What’s on TCM: October 2016

Christopher Lee Dracula

Happy October, everyone! Hope you have lots of space on the DVR, because there is a lot to look forward to in the upcoming month.

Naturally, since it’s October, there are a whole lot of horror movies on the schedule. Since I’m really digging horror movies at the moment, I’m totally excited about this. Every Friday night this month will be dedicated to classic horror films. Christopher Lee is the Star of the Month, so although not all of his films were horror, his work in those films are very well represented. And, as if that weren’t enough, they’re also doing a Monster of the Month tribute to Frankenstein every Sunday night.

Last October, TCM did an amazing spotlight on trailblazing women in the film industry, focusing on women who worked as directors. They’re doing another trailblazing women spotlight this month, but this time, they’ll be focusing on highlighting actresses who were more than just actresses. These are actresses who became moguls, fought against prejudice, made significant contributions during WWII, fought for social change, and so much more. Don’t miss this year’s trailblazing women spotlight every Tuesday and Thursday night, the lineup looks fantastic.

Without further ado, let’s get a better look at the schedule.

October 1: If you’re going to be up late, you’re not going to want to miss Roar at 2:00 AM. If you’re not going to be up late, set your DVR. Believe me, folks, seeing Roar is not the sort of experience you ever forget.

October 2: Glad to see Buona Sera Mrs. Campbell is on today at 12:00 PM since I missed that one at TCMFF this year. Later tonight is a Frankenstein triple feature of Frankenstein at 8:00 PM, Bride of Frankenstein at 9:30 PM, and Son of Frankenstein at 11:00 PM.

October 3: The first day of Christopher Lee as Star of the Month kicks off at noon today with Captain Horatio Hornblower, followed by The Crimson Pirate at 2:30 PM, The Warriors at 4:30 PM, The Accursed at 6:15 PM. Jinnah at 8:00 PM, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring at 10:00 PM, The Three Musketeers at 1:15 AM, and The Four Musketeers at 3:15 AM.

October 4: Any day that starts out with some Buster Keaton is a good day. The Cameraman at 7:30 AM, Spite Marriage at 9:00 AM, Free and Easy at 10:30 AM, and Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath at 12:15 PM. Tonight is the first night of the Trailblazing Women series, starting with a night of actresses who were also moguls. Up at 6:00 PM is the documentary Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies, followed by Little Annie Rooney at 8:00 PM, Mothers of Men at 10:00 PM, Yours, Mine and Ours at 11:15 PM, and Thoroughly Modern Millie at 1:15 AM.

October 5: This month’s guest programmers are Jonah Goldberg and Leon Wieseltier, who have chosen A Face in the Crowd at 8:00 PM, America America at 10:15 PM, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at 1:15 AM, and Fury at 3:30 AM.

October 6: A day full of Carole Lombard and Hitchcock movies? I can’t complain. Nothing Sacred at 6:30 AM, Made for Each Other at 7:45 AM, Vigil in the Night at 9:30 AM, In Name Only at 11:15 AM, Mr. and Mrs. Smith at 1:00, Foreign Correspondent at 2:45 PM, North by Northwest at 5:30 PM. Then it’s another night of trailblazing women, tonight focusing on women who fought to take control over their careers. We have Devotion at 8:00 PM, The Prince and the Showgirl at 10:00 PM, She Done Him Wrong at 12:15 AM, The Philadelphia Story at 1:30 AM, and The Swan at 3:30 AM.

October 7: I know I’m going to spend all day at work waiting to come home for tonight’s lineup of silent horror films. Nosferatu  at 8:00 PM, Cabinet of Dr. Calligari at 9:45 PM, The Unholy Three at 11:15 PM, The Phantom of the Opera at 1:00 AM, Haxan at 2:45 AM, and The Penalty at 4:45 AM.

October 9: Ready for more horror? The Ghost of Frankenstein is on at 8:00 PM, followed by Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man at 9:15 PM, House of Frankenstein at 10:45 PM, the 1920 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at 12:15 AM, Hausu at 2:00 AM, and The Haunting at 3:30 AM.

October 10: More Christopher Lee today with The Cockleshell Heroes at 1:00 PM, Bitter Victory at 2:45 PM, A Tale of Two Cities at 4:30 PM, Alias John Preston at 6:45 PM, The Face of Fu Manchu at 8:00 PM, The Brides of Fu Manchu at 10:00 PM, The Vengeance of Fu Manchu at 11:45 PM, Nothing But the Night at 1:30 AM, and Scream Again and Again at 3:15 AM.

October 11: The trailblazing women series is back to showcase women who made significant contributions during WWII. Hollywood Canteen at 8:00 PM, A Foreign Affair at 10:15 PM, The Conspirators at 12:30 AM, Princess Tam Tam at 2:30 AM, and Navy Blues at 4:00 AM.

October 12: Robert Osborne has chosen tonight’s lineup of The Young Philadelphians at 8:00 PM, Hombre at 10:30 PM, We Go to Monte Carlo at 12:30 AM, The Monte Carlo Story at 2:00 AM, and Snow Job at 4:00 AM.

October 13: More trailblazing women, tonight women who fought blacklisting. The Letter at 8:00 PM, Shampoo at 10:00 PM, Raw Deal at 12:00 AM, Citizen Kane at 1:30 AM, and Salt of the Earth at 3:45 AM.

October 14: Enjoy the lighter side of horror tonight with The Cat and the Canary at 8:00 PM, The Fearless Vampire Killers at 9:30 PM, Little Shop of Horrors at 11:30 PM, Young Frankenstein at 1:00 AM, Hillbillys in a Haunted House at 3:00 AM, Spooks Run Wild at 4:30 AM, and Ghosts on the Loose at 5:45 AM.

October 15: Deborah Kerr gets the spotlight tonight with The Innocents at 8:00 PM, The Chalk Garden at 10:00 PM, and Eye of the Devil at 12:00 AM.

October 16: All sorts of great stuff on today! The Great Dictator at 6:00 AM, An American in Paris at 10:00 AM, Beach Blanket Bingo at 12:00 PM, The Third Man at 2:00 PM, and On the Town at 6:15 PM.

October 17: Happy birthday to Rita Hayworth! See her in Only Angels Have Wings at 6:00 AM, Affectionately Yours at 8:15 AM, The Strawberry Blonde at 9:45 AM, The Lady from Shanghai at 11:30 AM. Then Christopher Lee takes over again with The Pirates of Blood River at 1:00 PM, The Devil-Ship Pirates at 2:45 PM, The Terror of the Tongs at 4:30 PM, She at 6:00 PM, Horror Hotel at 8:00 PM, Horror Express at 9:30 PM, The House That Dripped Blood at 11:15 PM, The Creeping Flesh at 1:15 AM, The Oblong Box at 3:00 AM, and The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die at 4:45 AM.

October 18: No Halloween is complete without Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at 6:15 PM. Then it’s another night of trailblazing women, this time it’s women who fought to break race barriers. There’s In This Our Life at 8:00 PM, West Side Story at 9:45 PM, Piccadilly at 12:30 AM, Bright Road at 2:30 AM, and Stormy Weather at 4:30 AM.

October 19: Lots of great noir on today. Mildred Pierce at 8:00 AM, Lady in the Lake at 11:30 AM, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers at 1:15 PM, Detour at 3:15 PM, and Born to Kill at 5:45 PM.

October 20: Tonight’s trailblazing women spotlight looks at actresses who were involved in politics and government service, including Bright Eyes at 8:00 PM, The Great White Hope at 9:30 PM, Women in Love at 11:30 PM, Hellcats of the Navy at 2:00 AM, and Hotel Paradiso at 3:30 AM.

October 21: Get ready for a night of mad scientists tonight with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) at 8:00 PM, Eyes Without a Face at 10:00 PM, The Body Snatcher at 11:45 PM, Phantom of the Rue Morgue at 1:15 AM, Macabre at 2:45 AM, The Corpse Vanishes at 4:00 AM, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die at 5:15 AM.

October 23: Even more horror tonight with Frankenstein Created Woman at 8:00 PM, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed at 10:00 PM, and The Phantom Carriage at 12:00 AM.

October 24: Christopher Lee is back with The Gorgon at 3:15 PM, The Curse of Frankenstein at 4:45 PM, Rasputin the Mad Monk at 6:15 PM, Horror of Dracula at 8:00 PM, Dracula a Prince of Darkness at 9:30 PM, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave at 11:15 PM, Taste the Blood of Dracula at 1:00 AM, The Scars of Dracula at 2:45 AM, Dracula A.D. 1972 at 4:30 AM.

October 25: For tonight’s edition of trailblazing women, they’ll be showcasing the work of actresses who are well known for their philanthropy. Wait Until Dark at 8:00 PM, Giant at 10:00 PM, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies at 1:30 AM, and The Tender Trap at 3:30 AM.

October 27: Design for Living at 11:00 AM, Some Like it Hot at 12:45 PM, and Sabrina at 3:00 PM. Then for the final night of this  year’s trailblazing women series, they’ll be spotlighting films that feature actresses who are also political and social activists. The China Syndrome at 8:00 PM, The Way We Were at 10:15 PM, The Thin Man at 12:30 PM, Joe at 2:15 AM, and Sounder at 4:15 AM.

October 28: Halloween is just around the corner and TCM is really starting to pull out all the stops now. Tonight, it’s all about horror films by Universal. Dracula at 8:00 PM, The Mummy at 9:30 PM, The Invisible Man at 11:00 PM, The Wolf Man at 12:15 AM, The Black Cat at 1:30 AM, The Uninvited at 2:45 AM, and Island of Lost Souls at 4:30 AM.

October 29: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the TCM Underground series, TCM is giving some of the movies they typically show during that time slot the chance to air at an earlier time. Blood and Black Lace at 8:00 PM, Carnival of Souls at  9:30 PM, It’s Alive at 11:00 PM, and The Baby at 12:45 AM.

October 31: Happy Halloween! Of course, it’s nothing but horror today with Mark of the Vampire at 6:00 AM, Cat People at 7:15 AM, I Walked With a Zombie at 8:30 AM, Dementia 13 at 9:45 AM, House of Wax at 11:15 AM, Black Sabbath at 12:45 PM, Dead of Night at 2:30 PM, House on Haunted Hill at 4:30 PM, The Haunting at 6:00 PM, The Devil’s Bride at 8:00 PM, The Mummy at 9:45 PM, The Hound of the Baskervilles at 11:30 PM, Scream of Fear at 1:15 AM, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll at 2:45 AM, and To the Devil a Daughter at 4:30 AM.

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