TCM Classic Film Festival: Destination Hollywood (I know that doesn’t sound particularly funny but you should hear me pronounce it like Hans Conried did in that Stan Freberg Show parody, Lox Audio Theater—“HOL-lywood”) will take place from April 25-28 this year…and with the continuing popularity of that event I’m going to conclude that its predecessor, Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival, is officially in a state of pushing-up-daisydom. Bobby Osbo used to host that here in the Classic City, a non-profit event affiliated with the University of Georgia, but after an auspicious start in 2004 they put the brakes on it in 2011…one year after I was not able to attend (because I was in hospital in March 2010). (I had tickets to see All About Eve and Steamboat Bill, Jr., and I ended up giving them to sister-in-law Katie, who I assume found a good home for them.) I believe the official excuse, offered up by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication (the folks who oversaw the festival), was that the perilous economy put the kibosh on the event in 2011…despite the fact that attendance records were broken the previous year. So, not to put too fine a point on it, UGA—you f**ked up big time.
March 4, Monday
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
When Ladies Meet (1941)
01:30am Pride and Prejudice (1940)
03:30am Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
05:15am The Youngest Profession (1943)
March 11, Monday
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Random Harvest (1942)
12:45am Madame Curie (1943)
03:00am Mrs. Parkington (1944)
March 12, Tuesday
(1945) Valley of Decision
March 18, Monday
Desire Me (1947)
Julia Misbehaves (1948)
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
The Miniver Story (1950)
03:30am The Law and the Lady (1951)
05:15am Julius Caesar (1953)
March 25, Monday
Strange Lady in Town (1955)
Her Twelve Men (1954)
Scandal at Scourie (1953)
04:00am The Singing Nun (1966)
March 8, Friday
March 15, Friday
Europa ’51 (1952)
12:00am Journey to
01:45am Fear (1956)
March 22, Friday
Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
The Machine That Kills Bad People (1952)
March 29, Friday
Blaise Pascal (1972)
Yeah, I hear that person out there saying: “Is that it?” Au contraire, mon frere—there is much, much more in store on TCM in March…keeping in mind, of course, that all times listed are EST/EDT and that titles are subject to change.
Come nightfall, ol’ Uncle Bobby has set the projector up again and as his guests we need to be on our best behavior and laugh at his jokes (when appropriate). All seriousness aside, TCM’s oracle has a night of his “picks” that will feature Good News (1947) at 8pm, then The Hard Way (1942; 10pm), Limelight (1952; 12mid) and A Day at the Races (1937; 2:30am).
March 6, Wednesday – Since Ann Sheridan’s birthday is in February (the 21st) when Tee Cee Em is doing the Oscar thing, she is deprived each year of ice cream and cake—so I think it’s kind of nice that they’ll have some on hand today along with a festival of her films featuring Indianapolis Speedway (1939; 6am), The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939; 7:30am), Torrid Zone (1940; 9am), Wings for the Eagle (1942; 10:30am), Shine On Harvest Moon (1944; 12noon), Nora Prentiss (1947; 2pm), The Unfaithful (1947; 4pm) and Silver River (1948; 6pm).
March 7, Thursday – You can consider this a sort of unofficial official announcement…but once I finish up Don Winslow of the Navy on Serial Saturdays the next chapter play tackled will be “the million dollar serial,” Riders of Death Valley (1941). I say this because the actor playing the bad guy in that one, Charles Bickford, is the featured performer today in a lineup that includes Anna Christie (1930; 6am), Passion Flower (1930; 7:45am), The Sea Bat (1930; 9:15am), Panama Flo (1932; 10:45am), Pride of the Marines (1936; 12noon) and Mutiny in the Big House (1939; 1:15pm).
And for your evening’s entertainment and enjoyment? Musical
Paris! That is to say, musicals set in the City of Light:
Can-Can (1960; 8pm), Love Me Tonight (1932; ), Folies
Bergere (1935; 12mid), Roberta (1935;
) and April in Paris (1952; ). Vive la dance!
After the Rossellini films are done for the evening, TCM has a real treat in store for TCM Underground fans: an Arch Hall, Jr. double feature with Wild Guitar (1962) at 2am (directed by the legendary Ray Dennis Steckler!) and Arch’s good movie, The Sadist (1963) following at 3:45am. (Hey—we can’t all be cinematic highbrows.)
March 9, Saturday – The Littlest Rebel (1935) at 8am. Shudder.
Preceding the Blane films at 10:45am (with the exception of Howling Dog, which airs at 10:30) are a few entries in Warner’s Perry Mason franchise that stars Cliff Aliperti fave Warren William as Erle Stanley Gardner’s literary legal creation: The Case of the Howling Dog (1934; March 9), The Case of the Curious Bride (1935; March 16), The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935; March 23) and The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936; March 30). Maybe it’s due to too many years of watching Raymond Burr as Mason on TV but if my lawyer was being played by Warren William, I’d be a little worried that he’d start macking on my wife.
March 10, Sunday – It’s a Deborah Kerr-Robert Mitchum double feature in the evening hours with the delightful Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) at followed by The Sundowners (1960) at 10. At 12:30am, TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights offers up The Ace of Hearts (1921)—an underrated Lon Chaney film that I am fortunate to own on DVD, so I’ll be hitting the hay around that time.
“Oh, but he did,” interjects Don. “He made Charley’s Aunt and The Horn Blows...” Don never gets to finish his sentence because Jack hurries him along. “Jack,” Don asks as they’re further down the street, “why is it you didn’t let me finish telling that boy about your movie career?”
“Just think, Don,” Jack replies wistfully. “A whole generation that doesn’t know.”
At —it’s Western Justice! Movies in which law was administered at the point of the gun are scheduled: Hang ‘Em High (1968), followed by The Westerner (1940; 10pm), The Man from Colorado (1948; 12mid), Requiem for a Gunfighter (1965; 2am), Oklahoma Territory (1960; ) and The Law West of Tombstone (1938; 5am).
Come evening, independent filmmaker (and founder of
York City’s Bleecker Street Cinema) Lionel Rogosin is
feted with the scheduling of several of his award-winning documentaries: On the Bowery (1957; 8pm and ), Come
(1959; and ), Black Roots
(1970; 12mid) and Good Times, Wonderful
Times (1966; ). An
American in Sophiatown, a 2007 documentary about the making of Rogosin’s Come Back, Africa, will also be shown
In the evening, a slate of movies with a “Double Agents” theme—the first two, 13 Rue Madeleine (1946; 8pm) and The House on 92nd Street (1945; ), are directed by Henry Hathaway. After that it’s Ice Station Zebra (1968; ), then Triple Cross (1967; ) and Dark Journey (1937; ).
Stacia has requested that we hold all her calls.) The festivities get underway with The Rich are Always With Us (1932) at 6am, followed by So Big (1932; 7:15am), Housewife (1934; 8:45am), Front Page Woman (1935; 10am), Jezebel (1938; 11:30am), Dark Victory (1939; 1:15pm), The Old Maid (1939; 3:15pm) and In This Our Life (1942; 5pm). The 1983 documentary Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano wraps it up at .
March 16, Saturday – Before settling in for today’s Perry Mason feature…why not tune in to Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) at ? (“Haaaaaaaaaaarrryyyy!!!”)
TCM Essentials’ scheduling of Tootsie (1982) at is an all-too-obvious sign that the rest of the evening’s fare on the channel will feature Oscar-winning thespian Dustin Hoffman. Little Big Man (1970) is up at , and then it’s John and Mary (1969; ), The Graduate (1967; ) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979; ). (Or as George Constanza might call that last one: “Kray-mah vs. Kray-mah.”)
On TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights: the 1922 version of The Prisoner of Zenda. I haven’t seen this one, so I hope to tune in. Oh, and if you’re still up at 3:45am one of the films I covered for last year’s March in March Blogathon, Tomorrow the World (1944), has been penciled in…followed by Natzy Nuisance (1943; 5:15am), a none-too-subtle lampoon of Hitler featuring Joe Devlin doing what he did best (impersonating Benito Mussolini).
March 19, Tuesday – Joel Grey takes time off from hawking SuperFocus eyeglasses to play guest programmer at the channel during the evening hours, beginning with The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) at . That Academy Award-winning film for Best Picture is followed by Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942; 11pm), then On the Waterfront (1954; ) and TDOY fave Call Northside 777 (1948; ).
March 20, Wednesday – “I am a living legacy to the leader of the band…” And with the Dan Fogelberg reference out of the way, now is as good a time as any to inform you that today’s movies feature musicians and bandleaders. It’s Melody for Two (1937) at , followed by
Blues (1944; 7am), Syncopation (1942; ), Pete
Kelly’s Blues (1951; 10am), Young
Man with a Horn (1950; ),
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956; ), The
Gene Krupa Story (1959; 4pm) and Orchestra
Wives (1942; 6pm). Carolina
The entertainment for the evening centers on “the moon and the stars.” The Oscar-nominated documentary For All Mankind (1989) introduces the program at , then it’s 2010 (1984; ), Fantastic Planet (1956; ), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957; ) and Marooned (1969; 3am).
Come nightfall, the schedule is turned over to toasting actor Dean Stockwell—a rarity among child thespians in that he was not only good at what he did but got even better as he got older. One of my favorites of his films starts things off at , Compulsion (1959), and then it’s Down to the Sea in Ships (1949; 10pm), Kim (1950; ), The Boy with Green Hair (1948; ) and The Careless Years (1957; ).
After you’ve broadened your cinematic horizons with the Films de la Rossellini—it will be time to decompress with TCM Underground. Two drive-in classics are on the schedule: Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974; 2am) and Corvette Summer (1978; ). (Is this a great country or what?)
March 24, Sunday – If you’re watching the channel at …you have my deepest sympathies. Because you’re probably just started viewing a biopic on Thomas Alva Edison, played as a youngster by the bane of this blog, Mickey Rooney (the movie being Young Tom Edison). But if you’re brave enough to stomach that for ninety minutes, you’ll be relieved to know that he becomes Spencer Tracy (in Edison the Man) when he reaches adulthood at . (Okay, that didn’t sound quite so unnerving as when I first wrote it down.)
the sensationally insane low price of $7.98. (If I didn’t already have a copy I’d get one—and I suggest you do, too, because the box set was discontinued a few years ago.)
March 25, Monday – Before TCM concludes its tribute to Greer Garson in primetime, they’re going to set aside the daylight hours to other famous redheads—beginning with a gal who goes temporarily ginger in 1932’s Red-Headed Woman at , Jean Harlow. After that—it’s Lady With Red Hair (1940; ), The Strawberry Blonde (1941; 9am), Best Foot Forward (1943; ), A Woman’s Secret (1949; ), Edward, My Son (1949; 2pm), The Big Circus (1959; 4pm) and
With the evening schedule, one of moviedom’s most popular composers gets his due with a slate of films featuring the musical magic of Henry Mancini. Naturally, there’s going to be a Pink Panther film on the schedule (and that would be 1963’s The Pink Panther at midnight), but also in the mix are Days of Wine and Roses (1962; 8pm), Dear Heart (1964; 10pm), Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962; 2am) and Bachelor in Paradise (1961; 4am).
March 27, Wednesday – Two of the features scheduled today to pay tribute to director Michael Powell are from his early period of Warner Bros/Teddington Studios filmmaking: Something Always Happens (1934) at 6:30am and Crown vs. Stevens (1936) at 7:45am. After that, it’s more familiar territory with The Spy in Black (1939; 9am), A Canterbury Tale (1944; ), I Know Where I’m Going (1945; ) and Pursuit of the Graf Spree (1957; ).
March 28, Thursday – Double your pleasure and double your fun with a daylong look at twins! You read that right! First off, it’s a pair of Elvises—or should that be Elvi?—in one of the King’s most offbeat adventures, Kissin’ Cousins (1964) at . Bette Davis’ twin “twin” pictures are also scheduled: Dead Ringer (1964) at and A Stolen Life (1946) at . Other doppelganger movies on the schedule are House of Numbers (1957; ), Twice Blessed (1945; ), Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944; 3pm), Two-Faced Woman (1941; 5pm) and Penrod and His Twin Brother (1938; ).
March 29, Friday – Even though today would have been Oscar-winning actor Warner Baxter’s 124th birthday (yowsah!) TCM resists the temptation to do what a lazier man would have done (like moi)—namely, fill up the schedule with the Crime Doctor films. No, there’s only three of those movies on the schedule: Crime Doctor (1943; ), Just Before Dawn (1946; ) and The Millerson Case (1947; 5pm). Baxter's final film, State Penitentiary (1950), is also on tap (at ) and A-picture showcases like
Street (1933; )
and Penthouse (1933; ), too.
The remaining films: The Squaw
Man (1931; 6am), The Robin Hood of
El Dorado (1936; 8am) and Adam Had
Four Sons (1941; 1pm).
Later on TCM Underground: Head (1968). With the Monkees. Be there. Aloha.
And to close out the month on Easter Sunday (March 31), a lineup of Easter- and religious-themed films to remind us that the holiday isn’t just about chocolate
05:45am Godspell (1973)
07:30am Ben-Hur (1959)
11:30am King of Kings (1961)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Easter Parade (1948)
The Robe (1953)
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)