Monday, January 01, 2007
turner this month - bravo!
Note: This will be a regular monthly feature, highlighting, well, the highlights on Turner Classics' schedule.
Turner Classics has quietly established itself as a veritable on-air college education in film, with its programming ranging from vintage Hollywood classics to little-seen gems from the 1950s and ‘60s, from maverick underground films to subtitled foreign-language masterworks. It’s compulsively watchable.
Among the difficult-to-see titles showing this month include:
George Sidney’s “The Eddie Duchin Story” (airing Thursday, January 4th at 3:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.), handsomely photographed by the great Harry Stradling.
Herbert Ross’ “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (Mon., Jan. 8, 5:15 p.m./2:15 p.m.), a serious, new-style musical experiment featuring a truly poignant turn by Peter O'Toole in the title role.
George Cukor’s “The Marrying Kind” (Sun., Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m./8:30 a.m.), a bracing, insightful dramedy about divorce, written by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon.
Sir Carol Reed’s “The Key” (Tue., Jan. 16, 6 a.m./3 a.m.), with William Holden and Sophia Loren demonstrating palpable chemistry.
Mark Robson’s “Phffft!” (Fri., Jan. 19, 9:15 a.m./12:15 a.m.), a still very contemporary comedy written by George Axelrod, and the second 1954 film teaming Judy Holliday with Jack Lemmon.
Robert Aldrich’s “The Legend of Lylah Clare” (Mon., Jan. 22, Noon/9 a.m.), delicious camp with a game Kim Novak in the title role.
Billy Wilder’s “Ace in a Hole” (Thurs., Jan. 25, 2:30 a.m./Wed., Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.), arguably the darkest, most relevant commentary about the American media and Americans in general to ever be sold as a commercial movie.
Silvio Narizzano’s “Die! Die! My Darling!” (Thurs., Jan. 25, 6:15 p.m./3:15 p.m.), featuring a rare screen appearance by the legendary Tallulah Bankhead as a religious fanatic, with a copy of the Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, casually tormenting her late son's fiancee, Stephanie Powers.
Norman Taurog’s “Living It Up” (Sun., Jan. 28, 8:30 a.m./5:30 a.m.), the Broadway musical, "Hazel Flagg," by no less than Ben Hecht, restructured for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, with most of the music retained.
Paul Wendkos’ “Because They’re Young” (Mon., Jan. 29, 5:45 p.m./2:45 p.m.), '60s teen flick with Tuesday Weld, Michael Callan and Dick Clark.
BTW, the Billy Wilder film is listed in Turner’s Now Playing program under its alternate title, “The Big Carnival,” but a spy tells me that the original title, “Ace in a Hole” is on the print that Turner will air.
(Artwork: Poster art from Paramount's "Ace in a Hole," aka "The Big Carnival,"Columbia's "The Marrying Kind")
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