March Madness on TCM US!!!
Whew!!! I don't know about all of you but I'm happy as can be that this dreaded Oscar's Month is nearly over!!!! Starting March 4, TCM US is "back to normal", and no one can possibly be more delighted than I! My highlights this month will spotlight films starting March 4 and beyond----->
***Hoofers will be ecstatic, as one of the all-time greats, Gene Kelly, will be featured as Star of the Month, with his films featured in prime-time every Monday evening throughout the month---we all know the big ones, but there will be a few more off-beat roles for him, such as in INHERIT THE WIND (1960), 40 CARATS (1973), THE DEVIL MAKES THREE (1952) and THE BLACK HAND (1950)!!!
***Detectives, detectives, detectives!!!!! All month long, detective films will be featured every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in prime-time throughout the month!!! Wow, what a lineup! Tuesdays will tend to be one-shots, such as THE BIG SLEEP, THE MALTESE FALCON (1941), KISS ME DEADLY (1955), and films from series where only one will be shown such as THE KENNEL MURDER CASE (1933), a Philo Vance feature starring William Powell, AND they will actually be airing a Charlie Chan film, THE SCARLET CLUE (1945), starring Sydney Toler in the title role---that airs Wed, Mar 7, at 4:15AM EST!!! Meanwhile Wednesdays will tend to feature film series, such as "Boston Blackie", "Dick Tracy", "The Lone Wolf", "The Falcon", "The Saint", "Sherlock Holmes" and much, much more!!! What an incredible lineup!!! There is so much good stuff, but watch for THE SNIPER (1952), airing Wed, Mar 14 6AM EST, starring Adolphe Menjou and Marie Windsor---whew, that sounds very interesting!!!Note to friends: Do NOT call me on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in March--not gonna answer the phone!!! Woohooo!!!
***For Bela Lugosi fans, THE CORPSE VANISHES (1942) will air Sat, Mar 10 at 4:45AM EST!!!
***A few obscure John "Duke" Wayne films show up on Monday, Mar 12: ARIZONA (1931), and THE STAR PACKER (1934)!! Followed by a couple of Charles Starrett B-Westerns: THE COWBOY STAR (1936) and COWBOY CANTEEN (1944)!!!
***Bette Davis fans are droolin' and groovin' on Thursday, Mar 15 for an all-day fest of her films, including many pre-code gems, as well as tons of 30's films (her best era, IMO), and oddly enough, most of these also have George Brent in them, so fans of his can have a treat too! :)
***Every Saturday morning at 10AM EST, films from "The Crime Doctor" series will air, in sequence!!! I believe they are going to continue this in the coming months until all films in the series are aired! Pretty cool!!!
***Patricia Neal gets the star treatment on Saturday, Mar 17 with a prime-time block including A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957), PSYCHE 59 (1964), IN HARM'S WAY (1965), the Private Screenings with her from 2004, and more!!!
***Obscure crime and noir film fans are rockin' out with this little daytime block on Wed, Mar 21---check it out:
12:00 PM Convicted (1950)
A prison warden fights to prove one of his convicts was wrongly convicted. Cast: Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Dorothy Malone. Dir: Henry Levin. C-91 mins,
1:45 PM She Played With Fire (1957)
An insurance investigator's ex-girlfriend draws him into a web of blackmail and murder. Cast: Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price. Dir: Sidney Gilliat. C-95 mins,
3:45 PM Escape in the Fog (1945)
A nurse recovering from a breakdown keeps dreaming about murder. Cast: Otto Kruger, Nina Foch, William Wright. Dir: Budd Boeticher. C-65 mins,
5:00 PM My True Story (1951)
A female jewel thief tries to help the police capture a master criminal. Cast: Helen Walker, Willard Parker, Elisabeth Risdon. Dir: Mickey Rooney. C-67 mins,
6:30 PM Pushover (1954)
A police detective falls for the bank robber's girlfriend he is supposed to be tailing. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey. Dir: Richard Quine. BW-88 mins, , Letterbox Format
***Silent Sunday Nights are back!!! Yay!!! Check out this cool silent early crime film, THE RACKET (1928) on Monday, Mar 26 at 12AM---awesome!!!
***Speaking of silent films, on Thursday, Mar 29, there will be a daytime block of Warner Baxter films, including the searing WEST OF ZANZIBAR (1928), as well as PENTHOUSE (1933), ROBIN HOOD OF EL DORADO (1936), and 42ND STREET (1933)!!!
***Jane Fonda is featured on Thursday, Mar 29 in prime-time with films such as COMES A HORSEMAN (1978), and a 2006 Private Screenings, and more!!! (Too bad they don't show BARBARELLA!!! *wink*)
***Joel McCrea is in the spotlight during the day on Friday, Mar 30 with a huge block of his flicks, including BIRD OF PARADISE (1932), WOMAN CHASES MAN (1937) and tons more!!!
And for those pre-code fans out there, here is the schedule of pre-code films, all times EST:
Thurs, Mar 8
6:15 AM Abraham Lincoln (1930)
In this biography the simple backwoods boy rises to become one of the U.S.' most beloved presidents. Cast: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, Kay Hammond. Dir: D.W. Griffith. BW-97 mins,
8:00 AM Rain (1932)
A missionary tries to reform a streetwalker trapped on a Pacific island. Cast: Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, William Gargan. Dir: Lewis Milestone. C-92 mins,
Sun, Mar 11
8:00 AM Topaze (1933)
A simple schoolteacher gets caught up in a wealthy baron's crooked schemes. Cast: John Barrymore, Myrna Loy, Reginald Mason. Dir: Harry D'Abbadie D'Arrast. C-78 mins, TV-PG, CC
Mon, Mar 12
6:00 AM Arizona (1931)
A West Point football star clashes with his commanding officer's wife when he's sent to Arizona. Cast: Laura La Plante, John Wayne, June Clyde. Dir: George B. Seitz. C-0 mins,
7:15 AM Star Packer, The (1934)
A U.S. Marshall takes on the job of defeating a mysterious criminal. Cast: John Wayne, Verna Hillie, George 'Gabby' Hayes. Dir: Robert N. Bradbury. BW-53 mins,
Thurs, Mar 15
1:45 PM Housewife (1934)
Success could spell divorce for an advertising writer. Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Ann Dvorak. Dir: Alfred E. Green. BW-69 mins, TV-G
Mon, Mar 19
8:30 AM So Big (1932)
A farmer's widow takes on the land and her late husband's tempestuous son. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Bette Davis. Dir: William A. Wellman. BW-81 mins, TV-G
Tues, Mar 20
6:00 AM Miracle Woman, The (1931)
A phony faith healer fights the temptation to go straight when she falls for a blind man. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Beryl Mercer. Dir: Frank Capra. C-90 mins, TV-PG
7:45 AM Forbidden (1932)
On an ocean voyage, a librarian falls for a married man. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Bellamy. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-83 mins, TV-G
8:00 PM Kennel Murder Case, The (1933)
Society sleuth Philo Vance investigates a murder tied to a Long Island dog show. Cast: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-73 mins, TV-G, CC
9:30 PM Thin Man, The (1934)
A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts. Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke II. BW-93 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS
Wed, Mar 21
4:00 AM Penguin Pool Murder, The (1932)
A feisty school teacher sets out to solve a murder in an aquarium. Cast: Edna May Oliver, James Gleason, Mae Clarke. Dir: George Archainbaud. BW-70 mins, TV-G
Sat, Mar 24
6:00 AM Arrowsmith (1931)
A crusading doctor fights his way through tragedy to find his true calling. Cast: Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy. Dir: John Ford. BW-108 mins, TV-PG, CC
Sun, Mar 25
10:00 AM It Happened One Night (1934)
A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Walter Connolly. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-105 mins, TV-PG, CC
Thurs, Mar 29
2:15 PM 42nd Street (1933)
The definitive backstage musical, complete with the dazzling newcomer who goes on for the injured star. Cast: Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Warner Baxter. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. BW-89 mins, TV-G, CC
5:00 PM Penthouse (1933)
The mob frames a lawyer for murder, so he enlists a call girl's help in finding the real killer. Cast: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke II. BW-90 mins, TV-G
Fri, Mar 30
7:45 AM Bird of Paradise (1932)
An island visitor falls for a Polynesian beauty slated for sacrifice to the gods. Cast: Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, John Halliday. Dir: King Vidor. BW-80 mins,
All information courtesy of Turner Classic Movies, tcm.com
|QUOTE (Kondor @ Feb 28 2007, 01:56 AM)|
|QUOTE (markbeckuaf @ Feb 22 2007, 04:02 AM)|
| Whew!!! I don't know about all of you but I'm happy as can be that this dreaded Oscar's Month is nearly over!!!! Starting March 4, TCM US is "back to normal", and no one can possibly be more delighted than I! |
Forgive me for asking a stupid question; I'm rather new here and haven't yet gotten a feel for the mindset of the forum. But what is wrong with "Oscar month"? I recorded a lot of movies this month thinking I was seeing some of the great ones. (I'm also rather new to studying film history ) Wouldn't Oscar winning or Oscar nominated movies be among the better ones? Not that I always agree with the Academy. Do you dislike Oscar month because you've seen all the winning movies ten thousand times over already? Or is it because they are more likely to show precode movies when they are "back to normal"?
Once again forgive me for asking a dumb question but I read this and was just wondering.
It's all good! There is nothing inherently "wrong" with Oscar's Month on TCM. Many people,as you do, love it. In fact, as much as I say I don't care for it, I have gleaned a few gems over the last few years during this very month, including this year. I think though that if you compare it with a month, like say, March, you'll find LOTS less films from the 30's and 40's overall, VERY few B films, and regular features like Silent Sunday Nights, gone from the schedule. I happen to prefer many of those things to the blockbusters, more mainstream classics, and certainly more than a lot of films from the 70's, 80's, 90's etc, as they tend to show more of during Oscar's month.
Again, nothing 'wrong' with it, but certainly, my monthly highlights are only slightly objective, they are mostly my "take" on what I look forward to every month, though I do take note to hit on most features, even if they aren't really my "bag" so to speak.
No worries. I'm glad you are enjoying the month. There are, in fact, many great films airing this month, or have as the month is just about ended. Enjoy!!! :)