Timothy Owen Driscoll (pulpjunkie) wrote,
Timothy Owen Driscoll

Brief TCM post before bed

Real quick, a brief view of tomorrow and Tuesday's series films showcased on TCM:

12 Monday
6:00 AM     Dick Tracy (1945)
      Dick is faced with a series of murders in which the victims all come from different social and economic backgrounds. Cast: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki. Dir: William A. Berke. BW-61 mins, TV-PG
7:15 AM     Dick Tracy Vs. Cueball (1946)
      A police detective uses his girlfriend to track down a homicidal maniac. Cast: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Dick Wessel. Dir: Gordon Douglas. BW-62 mins, TV-PG
8:30 AM     Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947)
      Dick Tracy takes on "The Claw" in this crime thriller Cast: Ralph Byrd, Lyle Latell, Kay Christopher. Dir: John Rawlins. BW-60 mins, TV-PG
9:45 AM     Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)
      Dick Tracy tracks down a bank robber using nerve gas. Cast: Boris Karloff, Ralph Byrd, Anne Gwynne. Dir: John Rawlins. BW-65 mins, TV-PG
11:00 AM     Saint In New York, The (1938)
      The Saint goes undercover to get the goods on New York's mob kingpins. Cast: Louis Hayward, Kay Sutton, Jonathan Hale. Dir: Ben Holmes. BW-72 mins, TV-G
12:15 PM     Saint Strikes Back, The (1939)
      The Saint helps a young beauty take vengeance on the mobsters who ruined her father. Cast: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Barry Fitzgerald. Dir: John Farrow. BW-64 mins, TV-G
1:30 PM     Saint In London, The (1939)
      The Saint's investigation of a counterfeiting ring uncovers a nest of spies. Cast: George Sanders, David Burns, Sally Gray. Dir: John Paddy Carstairs. BW-72 mins, TV-G, CC
3:00 PM     Saint's Double Trouble, The (1940)
      Reformed jewel thief Simon Templer lands in hot water when a look-alike smuggles stolen goods out of Egypt. Cast: George Sanders, Jonathan Hale, Bela Lugosi. Dir: Jack Hively. BW-67 mins, TV-G, CC
4:15 PM     Saint Takes Over, The (1940)
      Reformed jewel thief Simon Templar tries to help a police inspector whose been framed on bribery charges. Cast: George Sanders, Jonathan Hale, Wendy Barrie. Dir: Jack Hively. BW-70 mins, TV-G, CC
5:30 PM     Saint In Palm Springs, The (1941)
      Reformed jewel thief Simon Templer's efforts to deliver a fortune in rare stamps are complicated by murder. Cast: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale. Dir: Jack Hively. BW-66 mins, TV-G
6:45 PM     Saint Meets The Tiger, The (1943)
      The Saint infiltrates a small English village run by smugglers. Cast: Hugh Sinclair, Jean Gillie, Clifford Evans. Dir: Paul L. Stein. BW-69 mins, TV-G

Monday, we have Dick Tracy form 6-11AM, followed by the Saint from 11AM-8PM. The DIck Tracy films are low, low budget. Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome features the great Boris Karloff, though. The Saint (aka Simon Templar) fared a bit better on film. At least his b-movies were produced by a big studio. Templar is played in most of the series by ultra-smooth George Sanders (who would later be the voice of Shere Khan in DIsney's Jungle Book.) Plus, Bela Lugosi appears in The Saint's Double Trouble.

13 Tuesday
6:00 AM     Lassie Come Home (1943)
      A faithful collie undertakes an arduous journey to return to her lost family. Cast: Roddy McDowall, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp. Dir: Fred M. Wilcox. C-89 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS
7:45 AM     Son Of Lassie (1945)
      The beloved collie goes to war to help the resistance in occupied Norway. Cast: Peter Lawford, June Lockhart, Donald Crisp. Dir: S. Sylvan Simon. C-100 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS
9:30 AM     Courage Of Lassie (1946)
      A young girl tries to rehabilitate the famous collie after his return from combat service in World War II. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Tom Drake. Dir: Fred M. Wilcox. C-93 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
11:15 AM     Hills Of Home (1948)
      Lassie helps a Scottish doctor deal with his patients' problems. Cast: Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Janet Leigh. Dir: Fred M. Wilcox. C-97 mins, TV-G, CC
1:00 PM     Challenge To Lassie (1949)
      A faithful dog changes the lives of all who know her after her master dies. Cast: Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Geraldine Brooks. Dir: Richard Thorpe. C-76 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS
2:30 PM     Sun Comes Up, The (1949)
      Lassie helps an embittered woman find happiness with an orphaned boy. Cast: Jeanette MacDonald, Claude Jarman, Jr., Lloyd Nolan. Dir: Richard Thorpe. C-93 mins, TV-G
4:30 PM     Arsene Lupin (1932)
      A gentleman thief risks his life in an attempt to steal the Mona Lisa. Cast: John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Karen Morley. Dir: Jack Conway. BW-84 mins, TV-G, CC
6:15 PM     Arsene Lupin Returns (1938)
      A reformed jewel thief helps detectives track down a criminal. Cast: Melvyn Douglas, Warren William, Virginia Bruce. Dir: George Fitzmaurice. BW-81 mins, TV-G

Ah, the Lassie films. One of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1940s. The first film, Lassie Come Home, featured two new child stars: Roddy McDowell and Elizabeth Taylor! Heartwarming doggie action, plus there's even a Lassie-goes-to-war film (Son of Lassie)!
Then we have all two of Hollywoods Arsene Lupin films, based (very, very loosely) on the great thief created by French novelist Maurice LeBlanc. Even if you're a huge fan of the Lupin III anime, you may not know these films exist. Sadly, there's a good reason for that: they're not very good.

More on the rest of the week tomorrow.

Tags: 1930s, 1940s, bela lugosi, boris karloff, film: adventure, film: crime, film: mystery, film: war, tcm
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