Happy Halloween! Before we get to the TCM schedule for October, it’s time for a little site news. To celebrate Halloween, I’ll be reviewing a different horror film every Wednesday this month. I promise it will be a mix between some typical Halloween favorites and some more unusual choices, so be sure to check that out.
Now, back to the TCM schedule. Since it’s October, I’m sure it’s not at all surprising that there will be tons of horror movies this month. Every Friday night is a night of horror classics from Hammer Film Productions. Fredric March is the star of the month, which I’m pretty geeked up for. Every Monday and Wednesday night is Critic’s Choice night, where two notable film critics pick two of their favorite movies to play. Some of the critics include Leonard Maltin, Roger Ebert and Mick LaSalle and they’ve made some pretty great choices.
October 1: Happy birthday, Walter Matthau! The day starts out with The Sunshine Boys at 6:00 AM, followed by Plaza Suite at 8:00 AM, The Odd Couple at 10:00 AM, The Fortune Cookie at 12:00 PM, Fail Safe at 2:15 PM, Ensign Pulver at 4:15 PM, and Onionhead at 6:15 PM. Starting in prime time is the first night of Hammer horror films. Tonight’s line-up is all Dracula, starting with Horror of Dracula at 8:00 PM, The Brides of Dracula at 9:30 PM, Dracula Prince of Darkness at 11:00 PM, and Dracula Has Risen from the Grave at 12:45 AM.
October 2: Schedule Change: As part of a two film tribute to director Arthur Penn, Mickey One will be airing at 6:15 PM before Bonnie and Clyde. The prime time line-up is all about killing sprees, starting with Bonnie and Clyde at 8:00 PM. At 10:00 PM is Badlands, followed by Gun Crazy at 12:00 AM, and They Live by Night at 1:30 AM. Looking forward to seeing Gun Crazy since I missed it last time it was on TCM.
October 3: Very excellent day! Wait Until Dark is on at noon, Leave Her to Heaven at 2:00 PM, Splendor in the Grass at 4:00 PM, That Touch of Mink at 6:15 PM, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at 8:00 PM, and To Kill a Mockingbird at 10:15 PM. Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night selection is F.W. Murnau’s Phantom, which I’m looking forward to seeing.
October 4: Happy birthday, George Sidney! His birthday tribute includes: Pilot #5, Scaramouche, Kiss Me Kate, The Eddy Duchin Story, Pal Joey, Who Was That Lady, and Bye Bye Birdie. Tonight is the first night of Critic’s Choice. First up is Leonard Maltin with two pre-code classics, Penthouse at 8:00 PM and Skyscraper Souls at 9:45 PM. Kenneth Turan picks it up at 11:30 PM with Touch of Evil and I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang at 1:30 AM.
October 5: Yay, a Bette Davis day! First up is All This and Heaven Too at 6:00 AM, Shining Victory at 8:30 AM, In This Our Life at 10:00 AM, Old Acquaintance at 11:45 AM, Winter Meeting at 1:45 PM, The Catered Affair at 3:30 PM, The Scapegoat at 5:15, and the documentary Bette Davis: The Benevolent Volcano at 7:00 PM. Prime time is all about star of the month Fredric March. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is up at 8:00, always a good choice, as is Anna Karenina at 5:45 AM. I Married a Witch is on at 12:45 AM, which I think I’ll check out.
October 6: I love this day so much. All day long is a birthday tribute to the wonderful Carole Lombard! It’s always nice to see some Lombard in the line-up. It’s Critic’s Choice night again and first up is Richard Corliss at 8:00 PM with Citizen Kane and The Seventh Seal at 10:15 PM. Next up is David Ansen with The Third Man at 12:00 AM and The Earrings of Madame De… at 2:00 AM. Lola Montes is also on at 4:00 AM.
October 7: All day long, there will be movies directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Some of my picks for the day include Ziegfeld Girl at 7:45 AM, We Were Dancing at 12:00 PM, and In the Good Old Summertime at 5:15 PM. Prime time is all about space exploration with great choices such as Forbidden Planet at 8:00 PM and Alien at 10:00 PM.
October 8: Happy birthday to Rouben Mamoulian! If you’ve never seen Queen Christina or Silk Stockings, I highly recommend them (they’re on at 11:30 AM and 6:00 PM respectively). Tonight’s Hammer horror film line-up includes: The Plague of the Zombies at 8:00 PM, The Devil’s Bride at 9:45 PM, The Reptile at 11:30 PM, and The Gorgon at 1:15 AM.
October 9: Prime time is all about showcasing movies that involve family members working together. First, Alfred and Patricia Hitchcock team up for Strangers on a Train at 8:00 PM. Next up is Walter and John Houston in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre at 10:00 PM, Haley and John Mills in The Family Way at 12:15 AM, Michael and Vanessa Redgrave in Behind the Mask at 2:15 AM. John and Lionel Barrymore finish up the night with Grand Hotel at 4:00 AM.
October 10: Lots of fantastic stuff on today! At 10:00 AM is The Two Mrs. Carrolls with Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck, followed by Notorious at 12:00 PM and Dr. Strangelove at 2:00 PM. Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night feature is Lon Chaney and a young Joan Crawford in The Unknown. The Unknown is one of my favorite Halloween movies. Schedule change: TCM will be paying tribute to Tony Curtis all day long: Beachhead (6:00 AM), Kings Go Forth (7:45 AM), The Vikings (9:45 AM), Operation Petticoat (11:45 AM), Who Was That Lady? (2:00 PM), Sex and the Single Girl (4:15 PM), You Can’t Win ‘Em All (6:15 PM), Sweet Smell of Success (8:00 PM), The Defiant Ones (9:45 PM), Trapeze (11:30 PM), The Great Race (1:30 AM), and Don’t Make Waves (4:15 AM).
October 11: The critics are back again! David Denby’s picks are The Big Sleep (8:00 PM) and His Girl Friday (10:00 PM). Then Robert Bianco takes over with The Perils of Pauline (the 1947 version) at 12:00 AM and Hail the Conquering Hero at 2:00 AM. Not a critic’s choice, but is certainly worthy of being one, The Palm Beach Story is up at 4:00 AM.
October 12: Today is a marathon of movies from The Saint series. Fans of The Saint may remember that there was supposed to be a marathon of Saint movies back in May but it had to be rescheduled to pay tribute to Lena Horne. It’s Fredric March night again and tonight are two of his most definitive movies: A Star is Born at 8:00 PM and The Best Years of Our Lives at 10:00 PM.
October 13: Tonight’s prime time line-up was picked by critics David Edelstein and Kim Morgan. David’s picks are The General at 8:00 PM and Smiles of a Summer Night at 9:30 PM and Kim’s choices are Something Wild at 11:30 PM and He Ran All the Way at 1:30 AM.
October 14: Here’s another day I absolutely love. The day starts off with a brief birthday tribute to Lillian Gish with Broken Blossoms at 6:30 AM and Orphans of the Storm at 8:00 AM. Then it switches over to some Alfred Hitchcock with Rich and Strange at 10:45 AM, I Confess at 12:15 PM, Stage Fright at 2:00 PM, The Wrong Man at 4:00 PM, and Dial ‘M’ for Murder at 6:00 PM. I love that they’re mostly playing Hitchcock movies that don’t turn up on TCM too often. Robert Osbourne picks tonight’s prime time line-up, starting with Incendiary Blonde at 8:00 PM. Then it switches over to movies with similar titles with Murder, He Says at 10:00 PM, Murder, She Said at 12:00 AM, The Band Wagon at 1:30 AM, and Band Waggon at 3:30 AM.
October 15: It’s time for another night of Hammer horror movies with The Mummy at 8:00 PM, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb at 9:45 PM, The Mummy’s Shroud at 11:15 PM, and Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb at 1:00 AM.
October 16: Tonight the star of the night is Marlene Dietrich! At 8:00 PM is A Foreign Affair, Knight Without Armour at 10:15 PM, Morocco at 12:15 AM, and Rancho Notorious at 2:00 AM. But I’m not quite sure what comes after that. According to the Now Playing guide, it’s Witness for the Prosecution, but the schedule on the website says The Blue Angel. Either way, it’s classic Dietrich.
October 18: Lots of good stuff scattered throughout the day. First is another showing of Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at 6:00 AM. Then at 10:30 AM is Bette Davis in The Old Maid and at 4:00 PM is The Heiress. Tonight is another night of Critic’s Choice. Joe Morgenstern chose Oliver! at 8:00 PM and The Black Stallion at 10:45 PM. Peter Travers’ picks are Almost Famous at 1:00 AM and The Lady From Shanghai at 3:15 AM. I know a lot of people aren’t thrilled when modern movies turn up on TCM, but Almost Famous is one of my favorite modern movies and is one I’d definitely consider a modern classic.
October 19: Today is all about two great stars: Rosalind Russell and Fredric March. Rosalind Russell day starts off with Evelyn Prentice at 6:00 AM, The Night is Young at 7:30 AM, Craig’s Wife at 9:00 AM, Trouble for Two at 10:30 AM, Man-Proof 12:00 PM, What a Woman! at 1:45 PM, The Guilt of Janet Ames at 3:30 PM, and Mourning Becomes Electra at 5:00 PM. In prime time, you get to see Fredric March with some great leading ladies like Miriam Hopkins in Design For Living at 8:00 PM, Norma Shearer in The Barretts of Wimpole Street at 12:00 AM, Joan Crawford in Susan and God at 2:00 AM, and Katharine Hepburn in Mary of Scotland at 4:15 AM. I’m very excited to see Design For Living. It’s a pre-code classic, but I somehow forgot to watch it last time TCM played it.
October 20: Another day with lots of great stuff scattered throughout the day. Nothing Sacred at 6:30 AM, Woman of the Year at 9:45 AM, Arsenic and Old Lace at 11:45 AM, and Marriage is a Private Affair at 1:45 PM. Tonight’s film critics are A.O. Scott and Lou Lumenick. A.O. Scott’s choices are Ride Lonesome at 8:00 PM and Park Row at 9:30 PM, and Lou Lumenick chose The Last Flight (11:00 PM) and All Through the Night (12:30 AM).
October 21: Joan Crawford in Possessed at 4:30 PM, which is what I consider to be her best performance. If you’ll be up at 4:00 AM, you can watch Hedy Lamarr’s scandalous film debut in Ecstasy.
October 22: Happy birthday to Constance Bennett! Her birthday tribute includes: Lady With a Past (6:00 AM), Rockabye (7:30 AM), What Price Hollywood? (8:45 AM), Outcast Lady (10:15 AM), Topper (11:45 AM), Topper Takes a Trip (1:30 PM), Merrily We Live (3:00 PM), and The Unsuspected (4:45 PM). Tonight’s Hammer horror selections are: X: The Unknown (8:00 PM), Five Million Years to Earth (9:30 PM), These Are the Damned (11:15 PM), and The Stranglers of Bombay (1:00 AM).
October 23: The man of the night is Alec Guinness. First up is Kind Hearts and Coronets at 8:00 PM, Captain’s Paradise at 10:00 PM, Last Holiday at 11:45 PM, The Horse’s Mouth at 1:30 AM, The Lavender Hill Mob at 3:15 AM, and The Ladykillers at 5:00 AM.
October 24: Bette Davis in The Star at 10:15 AM, followed by A Streetcar Named Desire at 12:00 PM. Late at night will be a couple of fantastic vampire classics with Nosferatu at 12:00 AM and Vampyr at 2:00 AM.
October 25: Katharine Hepburn in Summertime at 8:15 AM, James Cagney in One Two Three at 2:15 PM, and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday at 4:15 PM. Film critics Susan Granger and Tom Shales are running prime time tonight. Susan’s choices are Lust for Gold at 8:00 PM and The Magnificent Yankee at 9:45 PM; Tom’s choices are Mickey One at 11:30 PM and Hollywood Hotel at 1:15 AM. And if you’re up late with Hollywood Hotel, you might as well stay up even later for 42nd Street at 3:15 AM.
October 27: Another night that I really love. Starting at 6:00 PM is Mildred Pierce. Then the final night of Critic’s Choice begins with Roger Ebert and The Lady Eve at 8:00 PM and Sweet Smell of Success at 10:00 PM. Then Mick LaSalle comes in with Lady of the Night at 12:00 AM and Gold Diggers of 1933 at 1:15 AM.
October 28: It’s time for even more Rosalind Russell! Today’s selections: The Velvet Touch (6:30 AM), Tell it to the Judge (8:15 AM), A Woman of Distinction (9:45 AM), Never Wave at a WAC (11:15 AM), Picnic (12:45 PM), Gypsy (2:45 PM) and Mrs. Pollifax — Spy at 5:15 PM. At 10:00 PM, be sure to come back for Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca.
October 29, 30, and 31 are all pretty much non-stop horror films. On the 29th, I like I Walked With a Zombie at 4:45 PM. On the 30th will be Strait-Jacket at 6:15 PM, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane at 10:15 PM, and Cat People at 2:00 AM. And on Halloween is Freaks at 6:00 AM, House on Haunted Hill at 8:00 PM, The Haunting at 9:30 PM, Poltergeist at 11:30 PM, and the silent Phantom of the Opera at 1:30 AM.