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Monday, May 6, 2013

TCM This Week: Lady From Shanghai



Lady from Shanghai (1948) is on today at 1230pm directed by and starring Orson Welles with his then wife Rita Hayworth.  It's a great picture and it would have been even greater if Welles dropped the phony accent and had let Rita keep her long brown hair.

STRANGE CARGO (1940) is on tomorrow at Noon-- and that's an exciting little drama with Clark Gable and Joan Crawford-- I like these south pacific devils island films.

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950) is on at 8pm followed by CROSSFIRE (1947) at 10pm and OUT OF THE PAST (1947) at 1130pm.  That's a trio of tough guy films which is the theme of the night, although how they left out Hollywood's actual tough guy Lawrence Tierney is anyone's guess.

DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989) is on at 945pm Wednesday which signals either the coming of the apocalypse or the end of Turner Classic Movies as I know it, or both.

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) is on Thursday at 330pm, I've recommended it so many times in the past if you've not seen it shame on you.

THE HORN BLOWS AT MIDNIGHT (1945) is on Friday at 930pm and it's the biggest bomb Jack Benny ever made, and he spent the rest of his career joking about it.  Strange because its a pretty funny movie and one I like a lot.  The night is filled with movies that for one reason or another were good but flopped including UNDER CAPRICORN (1949) at 11pm which is one of Hitchcock's first flops.

Saturdays got a few good ones-- THE STRANGLER (1964) is a disturbing horror film that is more disturbing at 730 in the morning an THE FALCON'S BROTHER (1942) injects new life in The Falcon series as George Sanders gets replaced by real life brother Tom Conway.

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941) is the Essentials tonight-- which is likely very good, it's directed by John Ford and stars Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara so you should watch it and tell me how it is.