Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis in The Defiant Ones (1958).
Recommended viewing on Turner Classic Movies for the week of Sunday, October 10 to Saturday, October 16. Some are films I’ve seen and some are ones I plan to check out. All times are listed in PST because that’s where I live; see the full schedule here.
• Memorial Tribute: Tony Curtis (Sunday, October 10, 3AM-3AM PST) – A 24-hour marathon in honor of Tony Curtis, who passed away September 29 at age eighty-five. Highlights include Operation Petticoat (1959, dir. Blake Edwards) with Cary Grant; Sex and the Single Girl (1964, dir. Richard Quine) with Natalie Wood; and The Defiant Ones (1958, dir. Stanley Kramer) with Sidney Poitier.
• It’s Love I’m After (1937, dir. Archie L. Mayo) (Monday, October 11, 5:45AM PST) – See both Leslie Howard and Bette Davis play against type in this romantic screwball comedy, which also stars Olivia de Havilland, Eric Blore, and Spring Byington.
• Alfred Hitchcock Marathon (Thursday, October 14, 7:45AM-5PM PST) – Have a suspenseful day with this marathon of uncliché Hitch flicks, including the unexpected romantic comedy Rich and Strange (1932); I Confess (1953) with Montgomery Clift; Stage Fright (1950) with Jane Wyman and Marlene Dietrich; The Wrong Man (1956) with Henry Fonda; and Dial M for Murder (1954) with Grace Kelly.
• Prime Time Feature: Hammer Horror Festival (Friday, October 15, 5PM-11:45PM PST) – Get wrapped up in The Mummy (1959, dir. Terence Fisher) starring Peter Kushing and Christopher Lee; The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964, dir. Michael Carreras); The Mummy’s Shroud (1967, dir. John Gilling); and Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971, dir. Seth Holt).
• Giant (1956, dir. George Stevens) (Saturday, October 16, 11AM PST) – This Western epic chronicles the life of wealthy Texas ranch owner Bick Benedict. Admire the beautiful cinematography of Academy Award nominee William C. Mellor, and the glorious performances of Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean.
• Prime Time Feature: The Essentials: Marlene Dietrich (Saturday, October 16, 5PM-3AM PST) – Catch up on some Required Viewing with A Foreign Affair (1948, dir. Billy Wilder); Knight Without Armor (1937, dir. Jacques Feyder); Morocco (1930, dir. Josef von Sternberg); Rancho Notorious (1952, dir. Fritz Lang); and, last but not least, The Blue Angel (1930, dir. Josef von Sternberg) with Emil Jannings.
Check out the schedule – what are YOUR recommendations for this week?