Lots of Good Stuff on TCM in July (every month, really). This is just the stuff that caught my eye. Anyone who loves film should poor over their schedule on a regular basis. Indeed, if anything catches your eye below, confirm the schedule yourself to make sure I didn’t screw up the time or date. This can be found at www. TCM.com.
And if you see anything you think people might be interested in, add it in the comments.
The Cream of the Crop. Arm the Tivos, warm up the DVD Burners:
Friday July 16th
11:00 PM BERSERK Hilarious murders in a circus meller (part of a whole slate of macabre midway movies; see below) starring Joan Crawford. Again, VERY hard to see, especially letterboxed.
Monday, July 19th A Whole day of wonderful sci-fi cheese—see below—but the Big Ticket is
12:00 PM THE GREEN SLIME! A LETTERBOXED PRESENTATION OF THE GREEN SLIME! Set your Tivos or whatever! Seriously, getting a letterbox copy of this is worth going the extra mile for.
Saturday 6:00 AM THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE Infamous, very hard to see turkey that tries to be Vertigo as set in the Hollywood film industry. VERY rare, hard to see film. Again, letterboxed and everything.
What else caught my eye:
Thursday July 1st:
JD Night…all night! Starting at 8:00 PM there’s a run of Rebel Without a Cause, Blackboard Jungle, The Delinquents, Crime in the Streets, the campy Hot Rods to Hell and The Wild One.
Friday July 2nd
12 PM: Gildersleeve on Broadway. I always had a bit of an affection for Gildersleeve, who went from a supporting character on the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show (Fibber had the famous, overstuffed closet that you opened to your own peril) to his own program to a short series of light by entertaining movies.
5:30 PM 13 Ghosts The William Castle one, of course.
5:45 AM RFD Greenwich Village “A couple tours around New York in this promotional short for corduroy clothing. 11 mins.”
Friday late night, July 9th
2:00 AM Superstition Cheesy ‘80s witch revenge flick with tons of goofy special effects
3:00 AM Blood on Satan’s Claw Rather more restrained, well-regarded Brit horror.
Saturday, July 10th
6:15 PM Five Million Years to Earth The Best of the Quatermass films.
Friday, July 16th
8:00 PM Freaks
9:15 PMCircus of Horrors
11:00 PM Berserk
1:00 AM The Circus Queen Murders
2:30 AM Girls on the Loose: “A nightclub owner runs an all-woman robbery gang.” Stars Mara Corday!
4:00 AM So Young, So Bad (I’ll bet!) “A crusading psychiatrist tries to help troubled reform school girls.”
Sunday, July 18th Fantasy Night
8:00 PM Beauty and the Beast The wonderful Jean Cocteau version.
10:00 PM King Kong It’s about a large gorilla.
12:00 AM Hunchback of Notre Dame The Lon Chaney version.
2:00 AM The Seventh Seal Legitimately one of the 100 greatest movies ever; the film where a man plays chess with Death.
4:00 AM On Borrowed Time Weird-ass movie about an old man (Lionel Barrymore, Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life and the voice model for Underdog’s Simon Bar Sinister) who traps Death up a tree, insuring that nothing can die.
Monday July 19th SUPER CHEESE DAY (CONTINUE STRAIGHT AFTER THE PREVIOUS NIGHT’S MOVIES)
6:00 AM The Manster Have you seen this one? You’ve got to!
7:15 AM The Killer Shrews
8:30 AM Wild Wild Planet Essential, utterly insane ‘60s Italian sci-fi!
10:15 AM War of the Planets Same deal!
12:00 PM THE GREEN SLIME! It on TCM, so it will undoubtedly be LETTERBOXED! Set your Tivos or whatever!
1:45 PM Soylent Green
3:30 2001: A Space Odyssey
6:00 PM 2010
Wednesday July 21st
3:00 PM Five Came Back Neat 1939 drama about the survivors of a remote jungle plane crash.
Friday, July 23rd
2:15 AM Big Bad Mama Sexy Angie Dickinson is a depression era gangster in this ‘70s cult classic. Co-stars William Shatner!
5:45 AM The Golden Years “In this instructional film, bowling is made respectable and appealing to middle-class Americans through modernization and design. BW-14 mins.”
Saturday July 24th
6:00 AM THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE
10:00 PM Cabin in the Sky Gorgeous all-black musical starring Eddie “Rochester” Anderson and Lena Horn. Great movie.
2:15 AM Shaft He’s one bad mutherfu…
Monday, July 26th
6:15 PM The Canterville Ghost Amusing fantasy piffle about a ghost (Charles Laughton) with a cowardly reputation trying to inspire American GIs, including Robert Young.
Thursday, July 29th Rock Night!
8:00 PM Rock, Rock, Rock
9:30 PM Rock Around the Clock
11:00 PM Bye Bye Birdie
1:00 AM Jailhouse Rock
2:45 AM Go Johnny Go!
4:15 AM Don’t Knock the Twist
Friday July 30th
2:00 AM Shanks Extremely weird cult item, directed by William Castle and starring mime Marcel Marceau as “A mute puppeteer discovers how to manipulate dead bodies.” So it’s kind of the precursor for Weekend at Bernie’s.
3:45 AM Corruption: Peter Cushing as a mad plastic surgeon who tries to restore his girlfriend’s beauty. Does that ever work out?
5:30 AM The Relaxed Wife “The modern miracle of tranquilizers helps working men and their wives deal with life’s little problems. 13 mins.”