Next month, Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the 25th anniversary of essential distributor Milestone Film & Video and honor the late, great Irish actress Maureen O’Hara, who died Saturday at 95, with two must-see slates of special programming.
First, on Nov. 12, TCM devotes an entire evening to Milestone, founded by the husband-and-wife team of Dennis Doros and Amy Heller in their one-bedroom New York
apartment in 1990. In recent years, the company has turned its attention to restoring and releasing “forgotten” films from black, gay, and women filmmakers to both film and digital formats—including such groundbreaking films as Charles Burnett’s “Killer of Sheep,” Luchino Visconti’s “Rocco and His Brothers,” and Kathleen Collins’ “Losing Ground.” Among the highlights of TCM’s programming is the television premiere of Shirley Clarke’s “The Connection” (1961), based on Jack Gelber’s play about a filmmaker who records a group of junkies waiting for their heroin dealer in a claustrophobic apartment.
Then, on Nov. 20, the network begins a 24-hour tribute to O’Hara—including Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” precursor “Jamaica Inn” (1939), also based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier and co-starring Charles Laughton, and, from the same year, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” And don’t miss John Ford’s classic romance “The Quiet Man,” in which she holds her own with John Wayne. Our advice? Clear your DVRs. They’re about to get a full workout.
Read the full schedules for both events below:
TCM’s Tribute to Milestone Film & Video (Thursday, Nov. 12, times ET)
8 pm: “In the Land of the Head Hunters” (Edward S. Curtis, 1914)
9:15 pm: “I Am Cuba” (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964)
11:45 pm: “The Exiles” (Kent Mackenzie, 1963)
1:15 am: “The Connection” (Shirley Clarke, 1961)
3:15 am: “Come Back, Africa” (Lionel Rogosin, 1959)
TCM Remembers Maureen O’Hara (Friday, Nov. 20, times ET)
6 am” “Jamaica Inn” (1939): A young woman on the British coast stumbles onto a ring of bloodthirsty scavengers.
7:45 am: “The Deadly Companions” (1961): To make amends for killing a man, a Civil War veteran accompanies his corpse through dangerous territory.
9:30 am: “Spencer’s Mountain” (1963): A Wyoming farmer fights to build a better life for his oldest son.
11:30 am: “McLintock!” (1963): A cattle baron fights to tame the West and his estranged wife.
1:45 pm: “The Battle of the Villa Fiorita” (1965): The children of an upper-class married woman and an Italian musician attempt to break off the affair.
3:45 pm: “Big Jake “(1971): A rancher leads the posse out to recover his kidnapped grandson.
5:45 pm: “The Wings of Eagles” (1957): Biography of Frank “Spig” Wead, the pioneer aviator who turned to writing after being grounded by an accident.
8 pm: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939): A deformed bell ringer rescues a gypsy girl falsely accused of witchcraft and murder.
10:15 pm: “The Quiet Man” (1952): An Irish ex-boxer retires to Ireland and searches for the proper wife.
12:30 am: “At Sword’s Point” (1951): The children of the Three Musketeers swing into action against a traitor.
2 am: “Sinbad the Sailor” (1947): The Arabian Nights hero sets off to find the lost treasure of Alexander the Great.
4 am: “The Spanish Main” (1945): Dutch rebels in the Caribbean turn pirate and kidnap the corrupt Spanish governor’s bride-to-be