TCM October 16, 2012 Trivia!


8pm (est) Eyes in the Night (1942)

  • Working titles of the film were Odor of Violets and Strange Shadows
  • Eyes in the Night was Ann Harding’s first film since Love from a Stranger, a 1937 British-U.S. co-production produced in 1937
  • The character “Duncan Maclain” was revived for a 1945 M-G-M film entitled The Hidden Eye, also starring Edward Arnold and “Friday” as his dog and based on a Baynard Kendrick novel.
  • Frances Rafferty, who has a minor role in Eyes in the Night, was the second lead in the 1945 picture.

9:30pm (est) 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

  • The 1939 British film The Nursemaid Who Disappeared, starring Peter Coke and Lesley Brook and directed by Arthur Woods, was also based on Philip MacDonald’s novel.
  • According to Twentieth Century-Fox publicity materials contained in the film’s production files at the AMPAS Library, some location shooting was done in London and interiors were filmed at the Fox studio in Los Angeles

11:30pm (est) Johnny Belinda (1948)

  • remake of the 1948 Jane Wyman-Lew Ayres film (based on the 1940 Broadway play)

1:30am (est) The Miracle Worker (1962)

About Helen Keller

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.” – Helen Keller

  • Helen Keller was one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Helen’s ideals found their purest, most lasting expression in her work for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Helen joined AFB in 1921 and worked for the organization for over 40 years.
  • When she was 20, she entered Radcliffe College, with Miss Sullivan at her side to spell textbooks – letter by letter – into her hand. Four years later, Radcliffe awarded Helen Keller a Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude.
  • Her autobiography has been translated into 50 languages and remains in print to this day. Helen’s other published works include Optimism, an essay; The World I Live In; The Song of the Stone Wall; Out of the Dark; My Religion; Midstream—My Later Life; Peace at Eventide; Helen Keller in Scotland; Helen Keller’s Journal; Let Us Have Faith; Teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy; and The Open Door
  • Helen was famous from the age of 8 until her death in 1968. Her wide range of political, cultural, and intellectual interests and activities ensured that she knew people in all spheres of life. She counted leading personalities of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries among her friends and acquaintances. These included Eleanor Roosevelt, Will Rogers, Albert Einstein, Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Charlie Chaplin, John F. Kennedy, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Katharine Cornell, and Jo Davidson to name but a few.
  • Winston Churchill call Helen, “the greatest woman of our age.”

The film:

  • Ingrid Bergman claimed in her autobiography that she was offered the film role of Annie Sullivan.
  • Exteriors filmed in New Jersey.
  • Academy Award Best Actress Anne Bancroft
  • Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Patty Duke
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Director  Arthur Penn
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Screenplay  William Gibson
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Costume Design Ruth Morley

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