Sunday, July 5, 2009

GMTV: Turner Classic Movies July 2009 medieval-themed offerings

As usual, this is a bit late. The full schedule for the month can be accessed at All times are EST.

7:00 AM Kismet (1955)
In this Arabian Nights musical, the "king of the beggars" infiltrates high society when his daughter is wooed by a handsome prince. Cast: Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. C-113 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format

10:00 AM Thief of Bagdad, The (1940)
A young thief faces amazing monsters to return Bagdad's deposed king to the throne. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez. Dir: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan. C-106 mins, TV-G, CC

12:15 PM Words And Music (1948)
Songwriters Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart search for love while rising to the top. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Janet Leigh, Tom Drake. Dir: Norman Taurog. C-121 mins, TV-G, CC // Rogers and Hart produced a musical version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court; the film addresses their work on the musical and includes some performances of its songs.

11:15 AM Saint In New York, The (1938)
The Saint goes undercover to get the goods on New York's mob kingpins. Cast: Louis Hayward, Kay Sutton, Jonathan Hale. Dir: Ben Holmes. BW-72 mins, TV-G
12:30 PM Saint Strikes Back, The (1939)
The Saint helps a young beauty take vengeance on the mobsters who ruined her father. Cast: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Barry Fitzgerald. Dir: John Farrow. BW-64 mins, TV-G
1:45 PM Saint In London, The (1939)
The Saint's investigation of a counterfeiting ring uncovers a nest of spies. Cast: George Sanders, David Burns, Sally Gray. Dir: John Paddy Carstairs. BW-72 mins, TV-G, CC
3:00 PM Saint's Double Trouble, The (1940)
Reformed jewel thief Simon Templer lands in hot water when a look-alike smuggles stolen goods out of Egypt. Cast: George Sanders, Jonathan Hale, Bela Lugosi. Dir: Jack Hively. BW-67 mins, TV-G, CC
4:15 PM Saint Takes Over, The (1940)
Reformed jewel thief Simon Templar tries to help a police inspector who's been framed on bribery charges. Cast: George Sanders, Jonathan Hale, Wendy Barrie. Dir: Jack Hively. BW-70 mins, TV-G, CC
5:30 PM Saint In Palm Springs, The (1941)
Reformed jewel thief Simon Templar's efforts to deliver a fortune in rare stamps are complicated by murder. Cast: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale. Dir: Jack Hively. BW-66 mins, TV-G
6:45 PM Saint Meets The Tiger, The (1943)
The Saint infiltrates a small English village run by smugglers. Cast: Hugh Sinclair, Jean Gillie, Clifford Evans. Dir: Paul L. Stein. BW-69 mins, TV-G

1:00 AM Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)
The bandit king of Sherwood Forest leads his Merry Men in a battle against the corrupt Prince John. Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone. Dir: William Keighley, Michael Curtiz. C-102 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

12:00 PM Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The (1939)
A deformed bell ringer rescues a gypsy girl falsely accused of witchcraft and murder. Cast: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke. Dir: William Dieterle. BW-117 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS

4:00 PM Knights Of The Round Table (1953)
Queen Guinevere is torn between love for her husband and Sir Lancelot. Cast: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer. Dir: Richard Thorpe. C-116 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format, DVS

7:00 AM Young Bess (1953)
The future Elizabeth I fights court intrigue in the turbulent years before her ascension to the throne. Cast: Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton. Dir: George Sidney. C-112 mins, TV-G, CC

5:30 PM Genghis Khan (1965)
The Asian conqueror and his mentor vie for the same woman. Cast: Stephen Boyd, Omar Sharif, James Mason. Dir: Henry Levin. C-126 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format

7:00 AM Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The (1939)
Elizabeth I's love for the Earl of Essex threatens to destroy her kingdom. Cast: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-106 mins, TV-G, CC

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