Wednesday, November 2, 2016

TCM Spotlight, November 2016: Documentaries

Former Essentials co-host Alec Baldwin is returning to TCM! He's hosting this month's Spotlight on the channel, which is on documentaries. So, at least that means he won't be showing the Marlon Brando version of Mutiny on the Bounty. Anyhow, the documentaries will be on TCM Mondays and Wednesdays in prime time. There's going to be a two part documentary on documentaries, with the first part airing tonight at 8:00 PM and the second part running next Wednesday.

Of toniht's documentaries, the one that looks most interesting to me is The Secret Land, airing overnight at 3:45 AM. This one is about Operation Highjump, which was a US Navy operation just after World War II exploring Antarctica, led by Admiral Richard Byrd. The movie, in Technicolor, was co-produced by MGM and features three of their contract players who had all served in World War II: Robert Taylor, Robert Montgomery, and Van Heflin.

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