Booze News: TV Schedule September 2008

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Here's your Booze Movies schedule for September. Happy Labor Day!

All Times Eastern

1 Monday

8:00 AM The Bowery (1933) FMC

Rival saloon owners (Beery and Raft) tangle in turn of the century New York. Wallace Berry, George Raft, Jackie Cooper. Dir: Raoul Walsh. BW-92 mins

9:00 AM The Hustler (1961) AMC

A pool hustler and his alky girlfriend try to overcome their problems. Cast: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie. Dir: Robert Rossen. BW-134 mins

2 Tuesday

4:00 PM Touch Of Evil (1958) TCM

Welles is an overweight, crooked cop with a drinking problem; and Heston is a Mexican. Cast: Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh. Dir: Orson Welles. BW-111 mins

5:30 PM Roadhouse (1989) AMC

Patrick Swayze does some barroom bouncin' at the Double Duce. Cast: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott. Dir: Rowdy Herrington. C-114 mins

10:00 PM The Rose (1979) FMC

Bette Midler takes the sex, drugs (and booze), and rock n’ roll route. Cast: Bette Midler, Alan Bates. Dir: Mark Rydell. C-125 mins

10:15 PM Irma La Douce (1963) TCM

A Parisian bar is center stage for the story of a policeman who gives up everything for the love of a free-living prostitute. Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Lou Jacobi. Dir: Billy Wilder. BW-143 mins

3 Wednesday

12:45 AM The Apartment (1960) TCM

An aspiring executive boozes and grows a spine when he falls for his boss’ mistress. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray. Dir: Billy Wilder. BW-125 mins

2:15 PM We Went To College (1936) TCM

Three middle-aged men try to recapture the joys of their college days, including the booze. Cast: Charles Butterworth, WalterAbel, Hugh Herbert. Dir: Joseph Santley. BW-68 mins

4 Thursday

10:00 AM Father Goose (1964) TCM

A Scotch-loving drifter finds himself protecting schoolgirls and their teacher during WWII. Cast: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard. Dir: Ralph Nelson. C-116 mins

4:00 PM Harvey (1950) TCM

A tippler prefers the company of an invisible six-foot rabbit to his family. Cast: James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Cecil Kellaway. Dir: Henry Koster. BW-104 mins

5 Friday

4:00 PM Party, The (1968) TCM

An Indian actor turns a swank Hollywood cocktail party into a disaster. Cast: Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet, Marge Champion. Dir: Blake Edwards. C-99 mins

6 Saturday

5:00 PM Best Years Of Our Lives, The (1946) TCM

Three returning servicemen fight to adjust to life after World War II and hang out in Butch’s bar. Cast: Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy. Dir: William Wyler. BW-170 mins

7 Sunday

3:00 AM Thunder Road (1958) TCM

A fast-driving moonshiner locks horns with a gangster and the feds. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Keely Smith. Dir: Arthur Ripley. BW-93 mins

8 Monday

5:45 PM Kiss Me, Stupid (1965) TCM

Dean Martin plays a popular singer named “Dino.” Not exactly a stretch. Cast: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston. Dir: Billy Wilder. BW-125 mins

9 Tuesday

4:00 AM Party, The (1968) TCM

Repeat (See 9/5)

4:45 AM My Darling Clementine (1946) AMC

Victor Mature tries his hand at the oft-portrayed alky cynic, Doc Holiday. Cast: Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Linda Darnell. Dir: John Ford. BW-97 mins

12:15 PM Bells Are Ringing (1960) TCM

An answering service operator gets mixed up in her clients' lives, including a whiskey-swigging Dino. Cast: Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Jean Stapleton. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. C-126 mins

11 Thursday

1:00 PM Small Town Girl (1936) TCM

After marrying a drunken playboy, a young girl tries to capture his heart while he's sober. Cast: Janet Gaynor, Robert Taylor, James Stewart. Dir: William A. Wellman. BW-106 mins

5:00 PM Gigi (1958) TCM

Sing along to “The Night They Invented Champagne.” Cast: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. C-116 mins

13 Saturday

4:00 AM Country Girl, The (1954) TCM

While Der Bingle drinks, his wife, Grace Kelly, eyes another man. Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden. Dir: George Seaton. BW-104 mins

8:15 AM Blue Gardenia, The (1953) TCM

Drinking leads to memory loss, which isn’t good when murder is involved. Cast: Anne Baxter, Raymond Burr, Richard Conte. Dir: Fritz Lang. BW-88 mins

8:00 PM Tom Jones (1963) TCM

It wouldn’t be a ribald classic without booze. Cast: Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith. Dir: Tony Richardson. C-122 mins

15 Monday

4:00 PM Thunder and Lightning (1977) FMC

A Florida moonshiner challenges the father of his girlfriend to a frantic racing contest. Cast: David Carradine, Roger C. Carmel, Kate Jackson. Dir: Corey Allen. C-95 mins

17 Wednesday

11:00 PM The Rose (1979) FMC

Repeat (See 9/2)

19 Friday

10:00 PM Moulin Rouge (1952) TCM

Absinthe anyone? French painter Toulouse-Lautrec fights to find love despite his physical limitations. Cast: Jose Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Colette Marchand. Dir: John Huston. C-119 mins, TV-PG, CC

20 Saturday

8:00 AM Topper (1937) TCM

Tippler Topper sees ghosts. Cast: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. BW-97 mins

21 Sunday

2:00 PM How To Murder Your Wife (1965) After marrying while drunk, a cartoonist puts his murderous fantasies into his work. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas. Dir: Richard Quine. C-118 mins

22 Monday

8:00 AM Tales of Manhattan (1942) FMC

An all-star cast appears in a series of vignettes woven together to tell the story of a formal tailcoat that is passed to a collection of owners. Includes excised W.C. Fields segment. Dir: Julien Duvivier. BW-127 mins

23 Tuesday

10:30 AM Forbidden Planet (1956) TCM

A helpful robot replicates bourbon. Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen. Dir: Fred M. Wilcox. C-99 mins

24 Wednesday

1:00 AM Some Like It Hot (1959) TCM

Marilyn wonders, “Where’s that bourbon?!” Maybe she should find a helpful robot. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis. Dir: Billy Wilder. BW-121 mins

26 Friday

12:00 PM Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961) TCM

A factory worker drinks on the weekends. Cast: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts. Dir: Karel Reisz. BW-89 mins

28 Sunday

4:00 PM African Queen, The (1951) TCM

Kate throws out Bogie’s gin. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley. Dir: John Huston. C-105 mins

29 Monday

6:00 PM Jeanne Eagels (1957) TCM

The famed actress fights addiction to drugs and booze to build a career and find love. Cast: Kim Novak, Jeff Chandler, Agnes Moorehead. Dir: George Sidney. BW-109 mins

30 Tuesday

8:00 PM Roadhouse (1989) AMC


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