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Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:26 PM

TCM Schedule for Thursday, October 4 -- What's On Tonight: Bob's Picks

Today TCM is celebrating the director/producer/actor George Sidney, born on 4 October 1916, Long Island City, New York. And in prime time, Robert Osborne has picked some of his favorites. Enjoy!

6:00 AM -- MGM Parade Show #16 (1955)
Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald perform in a clip from "Maytime"; George Murphy introduces a clip from "I'll Cry Tomorrow." Hosted by George Murphy.
BW-26 mins, TV-G,

6:30 AM -- Bathing Beauty (1944)
A songwriter enrolls in an all-girl school to court a pretty gym teacher.
Dir: George Sidney
Cast: Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Basil Rathbone
C-101 mins, TV-G, CC,

In one sequence Red Skelton's character is trapped inside a house by a large dog. He escapes by removing the hinge pins from the door, picking up the door and, as the dog comes inside he holds the door between them and goes out. Red said that they had written themselves into a corner and could not come up with a way for him to get out. They were going to scrap the scene when the comedian Buster Keaton visited the set, took one look and told them how to do it.

8:15 AM -- The Harvey Girls (1946)
Straitlaced waitresses battle saloon girls to win the West for domesticity.
Dir: George Sidney
Cast: Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger
C-101 mins, TV-G, CC,

Won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song -- Harry Warren (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics) for the song "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe"

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture -- Lennie Hayton

Byron Harvey Jr., who plays the uncredited role of a train conductor who keeps good time, was the grandson of Fred Harvey and President of the Fred Harvey Company at the time of the filming.

10:00 AM -- Holiday In Mexico (1946)
An ambassador's daughter falls for a famous musician.
Dir: George Sidney
Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Josť Iturbi, Roddy McDowall
C-128 mins, TV-G, CC,

One of two films in which a young Fidel Castro appears as an extra, mostly in crowd scenes.

12:15 PM -- Cass Timberlane (1947)
An aging judge creates a scandal when he marries a younger woman from the wrong side of the tracks.
Dir: George Sidney
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Zachary Scott
BW-119 mins, TV-PG, CC,

The poem that Cass Timberlane recites at the picnic with Virginia is "First Fig" by Edna St. Vincent Millay and goes
"My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends
It gives a lovely light!"

2:16 PM -- Spencer Tracy Bio (1962)
BW-4 mins,

Spencer Tracy's political views are disputed. Some sources state that he was an arch conservative during the 1930s, but his views moderated after he met Katharine Hepburn. Others say that he was always a moderate Democrat. He often said he believed actors had no place in politics.

2:30 PM -- The Red Danube (1949)
A Russian ballerina in Vienna tries to flee KGB agents and defect.
Dir: George Sidney
Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Ethel Barrymore, Peter Lawford
BW-119 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White -- Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters, Edwin B. Willis and Hugh Hunt

In early 1947, Irene Dunne, Spencer Tracy and Robert Taylor were set to star.

4:30 PM -- Over The Andes (1943)
TravelTalks short looks over the South American Andes mountains, and the S.A. west coast, and Rio de Janeiro.
Narrator: James A. FitzPatrick
C-9 mins,

The Andes is the longest continental mountain range, nearly 4300 miles long.

4:45 PM -- Key To The City (1950)
Two mayors meet and fall in love during a convention in San Francisco.
Dir: George Sidney
Cast: Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Frank Morgan
BW-101 mins, TV-G, CC,

Dore Schary, the head of MGM, personally asked Loretta Young to be Clark Gable's costar even though he knew about the affair and love child (Judy Lewis ) between the two actors fifteen years earlier. She accepted because refusing would lead to more rumors than during their affair.

6:30 PM -- A Ticklish Affair (1963)
A naval commander gets mixed up with a widow and her three children.
Dir: George Sidney
Cast: Shirley Jones, Gig Young, Red Buttons
C-88 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format

Originally announced as a Jean Simmons vehicle titled "Moon Walk".


8:00 PM -- Son of Fury (1942)
A young adventurer seeks his fortune in the South Seas so he can return to England and reclaim his birthright.
Dir: John Cromwell
Cast: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders
BW-98 mins, TV-14,

This was the last film that Frances Farmer was in before her arrest in October, 1942 and jail and psychiatric commitments in both California and her home state of Washington that would last until 1950.

9:49 PM -- U.S. Army Air Force Band (1942)
A patriotic wartime short showcasing the U.S. Army Air Force Band and famous military and patriotic songs played by the band interspersed with wartime footage of the Army Air Force.
Dir: Jean Negulesco
BW-10 mins,

The songs include "The Army Air Corps Song" (aka "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder", "Shout! Wherever You May Be) I Am an American", "Polly Wolly Doodle", "His Honor", and "Man of the Hour".

10:00 PM -- Thunder Birds (1942)
A veteran flyer and the youngster he's training fall for the same girl.
Dir: William A. Wellman
Cast: Gene Tierney, Preston Foster, John Sutton
BW-78 mins, TV-PG,

Based on an original story by producer Darryl F. Zanuck.

11:30 PM -- Honky Tonk (1941)
A young girl falls for a western gambler.
Dir: Jack Conway
Cast: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Frank Morgan
BW-105 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Gable's wife at the time of production, Carole Lombard, was often on the set, keeping aware of Turner's party girl reputation and her husband's affinity for blondes.

1:20 AM -- Great Lady Has An Interview (Lana Turner - 1954) (1954)
BW-8 mins,

February 14, 1954, CBS: This episode was an hour long tribute to help celebrate MGM's 30th anniversary. Lana Turner made a live appearance on the show and performed the "Madame Crematante" number (aka "A Great Lady Has An Interview" that Judy Garland had performed in 1946's "Ziegfeld Follies". Among the male singers/dancers featured were Steve Forrest, Edmund Purdom, and John Ericson.

1:30 AM -- Marked Woman (1937)
A crusading DA fights to get a nightclub hostess to testify against her gangster boss.
Dir: Lloyd Bacon
Cast: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane
BW-97 mins, TV-G, CC,

Dedicated to realism, Bette Davis left the set when the makeup department outfitted her with dainty bandages for the hospital scene following the physical attack on her character by mobsters. She drove to her own doctor and instructed him to bandage her as he would a badly beaten woman. Returning to the set, she declared, "You shoot me this way, or not at all!" They did.

3:15 AM -- Shadow Of Doubt (1935)
Murder charges threaten an actress's marriage plans.
Dir: George B. Seitz
Cast: Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Bruce, Constance Collier
BW-74 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Based on a story by mystery/thriller writer Arthur Somers Roche.

4:39 AM -- John Barrymore (1962)
BW-3 mins,

One night, while drunk, Barrymore accidentally went into a women's restroom, instead of a men's room, and proceeded to relieve his bladder in a potted plant. A woman standing nearby reminded him that the room was "for ladies exclusively." Turning around, his penis still exposed, Barrymore responded, "So, madam, is this. But every now and again, I'm compelled to run a little water through it." This incident later made its way, verbatim, into My Favorite Year (1982), where the Barrymore-inspired character of Alan Swann, played by Peter O'Toole, is involved in a similar situation.

4:45 AM -- The Women in His Life (1933)
When his ex-wife is murdered, a hard-living lawyer defends the chief suspect.
Dir: George B. Seitz
Cast: Otto Kruger, Una Merkel, Ben Lyon
BW-75 mins, TV-G,

The opening scene features Otto Kruger playing a Pinball Machine. This is the earliest known on-screen appearance of a Pinball Machine in a major production. At the time, flippers had not yet been invented and pinball machines were often used for gambling. There was a lot of public debate at the time as to whether pinball was a game of skill or chance, and it was banned in many parts of the country. The movie played on that debate with Kruger making a bet with his lady-friend, and when complimented for his luck, replies "Not luck - skill."

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