Weekly TCM Suggestions: 11/26 2018 – 12/2 2018

Virginia’s Suggestions:

Bureau of Missing Persons (1933) Monday 11/26 11:00 PM

Bureau of Missing Persons

Good pre-code feature of “arrest first and ask questions later” cop Pat O’Brien getting assigned to the title department to learn how to use his brains instead. Interesting sequences involving many different cases the bureau deals with are sprinkled throughout the film.

Back to Bataan (1945) Tuesday 11/27 1:30 PM

Back to Bataan

Hard-hitting action sequences make up this WWII feature taking place in the Philippines have some excitement although it certainly is patriotic war propaganda from Hollywood. Anthony Quinn and Beulah Bondi are both good in this.

His Kind of Woman (1951) Wednesday 11/28 10:15 PM

His Kind of Woman

Robert Mitchum tangles with gangsters and Jane Russell in this Howard Hughes produced film noir that runs too long but is certainly fun to watch. Vincent Price steals the film from all involved as an adventure movie star who longs to have his image become a reality.

Peace on Earth (1939) Saturday 12/1 8:00 AM

Peace on Earth

Widely considered director Hugh Harman’s masterpiece and one of the best theatrical cartoons ever made tells the story of how man goes extinct after fighting wars. Cheery, cutesy animals contradict harrowing war images of gas-masked humans.

The Penguin Pool Murder (1932) Saturday 12/1 10:08 AM

Penguin Pool Murder

The first Hildegarde Withers movie is a delightful whodunit where schoolteacher Edna May Oliver helps the police department solve a murder case that took place at an aquarium. Oliver and James Gleason are both top-notch and perfectly cast.

 

Bianca’s Suggestions:

bureau of missing persons 2

Bureau of Missing Persons (1933): 11/26, 11:00PM: One of the fast-paced pre-code movies from Warner Bros. stars Pat O’Brien, who works for the bureau of missing persons and falls for mysterious girl Bette Davis. For fans of: snappy pre-code dialogue, wisecracking Glenda Farrell, and Warners’ stock of supporting actors.

beg, borrow or steal

Beg, Borrow or Steal (1937): 11/30, 8:00AM: This funny MGM programmer stars Frank Morgan as a man who wants to impress his daughter and says that he’s wealthy even though he’s a con artist. He scores a mansion for her visit. For fans of: Lady for a Day (1933), Morgan in the lead, and glossy MGM comedies.

edison the man

Edison the Man (1940): 12/01, 6:00AM: This follow-up to Young Tom Edison (1939) shows him now as a man played by Spencer Tracy, and the film is about his discovery of the lightbulb, which takes years of hard work. For fans of: film biographies, Tracy showcases, and period pieces.

penguin pool murder

The Penguin Pool Murder (1932): 12/01, 10:08AM: Edna May Oliver and James Gleason are perfect in the first entry in the Hildegarde Withers series where Oliver’s schoolteacher helps detective Gleason solve a murder. For fans of: pre-code programmers, film series, and funny Oliver.

crack-up

Crack-Up (1946): 12/02, 12:00AM and 10:00AM: Another great film noir from RKO stars Pat O’Brien as a man who goes practically out of his mind and can’t recall what happens after he gets on a train. For fans of: film noir-mysteries of the ‘40s, Claire Trevor in noirs, and psychological plot points.

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