This Week on TCM spotlights a highly subjective selection of the week’s essential or undiscovered films on the Turner Classic Movies channel to help plan viewing or DVR scheduling. All times are EST.
Monday, November 28
11:00 a.m. Crisis (1950)
A Cary Grant movie I haven’t seen in which he portrays a doctor who is kidnapped and forced to treat a South American dictator.
12:45 p.m To Please A Lady
Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck as a race-car driver and a newspaperwoman who wants to reform the sport.
8:00 p.m. Doctor Zhivago
Boris Paternak’s tale of the star-crossed lovers Zhivago and Lara, told against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. Directed by David Lean. Watch and tweet #TCMParty.
11:30 p.m. Billy Liar (1963)
An undertaker’s clerk in the north of England has an elaborate fantasy life, while his everyday existence is decidedly dull. “Let’s go for a walk where it’s quiet”
Tuesday, November 29
Movies about show biz dominate today with two standouts being Dames (7:15 a.m.) and Stage Struck (1:30 p.m.). Both feature Joan Blondell and Dick Powell, and are directed by Busby Berkeley.
2:00 a.m. Captain Blood (1935)
One of the best Old Hollywood swashbucklers. Errol Flynn is perfect as the innocent doctor who takes up piracy when he escapes from prison in Jamaica, with 19-year-old Olivia de Havilland as the governor’s daughter. Helmed by Casablanca director Michael Curtiz.
Wednesday, November 30
Two excellent Hitchcock movies are on tap tonight, To Catch A Thief (8:00 p.m.) and Dial M for Murder (10:00 p.m.). If you haven’t seen these, it’s time to remedy that.
Thursday, December 1
6:00 a.m. The Millionnairess
Just wondering how Sixties sensations Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers got along.
Star of the Month William Powell is one of my favorite actors of all time so basically I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the movies that TCM has scheduled, beginning tonight with those from his early career. At 8:00 p.m., there is tonight’s TCM Party, Jewel Robbery (1932). The others I’m setting the DVR for are previously unseen by me, The Emperor’s Candlesticks (from 1937; 2:15 a.m.), and Lawyer Man (from 1933; 4:00 a.m.) with Joan Blondell.
Friday, December 2
8:30 a.m. Crossroads (1942)
The Powell pictures continue as he portrays a blackmailed diplomat in a twisty plot directed by screwball pro Jack Conway.
2:30 a.m. They Live (1988)
It is perhaps odd that a movie starring Rowdy Roddy Piper should land in the TCM schedule, but John Carpenter seems to be a favorite at the channel. Piper plays a guy who finds some special sunglasses that allow him to see the true nature of subliminal messages and the rich and powerful.
Saturday, December 3
5:30 p.m. Rio Bravo
Though I’m not a fan of Westerns, I am a fan of this film. Probably that has something to do with it being directed by Howard Hawks (Bringing Up Baby, The Big Sleep, His Girl Friday).
12:00 a.m. While The City Sleeps (1956)
Dana Andrews, Ida Lupino, George Sanders, and Thomas Mitchell, among others, star in Fritz Lang’s last commercially-successful picture in the US, about journalists who’ll do anything to get the story on a series of murders.
Sunday, December 4
2:00 p.m. Libeled Lady (1936)
This double-crossing comedy sparkles with the wit and camaraderie of real-life friends Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, William Powell, and Spencer Tracy. Directed by Jack Conway. Watch and tweet #TCMParty.
12:00 a.m. Fragments (2011)
For those silent film fans out there: “A collection of fragments and trailers from lost silent films, hosted by film archivists Mike Mashon and Mike Pogorzelski.” Mashon heads up the Library of Congress Moving Image Section at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, while Pogorzelski is the director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Film Archive.
So TCM fans…did I miss any of your picks? What will you be watching this week?