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For
October 15–October 22

DAVID’S BEST BETS:

BONNIE AND CLYDE (October 16, 10:15 pm): A groundbreaking film in terms of style, content and graphic violence from 1967, which I consider to be among the two or three finest year in cinematic history. The leads – Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway – are outstanding in their roles as the famed outlaw duo oozing passion, raw sexuality, violence, charisma and charm at every turn. The supporting cast – notably Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons – are equally strong. The movie's violence goes from almost comic to intensely graphic. The final scene in which the two are shot dozens of times is outstanding, particularly the quick looks of horror Beatty and Dunaway give each other when they realize they're about to die a very brutal death. It conveys more emotion and intensity than almost anything you'll seen in film.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS (October 22, 12:15 pm): It's always challenging to adapt a classic book into a movie, and this 1939 film uses less than half of Emily Bronte's 34 chapters (eliminating the second generation of characters) in the book. But it's still a stunning film directed by one of the true masters, William Wyler. Laurence Olivier gives an unforgettable performance as Heathcliff, showing a wide range of emotions in a complicated role. Heathcliff is bitter, vengeful, conflicted and passionately in love. I doubt anyone else could do justice to the role. Merle Oberon as Cathy is also wonderful as are many members of the cast including David Niven, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Hugh Williams.

ED’S BEST BETS:

THE BRIDES OF DRACULA (October 15, 9:45 pm): The first sequel to Horror of Dracula, but without Christopher Lee, who refused to be in it (he wanted to avoid typecasting) although some say that Hammer believed Cushing was the star and simply omitted Lee from the film. Jimmy Sangster’s original screenplay was rewritten to excIse Dracula and replace him with a vampire  named Baron Meinster while Peter Cushing’s character of Van Helsing was retained. The script is more Freudian, with necromancy, necrophilia, incest and homoeroticism on the menu, with David Peel stepping into the vampire role as a decidedly fey, but extremely feral vampire, able to get young ladies to remove their bodices through charm alone. It’s a different kind of vampire film and one worth seeing.

EYES WITHOUT A FACE (October 22, 2:00 am): One of the most disquieting horror films of the 1950s and a film many consider a classic of the genre. Pierre Brasseur is a famous surgeon and researcher who kidnaps young women in an attempt to graft their faces onto that of his disfigured daughter (Edith Scob), whose face was disfigured in a car accident. Those I know who have seen it will forever remember the surgery sequence. Modern horror films may be far more grotesque and graphic, but this film will really unnerve you because of the quality with which it was made. Definitely not for the squeamish.

WE DISAGREE ON ... SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (October 15, 2:00 pm)

ED: A. MGM was on a roll in the early ‘50s with its Musicals Unit, cranking out classic after classic. And this film is no exception. In fact, it’s one of the few musicals that weaves the music, dancing and story together flawlessly and is totally entertaining from start to finish. If I were to expound on the virtues of Cinemascope, I would use this film as one of the prime examples, for although it was one of the earliest Cinemascope films for MGM, it’s technical virtuosity is astounding, as we have up to 14 characters (the seven brothers and seven brides) interacting on the screen at the same time in the musical numbers. For such a huge undertaking, the film works in almost every way, with outstanding performances from Jane Powell and Russ Tamblyn (whose acrobatic dancing is still a marvel to behold today), as well as a beautiful newcomer, Julie Newmeyer. She would later shorten her name to “Julie Newmar,” gaining everlasting fame as the original Catwoman on the Batman television series in 1966. For those who like musicals, this is an Essential, and for those interested in film history, this is an Essential. Heck, if you’re a film buff of any sort, this is an Essential.

DAVID: C-. I'm not much of a musical movie fan. Ed, who is a huge fan of the genre, tends to give a pass to the plots of musicals because the singing – and in many cases, the dancing – is the main draw for these films. I disagree. Great musicals can have good plots with solid dialogue that add to the film. The plot of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is among the most ridiculous in cinematic history. A woodsman comes into town looking for a wife and finds a woman who barely knows him but marries him. They return home and to her surprise, he's got six brothers who live with him. She teaches them manners and dancing – they pick up the latter a lot quicker than the former – so they can also find women to marry. They find women-folk and eventually kidnap them when things don't go well. Of course women in that situation not only fall in love with their captors, but dance with them. The acting is wooden at best, and the singing isn't memorable. I can't recall any songs from this movie and after looking up the titles, I don't remember the melody or lyrics to even one, and I saw this movie in the last year. The only reason this film doesn't get a D grade is because it is beautifully filmed, I was impressed with how they were able to get all 14 of them into single shots and the dancing is good. 

Schedule Subject to Change (All Times Eastern)

October 15

6:00 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-

7:15 am – PERSONAL PROPERTY (MGM, 1937): Jean Harlow, Robert Taylor. The bailiff charged with disposing of a financially strapped widow’s estate pretends to be her butler. B-

8:45 am – FOLLOW ME QUIETLY (RKO, 1949): William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick. An obsessed cop tracks an elusive serial killer who strangles his victims on rainy nights. B

10:00 am – SIDE STREET (MGM, 1950): Farley Granger, Cathy O’Donnell. A mailman, whose wife is going to have a baby, steals $30,000 belonging to a pair of blackmailers. A

12:00 am – A LION IS IN THE STREETS (WB, 1953): James Cagney, Barbara Hale. Cagney is a backwoods peddler who rises to political prominence in this take on the Huey Long story. B-

2:00 pm – 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. Ratings: See above.

8:00 pm – HORROR OF DRACULA (Hammer, 1958): Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing. It’s the first of a seemingly endless supply of Hammer vampire movies and the best of the lot. A

9:45 pm – THE BRIDES OF DRACULA (Hammer, 1960): David Peel, Peter Cushing. This time it’s vampire Baron Meinster (Peel) facing off against Cushing’s Van Helsing. It’s definitely worth your time. B+

12:00 am – THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (Svensk Filmindustri, 1921): Victor Sjostrom, Hilda Borgstrom. According to legend the last sinner to die in the year will become the soul collector in the phantom carriage. Silent.  A+

2:00 am – DIABOLIQUE (Seven Arts – France, 1955): Paul Meurisse, Vera Clouzot, & Simone Signoret. A cruel headmaster’s wife and mistress plot to kill him. A+

4:15 am – GASLIGHT (MGM, 1944): Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, & Joseph Cotten. A newlywed fears she’s going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansionA

October 16

6:15 am – THE SNOW DEVILS (MGM, 1966): Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Ombretta Colli. Hairy blue-bodied giants are out to conquer Earth. D+

8:00 am – THE ICE PIRATES (MGM, 1984): Robert Urich, Mary Crosby. Two space pirates are recruited to help a princess find her father in a future where water is the most valuable substance. C-

11:45 am – THE POWER (MGM, 1968): George Hamilton, Suzanne Pleshette. A scientist tries to unmask a murderous genius with psychic powers. B

1:45 pm – SATELLITE IN THE SKY (WB, 1956): Kieron Moore, Lois Maxwell & Donald Wolfit. Astronauts are trapped on a space station with a ticking bomb. C+

3:15 pm – BATTLE BENEATH THE EARTH (MGM, 1968): Kerwin Mathews, Viviane Ventura & Martin Benson. Communist Chinese invade the U.S. by burrowing beneath the Pacific. D

5:00 pm – THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN (Allied Artists, 1956): Lon Chaney, Jr., Casey Adams & Marian Carr. Gassed murderer Chaney is brought back to life and is impervious to bullets. D-

6:15 pm – THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR (WB, 1975): Yul Brenner, Max von Sydow. In a plague devastated world, one tired man finds a reason to fight. C-

8:00 pm – MADAM SATAN (MGM, 1930): Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny. A wife plans to win back her unfaithful husband;’s affections at an elaborate masquerade ball by disguising herself as a devil woman. C+

10:15 pm – BONNIE AND CLYDE (WB, 1967): Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway. Arthur Penn directed this highly stylized biopic of the murderous duo. B+

12:15 am – MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (MGM, 1935): Clark Gable, Charles Laughton. This is the classic, and still the best, version of the H.M.S. Bounty story. A+

2:45 am – WHAT’S UP, DOC? (WB, 12972): Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neil. The accidental mix up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations. B

4:30 am – ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (WB, 1974): Kris Kristofferson, Ellen Burstyn. A widow with dreams of a singing career ends up waiting tables in Phoenix. Directed by Scorsese. A

October 17

6:30 am – JOE SMITH, AMERICAN (MGM, 1942): Robert Young, Marsha Hunt. Munitions worker Young is kidnapped by Nazi agents who want the secret of his project. C-

7:45 am – LOST ANGEL (MGM, 1943): Margaret O’Brien, James Craig, & Marsha Hunt. A young girl, raised to be a genius, gets lost and discovers the simple pleasures of life. C

9:30 am – CARNEGIE HALL (U.A., 1947): Marsha Hunt, William Prince. A woman pushes her son to become a classical pianist. Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. B-

12:00 pm – KID GLOVE KILLER (MGM, 1942): Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt. A police chemist looks into the mayor’s murder. B

4:30 pm – SEVEN SWEETHEARTS (MGM, 1942): Kathryn Grayson, Cecilia Parker. A father insists that his seven daughters marry in order, from oldest to youngest. C+

8:00 pm – THE DEVIL’S BRIDE (Hammer, 1968): Christopher Lee, Charles Gray. The Duc de Richleau battles a Satanist high priest preparing a girl for sacrifice to the Angel of Death. B+

9:45 pm –  THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (Hammer, 1956): Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee. Hammer’s remake stars Cushing as Victor Frankenstein and Lee as the Monster. A-

11:15 pm – THE MUMMY (Hammer/Universal, 1959): Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee. A mummy (Lee) resurrected by an Egyptian fanatic is sent to wreak revenge for the defiling of the ancient tombs. B+

1:00 am – CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (Hammer/Universal, 1961): Oliver Reed, Clifford Evans. The story of a young man in Spain who faces the challenges of becoming a werewolf. C+

2:45 am – PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES (Hammer/Fox, 1966): Andre Morrell, John Carson. A local squire Clive Hamilton raids graves in order to create zombies to work his tin mine. B

4:30 am – THE REPTILE (Hammer/Fox, 1966): Noel Willman, Jacqueline Pearce. In 19th century Cornwall, a Malayan curse transforms Pearce into a snake creature. C

October 18

6:15 am – THE BLUE GARDENIA (WB, 1953): Anne Baxter, Raymond Burr. Telephone operator Baxter kills photographer-on-the-make Burr. Or did she? Directed by Fritz Lang. B+

8:00 am – BLACK HAND (MGM, 1950): Gene Kelly, J. Carroll Naish & Marc Lawrence. Kelly seeks revenge on the mobsters who killed his father. C+  

9:45 am – WHITE HEAT (WB, 1948): Jimmy Cagney, Margaret Wycherly, Edmund O’Brien, & Virginia Mayo. T Man O’Brien is hot in the trail of mommy-obsessed and psycho gangster Cagney. A+

11:45 am – PURPLE NOON (Times Film, 1961): Alan Delon, Marie Lefortet. Rene Clement directs this version of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Delon is a schemer planning to murder his rich friend and assume his identity. A

2:00 pm – RED LIGHT (U.A., 1949): George Raft, Virginia Mayo, and Raymond Burr. Burr as an imprisoned embezzler looking for revenge on ex-employer Raft. D+

3:30 pm – THE YELLOW CANARY (Gaumont, 1944): Anna Neagle, Richard Greene. An English aristocrat (Neagle) fakes sympathy for the Nazis while she’s spying for the Allies. A-

5:00 pm – THE WOMAN IN GREEN (Universal, 1945):  Basil Rathbone, Henry Daniell. Sherlock Holmes discovers that Professor Moriarty is behind a series of murders for insurance money. B-

6:15 pm – THE GOLDEN FLEECING (MGM, 1940): Lew Ayers, Rita Johnson. A mild-mannered insurance salesman gets mixed up with gangsters. B-

8:00 pm – SISSI (Erma-Film, 1955): Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Boehm. A young vibrant princess catches the eye of her sister’s fiancé, Emperor Franz Josef. B+

10:00 pm – SISSI: THE YOUNG EMPRESS (Erma-Film, 1956): Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Boehm. The young empress tries to adjust to life in the palace. B-

12:00 am – SISSI: THE FATEFUL YEARS OF THE EMPRESS (Erma-Film, 1957): Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Boehm. The young empress travels throughout Europe. C+

2:00 am – FOREVER MY LOVE (Paramount, 1962): Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Boehm. The Sissi trilogy condensed into one film. B

4:45 am – THE STORY OF VICKIE (Erma-Film, 1954): Romy Schneider, Adrian Hoven. Young Victoria is crowned to be the queen of England. C+

October 19

6:45 am –  THE SECRET LAND (MGM, 1948): Robert Montgomery, Robert Taylor and Van Heflin narrate this documentary on Admiral Richard Byrd and his explorations of the Antarctic. A

8:00 am –  WITH BYRD AT THE SOUTH POLE (Paramount, 1930): Richard E. Byrd, Clair D. Alexander. Cameras follow the intrepid admiral's second expedition to the heart of Antarctica. B+

9:30 am – SAVAGE SPLENDOR (RKO, 1949): Documentary about an African expedition that uncovered secret tribal rituals. A

11:00 am – BELOW THE SAHARA (RKO, 1953): Armand Denis, Michaela Davis. A film producer and his wife trek through Africa in search of adventure. B+

12:15 pm – KING SOLOMON’S MINES (Gaumont, 1937): Cedric Hardwicke, Paul Robeson. The original, and best, sound feature based on H. Rider Haggard’s story about explorers looking for the legendary mines. B

1:45 pm – WATUSI (MGM, 1959): George Montgomery, Taina Elg. In a remake of King Solomon's Mines, an African explorer leads a beautiful woman in search of mythical treasure. C+

3:15 pm – TRADER HORN (MGM, 1931): Harry Carey, Edwina Booth. Prehistoric but entertaining hokum about an African trader and a white jungle goddess joining forces to fight a hostile tribe. C

5:15 pm – ADVENTURE GIRL (RKO, 1934): Joan Lowell, Captain Nicholas Wagner. A female explorer and her aged father search the Guatemalan jungle for a lost city. C

8:00 pm – THE CROWD (MGM, 1928): Eleanor Boardman, James Murray. King Vidor directed this silent classic about an office worker dealing with the simple joys and tragedies of married life. A+

10:00 pm – SOUNDER (Fox, 1972): Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield. Black sharecroppers during the Depression fight to get their children an education. A+

12:00 am – 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+

2:00 am – WALKABOUT (Fox, 1971): Jenny Agutter, Lucien John. Two children, stranded in the Australian Outback, are forced to cope on their own. A

4:00 am – PERFORMANCE (WB, 1970): James Fox, Mick Jagger. Wounded gangster Fox takes refuge in the townhouse of reclusive rock star Jagger. A+

October 20

6:00 am – LITTLE NELLIE KELLY (MGM, 1940): Judy Garland, George Murphy. The daughter of Irish immigrants patches up the differences father and grandfather as she makes it big on Broadway. B+

7:45 am – YOUNG TOM EDISON (MGM, 1940): Mickey Rooney, Fay Bainter, & George Bancroft. Rooney stars in MGM’s version of the famous inventor’s childhood. B-

9:15 am – DESIGN FOR SCANDAL (MGM, 1941): Rosalind Russell, Walter Pidgeon. Reporter Pidgeon is assigned by his boss to dig up dirt on a judge who is siding with his wife in a divorce case. B+

10:45 am – A YANK AT ETON (MGM, 1942): Mickey Rooney, Edmund Gwenn. American playboy Rooney is sent to Eton to learn discipline. B-

12:30 pm – GIRL CRAZY (MGM, 1943): Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland. Rooney is a slacker sent by his father to a Western college in the middle of nowhere where he meets Garland. A

4:15 pm – THE BEGINNING OR THE END (MGM, 1947): Brian Donlevy, Hume Cronyn. The (mostly) true story of the Manhattan Project combines an intelligent script with excellent acting. C

6:15 pm – TICKLE ME (Allied Artists, 1965): Elvis Presley, Julie Adams. Adams hires singing rodeo rider Elvis to work at her all-girls health spa/dude ranch. C

8:00 pm – MAHOGANY (Paramount, 1975): Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams & Anthony Perkins. A girl from the Chicago slums fights her way to a position as an international super model. C+

10:15 pm – WINTER KILLS (ICA, 1979): Jeff Bridges, Anthony Perkins. An assassinated president's brother investigates the unsolved crime. C

12:15 am – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN (National General, 1972): Paul Newman, Roy Jenson. A self-appointed judge cleans up a corrupt western town twice. B+

2:30 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

4:15 am – DEATH RIDES A HORSE (UA, 1969): John Phillip Law, Lee Van Cleef. A young gunman seeks vengeance against those that killed his family in this spaghetti Western. B+

October 21

6:15 am – LADY FOR A DAY (Columbia, 1933): Warren William, May Robson, & Guy Kibbee. Gangster Dave the Duse turns peddler Apple Annie into a high society woman to fool her daughter’s prospective in-laws. B

8:00 am – LONG LOST FATHER (RKO, 1934): John Barrymore, Helen Chandler & Donald Cook. A man who deserted his daughter years earlier tries to help her out of a jam. B-

9:15 am – JOY OF LIVING (RKO, 1938): Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Broadway musical star Dunne falls for an eccentric millionaire. A-

11:00 am – THE PAINTED HILLS (MGM, 1951): Lassie, Paul Kelly & Bruce Cowling. A faithful collie protects a prospector from claim jumpers. C+

12:15 pm – KISS ME KATE (MGM, 1953): Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel. Feuding co-stars reunite for a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." A-

2:15 pm – THE LADYKILLERS (Ealing, 1955): Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers. Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. A

4:00 pm – JIM THORPE: ALL-AMERICAN (WB, 1951): Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford. An outstanding performance by Lancaster lifts up this otherwise ordinary biopic. C+

6:00 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

8:00 pm – BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Cineguild, 1945): Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, & Stanley Holloway. Classic tearjerker about two married strangers that meet in a train station and fall in love. A+

9:45 pm – THE ASTONISHED HEART (Gainsborough Pictures, 1950): Noel Coward, Celia Johnson. The story of a husband’s affair with his wife’s best friend and her reaction to it. C

11:30 pm – IN WHICH WE SERVE (British Lion, 1942): Noel Coward, John Mills. Noel Coward scripted and stars in this story of the British destroyer HMS Torrin, as told in flashbacks by survivors as they cling to a raft. A+

2:00 am – WILLARD (Cinerama Rel. Corp, 1971): Bruce Davison, Sondra Locke. A social misfit uses his only friends, pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors. C

3:45 am – BEN (Cinerama Rel., 1972): Lee Harcourt Montgomery, Joseph Campanella. A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats. C

October 22

7:00 am – MORNING GLORY (RKO, 1933): Katherine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. When a naively aspiring actress arrives on Broadway, several theater veterans mentor her to ultimate success. B-

8:30 am – STAGE STRUCK (Monogram, 1948): Kane Richmond, Audrey Long & Conrad Nagel. A murder spurs an investigation into the dark and twisted world of racketeers. C+

10:00 am – 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-

12:15 pm – WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Goldwyn, 1939): Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier. Oberon is a young noblewoman with a lifelong attraction to stable boy Olivier, who later makes himself a wealthy man. A+

2:15 pm – BACALL ON BOGART (PBS, 1988): Lauren Bacall tells the story of her late husband Humphrey Bogart, presenting clips from his movies and interview clips with his peers. A+

4:00 pm – ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (WB, 1942): Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Judith Anderson, & Conrad Veidt. Gloves Donahue and his gang turns patriotic to track down a Nazi spy ring. B+

6:00 pm – OLD ACQUAINTANCE (WB, 1943): Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins. Davis is a single best-selling author. Hopkins is her married best friend who thinks she can write just as well and pens best sellers. A

8:00 pm – DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS (Hammer, 1966): Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley. The follow-up to Horror of Dracula: Four travelers unwittingly revive the bloodsucking count. B-

10:00 pm – DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (Hammer, 1968): Christopher Lee, Veronica Carlson. Dracula faces an atheist who can’t say the required prayer to dispatch the vampire once and for all. C-

12:00 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

2:00 am – EYES WITHOUT A FACE (Lopert, 1959): Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli. A Paris surgeon tries to fix his daughter’s face with skin from kidnapped women. A

3:45 am – KWAIDAN (Toho, 1965): Rentaro Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama. Four stories mix love and the supernatural. A


TCM TiVo ALERT
For
October 8–October 14

DAVID’S BEST BETS:

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (October 9, 12:00 am): I'm not a fan of musicals so when I recommend one, watch it. Singin' in the Rain is the greatest musical ever made. It's funny, it's charming, the singing is great and the dancing is unbelievable. While Gene Kelly's numbers are spectacular, Donald O'Connor's performance of "Make 'Em Laugh" is the best in the film. O'Connor had a unique physical style of dance that included him taking a number of pratfalls and other things that didn't do anything good to his body. While the plot isn't exceptionally strong, it's clever – spoofing Hollywood's transition from silent films to talkies.

KEY LARGO (October 12, 2:15 pm): This is one of the 10 greatest films and the most incredible ensemble cast you'll find in a movie. It stars three of my favorite actors: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lionel Barrymore. Bogart is a former military man who checks into the Hotel Largo in Key Largo, Florida, in the middle of hurricane season. The real storm hits when we see gangster Johnny Rocco (Eddie G) walk down the hotel steps. Bogart had top billing, but it's Robinson who you can't stop watching. The action in this film is intense, and the acting is incredibly strong (also including Claire Trevor as Rocco's neglected gangster moll, a role that won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and Lauren Bacall as Barrymore's daughter and, of course, Bogart's love interest). Legendary director John Huston could not have done a better job, and the use of the storm to parallel what's happening to the film's characters is perfect.

ED’S BEST BETS:

SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (October 8, 4:15 pm): During the late ‘50s and into the ‘60s, Britain made a series of what became to be known as “Angry Young Man” films. This is one of the best. It’s centered on Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney), a Nottingham factory worker who combines a hatred of authority with his anger at his co-workers’ acceptance of it. The anger constantly eats at him, even during off work hours making pub tours with his mates. But though he is a rebel with a cause, he has no plan of how to escape the oppressive conformity that’s crushing his soul. To assuage himself, he adopts the motto of “What I want is a good time. The remainder is all propaganda.” In other words, live for the moment and see that tomorrow may bring and deal with it then. He channels his anger into drinking bouts and an affair with his best friend’s wife, Brenda (Rachel rebuts), whom he ends up impregnating. At the same time he’s head over heels for Doreen (Shirley Anne Field), a young woman whose extraordinary beauty masks her shallowness and desire for conformist respectability. Directed by Karel Reisz from a script from Alan Sillitoe based on his autobiographical novel.

CAT PEOPLE (October 10, 8:00 pm): Producer Val Lewton’s first horror hit, this tale of a strange, shy woman (Simone Simon) and her fear of an ancient curse within her 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.

WE AGREE ON ... DETOUR (October 8, 8:30 am)

ED: A+. When this noir opened in 1945, it was quickly forgotten. But in 1950 it began an amazing renaissance when it played in France. French critics, not realizing that one is supposed to dislike any film from a Poverty Row outfit like PRC, simply judged the film on its merits alone. And they hailed it as a masterpiece of noir. Slowly it began to catch on with a whole new generation of critics in the USA and reached cult status. This is, indeed, a wonderful film and a tribute to the art of low budget filmmaking. For instance, New York City is represented by fog and a lamppost. Los Angeles is simply a backdrop. Much of the film takes place in a car with lots of terrible rear projection. And yet, it not only works, but makes for a compelling movie. Tom Neal is a man caught by circumstance to be in the company of the vicious Vera (Ann Savage) while simply hitching his way out to LA to be with his girlfriend. Like any noir, the protagonist blames fate for a situation he could have extracted himself from with free choice. The film depends on solid performances from its leads, which it gets in spades. While Neal is the perfect noir victim, it's Savage who makes this film unforgettable. Her Vera is cold, calculating and venomous: a gift from Hell. Savage does a great job with pulp dialogue such as "What did you do . . . kiss him with a wrench?" She makes it sound natural and totally believable. The film's director, Edgar G. Ulmer, was famous for taking lemons and making lemonade, and he does it here, with only a minuscule budget, three sets and a week to film. Ulmer proves his reputation as a film magician. 

DAVID: A+. For Al Roberts (Tom Neal), his life can be summarized by a line in the song, "Born Under a Bad Sign": "If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all." He's a pianist at a dive nightclub in New York City and his girl Sue (Claudia Drake) decides one day that she's moving to Hollywood to make it big there – even though she hasn't made it big as a singer working with Al. Alone and miserable – "So when this drunk handed me a 10 spot after a request, I couldn't get very excited. What was it I asked myself? A piece of paper crawling with germs. Couldn't buy anything I wanted.” –Al decides to hitchhike to California to reunite with Sue. His luck turns(?) when Charles Haskell Jr. (Edmund MacDonald), a gambler heading to L.A. to place a bet on a horse, picks him up and offers to take him to his girlfriend. But Haskell drops dead and that's when things get real interesting. Al assumes Haskell's identity believing police won't buy his story that the gambler died and wasn't murdered. He later foolishly gives Vera (Ann Savage) a ride and it turns out she was a previous passenger of the real Haskell. She's now got Al in the palm of her hands, blackmailing him and making his life hell. The dialogue is excellent such as Vera to Al: " If you act wise, well, mister, you'll pop into jail so fast it'll give you the bends." While the scenery and props look like they cost about $25, the film is full of suspense and excitement. It's definitely one of the best B-movies I've ever seen and an excellent film noir. And at only 68 minutes in length, it flies by and is a lot of fun to watch. 

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October 8

6:00 am – BRING ‘EM BACK ALIVE (RKO, 1932): Frank Buck, Edward Anthony. Documentary about big game hunter Frank Buck's Malaysian safari. C+

7:15 am – BLIND ADVENTURE (RKO, 1933): Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack. An American visiting London stumbles upon a criminal enterprise. D+

8:30 am – DETOUR (PRC, 1945): Tom Neal, Ann Savage. Edgar Ulmer’s cult classic about a hitchhiker that takes a dead man’s identity only to face blackmail by an unscrupulous woman. A+

10:00 am – THEY WON’T BELIEVE ME (RKO, 1947): Susan Hayward, Robert Young. A philandering husband is charged with a murder he didn’t commit. Watch for the great trick ending. A-

2:15 pm – MY BLOOD RUNS COLD (WB, 1965): Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton. A headstrong heiress falls for a young man who claims they are reincarnations of past lovers. C

4:15 pm – SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (Continental, 1961): Albert Finney, Rachel Roberts. An engrossing drama about a young factory worker and the trouble he brings. A

6:00 pm – ALL NEAT IN BLACK STOCKINGS (Nat’l General, 1969): Victor Henry, Susan George. A small comedy drama about the adventures of a window cleaner in swinging London. C

8:00 pm – THE RETURN OF DRACULA (UA, 1958): Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhart. A European vampire devastates a small western town. C

9:30 pm – HOUSE OF DRACULA (Universal, 1945): Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, & Onslow Stevens. Mad scientist Stevens seeks to cure Chaney, but attracts Dracula and the Monster as well. C-

10:45 pm – BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA (Embassy, 1966): Chuck Courtney, John Carradine. The famous outlaw meets the famous vampire. D

12:15 am – THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (UFA, 1919): Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt. Veidt is a somnambulist used by fairground hypnotist Caligari (Krauss) to kill for revenge. A+

2:00 am – JIGOKU (HELL) (Shintoho Film Distribution Committee, 1960): Shigreu Amachi, Utako Mitsuya. After two young men over a drunk and leave him to die, their lives degenerate as they descend into Hell. B

4:00 am – TOKAIDO YOTSUYA KAIDAN (THE GHOST OF YOTSUYA) (Shintoho, 1959): Shigeru Amachi, Noriko Kitazawa, Katsuko Wakasugi. A woman who haunts her husband after she dies a miserable death. A-

October 9

6:00 am – ROSALIE (MGM, 1937): Nelson Eddy, Eleanor Powell. West Point cadet Eddy falls for European princess Powell. C

8:15 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

10:00 am – HIGH SOCIETY (MGM, 1956): Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly.  Sinatra and Crosby shine in this musical remake of The Philadelphia StoryA-

12:00 pm – LES GIRLS (MGM, 1937): Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor & Kay Kendall. Three showgirls recall three different versions of their tour across Europe. B

2:00 pm – SILK STOCKINGS (MGM, 1957): Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, & Peter Lorre. This musical version of Ninotchka stars Charisse in the Garbo role and Astaire in the Douglas role. B-

4:00 pm – EASY TO LOVE (MGM, 1953): Esther Williams, Van Johnson, & Tony Martin. Two men compete for the heart of a Cypress Gardens swimming star. C+

8:00 pm – THE BIG SLEEP (WB, 1946): Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall. Bogart is Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s tale of corruption and decadence in Los Angeles. A+

10:00 pm – ADAM’S RIB (MGM, 1949): Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, David Wayne, & Judy Holliday. Tracy and Hepburn are husband and wife lawyers on opposite sides in a murder case. B

12:00 am – 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+

2:00 am – CABARET (Allied Artists, 1972): Liza Minnelli, Michael York, & Helmut Griem. Minnelli is girlie club entertainer who romances two men while the Nazis rise to power around them. A

4:30 am – THE GREAT LIE (WB, 1941): Bette Davis, Mary Astor. Believing her newlywed husband to be dead, a woman (Davis) discovers that the rival for his affections (Astor) is pregnant with his baby. B-

October 10

7:30 am – WHERE THE BOYS ARE (MGM, 1960): Dolores Hart, Yvette Mimieux, & Paula Prentiss. College coeds go looking for love during spring break in Fort Lauderdale. C+

9:15 am – A THUNDER OF DRUMS (MGM, 1961): Richard Boone, George Hamilton & Luana Patten. A green Cavalry lieutenant learns the ropes fast when he’s shipped out West. C+

11:00 am – ANGEL BABY (Allied Artists, 1961): Salome Jens, George Hamilton. Married promoters try to turn a faith healer into a gold mine. C

2:30 pm – TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN (MGM, 1962): Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson. A washed up movie star is given another chance by a director who himself has seen better days. F

4:30 pm – ACT ONE (WB, 1963): George Hamilton, Jason Robards, Jr. A poor Brooklyn boy and an experienced playwright join forces to conquer Broadway. C+

8:00 pm – CAT PEOPLE (RKO, 1942): Kent Smith, Simone Simon. Val Lewton produced this horror classic about a woman who fears an ancient curse will turn her into a snarling beast. A

9:30 pm – 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+

11:00 pm – MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS, VAL LEWTON: THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS (Turner, 2007): A documentary about the imaginative producer who fashioned a lasting body of beautiful and unsettling films on meager budgetsA

12:30 am – I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (RKO, 1943): Frances Dee, Tom Conway. Are you ready for Jane Eyre in Haiti? Then tune into this lyrical horror film produced by Val LewtonA

2:00 am – THE SEVENTH VICTIM (RKO, 1943): Tom Conway, Jean Brooks. A girl's search for her missing sister puts her in conflict with a band of Satanists. A+

3:30 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

5:00 am – THE LEOPARD MAN (RKO, 1943): Dennis O’Keefe, Margo. When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders. C

October 11

6:15 am – THE GHOST SHIP (RKO, 1943): Russell Wade, Richard Dix. An officer on a sailing ship discovers that his captain is a psychopathic killer. B

7:30 am – ISLE OF THE DEAD (RKO, 1945): Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew. This Val Lewton tale about the plague during the Balkan Wars.is generally considered among his worst. D+

8:45 am – DOWN THE STRETCH (WB, 1936): Patricia Ellis, Mickey Rooney & Dennis Moore. A disgraced jockey's son fights to clear the family name. C

10:00 am – A FAMILY AFFAIR (MGM, 1936): Lionel Barrymore, Mickey Rooney. The first Hardy Family film finds Judge Hardy running for re-election while dealing with family problems. B

2:45 pm – LORD JEFF (MGM, 1938): Freddie Bartholomew, Mickey Rooney, & Charles Coburn. Good-boy-gone-astray Freddie is sent to military school to straighten out. C

6:00 pm – MEN OF BOYS TOWN (MGM, 1941): Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney. This sequel to Boys Town finds Farther Flanagan (Tracy) fighting for his pioneering orphanage. B-

10:00 pm – THE PUPPETOON MOVIE (Expanded Entertainment, 1987): Paul Frees, Dal McKennon. Animated characters introduce a compilation of their short films from the 1930s and 1940s. A

11:30 pm – DESTINATION MOON (Eagle-Lion, 1950): Warner Anderson, John Archer. A scientist (Anderson) defies the authorities to lead an expedition to the moon. B

1:00 am – 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+

3:00 am – ATLANTIS, THE LOST CONTINENT (MGM, 1961): Joyce Taylor, John Dall. A fisherman brings a Princess back home to the city of Atlantis and battles a sorcerer bent on conquering the world. C

October 12

7:00 am – HOTEL BERLIN (WB, 1945): Faye Emerson, Helmut Dantine, & Raymond Massey. During the final days of World War II, people with a variety of stories converge on a Berlin hotel. B-

8:45 am – WEEKEND AT THE WALDORF (MGM, 1945): Ginger Rogers, Van Johnson, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, & Robert Benchley. It’s MGM’s glossy remake of Grand Hotel. A

11:00 am – HOTEL RESERVE (RKO, 1945): James Mason, Lucie Mannheim. An Austrian refugee tries to figure out which guest at a French resort is a spy. B+

12:30 pm – HOTEL PARADISO (MGM, 1966): Gina Lollobrigida, Alec Guinness. Chaos results when a mild-mannered man tries to have an affair with his neighbor’s wife. B+

2:15 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+

4:00 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+

6:00 pm – GRAND HOTEL (MGM, 1932): Greta Garbo, John and Lionel Barrymore. Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandal and heartache. A

8:00 pm – TOM THUMB (MGM, 1958): Russ Tamblyn, Alan Young, Terry-Thomas & Peter Sellers. The six-inch tall boy takes on a pair of bumbling crooks. A

10:00 pm – THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM (MGM, 1962): Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom. This biography of the famed fairy-tale collectors contains reenactments from their stories. B

12:30 am – THE 7 FACES OF DR. LAO (MGM, 1964): Tony Randall, Barbara Eden. A Chinese showman uses his magical powers to save a Western town from itself. B+

October 13

6:30 am – KISS OF THE TARANTULA (Cinema-Vu, 1976): Susanna Ling, Eric Mason.A disturbed teenage girl unleashes her pet tarantula against her “enemies." D

8:00 am – SNAKE WOMAN (UA, 1961): John McCarthy Jr., Susan Travers. A man injects his wife with snake to cure her insanity that leads to future mayhem. C-

9:30 am – VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (MGM, 1960): George Sanders, Barbara Shelley. Twelve super-intelligent, telepathic, blond, fair-skinned children, born at the same time in a small village, are not of this earth. A

1:00 pm – THE INNOCENTS (Fox, 1961): Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave. A governess (Kerr) becomes convinced the children in her charge may be haunted. A

4:30 pm – THE BAD SEED (WB, 1956): Eileen Heckart, Patty McCormack & Jesse White. A woman suspects her perfect little girl may in fact be a killer. B+

6:45 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+

8:00 pm – FIVE MILES TO MIDNIGHT (U.A., 1962): Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins. A wife tries to free herself from her husband by helping him fake his own death. C

10:15 pm – PHAEDRA (Lopert, 1962): Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins & Raf Vallone. A tycoon's restless wife seduces her stepson. B

12:30 am – GREEN MANSIONS (MGM, 1959): Audrey Hepburn, Anthony Perkins. A young adventurer falls in love with a mystical woman in the South American jungle. B-

2:30 am – KING SOLOMON’S MINES (MGM, 1950): Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger & Richard Carlson. Spirited widow Kerr hires jungle scout Granger to find a lost treasure in diamonds. A

October 14

6:30 am – SUSPENSE (Monogram, 1946): Belita, Barry Sullivan. The new manager of an ice show plots to steal the owners business and his wife. C

10:00 am – PAY OR DIE (Allied Artists, 1960): Ernest Borgnine, Zohra Lampert. A policeman tries to crack down on Mob “protection” rackets. B-

12:00 am – POINT BLANK (MGM, 1967): Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson. It’s a great revenge tale about a gangster planning revenge on his faithless wife and his partner. B+

2:00 pm – ANY WEDNESDAY (WB, 1966): Jane Fonda, Jason Robards, Jr. A young businessman discovers his boss is keeping a mistress in the company apartment. A-

4:00 pm – STEELYARD BLUES (WB, 1973): Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland. A group of dropouts race to raise money to escape society. C-

5:45 pm – THE CHINA SYNDROME (MGM, 1979): Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon & Michael Douglas. A television newswoman stumbles onto deadly secrets at a nuclear power plant. A-

8:00 pm – 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+

10:15 pm – BLOOD AND SAND (Fox, 1941): Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell & Rita Hayworth. A married matador's rise to stardom is complicated by an affair with a beautiful aristocrat. A

12:30 am – MISS SADIE THOMPSON (Columbia, 1954): Rita Hayworth, Jose Ferrer. This musical remake of Somerset Maugham’s Rain has Hayworth as the floozy and Jose Ferrer as the moralizing preacher. B

2:15 am – BLACULA (AIP, 1972): William Marshall, Vonetta McGee. An African prince bitten by Dracula stalks the Los Angeles night in search of his lost princess. B-

4:00 am – SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM (AIP, 1973): William Marshall, Don Mitchell & Pam Grier. A vengeful Voodoo priestess brings the vampire Blacula back to life. C

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