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Jack Bohn
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 10:29am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I wonder who schedules the movies on TCM. Sometimes a good portion of the day is given over to movies on a theme. Sometimes it's obvious -- Monday is trains, and there are months devoted to Oscar winners and star-a-day. Sometimes it's not so obvious, in fact, I'm not sure I could ever say they don't theme the day; it may be I just haven't delved deeply enough into it!

Tuesday we get:
From the Earth to the Moon (1958)
World Without End (1955)
The Cosmic Monster (The Strange World of Planet X) (1958)
The Green Slime (1969)
Five Million Years to Earth (1968)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Queen of Outer Space (1958)
2010 (1984)

Is "space" theme enough? COSMIC MONSTER is the least spacey a space-themed movie can get. By the time I read down to GREEN SLIME I wondered if it was "sci-fi: MGM embarrasses itself," but some of the movies come into their library from the Warner side, ("SF by studio" would make an interesting week if they could rent Paramount's, Universal's and Columbia's '50s fare at the same time.) But then they hit us with two good movies before playing the QUEEN! 2010 takes at least the bronze in this lineup, but at this point it only reminds us that they aren't running 2001.

Or am I overthinking this?

One movie the really should have included was FLIGHT TO MARS (1953). That movie's footage of a winged rocket skidding to a landing in the snow of Mars was reused for the astronaut's return to Earth in WORLD WITHOUT END, and in QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE for the landing on Venus for a trifecta of planets!

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ALERT! ALERT!! Those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to see FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH (British title, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT), grab this chance. This is a brilliant, sophisticated story, and a fine example of what can be done on a meagre budget.
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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and THIS IS SPINAL TAP are on tonight - I guess it's music night. Two of my favorites, so I will be there!

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Tim, apparently last night was devoted to some of the 100 greatest film
comedies, as voted on by BBC online. Hence A NIGHT AT THE
OPERA, THIS IS SPINAL TAP, as well as SOME LIKE IT HOT and
others.
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Yeah, sometimes the hosts come on and explain it, sometimes it just comes as a surprise. If you check the monthly schedule, back on the 5th the had a bunch of "How To..." titles, mostly Peter Benchley shorts, but also HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE and HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE. Earlier this year they'd counted up with numbers in the movie titles -- one number per title, so they didn't start with THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123.
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I just set up to record "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Five Million Years to Earth".  Thank you for pointing this out!
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FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON works best as a time capsule. Charming, certainly, with some top notch special effects for the time. But one I have revisited only once since first seeing it.
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I'll mention again that WORLD WITHOUT END is one of my favorites, a really sincere effort to address some serious issues, albeit wrapped in 1950s sci-fi tropes. (As I have said before, I would LOVE to see a WWE comic drawn by Wally Wood. The movie looks as if he served as production/costume designer!)*

If you watch it, pay close attention to the "blueprint". I would not be surprised at all to learn Rod Serling had this one lurking in the back of his mind when he wrote his draft of PLANET OF THE APES.

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* Kind of reminiscent of THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, which looks as if it was drawn by Carmine Infantino, inked by Joe Kubert.

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Posted: 25 September 2017 at 10:38am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Jack, Peter Benchley or Robert Benchley?
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Michael H: "Tim, apparently last night was devoted to some of the 100 greatest film comedies, as voted on by BBC online. Hence A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, THIS IS SPINAL TAP, as well as SOME LIKE IT HOT and others."

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Yes, and they ended the night on MODERN TIMES - I stayed up too late that night!

I preset FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH - looking forward to giving it a try.

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Sorry Michael. Of course I meant Robert Beltran... er Benchley.
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Posted: 26 September 2017 at 8:20am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I envy you guys so much. Brazilian TCM shows Xena, Alf, The Nanny,  Married With Children and movies from the eighties.and nineties.
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Took a look at THE QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE (1958) this evening. Notoriously bad, but also assembled from pieces parts of FORBIDDEN PLANET and WORLD WITHOUT END. I was curious to see how these elements were used.

Not curious enough to last more than half an hour, tho.

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Posted: 27 September 2017 at 7:57am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Aside from noting the Queen's security guards wore red, blue, or yellow miniskirts, I got nothing from it. Not that there seemed to be any distinction in duties of the different colors.

Mario, my sympathies. It sounds like you're getting
sister channels TBS and TNT under the guise of TCM. (Well, TBS would be more a "mother channel"; it began as TV station WTBS in Georgia, showing reruns and Atlanta Braves games when the idea of bouncing its signal off a satellite so the whole country could watch it started the empire we've come to know.)
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