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Wed Sep 24, 2014, 09:22 PM

TCM Schedule for Thursday, September 25, 2014 -- What's On Tonight - George C. Scott

During the day, TCM is featuring films starring Dennis O'Keefe, born Edward Vance Flanagan on March 29, 1908, in Fort Madison, Iowa. In prime time, there are four films featuring the amazing George Campbell Scott, including Patton (1970), The Hindenburg (1975), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), ad Petulia (1968). Enjoy!


6:00 AM -- My Forbidden Past (1951)
A beauty with a skeleton in her closet seeks revenge on the suitor who jilted her.
Dir: Robert Stevenson
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas
BW-70 mins, CC,

The box office failure of the film involved a $700,000 loss for RKO.


7:15 AM -- One Is A Lonely Number (1972)
A pretty divorcee tries to build a new life.
Dir: Mel Stuart
Cast: Trish Van Devere, Janet Leigh, Monte Markham
C-97 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

First film role of any kind for Joe Spano, who was credited as Joseph Spano, and who portrayed Earl of Kent. This film is also known as Two Is A Happy Number.


9:00 AM -- We Were Dancing (1942)
A Polish princess gives up society for the love of a gigolo.
Dir: Robert Z. Leonard
Cast: Norma Shearer, Melvyn Douglas, Gail Patrick
BW-95 mins, CC,

The play consisted of 3 parts, each shown on a different evening. It opened in London on 9 January 1936; the Broadway openings for each part took place on 24 November 1936, 27 November 1936 and 30 November 1936 and starred Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, running for a total of 118 performances for all three shows. There were 2 Broadway revivals.


10:45 AM -- Broadway Limited (1941)
A Hollywood publicity stunt ruins the leading lady's love life and draws the attention of federal agents.
Dir: Gordon Douglas
Cast: Victor McLaglen, Marjorie Woodworth, Dennis O'Keefe
BW-75 mins, CC,

The Broadway Limited was a passenger train operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad between New York City and Chicago. It operated from 1912 to 1995. It was the Pennsylvania's premier train, competing directly with the New York Central Railroad's 20th Century Limited. The Broadway Limited continued operating after the Penn Central Transportation merger, one of the few long-distance trains to do so. Penn Central conveyed the train to Amtrak in 1971; Amtrak discontinued it in 1995. The train's name referred not to Broadway in Manhattan, but rather to the "broad way" of the Pennsylvania's four-track right of way along a large portion of the route. -- Wikipedia


12:01 PM -- You Can't Win (1948)
In this comedic short, a series of mishaps happen to a homeowner while he takes a day off from the office.
Dir: Dave O'Brien
Cast: Dave O'Brien,
BW-8 mins, CC,

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, One-reel -- Pete Smith


12:15 PM -- Lady Of Vengeance (1957)
When he hires a killer to avenge an innocent girl's death, a man gets caught up in a string of killings.
Dir: Burt Balaban
Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Ann Sears, Anton Differing
BW-75 mins, CC,

Directed by Burt Balaban, son of Barney Balaban, president of Paramount Pictures from 1936 to 1964, and cousin of actor Bob Balaban, known for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and Ghost World (2001).


1:35 PM -- How To Hold Your Husband - Back (1941)
This short film focuses on how marriages can start to crumble.
Dir: Johnny Hines
Cast: Sherry Hall, Johnny Hines, Ken Christy
BW-9 mins,


1:45 PM -- Cover-Up (1949)
An insurance investigator smells something wrong when he looks into a small-town suicide.
Dir: Alfred E. Green
Cast: William Bendix, Dennis O'Keefe, Barbara Britton
BW-83 mins,

Original screenplay by Jerome Odlum and Dennis O'Keefe (as Jonathan Rix).


3:15 PM -- Brewster's Millions (1945)
A veteran has to spend $1 million in two months to inherit a fortune.
Dir: Allan Dwan
Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Helen Walker, June Havoc
BW-79 mins, CC,

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture -- Louis Forbes

Also made as Brewster's Millions (1914 - with Edward Abeles as Monty Brewster), Brewster's Millions (1921 - Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle as Monte Brewster), Miss Brewster's Millions (1926 - Bebe Daniels as Polly Brewster), Brewster's Millions (1935 - Jack Buchanan as Jack Brewster), Three on a Spree (1961 - Jack Watling as Michael Brewster), and Brewster's Millions (1985 - Richard Pryor as Montgomery Brewster).



4:45 PM -- Raw Deal (1948)
When the gangster for whom he took the rap welches, a convict breaks out of prison to get revenge.
Dir: Anthony Mann
Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt
BW-79 mins, CC,

Suggested by a story by Arnold B. Armstrong and Audrey Ashley.


6:15 PM -- T-Men (1948)
U.S. agents infiltrate a deadly counterfeiting ring.
Dir: Anthony Mann
Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Mary Meade, Alfred Ryder
BW-92 mins, CC,

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound, Recording -- Jack Whitney (Sound Services Inc.)

The ship in the final sequence is referred to as the Higgins. John C. Higgins is the film's screenwriter.




TCM PRIMETIME - WHAT'S ON TONIGHT: GEORGE C. SCOTT



8:00 PM -- Patton (1970)
The legendary general's rebellious behavior almost costs him his command during World War II.
Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner
Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates
C-171 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

Won Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role -- George C. Scott (Refused to accept the nomination and the award, because he did not feel himself to be in any competition with other actors. Frank McCarthy, the film's producer, accepted the award on Scott's behalf at the ceremony, but returned it to the Academy the next day in keeping with Scott's wishes.), Best Director -- Franklin J. Schaffner (Franklin Schaffner was not present at the awards ceremony. Karl Malden accepted the award on his behalf.), Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced -- Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North (Francis Ford Coppola was not present at the awards ceremony.), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration -- Urie McCleary, Gil Parrondo, Antonio Mateos and Pierre-Louis Thévenet, Best Sound -- Douglas O. Williams and Don J. Bassman, Best Film Editing -- Hugh S. Fowler, and Best Picture

Nominated for Oscars for Best Cinematography -- Fred J. Koenekamp, Best Effects, Special Visual Effects -- Alex Weldon, and Best Music, Original Score -- Jerry Goldsmith

The scene where General Lucien K. Truscott tells George S. Patton "You're an old athlete yourself General, you know matches are sometimes postponed" refers to the fact that Patton actually had represented the U.S.A. at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm by competing in the Modern Pentathlon. Patton finished a credible fifth in the competition. Remarkably it was the shooting element that let him down. In true Patton style he used his military .38 revolver instead of the lighter .22 favored by most of the athletes. Patton was also an expert fencer. He re-wrote the U.S. Army's manuals on swordsmanship removing the 'parry.' His idea was for all attack. Defence just wasted energy. Such was his mastery of swordsmanship that he designed the last saber ever to be worn into battle as a weapon, the M1913 Cavalry Saber, commonly known as the "Patton Saber".



11:00 PM -- The Hindenburg (1975)
Sabotage causes the airship Hindenburg to crash on arrival at New York in this disaster film.
Dir: Robert Wise
Cast: George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, William Atherton
BW-125 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

Won Oscar Special Achievement Awards for Peter Berkos for sound effects, and for Albert Whitlock and Glen Robinson for visual effects.

Nominated for Oscars for Best Cinematography -- Robert Surtees, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration -- Edward C. Carfagno and Frank R. McKelvy, and Best Sound -- Leonard Peterson, John A. Bolger Jr., John L. Mack and Don Sharpless

WLS radio announcer Herbert Morrison was present at the scene of the Hindenburg crash, along with his engineer Charlie Nehlsen, and recorded an eyewitness account of the unfolding tragedy. This audio clip can be heard at the end of the film. However, Nehlsen's recorder was running a bit slow, so that when the recording is played back at normal speed, the pitch of Morrison's real speaking voice is raised slightly. Also note that a slight cracking is audible at one point during the recording. This was caused by the shockwave of the explosion reaching the recorder just after Morrison shouts "It's burst into flames!"



1:15 AM -- Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
A mad United States General orders an air strike against Russia.
Dir: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden
BW-95 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role -- Peter Sellers, Best Director -- Stanley Kubrick, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium -- Stanley Kubrick, Peter George and Terry Southern, and Best Picture

Shortly after the release of the movie, Stanley Kubrick met with Arthur C. Clarke to talk about making the "proverbial good science-fiction movie". During a discussion of ideas (that eventually became 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)), the two men saw what they at first thought was a satellite moving in a polar orbit, but it abruptly changed direction. When Clarke suggesting calling in a UFO report, Kubrick said, "After 'Dr. Strangelove', the Air Force doesn't want to hear from me."



3:00 AM -- Petulia (1968)
A married doctor falls for the young wife of an abusive rich man.
Dir: Richard Lester
Cast: Julie Christie, George C. Scott, Richard Chamberlain
C-105 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

The film includes concert footage of both Big Brother & the Holding Co. (featuring Janis Joplin) and the Grateful Dead. Additionally, the hippies who observe Petulia taken out of Archie's apartment on a stretcher are members of the Grateful Dead and their communal entourage.


4:46 AM -- San Sebastian 1746 In 1968 (1968)
This short film provides a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of "Guns For San Sebastian"1968) in northern Mexico.
Dir: Floyd L. Peterson
BW-10 mins,


5:00 AM -- Hollywood My Hometown (1965)
In this special, Ken Murray hosts his own behind-the-scenes home movies of some of Hollywood's greatest stars.
BW-53 mins, CC,


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