MARCH 2007 – UK HIGHLIGHTS
BRITISH FILM WEEK: Page 12
The best of British cinema is celebrated in a week that sees a nightly
TCM premiere of a much-loved movie made in the UK. Featuring a
cavalcade of stars from Honor Blackman to James Mason, Jane Horrocks
to Richard Burton.
JOHN FORD WEEKEND:
TCM pays homage to John Ford - the legendary director who forged a Page 10
memorable screen partnership with John Wayne in a string of epic Westerns.
Plus the UK premiere of Directed by John Ford documentary by Peter
Bogdanovich in which the stars pay tribute to Ford’s genius.
FLARES, ‘FROS AND PSYCHOS: Page 4
Two days devoted to the seventies, a decade that witnessed a revolution in
moviemaking, with the premieres of Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, Taxi Driver
(1976) and Bruce Lee’s definitive martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon (1973)
MICHAEL DOUGLAS OFF SET Page 15
In an exclusive OFF SET interview receiving its world premiere, Michael
Douglas talks frankly and openly about Hollywood, his award-laden
career, his father and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
A bumper bag of first-run movies adds up to a viewing bonanza:
Taxi Driver (1976) Page 6
Enter the Dragon (1973) Page 6
The Shooting Party (1985) Page 12
Twelfth Night (1996) Page 13
Maybe Baby (2000) Page 13
The Wild Geese (1978) Page 13
Born Romantic (2000) Page 14
Tommy (1975) Page 14
A Night to Remember (1958) Page 14
YOUR CHOICE: Page 16
Giving viewers another opportunity to decide which movie they’d most like to
see from four top titles.
TCM CONTACTS Page 17
TCM CELEBRATES BRITISH CINEMA WITH SEVEN PREMIERES
AND SPOTLIGHTS JOHN FORD, 70s MOVIES AND MICHAEL
DOUGLAS IN AN EXCLUSIVE OFF SET
For devotees of British cinema March is an unmissable month on TCM, with seven films never
seen before on the channel in a week-long tribute to an industry that has resoundingly proved
that it is not Hollywood’s poor relation. British Film Week from Monday March 19th to Sunday
March 25th spans nearly half a century of moviemaking in the UK, with a premiere each night
at 21:00 - reminding viewers of the huge creative talent behind some of the world’s best-loved
Launching the season on March 19th is a fascinating OFF SET interview with Michael Caine in
which he reminisces about his career, reflecting on the film that gave him his big break – Zulu
(1964) – and the movies that made him an international superstar. The films get under way
with Alan Bridges’ poignant costume drama The Shooting Party (1985), with James Mason
leading an all-star cast in his last film role before his death (March 19th), and continue with
Trevor Nunn’s critically-praised 1996 production of Twelfth Night (March 20th) starring Helena
Bonham Carter; before romantic comedy comes to the fore in Ben Elton’s Maybe Baby
(2000) with Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson (March 21st). Richard Burton leads a crack
squad in thrilling mercenary drama The Wild Geese (1978) on March 22nd, and then the “rom-
com” genre is spotlighted once more in Born Romantic (2000) starring Craig Ferguson, Jane
Horrocks and Adrian Lester (March 23rd). Ken Russell had just quit the Celebrity Big
Brother house at time of writing, the cult film-maker’s sensational pop musical Tommy (1975)
featuring Elton John and The Who sets the screen alight on March 24th, and the week ends
on March 25th with A Night To Remember (1958), with Kenneth More and Honor Blackman
in a moving recreation of the sinking of the White Star liner Titanic in 1912.
March also sees TCM’s tribute to John Ford, a director forever associated with that most
loved of movie genres – the Western. In John Ford Weekend on Saturday March 17th and
Sunday March 18th, the spotlight turns on a master moviemaker known to one of his favourite
actors, John Wayne, as simply “Coach” or “Pappy”. Ford’s event-filled life and career are
explored on March 17th in Directed by John Ford, a documentary written and directed by Peter
Bogdanovich and co-produced by TCM and the American Film Institute. Clint Eastwood,
Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg all discuss the work of Ford, whose Oscars tally
included a record four for Best Director. Among the featured films directed by the six-times
Oscar winner are the sweeping 1962 epic How the West Was Won on March 17th, and The
Searchers (1956), a grim and graphic portrayal of the perils of frontier life, on March 18th.
The 1970s saw an explosion of creativity on both sides of the Atlantic as movie studios
reacted to changing public tastes in a period immortalised by the writer Tom Wolfe as the "Me
Decade". In Flares, ‘Fros and Psychos on March 3rd- 4th, TCM screens some of the films that
mirrored this exciting era. They include TCM premieres of two works that broke new ground in
cinematic storytelling – Martin Scorsese’s broodingly magnificent Taxi Driver (1976) with
Robert de Niro’s spellbinding portrayal of a deranged Vietnam veteran, and Enter The
Dragon (1973), the definitive martial arts movie starring Bruce Lee in his last role before his
untimely death at 33, both on March 3rd. The weekend also sees screenings of such 70s
classics as seminal science fiction movie Logan’s Run (1970) and tender comedy The
Sunshine Boys (1975) with Walter Matthau and George Burns.
Michael Douglas steps up on Tuesday March 27th, with Michael Douglas OFF SET, an
exclusive interview for TCM and a World Premiere. The actor who shot to fame in 70s crime
series The Streets of San Francisco talks candidly about growing up in Hollywood when big-
name stars were frequent visitors to his parents’ home; his two Oscars – for producing One
Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and starring as Gordon Gecko in Wall Street (1987) - his
admiration for his father, and his pride in the achievements of his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones.
The evening is dominated by an affectionate tribute to both Michael Douglas and his father
Kirk. In The Bad and The Beautiful (1952), Kirk Douglas excels in an Oscar-nominated
portrayal of a ruthless Hollywood tycoon, while in Coma (1978) Michael Douglas stars in a
sinister tale of medical malpractice.
March’s must-see movies are all being shown for the first time on TCM UK: Taxi Driver
(1976) and Enter The Dragon (1973) , both on March 3rd, The Wild Geese (1978) on March
22nd and Tommy (1975) on March 24th. Meanwhile in Your Choice on March 29th, viewers can
choose between romantic dramas The End of the Affair (1955) and Show Boat (1951) at
15:00, and comedy classics Blazing Saddles (1974) and Beetle Juice (1988) at 21:00.
Join TCM this month for a week of British film premieres, John Ford celebrations, 70s
cinema and Michael Douglas.
Flares, ‘Fros and Psychos
SATURDAY 3RD MARCH
05:00 Travels with My Aunt1972
d: George Cukor
s: Dame Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Lou Gossett Jr, Robert Stephens
Timid Henry Pulling (Alec McCowen) meets his extrovert Aunt Augusta (Maggie Smith), an
elderly eccentric, at his mother's funeral. An inveterate globetrotter with an eye for the
gentlemen, Augusta’s current beau Wordsworth (Lou Gossett Jr.) is a much younger man.
She embroils Henry in a complex ransom plot which involves them taking a journey on the
Istanbul Express across Europe to rescue her former lover Visconti (Robert Stephens).
The screenplay was adapted from Graham Greene’s famous novel and director George Cukor
coaxes some memorable performances from the host of colourful characters in his screen
production. Maggie Smith, at 38, earned an Oscar nomination for her enthusiastically
eccentric interpretation of 70-year old Augusta. At the time she and co-star Robert Stephens
06:50 The Walking Stick 1970
d: Eric Till
s: David Hemmings, Samantha Eggar
Deborah’s well-ordered life is chaotically transformed when she meets a handsome stranger
at a Hampstead party. Romance blossoms and Deborah revels in her happiness. Slowly but
surely however, her idyll crumbles when she discovers her partner has been lying to her about
his past. Devastatingly, it becomes apparent that he and his friends have been planning to rob
the auction house where she works and she is being cruelly used for the acquisition of inside
knowledge about the business.
Hemmings and Eggar were at the height of their screen popularity at the time of this movie,
notable for Stanley Myers' Cavatina theme that was re-used to greater effect in The Deer
Hunter eight years later. Savour the evocative images of London, including some parts that
have since disappeared to the developers’ bulldozers.
08:50 Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (restored version) | 1970
d: Denis Sanders
s: Elvis Presley
In a treat for Elvis fans and others who just love a good show, the restored version of
Presley’s 1970 Las Vegas concert series shows him at his peak and reveals his seldom-seen
personal side. Featuring rare, behind-the-scenes footage, the documentary depicts a joking
Elvis with his backing singers, as well as off-stage antics that include ripping his trousers,
falling off a chair and fooling around with the ‘Memphis Mafia’.
The 97-minute concert film contains lots of new material, including ten new and exclusive
songs, among them a version of Love Me Tender during which he walks through the audience
– something he did only during this concert series.
11:00 Logan’s Run |1970
d: Michael Anderson
s: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Peter Ustinov, Farrah Fawcett, Richard Jordan
In this sci-fi masterpiece, the clocks go forward two centuries to a time when humans inhabit
an enviable utopia. Sadly, it cannot last because they are doomed to die at 30 (a crystal in
their hand turns red to warn them). Logan 5 (played Michael York) is one of the ‘”Sandmen”
who has the job of preventing the 30 year-olds or “Runners” trying to evade their grisly fate.
But when he meets the beguiling Jessica 6 (Jenny Agutter) he begins to have doubts about
what he’s doing.
Some say this is the best example of its genre ever made, and Logan’s Run devotees can be
as passionate about this film as Trekkies are about the object of their worship. Director
Michael Anderson was responsible for two earlier and very contrasting movies -The Dam
Busters (1955) and Around The World in 80 Days (1956). Lindsay Wagner and Jon Voight
were first choice for the two lead roles of Jessica and Logan, but for various reasons did not
take them up.
13:10 The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight |1971
d: James Goldstone
s: Robert De Niro, Jo Van Fleet, Jerry Orbach, Leigh Taylor-Young , Lionel Stander
Italian cyclist Mario Trantino (Robert De Niro) accidentally pedals his way into a full-scale
Brooklyn gang war. A gang run by Kid Sally Palumbo (Jerry Orbach) is accountable to
mobster Baccala (Lionel Stander). Palumbo wants to be boss but his attempts to kill Baccala
keep failing, so when Mario starts seeing Palumbo’s sister (Leigh Taylor-Young) he is lined up
to bump him off.
Al Pacino was originally cast as Trantino but rejected it for The Godfather (1972). The
inspiration for the novel was the Gallo family and Kid Sally’s character was based on Joey
Gallo who eventually became good friends with the actor who portrayed him, Jerry Orbach.
But Gallo and his gang weren’t happy with the book.
15:00 Superman: The Movie | 1978
d: Richard Donner
s: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Glenn Ford, Marlon Brando
In this thrilling adaptation of the much-loved comic book series, Superboy is adopted by the
Kents (Glenn Ford and Phyllis Thaxter) who name him Clark. The mild-mannered lad
gradually becomes aware of his superhuman powers and makes up his mind to use them for
the benefit of mankind. As a reporter at The Daily Planet, he struggles to conceal his true
identity while battling to thwart the evil schemes of criminal mastermind Lex Luthor (Gene
Bestselling author Mario Puzo, who wrote The Godfather, penned the screenplay and
triumphantly retains the appeal of the original comic book. Good-looking and muscular,
Christopher Reeve based his portrayal of Clark Kent on Cary Grant’s character in Bringing Up
Baby (1938). Superman propelled him to stardom, but tragically Reeve would soon suffer
catastrophic injuries in a horse-riding accident and be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of
17:25 Tick…Tick…Tick… | 1978
d: Ralph Nelson
s: Jim Brown, George Kennedy, Fredric March
Jim Brown plays a black man who has been elected sheriff in a racially-polarised southern
town, thanks to a large turnout of black voters. Inevitably there is a backlash from aggrieved
whites, and the former white sheriff (George Kennedy) finds himself having to balance his
devotion to the law with his family and community relations. Things boil over when the new
lawman jails a white man who happens to be the son of a wealthy landowner.
Brown, perhaps better known for his role as one of the disparate group of GIs in The Dirty
Dozen (1967), excels in this movie exploring all-too-tragic racial divisions in the Deep South.
There’s an obvious comparison here with In The Heat of the Night (1967) starring Sidney
Poitier and Rod Steiger, but this movie is good enough in its own right to merit serious
consideration. Always dependable, George Kennedy gives a typically superb performance in
the supporting role.
19:10 Skyjacked | 1972
d: John Guillermin
s: Charlton Heston, James Brolin, Walter Pidgeon
Terror erupts aboard a Boeing 707 when a deranged Vietnam vet announces he’s diverting
the aircraft to Russia. Captain Hank O’Hara is the man at the controls, behind him is a mixed
bag of passengers including an expectant mum who boards the flight as she's about to give
birth. Meanwhile one of the stewardesses has had an affair with the captain and is now
romancing the first officer. It all makes for a highly potent combination 36,000ft above the
This movie was filmed at a time when every other week seemed to bring a new incident of
skyjacking. If you’re in a hijacked airliner however, you couldn’t hope for a safer pair of hands
than those of Charlton Heston, here playing the beleaguered skipper. Aviation buffs say this
film stands out for some of the best shots of a Boeing 707 in flight – surpassing even the
computer-generated images we could expect today.
21:00 Taxi Driver 1976 PREMIERE
d: Martin Scorsese
s: Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster
Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle, plagued by insomnia, sees the worst of New York City while
driving a yellow cab on the night shift. As he surveys the low life, he mutters: "Someday a real
rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets." Travis’s isolation deepens when he fails
to impress Betsy, a Senator's campaign worker, and cannot persuade child prostitute Iris to
desert her pimp and return to her parents. Half-crazed, Travis sets out to assassinate a
Ever the perfectionist, De Niro worked twelve hour days for a month driving cabs as
preparation for this role and also studied mental illness. Meanwhile, Keitel rehearsed with real
pimps to get his portrayal right. Owing to her youth, Jodie Foster could not do some of the
more explicit scenes and her older sister Connie doubled for her. De Niro’s famous line “You
talking to me?" was voted as the tenth most memorable movie quote by the American Film
23:10 Enter the Dragon 1973PREMIERE
d: Robert Clouse
s: Bruce Lee, John Saxon
Lee plays a Hong Kong-based martial arts expert invited to a tournament on an island owned
by Han, a reclusive billionaire who was once a member of the Temple but has now become a
renegade. Police believe Han uses his tournaments as cover for narcotic and prostitution
activities. Learning that Han was implicated in the death of his sister, Lee enters the
tournament to collect evidence against Han, and soon finds himself up against an army of
To the enormous grief of his worldwide fan base of millions, Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong of a
cerebral edema at the age of 33 three weeks before the film's premiere in 1973. But he was
almost finished off by the film itself. In one scene, another actor mistimed his thrust of a
broken bottle towards Lee and severely cut his hand (fake glass was not available). And on
another occasion when handling a poisonous snake, Lee was bitten by the reptile. Luckily its
venom gland had been removed.
d: Gordon Parks
s: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St John
New York’s Harlem district teems with danger and intrigue, and it’s here that John Shaft
(Richard Roundtree) is hired by gangster Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn) to find his kidnapped
daughter. Checking out the usual suspects, he first calls on the local Black Panthers but then
suspects the real culprits are the Mafia, who want to expand their turf into Harlem. Shaft goes
back to the militant group with a plea to help find the missing girl.
Good-looking and athletic, Richard Roundtree played the leather-clad Shaft to perfection.
Director Gordon Parks brought it all together, and the movie was so popular it was followed by
two sequels, a TV series and a plenty of imitations. Some called this a “Blaxploitation” film but
Parks bridled at that, asking “who exploits whom?”
SUNDAY 4TH MARCH
05:00 Joe the Busybody | 1971
d: Jean Girault
s: Louis de Funès, Claude Gensac, Michel Galabru
Louis de Funès is at his best in this screwball comedy, which many of his admirers rate as his
best film. The plot centres on a playwright specialising in crime thrillers, who finds himself
having to hide a corpse from his wife and everyone else. His bumbling attempts at keeping his
gruesome secret set the scene for a parade of side-splitting mishaps.
Fans of this classic French farce (and there are many) are so besotted by it that they can
often be found quoting large tracts from the dialogue and acting out the scenes in their own
homes. De Funès has been compared to Benny Hill, Peter Sellers and Jerry Lewis all rolled
into one, so lovers of slapstick will not be disappointed by this definitive 70s outing for the
06:30 Catlow │1971
d: Sam Wanamaker
s: Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna, Leonard Nimoy, Daliah Lavi, Jeff Corey
Catlow, played by Yul Brynner, is a cattle rustler who tries to stay one step ahead of the local
sheriff (Richard Crenna), as well as an old friend and a bloodthirsty bounty hunter, (played by
Leonard Nimoy) in his bid to recover the hidden booty from a two-million-dollar gold robbery.
The scene is set for a tumultuous, frenetic journey around the badlands of the American West,
with plenty of thrills and surprises along the way.
Celebrated Anglophile Sam Wanamaker, the inspiration behind London’s rebuilt Globe
theatre- directed this tongue-in-cheek Western which draws on many familiar Western
characters such as Apaches, Mexican soldiery and assorted cut-throats to name but a few.
The movie was filmed in Spain and proved that Leonard Nimoy, alias the gentle Spock in TV’s
Star Trek, could do villains just as well.
08:55 The Sunshine Boys1975
d: Herbert Ross
s: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin
Al Lewis (George Burns) and Willy Clark (Walther Matthau), a popular comedy double-act in
the 1920s, are enticed into a reunion for a television special. Their fans are unaware however
that their on-stage chumminess hides a healthy contempt for one another. Clark’s nephew
Ben (Richard Benjamin) has the unenviable task of persuading the squabbling twosome to call
a truce and perform just one last time.
Jack Benny was lined up to play the part of Al Lewis, but sadly the veteran funny man was
ailing and he died before filming started. Into his shoes stepped his old friend Burns, who duly
won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance. Matthau meanwhile could have been forgiven
a feeling of déjà vu as he had also appeared in another Neil Simon story of a mismatched
male duo, The Odd Couple (1968), with Jack Lemmon.
11:00 The Champ |1979
d: Franco Zeffirelli
s: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder
Ageing ex-boxing star Billy Flynn (Jon Voight) and his son TJ (Ricky Schroder) rub along
together well in spite of Flynn’s heavy drinking and gambling debts. Billy is thrown into turmoil
when his ex-wife Annie (Faye Dunaway) and her new husband arrive demanding custody of
TJ. This shock development persuades Flynn he needs to earn more money, so he goes back
into the ring – little knowing that tragedy lies ahead.
Originally meant as a vehicle for Ryan and Griffin O'Neal, this was a re-make of a 1931 movie
which earned child star Jackie Cooper an Oscar and in the process the accolade of being the
youngest ever recipient of the award. In this later version, there are fine cameo turns from
Joan Blondell, Elisha Cook Jr and Strother Martin.
13:20 Elvis On Tour │1972
d: Robert Abel
s: Elvis Presley, Vernon Presley, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling and Elvis’ band
A Golden Globe winner for best documentary, this electrifying 93-minute profile of Elvis on a
sell-out tour shows him wowing the crowds in a sensational style. And in a novel twist, the film
makes use of a split screen technique to juxtapose various aspects of Elvis’s life using
In a feast of nostalgia, Elvis belts out such popular numbers as Burning Love, Don’t Be Cruel,
Blue Suede Shoes, That’s All Right, Love Me Tender and Can’t Help Falling in Love. Viewers
will also relish the footage from the first Ed Sullivan Show; Elvis’ Army induction; his adoring
fans; recording in his studio; his concert preparations and snippets from his movies. Elvis’
dad Vernon also makes an appearance.
15:00 Being There │1979
d: Hal Ashby
s: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine
Chance, a naïve and unworldly gardener, spends his entire working life with one employer,
cocooned from the outside world. When his boss dies, Chance finds himself on the streets
with only what he has gleaned from TV to survive. Then he is taken under the wing of a kindly
lobbyist (Melvyn Douglas) and through an extraordinary sequence of events Chance is thrown
into the centre of political power.
This was a labour of love for Sellers, who took inspiration for the role of Chance from his idol,
the great Stan Laurel. Sellers had spent nine years trying to persuade studios to take up this
movie. Sadly, he died a year after it was made, choosing as his epitaph “Life Is A State of
Mind” – the last line of the film.
17:15 Zigzag |1970
d: Richard Colla
s: George Kennedy, Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach, Steve Ihnat, Joan Tompkins
Paul Cameron (George Kennedy) is an insurance man who thinks he is dying from a brain
tumour. Desperate to secure money for his family after his death, he confesses to a murder
that he didn’t commit to get the reward. When he is rushed to hospital after collapsing in
court, laser surgery saves him but he must now explain why he lied.
Based on a story by Robert Enders the movie was released in the UK under the title False
Witness. Director Richard Colla gained most of his directorial experience from television,
having worked on classic US detective shows including Ironside and McCloud. This was one
of his few forays into feature filmmaking as he returned to his television career soon
19:15 Soylent Green | 1972
d: Richard Fleischer
s: Edward G. Robinson, Joseph Cotten, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors
It’s 2022, and over-population and global warming have created nightmare scenarios. In New
York alone, there are 40 million people who need to be fed. The people are kept in the cities
by law, but the wealthy live in separate luxury apartments with women as part of the rented
furniture. Against this fractious background, Detective Thorn is called in to probe the murder of
an official from the Soylent corporation, which feeds the masses.
This was Edward G. Robinson's last film – he died nine days after shooting finished. The
veteran actor was almost totally deaf when he made the movie, and only able to hear anyone
if they spoke directly into his ear. Embarrassingly, scenes where he was talking to other
people had to be shot several times before he got the rhythm of the dialogue and was able to
respond to them as if he could really hear them.
d: Bob Fosse
s: Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine
Dustin Hoffman delivers a remarkable performance as Lenny Bruce, one of the most
scandalous comedians of the 1960s and 70s. In this interview-style biography, we follow his
progress on the stand-up circuit from his lowly beginnings playing clubs in upstate New York
to his place as the undisputed king of anti-establishment humour.
As a student, Hoffman was a fan of Bruce’s humour and his admiration shines through in this
well-rounded portrait of a tortured entertainer. Neil Diamond was offered the role but declined,
and Al Pacino was also in the running for it but that casting also failed to materialise. Raquel
Welch was in line for the part that went to Valerie Perrine but decided she could not play it.
23:05 Klute | 1971
d: Alan J.Pakula
s: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider
In this celebrated psychological thriller, small-town private eye John Klute (Sutherland)
becomes obsessed with abused and neurotic prostitute Bree Daniels (Fonda) while searching
for a missing research scientist in New York City.
Jane Fonda, then dividing US public opinion over her demands that America should get out of
Vietnam, won an Oscar for her portrayal of a woman striving to avoid both destruction and
dependence, but who eventually ends up becoming trapped between the two.
01:10 Get Carter I 1971
d: Mike Hodges
s: Michael Caine, John Osborne, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland
London gangster Jack Carter sets course for Tyneside to attend his brother's funeral and
gradually it becomes clear to him that the death was not accidental. To get to the truth he
must steer a perilous course through Newcastle’s underworld, characterised by vice,
racketeering, lies and deceit. But Carter is one well-read villain – on his way up north he leafs
through Raymond Chandler’s Farewell My Lovely. So he knows a thing or two about the
Newcastle made an unlikely but ultimately thoroughly plausible backdrop for this granddaddy
of all British gangster movies, which in 2004 was selected as the number one British movie of
all time by the magazine Total Film. Michael Caine makes a lean, mean Carter and seems to
have been born to carry a shotgun. Along with brown ale and football, Get Carter is now firmly
established as an iconic Newcastle tourism asset.
JOHN FORD WEEKEND
SATURDAY 17TH MARCH
11:00 The Three Godfathers I 1948
d: John Ford
s: John Wayne, Harry Carey Jnr, Pedro Armendariz
In the sun-baked desert, three outlaws fleeing a bank robbery come across a dying woman
who has just delivered a child. Before she expires, she extracts a promise from them to
rescue her baby. The desperadoes are so touched by her plight that, even though their own
freedom is at risk, they put it to one side and make the newborn their top priority. Christmas
comparisons emerge when the trio set out with the waif to the nearest town… New Jerusalem,
This poignant tale had been filmed four times before, including once by John Ford himself as
the silent Three Wise Men (1919). This was also John Ford’s first colour feature. He dedicated
the movie to Harry Carey, Sr., one of the actors who had appeared in his 1919 version and
cast Harry Carey, Jr in this version. The basic story idea later re-emerged as a comedy, minus
bad guys, in films such as Three Men and a Cradle (France, 1985), and the wildly popular
Three Men and a Baby (1987).
15:00 Mogambo | 1953
d: John Ford
s: Clarke Gable, Ava Gardner, Donald Sinden, Grace Kelly
Big game hunter Victor Marswell, finds his emotions in turmoil thanks to some comely new
arrivals at his Kenyan playground. There’s an immediate attraction between the grizzled
Bwana and Eloise Kelly, and then matters are complicated when anthropologist Donald
Nordley and his stunning young wife turn up in pursuit of gorillas and Mrs Nordley takes a
shine to the burly American.
This movie is a remake of Red Dust (1932) and the critics compared it favourably with its
predecessor. Jean Harlow starred in the earlier film, and the later version thrust together two
of the world’s sexiest actresses. They certainly had to earn their money as location shooting
could be arduous.
19:00 Directed by John Ford | 2006
d: Peter Bogdanovich
Acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich won praise for his 1971 profile of John Ford, narrated
by Orson Welles. Now TCM and the American Film Institute have collaborated to produce an
updated version which includes newly-remastered clips and new interviews with Bogdanovich,
Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg about this screen legend. The
programme reveals how Ford’s vision of the family, his use of rituals and sense of spirituality
all pervaded his films. Also discussed is the impact of his complicated relationship with
Katharine Hepburn on both Ford and his work, using clips from Mary of Scotland and audio
21:00 How The West Was Won | 1962
d: John Ford
s: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Gregory Peck
The experiences of four generations of a pioneering US family are explored in this 19th-
century epic Western set against a backdrop of Civil War and hardship. Narrated by Spencer
Tracy, the cast boasts heavyweights such as Gregory Peck, James Stewart, Henry Fonda,
John Wayne, Debbie Reynolds, Karl Malden, George Peppard and Eli Wallach.
Filmed in Cinerama, the film took years of preparation and research. The authentic lavish
production used most of the bison in the US to create a devastating buffalo stampede
sequence. Bing Crosby bought the rights for the film, which was nominated for seven
Academy Awards, winning three; Best Film Editing, Best Writing story and screenplay, and
SUNDAY 18TH MARCH
11:00 They Were Expendable I 1945
d: John Ford
s: John Wayne, Robert Montgomery, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond
Abandoned by the US Navy as the victorious Japanese storm across the Far East, a
squadron of motor torpedo boats and their crews based in the Philippines, are left to battle for
survival in the enemy-dominated Pacific.
Having finished a four-year stint as an officer in the Navy, Robert Montgomery was particularly
convincing as the boat commander. He also directed a couple of the scenes while John Ford,
who had just returned from making wartime documentaries, was incapacitated after breaking
his leg in a fall from a scaffold. Ford insisted his fee of $225,000 go to the Navy to build a
shelter home for ex-servicemen.
15:00 The Wings of Eagles | 1957
d: John Ford
s: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara
Frank 'Spig' Wead (John Wayne) is a naval aviator and screenwriter whose obsession with his
career destroys his personal life. He and his wife (Maureen O’Hara) split up after their baby
dies. When Spig falls downstairs after a heavy drinking session, he thinks he’s left paralysed
but regains the use of his legs and ends up with a successful screenwriting career in
Director John Ford pays tribute to his colleague Wead whose screenwriting credits include
Dirigible, (1931) Ceiling Zero (1936) and They Were Expendable (1945) and the character
based on the director is John Dodge, played by Ward Bond. According to gossip, many of the
real naval extras were paid more money by the director, although this was not approved of by
21:00 The Searchers 1956
d: John Ford
s: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood
Embittered ex-Confederate soldier Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns from war to find his
brother and sister-in-law killed and his nieces kidnapped by Indians. Learning that one niece
(Natalie Wood) is alive, he and his nephew, Martin (Jeffrey Hunter) search for her. Edwards is
determined to kill the Indians who captured her, even at the expense of saving his niece.
Ford and Wayne made an incredible 22 films together, during which they developed a
longstanding friendship and mutual respect. Ford gave Wayne his big break in Stagecoach
(1939) ensuring the B-movie actor’s move to screen icon and box office star. Ford helped
develop Wayne’s heroic screen persona and directed the actor in this, considered by many his
BRITISH FILM WEEK
MONDAY 19TH - SUNDAY 25TH MARCH
21:00 The Shooting Party1985
d: Alan Bridges
s: James Mason, Edward Fox, Dorothy Tutin
On the eve of World War One, the landed gentry and their ladies gather at the Hertfordshire
estate of Sir Randolph Nettleby. There’s Lionel Stephens, who is courting Sir Randolph's
daughter, and gets into a shooting competition with Lord Gilbert Hartlip; Gilbert's wife carries
on discreet affairs, while Sir Robert's grandson hopes to protect a wild duck he's befriended.
Amid it all, the looming ‘war to end all wars’ is about to sound the death knell for this privileged
and anachronistic way of life.
In what would prove to be the last film he made before his death, James Mason in the
patriarchal role leads a stellar cast in this beautifully-shot movie. Permeating the film is the
sense that a way of life is ending, and with it the greatest empire the world has ever known.
Among a host of outstanding performances, special mention must be made of Gordon
Jackson as one of the beaters and John Gielgud as a protester against the hunt.
TUESDAY 20th MARCH
21:00 Twelfth Night 1996
d: Trevor Nunn
s: Helena Bonham Carter, Nigel Hawthorne, Ben Kingsley, Mel Smith, Richard E Grant
When Viola is shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, she loses contact with her twin brother, Sebastian,
whom she believes dead. Masquerading as a young page under the name Cesario, she enters the
service of Duke Orsino. Orsino is in love with the bereaved Lady Olivia and decides to use Viola
(dressed as a man) as an intermediary. Olivia, believing Viola to be male, falls in love with the
handsome and eloquent messenger. Viola, in turn, falls in love with the Duke, who also believes Viola is
Shakespeare’s immortal tale is brought vividly to life in this acclaimed screen version directed by one of
the best interpreters of the Bard’s work, Trevor Nunn. Cornish locations such as St Michael's Mount and
Lanhyrock add charm to the film, which won praise from the critics for its beautiful photography and
acting. Some even go so far as to say that this is the best production of a Shakespeare comedy ever
WEDNESDAY 21st MARCH
21:00 Maybe Baby 2000
d: Ben Elton
s: Joely Richardson, Matthew Macfadyen, Hugh Laurie, Adrian Lester
This romantic comedy with an all-star British cast revolves around Sam and Lucy Bell, a
married couple desperate for a baby. But nothing seems to work - New Age chanting,
acupuncture and creative lovemaking have all failed dismally. Meanwhile Sam comes to find
his job increasingly unfulfilling, and sets out to write a screenplay. He hits on the idea of
writing a comedy about a couple trying for a baby, but Lucy is horrified and forbids him to tell
In a strange case of life imitating art, Hugh Laurie directed some scenes when Ben Elton had
to go to hospital for the birth of his children. Elton and his wife had been undergoing IVF
treatment. Although Emma Thompson is listed in the cast, it was a case of “only just” because
she only worked a day.
THURSDAY 22ND MARCH
21:00 The Wild Geese 1978
d: Andrew V McLaglen
s: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Kruger
A big corporation calls in a murderous band in a bid to topple a bloodthirsty dictator in Africa.
The mercenaries, all past their prime, are tasked to save the country’s jailed opposition leader
who is critically ill and awaiting the gallows. But when the middle-aged infiltrators fulfil their
perilous mission, they become victims of a double-cross when their paymasters do a deal with
the dictator, leaving them desperate for an escape route and thirsting for revenge.
The 14th highest-grossing film worldwide of 1978, The Wild Geese turned out to be a lifesaver
for producer Euan Lloyd, who had to sell his car and his wife's fur coat and jewellery as well
as mortgage his house in order to finance his sales pitches to the studios, and to cover other
pre-production costs. The film aroused some criticism because some perceived it to have an
anti-black bias – a charge firmly rebutted by the makers.
FRIDAY 23rd MARCH
21:00 Born Romantic 2000
d: David Kane
s: Craig Ferguson, Ian Hart, Jane Horrocks, Adrian Lester
With a salsa club as its centrepiece, this likeable comedy revolves around three men and their
quest for three women across London. While Fergus concentrates on finding his ex-girlfriend,
ageing lothario Frankie seeks the beautiful Eleanor and Eddie, a robber, is desperate to locate
one of his victims, cemetery worker Jocelyn.
This delightful feel-good comedy scores with its wry and wistful look at life, helped by a terrific
musical background. The London settings – streets and parks, King’s Cross station, the Elgin
Marbles Hall at the British Museum – all serve to emphasise the changing moods and themes
of the story. Not a blockbuster by any means, but a gem of a film nonetheless.
SATURDAY 24th MARCH
21:00 Tommy 1975
d: Ken Russell
s: Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret, Roger Daltrey, Elton John
Tommy’s life has been blighted by a terrible event he witnessed as a child - the murder of his
father by his stepfather. Traumatised Tommy stopped seeing, hearing or speaking, but finally
found happiness in playing pinball. His obsession leads him to become the world champion
pinball player and to a miraculous recovery of his faculties. Now he teaches others of his
unique perspective on life, and even turns into a religious cult figure.
With enfant terrible Ken Russell at the helm and the guitar-smashing members of The Who in
the line-up, no-one was surprised when unforeseen events rocked the production schedule.
For example, the building that is seen to be on fire, part of Tommy's holiday camp, really is
burning down. A fire was accidentally started at the South Parade Pier in Southsea during the
filming and the crew decided to include the footage in the film.
SUNDAY 25th MARCH
21:00 A Night to Remember 1958
d: Roy Ward Baker
s: Kenneth Moore, Ronald Allen, Honor Blackman
Steaming across the treacherous north Atlantic on its maiden voyage, the ‘unsinkable’ liner
Titanic with 2,200 people on board is catastrophically gashed along 300 feet of its hull by a
massive iceberg. As it wallows in its death throes, officers desperately employ the new
invention of radio in a frantic bid to summon help. But nothing can avert the looming tragedy:
there are lifeboat places for only half the people on board, and hundreds contemplate a
freezing death beneath the waves.
Four decades before the blockbuster Titantic (1998) stormed the box offices, this more
modest offering with a title that must rank as the biggest understatement of all time, told the
tragic tale a lot more economically. Producer William MacQuitty had been one of the
spectators at the launching of the Titanic on May 31, 1911, when he was just six years old.
Meanwhile the Titanic's Fourth Officer, Joseph Boxhall (portrayed by Jack Watling in the film),
served as technical advisor to the film.
MICHAEL DOUGLAS OFF SET
TUESDAY 27TH MARCH
18:15 The Bad and The Beautiful │1952
d: Vincente Minnelli
s: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Gloria Grahame
Daring for its time, this searing film charts the rise and fall of ruthless Hollywood tycoon
Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas). The truth is revealed via the memories of those he has
betrayed on his way to the top - writer James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell); bit-part actress
Georgia Lorrison (Lana Turner) and director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan).
Nominated for six Academy Awards, this film won five but Douglas lost out to Gary Cooper for
his performance in High Noon (1952). This was the first of four successful films that Douglas
and Minnelli made together.
20:25 Michael Douglas OFF SET: In a world premiere, the superstar talks frankly and
openly in an exclusive TCM interview about Hollywood, the highpoints of his career, and his
love and affection for his father. Rubbing shoulders with such screen legends as Burt
Lancaster and Frank Sinatra during his 50s childhood, gave Michael Douglas a unique insight
into the wonder of the world’s movie capital. Now the two-times Oscar winner, married to
beautiful Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones, is one of Hollywood’s key players. In this
compelling OFF SET profile, the son of an action hero confirms emphatically that he is a star
in his own right.
21:00 Coma | 1978
d: Michael Crichton
s: Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas, Rip Torn, Richard Widmark
Dr Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold) begins to suspect foul play when her friend Nancy
(Lois Chiles) is left brain-dead after a routine abortion at a Boston hospital. It appears that
Nancy is not the only one as lots of other healthy young women are suffering the same fate.
Susan’s investigation irritates Dr Harris (Richard Widmark), Dr George (Rip Torn) and her
boyfriend Dr Bellows (Michael Douglas), but she is about to uncover some sinister
Michael Crichton adapted doctor-turned-novelist Robin Cook’s popular medical novel for the
screen for his second outing as a director. This proved to be one of the biggest roles played
by French-Canadian actress, Genevieve Bujold at that stage in her career. Convincingly, she
manages to pull off playing a 20 year-old at the age of 36.
THURSDAY 29TH MARCH
TCM offers viewers another chance to vote for the film they’d most like to see from a selection
of top titles. Your Choice airs on the last Thursday of the month at 15:00 and 21:00, and all
Your Choice movies run uninterrupted and without commercial breaks.
This month at 15:00, the contenders are romantic drama The End of the Affair (1955) and
evergreen musical Show Boat (1951), while at 21:00 the choice is between the uproarious
Western spoof Blazing Saddles (1974) and supernatural comedy Beetle Juice (1988).
How to vote: Go online to www.tcmonline.co.uk/yourchoice or text 60030 (votes charged
at 25p plus standard messaging rates) with the film of your choice. Voting closes at midnight
on 28th March.
15:00 The End of the Affair 1955 VS. Show Boat 1951
21:00 Blazing Saddles 1974 VS. Beetle Juice 1988
The End of the Affair 1955
d: Edward Dmytryk
s: Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills, Peter Cushing
An American novelist Maurice Bendrix (Van Johnson) moves to London during WWII where
he meets a civil servant Henry Miles (Peter Cushing) and befriends him. Bendrix is writing
about a bureaucrat so it is useful research to know one. When Bendrix visits Miles’ home he
meets Miles’ bored and unhappy wife Sarah (Deborah Kerr) who is not always as devoted to
her husband, or her Catholic faith, as she initially seems.
The film is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Graham Greene and was made in
England. Van Johnson had left America after his contract with MGM had expired and this was
the first of his films made in the UK. The subject matter was deemed scandalous as it dealt
with adultery and would probably not have passed the strict Production Code censors in the
US. Neil Jordan remade the film in 1999 with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore in the lead
roles. Deborah Kerr received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress.
Show Boat | 1951
d: George Sidney
s: Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson, Robert Sterling
In the third film to be adapted from the classic stage musical, Ava Gardner plays beautiful
Julie who helps Magnolia (Kathryn Grayson) save her marriage to gambler Gaylord Ravanal
(Howard Keel). The drama is played out aboard a paddle steamer plying its way through the
Adapted from Edna Ferber’s best selling novel, the movie’s heroine, played by Ava Gardner,
had her singing dubbed over by Annette Warren after the preview audiences didn’t warm to
her voice. The original choice for the role of Julie was Judy Garland, but by this time she was
unavailable as she had ended her contract with MGM. Lena Hore and Dinah Shore had also
been tipped for the role
d: Mel Brooks
s: Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Cleavon Little
For many the funniest film comedy ever, this ultimate Western spoof is set in a small frontier
town rife with prejudice and therefore ill-equipped to greet the West’s first black Sheriff
(Cleavon Little in a marvellous performance). A corrupt political boss dispatches him to the
town when it emerges that it stands in the way of a railroad. The sheriff, who is actually a
sophisticated urbanite, gets help from an alcoholic ex-gunslinger (Gene Wilder) as he tries to
win over the townsfolk.
Heralded by a splendid whip-cracking number by Frankie Lane, Blazing Saddles introduced
millions to the anarchic comedy genius of Mel Brooks. Pressed to choose their funniest
moments, fans would probably find it a hard contest between the bean-eating scene; the
moment when Bart rides into town to a welcoming ceremony only to be met by horrified
expressions when they realise he is black, and the riotous finale set bafflingly in modern-day
d: Tim Burton
s: Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara
On being killed in a car crash, Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) discover they
must earn their passage into heaven by staying in their old home for the next 50 years.
There’s one problem - they need to share their surroundings with repulsive Charles (Jeffrey
Jones) and Delia (Catherine O’Hara) Deetz who have moved in with their morbid teenage
daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder)…
Tim Burton’s follow-up to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) made the public emphatically
aware of his surreal, inventive style. The former Disney animator used an array of special
effects, imaginative art direction and inventive make-up. These ingredients helped him
achieve one of 1988’s biggest box office successes, and, in the process, stake his claim to
being a major Hollywood player.
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