Trivia Countdown! Two Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: Moviegoers who saw the Steve Martin musical Pennies From Heaven were pleasantly surprised by Christopher Walken’s athletic dance to the song “Let’s Misbehave.” But Walken trained as a dancer early in his career, and among his early jobs was a role in the Broadway musical …

Trivia Countdown! Three Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce  four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: The iconic spaceship in Forbidden Planet didn’t retire from show biz after the film wrapped. It was re-used several times on the MGM lot; most memorably in several episodes of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. And Robby the Robot, built at a cost of $125,000 for …

Trivia Countdown! Four Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce  four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: Even most rabid Steve Martin fans haven’t seen his 1981 musical Pennies From Heaven-it disappeared from theaters almost as soon as it opened, and it’s not even available on DVD. Here’s a rare chance to catch this dark, brooding tale of false optimism in the …

Trivia Countdown! Five Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce  four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: Rome: Open City helped change the way movies were made. It’s a gripping fictional story of Italian resistance fighters during World War II, but it has the look and feel of a documentary. Director Roberto Rossellini took to the streets to make the film almost …

Trivia Countown! Six Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: Most film fans know that Gregory Peck’s spooky dream sequence in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Spellbound was designed by the surreal artist Salvador Dali. It’s unforgettable as-is, but costar Ingrid Bergman later said the scene was originally planned to run for 20 minutes. Production stills show one …

Trivia Countdown! Seven Days to Movies For Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s bit of trivia about one of the movies we’re showing:     Despite Forbidden Planet‘s groundbreaking special effects, for at least half the audience the film’s most unforgettable visual effect was Anne Francis as Altaira, the daughter of Walter Pidgeon’s Dr. Morbius. Look closely at the scenes that take place in Altaira’s lush, colorful …