Friday, August 19, 2011

TCM Does as I Tell Them... least I like to think so!

Yesterday TCM featured French actor Jean Gabin (though NOT Quai des Brumes (1938), pictured above) by airing his films in its annual August Under the Stars showcase. Yes, I'm quite pleased!

The poll results of last month's question, "Should TCM air more foreign films?" ended 19-16, with the yays edging the nays.

If yesterday's Gabin marathon is any indication, perhaps enough viewers want to see more foreign films on TCM, or better still, a separate channel dedicated to foreign far, with a Euro-Robert Osborne type--or Elvis Mitchell--taking on the hosting duties. It would be a refreshing change...for a change.

The Gabin festival reminded me once again of how little of international film I've seen. My own preference is for the Nouvelle Vague films of the 1950s and '60s, but seeing movies from a pre-WWII vintage would be an exciting and no doubt eye opening experience and tie in with this blog's focus, as well.

For posterity's sake, here are the Gabin films that Turner Classic Movies played yesterday:

6:00 AM Gueule d'amour (1937)
A retired cavalry officer discovers the woman who won his heart was in love with the uniform.
Dir: Jean Gremillon Cast: Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin.
94 min
8:00 AM Remorques (1941)
A married tugboat captain falls for a woman he rescues from a sinking ship.
Dir: Jean Gremillon Cast: Jean Gabin, Alain Cuny.
81 min
9:30 AM Jour Se Leve, Le (1939)
A young factory worker loses the woman he loves to a vicious schemer.
Dir: Marcel Carne Cast: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty.
93 min,
11:00 AM 110 Air de Paris, L' (1954)
An over-the-hill boxer stakes his fortune on training a young railroad-worker.
Dir: Marcel Carne Cast: Arletty, Jean Gabin, Roland Lesaffre.
110 min
1:00 PM Leur derniere nuit (1953)
A schoolteacher falls for a librarian who's secretly the head of a criminal ring.
Dir: Georges Lacombe Cast: Jean Gabin, Madeleine Robinson.
95 min
2:45 PM Desordre et la nuit, le (1958)
A homicide detective tries to protect a pretty drug addict implicated in a murder.
Dir: Gilles Grangier Cast: Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Nadja Tiller.
93 min
4:30 PM Maria Chapdelaine (1934)
A Canadian frontierswoman must choose from among three suitors.
Dir: Julien Duvivier Cast: Madeleine Renaud, Suzanne Desprès, Gaby Triquet, Jean Gabin, Jean-Pierre Aumont.
90 min
6:00 PM La Bandera (1934)
A murderer escapes France to join the Spanish Foreign Legion, where he finds love while pursued by the law.
Dir: Julien Duvivier Cast: Jean Gabin, Annabella, Robert Le Vigan, Raymond Aimos, Pierre Renoir, Gaston Modot.
8:00 PM Pepe Le Moko (1941)
Love for a beautiful woman draws a gangster out of hiding.
Dir: Julien Duvivier Cast: Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Gabriel Gabrio.
94 min
10:00 PM Grand Illusion (1937)
French POWs fight to escape their German captors during World War I.
Dir: Jean Renoir Cast: Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Marcel Dalio.
Erich von Stroheim, Dita Parlo, (Julien) Carette, Gaston Modot, Jean Daste.
113 min.
12:00 AM La Bete Humaine (1938)
A railroad engineer enters an affair with his friend's amoral wife.
Dir: Jean Renoir. Cast: Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux.
97 min
2:00 AM Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954)
An aging gangster comes out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped.
Dir: Jacques Becker. Cast: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll.
94 min,
4:00 AM Des gens sans importance (1955)
An unhappy waitress starts an affair with a married truck driver.
Dir: Henri Verneuil. Cast: Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, Pierre Mondy.
101 min.


  1. You mean TCM does as I suggest. On the TCM boards someone asked suggest who you want to see for SUTS next year, last August. Jean Gabin was one of the names I suggested.

    I am sure it was just a coincidence but I was quite pleased. :)

  2. "You mean TCM does as I suggest..."

    Whatever's the most provocative is what I meant. ;)

  3. I miss having cable because I dont have TCM anymore.

    Just stopped by to let you know I am honoring your blog with an award over at Blame Mame.

  4. Thanks for honoring Hollywood Dreamland--tomorrow (8/22) just happens to be my birthday, so the timing is quite nice!

    BTW, for some reason I can't comment on blogs that don't use the separate window. It acts as though I'm not logged in and I can't post.

  5. I usually hate foreign films, but those were excellent! Shows even old movie lovers can learn new things.

  6. Hi, sorry for the unabashed plug but I found your blog through a post you made at the Fedora club re. The Phantom. A new tribute book to Lee Falk who would have been 100 years this year is coming out now! Any help in promoting the book is appreciated!

  7. Come ON, whhhhyyyy don't I have cable for moments like these? All those 30's and 40's Gabin flicks. What a drag to msis them. Still, how neat they're still airing these gems!!


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