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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:11 AM

TCM Schedule for Thursday, January 24, 2013 -- What's On Tonight -- Jimmy Van Heusen

Today TCM is celebrating Ernest Borgnine, born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917, in Hamden, Connecticut. And, my goodness, he was in a lot of really good movies, Oscar-winning and -nominated films, and TCM is not even showing his own Oscar-winning role in Marty (1955). In prime time, both tonight and tomorrow night, the theme is films that feature the music of Jimmy Van Heusen. Who is Jimmy Van Heusen? He's one of the most successful cinematic composers that you never heard of! He received 14 Oscar nominations, and won four. He also received three Tony nominations, three Golden Globe nominations, and won an Emmy. Enjoy!

6:00 AM -- From Here To Eternity (1953)
Enlisted men in Hawaii fight for love and honor on the eve of World War II.
Dir: Fred Zinnemann
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr
BW-118 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Won Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role -- Frank Sinatra, Best Actress in a Supporting Role -- Donna Reed, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White -- Burnett Guffey, Best Director -- Fred Zinnemann, Best Film Editing -- William A. Lyon, Best Sound, Recording -- John P. Livadary (Columbia SSD), Best Writing, Screenplay -- Daniel Taradash, and Best Picture

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role -- Montgomery Clift, Best Actor in a Leading Role -- Burt Lancaster, Best Actress in a Leading Role -- Deborah Kerr, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White -- Jean Louis, and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture -- Morris Stoloff and George Duning

The novel was a best seller when it was released. One actor always bragged to his friends that if they ever made a film of the book, he'd play a part. Shortly after saying this, he was actually called to audition for the film. The actor was Ernest Borgnine.

8:15 AM -- Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)
A one-armed veteran uncovers small-town secrets when he tries to visit an Asian-American war hero's family.
Dir: John Sturges
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis
C-82 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role -- Spencer Tracy, Best Director -- John Sturges, and Best Writing, Screenplay -- Millard Kaufman

The sign behind the hotel desk is a quote from English evangelist John Wesley:
"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."

9:45 AM -- The Catered Affair (1956)
A working-class mother fights to give her daughter a big wedding whether the girl wants it or not.
Dir: Richard Brooks
Cast: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds
BW-94 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format

Remake of the television episode The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse: A Catered Affair (1955).

11:30 AM -- Torpedo Run (1958)
A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese prison ship carrying his family.
Dir: Joseph Pevney
Cast: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Diane Brewster
C-95 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Effects, Special Effects -- A. Arnold Gillespie and Harold Humbrock

Borgnine's character Archer 'Archie' Sloan's name is a likely reference to the U.S.S. Archerfish, which in 1944 sank the Japanese super-carrier Shinano, the largest warship ever sunk by a submarine.

1:15 PM -- The Badlanders (1958)
Western outlaws join forces for a daring gold robbery in this remake of The Asphalt Jungle.
Dir: Delmer Daves
Cast: Alan Ladd, Ernest Borgnine, Katy Jurado
C-84 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Based on a novel by W. R. Burnett.

2:45 PM -- The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
The survivors of a desert plane crash fight to get back in the air.
Dir: Robert Aldrich
Cast: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch
C-142 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role -- Ian Bannen, and Best Film Editing -- Michael Luciano

The plane they leave on at the end of the film was to be a C-82 Boom. The stunt of taking off was too dangerous, so legendary stunt pilot Paul Mantz was asked to merely come in low, run his landing gear along the ground, then take off again, simulating a take-off. On the second take the plane crashed and was destroyed, killing Mantz. As all main footage had already been shot, a North American O-47A observation plane from the Air Museum was substituted for the remaining close-ups.

5:15 PM -- Ice Station Zebra (1968)
A sub commander on a perilous mission must ferret out a Soviet agent on his ship.
Dir: John Sturges
Cast: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan
C-152 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Nominated for Oscars for Best Cinematography -- Daniel L. Fapp, and Best Effects, Special Visual Effects -- Hal Millar and J. McMillan Johnson

Patrick McGoohan was filming his famous TV series The Prisoner at the time he appeared in this movie. In order to allow him to take time off from his TV series, the episode "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling" was written in which McGoohan's character, Number Six, has his mind transferred into the body of another man. "The Girl Who Was Death" was also altered so that No 6 wore a Sherlock Holmes disguise, so that his double Frank Maher could film a lot of the scenes.


8:00 PM -- Road to Morocco (1942)
Two castaways get mixed up in an Arabian nightmare when they're caught between a bandit chief and a beautiful princess.
Dir: David Butler
Cast: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
BW-82 mins, TV-G, CC,

Nominated for Oscars for Best Sound, Recording -- Loren L. Ryder (Paramount SSD), and Best Writing, Original Screenplay -- Frank Butler and Don Hartman

The scene where the camel spits in Turkey's (Bob Hope's) face wasn't planned. The camel did it of its own accord while the cameras were rolling, and Hope's recoil and Bing Crosby's reaction were so funny that it was left in the final cut of the film.

Jimmy Van Heusen songs: " (We're Off on the) Road to Morocco", "Ain't Got a Dime to My Name (Ho Hum)", "Constantly", "Moonlight Becomes You", and "Aladdin's Daughter"

9:30 PM -- Welcome Stranger (1947)
A small-town doctor resents the presence of a new younger physician and his newfangled ways.
Dir: Elliott Nugent
Cast: Bing Crosby, Joan Caulfield, Barry Fitzgerald
BW-107 mins, TV-G, CC,

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 14, 1948 with Barry Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby reprising their film roles.

Jimmy Van Heusen songs: "Smile Right Back At The Sun", "Country Style", "My Heart Is A Hobo", "As Long As I'm Dreaming", and "Smack In The Middle Of Maine"

11:30 PM -- Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
A small-town girl hits the big city in search of romance Roaring Twenties style.
Dir: George Roy Hill
Cast: Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing
C-152 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format

Won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Music Score -- Elmer Bernstein

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role -- Carol Channing, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration -- Alexander Golitzen, George C. Webb and Howard Bristol, Best Costume Design -- Jean Louis, Best Music, Original Song -- Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn for the song "Thoroughly Modern Millie", Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment -- André Previn and Joseph Gershenson, and Best Sound -- (Universal City SSD).

Beatrice Lillie's last film. She was showing early signs of Alzheimer's disease, and had trouble memorizing her lines. During filming, Julie Andrews stood off-camera and repeated Lillie's lines to her, so Lillie could complete her scenes.
Jimmy Van Heusen songs: "Thoroughly Modern Millie", and "The Tapioca"

2:15 AM -- Some Came Running (1958)
A veteran returns home to deal with family secrets and small-town scandals.
Dir: Vincente Minnelli
Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine
C-136 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role -- Arthur Kennedy, Best Actress in a Leading Role -- Shirley MacLaine, Best Actress in a Supporting Role -- Martha Hyer, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White or Color -- Walter Plunkett, and Best Music, Original Song -- Jimmy Van Heusen (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics) for the song "To Love and Be Loved"

It was during the making of this film that Shirley MacLaine found herself welcomed into what would later be called the "Rat Pack" fraternity that included Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, her co-stars in this film. MacLaine says the group known as the "Rat Pack" was actually called "The Clan" by the members while "Rat Pack" was a term given in the 1950s to Humphrey Bogart and his pals.

Jimmy Van Heusen song: "To Love And Be Loved"

4:45 AM -- Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
A lecherous landlord tries to steal a woman from her fiance.
Dir: David Swift
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley, Dean Jones
C-110 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

In order to help his friend Edie Adams out financially, after the sudden death of her husband ('Ernie Kovacs') left her debt-ridden, star/co-producer Jack Lemmon not only insisted upon hiring her for this film, but further insisted that her part be expanded considerably from the original stage play to give her more work.

Jimmy Van Heusen song: "Under the Yum Yum Tree"

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