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Monday, January 28, 2013

This Week on TCM: WARNERS GEMS!

Bogie discusses a case with Mary Astor and his partner.


The Mark of Zorro (1940) is on tonight at 8pm-- it's a western for people who don't like western's.  And maybe even for those who do.  You know the story-- he's a foppish man of luxury by day, and a wise cracking avenger of evil by night.

Tuesday at 945am is THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955) which is the best Marilyn Monroe film outside of NIAGARA.  It's funny for the fifties.  Nice color too.

THE STRANGER (1946) is on Wednesday at 945pm which features Orson Welles as a Nazi war criminal on the run in New England and Edward G Robinson as the federal agent on his trail.  Think of it as an earlier version of THE FUGITIVE if Harrison Ford had been guilty.

Friday has the goods with a great all day lineup featuring Warner Bros Films,  Warners is one of my favorite studios for the 30s and 40s because they told stories that were fast paced and to the point, often hard hitting.  Usher in the bitter month of February with some great movies!

9am- LITTLE CAESAR (1930) is a slightly dated gangster pic with Edward G Robinson as Ricco.
1030am- THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931) which is a similar movie but its better and shows that James Cagney made a great gangster.
445pm- THE BLACK LEGION (1936) features a young Bogie as a disgruntled worker who gets mixed up with The Klan (or a thinly veiled version of them).  Preachy but good.
615pm- THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) Lavish brightly colored film version of the guy who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, no it's not the Teddy Kennedy story, it's Robin Hood!
8pm- CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935) which is a movie that heavily inspired the Johnny Depp series of pirate films.  Check it out!
1015pm- I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG (1932) is overly melodramatic but I love the idea of ordering a "Hamburger sandwich-- with onions!" in a vintage diner which at the time was contemporary.

If you thought Friday had it-- Saturday kicks it in the teeth and rolls it down the stairs!

Starting at 1245pm with DESTINATION TOKYO (1943) which is a great all star Submarine movie, loved by people like me who hate war movies-- this one's got great charm.
3pm- KEY LARGO (1949) is the last pairing of real life husband and wife Bogie and Bacall in a great sequel of sorts to LITTLE CAESAR taking place in the Florida Keys during a hurricane.  Great cast in this one too.
5pm- WHITE HEAT (1949) is one of the greatest movies ever with Jimmy Cagney as an absolute crazy gangster on the loose.  Love this one!!
7pm is TALES FOR THE WARNER BROS LOT which is an all new documentary I'll watch 'cause I love Warner films.

At 8pm The Essentials is CASABLANCA (1942) which is actually as good as it's reputation-- give it a chance, it starts just a little slow but it's a fantastic film-- better than Citizen Kane in my opinion.
At 10pm is the movie that gave Bogie his first real personality and starring role-- THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) is one of the greatest movies of all time-- and a personal top 3 for me.
At Midnight is MILDRED PIERCE (1945) which is a crazy melodrama starring Joan Crawford that is so soap operaish you will not be able to turn it off.

At 4am is TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948) which is almost as good as people say it is, but I would set the DVR rather than stay up for it.

What a week!