Sunday, September 25, 2011

Week-in-Review and October 2011 Film Recommendations

This week on The Past on a Plate:

Interlibrary-Loan Tisane


Peach Crisp 2


Peach Crisp Black & White











October 2011 Film Recommendations--all films are on TCM, times are CST:

  • The Little Minister (Sa 10/1/11 5:00 a.m.) a Scottish pastor falls in love with a woman (Katharine Hepburn) he thinks is a gypsy; written by James M. Barrie
  • Doctor Zhivago (Sa 10/1/11 2:30 p.m.) Be prepared for "Somewhere My Love" to be stuck in your head for days; it really is a good movie, though
  • Ball of Fire (Sa 10/1/11 7:00 p.m.) a houseful of professors take in nightclub singer Barbara Stanwyck
  • The Male Animal (Su 10/2/11 1:00 p.m.) Henry Fonda is a college professor who has to battle stupid university trustees and his wife's (Olivia de Havilland) former suitor
  • Ninotchka (Su 10/2/11 6:30 a.m.) This is a comedic gem by Ernst Lubitsch starring Melvyn Douglas and, of course, Greta Garbo.
  • Strangers on a Train (Su 10/2/11 4:00 p.m.) Super-creepy Robert Walker traps Farley Granger in a murder plot. Not to be missed.
  • Murder at the Gallop (M 10/3/11 5:45 a.m.) Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple
  • Murder Most Foul (M 10/3/11 7:15 a.m.) ditto
  • Touch of Evil (Tu 10/4/11 8:30 a.m.) Director's cut of Orson Welles's noir masterpiece
  • Ben-Hur (Tu 10/4/11 10:30 a.m.) one of the better sword and sandal films; Charleton Heston solidifies his mastery over the "epic" genre
  • To Be or Not to Be (Th 10/6/11 12:00 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
  • A Star is Born (Th 10/6/11 3:00 p.m.) It's the one with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March; perfect for people with a low tolerance for musicals--this is the only A Star is Born  that isn't one
  • Small Town Girl (Th 10/6/11 5:00 p.m.) Janet Gaynor and Robert Taylor meet, get drunk and get married; will they like each other sober?
  • Broadway Melody of 1936 (Sa 10/8/11 5:00 a.m.) Worth the watch for the music and for the all-star cast, including Buddy Ebsen wearing a Mickey Mouse sweater
  • Ocean's Eleven (Sa 10/8/11 4:30 p.m.) the Rat Pack movie--dated, misogynist, stylish and fun all at the same time
  • Gunga Din (Sa 10/8/11 7:00 p.m.) grand adventure yarn; great fun
  • Sherlock Jr. (Su 10/9/11 7:00 p.m.) 
  • The Taming of the Shrew (M 10/10/11 1:30 p.m.) Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Shakespeare; this one holds a special place in my heart--I was Kate in a school production
  • Cat People (Tu 10/11/11 1:15 a.m. and Sa 10/29/11 7:00 p.m.) I have to say I really enjoyed this one--Simone Simon rocks
  • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (W 10/12/11 2:00 p.m.) In this charming film, Cary Grant and Myrna Loy discover that building a house isn't as easy as they think
  • The Prince and the Pauper (F 10/14/11 1:00 a.m.) Cute adaptation and it has Errol Flynn--what could be better?
  • The Third Man (F 10/14/11 7:30 a.m.) one of the best thrillers: Joseph Cotten has to discover what really happened to his friend, Orson Welles; also stars Trevor Howard
  • Some Like It Hot (F 10/14/11 9:30 a.m.) I could watch this one over and over and over--and I have!
  • The Three Musketeers (F 10/14/11 9:00 p.m.) This is the 1948 version with Gene Kelly, Lana Turner and Vincent Price.  It's ridiculous but I actually really enjoyed it.
  • From Here to Eternity (M 10/17/11 5:00 p.m.) You know you need to watch it for the Burt Lancaster/ Deborah Kerr beach make-out scene
  • Hollow Triumph (Th 10/20/11 4:15 a.m.) Paul Henreid is a hardened gangster who masquerades as a psychologist and romances Joan Bennett
  • College (Su 10/23/11 7:00 p.m.) Hilarious silent film about a nerd trying to impress a gal by attempting any and every sport
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (Sa 10/29/11 2:15 p.m.)
  • Dial M for Murder (Su 10/30/11 1:00 p.m.) Hitchcock.  Grace Kelly.  Classic.
  • Around the World in 80 Days (M 10/31/11 3:00 a.m.) David Niven heads the cast in this fun family film
Lana Turner and Vincent Price conspire in The Three Musketeers
Film still from Doctor Macro

It's October, so look for these Vincent Price thrillers:
  • House of Wax (Sa 10/8/11 8:30 a.m. and M 10/17/11 11:30 p.m.)
  • House on Haunted Hill (M 10/17/11 8:30 p.m.)
  • The Tingler (M 10/17/11 10:00 p.m.)
  • The Pit and the Pendulum (Tu 10/25/11 2:15 a.m.)
  • The Masque of the Red Death (Tu 10/25/11 4:00 a.m.)
George Sanders films this month:
  • King Richard and the Crusaders (Su 10/2/11 12:00 p.m.)
  • Mr. Moto's Last Warning (W 10/12/11 9:30 a.m.)
  • This Land is Mine (M 10/24/11 6:45 a.m.)
  • Village of the Damned (M 10/31/11 7:00 p.m.)

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