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Postby dws1982 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:48 am

Most of the day TCM is showing old Harold Lloyd films. I've not seen any, but from looking at their schedule, I think almost all of these are on DVD. The box sets are listed as out of print on Amazon, but they're all still available via netflix.

At 3:00 PM they show The Milky Way, which was released as part of one of those Harold Lloyd box sets, and has an individual DVD release, but from what I've read it is apparently a very bad DVD. This could be your only chance to get a copy of that film by itself.

And tonight they show Ruggles of Red Gap at 9:15 PM. I'd guess that a DVD version of this is due sometime in the not to distant future, since a high-definition version of this is available to buy or rent on iTunes. But this hasn't shown on television in a really long time.

Also, at 4:30 AM tomorrow morning, King Vidor's The Patsy airs. Not on DVD, and not shown too often if I remember correctly.




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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:42 pm

Another reason to own a region free DVD player. A Room at the Top has just been re-released in Region 2 (Great Britain).

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Postby dws1982 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:27 pm

I haven't looked over their entire schedule for the next few days, but Tuesday at 8:00 PM, TCM shows Room At the Top.

The DVD went out of print some time back, and for the longest time you couldn't even get a used copy for less than $100.00. Now the prices have stabilized a bit (about $40.00), although a new copy will still set you back around $150.00.

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Postby Damien » Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:23 am

dws1982 wrote:John Ford's Wagon Master airs on TCM on Friday at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

Tag Gallagher says it's one of Ford's best in his book. Like a lot of the other Ford films that aren't on DVD, they don't show it very often on television. I had taped it off of TCM years ago but never got around to watching it before I disconnected the VCR.

Wagon Master is not quite top-of-the-line Ford (which is akin to saying Henry V is not as outstanding as some other Shakespeare plays), but neverthe less it's a very lovely and under-rated film. It's pretty low-keyed, and rather than a traditional narrative is more the unspooling of a series of rituals. But it is so filled with beautiful imagery and achingly-true interactions that -- as so often happens with Ford -- it feels that we're not simply watching the characters but that we are living their lives. Exquisite photography by Bert Glennon and Charles Kemper is a very memorable slob villain.




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Postby dws1982 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:37 pm

John Ford's Wagon Master airs on TCM on Friday at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

Tag Gallagher says it's one of Ford's best in his book. Like a lot of the other Ford films that aren't on DVD, they don't show it very often on television. I had taped it off of TCM years ago but never got around to watching it before I disconnected the VCR.

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Postby Reza » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:29 pm

Mister Tee wrote:Can't vouch for the film because I've never seen it myself, but...

Tonight at 8 EST, TCM is showing Brighton Rock, a film version of one of Graham Greene's thrillers that propelled Richard Attenborough's career. I read the book for a class in college, and, almost 40 years on, this is the first tme I've run across the film, so I guess you can call it rarely-screened.

Well worth watching. One of Attenborough's famous early roles.

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Postby Mister Tee » Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:26 pm

Can't vouch for the film because I've never seen it myself, but...

Tonight at 8 EST, TCM is showing Brighton Rock, a film version of one of Graham Greene's thrillers that propelled Richard Attenborough's career. I read the book for a class in college, and, almost 40 years on, this is the first tme I've run across the film, so I guess you can call it rarely-screened.

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Postby dws1982 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:19 pm

I've been going through some Minnelli films lately (Some Came Running last week; also bought An American In Paris and Gigi on DVD today when I caught a good deal), so I'll make sure to record that one.



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Postby Damien » Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:57 pm

The Story Of Three Loves by Gottfried Reinhardt and Vincente Minnelli is on TCM this Tuesday at 1:30pm (eastern). It doesn't get shown much, so pounce!

I watched it the other night for the second time in a couple of weeks. Loved it even more. Best film I've seen this year.
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Postby Damien » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:32 am

dws1982 wrote:Tomorrow night is a great night on TCM:

Jacques Tourneur's masterpiece Stars in My Crown is at 9:30. One Way Passage, and 1933 Original Story winner is at 11:15. Then two Anthony Mann films follow: Devil's Doorway at 12:30 and The Tall Target at 2:00.

None of these are on DVD, and most don't even show up on TV all that often. (Stars in My Crown was the most recently shown of these, and it aired about six months ago.)

These movies are bookended by two more masterpieces, William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie at 8:00, and Anthony Mann's The Man From Laramie and 3:30, although since those are on DVD, you don't have to put such a high priority on them.

Devil's Doorway and Stars In My Crown are my Number 1 and 2 pictures of 1950, and Portrait Of Jennie is Number 1 for 1948.
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Postby dws1982 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:20 pm

FilmFan720 wrote:Actually, One Way Passage was on a few weeks ago with their Kay Francis marathon.

That must've been during my self-imposed exile from the outside world. I probably missed some good movies on TCM during that period.




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Postby FilmFan720 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:11 pm

Actually, One Way Passage was on a few weeks ago with their Kay Francis marathon. It is a really sweet picture, with a great ending and some great performances. If you haven't seen it, it is well worth checking out.
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Postby dws1982 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:45 pm

Tomorrow night is a great night on TCM:

Jacques Tourneur's masterpiece Stars in My Crown is at 9:30. One Way Passage, and 1933 Original Story winner is at 11:15. Then two Anthony Mann films follow: Devil's Doorway at 12:30 and The Tall Target at 2:00.

None of these are on DVD, and most don't even show up on TV all that often. (Stars in My Crown was the most recently shown of these, and it aired about six months ago.)

These movies are bookended by two more masterpieces, William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie at 8:00, and Anthony Mann's The Man From Laramie and 3:30, although since those are on DVD, you don't have to put such a high priority on them.

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Postby Mister Tee » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:28 am

dws1982 wrote:6:00 PM is her second nominated performance in The Pumpkin Eater, which isn't on DVD, and I can't recall ever showing up on TV, in the time that I've been watching the schedules. She also won Best Actress at Cannes for this. (In a tie with Barbara Barrie for One Potato, Two Potato, a movie that I keep hoping will turn up on TV somewhere.)

I saw The Pumpkin Eater back in the late 80s/early 90s, and can't recall if it was on TV (TNT, in its proto-TCM incarnation) or in VHS.

One Potato Two Potato was a screenplay nominee that year; Barrie was a possible best actress contender who failed to make the cut -- perhaps her Breaking Away nod was partly in recompense. The film showed up on PBS one night about a decade or so back, but has otherwise not entered my universe. It's not a terribly good movie, coasting mostly on its "bold" racial topic. It's stronger than Pinky, for sure, and has a tougher tone than any of the mainstream Poitier efforts of the era, but still feels pretty old-hat these days.

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Postby dws1982 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:15 pm

Tomorrow TCM is having Anne Bancroft day.

At 9:30 AM they're showing Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall, which is not shown often.

12:30 PM is Seven Women, which is John Ford's final film, and is unbelievably not on DVD yet, despite Ford being very well-represented on DVD overall. It doesn't show up incredibly often either.

6:00 PM is her second nominated performance in The Pumpkin Eater, which isn't on DVD, and I can't recall ever showing up on TV, in the time that I've been watching the schedules. She also won Best Actress at Cannes for this. (In a tie with Barbara Barrie for One Potato, Two Potato, a movie that I keep hoping will turn up on TV somewhere.)




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