January 2, Wednesday
Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
Platinum Blonde (1931)
12:30am Life Begins (1932)
01:45am The Squall (1929)
03:45am Show of Shows (1929)
January 3, Thursday
06:00am Loose Ankles (1930)
I Like Your Nerve (1931)
08:30am Road to
10:00am The Truth About Youth (1930)
January 9, Wednesday
Employees Entrance (1933)
Born to Be Bad (1934)
12:15am Mary (1933)
They Call it Sin (1932)
03:00am The Hatchet Man (1932)
04:30am Play-Girl (1932)
The Ruling Voice (1931)
January 10, Thursday
She Had to Say Yes (1933)
January 16, Wednesday
Man’s Castle (1933)
12:45am The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
02:30am Beau Ideal (1931)
04:00am Big Business Girl (1931)
January 23, Wednesday
The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)
Bedtime Story (1942)
Wife, Husband and Friend (1939)
A Night to Remember (1942)
02:30am Week-End Marriage (1932)
03:45am Grand Slam (1933)
January 30, Wednesday
08:00pm The Farmer’s Daughter (1947)
The Stranger (1946)
Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
Along Came Jones (1945)
02:45am Key to the City (1950)
04:30am Cause for Alarm (1951)
05:45am The Unguarded Hour (1936)
Tuesday nights on Tee Cee Em, the channel will host 27 movies that spotlight one of the cinema’s most popular genres: “the caper film.” Anything that can be boosted—jewelry, money, works of art—is fair game, with classic feature films spotlighting heists that are successful…and some that go south:
January 1, Tuesday
The Pink Panther (1964)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
12:00am Rififi (1954)
02:15am Big Deal on
04:00am Jack of Diamonds (1967)
January 8, Tuesday
Ocean’s Eleven (1960; also January 25 at )
Seven Thieves (1960)
12:15am Bob le Flambeur (1955)
02:00am Kaleidoscope (1966)
04:00am 5 Against the House (1955)
January 15, Tuesday
The League of Gentlemen (1960)
$ (Dollars) (1971)
12:15am Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)
02:15am Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
04:00am The Day They Robbed the Bank of
January 22, Tuesday
How to Steal a Million (1966)
12:30am The Happy Thieves (1962)
Tapes (1971) Anderson
January 23, Wednesday
January 29, Tuesday
The Italian Job (1969)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
They Came to Rob
(1969) Las Vegas
Armored Car Robbery (1950)
03:00am Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1958)
04:15am The Hoodlum (1951)
And if that’s not enough to satisfy your classic movie itch—here are some more highlights from January…keeping in mind, of course, that the films scheduled are subject to change (and that all times are EST).
January 2, Wednesday – Oh, sure…you could spend most of your valuable television watching time engrossed in Ghost Hunters (and who knows—my father might even be up to joining you). But here’s a spoiler warning for you: they never find any! TCM, on the other hand, spotlights mesmerizing tales of folks trapped between this world and the next today with a festival featuring The Cockeyed Miracle (1946; 6am), A Guy Named Joe (1943; 7:30am), Cabin in the Sky (1943; 9:45am), Topper (1937; 11:30am), A Matter of Life and Death (1947; 1:30pm), Angel on My Shoulder (1946; 3:30pm) and Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941; 5:30pm).
January 3, Thursday – Marion Davies celebrates what would have been her 116th natal anniversary today…and while I’m kind of bummed the channel couldn’t squeeze in one of her silent features, fans of her sound flicks can nosh on The Bachelor Father (1931; 11:15am), Polly of the Circus (1932; 1pm), Page Miss Glory (1936; 2:15pm) and her cinematic swan song, Ever Since Eve (1937; 4pm).
Page will be if I need her.)
January 4, Friday – Jane Wyman’s 96th birthday gets celebrated today…but you’ll have to wait until later in the day to see the film that nabbed her a Best Actress Oscar, Johnny Belinda (1948; 6:15pm). Before that, it’s My Love Came Back (1940; 6am), The Body Disappears (1941; ), Honeymoon for Three (1941; ), Larceny, Inc. (1942; ), The Doughgirls (1944; 12noon), Night and Day (1946; ) and The Yearling (1946; 4pm).
back in July 2011.
January 5, Saturday – In December 2012, TCM started scheduling films from the Torchy Blane franchise at the noontime hour…and in 2013; they continue that practice with the second of the Blane B-pictures, Fly Away Baby (1937), today. January 12 features The Adventurous Blonde (1937), then Blondes at Work (1938) on the 19th and Torchy Blane in Panama (1938) finishing out January on the 26th.
in this post back in March 2009.
When evening shadows fall, TCM Essentials schedules at the classic Bogie & Bacall feature where “Baby” taught all the young horny guys in the audience that the only thing involved in whistling was putting your lips together “and blow”: To Have and Have Not (1944). And that’s the channel’s cue to usher in “Blowing the Whistle”—an evening of films in which whistling or blowing (one’s cover) is involved. It’s as silly as it sounds…but you’ll get an opportunity to see the first film in The Whistler franchise at 10pm, Fritz Lang’s 1931 masterpiece M at 3am, and TDOY fave Theodora Goes Wild (1936) at 4:45am. Libel (1959; ) and A Fistful of Dollars (1964; 1am) round out the offerings.
On TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights: a Sessue Hayakawa double feature…beginning with Cecil B. DeMille’s The Cheat (1915) at midnight—a film I recently purchased in a Kino Lorber DVD sale (it was paired with DeMille’s Manslaughter…I couldn’t resist). The Dragon Painter (1919) follows at 1am, and on TCM Imports it’s The Story of Oharu (1952; 2am)…one of those Mizoguchi films I keep meaning to watch in an effort to class up this place.
January 7, Monday – Bill Paxton is the channel’s guest programmer, and has chosen Juliet of the Spirits (1965; 8pm), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973; ), California Split (1974; ) and The Last Detail (1973; ) as the four films with which he’ll discuss with Bobby Osbo. And then it’s game over, man…game over! (Okay, I have no idea if Robert Osborne has returned to his hosting duties on TCM yet or not…I just wanted to make an Aliens joke.)
January 9, Wednesday – OTR film alert: the second in the short-lived I Love a Mystery movie series, The Devil’s Mask (1946), is scheduled at . (I like the
ILAM films, though I’ll readily admit
they can’t measure up to the radio show.)
Oh, and if you’re strapped for cash and can’t afford the recently
released The Iron Petticoat DVD (the
1956 Ninotchka with Bob Hope and
Katharine Hepburn) it will also air at .
Come nightfall…well, if Bobby Osbo is back by this time he’s got some movies to show. Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) kicks things off at , and then it’s Roughly Speaking (1945; 10pm), Old Acquaintance (1943; 12mid) and The Hurricane (1937; 2am).
At , “Epic Roadshow Comedies” are the theme with a double feature of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) starting things off, followed by The Great Race (1965) at . (World has its moments, but Race just goes to prove that bigger isn’t necessarily better.)
January 13, Sunday – An Irene Dunne double feature of Anna and the King of Siam (1946) (The King and I without the music) and Magnificent Obsession (1935) occupies the evening hours at and respectively. But those of you who’ve stopped by here every now and then know that I’d be more jazzed about the Silent Sunday Nights presentation at midnight, which features three shorts from the Holy Trinity of Silent Comedy: Bumping Into Broadway (1919; Harold Lloyd), The Scarecrow (1920; Buster Keaton) and The Pilgrim (1923; Charlie Chaplin).
Later in the wee a.m. hours: one of the most beautiful examples of cinematography can be found in Nicolas Roeg’s cult classic Walkabout (1971), which starts at .
October 11 tribute to Lew Landers must have been an unqualified success…because the channel is giving Louis Friedlander another go-around with a day of his quickies. Living on Love (1937) starts things rolling at 7:15am, followed by Crashing Hollywood (1938; 8:30am), Double Danger (1938; 9:45am), Law of the Underworld (1938; 11am), Fixer Dugan (1939; 12:15pm), Twelve Crowded Hours (1939; 1:30pm), The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942; 2:45pm), Stand by All Networks (1942; 4pm), Submarine Raider (1942; 5:15pm) and The Truth About Murder (1946; 6:30pm).
The evening hours will feature another segment in TCM’s American Film Institute Master Class series, The Art of Collaboration – Robert Zemeckis & Don Burgess…which will air at 8 and (a showing of 2000’s What Lies Beneath is sandwiched between the two showings at ). Since I lost interest in Zemeckis’ work about the time he got an Oscar for the execrable Forrest Gump, I’ll find something else to do until 12:45am, when a trio of Jack Nicholson films will be the focus: Carnal Knowledge (1971), Five Easy Pieces (1970; 2:30am) and Easy Rider (1969; 4:15am).
January 15, Tuesday – Academy Award-winning actress Susan Hayward gets a salud from the channel this morning that kicks off with her first credited film, Girls on Probation (1938) at . The Hairy Ape (1944; ), Deadline at Dawn (1946; 10am), They Won’t Believe Me (1947; ),
1pm), I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955; ), Top
Secret Affair (1957; ) and
I Thank a Fool (1962; ) round out your viewing choices as far
as Tulsa Hayward is concerned.
January 18, Friday – Happy birthday to Cary Grant! That
boy will celebrate what would have been his 109th birthday today, and TCM is
ready, willing and able to accommodate him with a festival of his films: Suzy (1936; ), Mr. Lucky
(1943; 8am), None But the Lonely Heart
(1944; 10am), Gunga Din (1939;
12:00noon), The Philadelphia Story (1940;
2pm), Notorious (1946; 4pm) and Monkey Business (1952; 6pm).
January 19, Saturday – Academy Award-winning actress Shelley Winters takes charge of the evening’s viewing choices beginning at with the TCM Essentials showcase of Lolita (1962). Afterward, it’s The Big Knife (1955; ), The Chapman Report (1962; ), I Died a Thousand Times (1955; 3am) and Tennessee Champ (1954; ).
I contributed a review for both The Paramount Centennial Blogathon and The Camp & Cult Blogathon in September, The Court Jester (1956), will be one of several films showcased…not to mention a classic telecast from the entertainer’s 1960s variety show. The lineup is as follows:
06:00am The Danny Kaye Show
07:00am Up in Arms (1944)
08:45am Merry Andrew (1958)
10:30am The Dick Cavett Show (with guest Danny Kaye from 1971)
The Kid from
The Inspector General (1949)
Me and the Colonel (1958)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
The Court Jester (1956)
A Song is Born (1948)
02:00am Wonder Man (1945)
04:00am The Man from the Diners’ Club (1963)
January 21, Monday – Great viewing awaits TCM devotees today with a slew of films featuring Sidney Poitier: No Way Out (1950; 6am), Blackboard Jungle (1955; 8am), Something of Value (1957; 9:45am), Edge of the City (1957; 11:45am), A Raisin in the Sun (1961; 1:15pm), A Patch of Blue (1965; 3:30pm) and To Sir, With Love (1967; 5:30pm).
Stacia holiday fave Fitzwilly (1967; 12mid), Bye Bye Birdie (1963; 2am) and Some Kind of a Nut (1969; 4am).
January 22, Tuesday – One of the drawbacks to marriage is that happy ever after sometimes means that you might have mistakenly said “I do” to a lunatic murderer. The films scheduled for today on the channel will offer perspective on this matrimonial hazard, beginning with Cast a Dark Shadow (1955) at 6am, followed by Gaslight (1944; 7:30am), The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947; 9:30am), Autumn Leaves (1956; 11:30am), Undercurrent (1946; 1:30pm), Experiment Perilous (1944; 3:30pm) and Rebecca (1940; 5:15pm).
January 24, Thursday – No one was more surprised than I when the legendary Ernest Borgnine passed away in July of 2012 at the age of 95. I would have bet cash money that the actor was going to live forever…even to the point of wondering if that really was makeup on him in the movie The Devil’s Rain (1975). TCM spotlights some of Borgnine’s first-rate film work on what would have been his 96th natal anniversary with From Here to Eternity (1953; 6am), Bad Day at Black Rock (1954; 8:15am), The Catered Affair (1956; 9:45am), Torpedo Run (1958; 11:30am), The Badlanders (1958; 1:15pm), The Flight of the Phoenix (1966; 2:45pm) and Howard Hughes fave Ice Station Zebra (1968; 5:15pm).
January 25, Friday – Since I missed it the last time TCM had it on, I must remember to catch Night Flight (1933) at . (I’ll stand a better chance of seeing it then because my father’s got his nose buried in the newspaper at that time in the morning.)
January 28, Monday – “It’s just another Pre-Code Monday/I wish it was Sunday…” No, I don’t—what am I saying? On the schedule are After Tonight (1933; 6:15am), Hat, Coat and Glove (1934; 7:30am), Let’s Try Again (1934; 8:45am), Dance Hall (1929; 10am), She’s My Weakness (1930; 11:30 am), Lovin’ the Ladies (1930; 12:45pm), The Public Defender (1931; 2pm), The Royal Bed (1931; 3:15pm), Secret Service (1931; 4:30pm), No Marriage Ties (1933; 5:45pm) and No Other Woman (1933; 7pm).
TCM schedules one of Tyrone Power’s best showcases, The Mark of Zorro (1940), at …and the exchange of cold steel follows at with ClassicBecky heartthrob Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Don Juan. The swordplay continues through the night with Cyrano de Bergerac (1950; 12mid), Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953; 2am) and At Sword’s Point (1951; ).
Then the channel selects TDOY god Lee Marvin as the focus for the final night of classic film viewing in January; Marvin’s Oscar-winning turn in Cat Ballou (1965) at , followed by the underrated oater Monte Walsh (1970) at 10. The Dirty Dozen (1967; 12mid), Point Blank (1967; ) and the Walter Matthau-directed Gangster Story (1959; ) play us out.