TCM Genre movies schedule...

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  1. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    September already?

    THU 9/4
    10:30 AM: The Devil Commands ('41): Boris Karloff as murderous scientist seeking to communicate with his dead wife.

    SAT 9/6
    3:15 PM: Clash of the Titans ('81): Harryhausen's swan song.

    SUN 9/7
    8:00 PM: Planet of the Apes ('68)
    10:00 PM: Beneath the Planet of the Apes ('70): Neat, a double feature!

    TUE 9/9
    4:00 AM: Around the World in 80 Days ('56)

    THU 9/11
    3:15 AM: The Vampire Bat ('33): Mad doctor and/or vampire movie with Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray.
    8:00 PM: The Nutty Professor ('63): Jerry Lewis goes Jekyll & Hyde.

    SAT 9/13
    12:45 AM: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ('32): Well, how about that? And it's the good one with Fredric March -- refreshing after so many reruns of the lame Spencer Tracy remake.
    3:45 AM: Freaks ('32): The infamous Tod Browning sideshow movie.

    SUN 9/14
    2:00 AM: Madhouse ('74): Vincent Price as a horror star attempting a comeback and facing real murders. Also with Peter Cushing.
    3:45 AM: House of Wax ('53): The beginning of Price's horror-film career. Why aren't they showing these the other way around?
    9:15 AM: Scared to Death ('47): Bela Lugosi's only color film, more thriller than supernatural, though.
    10:45 AM: The Smiling Ghost ('41): Haunted house horror comedy, though more in the Scooby-Doo vein.

    SAT 9/20
    5:15 PM: 2001: A Space Odyssey ('68)

    SUN 9/21
    6:15 PM: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad ('58): Harryhausen classic.

    MON 9/22
    6:00 AM: The Phantom of the Opera ('25): With Lon Chaney, Sr.

    FRI 9/26
    1:15 AM: Dr. Strangelove ('64)

    Another lean month, albeit with a few well-worn classics toward the end. The Planet of the Apes double-feature and the return of the good Jekyll & Hyde are high points.
  2. TheCrow

    TheCrow Admiral Admiral

    Sep 4, 2008
    One of the other channels had all of the old Apes movies on multiple times last month. Got to see most of them all in one day.
  3. Sto-Vo-Kory

    Sto-Vo-Kory Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 25, 2008
    Battle Creek
    Thanks for posting the schedule, Christopher.
  4. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Oxford, PA
    Just wait until October. That's usually when they really break out the classic horror movies.
  5. RJDemonicus

    RJDemonicus Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    Again, I've got most of the good stuff on DVD already (I definitely recommend the 30s version of Jekyll & Hyde). But I've definitely got to see Madhouse. I might catch Smiling Ghost, too-- the Horror comedies from that era are usually pretty fun.
  6. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    October. This is a long 'un, folks...

    WED 10/1
    6:00 AM: The Adventures of Prince Achmed ('27): Silent silhouette-animated film based on the Arabian Nights. TCM has shown it before; it's really impressive.
    2:00 PM: Kismet ('55): Another Arabian Nights tale, based on the musical, though I forget if it has any fantasy elements.
    6:00 PM: More Than a Miracle ('67): Apparently a fairy-tale fantasy with Sophia Loren and Omar Sharif.

    THU 10/2 - FRI 10/3: Ghost theme night.
    8:00 PM: Topper ('37)
    9:41 PM: That's the Spirit ('33): Musical short
    10:00 PM: The Time of Their Lives ('46): Abbott & Costello haunted-house movie.
    11:30 PM: The Canterville Ghost ('44)
    1:15 AM: A Place of One's Own ('45): With James Mason.
    3:00 AM: The Cockeyed Miracle ('46): With Frank Morgan and Keenan Wynn.
    4:30 AM: Beyond Tomorrow ('40)

    FRI 10/3
    6:15 PM: 7 Faces of Dr. Lao ('64)

    SAT 10/4
    Noon: The Mummy ('59): Hammer version with Cushing & Lee.

    MON 10/6-TUE 10/7: Animation marathon!
    8:00 PM: The Cartoons of Winsor McCay: Compilation of shorts from 1911-21 including "Little Nemo" and "Gertie the Dinosaur."
    9:45 PM: 100th Anniversary of Bray Studios: Compilation of shorts from 1913-26 from a studio that was apparently big in the World War One era.
    11:00 PM: Animation from Van Beuren Studios: Compilation of shorts from 1929-1935, including a 1933 Wizard of Oz short.
    12:15 AM: The Adventures of Prince Achmed again.
    1:30 AM: Gulliver's Travels ('39): The Fleischer animated feature.
    3:00 AM: Magic Boy ('60): AKA Sh┼Źnen Sarutobi Sasuke, a Toei-produced anime film.
    4:30 AM: The Phantom Tollbooth ('69): Chuck Jones adaptation of the Norton Juster book.

    THU 10/9-FRI 10/10: More ghosts.
    8:00 PM: Portrait of Jennie ('48): With Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten.
    9:45 PM: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir ('47)
    11:45 PM: Pandora and the Flying Dutchman ('51): With Ava Gardner and James Mason.
    2:00 AM: A Guy Named Joe ('43): Spencer Tracy as a guardian angel.
    4:15 AM: The Ghost of Yotsuya ('59): Vengeful ghost of samurai's wife.

    SAT 10/11
    Noon: The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb ('64): Hammer again, no Cushing or Lee this time.

    SUN 10/12
    2:15 AM: Blacula ('72)
    4:00 AM: Scream, Blacula, Scream ('73): Need I say more? Blaxploitation horror with William Marshall.
    9:30 AM: One Million B.C. ('40): Not the Raquel Welch version, alas.
    11:00 AM: The Thief of Bagdad ('40)

    THU 10/16-FRI 10/17: I guess it's ghosts every Thursday. Mostly comedies this week, including two or three whose titles may have influenced Ghostbusters.
    8:00 PM: The Ghost Breakers ('40): With Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard.
    9:30 PM: The Old Dark House ('63): Suspense-comedy with Tom Poston.
    11:15 PM: The Smiling Ghost ('41)
    12:45 AM: The Ghost Goes West ('36)
    2:15 AM: Ghost Chasers ('51): Bowery Boys comedy.
    3:30 AM: Spook Busters ('46): Also Bowery Boys. Why does TCM keep showing series in reverse chronological order?
    4:45 AM: Gildersleeve's Ghost ('44): Based on Hal Peary radio character.

    FRI 10/17
    8:00 PM: King Solomon's Mines ('50)

    SAT 10/18
    Noon: The Mummy's Shroud ('67): Third Hammer Mummy film. Christopher Lee's stunt double plays the Mummy.
    8:00 PM: Field of Dreams ('89): If you commit, they will build. Or something.

    WED 10/22
    4:00 AM: The Amazing Transparent Man ('60): Invisible gangster.
    4:45 PM: Topper Takes a Trip ('39)

    THU 10/23
    2:15 AM: The Fog ('80): John Carpenter horror film with Adrienne Barbeau and Janet Leigh. Probably no little cat feet involved.
    6:00 AM: Night of the Lepus ('72): Janet Leigh and Dr. McCoy versus killer bunnies!

    THU 10/23-FRI 10/24: Ghost Thursday again.
    8:00 PM: The Innocents ('61): With Deborah Kerr.
    10:00 PM: The Uninvited ('44): With Ray Milland and Alan Napier.
    Midnight: The Woman in White ('48): With Alexis Smith and Sydney Greenstreet.
    2:00 AM: Night of Dark Shadows ('71): Second film spinoff of the horror soap opera, featuring much of the TV cast (though no Barnabas Collins).
    4:00 AM: The Others (2001): With Nicole Kidman and Christopher Eccleston.

    SAT 10/25-SUN 10/26
    4:00 AM: Tarzan and His Mate ('34): Second -- and sexiest -- Weissmuller/O'Sullivan Tarzan film.
    12:15 PM: Blood from the Mummy's Tomb ('71): The final Hammer Mummy film starts a bit late.
    2:00 PM: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ('82): I know this one well. Video version of the 1979 Broadway show, with George Hearn and Angela Lansbury.
    4:30 PM: Mad Love ('35): Peter Lorre mad-surgeon movie.
    5:45 PM: The Birds ('53)
    8:00 PM: The Haunting ('63): Robert Wise haunted-house film.
    10:00 PM: Village of the Damned ('61)
    11:30 PM: The Curse of Frankenstein ('57): More Hammer.

    SUN 10/26
    1:15 AM: A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011): Documentary.
    Noon: Tarzan the Ape Man ('32): Again, TCM shows the original after the sequel. What is wrong with them?
    2:00 PM: Planet of the Apes ('68)
    4:00 PM: Jason and the Argonauts ('63)
    8:00 PM: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ('41): The lame version again.

    MON 10/27
    12:45 AM: The Monster ('25): Lon Chaney Sr. as mad doctor. Silent.
    8:00 PM: On Borrowed Time ('39): Fable with Cedric Hardwicke as Death getting trapped in a tree by Lionel Barrymore. Huh?

    TUE 10/28-WED 10/29: Really long horror marathon.
    6:00 AM: Nosferatu ('22)
    7:45 AM: The Vampire Bat ('33)
    9:00 AM: Dead Men Walk ('43)
    10:15 AM: Isle of the Dead ('45): Karloff!
    11:45 AM: The Return of the Vampire ('44): Lugosi!
    1:00 PM: House of Dark Shadows ('70): First Dark Shadows film. Backward again!
    3:00 PM: Horror of Dracula ('58): First Hammer Dracula, with Cushing, Lee, Michael Gough.
    4:30 PM: Dracula, Prince of Darkness ('65): Third Hammer Drac.
    6:15 PM: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave ('69): Fourth one.
    Then a "Horror anthologies" theme evening:
    8:00 PM: Dead of Night ('45)
    10:00 PM: Twice-Told Tales ('63): Vincent Price does Nathaniel Hawthorne stories.
    12:15 AM: Kwaidan ('65): Japanese horror anthology based on Lafcadio Hearn's fiction.
    3:00 AM: The House That Dripped Blood ('70): Based on Robert Bloch stories. With Lee, Cushing, Denholm Elliott, and Jon Pertwee!
    5:00 AM: Torture Garden ('67): With Jack Palance and Burgess Meredith.

    WED 10/29
    8:00 PM: Psycho ('60)

    THU 10/30-FRI 10/31: Last ghost marathon.
    8:00 PM: House on Haunted Hill ('58)
    9:30 PM: The Legend of Hell House ('73): With Roddy McDowall and Clive Revill.
    11:15 PM: 13 Ghosts ('60)
    1:00 AM: The Haunting ('63) again.
    3:00 AM: Burnt Offerings ('76): With Karen Black, Oliver Reed, and Burgess Meredith.

    FRI 10/31-SAT 11/1: Another long marathon.
    6:00 AM: London After Midnight ('27): Tod Browning silent with Lon Chaney.
    7:00 AM: Mark of the Vampire ('35): Browning's sound remake of above, with Lugosi and Lionel Barrymore.
    8:15 AM: The Devil-Doll ('36): Browning & Barrymore again.
    9:45 AM: I Walked With a Zombie ('43): Real zombies, voodoo-style, rather than the modern misuse of the term.
    11:00 AM: Cat People ('42)
    12:15 PM: The Tingler ('59): Vincent Price gimmick movie.
    1:45 PM: Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007): Documentary about director of above.
    3:15 PM: Dementia 13 ('63): Francis Ford Coppola's feature debut.
    4:45 PM: Carnival of Souls ('62)
    6:15 PM: Repulsion ('65): Roman Polanski film with Catherine Deneuve.
    8:00 PM: Night of the Living Dead ('68)
    10:00 PM: Curse of the Demon ('58)
    11:45 PM: House of Wax ('53): More Vincent Price.
    1:30 AM: Poltergeist ('82)
    3:30 AM: Strait-Jacket ('64): Wm. Castle film with Joan Crawford.
    5:15 AM: Eyes Without a Face ('59)
    6:45 AM: Doctor X ('32): Michael Curtiz film with Fay Wray.
    8:15 AM: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ('41) again

  7. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Jun 9, 2001
    Mr. Adventure
    Some nice offerings for October, looking forward to some mummy goodness, Dark Shadows, animation and more.
  8. Agent Richard07

    Agent Richard07 Admiral Admiral

    Jun 20, 2001
    I've never seen Poltergeist. At least I don't remember seeing it.

    And no Ghostbusters?
  9. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Oxford, PA
    Random notes:

    1) London After Midnight is a lost movie, so this is probably the reconstruction somebody did a few years ago featuring still photos and title cards, not the actual film which no one has seen in decades. It's actually a bit of chore to sit through.

    2) Running the Dark Shadows movies out of order doesn't really matter since there's no continuity between them. "House of" is a gory retelling of the "Barnabas" storyline from the original soap opera, while "Night of" is basically a standalone ghost story that just happens to use some names and concepts from the TV show.

    3) "Blood from the Mummy's Tomb" is actually the first movie version of Bram Stoker's mummy novel, "The Jewel of Seven Stars," which was later remade as "The Awakening" with Charlton Heston. The Hammer version was a troubled production (the director died midway through and one of the producers had to take over directing), but it has it moments.

    4) In general, Hammer's "Mummy" movies aren't very good. The first one, with Lee and Cushing, is fun, but "Curse of" and "Shroud" are pretty bad. Note also that, unlike Hammer's Dracula and Frankenstein series, there is no continuity linking the Hammer mummy films. They're all standalones with no connection to each other.

    5) Looking forward to "The Time of the Lives" with Abbott & Costello, which I haven't seen in forever. Apparently, Bud and Lou were not speaking to each other at the time, so, unlike their other movies, they don't really act as partners in this film, which involves ghosts from the Revolutionary War.

    6) Torture Garden is also based on stories by Robert Bloch.

    7) Trekkies should note that "Dementia 13" stars William Campbell--from "The Trouble with Tribbles" and "The Squire of Gothos."

    8) And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that "The Legend of Hell House" is based on the novel Hell House by Richard Matheson. (Not to be confused with The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which is the basis of "The Haunting.")

    Thanks as usual for posting this.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2014
  10. Victoria Winters

    Victoria Winters Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 6, 2008
    i'm pleased they're showing the Dark Shadows films. as Greg said it doesn't matter what order these are played in.
  11. RJDemonicus

    RJDemonicus Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    This is a really good schedule. There's actually a few in here that I haven't seen, including several anthologies and a few cartoons. This will be a happy month.

    And the original One Million B.C. is really a great movie, despite the lack of Raquel Welch. Carol Landis is terrific, and Victor Mature is far cooler than the guy in the remake.
  12. Sto-Vo-Kory

    Sto-Vo-Kory Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 25, 2008
    Battle Creek
    Thanks for posting this exhaustive list, Christopher.

    A ton of films I want to see this month. Definitely all of the anthology films and as many Hammer movies as I'm able, but the one I most want to see -- the Winsor McCay animations -- they're airing during prime time on a night when my DVR is already maxed out. I wish they'd scheduled this special for a less crowded night or before the fall TV season kicked into gear. Maybe they'll make it available on demand. Fingers crossed.
  13. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    ^From my perspective, that would be "exhausting list." ;)
  14. RJDemonicus

    RJDemonicus Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    What are you DVRing? If it's new shows, then they should be available on On Demand by the next day or so. You could switch it up and DVR the TCM schedule and watch your regular shows on On Demand that week.
  15. Sto-Vo-Kory

    Sto-Vo-Kory Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 25, 2008
    Battle Creek
    What you're suggesting would work, but unfortunately, the two shows I'm recording (Gotham and the Originals) need to remain on my DVR until members of my household can see them (in the case of Gotham) or catch up on the previous season before starting the new season (the Originals, in this case).

    The timetable on when these shows will be seen by everyone that needs to see them is nebulous and on demand offerings often disappear before they can be a realistic option for us, so we record and hoard episodes as the surest, safest bet.

    Still, I hold out hope that the Cartoons of Winsor McCay will make it to TCM on demand. :)
  16. RJDemonicus

    RJDemonicus Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    ^^ I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

    Do you have an iPhone? There always seems to be more available on the TCM App On Demand feature than on cable.
  17. Sto-Vo-Kory

    Sto-Vo-Kory Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 25, 2008
    Battle Creek
    I wasn't even aware of the app or that it features more content. Thanks for the information, RJ.:)

    It's always nice to have more than one avenue to explore for media content. If my cable provider's TCM on demand doesn't include the Winsor McCay feature, I'll definitely check the app out.

    Thanks again for all of your help!
  18. Klaus

    Klaus Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 14, 2003
    Beach condo, Bay of Eldamar
    Yes, the WatchTCM app is excellent and has many of the month's movies available right after they're shown.
  19. RJDemonicus

    RJDemonicus Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    ^^ Yeah, I love it.

    No problem. Happy to be of assistance. :)
  20. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    Just saw The Mummy. Pretty good film, although to the modern eye it's hard to sympathize with the British tomb robbers over the Egyptian arguing for cultural preservation. But then, maybe we were supposed to sympathize, since Mehemet Bay made some pretty articulate arguments about respecting indigenous cultures, up to a point. Of course, he was also a murderous fanatic, but very articulate. I think the confrontation between him and Peter Cushing was my favorite part of the film. Two men aware of their mutual enmity but keeping it hidden, sounding each other out within a veneer of proper gentlemanly courtesy -- I love scenes like that.

    Although I have to wonder about the theology of the film's universe. "Karnak" was a third-rate, minor deity -- so minor there's no actual record of such a god in the real world -- and yet a scroll invoking his intervention to restore life actually worked, implying that he actually exists. Which further implies that the rest of the Egyptian pantheon exists too. And unlike a lot of movies of this type, there's no countervailing sign of intervention by the Christian God in the heroes' defense. So doesn't that mean that the modern, enlightened British society that Cushing is so proud of is actually self-deluded, while the Egyptians had it right all along? (Which might explain why Bey worships an ancient Egyptian deity even though our universe's Egypt has been a solidly Islamic country for over a millennium.)