A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of April 24, 2017

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) is one of the classic movies airing on TCM this week. It stars Audrey Hepburn as NYC party girl Holly Golightly.

Every Tuesday and Thursday in April TCM is featuring movies from some of Old Hollywood's most beloved characters actors. This week's lineup includes such familiar faces as Thomas Mitchell, Eve Arden, S.Z. Sakall, and Agnes Moorehead. There's also a lineup of classic Westerns and an evening dedicated to birthday lady Barbra Streisand.

I'll go in-depth on each pairing a little further down in the article, but first here's a quick rundown of what else is on the schedule.

Birthday tributes: Shirley MacLaine and Barbra Streisand on Monday.

TCM Film Noir Franchise: Director Alfred Werker's He Walked by Night (1948) at 10 a.m. Sunday is a gripping police procedural about a killer (Richard Basehart) on the lam.

Silent Sunday Nights: Mary Pickford plays a plucky girl who fights to save a group of orphans in Sparrows (1926) at midnight. This visually striking film, which features elements of German Expressionism and fairy-tale iconography, is one of Pickford's best films.

TCM Imports: Two films about Rome starting with director Pier Paolo Pasolini's Mamma Roma (1962) at 2 a.m., which finds the great Anna Magnani as a prostitute who reforms for the sake of her son (Ettore Garofalo). Rome, Open City (1946) at 4:15 a.m. is director Roberto Rosselini's masterpiece about the Nazi occupation of the Eternal City.

Best Day to DVR: Wednesday daytime. There's a great lineup of movies set in New York City, starting with Harold Lloyd's daredevil classic Speedy (1928) at 6 a.m. and ending with Audrey Hepburn window shopping on Fifth Avenue in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) at 5:45 p.m. In between you've got a classic musical (42nd Street), a shot-on-location noir (The Naked City), and the greatest movie monster of them all (King Kong).

Monday, April 24

Shirley MacLaine.
Three daytime picks: A birthday tribute to Shirley MacLaine, who was born Shirley MacLean Beaty April 24, 1934, in Richmond, Va. MacLaine made her film debut in director Alfred Hitchcock's black comedy The Trouble with Harry (1955) at 9 a.m. Other early screen roles include playing Glenn Ford's love interest in the Western comedy The Sheepman (1958) at 2:15 p.m. and as a bored gangster's girlfriend in the road trip movie The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964) at 5:45 p.m. 
Prime time lineup:  The prime time lineup celebrates Barbra Streisand's 75th birthday with her Academy Award-winning performance as singer Fanny Brice in the musical biopic Funny Girl (1968) at 8 p.m. 
Late night pick: Babs and Robert Redford find love and heartbreak in the nostalgic romance The Way We Were (1973) at 11 p.m. 

Tuesday, April 25

Dean Martin.
Three daytime picks: The theme is movies starring Dean Martin starting with one of his best comedy's with Jerry Lewis, At War with the Army (1950) at 6:45 a.m. After splitting with Lewis in 1956, Martin went on to become a member of the legendary Rat Pack. He joined his pals Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop in the films Ocean's Eleven (1960) at 1:15 p.m. and Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964) at 3:30 p.m.
Prime time lineup: TCM is featuring movies from some of old Hollywood's best character actors each Tuesday and Thursday. Tonight's lineup features four great gents starting with Thomas Mitchell as the patriarch of an Irish-American family who sacrifice their sons during World War II in The Fighting Sullivans (1944) at 8 p.m. Next, Victor Moore plays the bumbling manager of a rundown apartment in  A Kiss in the Dark (1949) at 10:15 p.m.
Late night pick: Walter Brennan plays the stern father of lamb-raising 4-Her Natalie Wood in The Green Promise (1949) at midnight. The always adorable S.Z. Sakall was often paired with Doris Day in musicals like Tea for Two (1950) at 1:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 26

Stathis Giallelis (center) in America, America (1963).
Three daytime picks: The theme is movies set in New York City starting with the silent film Speedy (1928), which has great glimpses of Coney Island and Pennsylvania Station and a cameo from New York Yankees player Babe Ruth. Director Jules Dassin's great noir, The Naked City (1948) at 11:15 a.m. was filmed on locations like the Williamsburg Bridge and Whitehall Building. The iconic opening of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1962) at 5:45 p.m. was filmed at the jeweler's Manhattan store.
Prime time: The prime time lineup is devoted to films featuring the work of cinematographer Haskell Wexler starting with the Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory (1976) at 8 p.m., which features a muted color palette to match the era's Great Depression setting. Wexler uses expressionistic black-and-white cinematography to capture the tale of a young Greek immigrant's journey to the U.S. in America, America (1963) at 10:45 p.m.
Late night pick: Wexler won an Oscar for his cinematography on the marital drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) at 3:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 27

Eve Arden as teacher Connie Brooks.
Three daytime picks: The theme is movies starring actor Ricardo Cortez. During the silent era, Cortez became one of the screen's top Latin lovers in films like Greta Garbo's American debut Torrent (1926) at 6:15 a.m. One of Cortez best-known roles is as Sam Spade in the 1931 adaptation of The Maltese Falcon (1931) at 9:30 a.m. Another great pre-code Cortez movie is the haunted-house mystery The Phantom of Crestwood (1933) 4:45 p.m.
Prime time lineup: The character actors continue with four grand dames starting with the great Agnes Moorehead taking over Mary Boland's role in the musical remake of The Women, The Opposite Sex (1956) at 8 p.m. TCM fan favorite Eve Arden reprises her beloved TV role as Madison High School English teacher Connie Brooks in the film version of  Our Miss Brooks (1956) at 10:15 p.m.
Late night pick: The always endearing Spring Byington plays Doris Day's mother-in-law, in the family comedy Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) at midnight. Future All in the Family alum Jean Stapleton plays answering machine operator Judy Holliday's boss in Bells Are Ringing (1960) at 2:15 a.m.

Friday, April 28

Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun (1951).
Three daytime picks: The postwar melodramas kick off with Jane Wyman's Oscar-winning performance as a young mute woman in Johnny Belinda (1948) at 7:15 a.m. Next, pioneering director Ida Lupino helms the medical drama Never Fear (1949) at 9:15 a.m. about a young dancer (Sally Forrest) who develops polio. Finally, Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor embark on a doomed romance in old Hollywood's ultimate young-love melodrama A Place in the Sun (1951) at 3:30 p.m.
Prime time lineup: The melodramas continue with James Mason as family man turned drug addict in director Nicholas Ray's powerful drama Bigger Than Life (1956) at 8 p.m., followed by Shirley Booth's Oscar-winning performance as a slovenly housewife with marriage troubles in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) at 10 p.m.
Late night: The Bette Davis-Paul Henreid romance Now, Voyager (1942) at 4:15 a.m. is perhaps old Hollywood's greatest melodrama.

Saturday, April 29

The prime time lineup is all about stick-up Westerns starting with Joel McCrea trying to pull off one last heist in Colorado Territory (1949) at 8 p.m., followed by Paul Newman and Robert Redford as charismatic bank robbers in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) at 10 p.m. Wild Rovers (1971) at 12:15 a.m. finds William Holden and Ryan O'Neal as two cowhands who decide to hold up a bank.

Sunday, April 30

The prime time lineup features two inspirational sixties movies starting with Sidney Poitier's Oscar-winning performance as a handyman who helps a group of impoverished nuns build a chapel in Lilies of the Field (1963) at 8 p.m. For the Love of Mike (1960) at 10 p.m. is about an American Indian boy (Danny Bravo) who trains a racehorse so he can rebuild his community's church.