Friday, March 12, 2010


To save us from drowning in Ginger Rogers feathers this week on TCM, Paul recommends Film Noir: The Big Heat (1953). Director: Fritz Lang. Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin . It is about a cop who takes on the crime syndicate that controls his city after the murder of his wife. The film was written by former crime reporter Sydney Boehm based on a serial by William P. McGivern which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. A note to Esther Williams fans: Sun. March 14th on TCM. Duchess of Idaho (1950). Musical/ romantic comedy produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, it was the fourth film pairing Esther Williams and Van Johnson. It was shot mainly on location in Sun Valley, Idaho. Please check Noir and Chick Flicks Esther Williams Page for movie review. Thur. March 18th on TCM: Down to Earth (1947). Musical comedy starring Rita Hayworth and Larry Parks, and directed by Alexander Hall. It is a sequel to the 1941 film Here Comes Mr. Jordan, also directed by Hall. Edward Everett Horton and James Gleason reprise their roles from the earlier film, but Roland Culver replaces Claude Rains as Mr. Jordan. Please check local listings for times. So far.. I have really enjoyed this months Ginger Rogers spotlight on TCM. This Weeks Chick Flicks at the Movies Spotlight is: Dancing Pirate (1936). Rita Hayworth performs uncredited as Specialty Dancer. Please check side bar for more info.

List of Ginger Rogers movies showing on TCM this week:

42nd Street(1933). The definitive backstage musical, complete with the dazzling newcomer who goes on for the injured star. Cast: Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Warner Baxter.

Gold Diggers Of 1933(1933). Three chorus girls fight to keep their show going and find rich husbands. Cast: Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell

Professional Sweetheart (1933). A radio star's pure image leads to a fake engagement to a hayseed. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Norman Foster, ZaSu Pitts.

Rafter Romance (1933). A salesgirl falls for a night worker without realizing they share the same apartment. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Norman Foster, George Sidney. Dir: William A. Seiter.

Carnival Boat (1932). A logger defies his father to court a showgirl. Cast: Bill Boyd, Ginger Rogers, Fred Kohler, Sr. Dir: Albert Rogell.

Suicide Fleet(1931). Three Navy shipmates fight over the same girl. Cast: Bill Boyd, Robert Armstrong, Ginger Rogers. Dir: Albert Rogell.

Chance At Heaven(1934). A society girl steals a simple gas station attendant from his working-class girlfriend. Cast: Joel McCrea, Ginger Rogers, Marian Nixon. Dir: William A. Seiter.

Have a great week at the movies.

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