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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:10 AM

TCM Schedule for Friday, January 4, 2013 -- What's On Tonight -- Directed by Jack Arnold

Today TCM is celebrating the birth of Jane Wyman, born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri, and the only wife of a future U.S President to win an Oscar. In prime time, TCM is featuring a quartet of horror/science fiction films directed by Jack Arnold, including the cult classic Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954). Enjoy!

6:00 AM -- My Love Came Back (1940)
A millionaire helps a pretty lady violinist with her career.
Dir: Kurt Bernhardt
Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Jeffrey Lynn, Eddie Albert
BW-85 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Although Jane Wyman had no trouble faking the fingering of a dummy violin, Olivia de Havilland had to have someone do it for her. In all her close-ups, the arm doing the fingering belonged to a professional hidden from view, or the fingers were hidden from view. She controlled only the bow.

7:30 AM -- The Body Disappears (1941)
A scientist's invisibility formula gets him in trouble with the police.
Dir: D. Ross Lederman
Cast: Jeffrey Lynn, Jane Wyman, Edward Everett Horton
BW-72 mins, TV-G,

Natalie (Lovey Howell from Gilligan's Island) Schafer's first credited film performance.

8:45 AM -- Honeymoon For Three (1941)
A novelist pretends to be married to hold his fans at bay.
Dir: Lloyd Bacon
Cast: Ann Sheridan, George Brent, Charlie Ruggles
BW-75 mins, TV-G, CC,

The original play "Goodbye Again" opened in New York on 28 December 1932 and ran for 216 performances. It featured a then-unknown James Stewart in a small role as a chauffeur.

10:15 AM -- Larceny, Inc. (1942)
An ex-convict and his gang try to use a luggage store to front a bank robbery, but business keeps getting in the way.
Dir: Lloyd Bacon
Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford
BW-95 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Laura and S. J. Perelman's play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 10 April 1941 and closed 27 April 1941 after 22 performances. The opening cast included Shelley Winters.

12:00 PM -- The Doughgirls (1944)
Honeymooners in Washington get caught up in wartime crowding, with disastrous results.
Dir: James V. Kern
Cast: Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson
BW-101 mins, TV-G, CC,

Based on a play by Joseph Fields.

1:45 PM -- Night And Day (1946)
Fanciful biography of songwriter Cole Porter, who rose from high society to find success on Tin Pan Alley.
Dir: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Monty Woolley
C-128 mins, TV-G, CC,

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture -- Ray Heindorf and Max Steiner

Because of strict censorship imposed by the era's Studio Production Code, no mention at all is made of Cole Porter's real-life open homosexuality, or the fact that his marriage to Linda Lee Thomas, though caring and convivial, was not a romantic or sexual one.

4:00 PM -- The Yearling (1946)
A Florida boy's pet deer threatens the family farm.
Dir: Clarence Brown
Cast: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr.
C-128 mins, TV-G, CC,

Won Oscars for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Color -- Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse and Edwin B. Willis, and Best Cinematography, Color -- Charles Rosher, Leonard Smith and Arthur E. Arling

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role -- Gregory Peck, Best Actress in a Leading Role -- Jane Wyman, Best Director -- Clarence Brown, Best Film Editing -- Harold F. Kress, and Best Picture

During the final days of filming, actor Gregory Peck was alternating between the Florida set of this movie and a Texas set, where he was simultaneously filming Duel in the Sun. Jane Wyman shot this concurrently with Night And Day.

6:15 PM -- Johnny Belinda (1948)
A small-town doctor helps a deaf-mute farm girl learn to communicate.
Dir: Jean Negulesco
Cast: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford
BW-102 mins, TV-G, CC,

Won Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role
Jane Wyman

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role -- Lew Ayres, Best Actor in a Supporting Role -- Charles Bickford, Best Actress in a Supporting Role -- Agnes Moorehead, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White -- Robert M. Haas and William Wallace, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White -- Ted D. McCord, Best Director -- Jean Negulesco, Best Film Editing -- David Weisbart, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture -- Max Steiner, Best Sound, Recording -- Warner Bros. Sound Dept, Best Writing, Screenplay -- Irma von Cube and Allen Vincent, and Best Picture

Jane Wyman's Oscar acceptance speech is reportedly the shortest on record for Best Actress: "I won this award by keeping my mouth shut and I think I'll do it again." Sir John Mills bowed and said nothing after winning Best Supporting Actor for playing a mute in Ryan's Daughter.


8:00 PM -- Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Scientists track a prehistoric monster in the South American jungle while it tracks them.
Dir: Jack Arnold
Cast: Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning
BW-79 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

When William Alland was a member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre, he heard famed Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa tell of a legend about a humanoid creature that supposedly lived in South America. That legend became the origin of this film. The physical appearance of the Creature was modeled after a likeness of the Oscar, the figurine awarded annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

9:30 PM -- Tarantula (1955)
A scientist's experiments to cure hunger create a giant tarantula.
Dir: Jack Arnold
Cast: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll
BW-80 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Look for a young Clint Eastwood as the (uncredited) leader of the jet squadron that attacks the tarantula in the film's climax. Presence or absence of his friend the chair is unmentioned in the IMDB trivia.

11:00 PM -- The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
When he mysteriously starts shrinking, a man finds a new world of danger in everyday creatures.
Dir: Jack Arnold
Cast: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent
C-81 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

The special effects technicians were able to create giant drops of water by filling up condoms and dropping them.

12:30 AM -- It Came From Outer Space (1953)
No one believes an amateur astronomer's spaceship sighting until the town's people begin disappearing.
Dir: Jack Arnold
Cast: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake
BW-80 mins, TV-G,

The Universal make-up department submitted two alien designs for consideration by the studio executives. The design that was rejected was saved and then later used as the Mutant in Universal's This Island Earth.

2:00 AM -- The Foreigner (1978)
A secret agent from Europe arrives in New York City and becomes entangled with an assortment of odd characters and situations.
Dir: Amos Poe
Cast: Eric Mitchell, Patti Astor, Deborah Harry
BW-91 mins, TV-MA,

Filmed on location in New York City.

3:45 AM -- Alphabet City (1984)
A New York City drug dealer decides to get out of the business, but has to flee from mobsters.
Dir: Amos Poe
Cast: Vincent Spano, Kate Vernon, Michael Winslow
C-85 mins, TV-MA, Letterbox Format

This film and The Foreigner were both written and directed by Amos Poe.

5:15 AM -- Now Playing January (2013)
BW-20 mins, TV-PG, CC,

5:50 AM -- Yosemite The Magnificent (1941)
This Traveltalk celebrates the beauty of Yosemite National Park.
Narrator: James A. Fitzpatrick
C-8 mins,

Although not the first designated national park, Yosemite was central to the development of the national park idea, largely owing to the work of people like Galen Clark and John Muir.[

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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 05:09 AM

1. Night and Day highly enjoyable, but might as well call it fiction


Might have called the character a different name as it was forced to give up any and all facts

Considering ROPE was done by Hitchcock within the year, did codes change, or was Hitchcock able to get around it by thumbing his nose at Hollywood and doing as he pleased?
(Rope starred Farley Granger and John Dall as two gay men living in NYC and they made it obvious but it was not integral to the story, it was quite matter of factly done.
Brilliantly so.

Always wondered as Cary was Hitch's favorite actor to work with, if he was considered for Rope (though I would not have changed the casting as it was done. Perhaps Cary did not want to play the bad guy,or was too old, though he is so much better than Jimmy Stewart IMHO, he could have played any of the 3 roles and been believable. Jimmy as said on the Hitch thread, is so annoying in Rope. You just wish the two would have taken Jimmy out

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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:57 PM

2. Still don't understand the "Jimmy is so annoying in Rope" thinking.

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Response to narnian60 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:25 PM

3. I don't know...


just rooting for Farley and John to get away with it

(yes I know it was based on a true story and that standards couldn't let them do that anyhow)

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