Saturday, March 23, 2013

TCM for April, 2013

The highlight of the month is a Charlie Chaplin festival on the 16th, with commentary from The Dardenne Brothers, Jim Jarmusch and Bernardo Bertolucci. Watch for the camp classic Reefer Madness on the 19th and a public service short on the 20th about why you should give your wife tranquilizers. Also of note is Dick Cavett's TV interview with Kate Hepburn on the 2nd. I remember this from its original airing in the 1970s and the feisty Miss Hepburn pulled no punches.

Click here for full schedule.
Below are my recommendations, all times Eastern.


8:00 PM
A man's joking suggestion that he and a chance acquaintance trade murders turns deadly.
BW-101 mins, TV-PG, CC,

10:00 PM
A free-spirited convict refuses to conform to chain-gang life.
C-126 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

12:15 AM
A recent college graduate has an affair with his neighbor's wife, then falls for their daughter.
C-106 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format

2:15 AM
An aging couple's liberal principles are tested when their daughter announces her engagement to a black doctor.
C-108 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Katherine Hepburn and Dick Cavett
4:15 AM
Katharine Hepburn appears on The Dick Cavett Show in an interview that originally aired September 14, 1973.
C-68 mins, TV-14, CC,

5:30 AM
Katharine Hepburn appears on The Dick Cavett Show in an interview that originally aired October 2, 1973.
C-70 mins, TV-14, CC,


2:00 PM
Motorcycle-riding delinquents take over a small town.
BW-79 mins, TV-14, CC,

3:30 PM
A young stevedore takes on the mobster who rules the docks.
BW-108 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

5:30 PM
A big-city gambler bets that he can seduce a Salvation Army girl.
C-149 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format

8:00 PM
Shakespeare's tale of the warrior king who learns the meaning of heroism during a daring invasion of France.
BW-137 mins, TV-PG,

10:30 PM
The melancholy Dane flirts with insanity while trying to prove his uncle murdered his father.
BW-154 mins, TV-14, CC,

1:15 AM
A hunchbacked madman plots to make himself king of England.
C-158 mins, TV-PG,

4:00 AM
A famed general convinces himself that his wife is unfaithful.
C-166 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format

Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Perkins in "Goodbye Again"
6:00 PM
A 40-year-old woman swaps her sophisticated lover for a young law student.
BW-120 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

8:00 PM
A dedicated teacher sacrifices everything to send a young miner to Oxford.
BW-114 mins, TV-G, CC,

10:00 PM
A Welsch mining family faces the struggles of life together.
BW-119 mins, CC, Letterbox Format


5:45 PM
Two bounty hunters join forces to bring an outlaw to justice.
BW-132 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

8:00 PM
A British military officer enlists the Arabs for desert warfare in World War I.
C-227 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

4:45 AM
This anti-porn documentary shows a floodtide of filth engulfing the country in the form of newsstand obscenity
C-31 mins, TV-MA,

4:45 AM

A disturbing animated short that details the effects of alcohol on the body and mind.
C-10 mins,

4:45 AM
Short film that details "internal forces" that damage a nation, such as drugs, gambling, and unwed pregnant women.
BW-26 mins, TV-PG,

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray in "Double Indemnity"


3:30 PM
An insurance salesman gets seduced into plotting a client's death.
BW-108 mins, TV-PG, CC,

5:30 PM
A young lawyer from the wrong side of town tries to break into society.
BW-137 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

8:00 PM
A psychiatrist tries to help the man she loves solve a murder buried in his subconscious.
BW-111 mins, TV-PG, CC,

10:00 PM
A cruel man's wife and lover plot to kill him.
BW-117 mins, TV-MA,


12:00 PM
An arrogant stock-car racer ignores his family.
C-89 mins, TV-14,

1:30 PM
An academic couple reveal their deepest secret to a pair of newcomers during an all-night booze fest.
BW-131 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format

3:45 PM
A novice schoolteacher faces delinquent students and apathetic administrators in a tough inner city high school.
C-124 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Jean Renoir's "Woman on the Beach"

8:45 AM
A coast guardsman begins to think his mistress's blind husband can really see.
BW-71 mins, TV-G, CC,

10:30 PM
Teenagers elope with the help of an aging pickpocket.
C-110 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format


4:30 PM
A bored boy enters a fantasy world where letters and numbers are at war.
C-89 mins, TV-G, CC,

6:15 PM
A World War I U-boat takes a wrong turn and discovers a lost world of dinosaurs and cavemen.
C-91 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format


1:30 PM
A substitute teacher changes the lives of the slum children in his class.
C-105 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

3:30 PM
A young woman tries to recover her sanity in a corrupt mental institution.
BW-108 mins, TV-PG, CC,

5:30 PM
Sexual repression drives a small-town Kansas girl mad during the roaring twenties.
C-124 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

8:00 PM
Three prospectors fight off bandits and each other after striking-it-rich in the Mexican mountains.
BW-126 mins, TV-PG, CC,

10:15 PM
A husband whose wife left him looks for new love in Europe.
BW-101 mins, TV-PG, CC,

2:00 AM
The story of an androgynous jewel thief, based on a novel by Japan's master of suspense, Edogawa Rampo.
C-101 mins, Letterbox Format

Chaplin Festival!


7:30 AM
In this silent film, an overworked farmhand dreams of marrying the farmer's daughter.
BW-29 mins, TV-G,

8:00 AM
In this silent film, a lost soul in the Yukon seeks love and wealth.
BW-72 mins, TV-G,

9:15 AM
In this silent film, the Little Tramp joins a circus to hide from the police.
BW-72 mins, TV-G,

10:30 AM
The Tramp struggles to live in a modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
BW-87 mins, TV-G,

12:00 PM
Filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Darenne share their impression of Charlie Chaplin's classic Modern Times.
C-26 mins, TV-G, CC,

12:30 PM
A Jewish barber takes the place of a war-hungry dictator.
BW-125 mins, TV-PG, CC,

2:45 PM
A European king loses his money while stranded in the U.S.
BW-105 mins, TV-PG,

4:30 PM
Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch discusses his impressions of Charlie Chaplin's A King in New York.
C-27 mins, TV-G, CC,

5:00 PM
A broken-down comic sacrifices everything to give a young dancer a shot at the big time.
BW-138 mins, TV-G, CC,

7:30 PM
Director Bernardo Bertolucci shares his impressions of Charlie Chaplin's classic Limelight.
C-27 mins, TV-G, CC,

8:00 PM
The son of a ruined millionaire and a horsewoman becomes a clown and restores their fortune.
BW-92 mins,

9:45 PM
A young woman waits and waits for her delayed husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
BW-15 mins,

Oh No! It's Reefer Madness!

6:00 AM
Drug dealers lure a pair of young innocents into marijuana addiction.
BW-65 mins, TV-14,

4:00 AM
A young single mother and her co-worker try to unionize the milll where they work.
C-115 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format


1:45 PM
True story of folk singer Woody Guthrie, who rose to the top while fighting for the rights of migrant farm workers.
C-148 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

5:45 AM
The modern miracle of tranquilizers helps working men and their wives deal with life's little problems.
C-13 mins, TV-G,

Milos Forman's "Loves of a Blond"


2:15 AM
A young woman in a small Czech town sleeps with a musician. When she doesn't hear from him, she packs up and arrives on his doorstep in the big city.
BW-90 mins,


1:45 PM
An experienced cavalry officer tries to keep his new, by-the-books commander from triggering an Indian war.
BW-128 mins, TV-PG, CC,

10:00 PM
A scientist's experiments with invisibility turn him into a madman.
BW-72 mins, TV-PG, CC,


10:30 PM
Cowboys compete in a grueling horse-riding marathon.
C-131 mins, TV-MA, Letterbox Format


8:00 PM
A Texas ranching family fights to survive changing times.
BW-201 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds in "The Tender Trap"

2:00 PM
A swinging bachelor finds love when he meets a girl immune to his line.
C-111 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

2:15 AM
A medieval knight challenges Death to a chess game to save himself and his friends.
BW-97 mins, TV-PG,

4:00 AM
A devout coward vows to assassinate Napoleon in the name of love.
C-85 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

2:45 AM
A femme fatale lures an unemployed man into helping her with a criminal scheme.
BW-82 mins, TV-PG,

4:15 AM
A gambler discovers an old flame in South America, but she's married to his new boss.
BW-110 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Elevator to the Gallows Turns 60

Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows is a stylish and seductive thriller about a murder plot gone terribly wrong. But unlike most th...