Wednesday, April 3
Henry V (1944)
04:00am Othello (1965)
Thursday, April 4
07:00am The Demi-Paradise (1943)
09:00am Fire Over England (1937; also Thursday, April 18 @ )
Wednesday, April 10
A Little Romance (1979)
12:30am Clash of the Titans (1981)
02:30am The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)
Wednesday, April 17
Woman (1941) Hamilton
Perfect Understanding (1933)
02:00am Pride and Prejudice (1940)
(1939) Wuthering Heights
05:45am The Divorce of Lady X (1938)
Thursday, April 18
07:30am Friends and Lovers (1931)
08:45am Westward Passage (1932)
Wednesday, April 24
The Entertainer (1960)
Term of Trial (1962)
12:00am The Devil’s Disciple (1959)
01:30am The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
03:30am The Beggar’s Opera (1953)
49th Parallel (1941)
Thursday, April 25
07:30am Conquest of the Air (1940)
Friday, April 5
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Stella Dallas (1937)
12:00am Penny Serenade (1941)
02:15am Bachelor Mother (1939)
Made for Each Other (1939)
Friday, April 12
So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
Since You Went Away (1944)
01:15am The White Cliffs of
Three Came Home (1950)
05:30am The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Friday, April 19
His Girl Friday (1940)
Woman of the Year (1942)
12:00am Tender Comrade (1943)
02:00am The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
04:00am Norma Rae (1979)
Friday, April 26
The Great Lie (1941)
Kitty Foyle (1940)
Story (1942) Palm Beach
01:45am The Women (1939)
Ball of Fire (1941)
I know what you’re saying. I can even hear you from where I’m sitting—though in your defense, it could be the kids next door. Be that as it may, someone is saying “That’s all well and good for the first two courses…but what else is on the menu?” Well, ask and ye shall receive—keeping in mind as always that titles are subject to change, and that the scheduled times are
Come nightfall, the channel celebrates the end of “the void” and the beginning of baseball season at with one of the best pictures on the subject of
pastime, the 1949 comedy-fantasy It
Happens Every Spring. That’s
followed by the similar fantasy outing Angels
in the Outfield (1951) at 9:30 and then it’s The Kid From Left Field (1953; 11:15pm), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949; 1am), Fireman, Save My Child (1932; 2:45am) and finishing out the night
at 4am, a great William Bendix comedy (with Una Merkel!), Kill the Umpire (1950).
April 3, Wednesday – The fact that Doris Day celebrates her 89th birthday (knock wood) today is not why I’m sad—I’m sad because it reminds me that it will still be a few more weeks before I am finally through with Mayberry Mondays and we can start in on Dodo’s 1968-73 sitcom. In the meantime, celebrate her natal anniversary with The West Point Story (1950; ), On Moonlight Bay (1951; ), By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953; ) and Calamity Jane (1953; ).
April 3 would have also been Marlon Brando’s 89th birthday (the actor passed away in 2004), and so
will cut him a slice of cake, too, by devoting the afternoon to The Wild One (1953; 2pm), On the Waterfront (1954; ) and Guys and Dolls (1955; ).
scheduling of The Corn is Green
(1945) ushers in a night of “Wales Tales”…which should be fairly
explanatory. How Green Was My Valley (1941; 10pm), The Proud Valley (1940; ),
A Run for Your Money (1949; ) and The Citadel (1938; )
round out the evening’s viewing.
April 5, Friday – Ennui breaks out en masse over the Internets as classic film fans celebrate the birthday of Melvyn Douglas. The channel rises to the occasion with showings of Prestige (1932; 6:30am), The Vampire Bat (1933; 7:45am), Dangerous Corner (1935; 9:30am), She Married Her Boss (1935; 10:45am), I’ll Take Romance (1937; 12:15pm), Women of Glamour (1937; 1:45pm), The Shining Hour (1938; 3pm), The Toy Wife (1938; 4:30pm) and Our Wife (1941; 6:15pm).
April 6, Saturday –
up the Warner Bros. Perry Mason
series today and the following Saturday (April 13) with The Case of the Black Cat (1936) and The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)—both films air at .
Then on April 20: the return of RKO’s Falcon franchise with The
Gay Falcon (1941), with A Date with
the Falcon (1941) airing the week after (April 27). (Those two films also air at .)
April 7, Sunday – I’m glad the Warner Archive will be releasing The Guilty Generation (1931) to MOD
soon, because it’s scheduled today at noon and there’s no way on this formerly
green planet I’ll be able to break the Channel 2 news stranglehold that my
father has on the television remote. At
8pm, a “Masters of Suspense” double feature gets underway with Alfred
(1945)…followed by Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Diabolique
(1955) at 10pm.
April 8, Monday – Ladies love outlaws, or so the great philosopher Waylon Jennings used to tell us (good thing I took philosophy in college, huh?)—but whether or not that will have an effect on the female demographic today remains to be seen. A festival of “outlaw” films gets underway with Lawyer Man (1933; 6am), The Lawless Frontier (1935; ), King of the Underworld (1939; ), Bad Men of Missouri (1941; ), Billy the Kid (1941; ), Bullets for O’Hara (1941; ), The Penalty (1941; ), The Outlaw (1943; 3pm), This Side of the Law (1950; 5pm) and The Law and Jake Wade (1958; ).
April 9, Tuesday – Hey kids! It’s that time again—another installment of Uncle Bobby’s Movie Funhouse. Yes, the great and powerful Osborne offers up his personal favorites beginning with My Gal Sal (1942) at 8pm, then it’s Orchestra Wives (1942; 10pm), Carnegie Hall (1947; 12mid) and TDOY fave Three Strangers (1946) at 2:30am to finish out the night.
April 11, Thursday – The channel sets aside most of the day for some films helmed by Romanian émigré Jean Negulesco, starting with Count Your Blessings (1959) at 7:15am then Jessica (1962; 9am), Deep Valley (1947; 11am), Nobody Lives Forever (1946; 1pm), Johnny Belinda (1948; 2:45pm), Three Coins in the Fountain (1954; 4:30pm) and Titanic (1953; 6:15pm).
April 12, Friday – A festival of kiddie-oriented fare fills the daylight hours on the channel, including two cult faves in The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953; 11:45am) and The Phantom Tollbooth (1969; 4:30pm). Gulliver’s Travels (1939; ), Sylvia and the Phantom (1945; ), Jack and the Beanstalk (1952; ), tom thumb (1958; ), Zotz! (1962; 3pm) and The Land That Time Forgot (1975; ) round out the rest of the schedule.
April 14, Sunday – The legendary Walter Huston gets a double feature of his very own beginning at 8pm with his Oscar-winning performance in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)…followed by one of his best thespian showcases in the title role of Dodsworth (1936) at 10:15pm.
April 15, Monday – Because of the federal law that gave custody of all Clint Eastwood movies to the once-proud American Movie Classics (now home of The Walking Dead marathon), there are only three Eastwood films that are permitted to be shown on
TCM: A Fistful of Dollars (1964; 11am), For a Few Dollars More (1965; 12:45pm) and
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(1966; 3pm). The channel also has Hang ‘em High (1968; 6pm) on the
schedule, though—so it’s nice to see the channel sticking it to The Man.
April 16, Tuesday – It’s the 124th birthday of the greatest artist the movies has ever produced—so to honor Charlie Chaplin, the films Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914; 6am), Sunnyside (1919; 7:30am), The Gold Rush (1925; 8am), The Circus (1928; 9:15am), Modern Times (1936; 10:30am), The Great Dictator (1940; 12:30pm), A King in New York (1957; 2:45pm) and Limelight (1952; 5pm). After Modern Times, A King in New York and Limelight will be half-hour discussions on these films (Chaplin Today) that will be hosted by filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Darenne (Modern), Jim Jarmusch (King) and Bernardo Bertolucci (Limelight).
Oscar-winning actor-director Pierre Étaix is in the primetime spotlight—the film for which he nabbed an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Subject, Happy Anniversary (1962), is on the schedule at . The other movies to be showcased are Yo Yo (1967; 8pm), Le Grand Amour (1969; 10pm), Rupture (1961; ), As Long as You’re Healthy (1966; 12mid) and The Suitor (1963; ).
April 19, Friday – “What are you rebelling against?” “Whaddya got?” Yes, a gang (see what I did there?) of juvenile delinquency films crashes the
party, beginning at with the campy
cult classic Reefer Madness (1936). That’s followed by Crime in the Streets at 7am—no, not actual crime…the 1956 film—and then The Delinquents (1957; 8:45am), The Young Savages (1961; 10am), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962; 11:45am), Blackboard Jungle (1955; 1:30pm), Rebel without a Cause (1955; 3:15pm) and
West Side Story (1961; 5:15pm)—the
movie that warned us that juvenile delinquency unchecked often leads to
Underground offerings that are must-sees if you’re not familiar with
them: Burn, Witch, Burn! (1962) at , followed by The Devil’s Own (1966) at . (That old black magic has me in its spell.)
April 22, Monday – The star of one of my favorite TV sitcoms, Green Acres, celebrates what would have been his 107th birthday today…so
fetes Eddie Albert with a lineup that features one of his best performances as
a weaselly infantry captain in the Robert Aldrich-directed Attack! (1956; 3pm). The
other films scheduled are On Your Toes (1939;
), An Angel from Texas (1940; 8pm), Thieves Fall Out (1941; ),
Bombardier (1943; ), Ladies
Day (1943; ), The Fuller Brush Girl (1950; ), The
Gun Runners (1958; 5pm) and 7 Women
Monday, April 22
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
12:15am Wings (1927)
03:00am Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
04:15am Lilly Turner (1933)
Tuesday, April 23
The Invisible Man (1933)
03:30am Gunga Din (1939)
She Who Must Not Be Named…don’t go thinking I’m mellowing in my old age when I say I would have been truly sorry to see Shirl devoured by wolves as a child. (Sorry, Page.) Temple turns 85 today, and
TCM fetes her the way a child
star should be by putting The Little
Princess (1939; 6am), Kathleen
(1941; 7:45am), The Bachelor and the
Bobby Soxer (1947; 9:15am), Honeymoon
(1947; 11am), That Hagen Girl (1947;
12:15pm), Fort Apache (1948; 1:45pm),
Adventure in Baltimore (1949; 4pm)
and The Story of Seabiscuit (1949;
5:30pm) on the schedule.
April 25, Thursday – In a nod to my fellow TV blogger Brent McKee’s fondness for the same-titled reality show,
devotes the primetime schedule to “Amazing Races”—kicking things off with Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying
Machines (1965) at . (They go uppity-up-up…they go
downedly-down-down.) That’s followed by
the first-rate Western Bite the Bullet
(1975) at 10:30, then The Great Race
(1965; 1am) and Around the World in 80
Days (1956) closing it out at 4:15am.
Come nightfall: “Messing with
Texas.” Lone Star State-themed films beginning with
Essentials showing of Giant
(1956) at , then Rio Bravo (1959) at .
Underground to Saturday nights has sure made creating “theme nights” a
lot easier, I have observed.)
Also, too: Woody Allen’s Love and Death (1975) at . (“Wheat...lots of wheat...fields of wheat...a tremendous amount of wheat...”)
April 29, Monday – The channel devotes its primetime programming to one of the movies’ blandest leading men: Richard Carlson. The fun starts at with the underrated sci-fi classic It Came from Outer Space (1953), followed by The Magnetic Monster (1953; ), Riders to the Stars (1954; 11pm), The Power (1968; ), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954; ) and Tormented (1960; 4am)