An ambassador from a postage-stamp republic plays matchmaker for the children of Soviet and U.S. diplomats. B+

4:00 am – THE DUNWICH HORROR (AIP, 1970): Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell. A demonic priest uses a young innocent to help him bring banished elder gods back to Earth. C

August 10 – Sidney Poitier

6:00 am – BROTHER JOHN (Columbia, 1971): Sidney Poitier, Will Geer. A man returns to Earth as an angel to intervene in a small-town labor strike. B-

8:00 am – A WARM DECEMBER (Nat. Gen., 1972): Sidney Poitier, Yvette Curtis & George Baker. A doctor visiting London falls for a mysterious woman. B

10:00 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+

12:00 pm – EDGE OF THE CITY (MGM, 1957): John Cassavetes, Sidney Poitier. Martin Ritt directed this story of an army deserter and a dockworker who join forces to fight union racketeers. A-

2:00 pm – SOMETHING OF VALUE (MGM, 1957): Rock Hudson, Sidney Poitier, & Wendy Hiller. Childhood friends Hudson and Poitier find themselves on opposite sides during a bloody civil war. A-

4:00 pm – BUCK AND THE PREACHER (Columbia, 1972): Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, & Ruby Dee. A con man helps a group of former slaves find their way to a new home in the West. B-

8:00 pm – TO SIR WITH LOVE (Columbia, 1967): Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson. New teacher Poitier must face the challenge of getting through to his students in a slum area London school. A-

10:00 pm – THE DEFIANT ONES (UA, 1958): Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier. Two convicts, one a White racist and the other Black, escape while4 chained to one another. B

12:00 am – IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (MGM, 1935): Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger. A black police detective from the North forces a Southern sheriff to accept his help solving a murder case. A

2:00 am – THE BEDFORD INCIDENT (Columbia, 1965): Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier. Tense item about a U.S. sub playing a cat and mouse game with a Soviet sub off the coast of Greenland. A-

August 11 – Ginger Rogers

6:00 am – THE TENDERFOOT (WB, 1932): Joe E. Brown, Ginger Rogers. An innocent cowboy sets out to back a Broadway play.C+

7:30 am – FLYING DOWN TO RIO (RKO, 1933): Dolores Del Rio, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Astaire and Rogers enliven this otherwise ordinary story of a bandleader who finds love and success in Brazil. B-

9:15 am – 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

12:30 pm – STAR OF MIDNIGHT (RKO, 1935): William Powell, Ginger Rogers. Powell and Rogers team up to find a kidnapped actress in this delightful comedy-mystery. A-

4:15 pm – TOM, DICK, AND HARRY (RKO, 1941): Ginger Rogers, Burgess Meredith, George Murphy, & Alan Marshall. Rogers accepts three marriage proposals and dreams of life with each man. A-

6:15 pm – BACHELOR MOTHER (RKO, 1939): Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn. A shop-clerk is mistaken for the mother of a foundling in this lively comedy written by Norman Krasna. A

8:00 pm – KITTY FOYLE (RKO, 1942): Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan. Rogers won an Oscar for her portrayal of a poor girl who suffers scandal and heartbreak after falling in love with a high-society boy. A-

10:00 pm – TOP HAT (RKO, 1935): Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. Quintessential with a great Irving Berlin score highlighted by Fred and Ginger’s dancing to “Cheek to Cheek” It’s one for the ages. A+

12:00 am – DREAMBOAT (Fox, 1952): Clifton Webb, Ginger Rogers. A college professor faces embarrassment when his past as a silent screen heartthrob is revealed. A-

1:45 am – TIGHT SPOT (Columbia, 1955): Edward G. Robinson, Ginger Rogers. DA Robinson tries to convince hardboiled Rogers to testify against the Mob. A-

August 12 – John Wayne

6:00 am – THE LONG VOYAGE HOME (U.A., 1940): Thomas Mitchell, John Wayne. John Ford directed this tale of a merchant ship’s crew surviving the loneliness of the sea and the coming of war. A

8:00 am – McLINTOCK (U.A., 1963): John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara. Wayne is a cattle baron and O’Hara his wife in this versionThe Taming of the ShrewB

12:15 pm – STAGECOACH (UA, 1939): Thomas Mitchell, Claire Trevor. John Ford’s great Western with a breakout performance by John Wayne as The Ringo Kid. A+

2:00 pm – SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (RKO, 1949): John Wayne, Joanne Dru.  An aging Calvary officer tries to prevent an Indian war days before his retirement. A

4:00 pm – THE TRAIN ROBBERS (WB, 1974): John Wayne, Ann-Margaret. A bandit's widow enlists a famed gunman to return the gold her husband had stolen. C

5:45 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+

8:00 pm – THE QUIET MAN (Republic, 1952): John Wayne, Victor McLaglen, & Maureen O’Hara. Irish ex-boxer Wayne returns to Ireland and searches for a proper wife. Ratings: See above.

10:30 pm – 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+

12:45 am – RIO BRAVO (WB, 1959): John Wayne, Dean Martin, & Angie Dickinson. A great film from Howard Hawks: Sheriff Wayne enlists a drunk, a kid and an old man to help him fight off a ruthless cattle baron. A+

3:15 am – THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (MGM, 1945): Robert Montgomery, John Wayne. A Navy commander fights to prove the seaworthiness of PT boats at the start of World War Two. B+

August 13 – Barbara Stanwyck

6:00 am – SO BIG (WB, 1932): Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent. It’s the original version of Edna Ferber’s novel about a teacher who becomes a farmer and raises her son to aspire to bigger things. B

7:30 am – THE PURCHASE PRICE (WB, 1932): Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent. A nightclub singer on the lam becomes a farmer’s mail order bride. B+

9:00 am – LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT (WB, 1933): Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, & Lyle Talbot. Bank robber Stanwyck is sent to prison, where she becomes boss of her cellblock. A-

10:30 am – THE MAD MISS MANTON (RKO, 1938): Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda. A daffy socialite (Stanwyck) gets her friends mixed up in a murder investigation. C+

12:00 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+

2:00 pm – BALL OF FIRE (RKO, 1942): Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper. A group of professors takes in a nightclub singer hiding from the law to protect her gangster boyfriend. A

4:00 pm – THESE WILDER YEARS (MGM, 1956): James Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck. Wealthy businessman Cagney sets out to find his long lost illegitimate son. B-

6:00 pm – MY REPUTATION (WB, 1946): Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent. A widow generates small-town gossip when she falls in love too soon after her husband's death. A

8:00 pm – ALL I DESIRE (Universal, 1953): Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson. A stage star returns to the small-town family she deserted. B-

9:30 pm – THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (Paramount, 1946): Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin. Years after a murder drove them apart, an heiress tries to win back her lost love. A

11:45 pm – CRIME OF PASSION (MGM, 1957): Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden. Stanwyck is at her best as a police lieutenant’s wife who’ll barter sex for her husband’s business success. B

1:30 am – BABY FACE (WB, 1933): Barbara Stanwyck, Theresa Harris & George Brent. In this, the most notorious of the Pre-Code films, a beautiful schemer sleeps her way to the top of a banking empire. A-

3:00 am – THE MIRACLE WOMAN (Columbia, 1931): Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners. Frank Capra’s film about a woman that has lost her faith until an encounter with a blind man leads to its restoration. B+

August 14 – Vanessa Redgrave

9:15 am – THE SEA GULL (WB, 1968): James Mason, Vanessa Redgrave. Sidney Lumet directed this film adaptation of Anton Chekov’s play depicting rural life in late 19th century Russia. C

12:00 pm – BEHIND THE MASK (British Lion, 1958): Michael Redgrave, Tony Britton. A feud between two doctors threatens their patients. C-

2:00 pm – AGATHA (WB, 1979): Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave.. A fictionalization of what may have happened, during the actual 11-day disappearance of the famed mystery writer. B

4:00 pm – THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION (Universal, 1976): Alan Arkin, Nicol Williamson & Vanessa Redgrave. Watson tricks Holmes into seeing Dr. Sigmund Freud for his cocaine addiction. B+

6:00 pm – MORGAN! (Cinema V, 1966): David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave.  An eccentric artist with a gorilla fixation is obsessed with preventing his ex-wife from marrying a normal art dealer. B+

8:00 pm – JULIA (Fox, 1977): Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave. To help a childhood friend, playwright Lillian Hellman carries money for the resistance into Nazi territory. A-

10:15 pm – ORPHEUS DESCENDING (Turner, 1990): Vanessa Redgrave, Kevin Anderson. A drifter in Mississippi brings new life to an Italian immigrant woman trapped in a loveless marriage. C

12:30 am – BLOW-UP (MGM, 1966): David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave. Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic thriller concerns a London fashion photographer who accidentally photographs a murder. A


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DAVID’S BEST BETS:

DEAD END (August 4, 6:00 am): I hate the Dead End Kids/East Side Kids/Bowery Boys. But their first movie: a gritty, authentic look at life in the slums of New York City is a keeper. It's based on a play of the same name and the movie is filmed like a play. Humphrey Bogart as Baby Face Martin, a gangster who returns to his childhood neighborhood, shows flashes of brilliance in this film that would return in movies such as CasablancaThe Big SleepThe Maltese Falcon and Key Largo. As for the kids, Billy Halop (as Tommy Gordon, the leader of the gang) is one of the most annoying movie actors I've seen. This is easily his best role as it's downhill for him after this film. Also, the other kids  Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and Billy Jordan – peak with this film. The film also sports nice performances by Joel McCrea as an unemployed architect down on his luck and Claire Trevor as the neighborhood prostitute with syphilis.

CROSSFIRE (August 6, 9:00 am): Robert Ryan was a tremendous actor and this is my favorite film to feature him. This 1947 film noir that deals with anti-Semitism is considered the first B movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. The film stars the great Robert Mitchum with Robert Young outstanding as a police detective. But it is Ryan's powerful portrayal of a white supremacist/anti-Semite GI who kills a Jewish guy he and his buddies meet at a bar who steals the movie. 

ED’S BEST BETS:

THE UNKNOWN (August 3, 2:00 pm): When Lon Chaney and Tod Browning teamed up they made some of the best and most unusual fits of Chaney’s career. The Unknown may just be the weirdest of the lot. Chaney is “Alonzo the Armless Wonder,” an armless knife thrower who uses his feet to thrown the knives. In actually he’s a criminal on the run and only pretends to be armless, being strapped into a straitjacket type of restraint before each performance. The love of his life is his assistant, Nanon (Joan Crawford). They could be together if not for her abnormal fear of having a man’s arms around her. Chaney is so besotted that he has his arms amputated for real to prove to her his love. After he returns from the operation he finds her in the arms of Malabar the strongman (Norman Kerry), who has cured her of this fear. It’s right out of Grand Guignol and remains one of the creepiest movies ever made.

BORN TO KILL (August 4, 8:00 pm): A brutal noir that has become a cult classic thanks to the performance of Lawrence Tierney. Tierney’s a psychopathic murderer, given to violent rages. He’s just murdered a couple in Reno, Nevada. Claire Trevor discovers the bodies, but not wanting to get involved, she catches the first train to San Francisco. Aboard the train she meets Tierney and is bowled over by his charm. Although she tries to discourage him she discovers that she is attracted to him, even though she discovers he has married her half-sister for the money and social status. Even when she discovers he is the Reno murderer, it doesn’t cool her ardor. Tierney is perfectly cast as the amoral killer, and Trevor turns in another excellent performance displaying her dark side. Director Robert Wise is not known for his noirs, but this one is well-cast, well-written, and almost perfectly directed, with Wise building the tension scene by scene, building to a thrilling climax. It’s one to catch.

WE DISAGREE ON ... THE STORY OF G.I. JOE (August 6, 4:00 pm)

ED: A. For those who have not yet seen this film, it is one the best war movies ever made. The Story of G.I. Joe follows the exploits of Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent Ernie Pyle (Burgess Meredith) as he writes of the fortunes of Company C of the 18th Infantry during their campaign in North Africa and Italy. He observes the stress combat takes on their minds – particularly during the battle of Cassino. He also befriends a few of the company, including Lieutenant Walker (Robert Mitchum), who rises to Captain; Sergeant Warnicki (Freddie Steele) who wants nothing more than to find a phonograph on which to play a record of his son’s voice sent from back home; and Private Dondaro (Wally Cassell), who fantasized constantly about women to the point of even carrying around a bottle of perfume that he can sniff occasionally. One thing Pyle notes and the film makes clear is that the men live continually with the knowledge that they might not make it home. Ironically, Pyle never made it home, cut down by a Japanese machine gun on the island of Ie Shima in 1945. William Wellman directs the film both as a tribute to Pyle, who he met during the war, and to the men Pyle writes about for the audience back home. It’s the grittiness of this story about the lives and deaths of ordinary infantrymen that sets this movie apart from others. The strongpoint is its subtlety: character we get to know suddenly disappear from the screen without so much as a whimper. Such is war. Critic James Agee noted that: "With a slight shift of time and scene, men whose faces have become familiar simply aren't around any more. The fact is not commented on or in any way pointed; their absence merely creates its gradual vacuum and realization in the pit of the stomach. Things which seem at first tiresome, then to have become too much of a running gag, like the lascivious tongue-clacking of the professional stallion among the soldiers (Cassell) or the Sergeant's continual effort to play the record of his son's voice, are allowed to run their risks without tip-off or apology. In the course of many repetitions they take on full obsessional power and do as much as anything could do to communicate the terrific weight of time, fatigue, and half-craziness which the picture is trying so successfully to make you live through." It was Dwight Eisenhower’s favorite war film, a recommendation that should go a long way. 

DAVID: C+. In theory, I should love this movie. It's a based-on-a-true-story film of Ernie Pyle, a journalist covering World War II. I've been a newspaper reporter for nearly 30 years and love films about journalists. One of my favorite actors, Robert Mitchum, has a prominent role in the movie, playing Lieutenant/Captain Walker. And it's a war film about the humanity and insecurities of soldiers, among my favorite film subjects. That's nice in theory. While this film is considered by many critics to be among the best movies made about war, I don't share their opinion. There are some good moments in the movie, most involving Mitchum, but I found it plodding and somewhat cliché. An example of being cliché is the overuse of a puppy, the company’s “mascot,” who cries and whimpers during sad scenes to let the audience know this is a sad part of the film. For the most part, the casting is fine (with several legitimate soldiers playing soldiers), but the selection of Burgess Meredith as Pyle was a poor decision. He brings nothing to the film though that could be something that was done purposely as Pyle made the soldiers the center of his articles, and was a modest person. Whether that's the reason or not, it takes away from the overall film as Meredith makes Pyle seem like a boring cheerleader. Also, the editing toward the end of the film is choppy, a surprise to me as William A. Wellman, who directed the film, was one of the best and typically wouldn't let something like that get into the finished product. The movie isn't awful, but it failed to keep my attention. I found my eyes wandering away from this film a number of times.

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August is the annual “Summer Under the Stars” feature on TCM. Each day a different star is highlighted.

August 1 – Marilyn Monroe

6:00 am – LADIES OF THE CHORUS (Columbia, 1949): Marilyn Monroe, Adele Jergens. A one-time burlesque star tries to shield her daughter so she can marry a nice young man. C

7:30 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-

9:30 am – THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (MGM, 1950): Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe, & Sterling Hayden. John Huston directed this classic noir about a jewel heist gone wrong. A

11:30 am – 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+

2:00 pm – LOVE NEST (Fox, 1951): June Haver, William Lundigan. Newlyweds try to manage a New York apartment building and its eccentric tenants. C

6:00 pm – BUS STOP (Fox, 1956): Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray. An innocent cowboy kidnaps a small-time singer with whom he’s infatuated. A-

8:00 pm – THE SEVEN-YEAR ITCH (Fox, 1955): Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell. A man whose wife is on vacation falls for the blonde bombshell upstairs. Directed by Billy Wilder. A

10:00 pm – NIAGARA (20th Century Fox, 1952): Joseph Cotten, Marilyn Monroe. Honeymooners get mixed up with an obsessive husband and his cheating wife. C

12:00 am – RIVER OF NO RETURN (20th Century Fox, 1954): Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe. A frontier farmer takes off with his son and a saloon singer in pursuit of a man who stole his rifle and his horse. C+

2:00 am – HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (Fox, 1953): Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, & Lauren Bacall. Three models pool their money to rent a penthouse in the hope of rich husbands. B

August 2 – Ray Milland

6:00 am – WISE GIRL (RKO, 1937): Miriam Hopkins. Ray Milland. A rich girl fakes poverty to win over a Greenwich Village artist. C

7:15 am – BULLDOG DRUMMOND ESCAPES (Paramount, 1937): Ray Milland, Heather Angel. Drummond falls for an heiress who is being victimized by her own guardian. C

8:30 am – IRENE (RKO, 1940): Anna Neagle, Ray Milland & Roland Young. An Irish shop girl falls in love with a high-society boy. C+

12:00 am – PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO (AIP, 1962): Ray Milland, Jean Hagen & Frankie Avalon. A vacationing family tries to survive the aftermath of nuclear war. C+

2:00 pm – LET’S DO IT AGAIN (Columbia, 1953): Jane Wyman, Ray Milland. A divorced couple finds it impossible to stay out of each other’s lives. B

6:00 pm – THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (Paramount, 1942): Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland. A woman disguises herself as a little girl and ends up in a military academy. Directed by Billy Wilder. B

8:00 pm – THE BIG CLOCK (Paramount, 1948): Charles Laughton, Ray Milland. Excellent mystery about publisher Laughton trying to frame editor Milland for a murder he committed. A-

10:00 pm – 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

12:00 am – ALIAS NICK BEAL (Paramount, 1949): Ray Milland, Audrey Totter. A crusading district attorney sells his soul to the devil to fight corruption. A

2:00 am – THE LOST WEEKEND (Paramount, 1945): Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, & Phillip Terry. Billy Wilder’s classic about an alcoholic who thought he had kicked the bottle, going through a four-day binge. A+

August 3 – Lon Chaney

6:00 am – THE PENALTY (Goldwyn, 1920): Lon Chaney, Ethel Grey Terry. A criminal mastermind plots revenge against the doctor who amputated his legs. Silent. A+

7:45 am – THE MONSTER (MGM, 1925): Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead. Enjoyable nonsense starring of Chaney as a mad scientist who causes car crashes so he can experiment on the survivors. B

9:15 am – OLIVER TWIST (First National, 1922): Lon Chaney, Jackie Coogan. This is a silent version of the Dickens classic with an outstanding performance by Chaney as Fagin. A-

10:45 am – THE BLACKBIRD (MGM, 1926): Lon Chaney, Renee Adoree. Benevolent bishop Chaney helps the poor by day and runs a criminal syndicate at night. A

12:30 pm – THE ACE OF HEARTS (Goldwyn, 1921): Leatrice Joy, John Bowers & Lon Chaney. Anarchist Chaney is ordered to kill his romantic rival for refusing to carry out an assignment. Silent. B+

2:00 pm – THE UNKNOWN (MGM, 1927): Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford. Escaped killer Chaney hides out at the circus and pretends to be a sideshow's armless wonder. Silent. A+

4:45 pm – THE UNHOLY THREE (MGM, 1925): Lon Chaney, Harry Earles & Victor McLaglen. Echo the Ventriloquist, midget Tweedledee, and strongman Hercules commit jewel robberies Silent. A+

6:30 pm – HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (MGM, 1924): Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer. Chaney is great as a scientist who flees his tragic life to hide as a clown in the circus. Silent. A+

8:00 pm – PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Universal, 1925): Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin. The original silent version with Chaney is the disfigured Phantom. To see Chaney in this is never to forget him. A+

9:45 pm – LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH (MGM, 1928): Lon Chaney, Loretta Young. Circus clown Chaney falls in love with a girl he adopted years earlier. She must choose between him and a wealthy nobleman. A

11:15 pm – TELL IT TO THE MARINES (MGM, 1926): Lon Chaney, William Haines. Lon Chaney in a rare departure as a Marine sergeant in love with the same woman as one of his recruits. A

1:15 am – WEST OF ZANZIBAR (MGM, 1928): Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore. A mad African dictator plots revenge on the trader who stole his wife. Silent. A

2:45 am – WHERE EAST IS EAST (MGM, 1929): Lon Chaney, Estelle Taylor & Lupe Velez. Animal trapper Chaney must fight to keep former mistress Taylor from destroying daughter’s Velez’s life. A- 

4:15 am – THE UNHOLY THREE (MGM, 1930): Lon Chaney, Lila Lee. Tod Browning’s remake of his silent classic follows the original with Chaney speaking for the first time. A+

August 4 – Claire Trevor

6:00 am – DEAD END (U.A., 1937): Humphrey Bogart, Joel McCrea, & The Dead End Kids. The Dead End Kids, an architect, and gangster Baby Face Martin interact in an East Side neighborhood over a day and a night. A

7:45 am – THE AMAZING DR. CLITTERHOUSE (WB, 1938): Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, & Humphrey Bogart. A Park Avenue doctor conducting research into the criminal mind becomes a criminal himselfC

9:15 am – ALLEGHENY UPRISING (RKO, 1939): John Wayne, Claire Trevor. It’s settlers versus corrupt British officials in Colonial America. C

11:00 am – THE DESPERADOES (Columbia, 1943): Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor. When someone robs the town bank before he can, a bandit joins forces with the sheriff to catch the real crooks. B+

2:00 pm – BEST OF THE BADMEN (RKO, 1951): Robert Ryan, Claire Trevor. Outlaws, including Jesse James and Cole Younger, come to the aid of a former Union colonel in his fight against a corrupt federal agent. C+

3:30 pm – BLACK SHEEP (Fox, 1935): Edmund Lowe, Claire Trevor. A gambler comes to the aid of a victim of a jewel thief, only to find out he might know the victim better than he thinks. A

5:00 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-

6:30 pm – JOHNNY ANGEL (RKO, 1945): George Raft, Claire Trevor. Raft is a sailor who sets out to find those that bumped off his father and hijacked his gold shipment. D

8:00 pm – 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

10:00 pm – MURDER, MY SWEET (RKO, 1944): Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, and Mike Mazurki. Powell is Raymond Chandler’s private eye Philip Marlowe in this adaptation of Farewell, My LovelyA+

12:00 am – CRACK-UP (RKO, 1946): Pat O’Brien, Claire Trevor. An art curator (O’Brien) risks his reputation and life to track down forgers. C+

2:00 am – 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+

4:00 am – BORDERLINE (Universal, 1950): Fred MacMurray, Claire Trevor. Two undercover agents infiltrate a drug-smuggling ring in Mexico, but neither is aware of the other's identity. C

August 5 – Gene Kelly

6:00 am – PILOT #5 (MGM, 1943): Franchot Tone, Marsha Hunt & Gene Kelly. While their buddy flies a suicide mission, World War II airmen recall the events that led him to this noble sacrifice. B-

7:30 am – SUMMER STOCK (MGM, 1950): Judy Garland, Gene Kelly. Garland is a farmer bitten by the show-biz bug when Kelly and his theater troupe invade her farm. A-

9:30 am – THE PIRATE (MGM, 1948): Judy Garland, Gene Kelly & Walter Slezak. An actor poses as a notorious pirate to court a romantic Caribbean girl. B+

11:30 am – BRIGADOON (MGM, 1954): Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, & Cyd Charisse. Two American hunters in Scotland discover a village that materializes only once every century. B

1:30 pm – TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME (MGM, 1949): Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra & Esther Williams. Busby Berkeley directed this musical about a woman that inherits a baseball team and her problems. B-

3:15 pm – THE THREE MUSKETEERS (MGM, 1948): Gene Kelly, Lana Turner. Gene Kelly’s presence insures a more athletic and choreographed version of the Dumas classic. B

8:00 pm – SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Columbia, 1952): Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds & Donald O’Connor. A great cast stars in this great musical satire of the early days of sound musicals. A+

10:00 pm – INHERIT THE WIND (U.A., 1960): Spencer Tracy, Frederic March and Gene Kelly in the classic movie about the Scopes trial. A-

12:30 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+

2:15 am – IT’S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER (MGM, 1955): Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey. World War II buddies get mixed up with gangsters and an egotistical TV star when they hold a 10-year reunion. B

4:00 am – COVER GIRL (Columbia, 1944): Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly. A nightclub dancer makes it big as a model and leaves her boyfriend behind. B+

August 6 – Robert Mitchum

6:00 am – THE LOCKET (RKO, 1946): Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, & Robert Mitchum. A dark, personal secret compels a young woman to use and dispose of every man she encounters. C

7:30 am – WHEN STRANGERS MARRY (Columbia, 1944): Dean Jagger, Kim Hunter & Robert Mitchum. After a whirlwind romance, a small-town girl suspects she’s married a murderer. Directed by William Castle. A-

9:00 am – CROSSFIRE (RKO, 1947): Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, & Robert Young. A man is murdered by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But who done it and why? B

12:00 am – HIS KIND OF WOMAN (RKO, 1951): Robert Mitchum, Raymond Burr. Outrageous film noir as Mitchum is lured to Mexico to be killed so mob boss Burr can assume his identity. C-

2:15 pm – ANGEL FACE (RKO, 1953): Jean Simmons, Robert Mitchum. Simmons is the evil stepdaughter who recruits Mitchum to kill off her stepmother so she can inherit the old bag’s money. C

4:00 pm – THE STORY OF G.I. JOE (UA, 1945): Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum. War correspondent Ernie Pyle travels with the troops through North Africa and Italy. Ratings: See above.

8:00 pm – THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (U.A., 1955): Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters. A bogus preacher marries an outlaw’s widow in order to find the man’s hidden loot. A+

10:00 pm – OUT OF THE PAST (RKO, 1947): Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer. Noir classic concerning a private eye (Mitchum) who falls under the spell of the murderous dame (Greer) he’s being paid to find. A+

12:00 am – THUNDER ROAD (UA, 1958): Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry  & Jacques Aubochon. Mitchum is a moonshine runner fighting a Chicago gangster trying to muscle in on his territory. B+

2:00 am – THE ENEMY BELOW (Fox, 1957): Robert Mitchum, Curt Jurgens. During World War II, the captain of an American destroyer matches wits with the captain of a German U-Boat. B

August 7 – Eleanor Parker

6:00 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+

8:00 am – NEVER SAY GOODBYE (WB, 1946): Errol Flynn, Eleanor Parker. A husband tries to win back his wife before she can divorce him. C+

10:00 am – A MILLIONAIRE FOR CHRISTY (Fox, 1951): Fred MacMurray, Eleanor Parker. A woman sets her sights on a man who just inherited a million dollars. B+

12:00 pm – ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO (MGM, 1953): William Holden, Eleanor Parker. The Calvary’s war against the Indians is complicated with the outbreak of the Civil War. B+

4:00 pm – CAGED (WB, 1950): Eleanor Parker, Hope Emerson & Agnes Moorehead. It’s the Godmother of all women-in-prison movies. B+

8:00 pm – THE NAKED JUNGLE (Paramount, 1954): Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker. A mail-order bride faces the perils of life in the Amazon jungle, including a horde of soldier ants. A

10:00 pm – SCARAMOUCHE (MGM, 1952): Stewart Granger, Janet Leigh & Eleanor Parker. During the French Revolution, a young man (Granger) masquerades as an actor to avenge his friend’s murder. B-

12:15 am – VALLEY OF THE KINGS (MGM, 1954): Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker. Archeologists battle with grave robbers in this meandering search for a priceless Egyptian treasure. C

2:00 am – THE WOMAN IN WHITE  (WB, 1948): Sydney Greenstreet, Agnes Moorehead, & Eleanor Parker. Classic mystery about the adventures of a young tutor sent to a ghostly country estate. B+


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-


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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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