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Great Adaptations Every Monday and Wednesday on TCM

By November 11, 2012

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All the King's MenOn most Mondays and Wednesdays in November, Turner Classic Movies will feature 24-hour blocks of beloved novels adapted into classic movies. Over the course of the month, the network will air a whopping 92 movies covering a wide range of genres and subjects.

TCM will start with great American literature like Raoul Walsh's adaptation of Norman Mailer's World War II classic, The Naked and the Dead (1948) and the great political drama All the King's Men (1949), starring Broderick Crawford and based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about greed and corruption.

The cable network will also draw from several great adventure novels, including William Wellman's adaptation of Jack London's The Call of the Wild (1935), MGM's great film version of Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) starring the incomparable Charles Laughton, John Huston's Academy Award-winning Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), and Michael Curtiz's Captain Blood (1935) with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

The Man with the Golden ArmDelving into the darker side of classic literature, TCM will pay homage to National Book Award Winners and Finalists with airings of Otto Preminger's The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) starring Frank Sinatra as a struggling heroin addict, Robert Wise's creepy supernatural horror flick The Haunting (1963), Richard Brooks' adaptation of Truman Capote's groundbreaking true crime novel In Cold Blood (1967), and Alfred Hitchcock's excellent thriller Strangers on a Train (1951).

No retrospective on adaptations can be complete without a few helpings of film noir and TCM plans to fill noir lovers' appetites with The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Big Sleep (1946) starring Bogie and Bacall, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), and A Kiss Before Dying (1956) with Robert Wagner and Vivien Leigh.

Gone With the WindAfter journeying to the South with To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) starring Gregory Peck and Victor Fleming's Gone With the Wind (1939), Turner takes its viewers across the pond for adaptations of great British literature like David Lean's Great Expectations (1946), William Wyler's classic version of Wuthering Heights (1939) with Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, and Roy Boulting's adaptation of Graham Greene's noir classic Brighton Rock (1947).

Venturing further out, TCM will showcase classics from Russian and French literature with a number of great films, including Anna Karenina (1947), William Dieterle's version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), the silent era adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera (1925), which features Lon Chaney's classic performance, and Richard Brooks' take on Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov (1958).

The Ox-Bow IncidentRounding out the month will be selections from the science fiction and Western genres like The Time Machine (1960), The Andromeda Strain (1971), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) with Henry Fonda, and the great John Wayne-John Ford collaboration The Searchers (1956).

Not to be left out, kids will be able to see a number of great children's classics such as Anne of Green Gables (1934), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) with Shirley Temple, The Secret Garden (1949), and of course Lassie Come Home (1943).

Movie posters for 'All the King's Men' (1949)/Sony Pictures, 'The Man With the Golden Arm' (1955)/Warner Bros., 'Gone With the Wind' (1939)/Warner Bros., and 'The Ox-Bow Incident' (1943)/20th Century Fox


November 19, 2012 at 11:07 am
(1) John Farr says:

So many film classics have been made from famous books: There’s David Lean’s other Dickens adaptation, “Oliver Twist” (1948), “The Thin Man” (1934), “The Grapes Of Wrath” (1940), “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (1943), “To Have And Have Not” (1944), and of course, “From Here To Eternity” (1953).
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