Sunday, October 08, 2006

Little Life Lessons from Turner Classic Movies

The following descriptions of what's playing on Turner Classic Movies this month actually provide some truisms about life.

"A young doctor tries to keep a neurotic beauty from being committed."

"After marrying a drunken playboy, a young girl tries to capture his heart while he's sober."

"A society woman courts heartache when she falls in lover with her chauffeur."

"A ruthless financier will stop at nothing to control a 100-story office building."

"A father's blind devotion turns his son into a lying cad."

"A failure in the U.S. defense system threatens to start World War III."

"A hat-check girl gets rich quick when she saves a millionaire's life."

"A possessive son's efforts to keep his mother from remarrying threaten to destroy his family."

"A plain young woman's money makes her prey to fortune hunters."

"A scarred veteran and a homely woman are transformed by love."

"A young priest revitalizes a failing parish and brings new life to the elder priest."

"An ambitious duke uses his executioner henchman to kill his way to the crown."

"A detective tries to solve a murder in a house full of suspects."

"When she's branded as a 'bad girl' a troubled teen fights for her parents' approval."

"A good girl raises her popularity when pretends to be bad."

"A young girl dreams of winning acceptance from a gang of surfers."

6 comments:

Carol said...

What really gets me is when TCM and AMC play movies considered "classics" that I saw in the theatre. Sigh.

the hanged man said...

TCM seems to show movies that actually are, you know, classics, as opposed to AMC which has stretched the definition of "classic" to "Flashdance" and "Top Gun."

Iva said...

I found the one about the "ruthless tycoon" trying to control an eleven story building really hysterical. How does one control a building of any size? Send me some tips...this house of mine is out of control!
Mom
PS The scary thing to me is that I recognized a lot of the movies just by their descriptions.

Cynthia said...

Wow, women don't seem to do so great in 'classic' movies on TCM.

the hanged man said...

I'd like to think they all prevail in the end...

Number 2 Sister said...

What the hell is with this new subtitle --"Refutation and Overthrow of Falsely So-Called Knowledge" ?! Sounds kind of arrogant. If I didnt' know "The Hanged Man" was you, I'd keep right on surfing after seeing that subtitle.

I was really partial to the former subtitle that referred to spilling things on yourself. It was humorous. It was humble. It was true.
(factoid for anyone not related to us: All of the Hughes progeny spill on themselves. It makes our wedding dinners easy to find in over booked hotels. Just look for the room full of people with stained shirts and you're there.)