TCM has schedule changes for two nights this month, in honor of the recently-departed Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine.
On Wednesday, July 18, TCM will show four movies to celebrate the film career of Andy Griffith, including the rarely-seen Hearts of the West (1975):
8 p.m. – A Face in the Crowd
10:15 p.m. – No Time for Sergeants
12:30 a.m. – Hearts of the West
2:15 a.m. – Onionhead
And on Thursday, July 26, a full 24 hours of Ernest Borgnine films, including his Private Screenings interview:
6:00 a.m. – The Catered Affair
8:00 a.m. – The Legend of Lylah Clare
10:30 a.m. – Pay or Die
12:30 p.m. – Torpedo Run
2:30 p.m. – Ice Station Zebra
5:15 p.m. – The Dirty Dozen
8:00 p.m. – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine
9:00 p.m. – Marty
10:45 p.m. – From Here to Eternity
1:00 a.m. – The Wild Bunch
3:30 a.m. – Bad Day at Black Rock
5:00 a.m. – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine
So predictable for EB, especially for prime time. How about showing people films they might not have seen, where EB was great, and front and center: The Rabbit Trap, Emperor of the North Pole, Man on A String….
Of COURSE you need Marty, FHTE and The Wild Bunch, but really–he’s buried in The Dirty Dozen, Bad Day at Black Rock,,,oh what the hell.
I’m okay with Bad Day at Black Rock because he’s just so Ernie in that film. But he’s got a very similar character in Johnny Guitar, which would have been terrific to see. Any of his cult-ier films would have been great, from Devil’s Rain to Bunny O’Hare. I guess Lilah Claire counts, but the cult and camp films were such a huge part of his later career that I hate seeing just token acknowledgement of it. Take out Dirty Dozen and one of the Private Screenings and you have room for at least two, probably three more films.
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