Wednesday, September 30, 2020

TCM in October: Highlights

October is here, and it's time to take a look at the new schedule for the upcoming month on Turner Classic Movies!

The October Star of the Month is Peter Cushing. Two dozen Cushing films will be shown spread across Monday evenings in October. Please note that there will not be a separate Star of the Month schedule post this month.

The TCM Spotlight on Thursday evenings will focus on "30 Years of the Film Foundation." The 25 titles will include two of my favorite Westerns, WINCHESTER '73 (1950) and SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949), showing on October 29th.

Continuing in September will be the "Women Make Film" series, which began in September and will run through early December.

The Noir Alley films in October are WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950) on October 3rd and 4th, THE RACKET (1951) October 10th and 11th, DESTINATION MURDER (1950) on the 17th and 18th, MACAO (1952) October 24th-25th, and THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943) on October 31st and November 1st.

Please note that the TCM website has undergone a major overhaul this week. The schedule link I recently used for my December preview no longer works, and the October schedule is also not available today. (I'm working from a printed copy which is hopefully still accurate.) It appears possible that future schedules will not be available until the month is underway.

We'll have to see whether there are any additional changes to the site which make additional information accessible, but for now just a heads up that future TCM coverage may possibly look different, including Highlights posts going up after the 1st of the month.

Here are some additional titles of interest being shown on TCM this month. Please click any hyperlinked title to read the corresponding film review.

...30 Years of the Film Foundation kicks off on the evening of October 1st, with titles including DODSWORTH (1936) and DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (1939).

...This month's spooky titles include the Val Lewton/Jacques Tourneur classic CAT PEOPLE (1942) on October 2nd.

...The Saturday morning lineups in October include Tex Avery cartoons, starting with the delightful "The Peachy Cobbler" on October 3rd.

...Buster Keaton's birthday will be celebrate on October 4th with a lineup including THE GENERAL (1926) and STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928).

...October 5th's lineup includes LURED (1947), an excellent thriller starring Lucille Ball and George Sanders, directed by Douglas Sirk.

...Carole Lombard's October 6th birthday includes VIGIL IN THE NIGHT (1940), a very good medical melodrama I saw at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival; SWING HIGH, SWING LOW (1937) which I saw as part of a 2012 Mitchell Leisen series in UCLA; and LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST (1937), costarring Preston Foster.

...Jean Harlow also has a great day of films, on October 8th, including HOLD YOUR MAN (1933) and RED DUST (1932). Clark Gable costars in both films.

...A day of film noir on October 9th includes some excellent titles, including BORN TO KILL (1947), OUT OF THE PAST (1947), and IMPACT (1949).

...The October 10th Saturday morning Tex Avery cartoon is "Red Hot Riding Hood" (1943).

...Margaret O'Brien and Dean Stockwell star in an excellent filming of Frances Hodgson Burnett's THE SECRET GARDEN (1949) on October 11th. Brian Roper, seen here, costars. There are mystical elements which make it a good choice for Halloween month.

..."Creature features" on October 12th include an all-time fave, THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953). The climax, with Lee Van Cleef shooting a radioactive isotope at the beast is amazing -- a burning roller coaster is also involved.

...HAPPINESS AHEAD (1934), a Warner Bros. film starring Dick Powell and Josephine Hutchinson, is on October 15th. It's a charmer.

...On October 17th you can catch ANGEL AND THE BADMAN (1947), which ranks high on several lists for me: All-time favorite John Wayne films, all-time favorite Westerns, and all-time favorite films.  Gail Russell costars.

...I was delighted by DEAR HEART (1964) earlier this year, starring Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page. It's on October 18th.

...I MARRIED A WITCH (1942), starring Veronica Lake, Fredric March, and Susan Hayward, is another film being shown as part of this month's Halloween-themed offerings. It's on October 19th.

...A day of romantic comedies on October 20th includes THEODORA GOES WILD (1936) starring Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas.

...October 21st features a Dr. Kildare marathon. It starts off with YOUNG DR. KILDARE (1938), followed by four additional films in the long-running MGM series starring Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore.

...Constance Bennett's October 22nd birthday features a great lineup of her films, including four titles with her frequent costar Joel McCrea and the wonderful comedy MERRILY WE LIVE (1938), costarring Brian Aherne.

...Another day of monster movies on October 23rd includes THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951), a delightful film I've watched multiple times since I first saw it in 2015.

...Doris Day stars in PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES (1960) on October 24th. David Niven and Janis Paige costar.

...Crime films on October 26th include WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950), starring Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, and Claude Rains.

...Daytime on October 27th presents a nice change of pace, a day of Westerns. Titles include THE HIRED GUN (1957), a short Rory Calhoun-Anne Francis film shot in Lone Pine which I like a lot.

...I return to I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING! (1945) on a regular basis. Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey star. The film's mystical tone makes it another good choice for October viewing. It's on October 28th.

...I saw THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (1932) with Joel McCrea and Fay Wray at UCLA last year. A very chilling pre-Code! It will be shown October 30th.

...Halloween night includes THEM! (1954), I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1943), and THE LEOPARD MAN (1943), a trio of creepy films which I highly recommend.

For more on TCM in October 2020, please visit my Quick Preview of TCM in October along with the monthly schedule once it's available.

Happy October viewing!


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

I would say that TCM has touched on almost every aspect of my movie-loving heart this October.

It's a funny thing, but my husband tells me he doesn't remember Joel McCrea running through the island in The Most Dangerous Game, and I tell him that I can't recall Fay Wray running through the island. Two people watching the same movie, but are they?

5:42 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

LOL that's funny, Caftan Woman!

I'd seen MOST DANGEROUS GAME multiple times over the years but the intensity of the big screen experience kind of exhausted me -- on the other hand, what a pleasure to watch Joel running around that island on a big screen!

Best wishes,

2:14 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

Lots of good stuff this month, and I second many of your highlighted suggestions. I'm looking forward to several of the Peter Cushing titles (mostly the non-horror stuff, although a couple of Hammer films are on my list); last Christmas, I enjoyed CASH ON DEMAND.

Another recommendation of mine is Clifton Webb and Shirley Temple in MR. BELVEDERE GOEST TO COLLEGE, airing October 4. It aired last month and was quite fun, and unlike the other "Belvedere" movies, it isn't available on DVD.

As for the TCM website overhaul, I'm pleased that it's now mobile-friendly; however, there seem to be a few bugs to work out on the schedule. Firstly, the air times are off--I need to subtract two hours to get the correct time. Also, I usually print the monthly schedule, and highlight everything I'm interested in watching, but now it looks like it's twice the number of pages, some descriptions have ellipses, and the cast doesn't appear on the page.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Seth, thank you so much for adding your endorsements to some of the suggestions here. I need to catch MR. BELVEDERE GOES TO COLLEGE. It's of interest to me also as it's one of several films which filmed at the University of Nevada at Reno in that era -- others include MARGIE, APARTMENT FOR PEGGY, and MOTHER IS A FRESHMAN.

The TCM website is currently a real headache. I hadn't even thought about the problem I'm going to have printing future schedules, which I usually do to mark up with notes for my posts here. Arrrrgh. I really hope they improve things.

Best wishes,

10:35 AM  

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