A Flickchart Guide to TCM in August, Part 1
August is a special month in TCM-land, an entire month devoted to the Hollywood stars that make classic film so special. Each day of TCM’s Summer Under the Stars programming is devoted to a specific star, and they always have a great variety of major stars and more obscure ones to keep it interesting. There’s such a lot of great content here that we’re going to split this month up into two parts. Look for Part 2 on August 15th.
Monday, August 1 – Edward G. Robinson
Typecast in the 1930s as a gangster thanks to his star-making turn as Rico in Little Caesar (ranked 1552; playing at 7:30am), Robinson actually played a wide variety of roles on both sides of the law throughout his career, from a no-nonsense insurance investigator in Double Indemnity to a love-besot would be-artist in Scarlet Street all the way to a learned and introspective police analyst in 1973’s Soylent Green (not playing). There are few actors who can hold the screen as well as Robinson, and even in supporting roles he’s often the main reason to see any film he’s in.
TOP RANKED: Double Indemnity (1944; ranked 34 by 6162 users) – No question what Flickchart’s favorite Robinson role is: it’s Walter Neff’s boss in Double Indemnity, the suspicious insurance fraud investigator whose gut tells him something isn’t on the up and up with the Dietrichson claim. Playing 8/1 at 4:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: Scarlet Street (1945; ranked 358 by 6482 users) – I usually think of this noir as underseen, but it plays surprisingly well on Flickchart. The second Fritz Lang-Robinson-Joan Bennett-Dan Duryea film in as many years outdoes its predecessor The Woman in the Window, taking its midlife crisis at face value and not letting Robinson get off easy for his mistakes. Playing 8/1 at 8:00pm
WILD CARD: The Stranger (1946; ranked 1179 by 483 users) – Here Robinson plays a Nazi hunter suspicious that Orson Welles, a seemingly upstanding citizen about to marry the mayor’s daughter, may be a former Nazi hiding out after the war. A lesser-regarded Welles-directed film, but very fine noir indeed. Playing 8/2 at 2:00am
Tuesday, August 2 – Lucille Ball
An icon thanks to I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball had a long career independent of Lucy, and surprisingly didn’t even start off as the zany comedienne we all know her as. Her early RKO films (including a couple with Ginger Rogers!) have her landing sarcastic barbs, and many of her early MGM films focused more on her Technicolor-friendly red hair and placed her as a straight romantic lead in glamorous musicals. She even did some noir in her time (The Dark Corner, ranked 7418 and playing at 8:00pm, for example). Add in Lucy’s savvy business sense in running the successful Desilu Studio, and you have to wonder — is there anything this woman couldn’t do?
TOP RANKED: Yours, Mine and Ours (1968; ranked 4512 by 350 users) – Though you’d expect to see one of her films with hubby Desi Arnaz up here, Lucy’s top-ranked film is actually this Brady Bunch-esque combined-family comedy. Playing 8/2 at 10:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: The Long, Long Trailer (1954; ranked 7094 by 101 users) – Oh, here’s one of her films with Desi (the other one, Forever Darling, is playing at 4:15m). In this sit-com like film, the couple take an RV trailer on a trip, and yank every bit of comedy possible out of the premise. Playing 8/2 at 12:00M
WILD CARD: Best Foot Forward (1943; ranked 16174 by 9 users) – I had a tough time choosing between musical and noir for this slot; do check out The Dark Corner at 8pm, too, but I wanted to give a sense of what many of Lucy’s early MGM movies were like, and most of them were like this — bright and fun but largely forgotten musicals. Playing 8/3 at 1:45am
Wednesday, August 3 – Bing Crosby
The king of the crooners, at least until Frank Sinatra came around (and they shared the limelight for a while with their very different vocal qualities), Bing Crosby came to Hollywood early, getting a couple of films in the Pre-Code era before settling into a streak of wholesome success at the top of the box office. His easy-going puppy-dog charm was extraordinarily consistent from film to film, but managed to win him and Oscar for his role as a good-hearted priest in Going My Way (ranked 3002 and playing at 8pm). He played a few straight dramatic roles, but it was rare for him to step outside his comfort zone, which was fine for his millions of fans.
TOP RANKED: High Society (1956; ranked 1554 by 2245 users) – Can’t decide between Bing and Frank? Good news, you don’t have to! They actually made a few other films together (like Robin and the Seven Hoods, playing at 3:45am), but this is the best joint showcase for their talents, as they take on the Cary Grant and James Stewart roles in a musical remake of The Philadelphia Story. Having Grace Kelly pick up the Katharine Hepburn role adds a big touch of class. Playing 8/3 at 12:30pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: Road to Morocco (1942; ranked 2696 by 306 users) – Bing’s most common screen partner was Bob Hope, and they made seven of these Road pictures between 1940 and 1962. Road to Morocco is the best of the bunch, a light-hearted romp through the desert that benefits from Anthony Quinn playing it straight. Playing 8/4 at 12:15am
WILD CARD: The Country Girl (1954; ranked 5003 by 135 users) – For one of Bing’s rare dramatic roles, check out The Country Girl, which also garnered an Oscar win for Grace Kelly. Playing 8/3 at 10:15pm
Thursday, August 4 – Fay Wray
Known as Hollywood’s Scream Queen, Wray earned that title through several Pre-Code features that put her in the damsel in distress role — most famously as the gorilla’s love interest in the original King Kong, but also several others ranging from more jungle features to horror and even early sci-fi.
TOP RANKED: King Kong (1933; ranked 609 by 12208 users) – The original creature feature may not be as cutting edge now as it was in 1933, but the charm of Kong’s stop-motion effects are still intact. Playing 8/4 at 10:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: The Most Dangerous Game (1932; ranked 1417 by 571 users) – Hunting big game is dangerous, but not the MOST dangerous game; that would be hunting people on a jungle island. Playing 8/5 at 3:15am
WILD CARD: The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933; ranked 5212 by 117 users) – A personal favorite of mine, the original (and to me better) version of House of Wax, with a famous sculptor losing his hands to an accident and being forced to go to extreme lengths to continue creating lifelike sculptures. The two-color Technicolor adds to the film’s gloomy atmosphere. Playing 8/4 at 5:15am
Friday, August 5 – Karl Malden
A stalwart character actor who brought gravity and weight to many a film, Karl Malden’s career spanned stage, screen, and television from the 1940s-1970s. After several bit roles, he garnered the attention of critics and more with his turn in A Streetcar Named Desire, which won him an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. In private life, Malden live to be 97, married to the same woman for 70 years, which has to be a record for Hollywood marriages.
TOP RANKED: On the Waterfront (1954; ranked 85 by 7273 users) – Malden was nominated for a second Oscar for this film, in which he plays a priest trying to keep peace on the docks. Playing 8/5 at 8:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951; ranked 282 by 5602 users) – This was one of the first films to win Malden major attention, and his craggy-faced gravitas blends well with Brando’s animal intensity. Playing 8/5 at 10:00pm
WILD CARD: Gypsy (1962; ranked 5129 by 148 users) – For a different side of Malden, try this musical biopic of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. The story really belongs to Gypsy’s mother Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mother, and Malden plays her love interest, the one who grounds the movie throughout. Playing 8/5 at 5:30pm
Saturday, August 6 – Montgomery Clift
One of the most thoughtful and sensitive leading men to grace the classic Hollywood screen, Montgomery Clift came to Hollywood as one of the original Method actors coming out of the Actors Studio. Less animalistic than Marlon Brando and less rebellious than James Dean, Clift’s strength is his natural manner and sensitivity. He garnered three Academy Award nominations in his first five years on screen, but then his career and life were sidetracked due to a major car accident in 1956 that left him somewhat disfigured and suffering from chronic pain. He had several memorable roles after that (notably The Misfits and Judgment at Nuremberg, both in 1961), but he never personally recovered, becoming addicted to pain pills and alcohol. He died in 1966 of a heart attack.
TOP RANKED: Red River (1948; ranked 362 by 1002 users) – In only his second film, Clift holds his own against John Wayne, playing Wayne’s adopted son during a long cattle drive that pits the two against each other in a Mutiny on the Bounty-reminiscent power struggle. Epic stuff for a cowboy movie. Trivia: this was the “last picture” playing in The Last Picture Show. Playing 8/6 at 8:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: From Here to Eternity (1953; ranked 466 by 1751 users) – In this powerhouse ensemble pre-WWII film that won Best Picture in 1953, Clift manages to stand out against Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, and others as the weightily-named Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt, a former boxer whose commander wants him to joins their regimental boxing team. Prewitt blames himself for blinding his sparring partner and has stopped fighting — his refusal stirs up all kinds of interpersonal conflict within the unit. Playing 8/7 at 12:45am
WILD CARD: The Misfits (1961; ranked 1550 by 476 users) – The last film for Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, and near the end for Clift, The Misfits (penned by Arthur Miller) plays now as a kind of existential elegy for the western and for classic Hollywood itself. It’s a good movie in and of itself, but the tragic personalities in it loom largest. Playing 8/6 at 1:45pm
Sunday, August 7 – Jean Harlow
Speaking of tragic Hollywood stories, Jean Harlow was one of the brightest stars manufactured in 1930s Hollywood, enlivening many a Pre-Code with her frank sexuality and showing a surprising spark for comedy (I say surprising because in the wrong role, especially before the studios knew what to do to showcase her strengths, she wouldn’t be mistaken for a great actress, despite her unmistakeable “it” factor). She was at the height of her popularity and career in 1937, when she died of acute kidney failure — possibly a complication of childhood scarlet fever — while filming Saratoga (playing at 8pm). She was only 26 years old, but left a full lifetime’s worth of classic films in her brief career.
TOP RANKED: Libeled Lady (1936; ranked 1854 by 166 users) – One of the films that shows Harlow’s skills as a comedienne the best is Libeled Lady, an uproarious screwball comedy with a complicated plot of seduction, fake marriages, society dames, reporters, and jilted fiancee. Another great comedic role for her was 1933’s Dinner at Eight, which plays at 4pm. This one is playing 8/7 at 6:00pm.
DOUBLE FEATURE: Red Dust (1932; ranked 5334 by 70 users) – For Harlow’s Pre-Code side, you can’t go wrong with Red Dust, a sweaty south story about rubber plantation farmers and the women who lust after them (and vice versa, of course). Harlow plays the “bad girl” who’s been up and down the river a few times, in contrast to Mary Astor’s “good girl”; both are chasing Clark Gable, but I mean, Astor is also cheating on her square husband (Gene Raymond), so who’s really “good” and “bad” after all? Playing 8/7 at 8:00pm
WILD CARD: Red-Headed Woman (1932; ranked 9024 by 43 users) – Another Pre-Code gem, with Harlow seducing and homewrecking her way into high society, which backfires quite a bit, but that doesn’t stop her from trying — the real shocker here is what she’s able to get away with. The Production Code as implemented in 1934 allowed sin and vice on screen, but only if the sinners received their comeuppance. Harlow’s character here does everything from homewrecking and adultery to attempted murder and gets away utterly scot-free. Very daring. Playing 8/8 at 2:45am
Monday, August 8 – Esther Williams
Studio-era Hollywood had a penchant for making stars out of people with very specific talents — like figure skater Sonia Henie, or championship swimmer Esther Williams, who probably made the crossover into films with the most ease. She made some films like Take Me Out to the Ballgame that barely involved swimming at all, though most included at least some swimming extravaganzas, and others were built entirely on top of swimming-related stories. Williams’ movies are pure escapism of the highest-budgeted kind. Don’t be misled by Scarlet Johansson’s swimming star backstory in the Coens’ Hail, Caesar — the swimming aspect of the character is definitely based on Williams and Williams did become pregnant during filming a movie, but the similarities stop there.
TOP RANKED: Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1948; ranked 5966 by 95 users) – Williams’ top-ranked movie on Flickchart has essentially no swimming in it, but it makes up for that with the second pairing of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Taking a break from the sailors uniforms they don in their other two outings together, here they’re baseball players who discover to their dismay that their new owner is a woman — Williams. Playing 8/8 at 12:00M
DOUBLE FEATURE: Million Dollar Mermaid (1952; ranked 18289 by 11 users) – This is not Williams’ best swimming movie, probably (though I admit they do all run together in your mind eventually), but it is the one with the best backstory: she’s playing real-life swimmer Annette Kellerman, the first woman to swim the English Channel. Some of the most impressive production numbers are in play here. Playing 8/8 at 10:00pm
WILD CARD: Bathing Beauty (1944; ranked 11998 by 21 users) – Relatively early in her career comes this film opposite Red Skelton. Her aquatic musical numbers haven’t reached quite the fever pitch or production level that they would later, but I kind of like this film’s unassuming feel. Playing 8/8 at 8:00pm
Tuesday, August 9 – Tim Holt
Most of Tim Holt’s career was spent in B-level westerns at RKO, making a total of 46 of them in the 1930s and 1940s. He did manage to break out of that mold a few times, though, notably in The Magnificent Ambersons and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Orson Welles called him one of the most interesting actors in American movies, distinct praise for an actor whose success seems so isolated. TCM is playing several of his westerns, and most of his notable non-Westerns as well, so this is a good chance to take a look at this underrated actor.
TOP RANKED: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948; ranked 63 by 4716 users) – Holt plays the youngest and seemingly least jaded of the three prospectors in John Huston’s adventure, but holding your own against Walter Huston and Humphrey Bogart is no walk in the park, and Holt does it just fine. All three turn in career-best performances. Playing 8/9 at 8:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942; ranked 457 by 722 users) – Ambersons had a lot of problems getting from Orson Welles’ pen to the screen, but Tim Holt wasn’t one of them — he played one of the young Ambersons, as much the main character as anyone else in the film, and carried it off with aplomb. Playing 8/9 at 10:15pm
WILD CARD: Fifth Avenue Girl (1939; ranked 13706 by 9 users) – Among Holt’s excursions from tow-bit westerns were a few romantic comedies with Ginger Rogers. She did a ton of these in the last 1930s, in between and after dancing films with Fred Astaire, and I can’t say Fifth Avenue Girl is one of the best ones, but she’s always enjoyable. Playing 8/9 at 12:00M
Wednesday, August 10 – Hedy Lamarr
Based on the Flickchart rankings, the films on Hedy Lamarr day are among the most obscure films TCM is playing this month. I don’t think that’s because Lamarr is more obscure than some of the other actors (like Tim Holt, for example), but rather because most of her movies depended on her beauty and star power at the time, and don’t have the staying power today that, say, one-offs like Treasure of the Sierra Madre do. They actually aren’t playing a few that are better known, like Ziegfeld Girl or even her European calling card Extase. Instead these are admittedly mostly films that I don’t know anything about and chose based on ranking and title, so you’ll forgive me for being brief about them. Today Lamarr is arguably better known for something totally unrelated to film — her development (along with George Anthiel) of a radio guidance technology for Allied torpedoes, aspects of which form the basis for modern WiFi and Bluetooth technology.
TOP RANKED: Tortilla Flat (1942; ranked 8829 by 39 users) – Based on the novel by John Steinbeck, starring Spencer Tracy and John Garfield. Playing 8/10 at 2:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: Experiment Perilous (1944; ranked 12550 by 19 users) – Like Gaslight, a gothic-type story of a man keeping his wife a virtual prisoner through pretending she’s crazy, directed by Jacques Tourneur. I picked this based on the title without knowing anything about it, but now I kind of really want to see it. Playing 8/10 at 4:00pm
WILD CARD: Comrade X (1940; ranked 14480 by 8 users) – A comedy spy film about Communism, made in 1940 just BEFORE Communists were our sworn allies, and well before Communists were THE ENEMY – I’m always interested in how classic Hollywood treats Communism, as it changed almost year by year depending upon our political relationship to Russia. Playing 8/11 at 3:00am
Thursday, August 11 – Spencer Tracy
One of the biggest stars in Hollywood from the 1930s until his death in the late 1960s, Tracy was a reliably affable screen presence in dramas, comedies, crime films, and even occasionally horror. These days he’s probably most famous off-screen for his long-time relationship with frequent Katharine Hepburn, though as a Roman Catholic, he never divorced his wife for her. They did make nine films together, almost all of which are worth watching (and very few of which TCM is playing today — only Woman of the Year at 4pm and Desk Set at 6pm). Tracy also won back-to-back Best Actor Oscars in 1937-38, a feat which wouldn’t be repeated until Tom Hanks did it in 1993-94.
TOP RANKED: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961; ranked 435 by 965 users) – Tracy played a number of lawyers onscreen (including a turn as Clarence Darrow in Inherit the Wind the year before this), and Judgement at Nuremberg highlights that particular skill quite well, as he takes the role of Chief Trial Judge at the Nuremberg Trials. It’s a meaty role despite taking place mostly in the courtroom, and Tracy holds the center of this often episodic film. Playing 8/11 at 8:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: Captains Courageous (1937; ranked 1836 by 393 users) – The first of Tracy’s back-to-back Oscars was for this film, an adventure film based on one of Rudyard Kipling’s novels. Tracy is Portuguese-American fisherman who rescues young Freddie Bartholomew (a spoiled rich kid) after he falls overboard and brings him aboard his fishing vessel. His second Oscar was for Boys Town, playing at 2:30am. This one is playing 8/11 at 9:30am
WILD CARD: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941; ranked 4035 by 256 users) – This version of the classic horror story remains overshadowed by Fredric March’s 1932 version, but I think this one has a lot to offer. Rather than go the full makeup route that March did, Tracy opted to portray the shift from Jekyll to Hyde purely through expression and demeanor (and lighting), and does a great job at it — in many ways, this gets at the heart of the dual nature of man much better than some of the more grotesque approaches to Hyde. Playing 8/11 at 7:30am
Friday, August 12 – Janet Gaynor
One of the sweethearts of the silent screen in the late 1920s, Janet Gaynor made the transition to talkies (as well as several transitional talkies) with no trouble, remaining popular until she retired in 1939 and married costume designer Adrian. She also had a second career as an oil painter, and returned for a few films in the 1950s. She is notable for being the first ever recipient of a Best Actress Academy Award when the awards started in 1928, and the only winner to win for three films (the first year, winners were awarded based on their body of work during the year, not for a specific performance).
TOP RANKED: A Star is Born (1937; ranked 3339 by 152 users) – In this version of the oft-filmed rags-to-riches Hollywood story, Gaynor is the up-and-coming star and Fredric March her on-the-downswing husband. The opposite was true in real life, however, as Gaynor was only two years away from retirement and March would be on screen for another couple of decades. Playing 8/12 at 2:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: Street Angel (1928; ranked 5861 by 68 users) – This was one of the three films released in the 1927-1928 time period for which Gaynor received her Academy Awards (the other two were Sunrise and 7th Heaven, neither of which TCM is playing). Playing 8/12 at 10:00pm
WILD CARD: Sunnyside Up (1929; ranked 7025 by 31 users) – Musicals were all the rage in the early sound era, with all kinds of people who probably shouldn’t be forced into doing musical numbers to take full advantage of this new-fangled sound stuff. This one may not be anything to write home about musically, but it is very charming and sweet, and proves why Gaynor had no trouble transitioning into sound. Playing 8/12 at 2:00pm
Saturday, August 13 – Ralph Richardson
Along with Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson was one of the great British thespians, leading the Old Vic Shakespeare company after Gielgud. Specializing in Shakespeare, but also playing in plenty of other stage works and films, he developed a reputation as one of the absolute finest actors of his generation. He was a theatrical actor first, film actor second always, but he amassed dozens of film credits both in the UK and the USA, both dramatic and comedic (he specialized more in classic comedy on stage). He was a sympathetic presence usually, though he was capable of imperviousness when required (see The Heiress, ranked #1982 and playing at 8pm).
TOP RANKED: Time Bandits (1981; ranked 711 by 5565 users) – Unafraid of taking goofy roles despite his lofty reputation, Richardson played in several fantasy films in the ‘70s and ‘80s, none more beloved than Terry Gilliam’s time traveling dwarves tale. Playing 8/13 at 4:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: The Fallen Idol (1948; ranked 1711 by 184 users) – Director Carol Reed is sometimes mistakenly thought of as a one-hit wonder, thanks to the towering achievement of The Third Man, but in fact he has several absolutely top-notch films, and this is one of them. A young boy idolizes his father’s butler (Richardson) and his world is shattered when he thinks he sees him commit a terrible act. The point of view remains strongly with the boy, giving a unique child’s perspective on the adult world. Playing 8/13 at 10:15pm
WILD CARD: Things to Come (1936; ranked 3513 by 202 users) – Sci-fi was a fairly unusual genre in the 1930s (and like this film, was usually based on H.G. Wells), so this is an interesting curiosity as well as a prescient film about the future, predicting the onset of World War II with a margin of error of only 16 months. Playing 8/13 at 8:00am
Sunday, August 14 – Cyd Charisse
One of the most accomplished dancers ever to grace the screen, it’s easy to forgive Cyd Charisse her sometimes aloof acting as soon as she unfurls those mile-long legs. She became a dancer partially to build up strength after a bout of polio, which is pretty amazing. After dancing across the screen from 1946 to the late 1950s, she retired from dancing, but kept acting in film and TV for the next several decades. To see one of her purely dramatic roles, check out Nicholas Ray’s Party Girl (1958), playing at 12:00M. She was also married to fellow actor Tony Martin from 1948 until her death in 2008.
TOP RANKED: Singin’ in the Rain (1952; ranked 203 by 17717 users) – No surprise this is Cyd Charisse’s top-ranked film; she’s also only in it for the Broadway Melody sequence. That said, it’s one of the most memorable parts of the film, and also one of her most powerful dance numbers. Female lead Debbie Reynolds wasn’t a trained dancer, and Gene Kelly needed one for this dance-intense sequence, so he pulled in Charisse, and it’s incredible. Playing 8/14 at 2:00pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: The Band Wagon (1953; ranked 1587 by 347 users) – For a film ACTUALLY starring Cyd Charisse, you can’t go wrong with this one, a film full of joy and entertainment (in fact, it’s thhe original of the song “That’s Entertainment!” Charisse is a ballet dancer tagged to appear in a major new Broadway musical starring a fading movie star played by Fred Astaire — of course, they rub each other the wrong way at first, but then they dance “Dancing in the Dark” in the park, and well. . . It’s a non-stop delightful movie, but the highlight is the detective parody “The Girl Hunt Ballet,” where Charisse plays both the “good girl” and the “bad girl” to Astaire’s hard-boiled detective. Playing 8/14 at 8:00pm
WILD CARD: Brigadoon (1954; ranked 3540 by 303 users) – The Broadway Melody ballet in Singin’ in the Rain is the single best pairing of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse (they also costar in It’s Always Fair Weather, playing at 10pm, but it’s not great), but I have so much love for this silly Scotland-set fantasy. I doubt it holds up for most people, but it still charms me with its story of a Scottish town that only appears once every hundred years, just in time for American hiker Kelly to stumble into it and fall in love with Charisse, who’s basically from the 18th century. Playing 8/14 at 4:00pm
Monday, August 15 – Roddy McDowall
Mostly known as the child actor who waited for Lassie to come home, followed his father into the mines in How Green Was My Valley, and had a friend named Flicka, McDowall transitioned successfully into a career as an adult actor in films like Planet of the Apes (not playing), Cleopatra (playing at 1:45pm), and more. Later in his life, McDowall became a major advocate for film preservation, and served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
TOP RANKED: How Green Was My Valley (1941; ranked 1324 by 538 users) – McDowall already had over fifteen credits by the time he played young Huw in John Ford’s elegy to Irish miners, but this was the film that really put him on the map. Despite his youth and the large ensemble cast, Huw is the character that holds the film together throughout, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that the film would’ve suffered greatly had McDowall not been as good as he is. Playing 8/15 at 11:30pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: Lassie Come Home (1943; ranked 6663 by 125 users) – Lassie, of course, is the REAL star of this movie about a dog’s odyssey returning home after she’s sold by her poor family. Stories about dogs making their way home have a long history in the movies, and this remains one of the best of them. Oh, and McDowall? Well, Lassie certainly wants to get back to him awfully bad, doesn’t she? Playing 8/15 at 9:45pm
WILD CARD: Lord Love a Duck (1966; ranked 7469 by 71 users) – Okay, I picked this over some bigger name stuff because I love the title. Shoot me. I actually haven’t seen it, but reading up on it a bit makes me convinced this is a perfect wild card pick — it’s a black comedy satire of popular culture of the ‘60s. SOLD. Playing 8/15 at 6:00pm
If You’re Into…
We’re mostly indebted to Fay Wray and Jean Harlow for our selection of Pre-Codes this time, with a few one-offs from Edward G. Robinson, Bing Crosby, and Spencer Tracy.
Little Caesar (1930; ranked 1552 by 434 users) – Playing 8/1 at 7:30am
Going Hollywood (1933; ranked 13823 by 11 users) – Playing 8/3 at 6:00am
King Kong (1933; ranked 609 by 12208 users) – Playing 8/4 at 10:00pm
The Most Dangerous Game (1932; ranked 1417 by 571 users) – Playing 8/5 at 3:15am
The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933; ranked 5212 by 117 users) – Playing 8/4 at 5:15am
Doctor X (1932; ranked 6556 by 83 users) – Playing 8/4 at 10:15am
Red Dust (1932; ranked 5334 by 70 users) – Playing 8/7 at 8:00pm
Red-Headed Woman (1932; ranked 9024 by 43 users) – Playing 8/8 at 2:45am
Dinner at Eight (1933; ranked 2561 by 309 users) – Playing 8/7 at 4:00pm
Bombshell (1933; ranked 8163 by 33 users) – Playing 8/7 at 9:30pm
The Beast of the City (1932; ranked 11139 by 17 users) – Playing 8/7 at 10:00am
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932; ranked 8895 by 29 users) – Playing 8/11 at 6:00am
Movies to See Before You Die
We run a feature on the Flickchart blog called Movies to See Before You Die, focusing on films in the Flickchart Global Top 1000. All these films fit that criteria, so you can use this as a handy checklist as you work your way through Flickchart’s most highly recommended films.
Double Indemnity (1944; ranked 34 by 6162 users) – Playing 8/1 at 4:00pm
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948; ranked 63 by 4716 users) – Playing 8/9 at 8:00pm
On the Waterfront (1954; ranked 85 by 7273 users) – Playing 8/5 at
Singin’ in the Rain (1952; ranked 203 by 17717 users) – Playing 8/14 at 2:00pm
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951; ranked 282 by 5602 users) – Playing 8/5 at 10:00pm
Scarlet Street (1945; ranked 358 by 6482 users) – Playing 8/1 at 8:00pm
Red River (1948; ranked 362 by 1002 users) – Playing 8/6 at 8:00pm
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961; ranked 435 by 965 users) – Playing 8/11 at 8:00pm
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942; ranked 457 by 722 users) – Playing 8/9 at 10:15pm
From Here to Eternity (1953; ranked 466 by 1751 users) – Playing 8/7 at 12:45am
King Kong (1933; ranked 609 by 12208 users) – Playing 8/4 at 10:00pm
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955; ranked 616 by 550 users) – Playing 8/11 at 11:15pm
Time Bandits (1981; ranked 711 by 5565 users) – Playing 8/13 at 4:00pm
A Place in the Sun (1951; ranked 740 by 451 users) – Playing 8/6 at 10:30pm