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David Niven is the October Star of the Month. Over three dozen Niven films will be shown on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings. This month, with a busy weekend at UCLA ahead, I'll be folding a look at the Star of the Month titles into this post.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays TCM will be celebrating Trailblazing Women. Illeana Douglas will be hosting with a series of guests. The majority of the films being shown in that series fall outside my main areas of interest, as I discussed in July, so I'll leave it to others to cover that aspect of the schedule; I do want to note that October 6th will include films directed by pioneering women directors Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino. A special microsite with complete details on the series is here.
October, of course, also features plenty of scary movies, including a Halloween-themed evening of Treasures from the Disney Vault on October 28th.
Here's a look at just a few of the interesting titles airing on TCM this month. Click any hyperlinked title to read the corresponding film review.
...A day of Bob Hope films on October 2nd includes BACHELOR IN PARADISE (1961), worth watching for its candy-colored set and costume designs. Other Hope films airing that day include A GLOBAL AFFAIR (1964), which I reviewed this summer.
TRADE WINDS (1938), which is entertaining but must have set the all-time record for scenes filmed in front of back projections! Ralph Bellamy and Ann Sothern costar.
...Appropriately for October, "Silent Sunday Evening" includes Lon Chaney in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) on October 4th.
...There are several good movies featuring Star of the Month David Niven on October 5th, including RAFFLES (1939), BACHELOR MOTHER (1939), and THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (1937). All are terrific films, with BACHELOR MOTHER, costarring Ginger Rogers, being an all-time favorite romantic comedy.
FINISHING SCHOOL (1934), released at the very end of the pre-Code era. It's on October 6th. Bruce Cabot costars.
...There's a wonderful day of eight June Allyson films on October 7th, including THE SECRET HEART (1946) with Claudette Colbert and three films with Peter Lawford, TWO SISTERS FROM BOSTON (1946), GOOD NEWS (1947), and LITTLE WOMEN (1949).
...Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler star in COLLEEN (1936) on October 8th. Joan Blondell costars.
...I love train movies, and there's an entire day of them on October 9th, including Glenn Ford in TERROR ON A TRAIN (1953) and Dick Powell in THE TALL TARGET (1951).
THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS (1943). It airs on TCM on October 10th.
...NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER (1949), one of my favorite Esther Williams films, will be shown October 11th. Ricardo Montalban and Betty Garrett costar.
...It's another evening of David Niven films on October 12th: including Powell & Pressburger's A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (1946), the holiday classic THE BISHOP'S WIFE (1947), the romantic drama ENCHANTMENT (1948), the WWII films THE FIRST OF THE FEW (1942) and THE WAY AHEAD (1944), and the frankly disappointing romantic comedy A KISS IN THE DARK (1949), the latter costarring Jane Wyman.
...I'm not very interested in many of the "newer" films airing on TCM this month, but I did enjoy Amy Irving in CROSSING DELANCEY (1988), about a career woman whose grandmother hires a matchmaker to set her up with a prospective suitor. Not a perfect film, but worthwhile. It's on October 13th.
...You can't beat the cast in EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE (1949), a romantic melodrama turned crime drama: Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Ava Gardner, Van Heflin, Cyd Charisse, William Conrad, and Nancy Davis (Reagan). It's a wonderfully entertaining movie being shown on October 15th.
...Angela Lansbury's 90th birthday will be celebrated on TCM on October 16th, with seven films plus an episode of SCREEN DIRECTORS PLAYHOUSE. Films include NATIONAL VELVET (1944), THE HOODLUM SAINT (1946), and A LAWLESS STREET (1955).
...An evening of "Lost and Found" silents on October 18th includes Fatty Arbuckle in THE ROUND-UP (1920), which was the first Western filmed in Lone Pine, California. I may be seeing it at the Lone Pine Film Festival the preceding weekend.
...On October 19th Star of the Month David Niven is featured in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956), THE MOON IS BLUE (1953), and THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS (1950), to name just a few titles.
...I love that TCM has a day of Genevieve Tobin films on the 23rd! Titles include THE GAY DIPLOMAT (1931), EASY TO LOVE (1934), and BROADWAY HOSTESS (1935). I especially enjoyed the "country house" comedies THE GOOSE AND THE GANDER (1935) and SNOWED UNDER (1936).
...When I first saw RIDE LONESOME (1959) three years ago, it quickly jumped on to my list of favorite films. I believe I've seen it twice more since then, and it's pretty unusual for me to watch a film quite that frequently! This superb Randolph Scott Western airs October 24th. Pernell Roberts is so good you'll be sorry he ever set foot on the Ponderosa.
THE BATTLE AT APACHE PASS (1952).
...David Niven films made from 1960 onward on featured on October 26th, starting with a good comedy costarring Doris Day, PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES (1960). GUNS OF DARKNESS (1962) and MURDER BY DEATH (1976) are among the 10 films on the schedule.
...There's a Halloween theme for the latest evening of Treasures From the Disney Vault on October 28th, which features THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD (1949), ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN (1976), and several other cartoons and feature-length films, including the classic cartoons THREE LITTLE PIGS (1933) and THE OLD MILL (1937).
STAGE FRIGHT (1950) on October 29th.
...Val Lewton's CAT PEOPLE (1942), directed by Jacques Tourneur, is my kinda spooky. Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith, and Jane Randolph star. Lewton and Tourneur's THE LEOPARD MAN (1943), starring Dennis O'Keefe and Jean Brooks, is also very good. Both movies are shown October 30th.
For complete details on TCM in October, please visit the online schedule.