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📽️ Million Dollar Movie
Recovering film critic. Currently researching and tweeting on the untold history of theatrical features on American TV. Quoted in the Congressional Record.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 1h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/98 at 10:35 am on TCM. Mobster Quinn gets killer Granger sprung from Death Row at Sing Sing so he can marry pregnant sister Bancroft in 1955 potboiler produced by Small for United Artists release. Not on DVD, probably no great loss.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 6h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/93 at 9 pm on AMC. I don't like to brag, but this 1935 love-in was shown for decades on TV (going back to its NY TV debut 5/23/59 on WNBC) in a cut reissue version from 1945 until I encouraged Fox to dig up the original, which is on Blu-ray.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 6h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/88 at 4 am on Nickelodeon. How did Fox allow copyright of Shirley's (full) Technicolor debut to expire in 1967? Windfall for public domain purveyors launched millions of bad dupes. Even Fox's authorized DVD doesn't look as good as the one for THE BLUE BIRD (1940).
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 6h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/83 at 10 pm on WNET. You could build an entire movie around the concept of Coward waiting around the Astoria studios in Queens between takes of 1935 art film (his debut as an adult) directed, written and produced by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. Regrettably not on DVD.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 7h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/78 at 12:37 am on WABC's "Best of Broadway.'' Fox's forgotten 1955 Cinemascope epic premiered via pan and scan 1/6/64 on NBC's "Monday Night at the Movies.'' Director Robert D. Webb won the archaic assistant director Oscar for IN OLD CHICAGO (1938).
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 8h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/73 at 2:10 am on WABC's "Best of Broadway II.'' For some reason, 1944 Fox biopic didn't arrive in TV syndication until 1972, included in a package with THE BLUE BIRD (1940) and THE SONG OF BERNADETTE (1943).
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 8h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/68 at 9 pm on ABC's "Sunday Night Movie.'' 1961 circus opus is Fox's second remake of HOUSE OF STRANGERS (1949), an adaptation of Jerome Weidman novel already transposed to the west as BROKEN LANCE (1954). Broadcast slotted immediately after Ed's show on CBS.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 8h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/63 at 3:05 am on "The Late Late Show II.'' How do you warm your audience up for INVISIBLE MENACE? Well, WCBS had a batch of Universal B comedies like one from 1941. Based on the title and poster, it seems like an attempt to sell Herbert as a successor to W.C. Fields.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 8h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/63 at 4:20 am on WCBS' "Late Late Show III.'' Horror fans who set alarms because of title discover Boris is red herring in army base murder. B thriller directed by Ronan Farrow's grandpa in 1938, so unmemorable it was remade just five years later as MURDER ON THE WATERFRONT.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 11h
Replying to @WarnerArchive
NY TV debut 4/21/58 at 1:15 am on WCBS. President Eisenhower's television advisor is no doubt thrilled that yet another of his pre-code efforts (MGM, 1932) has been exiled to "The Late Late Show.'' Available
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 12h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/58 from 7:30 to 9 pm on "Million Dollar Movie.'' WOR debuts what NY Times describes as "abridged'' version of 1954 UK-Italy coproduction, distributed stateside by UA at 138 minutes, showing through Friday. Allowed 150-minute slots on Saturday and Sunday, but not in color.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 12h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/53 from 4:30 to 5:30 on WABD. First (1936) of Junior's three Criterion Productions shot in England for UA release (thanks, dad) casts him as boxer turned inkeeper in 1910 London. Distributed to TV by Jerry Fairbanks Productions, appearently long out of circulation.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 12h
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/21/53 at 11:30 am on WABC. Ubiquitous Poverty Row presence June Collyer (starring in an ABC sitcom with hubby Stuart Erwin at this point) fronts a 1936 Victory Pictures mystery "presented" by insanely prolific schlockmeister Sam Katzman.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 13h
Replying to @LouLumenick
Quoting Howard Thompson in previous tweet. Handful of TV listings from 1960-64 in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. ProQuest Historic Newspapers search also turns up three runs on WJZ in Baltimore between 1985 and 1987. Apparently there are rights issues.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie 13h
4/21/48 at 9 pm on WNBT. Live production of Howard's play aired this evening, but only documented NYC broadcast of RKO's elusive film adaptation appears to be Spanish-dubbed print airing 6/9/75 at 4 pm on WNJU in Newark. AMC had it from 1987-95, but yet to find a listing on TCM.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie Apr 20
There are trivia notes like this about TV premieres in the trivia sections of hundreds of IMDB listings for '30s and '40 movies. Any idea who's the author? This is is for AT THE CIRCUS (1939).
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie Apr 20
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/20/98 at noon on TCM. Warren William's penultimate screen appearance was as police detective trapping Nietzsche-spouting killer in 1946 Monogram thriller, which debuted 1/28/51 on WOR. TCM sandwiched this between THE BLACK HAND (MGM, 1950) and MYSTERY IN MEXICO (RKO, 1948).
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie Apr 20
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/20/93 at 8 pm on WPIX. Marisa Tomei makes her screen debut in 1986 indie comedy released by Universal, co-directed by Bob and Harvey Weinstein.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie Apr 20
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/20/88 at 10 am on A&E. Tay Garnett's thriller was one of a batch of 1950-51 films that MGM failed so submit for copyright renewal within the prescribed time frame due to a paperwork error. So it became cable fodder and a bargain-bin VHS staple well into the 1990's.
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📽️ Million Dollar Movie Apr 20
Replying to @LouLumenick
4/20/83 at 3 am on WOR's "9 All Night.'' Three-ring Marxes (MGM, 1939) debuted 3/4/57 on WCBS. Thence to WNEW, back to WCBS and finally to Channel 9.
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