Some notes about what’s showing this week on Turner Classic Movies.
The Fountainhead (Sunday, 1/20, 10:00 AM ET, 1949) — I am never ever going to read anything by Ayn Rand (I learned everything I wanted to know about her when Action Philosophers wrote her up), so this seems like an easy way to figure out why people still love or hate her work. Especially with Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. Heck, I’m entertained just reading the incredibly diverse reader reviews of this movie, and I haven’t even seen it yet.
Indiscreet (Sunday, 1/20, 2:15 PM ET, 1958) — Oh, glorious. I like this movie. A mature Cary Grant (starting to grey) tells Ingrid Bergman (playing a famous actress, not a stretch) he’s married when he isn’t because he doesn’t want to be tied down. Then they fall in love. It’s a hoary old device now, but somehow it suits watching those two in beautiful clothes and settings and sophisticated luxury. From an age when kids wanted to be grown-up so they could dream of someday being that elegant. (As opposed to today, when everyone’s chasing teen fashion and celebrity.)
The 39 Steps (Tuesday, 1/22, 7:30 AM ET, 1935) — I’ve never seen this Hitchcock classic (and I didn’t realize it was quite that old), so I figured it was about time. All I know about it is that Remington Steele did an episode based on it, about getting handcuffed together while being pursued across the countryside. Although I don’t think Hitchcock’s hero had amnesia at the time. (Strangely, although Steele couldn’t remember any of his various names, he remembered this movie. Gotta love Hollywood. Its products have the most powerful effects.)
The Talk of the Town (Wednesday, 1/23, 12:45 PM ET) — If you didn’t watch this after I recommended it last week, you missed out. It was great fun and worth watching. (Look for a very young Lloyd Bridges as a newspaperman.)