Skip to comments.TCM Classic Movie Alert: 12/10/11
Posted on 12/10/2011 2:59:33 PM PST by re_nortex
The Caine Mutiny airs tonight at 8:00 Eastern Time on TCM. The Republican Debate starts an hour later on ABC.
The Caine Mutiny> is a classic film that has altered our lexicon with phrases such as "...steaming around in circles..." and "Ahh, but the strawberries...". And of course, this too:
How ironic that they are showing the Caine Mutiny after the start of the example of the Cain candidacy assassination.
Hahahaha. That is good. I have seen the Caine Mutiny numerous times. A great classic film with top notch stars.
Terrific movie! My favorite is Fred MacMurray, that cowardly yellow-stain blues of a fink!
Kelly’s Heroes is airing now.
It’s Christmas. Why is the Caine Mutiny being aired anyway? I’ve got 250 channels and I can’t find one Christmas movie.
What’s wrong with these people anyway? Let’s try:
The Bells of St. Mary’s
A Christmas Carol (the original version with Reginald Owen)
It’s A Wonderful Life
In the film, Fred MacMurray reveals his considerable acting skills which those who have seen him only on "My Three Sons" may not know.
I'm also in the camp believing The Caine Mutiny would be more compelling had it been shot in black and white. The story is the centerpiece and I find the lavish technicolor presentation detracts from the starkness of the drama. I think, for example, that To Kill a Mockingbird would have suffered had it been in color. IMHO. YMMV.
Black and white. I’ve never thought about it, but you’re right. Just think of the tension in the scene on the bridge in the hurricane, Wow.
Here it is on youtube :-)
Don't get me wrong...I'm not a Luddite when it comes to color in film. Lawrence of Arabia with its breathtaking scenes (and sweeping music score) is a film that has to be in widescreen color. A black and white presentation would made it something other than the classic it's become.
There were some colorized versions of It's a Wonderful Life that have (hopefully) been destroyed. As uplifting as that story is, much of it is a dark film. The colorized versions turned it into fluffy, cotton candy piece.
I didn’t even know there was a Republican debate on ABC tonight.
After pukes like Sawyers and Stephanoupolous(sp) as moderators, they’re complaining about Trump?
Thanks for the heads up, one of my favorites.
Well said. I am of the opinion that MacMurray is/was one of the most under-rated actors of all time. He could play heavy drama (Caine Mutiny, Double Indemnity, The Apartment) just as easily as comedy (The Egg and I, etc.). Just an amazing talent.
Btw, interestingly (or not): When MacMurray agreed to do My Three Sons, it was with the stipulation that he would should an entire season's worth of scenes up front, rather than ep by ep. That way, he could return home to Florida for the rest of the year instead of staying in Hollywood. The rest of the scenes in each episode were shot later on the regular schedule.
Double Indemnity is one of my favorites.
AMC is running both Holiday Inn and White Christmas.
>>>AMC is running both Holiday Inn and White Christmas.
Can’t stand watching anything on AMC. Too butchered to insert advertising.
Look for Newt to get in a few good shots at Stephi and Diane...
Got my little steel balls ready.
I love to watch early thirties movies virtually all of which are black and white. In fact, up to the thirties only a few films had been made in color. None of the big successes of the early thirties were made in color, and the big color hits of the thirties like Robin Hood, GWTW, Snow White, and the Wizard of Oz came in the late thirties. Why black and white is so attractive over color for certain movies is a mystery to me, but you're correct.
Great movie, would be even better in b/w.
Are you on my TCM Classic Movie Alert ping list? Would you like me to ping the list?
Yes, thank you very much. Since showtime is about an hour away, maybe such a ping will alert those for the 8:00 PM (Eastern) presentation.
Kellys Heroes is airing now.
I forget what a unique actor Telly Savals was. Can’t think of any actor like him today. He steals every scene!
And if you have color/hue settings on your television set, turn them all the way OFF for tonight's presentation!
Good idea, can you turn HD TV’s to b/w?
I know. I stopped watching AMC when they went to airing commercials.
(But when they have something I just have to see, I tape it so I can run past the ads- like White Christmas and Holiday Inn. They are the only ones showing it this Christmas)
TCM is showing Little Women (1949) 8AM DEC 24
I LOVE this movie.
(This review by someone of IMDB discribes it perfectly)
The opening scenes of Little Women are so beautifully captured on film that it looks almost like a Currier and Ives post card. It is so magically evocative of a New England in the early 1860’s that the viewer is transported to that time visually and emotionally. The characters are so well crafted, warm and human that you truly wish you knew them. The way the movie glides through the season’s, from the deep snows of winter, to the bright flowers of spring, through the summer into the golden hues of autumn each season is so wonderfully captured that viewers one hundred years from now will feel that they time tripped to that age so long ago. With the brutal civil war as the backdrop to the play, the movie tells the sensitive and gentle story of four young sister’s on the homefront. Each sister is defined and likeable. Brought to life brilliently by June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and Margaret O’Brien. Each actress captured fully the innocents, decency and depth of their roles, imprinting forever the definitive characterizations that would have made Louisa May Alcott proud. I love this most beautiful work of cinematic art so much that I never tire of watching it. It is a treat for the eyes, the heart and the soul and at the end when the camera pans back to view the sky festooned with a glorious rainbow your emotions leap for joy that a movie can so utterly express the simple elegance of human decency and goodness.
TCM Bishop’s Wife at 2:30 AM
Another Christmas goodie with Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. Lots of Christmacy snowy scenes, ice skating..
TCM Shop Around the Corner
A charming tale of pen pals who fall in love at Christmas
(inspired the modern,’You’ve got Mail’)
James Stewart Dec 18 10AM
TCM Dec 16 10 PM Christmas in Conneticut
Funny, charming pic with lots of beloved character actors like Sidney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner S.Z. Sakall
and Una O’Connor
TCM Dec 12 8 PM A
Christmas Carol, A (1951)
Fox Movie Channel is showing Miracle on 34th Street and Jigngle all the Way on Dec 25
It probably varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. But my 2010 vintage HDTV does have an adjustable color and tint setting under the "Picture" menu. And yes, I really do have it set to glorious B&W for The Caine Mutiny, starting in less than a half hour.
Should read JINGLE all the Way. Wow..did I scramble that one LOL
I love Little Women. Probably the first “big book” I ever read as a kid, the movie versions are all good, except for the horrible PC revisonism that took place in the 94 version that made the family liberals and Prof Bhaer a drinker.
One of the great things about LW was its strong moral compass. I love the way each chapter is based on Pilgrim’s Progress (”Amy Goes to the Vanity Fair”).
June Allyson was a great Jo, IMHO. Everyone today raves about Kate Hepburn, and she was good, but I do love June. She just doesn’t get the attention today she deserves. The only wrong note in that movie is I just can’t buy Liz Taylor as a 12 year old little blonde girl. Terribly miscast.
By the way, the story IS semi autobiographical and most people don’t know rich old Aunt March was John Hancock’s widow. http://www.bookloversden.com/series/girls/LittleWomen.html
As far as the debates go, I’m furious the candidates are eschewing Trump for bunch of liberals. I know Trump would have brought up good and important points instead of carrying the liberal agenda, like the MSM does. What the H is wrong with them? This was their chance to buck the MSM, and people WOULD have watched. But no, they had to go kiss up to Sawyer and co.
Angry about it. Won’t watch, and Romney certainly won’t get my vote.
I much prefer the June Allyson Little Women to the Kate Hepburn one. I’ve always loved June. I think she was under- appreciated, too. I loved her husky voice.
Seems like in movies, she was always waving goodbye and crying as James Stewart or Van Johnson went off to war.
We’ll never see the likes of those classic stars again.
They were treasures.
The handsome Rosano Brazzi in the 1949 movie helped, too. LOL
I think the color and the beautiful ‘Currier and Ives’ scenery had a lot to do with it.
Don’t you think the reviewer from IMDB got the discription down perfectly?
I never read the book, (wow- thanks for the link) so I never thought about Liz being so miscast.
If you get a chance, watch the charming, ‘The Bishop’s Wife’- a very underrated Christmas movie.
(as is Christmas in Conneticut.)
I don’t get it why they won’t face Trump, either.
Maybe they are afraid of the questions. Trump pulls no punches.
Speaking of Fred MacMurray and Christmas movies - Miracle of the Bells. It’s not a Christmas film per se, but it *is* about faith and the restoration of hope in the human heart. And in my book, that captures a lot of what it’s all about.
Here’s my favorite clip from the movie. Fair warning - it contains a *big time* spoiler if you’ve not seen the film before. I’m just posting it because MacMurray is so darn good in his part.
If you can, take a read of Little Women. It's really not too archaically written, like Pride and Prejudice is - it is an easy read, and it is a wonderful book. The dating comes in the fashions and customs, such as leaving calling cards, wearing gloves, corsets, and telegrams, not the style of writing.
I did make an error in the chapter listing - it's “Meg Goes to Vanity Fair”, and “Amy's Valley of Humiliation”. Amy was supposed to be the youngest of the sisters, the baby, blonde and a little spoiled. The other girls were all in their teens.
The 94 version totally rewrote the book in an opposite way, and it was really irritating, although the production itself was excellent.
For instance, in the 94 version, Prof Bhaer takes her to a meeting of progressive intellectuals and he also entices her to drink. In the book, the prof gets caught accidentally at such a meeting with her, and he gets very upset they are corrupting all the young people, so he reluctantly takes all the intellectuals on in an argument for the existence of God. He doesn't stand down and puts the world back in order for Jo, and at that point she starts to realize that character is more important than intellect.He also tells her never to drink.
Magnificent book, if character is what you seek to encourage in your daughters.
However, I wanted to ask if anyone saw the movie The Mortal Storm that ran earlier in the day?
It's a movie that stars Frank Morgan, Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, and Robert Young. It's an anti-Nazi movie about how a small village in Bavaria transforms from a close-knit college town of friends and family into a Nazi town that turns on its friends and neighbors when Hitler rises to power.
It reminds me of what we're seeing today with the "Occupy" movement, creating a new generation of "brown-shirts" ready to become a mob that attacks people who don't share their views.
I wish I would have known about that film since I didn't get to watch it and have never seen it. When it comes us next, please ping Vision so that we'll get an alert.
Thanks very much for the recommendation of what appears to be a fine (and very timely) film.
The Mortal Storm is one of the top 10 movies made IMO. Especially for the history surrounding it. I give the DVD out as gift.
“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown!”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” “