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Monday, December 26, 2011

This Week on TCM

The Man From Planet X
Better than Sparse pickings for those of us with a taste for B-Movies and film noir, and we're heading into their dreaded Oscar Month when they have a heavy dose of THE ENGLISH PATIENT and MR SKEFFINGTON type of sleep inducing fare, but we will soldier on (line delivered with my Benjamin Cumberdink accent and a tiny moustache)!

Tomorrow, on my birthday, they're showing TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948) which is regarded as one of Humphrey Bogart's best films at 8:15 in the morning (!) followed by THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) which IS Bogart's best film and then CASABLANCA (1942) at quarter past Noon.  Bit early for Bogies, but any Bogie is better than no Bogie.

That night they're showing THE MAN FROM PLANET X (1951) which is a spooky little sci-fi film and well worth watching.

Wednesday they're showing a half dozen DR KILDARE movies, which was a very popular series in the 30s and 40s-- back in those days before Television there were multiple film franchises that would bring audiences back, much like our favorite TV series do today.   The Kildare's start at 6am and go until 6pm.

Thursday, which is my brother's birthday, they're showing MANHATTAN MELODRAMA (1934) at 2:45am-- notable because this is the movie John Dillinger was watching just before he was gunned down by federal agents in a theater outside Chicago.

Friday at 12:30 am (which is technically Saturday) they are showing SHAFT (1971) which is hands down one of the greatest movies ever recorded to film.  If you aren't walking around in a slick leather jacket and calling everybody baby by the end of this movie you weren't paying attention.

And Saturday Turner continues it's tradition of showing Marx Bros films, but now they've regulated them to the daytime slot-- I fear TCM is going the way of AMC and we'll be seeing the classics put out to pasture and the more modern stuff taking over-- but hopefully I'm wrong.  The Marx Bros films roll out until 8pm at which time you should switch to whatever channel is showing The Three Stooges Marathon because, I'm sorry, I love the Marx Bros but they don't come close to The Stooges when they are at their best.