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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:21 AM

TCM Schedule for Thursday, December 27, 2012 -- What's On Tonight -- Gene Tierney

Today there's more of Star of the Month Barbara Stanwyck in the daylight hours, and in prime time, six films starring the beautiful Gene Tierney. Enjoy!

7:00 AM -- Gambling Lady (1934)
Two gamblers fall in love but one is already married to a possible murderer.
Dir: Archie Mayo
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Pat O'Brien
BW-66 mins, TV-PG, CC,

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

8:09 AM -- So You Want To Be A Gambler (1948)
A humorous look at the pitfalls of gambling.
Dir: Richard L. Bare
Narrator: Art Gilmore
BW-11 mins,

The thirteenth of the 62 "So You Want To ..." short films from Warner Bros.

8:30 AM -- His Brother's Wife (1936)
A man helps his brother skip town, then steals his girlfriend.
Dir: W. S. Van Dyke
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor, Jean Hersholt
BW-88 mins, TV-PG,

Based on a story by George Auerbach.

10:00 AM -- My Reputation (1946)
A widow generates small-town gossip when she falls in love too soon after her husband's death.
Dir: Curtis Bernhardt
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Warner Anderson
BW-94 mins, TV-PG, CC,

First film since the inception of the "Production code" in the 1930's to show a double bed in a married couple's bedroom.

11:45 AM -- B.F.'s Daughter (1948)
A professor doesn't know his wife is an heiress.
Dir: Robert Z. Leonard
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Charles Coburn
BW-108 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White -- Irene

In the scene where Barbara Stanwyck, playing the new bride, was supposed to be carried across the threshold by her husband, she and director Robert Z. Leonard cooked up a practical joke and draped her body with heavy chains under the mink coat she wore, making it impossible for Van Heflin to pick her up.

1:45 PM -- The Man With A Cloak (1951)
A mystery man tries to help a young innocent escape a murderous housekeeper.
Dir: Fletcher Markle
Cast: Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Louis Calhern
BW-81 mins, TV-PG, CC,

After the first meeting with Madeleine, Charles Theverner addresses his pet raven named Villon, after the French poet François Villon, and quotes from Villon's "Ballade des dames du temps jadis" ("Ballad of the Ladies of Times Past": "Où sont les neiges d'antant?" ("Oh, where are the snows of yesteryear!". Later, Dupin quotes the same Ballad in English. He also reads from the book a few lines of Edgar Poe's "The Raven."

3:15 PM -- These Wilder Years (1956)
A wealthy businessman sets out to find his long-lost illegitimate son.
Dir: Roy Rowland
Cast: James Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Pidgeon
BW-91 mins, TV-PG, CC,

First film role of Michael Landon.

5:00 PM -- Funny Girl (1968)
Comedienne Fanny Brice fights to prove that she can be the greatest star and find romance even though she isn't pretty.
Dir: William Wyler
Cast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford
C-157 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role -- Barbra Streisand (Tied with Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter (1968).)

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role -- Kay Medford, Best Cinematography -- Harry Stradling Sr., Best Film Editing -- Robert Swink, Maury Winetrobe and William Sands, Best Music, Original Song -- Jule Styne (music) and Bob Merrill (lyrics) for the song "Funny Girl", Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) -- Walter Scharf, Best Sound -- (Columbia SSD), and Best Picture

The final musical number, "My Man", was filmed "live" both to maximize Barbra Streisand's dramatic rendition and because she hated the lip-syncing process.

7:38 PM -- Main Street Follies (1935)
A New york producer sends a spy to a nightclub to report back on the musical acts.
Dir: Joseph Henabery
Cast: Hal LeRoy, Mary Joan Martin, George Anderson
BW-21 mins,

The musical acts include the Arthur Petley Troupe (trampoline/trapeze artists), Burley & Recco (pantomine horse act), and the Cavaliers (singing group).


8:00 PM -- Black Widow (1954)
The murder of a scheming female writer throws a group of theatrical friends into turmoil.
Dir: Nunnally Johnson
Cast: Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney
C-95 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

Maggie McNamara originally announced for role played by Peggy Ann Garner.

9:45 PM -- The Left Hand of God (1955)
The new priest at a Chinese mission takes an unorthodox approach to spreading God's word.
Dir: Edward Dmytryk
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gene Tierney, Lee J. Cobb
C-87 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

William Faulkner completed an adaptation of the 1950 novel for director Howard Hawks, a longtime collaborator, but the results were deemed "rather dull and sincere with an abundance of narration" by Hawks biographer Todd McCarthy and was shelved.

11:23 PM -- Stars On Horseback (1943)
Master blacksmith, Georg Garfield, makes house calls to Hollywood stars' homes to pamper their horse's hooves.
Dir: Myron J. Swartz
BW-7 mins,

The short appears in Warner Home Video's B "Bette Davis Collection: Vol. 2" on the same disc as "Old Acquaintance."

11:30 PM -- The Return of Frank James (1940)
The legendary outlaw's brother eludes the law to avenge Jesse James's murder.
Dir: Fritz Lang
Cast: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper
C-93 mins, TV-14, CC,

The studio bought the rights to the James Brothers but changed the facts for entertainment. Although Frank surrendered 6 months after Jesse James' murder, both Ford brothers were already dead and Frank had nothing to do with their deaths.

1:15 AM -- Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
A police detective's violent nature keeps him from being a good cop.
Dir: Otto Preminger
Cast: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill
BW-95 mins, TV-PG, CC,

This is the last in a series of films that Otto Preminger made as a director-for-hire for Twentieth Century Fox in the 1940's. The series includes Laura, which also stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, Fallen Angel and Whirlpool.

3:00 AM -- Belle Starr (1941)
A Southern belle turns outlaw when her family loses their land.
Dir: Irving Cummings
Cast: Randolph Scott, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews
C-87 mins, TV-PG,

Alfred Newman's title music was originally composed for and used in John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln made 2 years earlier.

4:30 AM -- Night and the City (1950)
A London hustler has ambitious plans that never work out.
Dir: Jules Dassin
Cast: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers
BW-96 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Jules Dassin has stated that he did not read the novel "Night and the City" until after the film was completed.

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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:24 PM

1. Ginger Rogers in Black Widow-delicious!

She rocks her wardrobe.

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