|Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr in Algiers|
Jean Gabin and Mireille Balin in Pépé le Moko
Photo from Movie Diva
Also check out:
- Photos from the premiere of Marie Antoinette
- Cover story on Queen Elizabeth (later known as the Queen Mother)
- Let me know if you try the Mint Julep in this ad; I was a little afraid after the last julep I made
August 2011 Movie Suggestions
All times are CST, all movies are on TCM.
Monday, August 1, 2011
- A Street Car Named Desire (8:30 p.m.) there are few films more deeply tragic than this one, but it's amazing
- Now, Voyager (8:00 a.m.) ugly duckling Bette Davis gets a makeover and falls in love with yummy Paul Henreid
- The Letter (3:30 p.m.) unfaithful wife Bette Davis beats a murder rap but can't escape the victim's vengeful wife; Herbert Marshall plays Davis's loyal husband
- Jezebel (9:00 p.m.) Bette Davis plays an unconventional Southern belle who goes after the affections of Henry Fonda
- A Tale of Two Cities (7:00 p.m.) Ronald Colman is wonderful as Sydney Carton; bring a hankie
- The Postman Always Rings Twice (7:00 p.m.) Fairly faithful adaptation of novel; Lana Turner smolders
Poster from Wikipedia
Sunday, August 7, 2011
- Lured (12:30 a.m.) Lucille Ball (showing her versatility as an actress) has to find her best friend's killer, even if it means exploring London's seedy underbelly; Douglas Sirk really knew how to use George Sanders in film; this is a good one
- The Private Life of Henry VIII (6:30 a.m.) Charles Laughton plays the titular role to the hilt
- The Canterville Ghost (11:15 p.m.) Charles Laughton is a ghost who can only enter heaven when one of his relatives performs a brave deed; unfortunately, they've all been cowards; will Robert Young be any different?
- The Third Man (7:00 p.m.) one of the best thrillers: Joseph Cotten has to discover what really happened to his friend, Orson Welles; also stars Trevor Howard
- Touch of Evil (11:15 p.m.) Director's cut of Orson Welles's noir masterpiece
- Around the World in 80 Days (3:30 p.m.) David Niven heads the cast in this fun family film
- Ocean's Eleven (12:00 a.m.) the Rat Pack movie--dated, misogynist, stylish and fun all at the same time
- It Happened One Night (10:30 p.m.) One of my favorite films--sparks fly when reporter Clark Gable meets runaway heiress Claudette Colbert
- Wife vs. Secretary (10:15 a.m.) Myrna Loy is the wife, Jean Harlow is the secretary, Clark Gable is the man caught in the middle; worth watching just for the cast!
- The Shop Around the Corner (1:30 p.m.) this sweet romantic comedy tells the story of coworkers who can't stand each other in person, but are falling in love as pen pals
- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (7:00 p.m.) James Stewart rides his fame as "the man who shot Liberty Valance" all the way to the Senate, but who really killed the notorious outlaw?
- Carefree (5:00 a.m.) psychiatrist Fred Astaire treats Ginger Rogers through hypnosis (and dancing); also the Movie of the Week for August 22nd!
- His Girl Friday (7:00 p.m.) Cary Grant, Rosiland Russell, rapid-fire banter; highly-rated comedy, not my particular favorite, but it is amusing
- The Awful Truth (8:45 p.m.) Cary Grant and Irene Dunne divorce but can't stay away from each other
TCM salutes Jean Gabin starting on August 18th; I'll be recording several films I haven't seen yet.
Portrait from Doctor Macro.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
- Pépé le Moko (7:00 p.m.) Jean Gabin is Pepe le Moko; this is what gangster films should be like; however, I would check out the Criterion Collection DVD, which has the full 94-minute film; I believe the TCM version may be the edited American release
- Touchez pas au grisbi (1:00 a.m.) Highly entertaining film with Jean Gabin as an aging mobster who plans to retire after one more job; this is a movie both Paul and I really like
- Singin' in the Rain (1:15 a.m.) Does it need an introduction? It's one of the best movie musicals ever made.
- From Here to Eternity (2:30 p.m.) You know you need to watch it for the Burt Lancaster/ Deborah Kerr beach make-out scene
- This is the Night (5:00 a.m.)
- I'm No Angel (6:30 a.m.) I adore Mae West, who plays a circus performer in this pre-code gem; also stars Cary Grant
- My Favorite Wife (8:00 a.m.) Cary Grant has missing-at-sea wife Irene Dunne declared legally dead so he can remarry; only problem is that she's still alive
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (9:30 a.m.) cute romantic comedy with Myrna Loy, Cary Grant, Shirley Temple and Rudy Vallee
- The Philadelphia Story (2:30 p.m.) one of my most favorite films: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart and one of the best child actors ever, Virginia Weidler
- North by Northwest (4:30 p.m.) classic Hitchcock mistaken-identity thriller starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason; famous for train, crop duster and Mount Rushmore sequences; very stylish
- Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (11:30 p.m.) In this charming film, Cary Grant and Myrna Loy discover that building a house isn't as easy as they think
- Bringing Up Baby (3:15 a.m.)
- Mildred Pierce (10:00 p.m.) Joan Crawford's signature role; a really entertaining noir
- Above Suspicion (5:00 a.m.) this is a surprising gem of a movie; married couple Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray fight Nazis on their honeymoon
- The Thief of Bagdad (8:45 p.m.) great technicolor adventure, definitely an inspiration for Aladdin
- Casablanca (10:45 p.m.) Play it, Sam!
- Dark Journey (3:30 a.m.) Conrad Veidt and Vivien Leigh fall in love during World War I; only problem is that they're spies
- Gold Diggers of 1933 (1:45 p.m.)
- Dames (8:15 p.m.) Busby Berkley musical; Joan Blondell and ZaSu Pitts are great fun
- The Killers (10:30 p.m.) an insurance investigator tries to piece together the puzzling murder of a former boxer
Lobby Card from Doctor Macro
Saturday, August 27, 2011
- A Letter to Three Wives (7:00 p.m.) the town slut has run off with the husband of one of the three wives in the title, but which one?
- Hangover Square (10:30 p.m.) Laird Cregar is a talented composer who has psychotic episodes, Linda Darnell treats him cruelly and George Sanders treats him (medically)
- Twentieth Century (3:30 p.m.) producer John Barrymore spends a train trip trying to convince actress Carole Lombard to return to the stage
- To Be or Not to Be (5:15 p.m.) Jack Benny and Carole Lombard star in this Ernst Lubitsch comedy about Polish actors who get caught up in the resistance movement during the German invasion
- My Man Godfrey (7:00 p.m.) After discovering William Powell while searching for a bum on a scavenger hunt, Carole Lombard hires him as her butler
- Nothing Sacred (10:30 p.m.) reporter Fredric March makes "dying" Carole Lombard famous
- Kiss Me Kate (10:30 p.m.) Sue me, but I love this ridiculous technicolor musical
- Shanghai Express (5:30 p.m.) Marlene Dietrich is terribly well-dressed in this pre-code train film set in the midst of the civil war in China
Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express from Doctor Macro
In other news, Tivo and I parted ways yesterday. We were going to have to exchange our Tivo box for one that actually works and the replacement was $50 more than just buying a new box, but we couldn't buy a new box because then we'd have to pay service for both boxes, even though the other one doesn't work. On top of that, they said that they couldn't offer us a warranty on the replacement box. It's a good thing Paul was talking to the customer service representative. I was livid. They have had the worst customer service of anyone throughout this whole process (our insurance and our cable provider have been wonderful in comparison). We decided to pay off the rest of our contract (which is crap, but it was a contract) rather than have to buy a new box and continue to deal with Tivo. Paul's now researching capture cards. I'll let you know how that goes. I'm back to recording via VCR for now.