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"What we have here is a failure to communicate" Strother Martin, Cool Hand Luke
WINDOW, THE (1949)
A boy who always lies witnesses a murder but can't get anyone but the killer to believe him.
Dir: Ted Tetzlaff Cast: Barbara Hale , Arthur Kennedy , Paul Stewart .
BW-74 mins, CC,
NIGHT MUST FALL (1937)
A charming young man worms his way into a wealthy woman's household, then reveals a deadly secret.
Dir: Richard Thorpe Cast: Merle Tottenham , Kathleen Harrison , Dame May Whitty .
BW-116 mins, CC,
KIND LADY (1951)
A con artist and his criminal cohorts hold an old lady hostage in her own home.
Dir: John Sturges Cast: Ethel Barrymore , Maurice Evans , Angela Lansbury .
BW-78 mins, CC,
WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967)
A blind woman fights against drug smugglers who've invaded her home.
Dir: Terence Young Cast: Audrey Hepburn , Alan Arkin , Richard Crenna .
C-108 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
NARROW MARGIN, THE (1952)
A tough cop meets his match when he has to guard a gangster's moll on a tense train ride.
Dir: Richard Fleischer Cast: Charles McGraw , Marie Windsor , Jacqueline White .
BW-72 mins, CC,
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)
A man's joking suggestion that he and a chance acquaintance trade murders turns deadly.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Farley Granger , Ruth Roman , Robert Walker . BW-101 mins, CC,
SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943)
A young girl fears her favorite uncle may be a killer.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Teresa Wright , Joseph Cotten , MacDonald Carey . BW-108 mins, CC,
CHINA SYNDROME, THE (1979)
A television newswoman stumbles onto deadly secrets at a nuclear power plant.
Dir: James Bridges Cast: Jane Fonda , Jack Lemmon , Michael Douglas .
C-122 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, A (1992)
A preacher's sons, one serious, one wild, look out for each other while growing up in rural Montana.
Dir: Robert Redford Cast: Craig Sheffer , Brad Pitt , Tom Skerritt .
C-124 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
FEW GOOD MEN, A (1992)
When a Marine dies on a US Navy base, two fellow Marines stand trial for murder.
Dir: Rob Reiner Cast: Tom Cruise , Jack Nicholson , Demi Moore .
C-138 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
ENGLISH PATIENT, THE (1996)
A man dying from third-degree burns remembers a tragic wartime romance.
Dir: Anthony Minghella Cast: Ralph Fiennes , Kristin Scott Thomas , Juliette Binoche .
C-162 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
FISHER KING, THE (1991)
A DJ tries to help a homeless madman whose life he had unwittingly ruined.
Dir: Terry Gilliam Cast: Robin Williams , Jeff Bridges , Mercedes Ruehl . C-137 mins
March 1 Sunday
GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933
SHALL WE DANCE (1937)
YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER (1942)
ON THE TOWN (1949)
THE MUSIC MAN (1962)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971)
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (1998)
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998)
THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (1999)
SAN FRANCISCO (1936)
GREEN DOLPHIN STREET (1947)
THE HURRICANE (1937)
THE LAST VOYAGE (1960)
THE SWARM (1978)
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972)
LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002)
LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (2003)
In March: Star of the Month is Ann Sothern, and starts with the last 3 days of 31 Days Of Oscar, plus more from the Disney Vault on 3/15 and the films of Bert I. Gordon 3/19
In April: Star of the Month is Anthony Quinn (1915-2001)
Cool Hand Luke (1967) scheduled for 2/20 with Strother Martin as the ruthless prison camp commandant, which he spoofed later on Saturday Night Live in which a camp for teaching French had a runaway who refused to learn French. The young man (Morris) was captured and Martin reprised his famous line from Cool Hand Luke on SNL by saying "What we have here is a failure to communicated bi-lingually" The audience loved it
Silent movie science fiction fans, remember Steam Trek, The Moving Picture?
Dr. Strangelove clip, Slim Pickens drops the Bomb (click to play clip)
Short: The Duoped
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In that famous scene, Gene Kelly is not actually "singing in the rain," because water didn't show up well on camera at night. They used a mixture of milk and water for Gene to splash around in.
For The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Lon Chaney wore a hump weighing over 50 pounds so that he would walk realistically. For "The Penalty" (1920), he had his legs bound tightly behind him in a harness, inserting his knees into leather stumps devised as artificial legs with his feet bound at the thighs. This was a very painful ordeal which cut circulation to his legs resulting in broken blood vessels.
Movie producer David O. Selznick was fined $5000 by the MPAA for allowing the word "damn" in the movie Gone With The Wind. And producer Darryl F. Zanuck once rented the entire country of San Marino, the world's oldest republic, as the medievel setting for "Prince Of Foxes" to be filmed, believe it or not!
David Niven was one of the first Hollywood stars to join the war effort, joining the British commando service in 1940. His first feature movie after the war was Stairway To Heaven (1946), about WW2 pilots and others arriving in Heaven. The publisher of "The Maltese Falcon" wanted the original novel's title changed because he didn't think most Americans know what a falcon is
Freaks (1932) was banned in Britain for 30 years, directed by Tod Browning, and even the ending was edited out before it was released in America. The original ending of the storyboard wasn't approved for filming (it involved an axe and a bag of feathers)
Fragi-le, must be Italian! Darren McGavin in A Christmas Story
There's going to be a rumble tonight Westside Story. The Jewish writers of Westside Story planned for it to be a retelling of Romeo & Juliet, with Catholics vs. a Jewish street gang, until they realized Shakespeare himself had rewritten an older such story of a Catholic marrying a Jew, so changed it to a Hispanic (Puerto Rican) vs. white street gang
TCM was launched 4/14/94 as a 24-hour commercial-free classic movie channel, originally for movies 1930-1960, with the occasional silent movies, and newer movies added over time. It was Ted Turner's answer to American Movie Classics, using the vast film libraries Turner bought from MGM, RKO, Warner Brothers and other studio vaults. Ted Turner launched TBS as his first cable channel by sending the signal of his WTBS Atlanta TV-station to satellite 12/17/76, followed by TNT in 1988. TBS and TNT show mostly TV reruns and sports, with 24-hour news on his CNN starting in 1980.