TCM October Highlights Include Classic Horror Films & A Salute to Political Movies

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October 1st, 2012

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The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film – Tuesdays in October

TCM will dedicate the month of October to exploring the ways people with disabilities have been portrayed in film. On behalf of Inclusion in the Arts, Lawrence Carter-Long will join TCM host Ben Mankiewicz for this special month-long exploration. The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film features more than 20 films ranging from the 1920s to the 1980s. Each night's collection will explore particular aspects, themes, or types of disability, such as blindness, deafness and psychiatric or intellectual disabilities. In addition, one evening of programming will focus on newly disabled veterans returning home from war. In a first for TCM, all films will be presented with both closed captioning and audio description (via secondary audio) for audience members with auditory and visual disabilities.

Classic Horror – Wednesdays in October

TCM celebrates Halloween this October with five nights of chilling classics. The fright-filled fun begins Oct. 3 with a night of films starring Lionel Atwill, including The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), Doctor X (1932) and the TCM premiere ofMan Made Monster (1944). On Oct. 10, a night of haunted-house films includes director Robert Wise's terrifyingThe Haunting (1944), the omnibus film Dead of Night (1945), Jack Clayton's very adult ghost storyThe Innocents (1961) and the William Castle gems House on Haunted Hill (1959) and13 Ghosts (1960). The Oct. 17 lineup is dedicated to Hammer Studios, producer of such colorful films Horror of Dracula (1958), Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and The Mummy (1959). On Oct. 24, a night of Edgar Allan Poe-inspired films includes The Raven (1963) and The Black Cat (1934).

And Halloween night, TCM salutes Universal Studios 100th Anniversary offering a collection of horror classics, including Frankenstein (1931), The Wolf Man (1941), The Mummy (1932) and the TCM premiere of The Mummy's Hand (1940).

American Politics on Film – Fridays in October

A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington – TCM original special premieres Friday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m.

With the Presidential race heating up, TCM heads to the voting booth with a month of movies about American politics and political figures. The lineup begins Oct. 5 with the premiere of TCM's latest genre-focused documentary special,A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington. The night also includes two of director Frank Capra political classics: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and Meet John Doe (1941). The rest of the month features such memorable political tales as Born Yesterday (1950), A Face in the Crowd (1957),Advise & Consent (1962), Seven Days in May (1964) and All the President's Men (1976).

Star of the Month: Spencer Tracy – Mondays in October

TCM celebrates one of the most beloved actors of all time in October, with a month-long salute to the one-and-only Spencer Tracy. The tribute will kick off Oct. 1 with a collection of early Tracy favorites, including the TCM premieres of Me and My Gal (1932) andDante's Inferno (1935). On Oct. 8, TCM will continue looking at Tracy's earlier films, with such titles as Fury (1936) and Libeled Lady (1936). Tracy's Academy Award-nominated and OscarÒ-winning roles take over the day on Oct. 15, with Boys Town (1938), Father of the Bride (1950) and Captains Courageous (1937) in the lineup. On Oct. 22, TCM will present an entire night of films starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, including Woman of the Year (1942), Adam's Rib (1949) and Pat and Mike (1952). TCM will close out its Tracy salute on Oct. 29 with a night of films in which the actor was directed by Stanley Kramer, including Inherit the Wind (1960),Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967) and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963).

60th Anniversary of Cinerama – Thursday, Oct. 18, beginning at 8 p.m.

TCM celebrates the 60th anniversary of the legendary three-camera widescreen process. The night begins with the TCM premiere of the documentary Cinerama Adventure (2002), which chronicles the history of Cinerama and looks at the handful of films that utilized the process. Next up is the OscarÒ-winning documentary This Is Cinerama (1952), which takes viewers around the world to display the wonders of the mega-widescreen image. The night also includes the last narrative film shot in three camera synchronized Cinerama, the all-star Western epic How the West Was Won (1962).

Rare Animation – Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at 8 p.m.

Although Walt Disney pioneered many animation techniques during the formative years of his studios, he wasn't the only cartoon game in town. Rare animation expert Jerry Beck sits down with Robert Osborne to introduce a night of rarely presented animated films and shorts, beginning with the TCM premiere of Dave and Max Fleischer's colorful 1939 fantasy Gulliver's Travels. The night of TCM premieres also features the Fleischers'Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941); a collection of UPA cartoons that includes Ragtime Bear (1949) and "Gerald McBoing Boing" (1951); and a collection of silent animation that reaches back as far as 1907.

TCM Guest Programmer: Jim Lehrer – Thursday, Oct. 25, beginning at 8 p.m.

Jim Leher is the longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour, moderator of 11 Presidential debates and author of the book Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain. He comes to the network amidst the final buildup to the 2012 Presidential election to present four of his favorites, including the Oscar®-winning political drama All the King's Men (1949), Frank Capra's romantic screwball comedy It Happened One Night (1934), George Cukor's OscarÒ-winning musical My Fair Lady (1964) and Alfred Hitchcock's nail-biting thriller North by Northwest (1959).


Harryhausen Sci-Fi – Sunday, Oct. 28, beginning at 8 p.m.

The weekend before Halloween, TCM sets aside Sunday night for a triple feature of monster movies by special effects master Ray Harryhausen. His intricate stop-motion animation techniques are on full display in the monster-on-the-loose drama 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), the alien-invasion thriller Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956) and the H.G. Wells fantasy First Men in the Moon (1964).


The Essentials – Hosted by Drew Barrymore and Robert Osborne – Saturdays at 8 p.m.

  • Oct. 6 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) – part of a night featuring directors acting in other directors' movies.
  • Oct. 13 – The Third Man (1949) – part of a salute to cinematographer Robert Krasker.
  • Oct. 20 – Camille (1936) – kicking off a night of movies featuring courtesans.
  • Oct. 27 – Diabolique (1955) – part of a night of movies set featuring mind games.

All times Eastern. Please note programming is subject to change. Schedule for TCM in Canada may differ slightly.

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