TCM keeps me sane, especially during the month of November which is shaping up to be insane for your dear author. So with that, I’ve picked ten films I’m hoping to catch in order to keep me calm before Thanksgiving. Let me know if there’s others playing this month I should add to the list. **I know this came out a taste late, so any movies you might have missed should, hopefully, show up on the Watch TCM app.
Times are listed as Eastern. TCM can change the schedule at their discretion.
As much as Myrna Loy excelled at playing the perfect wife, she also enjoyed playing characters desperate to outrun marriage. Third Finger, Left Hand sees Loy as “man-shy fashion editor” pretending to be married. Complications ensue when Melvyn Douglas shows up, claiming to be her husband. Director Robert Z. Leonard has had several of his films make the TCM Top Ten, and I might watch this back-to-back with Pride and Prejudice, the film Leonard made right before this. Third Finger, Left Hand airs November 2nd at 8am.
I can’t say whether I enjoy Bob Hope or not since I’m not well-versed in his films (I do, however, have his latest biography I’m planning to review soon). The Cat and the Canary is considered one of Hope’s iconic works, a mix of horror and comedy for those still yearning for Halloween. It stars Hope, Paulette Goddard, and Gail Sondergaard, and I’ve enjoyed Goddard in everything I’ve watched. The Cat and the Canary airs November 4th, during an evening tribute to Bob Hope, at 8pm.
I’ve spotlighted at least two Burt Lancaster films on the site (The Rose Tattoo and Sorry, Wrong Number), but I’ve yet to definitively state whether I like him or not. Maybe watching The Young Savages will help me make a determination. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the film stars Lancaster as an assistant DA who suspects his son might be involved with a murder. I enjoy courtroom dramas (one of my favorites being Witness for the Prosecution) and most actors excel at playing attorneys. The Young Savages was recently released through Kino’s KL Studio Classics on Blu-ray, but if you don’t own that you can watch it November 7th at 10am.
Miriam Hopkins is one of my favorite leading ladies. Lady With Red Hair sees Miriam as an actress struggling to reconnect with her lost son by becoming a sensation. The plot sounds all kinds of cheesy, but Miriam always does well in serious melodramas like this. Lady With Red Hair airs November 10th at 4:30pm.
When TCM did their birthday tribute to Carole Lombard I mentioned that Made for Each Other just missed the cut. Thankfully, TCM never avoids airing certain movies giving me a chance to make up for avoiding this movie. Made for Each Other was cited in Jeanine Basinger’s book about marriage, I Do and I Don’t as a movie worth watching. Carole and James Stewart struggle as a couple who hastily marry, and I’m assuming by story’s end there’s enough reason for them to stay that way. Made for Each Other plays November 11th at 11:15am.
In This Our Life looks to be an all-star affair: Directed by John Huston and starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent and Dennis Morgan! The film tells the tale of a neurotic Southern belle (Davis) who steals her sister’s (De Havilland) husband. If anyone can steal a man with grace and poise it’s Bette Davis! I’m sure this is going to be a histrionic, regal affair and I’m in! In This Our Life airs November 12th at 8pm kicking off a night devoted to Robert Osborne’s picks (and if Bob says it’s worth watching it must be).
The last time I watched a film directed by Frank Tashlin it wasn’t the best experience. Check out my review of Bachelor Flat for proof. Hopefully, a film starring Dick Powell and America’s sweetheart, Debbie Reynolds yields better results. Susan Slept Here follows Powell as a Hollywood screenwriter who takes in a runaway girl. The plot’s a bit too close to Bachelor Flat for comfort, but I’m going to assume Reynolds better in this than Tuesday Weld was in the latter. Either way, you can find out why Susan Slept Here on November 14th at 5:30pm.
Time to get musical this month as TCM plans on airing all three installments of That’s Entertainment!, a compilation of some of the greatest musical moments in film history. I decided to start with the first installment from 1974, although the two later features from 1976 and 1994 will air later. I’m a musicals gal so any chance to blindly watch the greats strut their stuff is worth it for me. On top of that, the film’s release in 1974 should allow for some rare interviews with dancing legends who were still alive at the time. You can start watching the three installments of That’s Entertainment! starting with the first on November 25th at 1pm.
There were several great choices I could have picked on the 27th but I went with another adventure into the filmography of Hayley Mills. The Trouble With Angels was directed by one of the top female directors of the studio era, Ida Lupino and deals with scrappy girls and other events at a convent school. I’m all for 1960s frivolity! The Trouble With Angels airs November 27th (you should plan to spend the whole day watching TCM) at 8pm as part of an evening devoted to mischief and mayhem in cinema (yes, that’s the real theme).
I’ve watched part of Marnie and figured I should watch the rest of it. Alfred Hitchcock’s second, and last, film with Tippi Hedren sees her as a kleptomaniac who’s forced to marry Sean Connery. Normally, this should be a dream come true but remember, this is an Alfred Hitchcock film. Marnie airs November 28th at 1:30pm preceded and followed by more Hitchcock films.
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