Mary of Scotland (1936) -John Ford directs Katharine Hepburn and Fredric March

I was pleased to discover on TCM early yesterday 9/16/16 Mary of Scotland (1936) directed by John Ford with screen greats Katharine Hepburn and Fredric March supported by John Carradine, Alan Mowbray, and Donald Crisp. What a way to start a day!

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Gentleman Jim (1942)- Errol Flynn and Ward Bond

On TCM Sat 9/24/16-Gentleman Jim (1942)- A very enjoyable WB movie directed by Raoul Walsh with Errol Flynn as 19th Century boxing champion Jim Corbett and a great cast with Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale. But I think the performance of one of my favorite character actors Ward Bond as legendary boxing great John L. Sullivan is a standout. Catch the scene where the defeated Sullivan graciously shows up at Corbett’s victory party turning over the championship belt- It is yet another great achievement by Ward Bond to be remembered!   

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The French Connection (1971)-Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle

On TCM today 9/16/16- Best picture Oscar winner The French Connection (1971)-Besides the very exciting classic chase sequence filmed on Brooklyn’s 86th Street, I love the physical as well as psychological cat and mouse game Oscar winning here Gene Hackman as hard working NYC detective Popeye Doyle plays with Fernando Rey as the suave upscale drug dealer. Director William Friedkin successfully captures and contrasts Hackman’s tough everyday life with Ray’s life of luxury.

To Each His Own (1946) – Olivia de Havilland’s heartbreaking story

On TCM Sun 9/18/16- To Each His Own (1946) – In World War II London, fire wardens Josephine “Jody” Norris (Oscar winning here Olivia de Havilland) shares a heartbreaking story told in flashback with Lord Desham (Roland Culver) about her romance during World War I with a US pilot played by John Lund and the child she gave birth to.  A very moving tale with sensitive direction by Mitchell Leisen, a screenplay by Charles Brackett and Jacques Thery as well as a Victor Young score. A tear jerker to the very end and yet another virtuoso performance by Olivia.

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Murder, My Sweet (1944)- Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Mike Mazurki

On TCM Sun 9/18/16- A landmark film where director Edward Dmytryk brings the NOIR world of Raymond Chandler’s novel Farewell My Lovely from the printed page to the movie screen creating a dark nightmare world of wartime Los Angeles. Dick Powell, in a career change from musicals, is cast as Philip Marlowe changing his tune to the stark wise guy voiceover we hear in NOIR.  Robert Osborne has said that the title was changed away from Farewell My Lovely to reduce the mistaken expectation of another Dick Powell musical. Screen great Claire Trevor invents the concept of Femme Fatale and the gracious 1930’s teen star Ann Shirley is perfectly cast as Claire’s step daughter. Very spooky is Marlowe’s intimidating dull witted client Moose Malone perfectly cast with retired wrestler Mike Mazurki just so obsessed with an ex named “Velma”.

 

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The Big Sleep (1946)-Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Malone

On TCM 11/27/16- The Big Sleep (1946)- Director Howard Hawks and Humphrey Bogart as Phillip Marlowe along with Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge make this complex Raymond Chandler NOIR screen magic. Catch the unforgettable suggestive scene with great screen chemistry between then newcomer Dorothy Malone as the Acme Book Shop Proprietress and Bogie in the closed store brilliantly set up by Hawks. 

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Nehemiah Persoff- Little Bonaparte in Some Like It Hot (1959)

On TCM Sat 9/17/16 – The Billy Wilder Essential Some Like It Hot (1959)-the great underrated character actor Nehemiah Persoff cast as mob chief Little Bonaparte opens the mob reunion (disguised as Friends of Italian Opera Lover’s meeting) with the following Wilder/I.A.L. Diamond eloquence: “Thank you, fellow opera-lovers. It’s been ten years since I elected myself president of dis organization… an’ if I say so myself, you made duh right choice. Let’s look at duh record: In duh lass fissel year we made a hundred an’ twelve million dollars before taxes… only we didn’t pay no taxes!”  You also might remember Persoff in On The Waterfront (1954) playing the cab driver/mob informant in the famous Brando/Steiger who reported the action back to bad guy John Friendly (Lee J Cobb).  Look for Nehemiah playing many diverse roles in many movies and TV.

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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet Frankenstein (1948) – three for the price of one

On TCM 10/30/16 – Three for the price of one special–In Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet Frankenstein (1948) we are faced with the ultimate horror trinity of all 3 famous movie horrors- Dracula (Bela Lugosi), the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange), and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.).  There is even a bonus of Vincent Price as the Voice of the Invisible Man. It was even a better deal for me viewing this comedy/horror classic at the Saturday Children Matinee of a neighborhood local Brooklyn theatre in the 1950’s for 35 cents and to boot there was a second feature. I could still hear the kids laughing and screaming!