April lineup posted…and as always, the films listed are subject to change at their merest whim. I have a sneaking suspicion that my esteemed blogging colleague Laura of Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings fame will be doing cartwheels of joy (though when you think about it, I don’t recall ever seeing anybody do a cartwheel of sorrow) at the news that the channel’s Star of the Month is her longtime pretend boyfriend, Ray Milland—who’ll be featured in a total of 29 films (thirty if you count the Screen Director’s Playhouse episode) every Tuesday night throughout April. Here’s the lineup:
April 5, Tuesday
The Major and the Minor (1942)
The Crystal Ball (1943)
A Woman of Distinction (1950)
The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)
Let's Do It Again (1953)
04:30am Irene (1940)
April 6, Wednesday
The Bachelor Father (1931)
08:00am Polly of the Circus (1932)
April 12, Tuesday
So Evil My Love (1948)
Dial M For Murder (1954)
The Safecracker (1958)
02:00am Ministry of Fear (1944)
Hostile Witness (1968)
Payment Deferred (1932)
April 13, Wednesday
Blonde Crazy (1931)
April 19, Tuesday
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
Beau Geste (1939)
Everything Happens at Night (1939)
03:45am The Uninvited (1944) (also showing on April 7th at )
05:30am Screen Director’s Playhouse: “Markheim” (
April 20, Wednesday
Wise Girl (1937)
April 26, Tuesday
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Close to My Heart (1951)
High Flight (1957)
Night Into Morning (1951)
A Life of Her Own (1950)
The Man Who Played God (1932)
April 27, Wednesday
Strangers May Kiss (1931)
Just a Gigolo (1931)
I was kind of disappointed to see some of Ray’s classic forays into B-picture villainy left off this list, particularly his nasty turn in Frogs (1972)…and where the heck is Escape to Witch Mountain (1975; I know TCM has this, they show it all the time)? There’s a few movies on here that I’m stoked about seeing; I haven’t watched Reap the Wild Wind since it was on AMC (and I guess you know I don’t have to go there) and I have So Evil My Love on an unobtainable VHS somewhere in the storage area annex of the dusty Thrilling Days of Yesteryear archives, so it will be nice to revisit that one as well. (It would be positively jaw-dropping if the channel could get its hands on some of the rare and early titles in the Milland catalog—like We’re Not Dressing , Four Hours to Kill! , The Glass Key , The Jungle Princess  and Easy Living .)
Silent Volume recommended to me and I’m most glad that he did). Here’s what’s on tap:
April 4, Monday
Gone With the Wind (1939)
(1957) Raintree County
April 6, Wednesday
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Band of Angels (1957)
Of Human Hearts (1938)
Little Women (1949)
April 11, Monday
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Coward (1915)
The General (1927)
Grandma's Boy (1922)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)
April 13, Wednesday
A Southern Yankee (1948)
The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Advance to the Rear (1964)
Golden Girl (1951)
General Spanky (1936)
April 18, Monday
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
03:15am Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
05:00am A Time for Killing (1967)
April 20, Wednesday
Alvarez Kelly (1966)
12:15am Siege at
Red River (1954)
Great Day in the Morning (1956)
Hangman's Knot (1952)
05:00am Devil’s Doorway (1950)
April 25, Monday
03:00am The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
April 26, Wednesday
Abraham Lincoln (1930)
Tennessee Johnson (1942)
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)
Count Three and Pray (1955)
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the other goodies in store for us loyal TCM viewers for the rest of April, shall we?
Small Town Girl (1953; 6am), Three Daring Daughters (1948; 8am), Nancy Goes To Rio (1950; 10am), Two Weeks With Love (1950; 12noon), Rich, Young and Pretty (1951; 2pm), Hit The Deck (1955; 4pm) and Three Sailors and a Girl (1953; 6pm).
Later that evening, one of Powell’s co-stars from Two Weeks with Love—Debbie Reynolds—gets a night of her own with a lineup that spotlights Tammy and the Bachelor (1957; 8pm), Mary, Mary (1963; 10pm) and The Mating Game (1959; 12:15am). After this trio of Reynolds films, TCM Underground will unspool a pair of Joseph Losey-directed films, Secret Ceremony (1968) and These are the Damned (1963) at 2 and 4am, respectively…but Boom! (1968), a Losey joint that TCM had at one time penciled in and then scrubbed continues to be MIA.
April 2, Saturday – April marks the final month for TCM’s showing of the longest-running feature film series in movie history (48 in all): The Bowery Boys; Looking for Danger (1957) airs at 10:30am, with Up in Smoke (1957) the following week (April 9) and the final Boys opus, In the Money (1958) on the 16th. So what does TCM have planned for that time slot thereafter? Buck Rogers in the 25th Century!!! You read that right; on April 23 the channel shows the first two chapters of the 1939 Universal serial, “Tomorrow’s World” () and “Tragedy on Saturn” ()…and then the week after Chapters 3 (“The Enemy’s Stronghold” at ) and 4 (“The Sky Patrol” at ).
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) gets a showing at . Then in the weeks to follow at that same time you can see Tarzan and His Mate (1934; April 9), Tarzan Escapes (1936; April 16), Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939; April 23) and Tarzan’s Secret Treasure (1941; April 30).
Later on TCM Essentials, an 8pm showing of the 1962 classic The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (a great little movie, by the way) kicks off a festival of films starring the distinguished thesp Tom Courtenay—it’s Billy Liar (1963) at 10pm, followed by The Dresser (1983; 12mid), Otley (1968; 2:15am) and Private Potter (1962; 4am).
Stacia to record Black Narcissus (1947) at ? (Turning over 8-ball) It reads: “Signs point to yes.”
April 4, Monday – It’s Anthony Perkins’ natal anniversary, but for reasons unexplained TCM doesn’t get the ball rolling until with The Actress (1953). (I wonder if this means they’ll want a late check-out. Get it? Check-out? Anybody? Bueller?) This is followed by Green Mansions (1959; ), Tall Story (1960; 2pm), Goodbye Again (1961; ) and Five Miles to (1963; 6pm).
A good while back me mate Matthew Coniam composed a great blog post on British comedy institution The Crazy Gang…and while my first inclination was to see if I could acquire some of their films via Region 2 DVD, my wallet argued vociferously against such a notion. So I’m glad I waited; two of the Gang’s cinematic achievements, The Frozen Limits (1939) and Gasbags (1941), will air after the Civil War movies at and respectively.
Hud  and The Candidate , for example) TCM will show a B-picture I’ve been on the lookout for at 5:15pm, Tell No Tales (1939). The other films to be shown are The Vampire Bat (1933; 6am), Prestige (1932; 7:15am), Dangerous Corner (1934; 8:30am), She Married Her Boss (1935; 9:45am), And So They Were Married (1936; 11:30am), Theodora Goes Wild (1936; 12:45pm), I'll Take Romance (1937; 2:30pm), Good Girls Go to Paris (1939; 4pm), and On the Loose (1951; 6:30pm). (Check out this description for Vampire Bat: “Villagers suspect the town simpleton of being a vampire.” “Hey, Skeeter—Rayford don’t seem to be too tightly wrapped…you suppose he could be one of the blood-suckin’ undead?”)
April 6, Wednesday – More cake and ice cream will be on hand when screen great Walter Huston is feted with a birthday tribute that starts at 9:15am with Dodsworth (1936), and that’s followed by The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941; 11am), American Madness (1932; 1pm), The Criminal Code (1931; 2:30pm), Kongo (1932; 4:15pm) and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948; 5:45pm).
Boys' Night Out (1962; 6:30am), The Wheeler Dealers (1963; 8:30am), The Americanization of Emily (1964; 10:15am), 36 Hours (1965; 1:15pm), Grand Prix (1966; 3:15pm) and Mister Buddwing (1966; 6:15pm). There’ll also be a showing of Private Screenings: James Garner (2001) at .
April 8, Friday – It’s Mary Pickford’s birthday, and TCM celebrates with two of her my very favorites of her silent films: The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917; 6am) and Sparrows (1926; ). Unfortunately, what follows is a sterling example of why the Academy Awards are a joke—Pickford’s Oscar-winning turn in Coquette (1929; ).
Hullabaloo (1940; 10:45am), Ship Ahoy (1942; 12:15pm), Du Barry Was a Lady (1943; 2pm), Meet the People (1944; 3:45pm), The Great Morgan (1946; 5:30pm) and Merton of the Movies (1947; 6:30pm). (Why they do this is a puzzler—O’Brien’s birthday is April 18.)
So by now you’re probably thinking: What could possibly top this Virginia O’Brien salute? Why, a mini-festival starring French actress Suzanne Georgette Charpentier—better known by her nom de screen as Annabella (and also at one-time Mrs. Tyrone Power). Wings of the Morning (1937) kicks things off at , followed by The Baroness and the
(1938; 10pm), Le Million (1931; ) and Bridal Suite (1939; ). Butler
(Oh, check out this description for Galaxy of Terror , a TCM Underground movie scheduled at : “Members of a space mission are attacked by their deepest fears.” I guess this means I would have to go mano a mano with a Margaret O’Brien film festival.)
April 9, Saturday – TCM Essentials’ showing of Splendor in the Grass (1961; 8pm) can only mean that more of director Elia Kazan’s oeuvre isn’t far behind; The Sea of Grass (1947; 10:15pm), America, America (1963; 12:30am) and A Face in the Crowd (1957; 3:30am) bolster this hypothesis.
April 10, Sunday – Something for everyone—a comedy tonight! The fun begins at with a two-film tribute to one of my comedy heroes, Phil Silvers (“Glad to see ya!”)—A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), followed by Top Banana (1954) at 10.
Then TCM’s Sunday Silent Nights gets into the act with Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus (1928) at , accompanied by his 1919 short A Day’s Pleasure at .
Jour De Fete (1949) at 2am…and then winds up the evening with two movies from one of my favorite Goons, Spike Milligan—Postman’s Knock (1962; 3:30am) and Invasion Quartet (1961; 5am). (“It’s all rather confusing, really…”)
April 12, Tuesday – Ever have one of those days where you’d just rather sit around and watch Ann Miller tap dance? Seriously? I thought I was the only one! Well, let’s throw caution to the winds and play hooky with a film tribute that starts at 6am with Stage Door (1937), and continues throughout the day with Room Service (1938; 7:45am), Tarnished Angel (1938; 9:15am), Too Many Girls (1940; 10:30am), Watch the Birdie (1950; 12noon), Texas Carnival (1951; 1:15pm), Two Tickets to Broadway (1951; 2:45pm), Kiss Me Kate (1953; 4:45pm) and Eve Knew Her Apples (1945; 6:45pm).
April 13, Wednesday – The classic movie gods, outraged by the Margaret O’Brien joke I cracked a few paragraphs ago, get their revenge by cursing my TV with a Shirley Temple festival. I find myself incapable of turning off the TV (it's kind of a nightmarish Twilight Zone scenario) due to this bad juju as the films Little Miss Marker (1934; ), Poor Little Rich Girl (1936; ), Heidi (1937; ), The Little Princess (1939; ), Kathleen (1941; ) and Since You Went Away (1944; 4pm) are showcased.
Since TCM sagely knows that their younger viewing audience is up at three in the morning (well, that’s usually when the Chuck-E-Cheese’s begin closing) they’ve scheduled the Bert Wheeler & Robert Woolsey comedy Kentucky Kernels (1934) at , right after General Spanky. (Both movies, as you may have guessed, feature Our Gang member George “Spanky” McFarland.)
Doctor Zhivago (1965), you can watch that film classic at . Before Zhivago, however, Julie’s in the spotlight with Far From the Madding Crowd (1967; 6am) and Billy Liar (1963; 9am); then TCM turns the afternoon over to Rod with The Loved One (1965; 2:45pm) and In the Heat of the Night (1967; 5pm).
TCM will then show The Glass Key (1942) at . Will I be able to turn this off should I happen to be watching? (Turning over 8-ball) It reads: “Outlook not so good.”
April 15, Friday – If you were wondering when TCM was going to pick the proper time to showcase films about British prisoners of war, then whoever had the income tax deadline wins the pool. The mini-festival of POW films kicks off with The Wooden Horse (1950) at 8 pm, followed by the 1955 classic The Colditz Story at 10 pm and Breakout (1959) at 12 midnight.
But before that gets underway, TCM rolls out at an installment of Screen Director’s Playhouse that didn’t make the cut of the January Hal Roach salute: “It’s Always Sunday” (
01/11/56) starring Dennis O’Keefe and Fay Wray and directed by Allan Dwan.
Ball of Fire (1941) on TCM Essentials. After that, the lineup will be Crossfire (1947; 10pm), Fire Down Below (1957; 11:30pm), Ring of Fire (1961; 1:30am), Green Fire (1954; 3:15am) and Cross Fire (1933; 5am)—the last one being different from the 1947 version in that it’s a Tom Keene B-western with slow burn maestro Edgar Kennedy in the cast.
April 17, Sunday – TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights has the 1921 Alla Nazimova-Rudolph Valentino version of Camille on tap at , so I’ll definitely have to fire up the DVD recorder for that. A pair of films by Chantal Akerman—a director I’ve read about but, sadly, I’m not familiar with her work—follow: Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) at 2am and Hotel Monterey (1972) at 5:30.
April 19, Tuesday – A couple of B-pictures kind of caught my eye; the first entitled Midnight Court (1937; ), which is described as “a district attorney sells out to the mob until he falls for an honest girl.” TDOY fave Ann Dvorak is in it, and so is character great John Litel—he plays the lawyer, and I’m sure you’ll agree this is quite a stretch for him. The other is Exclusive Story (1936) at 3:30pm, with Franchot Tone as a legal eagle out to expose a numbers racket. Joseph Calleia is in the cast, and while I don’t want to say anything before all the facts are in I’ll bet dollars to donuts he’s one of the bad guys.
A Man to Remember (1938) gets an airing at —I wrote a good while back that I thought this remake (written by Dalton Trumbo and directed by Garson Kanin) of 1933’s One Man’s Journey was superior to the original…though I’m certainly willing to consider this might be because I saw Remember first. Tell you what—Journey is scheduled on April 15th at ; watch ‘em both and then judge for yourself.
Safety Last! (1923; 7:15am), Girl Shy (1924; 8:30am) and The Freshman (1925; 10am)…but as for Welcome Danger (1929; 11:30am)…well, there’s an alternate silent version of Lloyd’s talkie debut out there that I’d like to see one day because it’s supposed to be an improvement.
April 21, Thursday – I’ll bet you’re pretty fed up with having to constantly kick in money for a cake and a birthday card—but it’s Anthony Quinn’s natal anniversary and I think he’s worth it; the tribute starts at 7am with Bullets for O’Hara (1941) and is followed by Knockout (1941; 8am), The Black Swan (1942; 9:30am), Road to Morocco (1942; 11am), Back to Bataan (1945; 12:30pm), La Strada (1954; 2:15pm), Lust for Life (1956; 4:15pm) and Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962; 6:30pm).
Later that evening TCM spotlights films with a China background by airing The Painted Veil (1934) at 8, followed by China Sky (1945; 9:30pm), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958; 11pm), Shanghai Express (1932; 2am), China Doll (1958; 3:30am) and West of Shanghai (1937; 5:15am).
Julie (1956; 6:30am), Love Me or Leave Me (1955; 8:45am), My Dream is Yours (1949; 11am), Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960; 12:45pm), Romance on the High Seas (1948; 2:45pm), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968; ) and With Six You Get Eggroll (1968; ).
April 23, Saturday – With TCM Essentials’ showing of Gunga Din (1939) at 8pm, the channel decides to settle in for the evening with a collection of films featuring Oscar-winning character thesp Victor McLaglen: Sea Fury (1958; 10:15pm), Sea Devils (1937; 12mid), The Lost Patrol (1934; 1:45am), The Informer (1935; 3am) and Call Out the Marines (1942; 4:45am).
April 24, Sunday – TCM celebrates Easter Sunday with a slew of films centering on religion and faith beginning with The Silver Chalice (1954) at . The other movies are Barabbas (1962; 11am), King of Kings (1961; ), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965; ), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973; 8pm), Godspell (1973; 10pm), The Godless Girl (1929; 12mid), Ordet (1955; ) and The Miracle Woman (1931; ). The only film that’s sort of out of place here is Easter Parade (1948; 9am) but if you subscribe to the belief (as I do) that Ann Miller is an absolute angel you can kind of make it work.
April 26, Tuesday – 6,000 Enemies (1939), another little B-picture delight that’s been on my radar for a good while now gets a showing at .
The Yearling (1946), followed by Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951; 8:30am), The Chairman (1952; 10:30am), Night People (1954; 12:30pm), On the Beach (1959; 2:30pm), The Big Country (1958; 5pm) and The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952, 8pm).
April 29, Friday – The channel begins another broadcast day with One Million Years B.C. (1966) at …and brother, if that can’t jump-start your motor in the morning it’s time to call the code.
Later that evening beginning at 8pm, royalty ties the knot in such regal matrimonial films as Royal Wedding (1951), Roman Holiday (1955; 10pm), The Glass Slipper (1955; 12:15am), The Swan (1956; 2am) and The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927; 4am). Ah, love!
April 30, Saturday – “I love a Gershwin tune/How about you…” Spend the evening with the timeless tunes of George and Ira Gershwin as TCM starts the evening with the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1951, An American in Paris on TCM Essentials at 8pm—and then follows this with Girl Crazy (1943; 10pm), Rhapsody in Blue (1945; 12mid), Shall We Dance (1937; 2:30am) and Give a Girl a Break (1953; 4:30am).