So, we are back to a monthly overview and hopefully it will stay this way going forward. We also found a better way to display the TCM monthly schedule. If you view it on a computer or tablet and it is too much info at once, you do have the option of clicking the “all events” tab at the beginning of each week and seeing all the titles of films being shown that week. When you click on the title it will show you when it is scheduled to air.

Here are the TCM Highlights for October 2017

If you like classic horror movies, then TCM is the place to be in October.  Sunday nights are dedicated to Monster of the Month, Dracula and Tuesday nights are dedicated to classic horror. Silent Sunday Nights is staying in the horror theme as well. You can see specific titles being shown below.

On Friday the 13th the theme is “disturbed children” and includes The Bad Seed. If you haven’t seen it, it is truly a must watch. It has the best, most shocking ending of ANY movie.

September themes include Movie Duels (1st), Childhood Adventures (5th), Westerns (7th), Broadway (9th), hotels (12th), large families (15th), explorers (19th), a day of “colors” (18th), Arizona (24th), Red October, the Russian Revolution (25th), 70’s Future Shock (26th) and Communism (30th).

September tributes include Buster Keaton (4th), Jacques Tourneur (5th), June Allyson (6th), Burl Ives (7th),George Hamilton (10th), Mickey Rooney (11th), Jane Fonda and Rita Hayworth (14th), Marsha Hunt (17th), Romy Schneider (18th), Norman Taurog (20th), Celia Johnson (21st), Joan Fontaine (25th), and Jack Carson (27th).

Other events in October are a two night tribute to animator/writer/producer/director George Pal and a night of films picked by Guest Programmer Todd Haynes. You can lean more about these tributes below.



Sundays at 10:00 am ET / 7:00 am PT

If you haven’t watch Eddie Mullers’ intros and outro during Noir Alley, you are missing some great information. Sometimes if I am not sure about a movie, what he says makes me want to watch it. Films being shown in October are:

   Possessed (1947) (Watch Preview)
   They Won’t Believe Me
   Side Street (1950)
   Raw Deal
   The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Watch Preview) Kirk Douglas’ film debut


 Beginning at Midnight ET/9:00pm PT

Silent Sunday Nights is keeping with the horror theme for October. The films being shown are:

   The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
   The Phantom Carriage
   The Monster


 Sundays Beginning at 2 am ET / 11 pm ET

(Technically Mondays ET)


25 Films / MONDAYS in OCTOBER beginning at 8 PM ET

Hosted by Illeana Douglas

A Turner Classic Movies programming initiative that aims to shine a spotlight on the historical contributions of women working in the film industry, to raise awareness of the current under representation of women in positions of power within the business, and to promote resources that empower women to participate more fully in the industry.

TCM is partnered with Women in Film/Los Angeles throughout this programming initiative to offer research and resources to illuminate the current roles that women contribute to within the film industry, and to assist women filmmakers in furthering their careers and the art form.

About Women in Film:

Women In Film Los Angeles is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise 50 percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education— provides scholarships, grants, and film finishing funds—and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community. For more information

This series is divided into five themes:

The Silent & Talkie Era (Writers) on October 2 co-hosted by LESLIE DIXON

Ben-Hur (1925) (Bess Meredyth)
A Star is Born (1937) (Dorothy Parker) Watch Preview
The Women (1939) (Anita Loos) Watch Preview
Camille (1937) (Frances Marion) Watch Preview
Dynamite (1929) (Jeanie Macpherson)(and edited by Anne Bauchens)

The Classic Era (Writers) on October 9 co-hosted by CALLIE KHOURI

The Big Sleep (1946) (Leigh Brackett) Watch Preview
Adam’s Rib (1949) (Ruth Gordon) Watch Preview
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) (Betty Comden) Watch Preview
Cabaret (1972) (Jay Presson Allan) Watch Preview
The Great Lie (1941) (Lenore Coffee) Watch Preview

The Classic Period (Editors) on October 16 co-hosted by MARYANN BRANDON

Madame Satan (1930) (Anna Bauchens)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) (Dede Allen)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) (Margaret Booth) Watch Preview
What’s Up, Doc? (1972) (Verna Fields)
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) (Marcia Lucas)

The Contemporary Period (Editors) on October 23 co-hosted by LYNZEE KLINGMAN

The Elephant Man (1980) (Anne V. Coates)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) (Susan Morse)
Casino (1995) (Thelma Shoonmaker)
Places in the Heart (1984) (Carol Littleton) Watch Preview

Women Who Produced in Hollywood on October 30 co-hosted by STEPHANIE ALLAIN

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) (June Mathis)
Back to the Future (1985) (Kathleen Kennedy) Watch Preview
Gilda (1946) (Virginia Van Upp) Watch Preview
Taxi Driver (1976) (Julia Phillips) (and edited by Marcia Lucas)
They Won’t Believe Me (1947) (Joan Harrison)
I Remember Mama (1948) (Harriet Parsons) Watch Preview


 Tuesday nights in October are devoted to Classic Horror. TCM will showcase some of the most iconic films from the 1930s through the 1960s to demonstrate how classic horror has evolved over the years


   Frankenstein (1931) (Watch Preview)
   Bride of Frankenstein (Watch Preview)
   The Mummy (1932) (Watch Preview)
   The Wolf Man (Watch Preview)
   Island of Lost Souls
   The Black Cat (1934) (Watch Preview)
   The Invisible Man (1933)(Watch Preview)


   Cat People (Watch Preview)
   The Body Snatcher
   Martin Scorsese Presents Val Lewton: Man in the Shadows
   I Walked With a Zombie (Watch Preview)
   The Seventh Victim
   The Leopard Man


   The Ghost Ship
   Isle of the Dead
   The Curse of the Cat People
   The Devil’s Bride
   The Curse of Frankenstein
   The Mummy (1959)
   The Curse of the Werewolf
   Plague of the Zombies
   The Reptile


   The Innocents
   Diary of a Madman
   Curse of the Demon
   Carnival of Souls
   From Beyond the Grave

Halloween Night

   The Old Dark House (1932) (Watch Preview)
   The Haunting (1963)
   House on Haunted Hill (Watch Preview)
   The Cat and the Canary (1939)
   The Old Dark House (1963)
   The Bat




Friday nights are dedicated to the star of the month Anthony Perkins. Each Friday night has a theme:

Early Roles
   The Actress (Watch Preview)
   Friendly Persuasion (Watch Preview)
   The Tin Star
   Tall Story

Beautiful Co-Stars
   Five Miles to Midnight
   Green Mansions

Later Years
   Remember My Name
   Winter Kills
   The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

   Psycho (1960) (Watch Preview)
   Pretty Poison




Saturday at 8 pm ET

 Hosted by Alec Baldwin

 Special Guest Host is David Letterman


Dave’s choices for essentials in October are:




TCM Underground

Saturdays at 2 am ET / 9 pm ET ( may vary)

TCM Underground focuses on classic, cult and B-movies every Saturday night. This month TCM emphasize the creepy, the ghastly and the downright strange in their collection of offbeat horror films.

   After Hours TCM Premiere
   Who’s That Girl TCM Premiere
   Scream Blacula Scream
   Willard TCM Premiere
   Ben TCM Premiere
   The Brood

Animator/writer/producer/director George Pal (1908-1980) was one of the most highly regarded, and honored, filmmakers working in the field of science fiction. He was nominated for Academy Awards® for seven consecutive years (1942-1948) in the category of Best Short Subject, Cartoon; and won an honorary Oscar® in 1944. His work is being showcased in a two night presentation beginning at 8 PM ET and co-hosted by Arnold Leibovit.

10/11 – Part I
   The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal
   The Puppetoon Movie
   Destination Moon
   The Time Machine (1960)
   Atlantis, the Lost Continent
   The Power

10/12 – Part II
   Tom Thumb
   The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
   7 Faces of Dr. Lao
   Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze
   The Puppetoon Movie




Filmmaker Todd Haynes, TCM Guest Programmer for October 19th, is described by host Ben Mankiewicz as “one of the most visually arresting directors working today.” Haynes’ programming picks are all movies he had studied in preparation for his current film, Wonderstruck (2017), which employs different time periods (the 1920s and 1970s) to tell the story of two children on quests in New York City. His choices are:

   The Crowd
   The Night of the Hunter (Watch Preview)
   Walkabout (1971)

Download the complete TCM movie schedule for October here.  Customize for US or Canada and time zone.

See you next week! Happy Watching.