Sunday, November 27, 2016

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of Nov. 28, 2016


Director Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, I Confess (1952), starring Anne Baxter and Montgomery Clift, is one of the classic movies airing on TCM this week.

This week, TCM is airing great movies from stars like the Gloria Grahame and Myrna Loy. Plus, they are putting the spotlight on Christmas movies and the films of Alfred Hitchcock. So, without further ado, let's jump right in to this week's offerings. Just a note: All times are Eastern Standard Time and the highlighted texts have links to full length articles. 

I'll go in-depth a little further down in the article, but first here's a quick rundown.

Birthday tributes: Gloria Grahame on Monday.

Holiday viewing: There's a lineup of Christmas movies on Wednesday daytime and Thursday prime time. TCM is also airing the TV movie A Carol for Another Christmas (1964) at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and the Katharine Hepburn version of Little Women (1933) at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday Prime Time: Two fifties Biblical epics about the kings of Israel.

Silent Sunday Nights: Director Cecil B. DeMille's Biblical epic The King of Kings (1927) at 12:45 a.m. stars H.B. Warner in a lavish retelling of the life of Jesus Christ.

TCM Imports: Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's drama Dodes'ka-den at 2 a.m. Sunday night/Monday morning follows the travails of a group of people who live in a rubbish dump.

Best Day to DVR: Tuesday daytime.  TCM is airing nine great films from master director Alfred Hitchcock, starting with the underrated Young and Innocent (1937) at 6 a.m. and ending with the 3-D thriller Dial M for Murder (1954) at 6 p.m..

Monday, Nov. 28

Gloria Grahame
Three daytime picks: A birthday tribute to Gloria Grahame, who was born Gloria Grahame Hallward Nov. 28, 1923, in Los Angeles. Grahame was often cast as a blonde bombshell in films like her screen debut Blonde Fever (1944) at 6 a.m. in which she plays a waitress who tempts the very married Philip Dorn away from his loyal wife Mary Astor. Grahame often collaborated with her second husband, director Nicholas Ray, in films noir like A Woman's Secret (1949) at 11 a.m. The day wraps up with Grahame's Academy Award winning performance as the wife of a screenwriter (Dick Powell) in the Hollywood expose, The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) at 6 p.m.
Prime time lineup: TCM is turning the spotlight on documentaries each Monday and Wednesday in November. Tonight's lineup features films about unique places starting with director Les Blank's celebration of New Orleans traditions, Always for Pleasure (1978) at 8 p.m. followed by filmmaker Alma Har'el's groundbreaking documentary Bombay Beach (2011) at 9:15 p.m. about the lives of those on the edges of California society.
Late night pick: There isn't any place quite like Grey Gardens (1975) at 11 p.m., the dilapidated Hamptons mansion of Edith "Big Edie" Bouvier Beale, and her daughter, Little Edie. The duo, who were the aunt and cousin of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, alternately sing, dance, and fight in this cult classic.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine in Suspicion (1941).
Three daytime picks: The daytime theme is the films of Alfred Hitchcock, including three of  the director's signature thrillers: Newlywed Joan Fontaine believes her husband (Cary Grant) may be trying to kill her in Suspicion (1941) at 8:45 a.m., while tortured priest Montgomery Clift  is accused of murder in I Confess (1953) at 12:30 p.m. Finally, Farley Granger finds out the perils of public transportation in Strangers on a Train (1951) at 4:15 p.m.
Prime time lineup: TCM host Robert Osborne's November picks features Ginger Rogers starting with the bubbly star as a working class girl whose mother (Marjorie Rambeau) practices the world's oldest profession in Primrose Path (1940) at 8 p.m. followed by Rogers' great comic performance as a railroad stowaway masquerading as a 12-year-old girl in The Major and The Minor (1942) at 9:45 p.m.
Late night pick: Osborne's late night picks include the sensational noir, The Big Clock (1948) at 11:30 p.m. which stars Ray Milland as the prime suspect in a murder investigation he is leading.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan decorate a Christmas tree in The Shop Around the Corner (1940).
Three daytime picks: The theme is Christmas movies starting with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh embarking on a Yuletide romance in Holiday Affair (1949) at 6 a.m. followed by Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan sharing a memorable Christmas in Connecticut (1945) at 1:45 p.m. Finally, James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan play two notions shop employees who fall in love during the Christmas season in The Shop Around the Corner (1940) at 6 p.m.
Prime time lineup: The documentaries continue with the touching film Best Boy (1979) at 8 p.m. about a sweet-natured man with developmental disabilities who must learn to care for himself followed by director Ross McElwee's meditation on life, love, and the post Civil War South, Sherman's March (1986) at 10 p.m.
 Late Night Pick: Director Godfrey Reggio traces the destructive power of modern technology in Koyaanisqatsi (1982) at 12:45 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Monty Woolley, Bette Davis,  and Ann Sheridan in a publicity still for The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942).
Three daytime picks: The daytime theme is sixties action-adventure films. These movies, often based on ancient myths and legends, packed in audiences at drive-in theaters and later became a staple of late-night TV. Two heroes from Greek mythology meet up with a Biblical character in the Italian film Hercules, Samson & Ulysses (1963) at 7:45 a,m. followed by the continued adventures of Captain Sinbad (1963) at 11:30 a.m. Hammer Films She (1965) at 4:15 p.m. finds a group of explorers led by Peter Cushing encountering an immortal Amazonian queen, aka She Who Must Be Obeyed (Ursula Andress).
Primetime lineup: The Christmas movies continue with two holiday comedies. Monty Woolley becomes the world's most annoying dinner guest in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) at 8 p.m. followed by a disparate group of New Yorkers spending the holidays in an empty Manhattan mansion in It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947) at 10 p.m.
Late Night Pick: Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper share a memorable Christmas Eve in director Frank Capra's timely satire of media manipulation, Meet John Doe (1941) at 2:15 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 2

Myrna Loy
Three daytime picks: TCM is devoting all of Friday to star of the month Myrna Loy. This week features her early films starting with a bit part in the John-Barrymore-Dolores Costello costume drama When a Man Loves (1927) at 9:15 a.m. In her early roles, Loy was often cast in exotic roles such as her role as a native woman in love with mineowner Ian Keith in the Western The Great Divide (1929) at 1:30 p.m. The documentary, Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To (1991) at 7 p.m. is a nice retrospective of the actress' career.
Prime time lineup: Loy started to get better parts in pre-code Hollywood in films like The Devil to Pay (1930) at 8 p.m. in which she is involved in a love triangle with Ronald Colman and Loretta Young. Loy's best early role was as the other woman in the adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel Arrowsmith (1931) at 9:30 p.m.
Late night pick: One of Loy's most typical early roles was as a gypsy temptress in The Squall (1929) at 2:15 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3

The prime time line up is all about the early films of director Douglas Sirk, starting with his first Hollywood film, Hitler's Madman (1943) at 8 p.m. a World War II propaganda film about the Nazis brutality in the former Czechoslovakia followed by George Sanders camping it up as a rogue turned police officer in the costume drama A Scandal in Paris (1946) at 9:30 p.m. Lured (1947) at 11:15 p.m. is noir that finds Lucille Ball as a showgirl who is trying to find the serial killer who murdered her best friend (Tanis Chandler).

Sunday, Dec. 4

The Sunday Night Feature will put the spotlight on two fifties Biblical epics starting with Gregory Peck as the Israelite King David romancing the very married Susan Hayward in David and Bathsheba (1951) at 8 p.m. David's son, Solomon (Yul Brynner), steams up the screen with Gina Lollabrigida in Solomon and Sheba (1959) at 10:15 p.m.

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