Mark your calendars! PZ and John Glover have compiled and annotated another list of movies playing on Turner Class Movies this November 2020. Tune in to watch long overlooked movies featuring Christian themes and theology. All times are Eastern, and streaming offerings are noted in parentheses.

November 1, midnight and 7:00 am, The Seventh Victim (1943)

A somewhat lame satanic cult plots death to their enemies in Greenwich Village, when it was really “Greenwich Village.” The penultimate scene is pure Christianity in victory over the coven, and it works beautifully! Tom Conway, B-movie actor who played “The Falcon,” stars. The movie marks the film debut of Kim Hunter.

November 3, 7:00 am, Dear Heart (1964)

A dated but very sweet love story of two needy people who find one another during a business convention in NYC. Geraldine Page is entirely sympathetic! As I watch this, I keep asking myself, Were New York hotels ever really like this? (Short answer: They were. I was there!) Glen Ford also stars. (Available for rent on Amazon.)

November 4, 11:00 pm, Dead Reckoning (1947)

A tough veteran sets out to solve his war buddy’s murder. It’s all worth it for the ending, a death-bed scene that rings forever true. And Lizabeth Scott is a drink of ice water — not in a good way.  Humphrey Bogart also stars.

November 5, 4:30 am, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Years after a murder drove them apart, an heiress tries to win back her lost love. In this one Lizabeth Scott proves herself a mild heroine, who gets caught up in dark, inherited malice on the part of others.  Again, it’s worth it all for the ending, the wise, stunning reference to Sodom and Gomorrah, and to Lot’s wife! Van Heflin and Barbara Stanwyck also star. (Available on Youtube.)

November 6, 1:15 am, Twentieth Century (1934)

A tempestuous theatrical director tries to win back the star he created and then drove away. This is a core example of “screwball comedy,” and it really works.  The reason I like it, and hopefully readers of M’bird, too, is the delightful invocation of “the Magdalene.” John Barrymore and Carole Lombard star.  Directed by Howard Hawks. (Available for rent on Amazon.)

November 6, 5:15 pm, Stars in My Crown (1950)

A parson uses a six-gun and the Bible to bring peace to a Tennessee town. No better movie has ever been made about the real life of a local parish minister. This is one of JAZ’s favorite movies of all time, and one of his Dad’s, too. You simply cannot go wrong with Stars in My Crown. Directed by Jacques Tourneur. (Available for rent on Amazon.)

November 7, 9:00 pm, A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

A “typical” day in the life of the Beatles. Words fail! Every minute of this wonderful Beatles movie is delightful and upbeat. A personal favorite sequence: “Can’t Buy Me Love” in the park. Cinema magic! See it (always) with someone you love. (Available for rent on Amazon.)

November 10, noon, Mr. Skeffington (1944)

A flighty beauty marries a stockbroker for convenience and almost ruins both their lives. Another magical movie — this time concerning a woman’s self-hypnosis by the agency of her own physical beauty. She loses everything but ultimately gains it back. The last scene, with Claude Rains and Bette Davis, is one of the most powerful “reunions” in all of movie history. Mr. Skeffington is a must-see!

November 11, 6:00 pm, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

I believe this is John Zahl’s favorite movie! And you’ll know why soon — it might even become your favorite.  Four (or is it five?) soldiers, returning from the Second World War to their homes, their families, and their old lives, all receive a rude awakening. But in aggregate, the grace of God wins. Big. You will never forget The Best Years of Our Lives. Directed by William Wyler. (Available for rent on Amazon).

November 13, 10:45 am, The Secret Garden (1949)

An orphaned girl changes the lives of those she encounters at a remote estate. This is the “classic” Hollywood version of an uplifting children’s classic. It works well and enables healing, physical and mental, from a little (embittered) girl to her much older (embittered) uncle. A vintage jewel!

November 15, 2:30 am, Family Plot (1976)

Alfred Hitchcock’s last movie, with a most catchy score (by John Williams) and the kidnapping of an Episcopal bishop during a service inside his own cathedral. Now, I know I’m supposed to love Karen Black — and I do! — but the one I really love in this one is Barbara Harris. Watch Family Plot and see! Bruce Dern also stars. (Available on YouTube).