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TCM Schedule for Friday, December 16 -- What's On Tonight: Christmas Romance

It's a morning of director Charles F. Reisner, and an afternoon of Dorothy Jordan. Neither one is celebrating a birthday, so just enjoy a couple of lesser known talents. And in primetime, TCM is celebrating romance in the holiday season (oops, in the Merry Christmas!(c)). TCM's romance choices are classics -- The Bishop's Wife (1947) with Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young, Christmas in Connecticut (1945) with Barbara Stanwyck (not that wretched version with Dyan Cannon), and The Shop Around The Corner (1940) with Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart. Enjoy!



6:00 AM -- The Road To Singapore (1931)
A woman's life falls to pieces when she's caught cheating on her husband.
Dir: Alfred E. Green
Cast: William Powell, Doris Kenyon, Marian Marsh.
69 min, TV-G

The play (by Roland Pertwee, father of Jon Pertwee -- the third incarnation of Doctor Who!) on which the novel (Heat Wave by Denise Robins) and this movie was based opened in Cardiff, UK on 7 October 1929. Not to be confused with the similarly named Road To Singapore (1940), the first of the Bing Crosby / Bob Hope "Road" pictures.


7:15 AM -- The Winning Ticket (1935)
A barber tries to find the winning lottery ticket he hid from his moralistic wife.
Dir: Charles F. Riesner
Cast: Leo Carrillo, Louise Fazenda, Ted Healy.
69 min, TV-G

Ted Healy was a US vaudevillian who in 1923 founded a stage act known as "Ted Healy & His Stooges," the latter comprising one Moe Howard and his brother, Shemp Howard, whose roles were to act as foils, or stooges, for Healy's jokes. Joined later by Larry Fine, the Howards later went off on their own, eventually to call themselves "The Three Stooges."


8:30 AM -- You Can't Buy Everything (1934)
A scorned woman dreams of revenge on the man who betrayed her.
Dir: Charles F. Riesner
Cast: May Robson, Jean Parker, Lewis Stone.
82 min, TV-G

May Robson's character is based on Hetty Green, known as "The Witch of Wall Street," because of her financial acuity and frugality.


10:00 AM -- Student Tour (1934)
A philosophy professor gets stuck chaperoning a student tour of the world.
Dir: Charles F. Riesner
Cast: Jimmy Durante, Charles Butterworth, Maxine Doyle.
84 min, TV-G

This film features Nelson Eddy in a small role as a singer, one year before he hit it big with Jeanette MacDonald in Naughty Marietta (1935).


11:30 AM -- Love In The Rough (1930)
A shipping clerk bluffs his way into a country club to romance an heiress.
Dir: Charles F. Reisner
Cast: Robert Montgomery, Dorothy Jordan, Benny Rubin.
84 min, TV-G

The play, "Spring Fever," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 3 August 1925 and closed in September 1925 after 56 performances. The opening night cast included James Rennie in the lead.


1:00 PM -- In Gay Madrid (1930)
A dashing student falls in love with two women.
Dir: Robert Z. Leonard
Cast: Ramon Novarro, Dorothy Jordan, Lottice Howell.
82 min, TV-G

Based on the novel College Boarding House by A. Perez Lugin. Made and remade as College Boarding House (1925), College Boarding House (1936), College Boarding House (1948), and College Boarding House (1959).


2:30 PM -- The Cabin In The Cotton (1932)
A sharecropper fighting for better working conditions succumbs to the boss's seductive daughter.
Dir: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Richard Barthelmess, Dorothy Jordan, Bette Davis.
78 min, TV-G , CC

Bette Davis said in an interview with Barbara Walters that "I'd like to kiss you but I just washed my hair" was her all-time favorite movie line.


4:00 PM -- Hell Divers (1932)
Two naval air force officers carry their rivalry from the skies to the bedroom.
Dir: George Hill
Cast: Wallace Beery, Clark Gable, Conrad Nagel.
109 min, TV-PG , CC

This was the first film in which Wallace Beery sang and played the piano.


6:00 PM -- The Wet Parade (1932)
A crusading politician fights the evils of both drink and prohibition.
Dir: Victor Fleming
Cast: Dorothy Jordan, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton.
117 min, TV-G , CC

Anachronisms: The story begins in 1916, then moves to 1919, and the early 1920's, but Dorothy Jordan and Myrna Loy wear up to the minute 1932 fashions throughout.



TCM PRIMETIME - WHAT'S ON TONIGHT: CHRISTMAS ROMANCE



8:00 PM -- The Bishop's Wife (1947)
An angel helps set an ambitious bishop on the right track.
Dir: Henry Koster
Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven.
109 min, TV-G , CC

Won an Oscar for Best Sound, Recording -- Gordon Sawyer (Samuel Goldwyn SSD)

Nominated for Oscars for Best Director -- Henry Koster, Best Film Editing -- Monica Collingwood, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture -- Hugo Friedhofer, and Best Picture

Originally Cary Grant played the bishop and David Niven the angel. When original director William A. Seiter left the film, Henry Koster replaced him and viewed what had been shot so far. He realized that the two were in the wrong roles. It took some convincing because Grant wanted the title role of the Bishop. He soon accepted the change and his role as the angel was one of the most widely praised of his career.



10:00 PM -- Christmas In Connecticut (1945)
A homemaking specialist who can't boil water is forced to provide a family holiday for a war hero.
Dir: Peter Godfrey
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet.
102 min, TV-G , CC

The Connecticut home is the same set used in Bringing Up Baby (1938).


12:00 AM -- The Shop Around The Corner (1940)
Feuding co-workers don't realize they're secret romantic pen pals.
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan.
99 min, TV-G , CC

Ernst Lubitsch delayed the start of the movie until both James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan were available. In the mean time, he filmed Ninotchka.


1:43 AM -- One Reel Wonder: Beautiful Budapest (1938)
In this "Traveltalk," we learn about the landmarks, people and culture of Budapest.
Narrator: James A. FitzPatrick
C-9 min,


2:00 AM -- Heavenly Bodies (1985)
A small dance studio fights for its existence against the unscrupulous owner of a rival club.
Dir: Lawrence Dane
Cast: Cynthia Dale, Richard Rebiere, Laura Henry.
C-89 min, TV-MA

Alternate takes of workout sequences at the Heavenly Bodies club are shown under the end credits.


3:30 AM -- Fame (1980)
Students at a performing arts high school struggle with personal problems.
Dir: Alan Parker
Cast: Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Ed Barth.
C-134 min, TV-MA , CC

Won Oscars for Best Music, Original Score -- Michael Gore, and Best Music, Original Song -- Michael Gore (music) and Dean Pitchford (lyrics) for the song "Fame"

Nominated for Oscars for Best Film Editing -- Gerry Hambling, Best Music, Original Song -- Michael Gore (music) and Lesley Gore (lyrics) for the song "Out Here on My Own", Best Sound -- Michael J. Kohut, Aaron Rochin, Jay M. Harding and Christopher Newman, and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen -- Christopher Gore

Director Alan Parker wanted a scene that showed Doris overcoming her fear and becoming an actress. He heard of the audience participation at the local screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and went to check it out. He loved it so much that he not only decided to use it in the film, he had many of the "cast" from the local screenings appear in the film, as the people doing the time-warp on stage when Doris runs up and joins them.



5:45 AM -- When You Grow Up (1973)
Children learn about the world of fun that awaits them when they grow up and go to work.
Dir: Jerry Kurtz
C-11 min, TV-G


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Fri Dec 16, 2011, 07:55 PM

1. Christmas in Connecticut - wonderful film

that is one of my fav's

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