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Monday, September 17, 2012

TCM This Week: THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD!

Got an interesting letter about my TCM picks each and every Monday asking how come I don't mention Sunday's-- and the answer is I don't know.  Maybe there's nothing worth mentioning but I'll keep an eye on it.

Tonight is Bob's Picks-- which means host Robert (The Man) Osbourne is picking the lineup, so you can't go wrong.  Starting at 8pm is WHITE CARGO (1942) with Heddy Lamarr and Frank Morgan.  I like this one too.

At Midnight he's going with NORTHERN PERSUIT (1943) which is a Warner WWII Propoganda Action film with a familiar cast including Errol Flynn.

Garbo Movies start out Tuesday at 630am and run all the way until 6pm including QUEEN CHRISTINA (1933) which is one of her better films.

At 8pm is GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE (1933) which is a timely Walter Houston film to watch during election season.

Wednesday rocks out at 6am with THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL (1939) with John Garfield-- Garfield is never in a bad movie and you can stick with his films until 6pm today.

Saturday has some fun starting at 1045am with THE MYSTERIOUS INTRUDER (1946)  Which is another entry in THE WHISTLER series from Columbia.

At Noon is MARK OF THE GORILLA (1950) which finds Johnny Weissmuller trading in his Tarzan skirt for a Jungle Jim outfit.

At 130pm is IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE (1958) notable because it stars Shirley Patterson who was Batman's girlfriend in his 1943 film and it's the inspiration for ALIEN (1978) about a group of space traveler's with an unwelcome stowaway onboard.

At 245pm is THEM! (1954) which is, to paraphrase Bela Lugosi's character in Tim Burton's ED WOOD-- "about giant bugs!" but it's a great giant bug movie so give it a shot.

At 430pm is THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) which is notable not only because it's been remade at least twice, and its the movie the kids are watching in John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN (1978) but it's also a GREAT movie with semi direction from legendary Howard Hawks-- it's the MUST SEE PIC PICK OF THE WEEK!

At 8pm The Essentials is GILDA (1946) with Rita Hayworth-- it's a good movie, I wouldn't call it great.

Glad you asked about Sunday, dear reader, because Sunday at 8pm is TEN LITTLE INDIANS (1966) which is a far inferior take on the Agatha Christie novel than AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, but its still worth giving it a go.

At 10pm however, is MURDER BY DEATH (1976) which is Neil Simon's over the top sometimes ridiculous parody of great movie directors with Peter Sellers, David Niven and Truman Capote.  It's occasionally laugh out loud funny but it's also equally groan worthy at times.