TCM Q4 2009 Highlights

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A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: THE SUSPENSEFUL WORLD OF THRILLERS – Original documentary premiering Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m.; Primetime film festival Fridays throughout October

TCM launches its new series of one-hour specials that will provide a Film Studies 101 look at top cinematic genres. First up is a look at the thriller genre from all sides, including different types of thrillers and the stylistic tools filmmakers use to give their audiences a shot of adrenaline. The special features interviews with such figures as TCM host Robert Osborne; Ken Follett, author of Eye of the Needle; Bryan Singer, writer and director of The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie; Diablo Cody, writer and producer of the upcoming film Jennifer’s Body; Kenneth Branagh, director and star of Dead Again; Mel Brooks, writer, director and star of the Hitchcock spoof High Anxiety; David Koepp, writer-director of Stir of Echoes; Norman Lloyd, star of Hitchcock’s Saboteur and producer and director for the Alfred Hitchcock television series; Martin Landau, co-star of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest; and many more. THE SUSPENSEFUL WORLD OF THRILLERS comes to TCM from DreamWorks Television, with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (Las Vegas, TNT’s Into the West) serving as executive producers. The special was written, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker and author Laurent Bouzereau.

MOVIES FROM THE REVOLUTION – Primetime marathon of revolutionary films from the ’60s and ’70s Wednesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 8 p.m.

In the 1960s and ’70s, young filmmakers were breaking free with bold new visions and counter-cultural stories. TCM celebrates their revolutionary work with an evening of seminal films of the era, including Peter Bogdanovich’s unique thriller Targets (1968), Hal Ashby’s off-kilter romance Harold and Maude (1968), Dennis Hopper’s groundbreaking Easy Rider (1969) and Bob Rafelson’s memorable character study Five Easy Pieces (1970). The night will also include the TCM premiere of the 2003 documentary Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, based on Peter Biskind’s book about the rise and subsequent fall of several revolutionary filmmakers.


Eight decades after Variety touted the stock market crash with the words, “Wall Street Lays an Egg,” TCM looks back on the Great Depression with a month of films depicting what became one of the defining moments for an entire generation. Titles include Bound for Glory (1976), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Sullivan’s Travels (1941), Paper Moon (1973) and the TCM premieres of O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000) and Hallelujah, I’m a Bum (1933).

HALLOWEEN HORRORS – Movie marathons throughout October

Various days throughout October, TCM is going to be sending tingles down the spines of movie fans with a variety of horror movie marathons. Offerings include a night of films by gimmick master William Castle (Oct. 20), sci-fi horror films (Oct. 25), movies involving psychic power (Oct. 27) and a collection starring Boris Karloff (Oct. 30). Finally, TCM will celebrate Halloween with an all-day marathon of monsters, ghouls, ghosts and mad scientists.

TCM UNDERGROUND – New season of TCM’s late-night showcase premieres Friday, Oct. 16

TCM’s late-night movie showcase returns with a new collection of cult favorites, beginning with David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1983). Friday, Oct. 23 brings the vivid thriller Pretty Poison (1968), and Friday, Oct. 30, welcomes the aquatic monster movie Zaat (1972).

STAR OF THE MONTH: LESLIE CARON – Mondays in October, beginning at 8 p.m.

Graceful and coquettish, Leslie Caron brings a delectable French flair to the screen. TCM celebrates this enduring performer each Monday in October, with such memorable films as An American in Paris (1951 – Oct. 5), Gigi (1958 – Oct. 5), the TCM premiere of The Man who Understood Women (1959 – Oct. 12), The L-Shaped Room (1962 – Oct. 19), Glory Alley (1952 – Oct. 26) and the TCM premiere of Goldengirl (1979 – Oct. 26). Also included is her 1999 Private Screenings interview with TCM host Robert Osborne (Oct. 5).

GUEST PROGRAMMER: DENNIS MILLER – Wednesday, Oct. 21, beginning at 8 p.m.

The Emmy®-winning humorist will join TCM host Robert Osborne in presenting an evening of memorable films hand-picked by Miller himself. The evening includes presentations of the Sinclair Lewis adaptation Dodsworth (1936), the post-WWII thriller The Third Man (1949), the Alfred Hitchcock classic Suspicion (1941) and the domestic comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse (1948).

THE ESSENTIALS – Hosted by Alec Baldwin and Robert Osborne—Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Fresh off his Emmy for 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin co-hosts TCM’s signature movie showcase with TCM host Robert Osborne. Together, the two introduce “must see” movies each week, with an eye toward helping viewers better understand why these films are important and the impact they had on audiences and the culture at large. October’s features include Funny Girl (1968 – Oct. 3), I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932 – Oct. 10), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935 – Oct. 17), The Letter (1940 – Oct. 24) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931 – Oct. 31).


JOHNNY MERCER: THE DREAM’S ON ME – Original documentary premiering Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m.; Film festival celebrating Johnny Mercer runs Wednesdays throughout November

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, TCM will celebrate the legendary personality behind such songs as “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “That Old Black Magic,” “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” “Skylark,” “Blues in the Night,” “Moon River” and “The Days of Wine and Roses.” JOHNNY MERCER: THE DREAM’S ON ME, executive-produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood, features countless performances of Mercer’s work and an abundance of new and archival interviews detailing his life and career. TCM will complement the premiere with presentations of several classic films on which he worked every Wednesday night in November. Titles include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Blues in the Night (1941), Hollywood Hotel (1937), The Harvey Girls (1946), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), The Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Li’l Abner (1959) and The Belle of New York (1952). On Nov. 18, the anniversary of Mercer’s birth, TCM will devote the entire day’s schedule to his work.

STAR OF THE MONTH: GRACE KELLY – Thursdays throughout November, beginning at 8 p.m.

Model, stage actress, film star and princess: Grace Kelly is fondly remembered as one of the most beautiful and dignified performers ever to grace the Silver Screen. This November, in honor of what would have been the actress’ 80th birthday, TCM will celebrate her life and work by presenting all of her feature films, as well as two television specials. TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will guide viewers through her fascinating career and outstanding performances. Within the collection is the actress’ Oscar®-winning performance as the plain and resentful wife of an alcoholic in The Country Girl (1954 – Nov. 12), as well as the three consecutive films directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starting with Dial M for Murder (1954 – Nov. 12). Hitchcock unintentionally played matchmaker when he cast Kelly in To Catch a Thief (1955 – Nov. 26), which was set on the French Riviera, where she met her husband, Prince Rainier of Monaco.

GUEST PROGRAMMER: ANTHONY HOPKINS – Monday, Nov. 30, beginning at 8 p.m.

Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins, one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, will join TCM host Robert Osborne in presenting an evening of memorable films chosen by Hopkins himself. The night includes The Lady from Shanghai (1948), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and Rear Window (1954).

THE ESSENTIALS – Hosted by Alec Baldwin and Robert Osborne—Saturdays at 8 p.m.

In November, TCM will present four installments of TCM’s signature movie showcase, hosted by Emmy winner Alec Baldwin and TCM host Robert Osborne. The pair will present the films Take the Money and Run (1969 – Nov. 7), The Grapes of Wrath (1940 – Nov. 14), Tom Jones (1963 – Nov. 21) and The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941 – Nov. 28).



TCM presents the second in its new series of one-hour specials providing a Film Studies 101 look at top cinematic genres. This time, the network explores the world of cinematic epics, from the lavish spectacles of Cecil B. DeMille to the character-driven dramas of David Lean. The special will feature numerous interviews with filmmakers, actors, actresses, critics, film historians and others in presenting a comprehensive look at the genre from every side. A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: EPICS comes to TCM from DreamWorks Television, with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (Las Vegas, TNT’s Into the West) serving as executive producers. The special was written, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker and author Laurent Bouzereau.


With more than 60 films lined up, TCM will pay tribute to one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men, Humphrey Bogart, celebrating the 110th anniversary of his birth. Among the many memorable classics in this month-long festival are Casablanca (1942), Key Largo (1948) and The African Queen (1951).

GONE WITH THE WIND: 70th Anniversary Presentation – Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m.

TCM celebrates one of the most beloved movies of all time with a special primetime presentation on the 70th anniversary of film’s premiere at the Loewe’s Grand in Atlanta.

GUEST PROGRAMMER: NEKO CASE – Tuesday, Dec. 8, beginning at 8 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Neko Case, whose recent album Middle Cyclone has topped the charts and who has scored success as a member of the indie rock group The New Pornographers, comes to TCM to sit down with host Robert Osborne and present a selection of films she has chosen. The night will feature Radio Days (1987), A Face in the Crowd (1957), The Third Man (1949) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945).

TCM SPOTLIGHT: FRANK CAPRA – Mondays in December

When it comes to bringing America’s small town values to life on the big screen, nobody did it better than Frank Capra. TCM honors the legendary filmmaker in December with a collection of such memorable classics as


With the arrival in theaters of Guy Ritchie’s new film Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, TCM’s programmers decided to give movie fans a chance to see the famed London sleuth in his earlier cinematic incarnations. The extensive roster includes several films starring cinema’s quintessential Holmes, Basil Rathbone.

THE ESSENTIALS – Hosted by Alec Baldwin and Robert Osborne—Saturdays at 8 p.m.

December’s installments of this signature movie showcase hosted by Emmy winner Alec Baldwin and TCM host Robert Osborne include Random Harvest (1942 – Dec. 5), The Mouse that Roared (1959 – Dec. 12), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942 – Dec. 19) and The Asphalt Jungle (1950 – Dec. 26).