This month’s schedule is one that I’m definitely a big fan of. Being the big silent film fan that I am, obviously I am very excited for Buster Keaton being the star of the month! Every Sunday night will be all Buster Keaton, all night long. Not only that, since it’s October, it goes without saying that there will be plenty of classic horror movies to get you into the Halloween spirit. Monday nights are classic horror nights starting at 8:00 PM, with plenty more to come on October 29th , 30th, and 31st. TCM will also be commemorating the 100th birthday of director Nicholas Ray by playing a night of his movies every Tuesday night this month.
October 1: October gets off to a pretty good start with The Spiral Staircase at 9:30 AM, Another Thin Man at 1:45 PM, Doctor Zhivago at 3:30 PM, Ball of Fire at 8:00 PM, and Vivacious Lady at 10:00 PM.
October 2: Ninotchka is on at 7:30 AM and then there’s Strangers on a Train at 5:00 PM. Then tonight is a true Silent Sunday Night with Buster Keaton all night long. The General starts things off at 8:00 PM, Cops at 9:30 PM, Our Hospitality at 10:00 PM, The Love Nest at 11:30 PM, The Navigator at 12:00 AM, The Boat at 1:15 AM, The Goat at 1:45 AM, The Play House at 2:15 AM, The Scarecrow at 2:45 AM, The Electric House at 3:15 AM, The Balloonatic at 3:45 AM, The Paleface at 4:15 AM, Convict 13 at 4:45 AM, and Speak Easily at 5:15 AM.
October 3: Tonight is the first night of horror films on TCM and it’s an excellent one! At 8:00 PM is the premiere of A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King. Then at 9:00 PM is Frankenstein, Freaks at 10:15 PM, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Fredric March version) at 12:30 AM, Mark of the Vampire at 2:15 AM, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at 3:30 AM, and Nosferatu at 4:45 AM.
October 4: Start the day off with Lon Chaney’s The Phantom of the Opera at 6:15 AM. Then it’s a birthday tribute to Charlton Heston with Bad for Each Other at 8:00 AM, Touch of Evil at 9:30 AM, Ben-Hur at 11:30 AM, The Wreck of the Mary Deare at 3:15 PM, and 55 Days at Peking at 5:15 PM. Then is the first night of Nicholas Ray movies starting with Knock on Any Door at 8:00 PM, In a Lonely Place at 10:00 PM, They Live by Night at 11:45 PM, Born to be Bad at 1:30 AM, and A Woman’s Secret at 3:15 AM.
October 5: Tonight’s line-up is chosen by guest programmer John Carpenter and he’s picked The Thing from Another World at 8:00 PM, It! The Terror from Beyond Space at 9:45 PM, The Curse of Frankenstein at 11:00 PM and Rio Bravo at 12:30 AM.
October 6: Happy birthday to Carole Lombard! You can see her in Swing High, Swing Low at 7:30 AM, In Name Only at 9:00 AM, Mr. and Mrs. Smith at 11:00 AM, and To Be or Not to Be at 1:00 PM. It’s also Janet Gaynor’s birthday and TCM will be playing Nancy Has Three Loves at 2:45 PM, A Star is Born at 4:00 PM, and Small Town Girl at 6:00 PM. Then it’s a night of Robert Osbourne’s picks with The Gay Sisters at 8:00 PM, The Band Wagon at 10:00 PM, The Big Clock at 12:00 AM, Payment Deferred at 2:00 AM, and Castle on the Hudson at 3:30 AM.
October 8: Today starts off with The Broadway Melody of 1936, then there’s House of Wax at 9:30 AM, and a night of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. movies with Gunga Din at 8:00 PM and Little Caesar at 2:15 AM.
October 9: There’s The Big Heat at 10:15 AM and The Music Man at 11:45 AM. Then it’s another Buster Keaton night with Shelock, Jr. at 8:00 PM, Good Night Nurse at 9:00 PM, Steamboat Bill, Jr. at 9:30 PM, The Cameraman at 11:00 PM, Coney Island at 12:30 AM, Back Stage at 1:00 AM, Limelight at 1:30 AM, The Bell Boy at 4:00 AM, and She Went to the Races at 4:30 AM.
October 10: Buster Keaton overlaps into today a little bit with The Haunted House at 6:00 AM and Hard Luck at 6:30 AM. After that comes Four Daughters at 7:00 AM, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at 8:45 AM, and Hobson’s Choice at 12:30 PM. Then comes another fantastic night of classic horror films starting with The Wolf Man at 8:00 PM, The Uninvited at 9:15 PM, Dead of Night at 11:00 PM, I Walked With a Zombie at 1:00 AM, Cat People at 2:15 AM, The Curse of the Cat People at 3:45 AM, and The Devil Bat at 5:00 AM.
October 11: You can’t go wrong with Bad Day at Black Rock at 5:30 PM. Tonight’s selection of Nicholas Ray movies are Rebel Without a Cause at 8:00 PM, Johnny Guitar at 10:00 PM, Flying Leathernecks at 12:00 AM, On Dangerous Ground at 2:00 AM, and The Lusty Men at 3:30 AM.
October 12: Today’s got Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House at 3:00 PM, Mr. Hulot’s Holiday at 6:15 PM, The Manchurian Candidate at 8:00 PM, and All the King’s Men at 2:00 AM.
October 14: Now this is a day worth getting up early for! The Heiress at 6:30 AM, The Third Man at 8:30 AM, Some Like it Hot at 10:30 AM, The Apartment at 12:45 PM, and The Goodbye Girl at 3:00 PM. Then you can see The Three Musketeers three different ways with the 1974 version at 8:00 PM, the 1948 version at 10:00 PM and the 1935 version at 12:15 AM.
October 15: There’s a good streak of movies starting at 3:30 PM with Paths of Glory, then The Dirty Dozen at 5:15 PM, and The Bicycle Thief at 8:00 PM. La Strada will also be on at 12:00 AM.
October 16: There are some great comedies on during the day today, A Day at the Races at 7:30 AM, Love in the Afternoon at 12:00 PM, and Beach Blanket Bingo at 6:00 PM. Then it’s time for more Buster Keaton with Seven Chances at 8:00 PM, One Week at 9:00 PM, The Three Ages at 9:30 PM, My Wife’s Relations at 10:45 PM, Daydreams at 11:15 PM, Neighbors at 11:45 PM, Spite Marriage at 12:15 AM, and Free and Easy at 1:45 AM, The Garage at 3:30 AM, The Blacksmith at 4:00 AM, and The Sidewalks of New York at 4:30 AM.
October 17: The day starts off with the documentary Buster Keaton: So Funny it Hurt! at 6:00 AM, then there’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at 8:15 AM and A Foreign Affair at 10:30 AM. Later is The Lady from Shanghai at 2:15 PM, Red River at 3:45 PM, and From Here to Eternity at 6:00 PM. If you’re ready for more horror films, tonight brings us Horror of Dracula at 8:00 PM, House on Haunted Hill at 9:30 PM, The Tingler at 11:00 PM, House of Wax at 12:30 AM, Curse of the Demon at 2:15 AM, and A Bucket of Blood at 5:00 AM.
October 18: Tonight’s Nicholas Ray movies are Bigger than Life at 8:00 PM, The True Story of Jesse James at 9:45 PM, Wind Across the Everglades at 11:30 PM, Bitter Victory at 1:15 AM, and Hot Blood at 3:15 AM.
October 19: Today features a day of Elvis movies, which I’m not really the biggest fan of, but I do remember seeing Double Trouble (4:30 PM) in a class once and thinking it was hilariously bad.
October 20: There’s a pretty good assortment of movies on today starting with Way Out West at 6:45 AM, State Fair at 10:00 AM, Picnic at 12:00 PM, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at 2:00 PM, Dark Victory at 4:00 PM, and Flamingo Road at 2:30 AM.
October 21: If you’re up at 3:30 AM, you could watch Village of the Giants, which is another great hilariously bad movie. It’s got a giant dancing duck, how could you resist?!
October 22: Tonight’s TCM Essentials pick is An American in Paris (8:00 PM), always a good choice.
October 23: Today starts out with a fun double feature, Footlight Parade at 8:00 AM and Million Dollar Mermaid at 10:00 AM. And once again it’s Buster Keaton night! Tonight is College at 8:00 PM, High Sign at 9:15 PM, Go West at 9:45 PM, The Frozen North at 11:00 PM, Battling Butler at 11:30 PM, The Saphead at 12:45 AM, Doughboys at 2:15 AM, Parlor, Bedroom or Bath at 3:45 AM, and The Passionate Plumber at 5:15 AM.
October 24: One more Buster Keaton movie, What! No Beer?, comes on at 6:30 AM. It’s another night of horror films starting with Carnival of Souls at 8:00 PM, Dementia 13 at 10:30 PM, Strait Jacket at 12:00 AM, The Pit and the Pendulum at 1:45 AM, The Masque of the Red Death at 3:15 AM, and The Devil’s Bride at 5:00 AM.
October 25: What goes better after a night of horror films than a day of Jack Lemmon movies? First is Mister Roberts at 6:45 AM, then Bell, Book and Candle at 9:00 AM, Days of Wine and Roses at 11:00 AM, Under the Yum Yum Tree at 1:00 PM, and Irma La Douce at 3:00 PM. Then it’s another night of Nicholas Ray with 55 Days at Peking at 8:00 PM, We Can’t Go Home Again at 11:00 PM, Don’t Expect Too Much at 1:00 AM, King of Kings at 2:00 AM, and Party Girl at 5:00 AM.
October 26: The theme for tonight’s line-up is first movies made by actors after they returned from World War II. First up is Tyrone Power in The Razor’s Edge at 8:00 PM (I highly recommend that one), then Clark Gable in Adventure at 10:30 PM, Robert Montgomery in They Were Expendable at 1:00 AM, and Robert Taylor in Undercurrent at 3:30 AM.
October 27: If you want to see Bette Davis at her most evil, don’t miss The Little Foxes at 6:00 AM. Then it’s a night of 1970s musicals including Fiddler on the Roof at 8:00 PM, The Boy Friend at 11:00 PM (which I’m really looking forward to seeing), Hair at 1:45 AM, and Man of La Mancha at 4:00 AM.
October 28: Tonight at 8:00 PM, Bette Davis plays twins in Dead Ringer. Dead Ringer is a Bette movie that tends to get a bad rap, but personally, I liked that one.
October 29: No Halloween season would be complete without some Val Lewton horror! First up is Cat People at 8:00 PM, followed by the documentary Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows at 9:30 PM, The Body Snatcher at 11:00 PM, Isle of the Dead at 12:30 AM, Bedlam at 2:00 AM, The Seventh Victim at 3:30 AM, and The Ghost Ship at 5:00 AM.
October 30: The Val Lewton marathon ends with The Leopard Man at 6:15 AM. Then TCM stays in the Halloween spirit with White Zombie at 7:30 AM, The Devil Doll at 8:45 AM, The Uninvited at 10:15 AM, Berserk! at 12:00 PM, Dial M For Murder at 2:00 PM, Them! at 4:00 PM, and Forbidden Planet at 6:00 PM. Then it’s the final night of Buster Keaton movies with In the Good Old Summertime at 8:00 PM, The Silent Partner at 10:00 PM, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at 10:30 PM, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at 12:15 AM, Beach Blanket Bingo at 2:15 AM, and Around the World in 80 Days at 4:00 AM.
October 31: Happy Halloween! We’re in for a full day of classic horror! The Reptile at 7:15 AM, The Gorgon at 8:45 AM, Dracula, Prince of Darkness at 10:15 AM, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave at 12:00 PM, The Revenge of Frankenstein at 1:45 PM, Frankenstein Created Woman at 3:15 PM, The Mummy at 5:00 PM, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb at 6:30 PM, Village of the Damned at 8:00 PM, Night of the Living Dead 9:30 PM, The Innocents at 12:15 AM, The Haunting at 2:00 AM, and Repulsion at 4:00 AM.