Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shorts and other briefs for April 17, 2014

TCM's weekly schedule is showing shorts a bit further out than the daily schedule once again. TCM is airing Meet Me in St. Louis tomorrow (April 18) at 8:00 PM as part of the 90th anniversary tribute to MGM. Before that, at about 7:50 PM, is the Traveltalks short Visiting St. Louis. At least, it's on the weekly schedule; the daily schedule only has shorts on it for today, and not any further days. I've never understood why there should be such differences between the daily and weekly schedules. I would think that both of them (and the monthly schedule) go off of some master schedule database, and once the shorts are inserted into that, they'd show up on any of the TCM schedules. Apparently it doesn't work that way.

One short airing today is The Rainbow Pass, airing just after noon or just before The Good Earth (12:15 PM). The Rainbow Pass, which I haven't seen before, sounds like an interesting idea, trying to present Chinese theater to American audiences. Unfortunately, it's narrated by Carey Wilson -- I've mentioned before that I don't care for his style.

The 1935 versino of Mutiny on the Bounty is coming up at midnight tonight. I really like this one for the performance of Charles Laughton and to a slightly lesser extent the performance of Clarke Gable. They're not showing the 1962 version, so you can't compare and contrast. I briefly mentioned back in 2010 that it's Brando that is one of my big problems with the 1962 version, much as it is with a movie like Sayonara. Robert Osborne is probably also happy not to see the Marlon Brando version show up, but not Alec Baldwin.

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