Sunday, February 19, 2017

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of Feb. 20, 2017


The Quiet Man (1952), starring Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne, is one of the Oscar-winning movies airing on TCM this week.

TCM is continuing its annual 31 Days of Oscar film festival this week. This year's festival will present Academy Award winning and nominated films in alphabetical order. This week's entries range from P to T starting with the Irene Dunne-Cary Grant drama Penny Serenade  (1941) at 7:45 a.m. Monday morning and ending with the patriotic musical Thousands Cheer (1943) at 4:15 a.m. the following Sunday night/Monday morning.

So, without further ado, let's jump right in to this week's offerings. Just a note: All times are Eastern Standard Time and the highlighted texts have links to full length articles.

Monday, Feb. 20

Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun (1951).
Three daytime picks: Celebrate President's Day with a lineup of P movies starting with Cary Grant's wonderful Oscar-nominated performance as a struggling husband and father in Penny Serenade (1941) at 7:45 a.m. followed by James Stewart's winning performance as a cynical tabloid reporter who falls in love with Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story (1940) at 2 p.m. You can round out your afternoon with best score nominee, The Pirate (1948) at 6 p.m.
Prime time lineup: First up is best actor nominee Montgomery Clift romancing Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun (1951) at 8 p.m. followed by best-song nominee Pocketful of Miracles (1962) at 10:15 p.m. in which goodhearted gangster Glenn Ford helps apple peddler Bette Davis impress her long-lost daughter (Ann-Margret in her screen debut).
Late night pick: The 1940 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice at 4:45 a.m. earned an Oscar nod for best art direction.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939).
Three daytime picks: The P's continue with best supporting actress nominee Marjorie Rambeau leading daughter Ginger Rogers down the Primrose Path (1940) at 8:45 a.m. You can spend the afternoon in Tudor England with Charles Laughton's winning performance in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) at 2:15 p.m. followed by Good Queen Bess' romance with a much-younger nobleman (Errol Flynn) in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) at 4 p.m.
Prime time lineup: This year's only Q movie is the Emerald Isle romance The Quiet Man (1952) at 8 p.m., which nabbed best director for John Ford. The R's begin with The Razor's Edge (1946) at 10:15 p.m., which earned Anne Baxter an Oscar for her portrayal of a woman who descends into alcoholism after the death of her husband and child.
Late night pick:  Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood earned supporting nods for playing troubled teens in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) at 2:45 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann in Roman Holiday (1953).
Three daytime picks: The R's continue with the George Gershwin biopic and best-score nominee Rhapsody in Blue (1945) at 6:45 a.m. followed by best costume design nominee, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) at 12:30 p.m. Finally, watch Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers glide across the dance floor to best-song nominee, "Lovely to Look At," in Roberta (1935) at 3:45 p.m.
Prime time lineup: The prime time lineup will travel to Italy starting with Audrey Hepburn's winning performance as a runaway princess in Roman Holiday (1953) at 8 p.m. followed by Helena Bonham-Carter and Maggie Smith trying to find A Room With A View (1988) at 10:15 p.m. in this three-time nominee set in Florence.
Late Night Pick: Start off the S's with Gloria Swanson's nominated performance as a lady of the night in Sadie Thompson (1928) at 5 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23

John Wayne; Harry Carey, Jr,; Ben Johnson; John Agar, and George O'Brien in a publicity still for She Wore a Yellow Riboon (1949).
Three daytime picks: Start off your day by traveling to San Francisco (1936) at 8:45 a.m. for the best sound winner's recreation of the 1906 earthquake. Then travel to merry old England  for the Errol Flynn swashbuckler The Sea Hawk (1940) at 2:45 p.m., which features a memorable nominated score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Finally, best special effects nominee The Sea Wolf (1941) at 5 p.m. features a group of castaways trying to escape the clutches of brutal captain Edward G. Robinson.
Primetime lineup: The prime time lineup starts out with the toe-tapping best score winner Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) at 8 p.m. followed by the Sherlock Holmes mystery and best screenplay and best costume nominee The Seven Per-Cent Solution (1976) at 10 p.m.
Late Night Pick: The spectacular vistas of Monument Valley earned a best cinematography Oscar for the John Ford-John Wayne Western, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) at 4:15 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 24

Kirk Douglas in Spartacus (1960).
Three daytime picks: The daytime lineup features three great musicals starting with the 1951 version of Show Boat at 9:30 a.m., which earned Oscar nods for best score and best cinematography. The all-time classic Singin' in the Rain (1952) at 2 p.m., includes a great nominated performance from Jean Hagen as a clueless silent star. The Cinderella tale, The Slipper and the Rose (1976) at 3:45 p.m., earned an original song nomination for "He Danced with Me"
Prime time lineup: The musical theme continues in prime time with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as jazz musicians on the lam in best-costume winner Some Like It Hot (1959) at 8 p.m. Next up is the ancient epic Spartacus (1960) at 10:15 p.m. which earned four wins, including Peter Ustinov as best supporting actor. 
Late night pick: The Harold Lloyd silent comedy Speedy (1928) at 1:45 a.m. earned a best director nod for Ted Wilde.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers in Stage Door (1937).
Three daytime picks: The S's continue with two 1937 best picture nominees. Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and company are the inhabitants of a theatrical boarding house in Stage Door  at 8:15 a.m. followed by Janet Gaynor going from Midwestern farm girl to Hollywood actress in A Star Is Born at noon. The adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) at 5:45 p.m. earned Oscars for stars Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, and Kim Hunter.
Prime time lineup:  The evening starts out with  World War II drama and best score winner Summer of '42 (1971) at 8 p.m. followed by Robert Mitchum and nominee Deborah Kerr in the saga of Australian sheep farmers, The Sundowners (1960) at 10 p.m.
Late night pick: Start out the T's with another 1937 best-picture nominee, A Tale of Two Cities at 2:30 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26


Three daytime picks: Start off the day with Clark Gable as a macho man in the best picture nominee Test Pilot (1938) at 7:15 a.m. followed by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh as star-crossed lovers in best sound winner, That Hamilton Woman (1941) at 11:15 a.m. Wrap up your afternoon with the giant ants that won a special effects Oscar in the fifties sci-fi movie, Them! (1954) at 3:45 p.m.
Primetime lineup: The prime time line up features two mysteries starting with detectives Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) solving a murder in best-picture nominee The Thin Man (1935) at 8 p.m. followed by Joseph Cotten trying to find out what happened to Orson Welles in best cinematography winner, The Third Man (1949) at 9:45 p.m.
Late night pick: Martin Balsam won best-supporting actor for playing writer Jason Robards' frustrated brother in A Thousand Clowns (1965) at 2:15 a.m.


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