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Monday, July 16, 2012

TCM This Week: TARZAN THE APE MAN!

TARZAN (1932) is this week's MUST SEE PIC
Killer lineup today with GUNGA DIN (1939) at 4pm-- a bit hoaky at times, but a real action classic with Cary Grant.  THE JUNGLE BOOK (1942) live action version at 8pm which is better than you think and would be a real classic if not for the Disney film and TARZAN THE APE MAN (1932) at 10pm-- this first Tarzan film with Johnny Weissmuller is boss, stick with it because it starts out a little bit creaky but once it gets going you'll be blown away.  CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (1937) is on at Midnight which will keep you watching if you start.

Tuesday at 615am is THE SHEIK (1921) which is worth watching if you've ever wondered what Rudolph Valentino is all about.

Early Joan Crawford UNTAMED (1929) is on at 915am worth watching only if you are a fan of Joan's.
A YANK AT OXFORD (1938) is on at 430pm, Robert Taylor is growing on me as an actor and this is a pretty entertaining yarn.

Leslie Howard is the star of the month and he's on at 8pm with ROMEO AND JULIET (1936) which is a pretty good adaption of the classic.

At 430am is THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS (1946) which is a wild Peter Lorre pic about a severed hand coming back from the grave.

ONE MILLION BC (1940) is on at 11am Wednesday-- Lon Chaney Jr and a bunch of other actors running around with giant lizards is pretty entertaining and a bit bizarre.

At Midnight is Francis Ford Coppola's first feature DEMENTIA 13 (1963) and it's his best film.  Spooky and engaging.

FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956) is on at 8pm Thursday, when I was lucky enough to have a coffee with Leslie Neilsen he was thrilled to talk about this movie, which is based loosely on Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST and features Robbie The Robot.  A nice dramatic role for Neilsen.

GUNGA DIN (1939) is on again at 10pm in case you missed it Monday.
ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) is on at 1215am which is a classic with Errol Flynn.
CITIZEN KANE (1941) is on at 215am - isn't it about time you finally watched this?

Friday's got THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (1967) at 345am which is about the right time of night to watch this Roman Polansky comedy.

Saturday THE GREEN HORNET continues with three chapters of his serial at Noon, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960) at 545pm (although I prefer the original version of the movie, THE SEVEN SAMURAI) and the Essentials this week is TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944) which is the first time Bogie and Bacall were paired up and it's definitely runner up for MUST SEE PIC Pick of the Week.

At 10pm is TOO MANY GIRLS (1940) notable because it's got Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in it long before they were Lucy and Ricky to millions of people.  It'll keep you entertained for at least the first hour.