Regis Philbin Set To Be TCM’s September Guest Programmer


Regis Philbin will be TCM’s Guest Programer for September. His four picks will air on Tuesday, Sept. 4, beginning at 8 p.m. I loved three of the four films he chose. Can you guess which won I don’t like?


His picks are after the cut.



8 p.m. (ET) – Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) – Philbin finds much to emulate in Cary Grant, citing “his style, his charm, his grace.” Grant stars with Myrna Loy in this delightful domestic comedy about a couple whose new home-building project is fraught with complications. Melvyn Douglas co-stars.




10 p.m. (ET) – High Society (1956) – Another major influence on Philbin has been Bing Crosby, who stars in this musical-comedy version of The Philadelphia Story. Grace Kelly, in her final film, stars as a socialite about to get married to her new beau, played by John Lund. Everything goes nuts, however, when her ex-husband (Crosby) arrives on the scene with a pair of reporters played by Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm.


Midnight (ET) – Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) – Philbin admires both Paul Newman and the boxer he plays in this drama, Rocky Graziano. This top-notch biography follows Graziano as he goes from the New York streets to the boxing ring. Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart and Sal Mineo co-star under the direction of Robert Wise. Ernest Lehman’s script and Joseph Ruttenberg’s cinematography both won Oscars®.


2 a.m. (ET) – Gunga Din (1939) – George Stevens’ lively adventure expands on Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem with a story about three fortune-hunting British soldiers who face off against a deadly cult in India. Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. star as the soldiers, with Sam Jaffe as the title character, who plays a crucial role in the film’s rip-roaring climax. Joan Fontaine also stars.


About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on August 22, 2012, in Classic Film and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. thepaleautumnmoon

    “Can you guess which one I don’t like?” Going out on a limb here and saying “High Society”!

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