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Monday, February 11, 2013

TCM This Week! Whatta Week!!



John Ford directs Boris Karloff in 1934's THE LOST PATROL-- about a troop of British soldiers holding off Arab snipers in the desert.  It's a nail biter with a good cast and it's on today at 1145am.

At 430pm is STAGE DOOR (1937) which is like watching a stage play with Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and a cast including a young Lucille Ball.  Pretty entertaining if a bit melodramatic.

Tuesday we've got some really great RKO films including HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939) at 615am-- 1939 is often referred to as the Golden Year of Hollywood-- and for good reason.

At 8pm get ready for CITIZEN KANE (1941)-- regarded by the AFI as the #1 American film-- and its ranking is pretty well deserved.  If you've never watched it-- take the opportunity to sit down, bowl of popcorn and no interruptions and stick with it.  It is a great movie.

After Kane at 1015pm is Alfred Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS (1946) with Cary Grant as a spy, Ingrid Bergman as an agent and Claude Rains as a Nazi living in South America.  This is a thinking man James Bond film and one of Hitch's best.

Wednesday starts out pretty good with THE STRANGER (1946) at 6am with Orson Welles and Loretta Young.  It's got Nazi's in it too.

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949) is on at 430pm-- its King Kong Lite and a bit too hoaky for me, but if you like Disney type films this is a sort of live action one.

THE WINDOW (1949) is on at 630pm which is about a kid who tells a lot of stories, and when he witnesses a murder outside his window nobody believes him.  Nobody except the killer of course.

SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949) is on at 1030pm, CJ set your DVR-- this is a world class western!

If you forget to make dinner reservations Thursday (Valentines Day) stay in and cook and plunk down with GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) at 8pm.  It's two hours too long in my opinion, but it's a classic which deserves it's good rep.  REBECCA (1940) follows it at Midnight-- it's got Joan Fontaine and George Sanders and is Hitch's first American film so it's a good one!

Friday at 6pm is NINOTCHKA (1939)-- are you catching all the 1939 films this week?-- which is a movie I really like with Greta Garbo, Bela Lugosi and a whole host of others written by the great Billy Wilder.

GRAND HOTEL (1932) is on at 945pm in case you need more Garbo-- and who doesn't?

Saturday set the DVR for CABIN IN THE SKY (1943) which is one of my absolute favorite Musicals-- and I only like three anyway-- it's an all black cast with Lena Horne, Eddie Anderson and a battle between good and evil... Love it and it's on at 830am! MUST SEE PIC!

The Essentials is BEN HUR (1959) at 8pm, it's good if you like epics, I myself do not but at Midnight is NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) which is regarded as Hitchcock's masterpiece-- it's not but it's darn good.  Cary Grant would have been the perfect James Bond.

Good week!  Good grief!