You don't just eat Franklin BBQ
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Steve Coogan stars opposite Judi Dench in this Stephen Frears directed movie.
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'Deep Impact' star was also an Oscar nominated filmmaker
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Plus: 'The Magnificent Seven,' 'Forbidden Planet' and more
Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009
Includes:The Night Before Christmas (1941) Fine Feathered Friend (1942) The Bowling Alley Cat (1942) Puttin' on the Dog (1944) Two Mouseketeers (1951) Cat Napping (1951) The Flying Cat (1952) Smitten Kitten (1952) Baby Butch (1954) Touche, Pussy Cat (1954) Designs on Jerry (1955) Pecos Pest (1955) Blue Cat Blues (1956) The Flying Sorceress (1956) The Night Before Christmas No synopsis available. Fine Feathered Friend No synopsis available. The Bowling Alley Cat No synopsis available. Puttin' on the Dog No synopsis available. Two Mouseketeers No synopsis available. Cat Napping No synopsis available. The Flying Cat No synopsis available. Smitten Kitten No synopsis available. Baby Butch No synopsis available. Touche, Pussy Cat No synopsis available. Designs on Jerry No synopsis available. Pecos Pest No synopsis available. Blue Cat Blues No synopsis available. The Flying Sorceress No synopsis available.
Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009
Includes:The Chase (1946) Trapped (1949) Quicksand (1950) Kansas City Confidential (1952) Beat the Devil (1953) The Big Combo (1955) The Chase Originally slated for release through Monogram Pictures, The Chase was ultimately distributed by United Artists. Adapted by Philip Yordan from Cornell Woolrich's The Black Path of Fear (a perennial of the radio series Suspense), the film stars Robert Cummings as Chuck, shell-shocked ex-GI. Tormented by bizarre dreams, Chuck is drawn into the orbit of racketeer Roman (Steve Cochran). Hired as Roman's chauffeur, Chuck deals as best he can with his boss' faithless wife Lorna (Michele Morgan) and sinister henchman Gino (Peter Lorre). Persuaded by Lorna to help her escape the brutish Roman, Chuck agrees, only to end up accused of a murder he didn't commit. Thus begins the chase of the title, with Chuck eluding not only the authorities but also the stiletto-wielding Gino. Just when it seems that Chuck has cleared himself and all's right with the world, the story takes an unexpected turn, thrusting the hero back into a nightmarish maelstrom. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Trapped When nearly perfect counterfeit 20-dollar bills start turning up, the Treasury Department recognizes them as the work of Tris Stewart (Lloyd Bridges), a man already doing a long prison stretch. They offer Stewart a break on his sentence if he'll help them find out who got hold of his old plates, but he initially refuses. Some weeks later, while being transferred to another prison, Stewart escapes from custody -- it turns out that this is a set-up to free Stewart to search for the plates with a treasury agent keeping tabs on him; then he turns on the T-man as well, escaping for real. What Stewart doesn't know is that the agents expected and desired this move, believing that he would only go for the plates if he thought he could make some money from the bills and get out of the country with his girlfriend Laurie (Barbara Payton). They've got her apartment bugged, and one of their own men, Downey (John Hoyt), has been put in place as a customer at the nightclub where she works, quietly establishing himself as a man with some angles of his own and a yen to know her better. Stewart follows the trail to one of his ex-distributors, now in business for himself with the plates. But the man needs money, and Stewart thinks he can get it with help from Downey -- he doesn't like him trying to impress her, but does like it that he is a grifter with some money. They become partners, putting up Downey's cash to get the 250,000 dollars in counterfeit twenties, which Stewart will spend at face value where he and Laurie are going, in countries where they need U.S. currency and there are no treasury agents around to help identify counterfeit bills. Before the deal can be closed (and the arrest made), a new round of possible double-crosses starts between the hoods, and Downey's cover is suddenly blown by accident -- Stewart tries to kill him but is captured instead. Downey's superiors want to pull him out, but the agent thinks he can still salvage the operation if he can get to the plates before Laurie can talk to anyone. That leads to the denouement, an extended series of split-second plot developments with several lives at risk. ~ Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide Quicksand Mickey Rooney, with his kid roles and musicals behind him, went for a major change of image in this harrowing film noir. He gives what many consider to be the best performance of his career as Danny Brady, a well-meaning grease monkey whose life is destroyed in less than a week. Danny finds himself short of cash when he's supposed to take out Vera (Jeanne Cagney), a waitress whom he's just met who works at a hash-house. He borrows 20 dollars from the cash register, planning on paying it back with 20 dollars that a buddy owes him the next day, but the friend doesn't turn up. To get the 20 dollars, he buys a 100-dollar watch on a payment plan and then hocks it for the
Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009
Includes - Santa's Workshop (1932) Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952) The Small One (1978) Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) Santa's Workshop No synopsis available. Pluto's Christmas Tree In this "Mickey Mouse" cartoon, Mickey and his dog Pluto head out on a snowy evening to cut down their Christmas tree. As it happens, the tree selected to occupy Mickey's living room is the residence of those capricious chipmunks Chip and Dale. Deciding to have some fun at Pluto's expense, the Chips hide in the tree during the decoration process and cheerfully chow down on the candy canes. Then they wreak havoc with the Christmas lights and ornaments, as Pluto vainly tries to convince Mickey that someone is amiss. Finally C&D go into a frenzy of descruction--but Mickey's reaction is unusual indeed. A few significant cameo appearances cap this mirthsome Yuletide offering. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Small One The story of a poor boy who is forced to sell his pet donkey on the eve of the first Christmas. The new owners of the donkey become Biblical history. ~ All Movie Guide Mickey's Christmas Carol No synopsis available.
Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009
Includes - Thrill of a Romance (1945) Fiesta (1947) This Time for Keeps (1947) Pagan Love Song (1950) Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) Easy to Love (1953) Thrill of a Romance This aquatic musical is set at a mountain resort in the beautiful Sierra Nevadas where a heroic Army Air Corpsman has come for a vacation. There he falls in love with the lovely swimming instructor, who is unfortunately newly married to a rather stodgy businessman. The mayhem begins when her new husband is called to Washington on urgent business. Songs include: "Please Don't Say No, Say Maybe," "I Should Care," "Lonely Night," "Vive L'Amour," "Schubert's Serenade" and "The Thrill Of A Romance." ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide Fiesta Esther Williams moves from the swimming pool to the bull ring in this musical drama. Antonio Morales (Fortunio Bonanova) was once a champion bullfighter; now in retirement, Antonio and his wife (Mary Astor) have high hopes that their son Mario (Ricardo Montalban) will follow in his father's footsteps as a matador. However, Mario's great passion is music, and he longs to pursue a career as a composer. But there is a budding toreador in the family: Mario's sister Maria (Esther Williams), who has learned the basics of bullfighting from her sibling. Not wanting to be thought a coward, but with no desire to enter the ring, Mario allows Maria to disguise herself as him and take his place in the bullring, allowing her to compete in a traditionally male sport while Mario devotes his time to his music. Fiesta gave Ricardo Montalban his first English-speaking role, with Cyd Charisse appearing as Conchita, his love interest and dancing partner. Classical music buffs might notice that Mario's composition "Fantasia Mexican" is actually Aaron Copland's "El Salon Mexico." ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide This Time for Keeps In this aqueous musical comedy, an opera singer brings his son to Michigan's Mackinac Island where the son falls in love with the star of the "aquacaper." It is difficult to woo her as she is constantly surrounded by her piano-playing bodyguard and her ever-present grandmother. It's musical and comedic chaos as the son attempts to overcome these and other obstacles while trying to win her heart. Highlights include Jimmy Durante singing his trademark tune "Inka Dinka Do." Other songs include: "M'Appari" from "Martha," "La Donna E Mobile" from "Rigoletto," Cole Porter's "You Are So Easy to Love," "A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That," "Chiquita Banana," and "When It's Lilac Time on Mackinac Island." ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide Pagan Love Song Pagan Love Song derives its title from a 1929 tune written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown. The plot is cut from the same cloth as MGM's previous Esther Williams musicals. Sporting a black wig and deep tan, Williams plays American lass Mimi Bennett, who while on vacation in the South Seas is mistaken for a native girl by visiting schoolteacher Hazard Endicott (Howard Keel). Instantly falling in love with Mimi, Hazard attempts to court her according to Tahitian traditions. And that's about it for the plot; the rest of the film consists of Esther Williams swimming and Howard Keel singing. Based on the novel Tahiti Landfall by William S. Stone, Pagan Love Song was to have been directed by Stanley Donen, but Williams vetoed Donen in favor of Robert Alton. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Million Dollar Mermaid Who else but Esther Williams could star in a romantic drama (with musical numbers) bearing a title like this? In Million Dollar Mermaid, Williams plays Annette Kellerman, a real-life Australian swimming star who took up the sport as a child to strengthen her legs, which were severely weakened by a birth defect. The treatment proves effective, and as she grows to adulthood, Annette shows that she has the talent to be a champion swimmer, though she prefers to follow her dream of becoming a ballet dancer. When Annette's father Frederick (Walter Pidgeon) accepts
Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009
Includes:Down Among the Z Men (1952) Those People Next Door (1952) Love in Pawn (1953) No Smoking (1955) Where There's a Will (1955) Not So Dusty (1956) Down Among the Z Men In this British comedy, a group of World War II spies attempt to capture a secret atomic formula and it is up to military-man Harry Jones (Harry Secombe) and Carole Gayley (Carole Carr) to stop them. ~ Iotis Erlewine, All Movie Guide Those People Next Door Set WW II-era Britain, this romantic venture begins when a working-class woman and a RAF officer fall in love. The affair causes upset in both families as they are aware that such inter-social class relationships are frowned upon. The parents' attitudes change when the officer is reported missing in action. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide Love in Pawn This fanciful British farce stars Bernard Braden as an impoverished artist. The uncle of Braden's wife Barbara Kelly agrees to bankroll the couple if Braden will start making his work more commercial. Uncle sends an attorney over to the couple's house to assess their net worth. In order to pay for the necessary home repairs, Kelly pawns her husband--not her husband's paintings, but hubby in the flesh. When Kelly can't make the payments, Braden remains on the pawnshop shelf, hence the film's title. Future Saint producers Robert Baker and Monty Berman were the perpetrators of this wobbly piece of whimsy. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide No Smoking In this comedy, a clever chemist develops a pill that cures smokers of nicotine addiction. Realizing the marketing potential, he makes his discovery public, but encounters strong resistance from the international tobacco industry, which does its best to stop him. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide Where There's a Will In this corny British comedy, a Cockney family inherits a rundown Devon farm. Not everyone is pleased by the prospect of leaving the city, but the father insists and off they go. With the help of a savvy housekeeper, the family puts the ramshackle farm in order. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide Not So Dusty In this comedy, a remake of the 1936 comedy, two sanitation workers get an unexpected bonus when they encounter a rare book that was accidentally tossed away. Soon they find themselves pursued by thieves, as this book is unique in the world. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
Type: Event | Date: Sunday, Apr 21, 2013
PBS starts this three-part murder mystery tonight.