The April 2013 TCM Schedule

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Let's start a new thread for the new month. Laurence Olivier is Star of the Month, and Wednesday night his four Shakespearean performances will be shown back to back.

Thursday evening is a salute to films set in Wales. In addition to the expected The Corn Is Green and How Green Was My Valley, there are The Proud Valley, which includes Paul Robeson, maybe the unlikeliest star ever to appear in a film set in Wales; A Run for Your Money (1949), an Ealing comedy about two Welsh boys who have won some money but must go to London to claim it--Alec Guinness, not yet a star, and Joyce Grenfell are among the supporting cast; and The Citadel, a King Vidor film with Robert Donat as an idealistic doctor, Rosalind Russell as his wife, and Ralph Richardson as his best friend.

Among the unusual films to be shown on Friday is The Toy Wife (1938), in which a Southern belle (Luise Rainer--now there's typecasting for you!) finds herself torn between two suitors (Melvyn Douglas and Robert Young). Friday evening is the first of the series of films about women selected and discussed by Robert Osborne and special guest Cher. Cher made some very intelligent comments when she previously appeared as a guest programmer. The films are:

Mildred Pierce
Stella Dallas
Penny Serenade
Bachelor Mother
Made for Each Other
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A change to the Thursday night schedule: A Run for the Money has been replaced by Nowhere to Go (1958), in which a burglar on the run (George Nader) holes up with an innocent girl (Maggie Smith in her film debut). Apparently some people consider this little-known film a noir gem. Jazz score by Dizzy Reece. Sounds like something I'll want to record.
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I'd love to see Nowhere To Go, but I have a real fondness for A Run for Your Money, so I'm disappointed...especially Hugh Griffith's part. You'll never see Alec Guinness more normal than in ARFYM, it's like he's channeling Fred Clark.
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April 7th

Cover Girl (Hayworth/Kelly) and Double Indemnity (MacMurray/Stanwyck) in the afternoon ... and great lineup of Suspense Movies starting with Spellbound that came out in 1945.

I am looking forward seeing Compulsion on Tuesday Night ... that movie came out in 1959.
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I loved how Cher's super-loopy white hooped earrings would wobble every time she got really excited about making a comment. RO is the King of Smooth Sailing in the land of classic film commentary.

Purty cute pairing, and I enjoy the lineup of films for A Woman's World: The Defining Era of Women on Film.
The link: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/5 ... April.html

And I'm looking forward to next Friday's lineup with The White CLiffs of Dover just so I can "fawn" a bit over all things English during the War Effort and The Homefront which begins with So Proudly We Hail and follows with Since Went Away.
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Sue Sue Applegate wrote: And I'm looking forward to next Friday's lineup with The White CLiffs of Dover just so I can "fawn" a bit over all things English during the War Effort and The Homefront which begins with So Proudly We Hail and follows with Since Went Away.
Me too. I wanted to see these films too!
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Thursday TCM will present seven films directed by Jean Negulesco, but they are augmenting these by including his films in other tributes. TCM has made a particular effort here and in the past to provide a clearer view of this director. SCANDAL IN SCOURIE was included for Greer Garson month, the fine THREE CAME HOME (1950) will be in Friday night’s women in war presentation (I’m really looking forward to those films), and late tonight a lineup of mostly noir leads off with THREE STRANGERS (1946), a little-known but most interesting movie with a John Huston script. Geraldine Fitzgerald, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre are the three strangers who share a lottery ticket. Negulesco fought to get Fitzgerald for the lead and Lorre for the romantic role in the subplot. He had previously cast Lorre as the writer who’s the normal person in THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS. These are interesting examples of how casting helps reveal the director’s vision.

Among the noir films to be shown are THE VERDICT (1946), an early Don Siegel film I haven’t seen but will record, and such favorites as CROSSFIRE, ACT OF VIOLENCE, and THE SET-UP. I also like Renoir’s THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH. Wednesday night continues Laurence Olivier’s SOTM with films from 1965 to 1981.

Thursday morning the Negulesco tribute begins. Instead of mentioning them in the order they’ll be shown, I’m going to mention them in chronological order to talk about the shape of his career.

NOBODY LIVES FOREVER (1946) is the kind of unpretentious mix of noir and woman’s film that looks even better on second viewing. John Garfield is the con man who falls for his mark, Geraldine Fitzgerald. Walter Brennan leaves his bag of cutes behind and gives a moving performance as an aging con man. Faye Emerson grabs the attention as a no-good gal.
DEEP VALLEY (1947). A shout-out to Moira for insisting that I see this film, which is my favorite Negulesco. Ida Lupino’s best role as the shy who falls for convict Dane Clark (his best role, too). Fay Bainter and Henry Hull are perfect as Ida’s neurotic parents, and there are many remarkable directorial touches. We have discussed this film a couple of times.
JOHNNY BELINDA (1948). One of Negulesco’s best-known films, and his personal favorite. The 12 Oscar nominations had something to do with that. A well-made tale with Jane Wyman as the deaf mute heroine, Lew Ayres as a kindly doctor, and Agnes Moorehead and Charles Bickford as her parents.
TITANIC (1953). Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, and an iceberg. Richard Basehart as a drunken ex-priest and a very young Robert Wagner. These later Negulesco films are capably directed entertainments, but without the many personal touches of his earlier films. Perhaps he isn’t hungry and ambitious for greatness any more, and it shows.
THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN (1954). This seems to me one of the quintessential 1950s films, love it or hate it. Rome, great scenery, love stories.
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS (1959). Never heard of it? What does the title say? Maybe you’ll be able to finish it and even like it. Deborah Kerr, Rossano Brazzi, and Maurice Chevalier, which ought to be good. Brazzi plays a French soldier who keeps getting called back into service and away from neglected wife Deborah.
JESSICA (1962). This one I haven’t seen, and will record. “When a sexy midwife comes to town, the local women abstain from sex rather than risk having her deliver their babies.” Angie Dickinson, Maurice Chevalier, Noel-Noel. Angie will be convincingly sexy, I have no doubt of that.
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Tomorrow, 4/12/2013

So Proudly We Hail and Since You Were Away ... I am looking forward seeing these films after a long day tomorrow.
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I plan on setting the dvr to record all 4 films tomorrow evening! I really enjoyed Cher's commentary with Robert Osborne on Mildred Pierce and Stella Dallas. I knew she was a classic film fan, so it's great to see her face light up when she talks about these films. I found it interesting that she didn't discover Stanwyck until later. I didn't really appreciate Stanwyck myself until a few years ago.

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I think she was sincere in her appreciation for classic film, and I enjoyed it, too. She made an off the cuff remark about women not looking so great when they tap, or women shouldn't tap, or something like that, and I felt that she might not have made that remark if she had known more about Ann Miller. She did go on to praise Gene Kelly, and I just felt RO wince a bit because he was good pals with Ann Miller.
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Christy, I missed the "women shouldn't tap" remark. Why ever not, Cher? I love watching the graceful Ann Miller tap away! Ginger Rogers was a fabulous tapper, too.

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Rita Hayworth wrote:Tomorrow, 4/12/2013

So Proudly We Hail and Since You Were Away ... I am looking forward seeing these films after a long day tomorrow.
These two films are one of Claudette's best performances as an actress and I was stunned how well Shirley Temple acted in the 2nd movie "Since You Were Away" ... both of these films are powerful, lots of meanings, and well acted too. I enjoyed these two films and this is the first time I seen Since You Were Away. I was moved by Cher's comments about these films and she is right on the money on what she says about them. I enjoyed the dialogue between Robert Osborne and Cher on TCM tonight.

Since You Were Away was brilliantly acted by all main players and there is not one scene that was below sub par and the pace and the drama was fantastic.
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Or Eleanor Powell. Holy Moly!!!
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Sandy, it was kind of a flippant remark, and RO moved on rather quickly into the film without comment, but as I recall it had to do with the fact that women aren't as pretty/beautiful while they are tapping as men are, and she capped the remark with how beautiful Gene Kelly was when he danced. Not a well thought choice of words for Cher, but not something RO wished to embarrass her with either, which says a great deal about her guest stints and her elevated status/prominence on TCM. They may be grooming her for more visits in the future?
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I got that impression too, Christy, that they were getting ready to place her in a visiting role on TCM more often.

She's entitled to her opinion on tapping and such, but really, you can't compare anyone to Gene Kelly, he's such a controlled dancer who always seemed to be self aware, thus every motion of every part of his body was in the right place at the right time. Watch his arms and hands sometime when he dances, it's amazing how consistent and perfect his arm movements are. I can't think of anyone who dances as well with their upper body as Gene, and that includes even Fred Astaire.
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