Thursday, January 10, 2013

Coming distractions: March 2013 on TCM

After the 31 Days of Oscar celebration is over and the party hats and noisemakers are put away, The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ gets back to the serious bidness of entertaining cable subscribers with classic films…and as luck would have it, Tee Cee Em already has their tentative schedule up for March.  The explanation for such promptness might have something to do with the fact—and this was suggested last year by Laura at Miscellaneous Musings, who, as always, rushed me word that the sched was available—that TCM has a classic movie festival to prepare for in April, so they no doubt want to make certain everything is shipshape, channel-wise, before embarking on that particular endeavor.

The 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.

Well, enough of my rant.  In March, TCM’s Star of the Month will be none other than Greer Garson…and I’ll wait a couple of seconds for the blogosphere to finish yawning.  Excellent…every Monday night in March, the channel will feature a lineup of movies starring the Oscar-winning actress (for 1942’s Mrs. Miniver) whose legendary acceptance speech at the Academy Awards was said to be so lengthy people actually reported seeing glaciers move without the benefit of time-lapse photography.  And now that I’ve successful managed to torque off all of the Greer Garson fans on the Internets, here’s the Star of the Month schedule—a total of 23 films showcasing the talents of Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson:

March 4, Monday
08:00pm Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
10:00pm Remember? (1939)
11:30pm 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
08:00pm Mrs. Miniver (1942)
10:30pm Random Harvest (1942)
12:45am Madame Curie (1943)
03:00am Mrs. Parkington (1944)
05:15am Adventure (1945)

March 12, Tuesday
07:30am The Valley of Decision (1945)

March 18, Monday
08:00pm Desire Me (1947)
09:45pm Julia Misbehaves (1948)
11:30pm That Forsyte Woman (1949)
01:30am The Miniver Story (1950)
03:30am The Law and the Lady (1951)
05:15am Julius Caesar (1953)

March 25, Monday
08:00pm Strange Lady in Town (1955)
10:00pm Her Twelve Men (1954)
11:45pm Scandal at Scourie (1953)
01:30am Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
04:00am The Singing Nun (1966)

Friday nights in March, TCM pays tribute to one of the fathers of the neo-realism movement in cinema…and also the father of Isabella Rossellini, though the first part of that probably carries more weight with film buffs.  (To each his own.)  Thirteen movies are on tap from Roberto Rossellini, whose influence stretched to France’s nouvelle vague film movement in the 1950s/1960s, and is held in high regard by such American directors as Martin Scorsese.  Here’s the lineup:

March 8, Friday
08:00pm Rome, Open City (1946)
10:00pm Paisan (1946)
12:15am Germany Year Zero (1948)

March 15, Friday
08:00pm Stromboli (1950)
10:00pm Europa ’51 (1952)
12:00am Journey to Italy (1955)
01:45am Fear (1956)

March 22, Friday
08:00pm L’Amore (1948)
09:30pm Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
11:00pm The Machine That Kills Bad People (1952)
12:30am India: Matri Bhumi (1959)

March 29, Friday
08:00pm Socrates (1971)
10:15pm 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.

March 4, Monday – It’s John Garfield’s centennial birthday today.  I would say “Hold my calls,” but that’s assuming I’ll be wily enough to wrest the remote away from the iron-like grip of my father.  (Yes—Dad turns eighty-one in February, and you still need to pry that contraption from him with the Jaws of Life.)  On tap are Blackwell’s Island (1939; 6am), Castle on the Hudson (1940; 7:15am), Saturday’s Children (1940; 8:45am), Between Two Worlds (1944; 10:30am), Pride of the Marines (1945; 12:30pm) and We Were Strangers (1949; 2:45pm).  (I’m thinking about covering this last movie for a “Films from the 1940s” blogathon that the Classic Movie Blog Association is still planning for February…more on this as it develops.)

March 5, Tuesday – A cinematic salute to Man’s Best Friend gets underway at 6:45am with Little Orvie (1940), which stars Johnny Sheffield and is described on the schedule as “A child is told he cannot have a dog, but finds a stray and keeps it for a day.”  (Bastids.)  After that, it’s A Dog of Flanders (1935; 8am), My Pal, Wolf (1944; 9:15am), Behave Yourself! (1951; 10:45am), It’s a Dog’s Life (1955; 12:15pm), Good-Bye, My Lady (1951; 1:45pm), Courage of Lassie (1946; 3:45pm) and Old Yeller (1957; 5:45pm).  (I can just hear it: “TCM is going to the dogs today.”)

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).

At 8pm, TCM advertises a listing: Kim Novak: Live from the Classic Film Festival.  There’s a “2013” after that, and to be honest I’m not sure how Kim is going to pull this off if the 2013 festival is in April.  (“Where is everybody?”)  Okay, I’m just having a little fun—this will also be repeated at 11pm; supplements to a night of Novak films that feature Bell, Book and Candle (1958; 9pm), Picnic (1955; 12mid), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955; 2am) and Of Human Bondage (1964; 4:15am).

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; 10:15pm), Folies Bergere (1935; 12mid), Roberta (1935; 1:30am) and April in Paris (1952; 3:30am).  Vive la dance!

March 8, Friday – Some good noirs on tap today—The Narrow Margin (1952), if you haven’t already seen it (and if you haven’t—shame on ya!) is scheduled for 11:15am and that’s followed by one of TDOY’s B-picture faves, Split Second (1953) at 12:30—a film directed by Dick Powell and featuring Jan “Smoochie” SterlingSuddenly (1954), the cult thriller with Frank Sinatra as a would-be Presidential assassin is also in the lineup at 6:30pm.

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, SaturdayThe Littlest Rebel (1935) at 8am.  Shudder.

TCM is just about at the end of the Torchy Blane film franchise that they’ve been featuring at noon for the past couple of months (well, except for February when it was preempted).  March 9 has Torchy Gets Her Man (1938) on tap, and then to finish out the month it’s Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1938; March 16), Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939; March 23) and Torchy Plays with Dynamite (1939; March 30).

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.

TCM Essentials’ showing of Grand Hotel (1932) at 8pm ushers in several movies with the theme “Long Weekends”—though I believe that some people would argue that they’re not long enough.  The reworking of Hotel, Weekend at the Waldorf (1945), follows at 10pm and then it’s The Big Chill (1983; 12:30am), Rules of the Game (1939; 3:30am) and Fun on a Weekend (1967; 4:30am).  (No—Chill is not three hours long; we “spring forward” to Daylight Savings Time on that date.)

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 8pm 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.

March 11, Monday – The scheduling at 2pm of the movie that provided endless joke fodder for radio’s The Jack Benny Program, The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945), means that I must once again issue this disclaimer and say that despite its reputation it’s actually an entertaining fantasy-comedy.  But it reminds me of a funny routine from the Benny show where Jack and Don are walking down the street and both are approached by a young autograph hound.  As Jack graciously agrees to give the kid his autograph, the boy asks Jack why he never made any movies.

“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.”

March 12, Tuesday – TCM’s scheduled Atlantic Adventure (1935) at 4:30pm today, and while the movie itself isn’t really all that remarkable it does feature a funny performance from silent comedy great Harry Langdon as the photographer pal of Lloyd Nolan.  If you’re familiar with any of the shorts that Langdon made at Columbia you know they didn’t always feature him to his best advantage, so Atlantic is a refreshing change of pace.

At 8pm—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; 3:45am) and The Law West of Tombstone (1938; 5am).

March 13, Wednesday – TCM gets a jump on the March 26th birthday celebration of Tennessee Williams…a small penguin…who tries but can’t succeed-o…though he may fail…um…someone has just handed me a note that I’m thinking of Tennessee Tuxedo.  (You can imagine how red my face is right now.)  No, Tennessee Williams is the author-playwright whose classic works will be featured today beginning at 6:15am with A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), then Baby Doll (1956; 8:30am), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959; 10:30am), The Fugitive Kind (1960; 12:30pm), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962; 2:45pm) and The Night of the Iguana (1964; 5pm).

Come evening, independent filmmaker (and founder of New 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 2:45am), Come Back, Africa (1959; 9:15pm and 4am), Black Roots (1970; 12mid) and Good Times, Wonderful Times (1966; 1:15am).  An American in Sophiatown, a 2007 documentary about the making of Rogosin’s Come Back, Africa, will also be shown at 11pm.

March 14, Thursday – The early morning hours are devoted to movies in which “tenderfeet” go west and one of these films that I can’t recommend highly enough is Go West, Young Lady (1941; 8am)—which stars Penny Singleton as the daughter of a famous lawman and Ann Miller as her dance hall gal rival.  The other flicks on the schedule are Harold Lloyd’s An Eastern Westerner (1920; 6am), The Dude Goes West (1948; 6:30am), The Falcon Out West (1944; 9:15am), Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940; 10:30am), Out West with the Hardys (1938; 12noon), the Marx Brothers’ Go West (1940; 1:30pm) and my favorite Laurel & Hardy feature film, Way Out West (1937; 4pm).

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; 9:45pm), are directed by Henry Hathaway.  After that it’s Ice Station Zebra (1968; 11:30pm), then Triple Cross (1967; 2:15am) and Dark Journey (1937; 4:30am).

March 15, Friday – A day of Bette Davis films.  (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 7pm.

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 9am?  (“Haaaaaaaaaaarrryyyy!!!”)

TCM Essentials’ scheduling of Tootsie (1982) at 8pm 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 10pm, and then it’s John and Mary (1969; 12:30am), The Graduate (1967; 2:15am) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979; 4:15am).  (Or as George Constanza might call that last one: “Kray-mah vs. Kray-mah.”)

March 17, Sunday – Faith and begorrah, erin go bragh and all them other types of Irish expressions.  The Wearin’ of the Green is celebrated today, and two notable films on the schedule are a pair of cinematic concoctions from John Ford: The Rising of the Moon (1957) at 8pm and The Quiet Man (1952) following at 9:30pm.  The other offerings during the day: Hungry Hill (1947; 6am), The Fighting 69th (1940; 8am), Three Cheers for the Irish (1940; 9:45am), Finian’s Rainbow (1968; 11:30am), The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady (1950; 2pm), Shake Hands with the Devil (1959; 4pm) and Young Cassidy (1965; 6pm).

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 18, Monday – Only on Turner Classic Movies will you find a birthday tribute to character actor extraordinaire Edward Everett Horton…and I think you’ll agree we’re all the richer for it.  The salute kicks off at 6:30am with Wide Open (1930), then it’s The Front Page (1931; 7:45am), Lonely Wives (1932; 9:30am), Smarty (1934; 11am), Success at Any Price (1934; 12:15pm), That’s Right – You’re Wrong (1939; 1:45pm), Cinderella Jones (1946; 3:30pm), Faithful in My Fashion (1946; 5pm) and Her Husband’s Affairs (1947; 6:30pm).

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 8pm.  That Academy Award-winning film for Best Picture is followed by Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942; 11pm), then On the Waterfront (1954; 1:15am) and TDOY fave Call Northside 777 (1948; 3:15am).

But before “Grey’s anatomy,” the morning is saturated with films released in the year 1940: Wildcat Bus (7:30am), Stranger on the Third Floor (8:45am), River’s End (10am), The Man Who Talked Too Much (11:15am), It All Came True (12:45pm), A Fugitive from Justice (2:30pm), They Drive By Night (3:30pm), Tear Gas Squad (5:15pm) and The Letter (6:15pm).

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 6am, followed by Carolina Blues (1944; 7am), Syncopation (1942; 8:30am), Pete Kelly’s Blues (1951; 10am), Young Man with a Horn (1950; 11:45am), The Eddy Duchin Story (1956; 1:45pm), The Gene Krupa Story (1959; 4pm) and Orchestra Wives (1942; 6pm).

The entertainment for the evening centers on “the moon and the stars.”  The Oscar-nominated documentary For All Mankind (1989) introduces the program at 8pm, then it’s 2010 (1984; 9:30pm), Fantastic Planet (1956; 11:30pm), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957; 1:30am) and Marooned (1969; 3am).

March 21, Thursday – Happy birthday to W.S. Van Dyke!  The director popularly known as “One-Take Woody” is feted with a lineup of his films that begins at 6am with The Pagan (1929), and that’s followed by Night Court (1932; 7:30am), Eskimo (1933; 9:15am), Laughing Boy (1934; 11:15am), Manhattan Melodrama (1934; 12:45pm), I Live My Life (1935; 2:30pm), Love on the Run (1936; 4:15pm) and Cairo (1942; 5:45pm).

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 8pm, Compulsion (1959), and then it’s Down to the Sea in Ships (1949; 10pm), Kim (1950; 12:15am), The Boy with Green Hair (1948; 2:15am) and The Careless Years (1957; 3:45am).

March 22, Friday – Another birthday…more ice cream and cake!  (What can I say—I love my job…) This time, it’s Mladen George Sekulovich—better known as Karl Malden—who’s saluted with Ruby Gentry (1952) at 6:30am, and then I Confess (1953; 8am), Take the High Ground! (1953; 9:45am), Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954; 11:30am), The Hanging Tree (1959; 1pm), Parrish (1961; 3pm) and Gypsy (1962; 5:30pm).

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; 3:45am).  (Is this a great country or what?)

March 23, Saturday – They’re something mighty drop-dead sexy about a dame who’s packing—and TCM is out to prove this with an Essentials showing of the cult noir Gun Crazy (1950) at 8pm and following that with Annie Oakley (1935) at 9:45pm.  Cult classics are pretty much the order of the day in the channel’s “Girls with Guns” presentation: after the non-musical version of Annie O, it’s Gloria (1980) at 11:30am, with La Femme Nikita (1990; 1:45am) and Branded to Kill (1967; 4am) finishing out the evening.

March 24, Sunday – If you’re watching the channel at 8pm…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 9:45pm.  (Okay, that didn’t sound quite so unnerving as when I first wrote it down.)

On Silent Sunday Nights, a double feature featuring one of the greatest of the silent clowns, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle: the 1919 short Love at 12 midnight, followed by one of Arbuckle’s rare extant feature films, Leap Year (1921) at 1am.  Both of these are available on an OOP collection entitled The Forgotten Films of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle that is available at for 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 6am, Jean Harlow.  After that—it’s Lady With Red Hair (1940; 7:30am), The Strawberry Blonde (1941; 9am), Best Foot Forward (1943; 10:45am), A Woman’s Secret (1949; 12:30pm), Edward, My Son (1949; 2pm), The Big Circus (1959; 4pm) and Ada (1961; 6pm).

March 26, Tuesday – The celebration of what would have been actor Sterling Hayden’s 97th natal anniversary includes one of my favorite Hayden films, Crime Wave (1954) at 12:45pm.  (Hayden plays a cop whose antagonistic behavior towards ex-con Gene Nelson is exacerbated by his constant jonesing for a cigarette.)  The other movies toasting Mr. H are the classic The Asphalt Jungle (1950; 6am), The Golden Hawk (1952; 8pm), So Big (1953; 9:30am), Arrow in the Dust (1954; 11:15am), Battle Taxi (1955; 2pm), Five Steps to Danger (1957; 3:30pm), Terror in a Texas Town (1958; 5pm) and A Carol for Another Christmas (1964; 6:30pm).

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; 10:30am), I Know Where I’m Going (1945; 12:45pm) and Pursuit of the Graf Spree (1957; 2:30pm).

Come primetime, satisfy your “need for speed” with films of an automotive nature: the racing begins at 8pm with Le Mans (1971), and in second place it’s The Crowd Roars (1932; 10pm—look and see if you can spot a young ClassicBecky) with The Fast and the Furious (1954; 11:30pm) in third.  Rounding out the leader board are Thunder Road (1958; 1am), Smokey and the Bandit (1977; 3am) and, appropriately enough, Speed (1936; 4:45am).

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 6pm.  Bette Davis’ twin “twin” pictures are also scheduled: Dead Ringer (1964) at 7:45am and A Stolen Life (1946) at 11:30am.  Other doppelganger movies on the schedule are House of Numbers (1957; 9:45am), Twice Blessed (1945; 1:30pm), Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944; 3pm), Two-Faced Woman (1941; 5pm) and Penrod and His Twin Brother (1938; 6:45pm).

Martin Ritt has long been one of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s favorite film directors, and if I remember to slip the old man a sedative I’ll plan to settle in at 8pm with Edge of the City (1957).  Norma Rae (1979) follows at 9:30pm, then it’s Sounder (1972; 11:30pm), The Front (1976; 1:30am) and The Outrage (1964) closing things out at 3:15am.

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; 2:30pm), Just Before Dawn (1946; 3:45pm) and The Millerson Case (1947; 5pm).  Baxter's final film, State Penitentiary (1950), is also on tap (at 6:15pm) and A-picture showcases like 42nd Street (1933; 9:30am) and Penthouse (1933; 11:15am), 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.  3:30am.  Be there.  Aloha.

March 30, Saturday – Preston Sturges’ classic screwball farce The Lady Eve is the movie of cherce on TCM Essentials at 8pm…and that will usher in an evening of films about con artists.  One of my favorite Powell-Loy films follows Eve at 9:45pm, I Love You Again (1940), then it’s Mr. Lucky (1943; 11:30pm), The Sting (1973; 1:15am) and The Fortune (1975; 3:30am)—the film where Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty channel Laurel & Hardy.

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 pinecones bunnies:

05:45am Godspell (1973)
07:30am Ben-Hur (1959)
11:30am King of Kings (1961)
02:30pm The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
06:00pm Easter Parade (1948)
08:00pm The Robe (1953)
10:30pm Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
12:15am King of Kings (1961)

1 comment:

ClassicBecky said...

I'm a little late with this, but first things first -- HEY! Look for me in 1932's the Crowd Roars?!! One of these days, Ivan, one of these days...! I think you meant Winning from 1969, evil blogger!

Well, I know what I WON'T be doing on March 4 and March 28 -- watching dog movies and Elvis movies -- blech! I am excited about the 13th, since I adore Tennessee W.; 3/15 with The Great Bette; 3/16 because of two very diverse films - the 50-foot woman, and one of the best ever, Little Big Man! That isn't shown often enough! Another one on the 22nd, I Confess, is also a wonderful movie that isn't on often. I'm a big Warner Baxter fan, so the 29th looks good.

Now what's the deal with the 31st for Easter? Why are they showing the same old stuff, Ben Hur, King of Kings -- yawn. I mean, I like them, but for heaven's sake they show this line-up all the time! How about some really good, hammy Demille epics like Samson and Delilah, Ten Commandments, Sign of the Cross -- I realize they aren't Easter-themed, but they are religious so that should count!

Always enjoy these posts -- it makes you do all the work and keeps me from having to look all of that stuff up myself!