Monday, August 18, 2014

Repeats for August 18-19, 2014

Unfortunately, TCM decided to schedule The Smiling Lieutenant to kick off prime time at 8:00 PM as part of Claudette Colbert's day in Summer Under the Stars. I think I've mentioned it before, but I'm not a huge fan of Maurice Chevalier movies in general, especially those musical comedies that he was doing at Paramount in the early 1930s. But there are several other interesting movies coming up over the next day or so that I've already blogged about:

Poetess Colbert helps detective James Stewart prove the innocence of his client in It's a Wonderful World, this afternoon at 4:15 PM; meanwhile
American abroad Colbert is made a prisoner of war by the Japanese along with her hsuband (Patric Knowles) and child in Three Came Home, at midnight tonight (or during the evening in more westerly time zones).

Paul Newman is TCM's honoree tomorrow, and he shows up in the thoroughly entertaining The Prize, at 11:15 AM, as a Nobel prize winner who comes to suspect that one of his fellow winners (Edward G. Robinson) has been replaced by a doppelgänger. It's nothing you'll mistake for serious groundbreaking cinema, but it's good and a lot of fun.

Over on FXM, there are a couple of repeats too. First, at 6:00 AM tomorrow is I Wake Up Screaming, in which Victor Mature plays a publicity agent who makes Carole Landis a celebrity, but then is suspected by obsessive detective Laird Cregar when the young woman is found murdered.
Up against The Prize, at 12:20 PM tomorrow, is The Alligator People. I said about The Prize that you can't consider it a work of grave importance, but it succeeds in entertaining. The Alligator People is almost as entertaining, and definitely less serious.

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