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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Kay Francis, Una Merkel, and John Ford this Monday on TCM

Great line-up this Monday on TCM celebrates Una Merkel's birthday in the morning and afternoon, and then premieres films from the Ford at Fox Collection in the evening. The schedule also includes two Kay Francis films, Transgression 1931, and Man Wanted 1932.

6:00am Transgression (1931)
When her lover is killed, a straying wife tries to intercept the confession she mailed her husband.
Cast: Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Paul Cavanagh. Dir: Herbert Brenon. BW-70 mins, TV-PG

7:15am The Maltese Falcon (1931)
In the first screen version of The Maltese Falcon, detective Sam Spade investigates the theft of a priceless statue.
Cast: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges. Dir: Roy Del Ruth. BW-79 mins, TV-G

8:45am Huddle (1932)
A steelworker's son becomes a college football hero.
Cast: Ramon Novarro, Madge Evans, Una Merkel. Dir: Sam Wood. BW-103 mins, TV-G

10:30am Man Wanted (1932)
A female executive falls in love with her male secretary.
Cast: Kay Francis, David Manners, Una Merkel. Dir: William Dieterle. BW-62 mins, TV-G

11:45am They Call It Sin (1932)
An innocent young chorus girl fights the advances of her lecherous producer.
Cast: Loretta Young, George Brent, Louis Calhern. Dir: Thornton Freeland. BW-69 mins, TV-G

1:00pm Broadway To Hollywood (1933)
Three generations of vaudevillians fight for stardom on stage and screen.
Cast: Frank Morgan, Alice Brady, Jackie Cooper. Dir: Willard Mack. BW-85 mins, TV-G

2:30pm The Women in His Life (1933)
When his ex-wife is murdered, a hard-living lawyer defends the chief suspect.
Cast: Otto Kruger, Una Merkel, Ben Lyon. Dir: George B. Seitz. BW-75 mins, TV-G

8:00pm Up the River (1930)
Two convicts break out to help an ex-con friend stay straight.
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Claire Luce, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: John Ford. BW-85 mins [Letterbox]

1:30am Pilgrimage (1933)
A possessive mother pushes her son into World War I service rather than see him get married.
Cast: Henrietta Crossman, Heather Angel, Norman Foster. Dir: John Ford. BW-96 mins

Courtesy of TCM, a trailer for Man Wanted 1932, featuring Kay Francis, David Manners, Una Merkel, and Andy Devine.

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Blogger -K- said...

Just finished watching "My Darling Clementine". Beautiful to look at.

By showing all the Ford at Fox films, TCM is almost making it unnecessary to buy the $300 collection

2:32 AM  
Blogger OutOfContext said...

I must confess, I never got the Kay Francis obsession until I saw Man Wanted, which I found very engaging. I also DVR'd Transgression, but have yet to watch it.

8:34 AM  
Blogger jtk said...

Hi -K-,

I thanks the movie gods every day for TCM. I don't know how many of Ford's pre 1934 stuff TCM is going to air, so probably going to dish out the dough for the Fox set at Xmas. I have several battered prints of Ford's Fox silents and pre-codes that Id like to replace with the sets better prints.

10:00 PM  
Blogger jtk said...


I like Man Wanted. Trouble In Paradise was the film that did it for me.

10:06 PM  
Blogger VP81955 said...

"Man Wanted" was splendid, and so was "They Call It Sin." Loretta Young was incredibly luminous.

11:04 AM  
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3:47 PM  
Blogger jtk said...

Hi vp,

Kay and David Manners had some pretty good chemistry on screen.

I like Loretta Young's early stuff. She made several darn good pre-code films.

3:48 PM  

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