TCM This Week

Still from Val Lewton’s I Walked With A Zombie (1943).

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Recommended viewing on Turner Classic Movies for the week of Sunday, October 24 to Saturday, October 30. 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.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1952, dir. Elia Kazan) (Sunday, October 24, 9AM PST) – See Kim Hunter from The Seventh Victim (1943) in her Academy Award-winning performance, alongside Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, and Karl Malden.

Black Orpheus (1959, dir. Marcel Camus) (Monday, October 25, 3:30AM PST) – The Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice and their trip to the Underworld, set against the modern backdrop of Brazil’s Carnival celebration.

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933, dir. Mervyn LeRoy) (Wednesday, October 27, 10:15PM PST) – Ginger Rogers’ magnificent fast-paced performance of “We’re in the Money” in Pig Latin is famous for a reason. If you’ve never seen it, don’t miss it; if you have seen it, watch it again.

Prime Time Feature: Atmospheric Thrillers (Thursday, October 28, 5PM-3AM PST) – Get yourself in the perfect mood for Halloween weekend with Dead of Night (1945, dir. Basil Dearden); Rebecca (1940, dir. Alfred Hitchcock); The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (1976, dir. Nicolas Gessner); The Other (1972, dir. Robert Mulligan); and Dragonwyck (1946, dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz).

Horror Marathon (Friday, October 29, 3AM-5PM PST) – There are way too many fantastic horror movies today to pick any favorites. My recommendation? Call in sick to work, stay home and watch ’em all. (They are showing White Zombie [1932] at 12:30PM if my review didn’t scare you off, followed by the far-superior Val Lewton production I Walked With A Zombie [1943, dir. Jacques Tourneur] at 1:45PM.)

Prime Time Feature: Hammer Horror Festival (Friday, October 29, 5PM-11:45PM PST) – You’re only following the doctor’s orders if you watch The Curse of Frankenstein (1957); The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958); Frankenstein Created Woman (1966); and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1969), all directed by Terence Fisher.

William Castle Quintuple Feature (Saturday, October 30, 8:45AM-5PM PST) – It’s another great day for classic horror on TCM, but I’m most excited about their mini-marathon of the work of one of my favorite maestros of fear, William Castle. The films being featured are The Old Dark House (1963); 13 Ghosts (1960); Homicidal (1961), which is remembered as the only Castle film I’ve yet seen where the twist ending legitimately shocked and surprised me; Mr. Sardonicus (1961); and the magnificent Strait-Jacket (1964) starring Joan Crawford.

Prime Time Feature: Deadly Jealousy (Saturday, October 30, 5PM-2AM PST) – A glorious tribute to the green-eyed monster with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939, dir. William Dieterle) with Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara; What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962, dir. Robert Aldrich) with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford; Mad Love (1935, dir. Karl Freund) with Peter Lorre; Cat People (1942, dir. Jacques Tourneur) with Simone Simon; and finally The Man In The Shadows, a TCM original documentary on the masterful Val Lewton.

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

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