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TCM Schedule for Thursday, December 1 -- Star of the Month: William Powell
It's always a task to discover TCM's themes for a particular day, especially the theme for the daylight hours. As best as I can tell, today's theme is the films of makeup artist, Gordon Bau. All of the day's films prior to primetime are the work of Bau, except The Millionairess (1961) and Promise Her Anything (1966). This evening, we have the early films of this month's Star of the Month, William Powell. Enjoy!

6:00 AM -- The Millionairess (1961)
When the world's richest woman falls for an ascetic Indian doctor, they plan a test to decide whose dreams will come true.
Dir: Anthony Asquith
Cast: Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers, Alastair Sim.
C-86 min, TV-PG

Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren recorded the novelty song "Goodness Gracious Me!" in order to promote the movie. The song became a big worldwide hit.

7:35 AM -- One Reel Wonder: Boris Pasternak 1890 - 1960 (1965)
A short biography of Boris Pasternak, Nobel prize winner and author of "Dr. Zhivago," the inspiration and basis of the movie of the same name.
C-9 min,

Paternak should have personally received the Nobel Prize for his novel "Doctor Zhivago" in 1958, but the Soviet regime forced him not to do so.

7:45 AM -- Mary, Mary (1963)
A man on the verge of divorce is shocked by wife's glamorous makeover.
Dir: Mervyn LeRoy
Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Barry Nelson, Michael Rennie.
126 min, TV-PG , CC

The original Broadway production of "Mary, Mary" by Jean Kerr opened at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York on March 8, 1961 and ran for 1572 performances. This is one of the few instances when a movie was released while the Broadway play was still running.

10:00 AM -- Kisses for My President (1964)
The first female president has to deal with her husband's bruised ego.
Dir: Curtis Bernhardt
Cast: Fred MacMurray, Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl.
114 min, TV-PG

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White -- Howard Shoup

The car that Valdez picks up before the wild ride with McCloud is a Jaguar D-Type, a popular race car and LeMans contender in the 1950s but obsolete by the time of the film's release in 1964.

12:00 PM -- Dear Heart (1964)
A middle-aged postmistress falls for an engaged man during a convention in New York.
Dir: Delbert Mann
Cast: Glenn Ford, Geraldine Page, Michael Anderson Jr..
114 min, TV-PG , CC

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song -- Henry Mancini (music), Jay Livingston (lyrics) and Ray Evans for the song "Dear Heart"

At the time this movie was being filmed, the demolition of the above-track-level portions of New York's Pennsylvania Station was beginning. In the opening scene of Evie Jackson's arrival in New York, you can see several panes of station windows broken and replaced with boards. By 1966, the station had been converted from its old to its new form, and the new Madison Square Garden had been added on top of it.

2:00 PM -- Never Too Late (1965)
A woman with grown children discovers she's pregnant again.
Dir: Bud Yorkin
Cast: Paul Ford, Connie Stevens, Maureen O'Sullivan.
C-104 min, TV-PG

The original Broadway production of "Never Too Late" by Sumner Arthur Long opened at the Playhouse Theater on November 26, 1962 and ran for 1007 performances. I played the role of Mayor Crane (Lloyd Nolan in the film) in a community theatre in the 1970s. I haven't seen the film since then!

4:00 PM -- Not With My Wife, You Don't! (1966)
Two fliers during the Korean War compete for a beautiful Italian nurse.
Dir: Norman Panama
Cast: Tony Curtis, Virna Lisi, George C. Scott.
C-119 min, TV-PG , CC

Filmed in Korea, Labrador, London, Rome, and Washington, DC.

6:00 PM -- Promise Her Anything (1966)
A single mother must choose between two suitors.
Dir: Arthur Hiller
Cast: Warren Beatty, Leslie Caron, Bob Cummings.
C-97 min, TV-PG

John Barry composed a rejected score.

7:49 PM -- One Reel Wonder: The Nagger At Breakfast (1930)
As a husband and wife eat breakfast, they argue about anything and everything.
Dir: Roy Mack
Cast: Jack Norworth, Dorothy Adelphi
10 min,

Although Jack Norworth and Albert Van Tilzer wrote "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in 1908, neither man had ever been to a baseball game in person, nor did they go to one for another 32 and 20 years, respectively. On both occasions, they were honored as the composers of baseball's unofficial national anthem.


8:00 PM -- Jewel Robbery (1932)
A jewel thief falls for a tycoon's wife in Vienna.
Dir: William Dieterle
Cast: William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson.
68 min, TV-G , CC

Based on the Hungarian play Ekszerrabls a Vci-uccban by Ladislas Fodor (copyrighted 26 Aug 1931) and on the following Broadway production: Jewel Robbery (1932); Comedy, adapted by Bertram Bloch; directed and produced by Paul Streger. Booth Theatre: 13 Jan 1932- Feb 1932 (closing date unknown/54 performances). Cast: Lionel Braham (as "Lenz"), Stuart Casey, Clarence Derwent (as "Franz"), Mary Ellis, Harold Johnsrud, Hazel Nagley, Eugene Powers, Frederick Roland, Louis M. Simon, Basil Sydney, Robert Vivian, Cora Witherspoon (as "Marianne").

9:19 PM -- One Reel Wonder: Tal Henry And His North Carolinians (1929)
The title orchestra play three popular tunes of the day.
9 min,

The three tunes are "Come On, Baby!" (music by Maceo Pinkard), "Shame on You" (music by Tal Henry and lyrics by Ivan Morris), and "Milenberg Joys" (music by Paul Mares, Leon Rappolo and Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton, lyrics by Walter Melrose).

9:30 PM -- The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
Society sleuth Philo Vance investigates a murder tied to a Long Island dog show.
Dir: Michael Curtiz
Cast: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette.
73 min, TV-G , CC

William Powell's last of five appearances as Philo Vance.

10:47 PM -- One Reel Wonder: Little Journeys To Great Masters (1931)
This first film shows great art from various places including Greek myths and the Milan Cathedral.
8 min,

The first entry in the E.M. Newman Globe Trotter World Wide Travel Talks series.

11:00 PM -- The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
A detective teams with his ex-wife to solve a murder.
Dir: Stephen Roberts
Cast: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason.
82 min, TV-G , CC

Paula refers to Brad as "Lochinvar back from the wars". 'Lochinvar' is the title of a romantic poem by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1808.

12:30 AM -- The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
After finding religion, a cynical newspaperman tries to help young hoods.
Dir: Norman Taurog
Cast: William Powell, Esther Williams, Angela Lansbury.
92 min, TV-PG , CC

Angela Lansbury, who could sing, resented that in this and her other MGM films the studio insisted on giving her a voice double. Years later she had stage hits on Broadway in two singing roles, "Mame" and "Sweeney Todd."

2:15 AM -- The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)
Spies on opposite sides fall in love in pre-revolutionary Russia.
Dir: George Fitzmaurice
Cast: William Powell, Luise Rainer, Robert Young.
89 min, TV-G , CC

Based on a novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, best remembered as the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

3:56 AM -- One Reel Wonder: William Powell (1962)
4 min,

Powell dated Jean Harlow for two years before her death. Her mother forced him to pay for her funeral, costing $30,000. He had initially refused but did so to avoid negative publicity. For many years Powell made sure fresh flowers were always present at her grave.

4:00 AM -- Lawyer Man (1933)
Success corrupts a smooth-talking lawyer.
Dir: William Dieterle
Cast: William Powell, Joan Blondell, David Landau.
68 min, TV-G

The only co-starring effort for Powell and Blondell.

5:15 AM -- Rendezvous (1935)
A decoding expert tangles with enemy spies.
Dir: William K. Howard
Cast: William Powell, Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes.
94 min, TV-PG , CC

Remade in 1942 as Pacific Rendezvous.

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