TCM This Week

Hedy Lamarr in Ecstasy (1933).

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Recommended viewing on Turner Classic Movies for the week of Sunday, October 17 to Saturday, October 23. 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.

The Time Machine (1960, dir. George Pal) (Sunday, October 17, 11AM PST) – This British adaptation of H.G. Wells’ quintessential time-travel story won an Academy Award for Best Special Effects. Starring Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, and Alan Young (also known as the voice of Scrooge McDuck).

Sal Mineo Double Feature (Sunday, October 17, 5PM-8:34PM PST) – Catch my faaaaaaaavorite actor (♥) in this miniature marathon, a double feature of the JD (Juvenile Delinquent) films Crime in the Steets (1956, dir. Don Siegel) with John Cassavetes (in his very first film role) and The Young Don’t Cry (1957, dir. Alfred L. Werker) with J. Carrol Naish. (James Whitmore also appears in both pictures if he’s more your style.)

The Children’s Hour (1961, dir. William Wyler) (Monday, October 18, 3PM PST) – Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine are embroiled in a Sapphic scandal in this cinematic adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play.

Mourning Becomes Electra (1947, dir. Dudley Nichols) (Tuesday, October 19, 2PM PST) – If you’re a fan of adaptations, try this on for size: the film version of a theatrical update of the ancient Greek myth of Orestes, now set amongst the New England family of a Northern general in the American Civil War. Starring Rosalind Russell and Michael Redgrave.

Conrad Veidt Triple Feature (Wednesday, October 20, 9:30PM-2:32AM PST) – In the 1940s, Conrad Veidt (who starred as Cesare the murderous somnambulist in 1920’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) always got cast as the villainous Nazi, just because of his heavy German accent. But he didn’t mind: although in reality he was virulently anti-Nazi, he liked playing Nazis so that he could make them look as evil as possible. Catch a bit of Veidt’s contribution to the war effort with the gangster comedy (!) All Through The Night (1942, dir. Vincent Sherman) starring Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre; the delightful Nazi Agent (1942, dir. Jules Dassin) with Ann Ayars (featuring super adorable 1940s split-screen technology, with Veidt playing his own twin à la The Parent Trap); and Above Suspicion (1943, dir. Richard Thorpe) with Joan Crawford, Fred MacMurray, and Basil Rathbone.

Prime Time Feature: Hedy Lamarr (Thursday, October 21, 5PM-2:30AM PST) – See the brainy beauty in Algiers (1938, dir. John Cromwell); Tortilla Flat (1942, dir. Victor Fleming); White Cargo (1942, dir. Richard Thorpe); H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941, dir. King Vidor); and the erotic Czechoslovakian drama Ecstasy (1933, dir. Gustav Machaty).

Prime Time Feature: Hammer Horror Festival (Friday, October 22, 5PM-11:30PM PST) – Week four in the festival includes X The Unknown (1956, dir. Leslie Norman); Five Million Years To Earth (1968, dir. Roy Ward Baker); These Are The Damned (1963, dir. Joseph Losey); and The Stranglers of Bombay (1960, dir. Terence Fisher).

Night of the Lepus (1972, dir. William F. Claxon) (Saturday, October 23, 1:15AM PST) – Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, and DeForest Kelley star in one of the weirdest horror movies of all time, about a murderous horde of giant, man-eating mutant bunnies.

Check out the schedule – what are YOUR recommendations for this week?


  1. molly bot

     /  October 16, 2010

    This week makes me scream that I don’t have cable! So many good things to watch. I’ve wanted to see Night of the Lupus for almost 10 years, I can’t miss it this time! Giant Rabbits! All Through the Night sounds good too, I’d say that I’d want to watch Nazi Agent, but I’ve already seen it and know how fantastic it is.

  2. “Sapphic scandal” — haha, nice.

    All Through the Night is AMAZING, especially if you’re into Warner Brothers character actors (like I am). The only bad part about it is that Conrad Veidt has a pet dachshund (being GERMAN AND ALL), and (SPOILER ALERT!!) the dachshund dies in the same explosion as Connie at the end. Which was frankly unnecessary. And speaking of Connie, I have Above Suspicion in my DVR from the last time TCM played it, but I still haven’t watched it yet! Oops. So I should watch that, obviously, because Basil Rathbone is also apparently playing a Nazi, which is HIGHLY unusual or him. I’m also excited to FINALLY be able to see Ecstasy. Yowza.

    Here’s my recommendations for this week, and why: The Harvey Girls (has my favorite Ray Bolger dance routine of all time, which is saying something), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (FANTASTIC Frederic March performance, brilliant camera tricks and special effects), Middle of the Night (the best, most mature movie about a May-December romance I’ve ever seen), Arsenic and Old Lace (my favorite Cary Grant movie, and one of my favorite movies adapted from a play—also a good Halloween movie!), and Passage to Marseilles (Complicated, almost baroque plotline–there are flashbacks within flashbacks! It also has, most importantly, CLAUDE RAINS WEARING AN EYE PATCH).

  3. I’m glad to see that you are keeping yourself busy. Bravo!

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