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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:38 PM

TCM Schedule for Thursday, December 13 -- What's on Tonight: Les Mis

In the daylight hours, TCM is continuing the films of Star of the Month Barbara Stanwyck. In prime time, we can prepare for the big holiday theatrical release of Les Miserables with three of earlier versions of the Victor Hugo story, including one in French! Enjoy!

6:45 AM -- To Please A Lady (1950)
A ruthless race-car driver falls for a crusading journalist out to clean up the sport.
Dir: Clarence Brown
Cast: Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou
BW-92 mins, TV-G, CC,

At 20:26 in the film, a close-up shows the Sports Final section of the Bainsville daily paper. Under Barbara Stanwyck's photograph (as Regina Forbes) three pictures of "sports stars" are shown: Kathryn Grayson, Walter Pidgeon and Gene Kelly. This must have been an inside-joke as the film and the stars shown were all under contract with MGM.

8:30 AM -- The Bride Walks Out (1936)
A model weds a struggling engineer then has her own struggles with domesticity.
Dir: Leigh Jason
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Raymond, Robert Young
BW-81 mins, TV-G, CC,

Born Ruby Catherine Stevens, her stage name was inspired by a theatrical poster that read "Jane Stanwyck in 'Barbara Frietchie.'".

10:00 AM -- Breakfast for Two (1937)
A Texas heiress competes with a gold digger for the love of a playboy.
Dir: Alfred Santell
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Herbert Marshall, Glenda Farrell
BW-68 mins, TV-G,

Monte Vandergrift, William Gould and Landers Stevens are listed as cast members by a modern source, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie.

11:15 AM -- The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
A daffy socialite gets her friends mixed up in a murder investigation.
Dir: Leigh Jason
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene
BW-80 mins, TV-G, CC,

Katherine Hepburn turned down the role of Melsa Manton after the poor box-office of Bringing Up Baby.

12:45 PM -- The Woman In Red (1935)
A professional horsewoman fights prejudice when she marries into society.
Dir: Robert Florey
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Raymond, Genevieve Tobin
BW-68 mins, TV-PG,

The racing sequences were filmed at the San Pedro Breakfast Club, Los Angeles, California.

2:00 PM -- The Secret Bride (1935)
A district attorney secretly marries the daughter of a man he's trying to convict.
Dir: William Dieterle
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Warren William, Glenda Farrell
BW-64 mins, TV-PG,

Based on the play Concealment by Leonard Ide.

3:15 PM -- Ever In My Heart (1933)
During World War I, a woman suspects her husband of being a German spy.
Dir: Archie Mayo
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Otto Kruger, Ralph Bellamy
BW-68 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Based on a story by Beulah Marie Dix and Bertram Milhauser.

4:30 PM -- Shopworn (1932)
A waitress falls for a wealthy young man but has to fight his mother to find happiness.
Dir: Nicholas Grinde
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Regis Toomey, ZaSu Pitts
BW-66 mins, TV-G, CC,

The print shown on Turner Classic Movies, from Sony's archives, displays title credits which were modernized and re-designed in 1938 for a re-release that took place only after several minutes worth of deletions were made to meet the standards of the Production Code, which was more rigorously enforced starting in 1934.

5:45 PM -- Illicit (1931)
Young free-thinkers turn conventionally jealous when they marry.
Dir: Archie Mayo
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, James Rennie, Charles Butterworth
BW-79 mins, TV-G, CC,

The play that's referred to, "Fifty Million Frenchmen" was a musical comedy written by Cole Porter and opened on Broadway in 1929.

7:30 PM -- Screen Directors Playhouse: Tom and Jerry (1955)
A priest tries to save a marriage that appears to be headed for the rocks in time for Christmas.
Dir: Leo McCarey
Cast: Peter Lawford, Nancy Gates, Frank Fay
BW-25 mins, TV-PG, CC,

In this film, Tom and Jerry refers not to the cartoon cat and mouse, but to the husband and wife with the marriage problems.


8:00 PM -- Les Misérables (1935)
An obsessed policeman relentlessly pursues an escaped convict.
Dir: Richard Boleslawski
Cast: Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Sir Cedric Hardwicke
BW-109 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Nominated for Oscars for Best Assistant Director -- Eric Stacey, Best Cinematography -- Gregg Toland, Best Film Editing -- Barbara McLean, and Best Picture

The chase through the sewers at the end of The Third Man (1949) was borrowed from the Hugo novel.

10:00 PM -- Les Misérables (1952)
An obsessive policeman relentlessly hunts a man who escaped prison after stealing bread.
Dir: Lewis Milestone
Cast: Michael Rennie, Robert Newton, Debra Paget
BW-106 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Elsa Lanchester, who plays Madame Magloire was married to Charles Laughton, the Etienne Javert of the 1935 version of Les Misérables.

12:00 AM -- Les Misérables (1934)
An escaped convict gets caught up in a revolution.
Dir: Raymond Bernard
Cast: Harry Baur, Charles Vanel, Charles Dullin
BW-281 mins, TV-PG,

The film was presented in three parts respectively called: "Une tempête sous un crâne" (Tempest in a skull), "Les Thénardier" (The Thenardiers - the names of the couple of villains) and "Liberté, liberté chérie" (Freedom, dear Freedom).

4:45 AM -- A Scandal in Paris (1946)
An elegant conman gets himself appointed chief of police so he can rob Paris at leisure.
BW-100 mins, TV-PG,

"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 23, 1946 with Akim Tamiroff reprising his film role.

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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:43 AM

1. Harry Baur in the role of Jean Valjean was great and was one of history's greatest actors

I own a copy of the 1934 trilogy of Les Miserables. Harry Baur is one of the greatest actors who ever lived and was a major influence on the career of Rod Steiger. A Jew, Baur was tortured and murdered by the Nazis during the war. I also have several other memorable films starring Baur including his great performance in Volpone, but he was truly superb in Les Miserables. Charles Dullin was another great stage actor who was wonderful in his pre-war film appearances and in this original 1934 version of Les Miserables.

Harry Baur was the best Jean Valjean in film, imo:

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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:40 AM

2. I had not heard the story of Harry Baur...

...and had a look round the Internet for information on him. I will be certain to mention him to a friend who teaches a French language class, and will check out his movies myself.

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