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Monday, December 28, 2009

Carter Steven's Guide To TCM This Week (12/29-1/1)!

HK and CULT FILM NEWS brings you a new weekly series, where acclaimed American film director and avid Turner Classic Movie fan Carter Stevens brings you his recommendations on what to watch on TCM and why. We hope you enjoy this new series and thank Carter Stevens for taking time out to give us his recommendations.

Tue December 29, 2009

7:00am High Noon (1952)
A retired Marshal must defend his town from a revengeful villain.
Cast: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado Dir: Fred Zinnemann BW-85 mins, TV-PG

This one is for the TiVo or VCR. Too damn early to watch live. One of the greatest westerns ever with a score I dare you to try to forget. Gary Cooper at his lone hero standing against evil best.

10:30am Cameraman, The (1928)
In this silent film, a photographer takes up newsreel shooting to impress a movie queen.
Cast: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracy Dir: Edward Sedgwick BW-76 mins, TV-G

Not my favorite Keaton by far but come on the hero is a movie Camerman how could I not recommend it.

8:00pm On The Waterfront(1954)
A young stevedore takes on the mobster who rules the docks.
Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger Dir: Elia Kazan BW-108 mins, TV-PG

I coulda been somebody, I coulda been a contender, instead of a bum, which is what I am. No Charlie it was you. Brando and Steiger out methoding each other and as legend has it improvising one of the greatest dramatic scenes in film.

2:15am Ice Station Zebra (1968)
A sub commander on a perilous mission must ferret out a Soviet agent on his ship.
Cast: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown Dir: John Sturges C-152 mins, TV-PG

I love this film. I don't know why. Maybe because I saw it in Cinerama when it opened. The Avatar of it's day.

Wed December 30, 2009

12:45pm Battle Circus (1953)
A doctor fights for his life during the Korean War.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, June Allyson, Keenan Wynn, Robert Keith Dir: Richard Brooks BW-90 mins, TV-PG

M.A.S.H. ... first draft.

1:30am Caine Mutiny, The (1954)
Naval officers begin to suspect their captain of insanity.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray Dir: Edward Dmytryk C-125 mins, TV-PG

Just in case you thought Humphrey Bogart was NOT really an “actor.” and just a “star”

Thu December 31, 2009

7:00AM to 8:00 PM Alfred Hitchcock all day and then from 8:00PM to 6:45AM the next morning The Thin Man

If you're the kind who stays in on New Years eve TCM has a movie for you.

Fri January 1, 2010

8:30am Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)
A small-town lawyer gets the case of a lifetime when a military man avenges an attack on his wife.
Cast: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell Dir: Otto Preminger BW-161 mins, TV-PG

If you can even open your eyes New Years day watch the greatest courtroom drama ever filmed. And watch famous lawyer Joseph Welch teach all those high falutin' actors a thing a two about acting from the bench.

3:00pm Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962)
An experienced gunman and a peace-loving tenderfoot clash with a Western bully.
Cast: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin Dir: John Ford BW-123 mins, TV-14

Read that cast list and the director. What more needs to be said.

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