Sunday, October 30, 2011

Week-in-Review and November Film Recommendations

This week on The Past on a Plate:

November 2011 Film Recommendations:

  • Scarlet Street (Tu 11/1 1:15 p.m.) bad girl Joan Bennett lures meek Edward G. Robinson (definitely playing against type); directed by Fritz Lang
  • From Here to Eternity (W 11/2 9:00 a.m.) You know you need to watch it for the Burt Lancaster/ Deborah Kerr beach make-out scene
  • The Killers (W 11/2 12:45 p.m.) an insurance investigator tries to piece together the puzzling murder of a former boxer
  • Niagara (W 11/2 7:00 p.m.) Marilyn Monroe wiggles around the resort town driving Joseph Cotten out of his mind; it's so much better than I thought it would be
  • Some Like It Hot (W 11/2 8:45 p.m. and Su 11/27 11:15 a.m.) I could watch this one over and over and over--and I have!
  • Alias Jesse James (F 11/4 3:00 p.m.) Silly Bob Hope vehicle where he's mistaken for Jesse James; the shoot-out scene at the end is worth the wait
  • Gold Diggers of 1935 (F 11/4 8:30 p.m. and Tu 11/29 8:00 a.m.) The whole franchise went rather downhill after 1933, but this is still worth it for the production numbers
  • Roberta (Sa 11/5 5:00 a.m.) Irene Dunne has top billing, but Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire steal the show; the costumes are marvelous, too
  • A Letter to Three Wives (Su 11/6 1:00 p.m.) the town slut has run off with the husband of one of the three wives in the title, but which one?
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (Su 11/6 10:15 p.m. and W 11/16 7:00 a.m.) fairly faithful adaptation of novel; Lana Turner smolders
  • McLintock! (Tu 11/8 9:00 p.m.) this John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara comedy is great fun
  • Dinner at Eight (W 11/9 5:00 p.m.) Great ensemble cast including Lionel and John Barrymore; bickering couple Wallace Beery and Jean Harlow are a treat
  • Born Yesterday (W 11/9 7:00 p.m.) William Holden is a newspaperman hired to tutor Judy Holliday, who turns out to be not a stupid as everyone thinks!
  • Bombshell (W 11/9 11:00 p.m.) Jean Harlow plays a poor-little-Hollywood-star who has to deal with a grasping family, an aggravating agent and a media circus
  • Platinum Blonde (Th 11/10 12:45 p.m.) Society dame Jean Harlow steals a reporter from nice working girl Loretta Young
  • The Girl from Missouri (Th 11/10 3:30 a.m.) Jean Harlow plays a likable gold-digging chorus girl who sets her sights on Lionel Barrymore; too bad his son (Franchot Tone) finds her more interesting!
  • Now, Voyager (Th 11/10 9:45 p.m.) ugly duckling Bette Davis gets a makeover and falls in love with yummy Paul Henreid
  • Dodsworth (F 11/11 2:00 a.m. and Sa 11/26 7:00 p.m.) automobile company president Walter Huston's marriage is tested when he decides to retire--wife Ruth Chatterton isn't ready to give up her youth; very well done
  • The Americanization of Emily (F 11/11 9:00 p.m.) Julie Andrews and James Garner eighteen years before Victor/Victoria; also stars James Coburn and Melvyn Douglas
  • Trouble in Paradise (Sa 11/12 8:30 p.m. Sa 11/19 8:00 a.m.)
  • The Producers (Sa 11/12 10:00 p.m.) You've probably seen it, but if you haven't, you're in for a hilarious treat.
  • Woman of the Year (Su 11/13 8:00 a.m.) first Hepburn/Tracy picture; both are reporters at the same paper who fall in love, but have a hard time adjusting to married life
  • My Fair Lady (Su 11/13 2:00 p.m.) Did you ever notice that Jeremy Brett is in this movie?
  • Shanghai Express (M 11/14 9:00 p.m.) Marlene Dietrich is terribly well-dressed in this pre-code train film set in the midst of the civil war in China

  • The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (Tu 11/15 3:00 p.m.) It's Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! As Vernon and Irene Castle! What more do you need to know?
  • A Slight Case of Murder (W 11/16 10:45 a.m.) Edward G. Robinson plays a bootlegger confronted with the end of prohibition in this--wait for it--hilarious comedy. Definitely a must-see.
  • Nothing Sacred (W 11/16 7:00 p.m.) reporter Fredric March makes "dying" Carole Lombard famous
  • To Be or Not to Be (W 11/16 8:30 p.m.) Jack Benny and Carole Lombard star in this Ernst Lubitsch comedy about Polish actors who get caught up in the resistance
  • She Done Him Wrong (W 11/16 10:30 p.m.) Mae West plays saloon gal Diamond Lil, Cary Grant plays a Salvation Army captain
  • I'm No Angel (W 11/16 11:45 p.m.) Mae West plays a circus performer in this pre-code gem; also stars Cary Grant
  • Gunga Din (Tu 11/22 11:15 p.m.) Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. defeat a crazy thuggee cult leader in this action-comedy buddy movie based on the Rudyard Kipling poem
  • Treasure Island (W 11/23 5:00 a.m.) adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel with Wallace Beery and Lionel Barrymore
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (W 11/23 9:00 a.m.)
  • Mogambo (W 11/23 5:00 p.m.) Paul and I spent a lazy, rainy Sunday morning watching this remake of Red Dust; great on-location filming
  • Down Argentine Way (W 11/23 8:30 p.m.) one of the better Betty Grable vehicles, probably because it also stars Don Ameche and Carmen Miranda
  • My Favorite Wife (Th 11/24 2:00 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 (Th 11/24 3:30 a.m.) cute romantic comedy with Myrna Loy, Cary Grant, Shirley Temple and Rudy Vallee
  • The Lady Eve (Th 11/24 9:00 p.m.) con artist Barbara Stanwyck sets her sights on beer heir Henry Fonda in this Preston Sturges classic
  • Shall We Dance (F 11/25 2:00 a.m.) the film that got me hooked on classic film and Astaire and Rogers
  • Ivanhoe (F 11/25 7:00 p.m.) This movie is pretty much terrible, but it has George Sanders in it. You might want to read the hokey book instead.
  • The Maltese Falcon (Su 11/27 5:00 p.m.) Humphrey Bogart helms this Dashiell Hammett adaptation
  • Doctor Zhivago (M 11/28 7:00 p.m.) Be prepared for "Somewhere My Love" to be stuck in your head for days; it really is a good movie, though
  • Dames (Tu 11/29 6:15 a.m.) Busby Berkley musical; Joan Blondell and ZaSu Pitts are great fun
  • Captain Blood (W 11/30 1:00 a.m.) the first pairing of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland; swashbuckling at its best
  • To Catch a Thief (W 11/30 7:00 p.m.) Cary Grant and Grace Kelly look very stylish while tracking down a cat burglar on the French Riviera
  • Dial M for Murder (W 11/30 9:00 p.m.) Ray Milland thinks he has the perfect plan to murder Grace Kelly
All times are CST, all films air on TCM


  1. Some of my all time favs are on this list. Thanks for reminding me about them!

  2. I need to watch She Done Him Wrong - don't think I've seen anything but bits and pieces of May West films. I always get a good laugh when they show clips of her!

  3. There are so many movies on this list I want to see (or see again!).