Monday, November 2, 2009

Robert Ryan: The Featured Player for November

As many of you know, this month marks the 100th anniversary of actor Robert Ryan's birthdate.

In honor of that event, Turner Classic Movies will be broadcasting 17 of his movies this month, and will be having daytime marathons of his films on November 10th and the 11th (which coincides with his birthday on November 11, 1909).

Below is a list of this underrated actor's films on the schedule. There will be several more items posted on this blog throughout the month to commemorate his contributions to film.

Sunday, Nov. 8th
8:00 PM
House of Bamboo (1955)
An Army investigator infiltrates a Tokyo crime syndicate to solve a colleague's murder. Cast: Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi. Dir: Samuel Fuller. C-103 mins, , Letterbox Format

Tuesday, Nov. 10th

6:00 AM
Her Twelve Men (1954)
A dedicated teacher turns around the troublesome students at a boys' school. Cast: Greer Garson, Robert Ryan, Richard Haydn. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. BW-91 mins, TV-G, CC

8:00 AM
Born To Be Bad (1950)
An ambitious girl steals a rich husband but keeps her lover on the side. Cast: Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan, Mel Ferrer. Dir: Nicholas Ray. BW-90 mins, TV-PG, CC

10:00 AM
Best Of The Badmen (1951)
A band of notorious outlaws help a friend against a corrupt federal agent. Cast: Robert Ryan, Claire Trevor, Robert Preston. Dir: William D. Russell. C-84 mins, TV-PG, CC

11:30 AM
Back From Eternity (1956)
When an airliner crashes in the jungle, the repaired plane can only hold five of the survivors. Cast: Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg, Rod Steiger. Dir: John Farrow. BW-97 mins, TV-PG, CC

1:30 PM
The Racket(1951)
A tough cop has to fight his superiors in order to battle the mob. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan. Dir: John Cromwell. BW-89 mins, TV-PG, CC

3:00 PM
On Dangerous Ground (1951)
A tough cop sent to help in a mountain manhunt falls for the quarry's blind sister. Cast: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond. Dir: Nicholas Ray. BW-82 mins, TV-PG, CC

4:30 PM
Beware, My Lovely (1952)
A widow discovers her handyman is an escaped mental patient. Cast: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes. Dir: Harry Horner. BW-77 mins, TV-PG, CC

6:00 PM
Clash By Night (1952)
An embittered woman seeks escape in marriage, only to fall for her husband's best friend. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe. Dir: Fritz Lang.W-105 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS

Wednesday, Nov. 11th

7:00 AM
Bombardier (1943)
Military officers compete for the same woman while training pilots for war. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Randolph Scott, Anne Shirley. Dir: Richard Wallace. BW-99 mins, TV-G, CC

9:00 AM
Gangway for Tomorrow (1943)
Five people thrown together by World War II review their pasts. Cast: Robert Ryan, Margo, John Carradine. Dir: John H. Auer. BW-69 mins, TV-PG

10:15 AM
Marine Raiders (1944)
Marine buddies training in Australia battle over love. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Ruth Hussey. Dir: Harold Schuster. BW-91 mins, TV-G

12:00 PM
The Iron Major (1943)
In this true story, Frank Cavanaugh proves himself as a football coach and a World War I hero. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Ruth Warrick, Robert Ryan. Dir: Ray Enright. BW-85 mins, TV-G

1:30 PM
Tender Comrade (1943)
Lady welders pool their resources to share a house during World War II. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Robert Ryan, Ruth Hussey. Dir: Edward Dmytryk. BW-102 mins, TV-PG, CC

3:15 PM
Berlin Express (1948)
Allied agents fight an underground Nazi group in post-war Europe. Cast: Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Paul Lukas. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. BW-87 mins, TV-PG, CC

4:45 PM
Act Of Violence (1949)
An embittered veteran tracks down a POW camp informer. Cast: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh. Dir: Fred Zinnemann. BW-82 mins, TV-PG, CC

6:30 PM
Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)
A one-armed veteran uncovers small-town secrets when he tries to visit an Asian-American war hero's family. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis. Dir: John Sturges. C-82 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format, DVS

A few other Robert Ryan movies on TCM later in November include the following:

Nov. 21st 12:00 PM
The Naked Spur (1953)
A captive outlaw uses psychological tactics to prey on a bounty hunter. Cast: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Ralph Meeker. Dir: Anthony Mann. C-92 mins, TV-PG, CC

Nov. 26th 3:00 AM
The Sky's The Limit (1943)
A pilot on leave falls for a pretty news photographer. Cast: Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie, Robert Benchley. Dir: Edward H. Griffith. BW-89 mins, TV-G, CC

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