Today is Turner Classic Tuesday. Set your DVR’s and treat yourself to the greatest classic movies ever made.
And, no, Robert Osborne is not my boss, nor do I have any affiliation with Turner Classic Movies. Just an affinity for the classics.
Here are some of Lola’s picks for this week. You can view the entire schedule at TCM.com.
2:45PM LADY L (1965) A beautiful laundress rises through European society. Dir: Peter Ustinov Cast: Sophia Loren , Paul Newman , David Niven . C-109 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
Sophia Loren and Paul Newman…need I say more.
10:00 AM PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, THE (1942) Baseball legend Lou Gehrig faces a crippling disease at the height of his success. Dir: Sam Wood Cast: Gary Cooper , Teresa Wright , Babe Ruth BW-128 mins, TV-PG, CC,
Ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Sports” in June 2008.
3:15 PM WASP WOMAN, THE (1959) A cosmetics executive’s search for eternal beauty turn her into a monster. Dir: Roger Corman Cast: Susan Cabot , Fred Eisley , Barboura Morris . BW-61 mins, TV-PG
The Tagline: Horror Of The Winged Menace ! I love 50’s horror.
4:30 PM ILLUSTRATED MAN, THE (1969) A man’s tattoos tell frightening tales of the future. Dir: Jack Smight Cast: Rod Steiger , Claire Bloom , Robert Drivas . C-103 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
Written by Ray Bradbury who agreed to the movie if Rod Steiger was cast. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this film has the record for longest time applying make-up each day, at 20 hours.
3:00 PM DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, THE (1959) A young girl comes of age while hiding from the Nazis. Dir: George Stevens Cast: Millie Perkins , Joseph Schildkraut , Shelley Winters . BW-180 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
Audrey Hepburn turned down the role because she felt it too painful because of her own war experiences. Also, at 30, she felt she was too old to play a teenager convincingly and do the film the justice it deserved. Spoiler alert: well, yeah…you know.
6:00 AM PETRIFIED FOREST, THE (1936) An escaped convict holds the customers at a remote desert cantina hostage. Dir: Archie L. Mayo Cast: Leslie Howard , Bette Davis , Genevieve Tobin . BW-82 mins, TV-G, CC,
Film also stars Humphrey Bogart, his first big break due to Leslie Howard insisting on Bogart getting the film role. Bogart honored him by naming his second child with Lauren Bacall, Leslie.
6:00 PM CAPE FEAR (1962) An ex-convict plots to destroy the district attorney who sent him to prison. Dir: J. Lee Thompson Cast: Gregory Peck , Robert Mitchum , Polly Bergen . BW-106 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
Peck and Mitchum are riveting in this creepy thriller. In the last fight scene, Peck actually punches Mitchum, but the scene continued. Mitchum said he went to his dressing room and collapsed, having never been hit so hard! You can’t mess with Gregory Peck.
8:00 PM CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) A blue-collar worker’s encounter with a UFO leaves him a changed man. Dir: Steven Spielberg Cast: Richard Dreyfuss , Terry Garr , FranÃ§ois Truffaut . C-135 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format
R2D2, from Star Wars fame, has a “cameo”. The droid is visible, upside down, as Jillian first sees the mother-ship up close from her hiding place in the rocks.
12:45 AM LOGAN’S RUN (1976) A future police officer uncovers the deadly secret behind a society that worships youth. Dir: Michael Anderson Cast: Michael York , Jenny Agutter , Richard Jordan . C-119 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format
Remember Ross’s inner dialogue on Friends? “She was the one that wanted to rent ‘Logan’s Run,’ the sexiest movie ever.” (Quick Trivia: Name that episode of Friends!)
12:00 PM MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (1936) When he inherits a fortune, a small-town poet has to deal with the corruption of city life. Dir: Frank Capra Cast: Gary Cooper , Jean Arthur , George Bancroft . BW-116 mins, TV-G, CC
A fabulous Capra feel good movie. Look for Bess Flowers as an extra in this movie. Nicknamed “Queen of the Hollywood Extras” Flowers appeared in over 700 movies, 21 were Oscar nominations for Best Picture, of which 5 won. This makes Bess a record holder for an actor appearing in the most Best Picture winning films.
4:00 PM IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) A black police detective from the North forces a bigoted Southern sheriff to accept his help with a murder investigation. Dir: Norman Jewison Cast: Sidney Poitier , Rod Steiger , Warren Oates . C-110 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
The movie’s line “They call me Mister Tibbs!” was voted as the #16 movie quote by the American Film Institute. Also, frequently cited as Sidney Poitier’s favorite of all the films he’s done.
6:00 PM SUMMERTIME (1955) A schoolteacher is surprised to find love on a Venetian vacation. Dir: David Lean Cast: Katharine Hepburn , Rossano Brazzi , Isa Miranda . C-100 mins, TV-PG, CC,