MAY 2022 ON TCM

May 2022 on TCM means the airing of a couple of Lee Marvin perennials and some special tributes I am very much looking forward to seeing.  As to the perennials, for this May 2022, it seems TCM loves to show these two classics, especially around Memorial Day…

(L-R) Russell Collins, Walter Brennan, Spencer Tracy (seated), Dean Jagger, Lee Marvin and Robert Ryan in Bad Day at Black Rock.

Marvin confronts Robert Ryan in the Oscar-winning The Dirty Dozen.

As to the rest of the month’s line-up, there are some interesting Lee Marvin connections, even though he doesn’t appear in the films listed. That aside, I chose to highlight the ones worth watching. Don’t forget to check your local listings for your time zone’s start time…. 


Dark of the Sun (1968) Wednesday, May 5th & Tuesday May 24: Airing in tribute to Yvette Mimeux, this little seen acton film has Rod Taylor delivering one of the most amazing fight scenes I’ve ever witnessed, as well as a pretty decent performance from Lee Marvin’s Dirty Dozen costar, Jim Brown. 
The Verdict (1982) & Hombre (1966) Thursday, May 5th: Two very different performances from two different time periods by two very great directors but both feature Lee Marvin costar Paul Newman. I’ve written about Sidney Lumet’s The Verdict previously but Martin Ritt’s Hombre deserves a second look. An ensemble cast features superb performances by all but especially Richard Boone. Could very well have been played by Lee Marvin. Also costars The Iceman Cometh’s (1973) Fredric March.
The Catered Affair (1956) Sunday, May 8th: Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin’s frequent costar, costars this time around with the legendary Bette Davis in this poignant inner-city drama directed by Richard Brooks, based on the TV play written by Paddy Chayefsky. Davis has never been better and Borgnine revisits Chayefesky’s Marty (1955) persona in a very different way. Also look for a young Debbie Reynolds, Rod Taylor and curmedgeonly Barry Fitzgerald.
John Ford, The Man Who Invented America (2018) Sunday, May 8th: I don’t know anything about this documentary but you can bet the house on the fact that I will be watching. In my humble opinion, this director of such Lee Marvin classics as The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Donovan’s Reef is the greatest of all American directors.
Crossfire (1947) & Edge of the City (1957) Saturday, May 14th: Robert Ryan’s sole Oscar-nomination and John Cassavetes self-proclaimed best early work highlight the Dirty Dozen’s costars claim to fame. Very different films but definitely worth watching for their performances alone. 
The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh (2014) Wednesday, May 18th: As with the John Ford documentary, I never heard of this either but since Walsh directed many of my favorite films (including an early western with Lee Marvin) I’ll be checking it out. 
Seven Days in May (1964), Papillon (1973), The Wind & The Lion (1975) Wednesday, May 25th: These three well made films are being shown as part of a tribute to my all-time favorite film composer, Jerry Goldsmith. Watch these films for the music alone and you’ll see why he’s my favorite.
Memorial Day Weekend Marathon featuring: 
Bad Day at Black Rock
(195?) Saturday, May 28th & The Dirty Dozen (1967) Monday, May 30th: All weekend long Turner is showing some great films which naturally means the airing of these two perennials!

So there you have it, May 2022 on TCM for Lee Marvin fans and cinephiles alike. If you want to know more any of these films or the people involved, there’s always Lee Marvin Point Blank. Until then, all the best!
– Dwayne Epstein

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150 YEARS AFTER THE REAL RAID AT ST. ALBANS

October 18th 2014 (through the 21st), marks the 150th anniversary of a strange, largely forgotten event of The Civil War that was the basis of one of Lee Marvin’s earliest film roles. The 1954 film The Raid headlined Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone, Peter Graves and a 4th billed Lee Marvin in the true story of events of St. Albans, Vermont. Advertised with the following posters, the Hollywood filmmakers clearly emphasized action over reality….

One of two ads from the pressbook for THE RAID with Lee Marvin depicted in the bottom left corner.

One of two ads from the pressbook for THE RAID with Lee Marvin depicted in the bottom left corner.

 

A second and much more descriptive ad from THE RAID pressbook.

A second and much more descriptive ad from THE RAID pressbook.

 

 

A point of authenticty emphasized in THE RAID's advertising

A point of authenticty emphasized in THE RAID’s advertising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to St. Albans website, “The story of the attack on St. Albans starts in Kentucky, birthplace of both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Kentucky did not secede and tried to remain neutral, but thousands chose sides. John Morgan, together with his five brothers, organized Morgan’s Raiders which made lightning strikes against Union depots and supply lines. Many of the raiders were captured, imprisoned at Camp Douglas at Chicago, some escaping into Canada.

These Morgan’s Raiders were given a warm welcome at the Confederate headquarters in Montreal. What could they do now to advance the rebel cause? They decided to attack northern cities, hoping to boost Southern morale, cause panic in the North, draw Yankee troops to the Canadian border, avenge destruction inflicted by Union armies, help defeat Lincoln as he sought re-election a few weeks later, create tension between Great Britain and the Union, and rob banks.
Bennett Young, 21, emerged as the group’s leader, the charismatic son of a wealthy Kentucky milliner who also owned a plantation with dozens of slaves. Young checked out St. Albans before deciding that this would be the first target. When he noted the busy railroad shop and foundry downtown, he knew that their getaway had to be fast.
Young then chose those who would accompany him on the raid. Twenty others infiltrated into St. Albans in groups of two and three, most arriving by train, representing themselves as vacationers, sportsmen, and horse traders. Each had been supplied with a concealed pistol, then registered at one of the three hotels and awaited Tuesday, Oct. 18, to attack. The schedule was changed after they discovered that Tuesday was market day, when people from the area flocked into the city.
That Wednesday, at 3 p.m., Confederates invaded the three banks as others rounded up horses or forced pedestrians onto the city’s green. The local people were stunned. They must be robbers, some assumed. How could rebels be so far north? One bank clerk was compelled to raise his right hand and swear allegiance to the Confederate States of America. In another bank two employees were locked in the vault after the raiders had boasted that they would soon burn the city down. The banks yielded a total of $208,000.
The commotion on Main Street came to the attention of the workmen nearby. As the raiders rode away on stolen horses they tossed “Greek fire” incendiaries at the stores, most of which did not ignite. A posse was soon in pursuit, helped by a trail of bank notes that fell from one of the money bags. The raiders managed to cross back into Canada where most of them, including Young, were rounded up. A lengthy legal battle followed in Montreal until the war ended and the case was dropped. Young went on to become a lawyer, author, railroad executive, and honorary general of the Confederate War Veterans. He was a featured speaker at the Gettysburg Reunion on its 50th anniversary.”

The actual perpetrators of the raid on the city of St. Albans, Vermont.

The actual perpetrators of the raid on the city of St. Albans, Vermont.

 

Pressbook summary of the plot of THE RAID.

Pressbook summary of the plot of THE RAID.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The "Greek Fire" depicted in the film that the pressbook touted for its historical accuracy.

The “Greek Fire” depicted in the film that the pressbook touted for its historical accuracy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As for the real events in the town of St. Albans, they marked it with the following sign at the bottom of this post…..

Commerative marker in the town of St. Albans, Vermont.

Commerative marker in the town of St. Albans, Vermont.

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