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TCM TiVo ALERT
For
September 23–September 30

DAVID’S BEST BETS:

FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON (September 26, 6:45 am): While not a great film, any movie starring Joseph Cotten and George Sanders is worth seeing. The storyline, based on a Jules Verne book of the same title, has its moments. The bitter rivalry between greedy munitions maker Victor Barbicane (Cotten) and holier-than-thou metallurgist Stuyvesant Nicholl (Sanders) provides a nice give-and-take for the two screen legends. Barbicane's latest explosive, the ominous-sounding Power X, is met with skepticism from Nicholl, who bets it can't destroy his invention, the world's hardest metal. The metal gets blown up, but it's also converted into a super-strong and super-lightweight ceramic. So what's next? A trip to the moon, of course, with the spaceship made of the ceramic. It has some silly scenes, but Cotten and Sanders worked well together and turned a weak script with bad special effects into an enjoyable film.

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (September 28, 6:00 pm): This 1957 film, directed by Billy Wilder, is one of the best suspense movies you'll ever see. The story takes many interesting twists and the acting is outstanding, particularly Charles Laughton as an ill, but still brilliant, barrister who takes the case of a man, played by Tyrone Power in his last role, charged with murder. All of the evidence points to Power's character, Leonard Vole, as the killer, but Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Laughton) can't resist defending him. Things take a turn for the worse – or maybe it doesn't – when Vole's wife, played by Marlene Dietrich, is called as a witness for the prosecution. The ending is so unexpected and executed exceptionally well by all parties involved in the film. It is a shock that's heightened by the closing credits asking moviegoers to not reveal the ending to anyone who hasn't seen it. 

ED’S BEST BETS:

LA BETE HUMAINE (September 25, 2:45 pm): Jean Renoir wrote and directed this masterful adaptation of Zola’s novel of the same name, setting it in modern times. The focus of the film is train engineer Lantier (Jean Gabin), who, while waiting for his train to be repaired at the Le Havre station, witnesses a murder committed by the station master, Roubard (Fernand Ledoux). Roubard, realizing Lantier saw everything, encourages his wife, Severine (Simone Simon) to become Lantier’s lover in order to buy his silence. Needless to say, this results in tragedy. Gabin is mesmerizing in the role of Lantier, who turns violent whenever he has an epileptic attack. And it’s good to see Simone Simon, who most American film fans know as the doomed Irina from RKO and producer Val Lewton’s Cat People. This film is a must for those who would like to see the earlier Simon and for anyone who loves the films of Renoir, as I do.

WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? (September 29, 3:45 am): A surprising look into Hollywood that been unjustly overlooked after the release of A Star is Born, which it inspired. Lowell Sherman is unforgettable as the dipso director whose career has sliding into oblivion with Constance Bennett shining as a waitress whose ambition is to be a movie star, a goal she fulfills with the help of Sherman. With Gregory Ratoff and Neil Hamilton. A must see for all movie fans.

WE AGREE ON ... STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (September 25, 4:30 pm)

ED: A+. This is a wonderfully perverse tale of murder and compulsion from Hitchcock. It is perhaps his best American film, thanks to a bravura performance from the talented Robert Walker as the psychopath Bruno Antony. Bruno doesn’t have the stones to kill his hated father, but a chance meeting with tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) aboard a train inspires him. Knowing that Guy cannot marry Senator Morton’s daughter Anne (Ruth Roman) until he frees himself from an unhappy marriage to wife Miriam (Laura Elliott), he proposes a plan for a perfect murder: two strangers, who each want someone in their life eliminated, swap murders. Thinking Bruno is nothing more than a harmless kook, Guy tells him offhandedly the plan is viable and departs the train at his home town of Metcalf in the belief he has seen the last of Bruno. But Bruno takes Guy’s offhanded estimation of his plan as approval and kills Miriam, expecting Guy to return the favor and kill Bruno’s father. Bruno has become the ultimate piece of gum on the sole of Guy’s shoe; try as hard as he might, he cannot rid himself of the the crazy Bruno, who fully expects Guy to go through with his part in the scheme. Though the climax of the film is the celebrated runaway merry-go-round, the real highlight is the performance of Walker. As Pauline Kael notes, it gives the movie much of its character and peculiar charm. It’s interesting, but we never seem to think about a particular actor’s performance in a Hitchcock film. We usually recall some bit of business, such as the stump finger in The 39 Steps, the Salvador Dali dream sequence in Spellbound, the color red in Marnie, the windmill turning the wrong way in Foreign Correspondent, etc. But without Walker, the film lacks the punch that makes it so enjoyable.

DAVID: A+. The premise is very clever, but the acting and directing of the movie takes it to another level. Bruno Antony (Robert Walker) wants his father dead. While on a train, he meets a stranger – tennis player Guy Haines (Farley Granger) with a similar dilemma. Haines wants to get rid of his wife so he can marry another woman. Bruno comes up with the idea that these two "strangers on a train" will do each other's dirty work and no one will suspect them. Guy brushes it aside, but when the psychotic Bruno kills Guy's wife, he expects his "co-conspirator" to respond in (not so) kind. The interaction between Walker and Granger, two highly underrated actors, in this film is outstanding. Alfred Hitchcock did a fantastic job – which he so often did – building tension and drama. This is Walker's finest role and sadly he would die a few months after the film was released. He plays a psychopath perfectly: he's detached yet pushy and is always one step ahead of Guy until, of course, the very end. My favorite scene in the film is his cool, calculated murder of Guy's wife, Miriam (Laura Elliot). Bruno follows her – and two of her boyfriends – around an amusement park, making eye contact with her on occasion but keeping his distance. When she and the boyfriends get in a boat on a "tunnel of love" ride that takes them to a makeout beach, called Magic Isle, Bruno casually follows in a separate boat. Once at the beach, he goes to strangle Miriam, but the way the scene is filmed is extraordinary. During the struggle, Miriam's glasses fall off and we see the strangulation in the reflection of her glasses. It's almost like seeing murder filmed as a work of art. One interesting note is famed writer Raymond Chandler gets a writing credit for the movie's screenplay even though hardly anything he contributed was used. Chandler and Hitchcock not only didn't agree on much of the film's storyline, but personally didn't like each other. However, Warner Brothers, which distributed the film, insisted that Chandler's name be used in the credits as he was a big name.

Schedule Subject to Change (All Times Eastern)

September 23

7:30 am – THE MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR (WB, 1943): John Loder, Eleanor Parker. Nazi agents use a headless ghost as a front. C+

8:30 am – THE UNSUSPECTED (WB, 1947): Claude Rains, Jan Caulfield. A host of a true-crime radio program (Rains) believes he has committed the perfect murder. A-

10:30 am – BOSTON BLACKIE’S CHINESE VENTURE (Columbia, 1948): Chester Morris, Richard Lane. When he's spotted leaving a laundry whose owner has just been murdered, Blackie has to find the real killer. C

11:45 am – BILLY BUDD (Allied Artists, 1962): Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov. Ustinov directed and starred in this adaptation of Melville’s tale of good vs. evil aboard a ship. B+

2:00 pm – THE NANNY (20th C. Fox/Hammer, 1965): Bette Davis, William Dix & Pamela Franklin. A disturbed young man tries to prove his nanny is out to kill him. C

3:45 pm – THE OMEGA MAN (WB, 1971): Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash. The only human survivor of a biological war fights a plague that turns people into vampires in this remake of The Last Man on EarthB

8:00 pm – THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (WB, 1948): Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt. A classic about three ordinary men and what gold does to ordinary men. A+

10:30 pm – THE WAR WAGON (Universal, 1967): John Wayne, Kirk Douglas. A rancher and a hired gun join forces to take on the criminal who betrayed them both. C

12:30 am – THE LAST POSSE (Columbia, 1953): Broderick Crawford, John Derek. Flashbacks reveal how a posse after stolen money returned empty handed. C

2:00 am – OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN (WB, 1983): Peter Weller, Jennifer Dale. A man who recently completed rebuilding a townhouse becomes obsessed with a rat infestation until it becomes an interspecies duel. C

3:45 am – RATTLERS (Boxoffice Int’l Pictures, 1976): Sam Chew, Elizabeth Chauvet. A herpetologist links a series of deaths from snakebite to U.S. military testing. F

September 24

6:00 am – GO NAKED IN THE WORLD (MGM, 1961): Gina Lollobrigida, Anthony Franciosa. A powerful businessman opposes his son’s involvement with a woman with a past. B+

8:00 am – A FINE MADNESS (WB, 1966): Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward, & Jean Seberg. A mad poet plagued by writer's block is convinced by his wife to see a psychiatrist. B+

10:00 am –  SCANDAL SHEET (Columbia, 1952): Broderick Crawford, Donna Reed. A tabloid editor assigns a young reporter to solve a murder committed by the editor himself. A-

1:45 pm – ACCORDING TO MRS. HOYLE (Monogram, 1951): Spring Byington, Anthony Caruso. A retired teacher sells her apartment to a group of gangsters. C

3:00 pm – NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS (WB, 1958): Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick. Andy Griffith dominates this classic about a country boy who causes havoc in the Air Force. A-

8:00 pm – CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (20th Century Fox, 1948): James Stewart, Richard Conte, & Lee J. Cobb. Convinced the man is innocent, reporter Stewart re-opens a ten-year old murder case. B+

10:00 pm – BOOMERANG (20th Century Fox, 1947): Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, & Lee. J. Cobb. A prosecutor fights to prove the defendant in a scandalous murder case is innocent. A

2:00 am – THE LIFE OF OHARU (Shintoho, 1952): Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura. A 50-year old prostitute looks back on her sad life and missed opportunities. A-

September 25

6:00 am – WAGON TRAIN (RKO, 1940): Tim Holt, Ray Whitley. Settlers and traders en route to the West fight off Indian attacks. C

7:15 am – MURDER IN THE PRIVATE CAR (MGM, 1934): Charlie Ruggles, Mary Carlisle. A rather convoluted plot about a murder plot against an heiress to a railroad fortune, but the action is well worth it. B

10:00 am – THE NARROW MARGIN (RKO, 1952): Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor. A tough cop meets his match when he must accompany a gangster’s moll on a tense train ride. A+

11:30 am – THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (Edison Mfg. Co., 1903): Broncho Billy Anderson, Marie Murray. Director Edwin S. Porter’s groundbreaking film about a train robbery. A+

1:15 pm – THE GENERAL (UA, Keaton Productions, 1926): Buster Keaton, Marion Mack. A Confederate engineer fights to save his train, The General, and his girlfriend from the Yankees. Silent. A+

2:45 pm – LA BETE HUMAINE (Paris Film, 1938): Jean Gabin, Simone Simon & Julien Carette. A railroad engineer enters an affair with his friend's amoral wife. A+

4:30 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+

8:00 pm – THE DARK TOWER (WB, 1943): Anne Crawford, David Farrar, & Herbert Lom. A circus hypnotist in love with a trapeze artist plans to hypnotize her into murdering her partner. B-

9:45 pm – PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Hammer/Universal, 1962): Herbert Lom, Heather Sears. Remake of the Chaney classic. C+

11:30 pm – THE MAN WHO WATCHED TRAINS GO BY (MacDonald Films, 1952): Claude Rains, Michael Nightingale. A business owner and his clerk go head to head over the company funds. C+

1:15 am – 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

3:00 am – TWIST OF FATE (UA, 1954): Ginger Rogers, Lilly Khan & Stanley Baker. A woman is taken in by the gifts she receives from a wealthy baker, unaware of his motives or his marriage status. C

4:45 am – A SHOT IN THE DARK (UA, 1964): Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer. Inspector Clouseau tries to clear a beautiful woman accused of shooting her husband. A+

September 26

6:45 am – FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON (RKO, 1958): Joseph Cotten, George Sanders. An adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel about lifelong rivals that build a moon rocket. B

8:30 am – WORLD WITHOUT END (Allied Artists, 1956): Hugh Marlowe, Rod Taylor. Returning astronauts encounter a time warp and end up on a future Earth populated by mutants. B

10:00 am – THE COSMIC MONSTER (DCA, 1958): Forrest Tucker, Gaby Andre. A scientist has punched a magnetic hole in the ionosphere, allowing cosmic rays through that enlarge the insect life. C-

11:15 am – THE GREEN SLIME (MGM, 1969): Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel. A mysterious fungus invades a space station, turning the inhabitants into monsters. D-

1:00 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+

2:45 pm – FORBIDDEN PLANET (MGM, 1956): Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, & Anne Francis. Interesting adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest recast as a space opera. Beware the Id. A

4:30 pm – QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE (Allied Artists, 1958): Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming. A space mission to Venus discovers a society of Amazons. D-

8:00 pm – THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET (MGM, 1957): Jennifer Jones, John Gielgud & Bill Travers. Remake of the 1934 opus about the Elizabeth Barrett- Robert Browning romance. C

10:00 pm – A FAREWELL TO ARMS (20th Century Fox, 1957): Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones. An American soldier on the Italian front in World War I falls for a spirited English nurse. C

12:45 am – TENDER IS THE NIGHT (Fox, 1962): Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards Jr. A psychiatrist marries a wealthy patient and succumbs to the lure of easy living. C

3:30 am – THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS (MGM, 1954): Van Johnson Elizabeth Taylor. A writer (Johnson) in Paris remembers his stormy marriage to an heiress (Taylor). F

September 27

6:00 am – SUBMARINE D-1 (WB, 1937): Pat O’Brien, George Brent & Doris Weston Two recruits on a new submarine fall for the same girl. C-

9:30 am – THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE (UA, 1948): James Cagney, William Bendix. A philosophical drunk (Cagney) encourages his friends to live their dreams to the fullest. C+

11:30 am – NIGHT UNTO NIGHT (WB, 1949): Ronald Reagan, Viveca Lindfors. A terminally ill scientist seeks comfort from a mentally disturbed widow. C

1:00 pm – A KISS IN THE DARK (WB, 1949) David Niven, Jane Wyman. A concert pianist inherits an apartment house full of loony tenants. C

2:45 pm – STOP, YOU’RE KILLING ME (WB, 1952): Broderick Crawford, Claire Trevor. This slight remake of 1938’s A Slight Case of Murder stars Crawford as bootlegger-gone-straight Remy Marco. C

4:30 pm – LONE STAR (MGM, 1952): Clark Gable, Ava Gardner & Broderick Crawford. A frontiersman helps out with Texas's fight for independence from Mexico. C+

8:00 pm – HEIDI (Fox, 1937): Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt. An orphaned girl tends goats for her grandfather until she’s sold to serve as a disabled girl’s companion. B-

9:45 pm – SEALED CARGO (RKO, 1951): Dana Andrews, Claude Rains. A fisherman tangles with Nazi smugglers off the Canadian coast. B-

11:30 pm – McQ (WB, 1974): John Wayne, Eddie Albert & Diana Muldaur. A police lieutenant tackles corruption when his best friend is killed. C

1:30 am – 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+

September 28

6:00 am – LADIES OF THE JURY (RKO, 1932): Edna May Oliver, Jill Esmond. A society woman serving on the jury of an ex-chorus girl on trial for murder forces her peers to re-examine the case. B

9:00 am – STAR WITNESS (WB, 1931): Walter Huston, Frances Starr. William Wellman directed opus about a family threatened by gangsters when they witness a murder. B+

11:45 am – TRIAL (MGM, 1955): Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire. A young Mexican man accused of rape and murder becomes a pawn for both communists and Red-baiters. B+

1:45 pm – INHERIT THE WIND (U.A., 1960): Spencer Tracy, Frederic March and Gene Kelly in the classic movie about the Scopes trial. A-

4:00 pm – TWILIGHT OF HONOR (MGM, 1963): Richard Chamberlain, Joey Heatherton & Nick Adams. A struggling lawyer takes on a murder case that could make or break him. C+

6:00 pm – WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (UA, 1957): Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton. Billy Wilder directed this adaptation of Agatha Christie about the prosecution of a case that brings surprise after surprise. A+

8:00 pm – THE LOVE-INS (Columbia, 1967): Richard Todd, James MacArthur. A former college professor becomes a cult’s Messiah and sexually preys on its young women. C

10:00 pm – RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP (AIP, 1967): Aldo Ray, Mimsy Farmer. A police captain is caught between his legal obligations and his moral compass. C

12:00 pm – THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (Fox, 1971): Al Pacino, Kitty Winn. A boyfriend from hell, who happens to be a smalltime crook, leads his decent girlfriend on the downhill heroin path. A

3:45 am – MORE (Cinema V Distributing, Inc., 1969): Mimsy Farmer, Klaus Grunberg. A German boy and American girl, both teens, travel from country to country in a tragic descent into the drug-abusing life of the new hippie movement. C

September 29

6:45 am – A LOST LADY (WB, 1934): Barbara Stanwyck, Frank Morgan. A bitter woman who thinks she'll never love again marries, only to fall for a brash young man. C

8:00 am – CRY WOLF (WB, 1947): Errol Flynn, Barbara Stanwyck. A woman uncovers deadly secrets when she visits her late husband's family. C

11:45 am – THE PITFALL (UA, 1948): Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott. Married insurance man Powell falls for a criminal’s girlfriend. B

1:30 pm – EASY LIVING (RKO, 1949): Victor Mature, Lucille Ball. An aging football star risks his health when his greedy wife won't let him retire. B

3:00 pm – TOO LATE FOR TEARS (UA, 1949): Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore. A ruthless woman finds a suitcase containing $60,000 and will do anything to keep it. B+

8:00 pm – A STAR IS BORN (Selznick International, 1937): Frederic March, Janet Gaynor. A fading alcoholic leading man (March) marries the young beginner (Gaynor) he mentored to stardom. A+

10:00 pm – A STAR IS BORN (WB, 1954): Judy Garland, James Mason. George Cukor directs this lavish musical remake of the 1937 original drama. A-

1:15 am – A STAR IS BORN (WB, 1976): Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson. This time it’s Streisand and Kristofferson in this rock ‘n’ roll updating of the 1937 classic. C-

3:45 am – WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? (RKO, 1932): Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman. A dipso director whose career is fading (Sherman) helps a waitress (Bennett) achieve stardom. B+

September 30

6:00 am – BROADWAY MELODY OF 1938 (MGM, 1938): Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, Judy Garland, & George Murphy. Problems jeopardize a Broadway musical. Garland sings “Dear Mr. Gable.” C+

8:30 am – THE  YOUNG IN HEART (UA, 1938): Minnie Dupree, Paulette Goddard. A family of con artists saves the life of a wealthy old woman and plots to fleece her. A

10:30 am – MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (WB, 1933): Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill & Glenda Farrell. Sculptor Atwill creates the most lifelike wax statues. Or are they? A-

12:00 pm – MARIE ANTOINETTE (MGM, 1938): Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, & John Barrymore. Shearer stars as the doomed French queen from her betrothal and marriage to her beheading. B

3:00 pm – DAVID AND BATHSHEBA (Fox, 1951): Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward. King David’s lust for a married woman has disastrous consequences for Israel. C

5:15 pm – TORA! TORA! TORA! (Fox, 1970): Joseph Cotten, So Yamamura. A docudrama reenactment of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, before, during, and after. A

8:00 pm – 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-

10:15 pm – BORN TO BE BAD (RKO, 1950): Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan & Zachary Scott. Bad girl Fontaine ruins the lives of both novelist Ryan and millionaire Scott. C

12:00 pm – SO YOUNG, SO BAD (UA, 1950): Paul Henried, Anne Jackson. A crusading psychiatrist helps troubled reform school girls in this early JD film. Look for Anne Francis and Rita Moreno. C+

2:00 am – ERASERHEAD (Miramax, 1977): Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart. A cog in the industrial machine tries to cope with his unhappy wife and mutant baby. B+


TCM TiVo ALERT
For
September 15–September 22

DAVID’S BEST BETS:

OUT OF THE FOG (September 20, 4:45 pm): They Made Me a Criminal (1939) brought the great John Garfield to the attention of movie fans. Two years later, Out of the Fog proved that with the proper script, Garfield was among the elite actors of his era – an era that included Humphrey Bogart, Joseph Cotten, Cary Grant, James Stewart and Orson Welles. In this film, Garfield plays Harold Goff, a sadistic gangster who demands protection money from fishermen at a Brooklyn pier. He is incredibly cruel yet also charming as he falls for the daughter, played by Ida Lupino, of one of the fishermen he is terrorizing. It's one of Warner Brothers' best film noirs. There is nothing likable about Goff, but you won't be able to stop watching until you see how he gets it in the end.  

THE FRONT (September 22, 8:00 pm): I'm a huge Woody Allen fan, but it's a mixed bag when he's only acting, and not directing and/or writing a film. Watch Scenes from a Mall – if you dare – for evidence that acting-only films can be disasters for Allen. Thankfully, The Front is the opposite. This delightful comedy, with a healthy dose of anti-McCarthyism, has Allen as Howard Prince, a restaurant cashier/third-rate bookie in the 1950s who serves as a "front" for an old friend who is blacklisted from Hollywood. His friend writes scripts for a TV show, Prince puts his name on them and they split the money. Everyone's happy, right? Well, not exactly. Prince's friend knows other writers who want to get in on the action. Soon, Prince's name is on many scripts and his ego is running wild. Allen is flawless in the role as a lovable loser who has to convince people that he's actually brilliant. He is surrounded by an excellent cast. Of note is Zero Mostel, who was blacklisted in real life. He plays Hecky Brown, a beloved character on a TV show in which Prince is a "writer." Brown was sort of a Communist years ago because he was attracted to a woman who was a party member. After being blacklisted, Brown becomes desperate, humiliated and eventually kills himself. Prince is asked to testify before a House on Un-American Activities Committee subcommittee. The ending is priceless. The movie pays tribute to those who were blacklisted, but focuses more on comedy allowing the message to be delivered in a soft, but effective, way.

ED’S BEST BETS:

NOTHING SACRED (September 15, 4:45 am): A classic screwball comedy about a reporter (Frederic March) who exploits Vermont girl Lombard’s “immanent death” from radium poisoning for all the headlines he can get for his New York paper. It doesn’t matter that the diagnosis was wrong, March convinces Lombard to play along, resulting in a series of tearjerking news stories, national headliners and a wave of public sympathy. Ben Hecht’s script gets the most out of this cynical look at media darlings of the moment, and it’s helped along by sterling performances from the leads. Oscar Levant provides a musical score reminiscent of the Gershwins.

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (September 18, 2:45 am): This film is rightly said to be writer/director Preston Sturges’s masterpiece. John L. Sullivan is a noted director of light musical fare such as Ants in Your Plants of 1939 and Hey, Hey in the Hayloft. However, he wants to make an Important Film, and he has one in mind, namely O Brother, Where Art Thou, a leaden novel concerned with the struggle between Capital and Labor. The studio execs pooh-pooh it, noting that he grew up rich and never suffered. So, Sullivan sets out to see how the other half lives, and ends up with far more than he bargained for when everybody assumes he died. It’s both hilarious and touching with many insights from Sturges into the human ego versus the human condition. It’s best to record it to be seen again later – and you will definitely want to see it again.

WE DISAGREE ON ... COOL HAND LUKE (September 16, 5:45 pm)

ED: A+. The ‘60s was the time of the anti-hero, of rebellion, and no one more personified that on film than Paul Newman. Of all his roles, Lucas Jackson was the height of that type of character. Cool Hand Luke is actually based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Donn Pierce, and Newman does justice to the lead character. We don’t know why Luke is rebelling, or when things are going his way, he suddenly reverts to an anti-authority stand. Perhaps it had to do with the death of his mother (Jo Van Fleet), but Luke was acting up just before that crucial scene where he was informed of his mother’s death. Perhaps it is because Luke is a non-conformist who refuses to fit into a society he wants no part of. Anyway, the film is well-written and directed; populated with outstanding performances and memorable scenes, songs, and lines, such as “What we got here is failure to communicate,” “He’s a natural born world shaker,” and, of course, “Yeah, well sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.” And who can forget the music? I know people who cannot be described as film fanatics, but can quote the lines and clearly remember scenes from the movie.Cool Hand Luke is one of those rare period pieces and one of the few films from the ‘60s that holds up well today.  

DAVID: B. I like this movie, but it gets far more praise than it deserves. Paul Newman gives a strong performance as Lucas Jackson, a decorated Korean War veteran who seems to have trouble respecting authority. Also, George Kennedy is solid as Dragline, a fellow inmate, and Strother Martin as Captain – "What we got here is failure to communicate" – is excellent. The problem with the film is we're never given a reason as to why "Cool Hand Luke" is such a screw-up. There's no motivation for his actions. He is sentenced to hard labor at a prison camp for cutting the tops of a town's parking meters with no reason for why he did it. When the Captain brings up Luke's Korean War record, he doesn't give an explanation for why he was demoted from a sergeant to a private. He wins a big poker hand with a bluff, decides he can eat 50 hard-boiled eggs as a challenge, and constantly gets in trouble resulting in time in the "box." Why? Even when his original sentence is coming to an end, he tries to escape, which adds more time. When I watch the movie, I wonder if Luke is a complete fool. His defiant actions and spirit bring him respect from the other inmates and the guards, known as "bosses," and Captain also admire him. But based on his character, Luke could care less about that respect. In one scene, he gets mad at the other inmates for admiring him. There's something in him that makes him restless and a rebel, but we never learn what it is. Towards the conclusion, Luke is in a church talking to God and is confused as me as to why he acts this way. It's a good movie, with a fantastic ending. Not all films need to be wrapped up with a pretty bow and logic. But Cool Hand Luke leaves me with more questions than answers, and less than satisfied.

Schedule Subject to Change (All Times Eastern)

September 15

7:30 am – MARY OF SCOTLAND (RKO, 1936): Katharine Hepburn, Frederic March. Hepburn stars as the Scottish queen who ended her days in the tower of London. Directed by John Ford. C-

1:30 pm – CAMELOT (WB, 1967): Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero. A musical adaptation of the marriage of King Arthur to Guinevere set amid the pageantry of Camelot. D

2:30 pm – FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (Paramount, 1943): Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman. Mercenary soldier Cooper joins a band of peasants fighting for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War. A-

5:00 pm – AT SWORD’S POINT (RKO, 1952): Cornel Wilde, Maureen O’Hara. The children of the Three Musketeers swing into action to fight a traitor. C+

6:30 pm – THE WARRIORS (Allied Artists, 1955): Errol Flynn, Joanne Dru. Edward III, the “Black Prince” of England, stays behind to guard the French territory conquered by England. C+

8:00 pm – HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE (Paramount, 1935): Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray. A manicurist uses her beauty and emery board to snag a rich husband. B+

9:30 pm – LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST (Universal, 1935): Carole Lombard, Preston Foster & Cesar Romero. A Park Avenue beauty plays two suitors against each other. C+

11:00 pm – THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS (Paramount, 1936): Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray. A Brooklyn girl masquerades as a princess to land a Hollywood contract. A-

12:30 am – NOW AND FOREVER (Paramount, 1934): Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard & Shirley Temple. A young swindler tries to mend his ways when he's reunited with his daughter. B-

2:00 am – THE GAY BRIDE (MGM, 1934): Carole Lombard, Chester Morris & ZaSu Pitts. A gold digger tries to get ahead by marrying a succession of ill-fated racketeers. C+

3:30 am – BRIEF MOMENT (Columbia, 1933): Carole Lombard, Gene Raymond & Donald Cook. A nightclub singer tries to rehabilitate a wealthy playboy. C

4:45 am – NOTHING SACRED (U.A., 1937): Frederic March, Carole Lombard. When a small-town girl is diagnosed with a rare, deadly disease, a newspaperman turns her into a national heroine. A

September 16

6:00 am – THE DESERT SONG (WB, 1953): Kathryn Grayson, Gordon McRae.A French professor secretly leads a band of desert freedom fighters. C+

10:30 am – TRAPPED BY BOSTON BLACKIE (Columbia, 1948): Chester Morris, George E. Stone. Blackie becomes the prime suspect when a pearl necklace he’s been hired to guard goes missing. B-

12:00 pm – THE NAKED HILLS (Allied Artists, 1956): David Wayne, Keenan Wynn. An Indiana farmer heads to California in search of gold. C-

3:30 pm – SPENCER’S MOUNTAIN (WB, 1963): Henry Fonda, Maureen O’Hara & James MacArthur. Wyoming farmer Fonda fights to build a better life for son MacArthur. B

5:45 pm – COOL HAND LUKE (WB, 1967): Paul Newman, Strother Martin. Newman is a rebellious member of a prison road gang. Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Ratings: See above.

8:00 pm – THE BAND WAGON (MGM, 1953): Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabares, Oscar Levant, & Cyd Charisse. Astaire is a Hollywood song and dance man whose transition to Broadway proves painful. A+

10:15 pm – THE BOY FRIEND (MGM, 1971): Twiggy, Christopher Gable. Ken Russell directed this story of an understudy who goes on for the star and finds love. B

12:45 am – DANCING LADY (MGM, 1933): Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, & Fred Astaire. Musical star Crawford is torn between her stage manager and a millionaire playboy. It’s Astaire’s film debut. B+

2:30 am – THE AWAKENING (WB,1980): Charlton Heston, Susannah York. An archeologist discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save mankind he must destroy her. C-

4:30 am – BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (Hammer, 1971): Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon. An evil Egyptian princess' sprit possesses an Egyptologist's daughter. B+

September 17

6:15 am – MERRY ANDREW (MGM, 1958): Danny Kaye, Pier Angelli. Archaeologist Kaye becomes mixed up with a circus troupe while searching for treasure. C

8:00 am – DIANE (MGM, 1956): Lana Turner, Pedro Armendariz & Roger Moore. A beautiful woman serving as advisor to the King of France falls in love with his son. C+

10:00 am – IN A LONELY PLACE (Columbia, 1950): Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame. Bogie is a top form as a loony screenwriter suspected of murder. B+

2:00 pm – MIRACLE IN THE RAIN (WB, 1956): Jane Wyman, Van Johnson. When a lonely woman’s wartime lover dies, her loneliness threatens her life. C+

4:00 pm – 55 DAYS AT PEKING (Allied Artists, 1963): Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner. Nicholas Ray directed this epic about an American major leading the defense during the Boxer Rebellion. C+

8:00 pm – GIANT (WB, 1956): Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, & James Dean. George Stevens directed this rambling saga about a Texas oil family struggling to adapt to changing times. B-

12:45 am – BRIGHT EYES (Fox, 1934): Shirley Temple, James Dunn. Society snobs get more than they bargained for when they take in their late housekeeper’s orphaned daughter. C+

1:30 am – SHOW BUSINESS (MGM, 1932): Thelma Todd, Zasu Pitts. The ladies travel along with their musical monkey to a show but their antics on the train antagonize the show director. B

2:30 am – SOCRATES (New Yorker Films, 1971): Jean Sylvere, Anna Caprile. Roberto Rossellini directed this historical drama based on the philosopher’s last days. A+

September 18

6:00 am – THE TEMPTRESS (MGM, 1926): Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno & Roy D’Arcy. A woman abandons both her husband and lover to pursue a young engineer. Silent. A

8:00 am – GRAND HOTEL (MGM, 1932): Greta Garbo, John and Lionel Barrymore. Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandal and heartache. A

10:00 am –  THE MYSTERIOUS LADY (MGM, 1928): Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel. An Austrian officer unwittingly falls in love with a Russian spy. Silent. B-

11:45 am – ROMANCE (MGM, 1930): Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone & Gavin Gordon. An opera singer leaves her wealthy lover for a young priest. C-

1:15 pm – THE PAINTED VEIL (MGM, 1934): Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall & George Brent. A wife strays, then fights to redeem herself to her husband. B-

2:45 pm – ANNA CHRISTIE (MGM, 1931): Greta Garbo, Theo Shall. This is the German language version of the Garbo classic. Sprechen Sie GarboA-

4:15 pm – QUEEN CHRISTINA (MGM, 1933): Greta Garbo, John Gilbert. This is a tour de force by Garbo as the enigmatic Queen of Sweden. Gilbert plays her Spanish diplomat lover. A-

6:00 pm – NINOTCHKA (MGM, 1939): Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas. A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest. A+

8:00 pm – THE KING OF KINGS (Pathe, 1927): H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming. Cecil B. DeMille’s re-telling of the story of Jesus. Silent. A

11:00 pm – WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS (MGM, 1928): Monte Blue, Raquel Torres. An alcoholic doctor runs off to Tahiti, where he finds love with a native girl. B

12:45 am – THE BROADWAY MELODY (MGM, 1929) Anita Page, Bessie Love. An early musical about how love breaks up a sister vaudeville act. C

2:45 am – SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (Paramount, 1941): Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake. Sturges’ classic about a director who wants to make “message films” and gets his comeuppance when his plans go wrong. A+

September 19

6:00 am – NAZI AGENT (MGM, 1942): Conrad Veidt, Ann Ayars. Great fun as Veidt plays identical twins: one a loyal German-American, and the other a Nazi official. Directed by Jules Dassin. B+

7:30 am – DEAD MEN WALK (PRC, 1943) George Zucco, Mary Carlisle. Zucco plays twins, one a vampire seeking revenge, in this ridiculous entry from PRC. D+

9:00 am – A STOLEN LIFE (WB, 1946): Bette Davis, Glenn Ford. Davis plays twin sisters, one of whom takes her sister’s place as the wife of the man (Ford) they both love. C+

11:00 am – THE CORSICAN BROTHERS (UA, 1941): Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Ruth Warrick. Siamese twins, separated in infancy, join forces to avenge their parents’ murder. B+

1:00 pm – HOUSE OF NUMBERS (MGM, 1957): Jack Palance, Harold J. Stone. A man tries to spring his twin brother from prison. C+

2:45 pm – SMILIN’ THROUGH (MGM, 1932):  Norma Shearer, Frederic March. Shearer is a young woman in turn-of-the-century England who falls for the son of an old family enemy. B

4:30 pm – THE SCAPEGOAT (MGM, 1959): Alec Guinness, Bette Davis. A teacher of French at a small English college is tricked into trading places with a look-alike nobleman. B+

8:00 pm – GOOD MORNING, MISS DOVE (Fox, 1955): Jennifer Jones, Robert Stack. A devoted teacher sacrifices personal happiness to stay with her students. A-

10:00 pm – LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING (Fox, 1955): William Holden, Jennifer Jones. A Eurasian doctor in Hong Kong falls in love with a war correspondent. A

12:00 am – THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT (20th C. Fox, 1956): Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones. A PR man is haunted by the revelations of his wartime romance. B+

2:45 am – INDISCRETION OF AN AMERICAN WIFE (Columbia, 1954): Jennifer Jones, Montgomery Clift. An American woman tries to break off her relationship with her Italian lover. Directed by De Sica. B-

4:00 am – YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW (National General Pictures, 1970): Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni. Three very different women and the men they attract comprise this episodic comedy. B-

September 20

6:00 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 himself. C

9:30 am – ALL THIS, AND HEAVEN TOO (WB, 1940): Bette Davis, Charles Boyer. A French nobleman falls in love with his children’s governess. B-

12:00 pm – CASTLE ON THE HUDSON (WB, 1940): John Garfield, Pat O’Brien, & Ann Sheridan. Garfield’s a hardened con that gets reform-minded Pat O’Brien for his warden. B-

3:15 pm – BLUES IN THE NIGHT (WB, 1941): Jack Carson, Priscilla Lane. This story of a group of itinerant jazz musicians and their travails on the road never really gets off the ground. C+

4:45 pm – OUT OF THE FOG (WB, 1941): John Garfield, Ida Lupino & Thomas Mitchell. Garfield is at his sinister best as a gangster who terrorizes a small fishing town. A

6:15 pm – THE LONG NIGHT (RKO, 1947): Henry Fonda, Barbara BelGeddes, & Vincent Price. Anatole Litvak’s leaden and plodding remake of Marcel Carne’s Le Jour Se Leve (Daybreak). D

8:00 pm – 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

10:00 pm – ROUSTABOUT (Paramount, 1964): Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck. A female carnival owner hires a hot-blooded young singer to save her touring show. C+

12:00 am – THE STONE KILLER (Columbia, 1973): Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam. A Los Angeles detective is sent to New York where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud. C

September 21

7:00 am – SON OF INDIA (MGM, 1931): Ramon Novarro, Conrad Nagel & Marjorie Rambeau. A rajah's son falls for an American girl touring India. C

8:30 am – BONNIE SCOTLAND (MGM, 1935): Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy. Two Americans in search of an inheritance in Scotland end up serving with the British military in India. B

10:00 am – THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (WB, 1936): Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, & Patric Knowles. Two brothers love the same woman at a perilous Indian outpost. B+

12:15 pm – GUNGA DIN (RKO, 1939): Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, & Joan Fontaine. In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native water bearer must stop a mass revival of the Thuggee cult. A-

2:30 pm – KIM (MGM, 1950): Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell. Flynn stars in Kipling’s classic tale of an orphan who helps the British Army against Indian rebels. A

4:30 pm – THE RIVER (UA, 1951): Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight & Arthur Shields.. Members of an English settlement cope with the exotic lure of life in India. A+

6:15 pm – SOLDIERS THREE (MGM, 1951): Stewart Granger, Walter Pidgeon & David Niven. Three British soldiers look for adventure in India. B

8:00 pm – MONTEREY POP (Leacock Pennebaker, Inc., 1969): Concert film about the pre-Woodstock music festival. A

9:30 pm – DON’T LOOK BACK (Leacock Pennebaker, Inc.): Bob Dylan, Joan Baez. D.A. Pennebaker follows Bob Dylan on his 1965 tour of England. A

11:45 pm – GIMME SHELTER (Maysles Films, 1970): The original rude boys of British rock, The Rolling Stones, tour America, culminating in a death at Altamont. A+

1:30 am –  WOODSTOCK: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (WB, 1970): The events and acts from the 3-day festival in Bethel, NY. A

5:30 am – JIMI HENDRIX (WB, 1973): A documentary about the life and music of Jimi Hendrix. A

September 22

7:30 am – ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER (U.A., 1946): Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, & Claude Rains. The Devil (Rains) sends a gangster back to Earth as a respected judge. A-

9:30 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-

11:30 am – THE HEAVENLY BODY  (MGM, 1944): William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, and William Craig. Astronomer Powell ‘s neglected wife takes up astrology and a handsome air raid warden. C

1:15 pm – BLITHE SPIRIT (Universal, 1945): Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings. A man and his second wife are haunted by the ghost of his first wife. A

3:00 pm – TOPPER (Hal Roach/MGM, 1937): Constance Bennett, Cary Grant & Roland Young. The classic story about a fun-loving couple who come back as ghosts to shake up their stuffy friend. A

4:45 pm – TOPPER RETURNS (U.A., 1941): Joan Blondell, Roland Young, & Carole Landis. Beautiful ghost Blondell enlists Topper’s help to solve her murder. B

6:30 pm – I MARRIED A WITCH (UA, 1942): Frederic March, Veronica Lake. A witch burned in Salem centuries ago returns to haunt the descendants that condemned her. Directed by Rene Clair. A-

8:00 pm – THE FRONT (Sony Pictures, 1976): Woody Allen, Zero Mostel. Allen is a restaurant cashier who puts his name to scripts by blacklisted writers in this wry comedy. B+

10:00 pm – A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (U.A., 1966): Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers. A wily slave in ancient Rome unites a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master. C+

12:00 am – THE PRODUCERS (Embassy, 1968): Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, & Kenneth Mars. The original. Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom plan to make millions by producing a Broadway flop. A+

1:45 am – THE GREAT BANK ROBBERY (WB, 1969): Zero Mostel, Kim Novak. An outlaw gang poses as a religious group to disguise their attempt to rob a Western bank. D+

3:30 am – GREAT CATHERINE (WB, 1968): Jeanne Moreau, Peter O’Toole. A befuddled military attaché becomes an object of desire for the Russian Tsarina. B+


TCM TiVo ALERT
For
September 8–September 14

DAVID’S BEST BETS:

TAXI DRIVER (September 8, 1:30 am): This film expertly captures the grit, dirt and violence of New York City in the mid-1970s. Robert De Niro is perfectly cast as a disturbed taxi driver who is obsessed with a teenage prostitute (Jodie Foster) and who thinks a nice first date is going to see a pornographic film. It also gave us one of the greatest lines in movie history: "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the f--- do you think you're talking to?"

BULLETS OR BALLOTS (September 13, 2:15 pm): This is a classic Warner Brothers gangster film with all of the right elements. Bullets or Ballots (1936) is the first of five films to team Edward G. Robinson with Humphrey Bogart. Eddie G. is great as a police detective who goes undercover to infiltrate a gang that includes Bogie, who is suspicious of the supposed ex-cop. Bogart is outstanding as the calculating bad-guy character he perfected before becoming the anti-hero a few years later. Joan Blondell is her typical excellent self, and Barton MacLane gives one of his best performances. The film packs a lot of action and snappy dialogue into 82 minutes, and is such a joy to watch. It is must-see viewing for fans of the Warners gangster film genre and lovers of classic movies for the first-time pairing of Robinson and Bogart. Myah!
ED’S BEST BETS:

CARRY ON CABBY (September 8, 11:30 pm): The Carry On films have always held a special place in my heart. When I was in the 8th grade, they were shown at 1:00 on Monday mornings by Channel 4 in New York, and I used to stay up to catch them, which made for some sleepy Mondays in school. But I loved them; their lowbrow humor never failed to make me laugh, and I count this one as my personal favorite. The great Sidney James is the owner of a successful taxicab company who is so involved in his business that he forgets his wedding anniversary. To get revenge, his wife, played by the hilarious Hattie Jacques, starts her own cab company, called “Glamcabs” and staffed by female drivers. Soon she’s dominating the business and poor Sid can’t figure out why his competition is always one step ahead of him. Also starring series regulars Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey.

A MAN’S CASTLE (September 12, 11:45 am): A great Pre-Code romance of sorts with Spencer Tracy as an unemployed Hoovertown shanty tough guy and Loretta Young as a penniless showgirl who moves in with Tracy, becomes pregnant by Tracy, and sticks it out even when Tracy turns to crime. We know it’s Pre-Code because they never marry. It’s strong stuff and worth your time. Expertly directed by Frank Borzage.

WE AGREE ON … PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (September 12, 8:00 pm)

ED: A. This romantic melodrama, disguised as a ghost story, begins with, as Pauline Kael attests, “a glorious con of a preface, designed to soften the audience for the fantasy to come.”  The narrated preface is from Euripides: Since time began man has looked into the awesome reaches of infinity and asked the eternal question: What is time? What is life? What is space? What is death? Through a hundred civilizations, philosophers and scientists have come together with answers, but the bewilderment remains... Science tells us that nothing ever dies but only changes, that time itself does not pass but curves around us, and that the past and the future are together at our side for ever. Out of the shadows of knowledge, and out of a painting that hung on a museum wall, comes our story, the truth of which lies not on our screen but in your hearts. What follows is a story of painter Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) during the Depression who falls in love with the spirit of a dead girl named Jennie Appleton (Jennifer Jones) who appears, disappears and reappears as she grows older. Selznick based his exercise in mystical romance on the novella by Robert Nathan, then piled on the glop: a lush score by Dimitri Tiomkin, an over-the-top hurricane scene and the final masterful portraits Adams paints of Jennie, all filmed in glorious Technicolor. It’s downright silly, as are all ghostly romances, but it works, and works magnificently. The result is that we find ourselves glued to the screen. William Dieterle directs, although with Selznick, we wonder just how much input he was allowed. However, the real star is cinematographer Joseph August, whose camerawork produces mystical images to capture the spirit of this fantasy about art inspired by life and death. 

DAVID: A. On its surface, this 1948 film shouldn't work as the plot can be somewhat silly, but between the cinematography and outstanding acting, it's a romantic fantasy classic. Developed by producer David O. Selznick for his muse – and later his wife – Jennifer Jones, it's the story of painter Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten), who has the talent, but not the inspiration to be a great artist. One day in Central Park, he meets a charming young girl Jennie Appleton (Jennifer Jones), who gives him that needed inspiration. He draws her and it immediately attracts the attention of Miss Spinney (Ethel Barrymore), an art dealer who sees great potential in Eben. He meets Jennie on numerous other occasions over what seems like a few months, but she ages far more rapidly, and the two fall in love. While he believes Jennie to be real, she's actually a ghost who died years earlier. The film is supposed to showcase Jones, but it is Cotten who truly shines as he did in so many movies from the 1940s including Citizen KaneThe Magnificent AmbersonsGaslightShadow of a Doubt and The Third Man. Kudos to Joseph H. August for his brilliant cinematography. The use of green in a New England hurricane scene and Technicolor in the final shot of the Portrait of Jennie hanging in a museum are very effective. The rest of the cast – even though there aren't too many of them and they aren't in the film very long – is wonderful including Barrymore, David Wayne and Lillian Gish. A little bit of trivia: in that final museum scene, there are three teenage girls admiring the painting including Nancy Davis, later to be Nancy Reagan.  

Schedule Subject to Change (All Times Eastern)

September 8

6:30 am – WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE (Les Blank Films, 1980): Directors Werner Herzog and Erol Morris make a bet which results in Herzog being forced to eat his own shoe. B

7:00 am – CHINA PASSAGE (RKO, 1937): Constance Worth, Vinton Haworth & Leslie Fenton. Murder and jewel theft plague a China-bound steamer. C

8:15 am – THE MAN WHO FOUND HIMSELF (RKO, 1937): John Beal, Joan Fontaine. A determined nurse puts a cocky surgeon back on track. C

9:30 am – MUSIC FOR MADAME (RKO, 1937): Nino Martini, Joan Fontaine. An opera star trying to make it big in Hollywood gets mixed up with jewel thieves. B+

11:00 am – WE’RE ON THE JURY (RKO, 1937): Victor Moore, Helen Broderick. A jury member sets out to prove a murder defendant innocent. C

12:15 pm – THE OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT (RKO, 1937): Preston Foster, Van Heflin & Jean Muir. A former lowlife adopts a child to help him go straight. C+

1:30 pm – THE GIRL DOWNSTAIRS (MGM, 1938): Franciska Gaal, Franchot Tone. A European playboy falls head-over-heels for his maid. C

6:15 pm – VALLEY OF THE SUN (RKO, 1942): Lucille Ball, James Craig. A government spy goes after a crooked Indian agent in Arizona. A-

8:00 pm – TAXI (WB, 1932): Jimmy Cagney, Loretta Young. Independent cabbie Cagney fights a syndicate. It’s one of Cagney’s best. A

9:30 pm – THE CATERED AFFAIR (MGM, 1956): Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, & Debbie Reynolds. A working-class couple is determined to give their daughter a lavish wedding – whether she wants it or not. A

11:30 pm – CARRY ON CABBY (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1963): Sidney James, Hattie Jacques & Kenneth Connor. A taxi driver fights to save his line from a fleet of beautiful female cabbies. B+

1:30 am – TAXI DRIVER (MGM/Sony, 1976): Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster & Cybill Shephard. A loner becomes fixated on a teen prostitute. A-

3:45 am – NIGHT ON EARTH (Alliance Rel., 1991): Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder. An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night. B

September 9

8:00 am – 3 GODFATHERS (MGM, 1948): John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, Harry Carey, Jr. John Ford’s remake of the 1936 tale about three outlaws risking their freedom to return a baby to town. A+

10:30 am – BOSTON BLACKIE AND THE LAW (Columbia, 1946): Chester Morris, George E. Stone. Blackie brings his magic show to a woman’s prison and gets mixed up in an escape. C+

2:15 pm – THE THREE FACES OF EVE (Fox, 1957): Joanne Woodward, Lee. J. Cobb. Psychiatrist Cobb tries to help patient Woodward integrate her different personalities. A

4:00 pm – SUMMER OF ’42 (WB, 1971): Jennifer O’Neil, Gary Grimes & Jerry Houser. A high school student falls in love, for the first time, with a World War II bride. B+

8:00 pm – BULLITT (WB, 1968): Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset. When his witness is killed Detective Frank Bullitt (McQueen) takes his own steps to solve the case. B+

10:00 pm – FOR PETE’S SAKE (Columbia, 1974): Barbra Streisand, Michael Sarrazin. A woman goes to outlandish extremes to make her husband rich. C

11:45 pm – THE DRESSER (Columbia, 1983): Albert Finney, Tom Courtney. An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating actor struggles to get him through a performance of King Lear. B

2:00 am – BELLADONNA OF SADNESS (Cinelicious Pics, 1973): Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô. After being banished from her village, a peasant woman makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability. B

September 10

6:00 am – VENGEANCE VALLEY (MGM, 1951): Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker. An honest rancher must block his evil brother’s plots while hiding them from their father. C

8:00 am – LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (WB, 1955): Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins. Entertaining nonsense from Howard Hawks about the building of the Great Pyramid. B-

10:00 am – 711 OCEAN DRIVE (Columbia, 1950:: Edmond O’Brien, Joanne Dru & Otto Kruger. A telephone repairman gets mixed up with illegal gambling. B-

12:00 pm – MY FORBIDDEN PAST (RKO, 1951): Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner. A beauty with a skeleton in her closet seeks revenge on the suitor that jilted her. C+

1:15 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

8:00 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

10:15 pm – BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE (RKO: 1952): Robert Newton, Linda Darnell, & Torin Thatcher. A beauty gets caught between feuding pirates Blackbeard and Henry Morgan. C-

2:30 am – CHARULATA (THE LONELY WIFE) (R.D.Banshal & Co., 1965): Sailen Mukherjee, Madhabi Mukherjee. A lonely housewife finds friendship and love with her husband''s cousin. A+

4:45 am – THE COWARD (R.D.Banshal & Co., 1965): Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee. A stranded screenwriter finds out that his long lost love is married to the man who offers him shelter. A

September 11

6:45 am – SPEAK EASILY (MGM, 1932): Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante. A professor gets mixed up with chorus girls in a Broadway musical. A-

8:30 am – MEET THE BARON (MGM, 1933): Jack Pearl, Jimmy Durante & ZaSu Pitts. A bumbler passes himself off as a legendary storyteller. C+

10:00 am – WHAT! NO BEER? (MGM, 1933): Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante & Phyllis Barry. When Prohibition ends, a barber tries to break into the liquor business, only to be confronted by mobsters. C

11:30 am – STRICTLY DYNAMITE (RKO, 1934): Jimmy Durante, Lupe Velez. A radio comic runs out of jokes, triggering a desperate search. C-

1:00 pm – STUDENT TOUR (MGM, 1934): Jimmy Durante, Charles Butterworth & Maxine Doyle. A philosophy professor gets stuck chaperoning a student tour of the world. C-

2:45 pm – START CHEERING (Columbia, 1938): Jimmy Durante, Walter Connolly & Joan Perry. Fed up with Hollywood, a movie star enrolls in a small-town college. A-

4:15 pm – YOU’RE IN THE ARMY NOW (WB, 1941): Jimmy Durante, Phil Silvers. Incompetent door-to-door salesmen Durante and Silvers enlist in the Army by accident. C

8:00 pm – SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON  (Buena Vista, 1960): John Mills, Dorothy McGuire. Stranded on a deserted island, a close-knit family creates a tropical paradise. A+

10:30 pm – KIDNAPPED (Buena Vista, 1960): Peter Finch, James MacArthur. Falsely accused of murder, young David Balfour falls in with a Jacobite adventurer, Alan Breck they must flee across the Highlands, C

12:30 am – BLACKBEARD’S GHOST (Buena Vista, 1968): Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones. Cursed by his last wife, a witch, so that he will never die, the only way Blackbeard can  "break" the curse is to do (for once in his life) a good act. B

2:30 am – FREAKY FRIDAY (Buena Vista, 1976): Barbara Harris, Jodie Foster. A mother and daughter switch bodies for one strange day. B+

September 12

6:00 am – SON OF THE GODS (WB, 1930): Richard Barthelmess, Constance Bennett. A young man questions his Chinese ancestry when he falls in love. C-

7:45 am – MANHATTAN PARADE (WB, 1931): Winnie Lightner, Charles Butterworth. A deserted wife tries to keep her husband's costuming company afloat. C+

9:15 am – THREE WHO LOVED (RKO, 1931): Betty Compson, Conrad Nagel. A bank teller’s love life falls apart when he’s accused of embezzling. C-

10:30 am – WINNER TAKE ALL (WB, 1932): James Cagney, Marian Nixon, & Virginia Bruce. Early Cagney vehicle – he’s a boxer torn between two women. B-

11:45 am – A MAN’S CASTLE (Columbia, 1933); Spencer Tracy, Loretta Young. An unemployed man turns to crime after his girlfriend becomes pregnant. B+

1:00 pm – THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN (MGM, 1934): Lionel Barrymore, Fay Bainter. A family pulls together when the patriarch is accused of embezzlement. C+

2:30 pm – UPPER WORLD (WB, 1934): Warren William, Mary Astor, & Ginger Rogers. William is excellent in this fast-paced story of a rich railroad tycoon whose wife has no time for their marriage. B

6:45 pm – YOUTH RUNS WILD (RKO, 1944): Bonita Granville, Kent Smith. Neglected teems on the World War II home front turn to crime. C

8:00 pm – PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (Selznick, 1949): Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten. A beautiful ghost provides the inspiration for a young artist. A

9:45 pm – WE WERE STRANGERS (Columbia, 1949): Jennifer Jones, John Garfield. A Cuban American returns to his homeland during the Revolution and becomes involved in an assassination attempt. D

11:45 pm – MADAME BOVARY (MGM, 1949): Jennifer Jones, Van Heflin. Flaubert’s classic about a romantic country girl who sacrifices her marriage when she thinks she’s found her true love. A-

2:00 am – RUBY GENTRY (Fox, 1952): Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston. A tempestuous woman from the swamps ignites passions when she moves into the business world. C

3:45 am – BEAT THE DEVIL (U.A., 1954): Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Gina Lollobrigida, & Jennifer Jones. A group of con artists scheme to acquire uranium-rich land in East Africa. B-

September 13

6:00 am – BUNCO SQUAD (RKO, 1950): Ricardo Cortez, Robert Sterling. Cortez is a con man behind a ring of phony fortunetellers. Good stuff. C+

7:15 am – CODE TWO (MGM, 1953): Ralph Meeker, Robert Horton, and Jeff Richards train to become motorcycle cops. Keenan Wynn is their drill instructor. D

8:30 am – SERGEANT MADDEN (MGM, 1939): Wallace Beery, Tom Brown & Laraine Day. A police officer's son joins the force but goes bad. C

10:00 am – UNDER COVER OF THE NIGHT (MGM, 1937): Edmund Lowe, Florence Rice & Nat Pendleton. A police detective and his wife try to solve a string of murders. C

11:15 am – FROM HEADQUARTERS (WB, 1933): George Brent, Margaret Lindsay, & Eugene Palette. Brent is a detective who uses scientific methods to solve the murder of a Broadway playboy. B-

12:30 pm – THE RACKET (RKO, 1951): Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, & Robert Ryan. It’s Mob head Ryan versus Mitchum, the last honest police captain on the force. Enough said. B

2:15 pm – BULLETS OR BALLOTS (WB, 1936): Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart & Joan Blondell. A cop (Eddie G.) goes undercover to crack a notorious crime ring. B+

5:30 pm – TEAR GAS SQUAD (WB, 1940): Dennis Morgan, John Payne, Gloria Dickson & George Reeves. When druggist Joe McCabe foils a robbery, he and his brother Tommy join the state police. D+

6:30 pm – THE BEAST OF THE CITY (MGM, 1932): Walter Huston, Jean Hersholt. A police captain leads the fight against a vicious gangland chief. A

8:00 pm – HAROLD AND LiLLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY (Adama Films, 2015): A warm, fascinating documentary about two residents of The Hollywood Actor’s home. A

10:00 pm – CINDERELLA LIBERTY (Fox, 1973): James Caan, Marsha Mason. A sailor, held over temporarily in a port city, falls for a pool shark/quasi-prostitute and her illegitimate mulatto son. C+

12:15 am – MY FAIR LADY (WB, 1964): Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, & Stanley Holloway. Phonetics instructor Henry Higgins (Harrison) bets that he can pass a street urchin off as a lady. B

3:30 am – VICTOR/VICTORIA (MGM, 1982): Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, & Lesley Ann Warren. An unemployed female singer poses as a female impersonator and becomes a star. A

September 14

8:15 am – MRS. MINIVER (MGM, 1942): Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon. A British family struggles to survive the first days of World War II. C+

10:15 am – 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+

6:15 pm – CASABLANCA (WB, 1943): Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henried, & Claude Rains. An American saloon owner in Morocco is drawn into World War II when his old flame turns up. A+

8:00 pm – I LOVE YOU, ALICE B. TOKLAS (WB, 1968): Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet. Henpecked L.A. lawyer Sellers escapes into a world of hippies and free love. C

9:45 pm – BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE (Columbia, 1972): Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert. A blind man trying to escape his overprotective mother falls for an aspiring actress. B-

11:30 pm – ALICE’S RESTAURANT (U.A., 1969): Arlo Guthrie, Pat Quinn. A folksinger becomes a fugitive after being arrested for littering. B

1:30 am – ZABRISKIE POINT (MGM, 1970): Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin & Rod Taylor. A young girl helps a student radical escape the police. D

3:45 am – THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT (MGM, 1970): Bruce Davison, Kim Darby. A college student joins a group of revolutionaries to meet girls but ends up committed to their goals. C

5:45 am – WILD IN THE STREETS (AIP, 1968): Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones. A young man makes significant gains political gains as the leader of a rock band with his rallying cry of voting rights for teenagers. C+


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September 1–September 7

DAVID'S BEST BETS:

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (September 2, 8:00 pm): It's one of the most visually-stunning and fascinating films every made. 2001: A Space Odyssey is the story of man from pre-evolution to a trip to Jupiter, and how superior beings on that mysterious planet made it all possible. The storyline is fascinating and the ending is very much open to interpretation, which makes the film even more compelling. The interaction between astronaut David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and the HAL 9000 computer that controls the spaceship and has a mind of its own reflects how mankind has experienced gains and losses through the use of advanced technology. The cinematography, special effects and music take this film to a special level. 

ROPE (September 3, 6:15 pm): While it's not Alfred Hitchcock's best film, that's a pretty high bar and would likely be the finest of many directors. The film is a testament to Hitchcock's talent with compelling performances from James Stewart and Farley Granger. It's also innovative and creative with Hitch creating the illusion of a continuous movie through the use of long takes. It's an interesting filmmaking exercise and one worth watching for its innovative style and how getting away with the "perfect crime" isn't so easy.  

ED'S BEST BETS:

BEACH PARTY (September 1, 8:00 pm): It’s the original, with Frankie and Annette, and set the tone for the sequels that followed: Frankie and Annette arrive, they fight, they separate, they try to make each other jealous, and at the end get back together. Bob Cummings steals the picture (not there’s that much to steal) as a nerdy anthropologist studying teenage mating rituals. With Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper, inept motorcycle gang leader, and Morey Amsterdam. Dick Dale and the Deltones prove why they are the kings of surf music. Sit back, put the brain on hold, and just enjoy. 

THEM! (September 2, 4:15 pm): Not only is this the best of the “big bug” films that came out in the 1950’s, but it also has elements of a noir mystery. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also one of the best “Red Scare” films of the period. The cast is terrific: James Whitmore, pre-Gunsmoke James Arness, veteran supporting actor Onslow Stevens, promising actress Joan Weldon, a young Fess Parker, and the great Edmund Gwenn. And look sharp for a very young Leonard Nimoy in a small role. It’s proof that when a sci-fi film is made intelligently, it’s a legitimate classic.

WE DISAGREE ON ... BABY DOLL (September 7, 6:00 am)

ED: B+. When I was a teenager I remember taking out a book on movies from the library and running across a photo of Carroll Baker from this film, curled up in a crib and sucking her thumb. Reading the description of the movie described as racy, lewd, suggestive, and morally repellent by The Legion of Decency, I knew right then and there that someday I would have to find this film and watch it. Hot stuff! And directed by Elia Kazan with a screenplay by Tennessee Williams – Wow! After years of forgetting, I finally rented it in the ‘80s. I was disappointed by how tame it was, but thinking back to when it was made, I realized just why it had outraged so many. It boasts a good cast, with Karl Malden as Baker’s witless husband, who has to wait until his child reaches the age of 20 before he can deflower her. Into the mix comes swarthy Eli Wallach at his slimiest best as Malden’s business rival, and guess who he’s after? The fireworks between Malden and Wallach still retain their punch; Tennessee Williams had few peers when it came to the underbelly of Southern life.

DAVID: C-. I admit that the subject matter of Baby Doll makes me somewhat uncomfortable. But if the film was better, I'd deal with it. Carroll Baker's Baby Doll character is 19 and about to turn 20, but she acts like a little girl, sleeping in a crib sucking her thumb. She's the virgin bride of Karl Malden, an older redneck who. after two years of marriage, is about to have sex for the first time with his wife. Along comes Eli Wallach, Malden's cotton gin rival. He tries to seduce Baby Doll to have sex with her and to exact revenge against Malden, who burned down Wallach's new gin. The film is dull, poorly written (just because the screenplay is by Tennessee Williams doesn't mean it's automatically good), highly overrated and way too long at nearly two hours in length. While Baker's performance is good, the role is ridiculous. Malden is fine, but Wallach is bad. The plot was racy for its time, 1956, with a script designed to shock. Yes, it's shocking, but that seems to be the film's only goal. It's not that entertaining or interesting. I watch movies to either be entertained or interested. That's why I rate this film as only a C-. 

Schedule Subject to Change (All times Eastern)

September 1

6:15 am – RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP (UA, 1958): Burt Lancaster, Clark Gable. During a perilous mission near the Japanese coast, the Commander (Gable) of a submarine clashes with his first officer (Lancaster). B+ 

8:00 am – HELL BELOW (MGM, 1933): Robert Montgomery, Walter Huston. A submarine commander clashes with one of his own crew during World War I. C

9:45 am – OPERATION PACIFIC (WB, 1951): John Wayne, Patricia Neal, & Ward Bond. Dedicated submarine commander Wayne stops at nothing to defeat the enemy while girlfriend Neal waits for him to return. C+

2:00 pm – 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

3:45 pm – DESTINATION TOKYO (WB, 1943): Cary Grant, John Garfield.  A U.S. submarine crew takes an assignment into Tokyo Bay to gather information for the first air raid over Tokyo. B+

6:15 pm – THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET (WB, 1964): Don Knotts, Carole Cook. A World War II 4-F saves the U.S. Navy when he’s transformed into a dolphin. A-

8:00 pm – BEACH PARTY (AIP, 1963): Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, & Robert Cummings. Anthropologist Cummings studies the dating habits of teenagers at a nearby beach. B-

10:00 pm – MUSCLE BEACH PARTY (AIP, 1964): Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello & Don Rickles. The gang resists the takeover of their beach by bodybuilders from a nearby gym. C

12:00 am – SURF PARTY (Fox, 1964): Bobby Vinton, Patricia Morrow & Jackie DeShannon. A young girl visits her surfer brother in California. C

2:00 am – FOR THOSE WHO THINK YOUNG (UA, 1964): James Darren, Woody Woodbury, & Bob Denver. This is a movie about a club where college students go and the adults try to close. D

4:00 am – RIDE THE WILD SURF (Columbia, 1964): Fabian, Tab Hunter & Shelley Fabares. Three young surfers travel to Hawaii to find love and the perfect waveD-

September 2

6:00 am – DAUGHTERS COURAGEOUS (WB, 1949): Claude Rains, Priscilla Lane. A father returns to the family he left years earlier and tries to solve their problems. B+

8:00 am – TYCOON (RKO, 1947): John Wayne, Laraine Day. While building a tunnel through the Andes, an engineer falls for his possessive boss’ daughter. B-

10:30 am – THE PHANTOM THIEF (Columbia, 1946): Chester Morris, George E. Stone. Murder strikes at a séance and Boston Blackie is called to investigate. B

12:00 pm – CHEERS FOR MISS BISHOP (UA, 1941): Martha Scott, Edmund Gwenn, & William Gargan. On her retirement, students wonder why their favorite teacher never married. B+

1:45 pm – RANCHO NOTORIOUS (RKO 1952): Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy. The owner of a ranch that’s a hideout for outlaws on the lam falls for a man who is chasing those who raped and killed his fiancée. B-

8:00 pm – 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (MGM, 1968): Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood. Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus about evolution concerns a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact discovered on the moon. A+

10:45 pm – WESTWORLD (MGM, 1973): Yul Brenner, Richard Benjamin. A futuristic amusement park turns deadly when its robot workers go on a killing spree. B+

12:30 am – DEMON SEED (MGM, 1977): Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver. A sophisticated computer falls in love with its inventor’s wife and rapes her. No, we’re not making this up. F

2:15 am – SCANNERS (Nelson, 1981): Jennifer O’Neill, Patrick McGoohan. A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. C+

4:15 am – 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+ 

September 3

6:00 am – THIS MAN’S NAVY (MGM, 1945): Wallace Beery, Tom Drake. Two Navy vets compete to see whose son is the bigger hero. B

8:00 am – THE SNAKE PIT (20th Century Fox, 1948): Olivia DeHavilland, Mark Stevens. A woman finds herself in an insane asylum with no clue as to how she got there. A

10:00 am – FRAMED (Columbia, 1947): Glenn Ford, Janis Carter. A femme fatale lures an unemployed man into helping her with a criminal scheme. C

12:00 pm – THE FRONT PAGE (U.A., 1931): The original with Pat O’Brien and Adolph Menjou as Hildy Johnson and Walter Burns. It’s prehistoric and highly entertaining. B

2:00 pm – I DOOD IT (MGM, 1942): Eleanor Powell, Red Skelton. A tailor nurses his unrequited crush on a stage star. C

6:15 pm – ROPE (WB, 1948): James Stewart, John Dall, & Farley Granger. Two wealthy young men attempt the perfect crime by murdering a friend. B+

8:00 pm – BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (Fox, 1969): Paul Newman, Robert Redford. George Roy Hill directed this fascinating take on the two famous bank robbers who fled the U.S. for Bolivia. B+

10:00 pm – 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+

12:15 am – CAMILLE (MGM, 1936): Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor. Garbo is a kept woman who is dying and Taylor is her young admirer in this finely made soap opera. B+

2:00 am – CESAR (Les Films Marcel Pagnol1936): Raimu, Pierre Fresnay. After letting his son be raised by another man, a retired seaman tries to rebuild his family. A

September 4

6:00 am – ALICE ADAMS (RKO, 1935): Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray. A small town woman with grand social ambition meets an upper class man and suddenly finds her family embarrassing. A-

7:45 am – ANNIE OAKLEY (RKO, 1935): Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, and Melvyn Douglas. Stanwyck is the title character in a pretty lively biopic of the Wild West star. A

9:30 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

11:45 am – WOMAN OF THE YEAR (MGM, 1942): Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn. When a sophisticated political columnist marries a sportswriter they discover married life is not easy. B+

2:00 pm – I REMEMBER MAMA (RKO, 1948): Irene Dunne, Philip Dorn. Norwegian immigrants face the trials of family life in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. A-

8:00 pm – THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (Paramount, 1963): Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens. A unique take on Jekyll and Hyde as Lewis changes from nerdy professor into a suave playboy. B

10:00 pm – THE KING OF COMEDY (Embassy, 1983): Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis. A would-be comic kidnaps a talk-show host to win a guest shot on his show. B+

12:00 am – THE STOOGE (Paramount, 1952): Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis. An egocentric singer (Martin) learns the hard way just how important his stooge (Lewis) is to his success. C+

2:00 am – THE BELLBOY (Paramount, 1960): Jerry Lewis, Alex Gerry. An accident-prone bellboy's resemblance to Jerry Lewis causes rampant confusion. B

3:30 am – THE DISORDERLY ORDERLY (Paramount, 1964): Jerry Lewis, Glenda Farrell. A zany hospital orderly causes nothing but chaos when he tries to help the patients. C

September 5

6:00 am – ROBERT BENCHLEY SHORTS (MGM, 1936-38): 12 shorts from the famed humorist on a variety of subjects. A+

8:00 pm – THE SONG OF BERNADETTE (Fox, 1943): Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford. Jones stars in the true story of French peasant girl Bernadette, whose visions of the Virgin Mary create controversy. A

11:00 pm – LOVE LETTERS (Paramount, 1945): Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten. A soldier falls for the woman who may have killed his best friend. C+

1:00 am – CLUNY BROWN (Fox, 1946): Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones. A servant girl's passion for plumbing shocks London society. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. A

3:00 am – DUEL IN THE SUN (Selznick International; 1946): Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones & Lionel Barrymore. Barrymore’s sons, the good Jesse and the evil Lewt, are both in love with the same half-breed woman. F

5:00 am – SINCE YOU WENT AWAY (Selzinck/U.A., 1944): Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, & Joseph Cotten. The trials and tribulations of wives at home while their husbands are away at war. B-

September 6

8:30 am THE BRIDE WORE RED (MGM, 1937): Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, & Robert Young. Chorus girl Crawford crashes an exclusive Swiss resort to catch a rich husband. C+

10:30 am – WISHED ON MABEL (Keystone, 1915): Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Mabel Normand. When Mabel tries to sneak away from her overprotective mother with her boyfriend, complications develop. Silent. C

11:00 am – WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN? (Universal, 1916): (Frederick) Tyrone Power, Helen Riaume. A District Attorney discovers his wife is part of a secret abortion ring.  Silent. A

12:15 pm – TOO WISE WIVES (Paramount, 1921): Louis Calhern, Claire Windsor. A bored wife plots to steal her best friend's husband. Silent. B-

1:45 pm – THE BLOT (F.B. Warren Corp., 1921): Philip Hubbard, Margaret McWade. Families from opposite ends of the economic scale are drawn together. Silent. B-

3:30 pm – ALGIE, THE MINER (Solax Film Co., 1912): Billy Quirk, Mary Foy. Algie Allmore (Quirk) has one year to prove he's a man in order to wed Harry Lyons' daughter. Silent. C-

3:45 pm – FALLING LEAVES (Solax Film Co., 1912): Marian Swayne, Magda Foy: A young girl knows the only way to prevent her sister from dying is by preventing the autumn leaves from falling. Silent. B

4:45 pm – THE HITCH-HIKER (RKO, 1952): Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy. Ida Lupino directed this great noir about two men on their way to a vacation who pick up a killer. A-

6:00 pm – OUTRAGE (RKO, 1950): Mala Powers, Tod Andrews & Robert Clarke. A rape victim runs away to escape her terrible memories. B-

8:00 pm – LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY (UA, 1925): Mary Pickford, William Haines. Two children of the streets set out to avenge their father's murder. Silent. A

10:45 pm – A HOLE IN THE HEAD (UA, 1959): Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson. A single father's bohemian lifestyle could cost him custody of his son. C

1:00 am – ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (Paramount, 1970): Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand. A psychiatrist falls in love with a patient's past life. B

September 7

6:00 am – BABY DOLL (WB, 1956): Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, and Eli Wallach. A child bride holds her husband at bay while flirting with a sexy Italian farmer. Ratings: See above.

8:00 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+

10:15 am – SEA OF GRASS (MGM, 1947): Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn. Elia Kazan directed this western drama about famers on the plains, the “sea of grass,” and their travails. B+

12:30 pm – AMERICA, AMERICA (WB, 1963): Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff. Director Elia Kazan directed this semi-autobiographical account of his journey from Turkey to America. A-

3:30 pm – A FACE IN THE CROWD (WB, 1956): Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal. Griffith makes his film debut in Elia Kazan’s film about a female reporter who turns a drifter into a powerful media star. A+

5:45 pm – A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (WB, 1951): Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh. Fading southern belle Leigh tries to build a new life when she moves in with her sister and brutish brother-in-law. A+

8:00 pm – FITZCARRALDO (New World Pictures, 1982): The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. A+

10:45 pm – STROZEK (New Yorker Films, 1977): Bruno Strozek, Eva Mattes. In Berlin, an alcoholic, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin. B+

1:00 am – AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (New Yorker Films, 1972): Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo. In the 16th century, Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. A+

2:45 am – COBRA VERDE (Concorde Filmverleih, 1987): Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw. Feared bandit Cobra Verde is hired by a plantation owner to supervise his slaves but soon exacts revenge. B

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