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TCM Schedule for Thursday, March 22 -- What's On Tonight -- Later Rosalind Russell [View all]

During the day it's radioactive monsters. Tonight, we've got some of Rosalind Russell's last films. I wish that TCM was showing The Trouble With Angels (1966), rather than its inferior sequel Where Angels Go...Trouble Follows (1968). Enjoy!

7:15 AM -- Boomerang (1947)
A prosecutor fights to prove the defendant in a scandalous murder case is innocent.
Dir: Elia Kazan
Cast: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb
88 min, TV-PG, CC

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay -- Richard Murphy

Based on a case of Homer Stille Cummings, as a Connecticut state attorney, who later became the 55th U.S. Attorney General.

8:45 AM -- MGM Parade Show #2 (1955)
Judy Garland and Bert Lahr perform in a clip from "The Wizard of Oz"; Gene Kelly introduces a clip from "It's Always Fair Weather." Hosted by George Murphy.
25 min, TV-G

9:15 AM -- Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
Nuclear tests awaken a prehistoric monster.
Dir: Ishiro Honda
Cast: Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kochi
80 min, TV-PG, CC

All the scenes with Raymond Burr were added after the Japanese version of Godzilla was finished and shown to Japanese audiences about two years earlier.

10:45 AM -- The Magnetic Monster (1953)
A new radio-active element could destroy the world by absorbing the planet's energy.
Dir: Curt Siodmak
Cast: Richard Carlson, King Donovan, Jean Byron
75 min, TV-PG, CC

Although credited to Curt Siodmak, most of the film was actually directed by Herbert L. Strock, who was hired by Ivan Tors for his skills as an editor, which were viewed as essential for a film which relied so much on stock footage.

12:15 PM -- The Giant Behemoth (1959)
A radioactive dinosaur plots a deadly path to London.
Dir: Eugene Lourie
Cast: Gene Evans, Andre Morell, John Turner
80 min, TV-PG

The puppet of the behemoth is owned by Dennis Muren, who later won Oscars for special effects for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), ET (1982), Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Innerspace (1987), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), and Jurassic Park (1993). He had nothing to do with this film -- he's just a fan.

1:45 PM -- X The Unknown (1956)
A radioactive ooze terrorizes a remote Scottish village.
Dir: Leslie Norman
Cast: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern
80 min, TV-14, CC

The movie began under the direction of Joseph Losey (working as Joseph Walton), exiled to England because of the Hollywood blacklist. However, when Dean Jagger arrived he refused to work with a director he thought of as a Communist sympathizer, and Losey was replaced by Leslie Norman before shooting began. Losey's departure was publicly attributed to "illness". It has also been reported that Losey simply didn't want to make the film and left the project, to be replaced by Norman, who also didn't want to make the film, but did anyway.

3:15 PM -- The H-Man (1958)
Nuclear tests create a radioactive man who can turn people into slime.
Dir: Inoshiro Honda
Cast: Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata
C- 79 min, TV-PG, CC

In the original Japanese version, the detectives make a big deal out of the fact that Chikako owns a television. At the time this was made, 1958, a television set was still beyond the budget of the typical Japanese family.

4:45 PM -- Die, Monster, Die ! (1965)
On a trip to meet his girlfriend's family, a young man uncovers deadly secrets.
Dir: Daniel Haller
Cast: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson
C- 79 min, TV-PG, CC

The train station at which Stephen Reinhart (Nick Adams) disembarks is called Arkham. Arkham was a fictional town created by H.P. Lovecraft.

6:15 PM -- Them! (1954)
Federal agents fight to destroy a colony of mutated giant ants.
Dir: Gordon Douglas
Cast: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon
93 min, TV-PG, CC

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Effects, Special Effects

Watch for a quick appearance by Leonard Nimoy as the soldier who reads the wire copy story about the pilot being held in a mental hospital in Texas.


8:00 PM -- Where Angels Go...Trouble Follows! (1968)
A young progressive nun creates headaches for the Mother Superior.
Dir: James Neilson
Cast: Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens, Binnie Barnes
C- 94 min, TV-PG, CC

Robert Taylor's last film.

10:00 PM -- A Majority of One (1961)
A Jewish widow falls in love with a Japanese businessman.
Dir: Mervyn LeRoy
Cast: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton
C- 149 min, TV-PG, CC

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography, Color -- Harry Stradling Sr.

His role as Captain Norcross became the final feature film role for Alan Mowbray, ending a movie career of over thirty years.

1:00 AM -- Five Finger Exercise (1962)
The arrival of a young tutor triggers emotional crises for a wealthy family.
Dir: Daniel Mann
Cast: Rosalind Russell, Jack Hawkins, Maximilian Schell
108 min, TV-PG, CC

When Rosalind Russell is in a record store, there is a record cover behind her - it's "Auntie Mame".

3:00 AM -- Mrs. Pollifax--Spy (1971)
A society woman volunteers to root out enemy agents in Albania.
Dir: Leslie Martinson
Cast: Rosalind Russell, Darren McGavin, Nehemiah Persoff
C- 110 min, TV-G

Final film of Rosalind Russell.

5:00 AM -- Tell It to the Judge (1949)
To win back her husband, a divorcee pretends to be married to a loser.
Dir: Norman Foster
Cast: Rosalind Russell, Robert Cummings, Gig Young
87 min, TV-G

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 2, 1950 with Rosalind Russell and Robert Cummings reprising their film roles.

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