Sunday, April 10, 2011

This week on... TCM (April 10 - 16)

Uncharacteristically, I didn't watch much television this past week, and I don't think I watched any movies at all. I caught most of a gently enjoyable Peter Bogdanovich 1975 musical homage, At Long Last Love starring the greatly missed Madeline Kahn, Burt Reynolds, and Cybill Shepherd. It wasn't the most inspired plot, dancing, or singing, but it was a surprisingly good effort. I wouldn't mind seeing the entire movie again. Burt Reynolds could sing better than Marlon Brando, at least! Check Fox Movie Channel for future airings, maybe.

Elizabeth and Monty: Best Friends Forever

Sunday, April 10, 2011 (TCM's tribute to the legendary Elizabeth Taylor)
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958) 6:00 PM - Maggie, Brick, and Gooper!
BUtterfield 8 (1960) 8:00 PM
Giant (1956) 12:30 AM - It is giant, but it's worth it!

Monday, April 11, 2011
The Young Philadelphians (1958) 5:00 PM - Paul Newman is a young Philadelphian! (Keep your eyes peeled for Adam West)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 (Ray Milland, star of the month)
Eve Knew Her Apples (1945) 6:45 PM - Ann Miller stars in this musical adaptation of It Happened One Night.
Dial M For Murder (1954) 10:00 PM
Ministry Of Fear (1944) 2:00 AM - Intriguing noir from Fritz Lang

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Myrna Loy: So Nice To Come Home To (1991 documentary) 7:00 PM
Golden Girl (1951) 1:15 AM - Mitzi Gaynor musical

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Billy Liar (1963) 9:00 AM - Sir Tom Courtenay was the best Angry Young Man ever! This is a great adaptation of the modern British classic by Keith Waterhouse. Also stars Julie Christie.
The Glass Key (1942) 8:00 PM - I'm really excited to watch this. It's based on a Dashiell Hammett novel and stars Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake (the duo from one of my favorites, The Blue Dahlia -- a Chandler screenplay). I've never read this book, so I don't know the story, but Dashiell Hammett is the king of noir. (The 1935 version of the film with George Raft also has Ray Milland and could have been tied in to the Ray Milland month)
Stage Door Canteen (1943) 11:15 PM - The star-studded musical romance!
Born To Dance (1936) 3:30 AM - Eleanor Powell and James Stewart musical. This is the musical with Jimmy Stewart's rendition of 'So Easy To Love,' a song so good that even his awful singing voice couldn't ruin it (so he said in That's Entertainment!)!

Friday, April 15, 2011
Blind Adventure (1933) 6:15 PM

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Promise Her Anything (1966) 6:00 PM - I'm just intrigued by a comedy starring Warren Beatty, Leslie Caron, and Bob Cummings!
Ball Of Fire (1941) 8:00 PM - Described as Billy Wilder's twist on Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs which starred Gary Cooper and Dana Andrews as part of a group of professors who take in a nightclub singer hiding from the law (Barbara Stanwyck). Well, at least it's not Jean Arthur!
Fire Down Below (1957) 11:30 PM - Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon are partners who both fall for a mysterious woman in a steamer (Rita Hayworth).

Happy viewing!

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