Sunday, February 18, 2018

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of Feb. 19, 2018


The Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical Top Hat (1935) is airing at 10 a.m. Sunday on TCM. It is part of an all-day lineup of nominees and winners of the best picture Academy Award.

This week's 31 Days of Oscar programming features nominees and winners from the acting and best picture categories. The lineup stars with best supporting actress winner Ethel Barrymore in None But the Lonely Heart (1944) at 7 a.m. Monday morning and ends with best picture winner Cimarron (1930) at 3:45 a.m. the following Sunday night/Monday morning.

 I've got a a complete rundown of each day's schedule below. The movies marked with a 🌟 are my top picks for the day.. Note: All program times are ET.

Monday, Feb. 19

Bette Davis and Mary Astor in The Great Lie (1941).
Theme: Best supporting actress nominees and winners.
🌟None But the Lonely Heart (1944) at 7 a.m.: The great Ethel Barrymore won her only Oscar for her touching performance as Cary Grant's mother.
🌟Key Largo (1948) at 9 a.m.: The great Claire Trevor won for playing the alcoholic moll of gangster Edward G. Robinson.
🌟The Little Foxes (1941) at 11 a.m.:  Both Teresa Wright and Patricia Collinge received nominations for this Lillian Hellman-penned drama about a greedy Southern family.
Anna and the King of Siam (1946) at 1:15 p.m.: Gale Sondergaard won the first best supporting actress Oscar in 1936. She also received a nomination for playing Lady Thiang in this non-musical version of The King and I.
🌟The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) at 3:45 p.m.: Gloria Grahame won her only Oscar for playing the naive wife of a cynical screenwriter (Dick Powell) in this Hollywood drama.
California Suite (1978) at 6 p.m.: Dame Maggie Smith won her second of two Oscars for playing a troubled actress in this drama/comedy from playwright Neil Simon.
🌟The Great Lie (1941) at 8 p.m.: Mary Astor won her only Oscar for playing a talented pianist who gives up her child so she can continue her career.
🌟The V.I.P.s (1963) at 10 p.m.: Winner Dame Margaret Rutherford is a delight as the indomitable Duchess of Brighton in this all-star drama that takes place at Heathrow Airport.
🌟Separate Tables (1958) at 12:15 a.m.: The night of dames continues with Dame Wendy Hiller's winning performance as a lovelorn manager of a hotel.
The Last Picture Show (1971) at 2:15 a.m.: Cloris Leachman was everywhere in the 1970s, including winning an Oscar for playing a depressed wife in this drama about a small Texas town.
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) at 4:30 a.m.: Linda Hunt, who portrayed photographer Billy Kwan in this drama about a political coup in Indonesia, is the first person to win an Oscar for playing someone of the opposite sex.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

A production still from Viva Zapata! (1952)
Theme: Best supporting actor nominees and winners.
Come and Get It (1936) at 6:30 a.m.: Walter Brennan won his first of three Oscars for playing a simple Swedish immigrant in this Edna Ferber saga.
Tortilla Flat (1941) at 1942) at 8:15 a.m.: Wizard of Oz star Frank Morgan reunites with Terry the cairn terrier (aka Toto) for his nominated role as a dog-loving bum in this John Steinbeck adaptation.
🌟The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) at 10:15 a.m.: Nominee Robert Mitchum is superb as a World War II soldier who is befriended by reporter Ernie Pyle (Burgess Meredith).
The Best Man (1964) at 12:15 p.m.: In his final film, Lee Tracy earned a nomination for playing a dying president who was supposedly based on former commander in chief Harry S. Truman.
🌟Broken Arrow (1950) at 2 p.m.: Jeff Chandler earned a nomination for playing Apache leader Cochise in this Western that deals with prejudice against American Indians.
🌟Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) at 3:45 p.m.: Ed Begley was a bit of surprise winner in 1962 -- most expected Lawrence of Arabia star Omar Sharif to pick up the statuette -- but the veteran character actor won for his bravura performance as a manipulative political boss.
The Subject Was Roses (1968) at 6 p.m.: Jack Albertson won for playing a philandering salesman who tries to reconnect with his wife (Patricia Neal) and son (Martin Sheen).
🌟Viva Zapata! (1952) at 8 p.m.: Marlon Brando is ostensibly the star of this biopic about Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, but Anthony Quinn steals the film in a winning performance as Zapata's brother.
A Thousand Clowns (1965) at 10 p.m.: Martin Balsam won for playing the exasperated brother and agent of noncomforist TV writer Jason Robards.
🌟 All the President's Men (1976) at 12:15 a.m.: Robards picked up his own Oscar for playing newspaper publisher Ben Bradlee in this Watergate drama.
Ryan's Daughter (1970) at 2:45 a.m.: John Mills won for playing a village eccentric in director David Lean's Irish epic.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Joanne Woodward embraces husband Paul Newman after winning an Oscar for The Three Faces of Eve (1957).
Theme: Best actress nominees and winners.
Coquette (1929) at 6:15 a.m.: Mary Pickford picked up the second best actress Oscar for playing a spoiled Southern belle.
🌟 Min and Bill (1930) at 7:45 a.m.: The irrepressible Marie Dressler was one of the top stars of pre-code Hollywood, earning an Oscar for playing a feisty innkeeper.
The Divorcee (1930) at 9 a.m.: Norma Shearer was nominated twice for best actress at the 1929/1930 Oscars, but she won for playing a liberated woman in this pre-code soaper.
🌟 Lady for a Day (1933) at 10:30 a.m.: May Robson earned a nomination for playing fruit seller Apple Annie in director Frank Capra's charming fairy tale.
🌟Theodora Goes Wild (1936) at 12:15 p.m.: Irene Dunne earned a best actress nod for this great screwball performance as a small-town woman who writes a scandalous novel.
🌟 Ball of Fire (1941) at 2 p.m.: Barbara Stanwyck never won an Oscar, but she did earn her second best actress nomination for playing burlesque dancer Sugarpuss O'Shea in this Howard Hawks screwball.
Kitty Foyle (1940) at 4 p.m.: Ginger Rogers was one of old Hollywood's top box-office draws when she won an Oscar for playing a working girl made good.
🌟 Jezebel (1938) at 6 p.m.: Bette Davis earned her second Oscar for playing spoiled Southern belle Julie Marsden.
🌟 The Three Faces of Eve (1957) at 8 p.m.: Joanne Woodward took home a statuette for playing one woman with three distinct personalities.
🌟 Born Yesterday (1950) at 9:45 p.m.: Judy Holliday beat out serious competition from Bette Davis (All About Eve) and Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard) to earn an Oscar for playing a gangster's moll who gets an unlikely education from handsome reporter William Holden.
🌟 The Lion in Winter (1968) at 11:45 p.m.: Winner Katharine Hepburn tied with Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl) for her role as the medieval English queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
🌟 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) at 2:15 a.m.: Janet Gaynor earned the first best actress Oscar for three roles, including as a devoted wife in this masterpiece about love and redemption from director F.W. Murnau.
Blue Sky (1994) at 4 a.m.: Jessica Lange won for playing a mentally unbalanced woman whose husband (Tommy Lee Jones) is a nuclear scientist.

Thursday, Feb. 22


James Stewart gives Gary Cooper his Oscar for Sergeant York (1941).
Theme: Best actor nominees and winners.
🌟 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) at 6 a.m.: Winner Fredric March tied with Wallace Beery (The Champ) for his role as a Victorian scientist with a split personality.
Bright Victory (1951) at 8 a.m.: Nominee Arthur Kennedy is excellent in this film about a blind veteran who must adjust to civilian life.
Fanny (1961) at 9:45 a.m.: Charles Boyer earned a nod for playing a kindly Marseille bar owner in this romance.
🌟Watch on the Rhine (1943) at noon: Paul Lukas earned a statuette for his role as a resistance fighter on the run from Nazi agents.
🌟 Life with Father (1947) at 2 p.m.: TCM fan favorite William Powell was nominated for playing the eccentric patriarch of the Day clan in this charming family film.
🌟 Love Me or Leave Me (1955) at 4 p.m.: Nominee James Cagney is exceptional as the controlling husband/manager of torch singer Ruth Etting (Doris Day) in this musical biopic.
Babes in Arms (1939) at 6:15 p.m.: Mickey Rooney joined heavyweights like Clark Gable (Gone With the Wind) and Laurence Olivier (Wuthering Heights) as one of the best actor nominees of 1939.
🌟 Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) at 8 p.m.: Robert Donat was the 1939 winner for his touching portrayal of a gentle English schoolmaster.
🌟 Marty (1955) at 10:15 p.m.: Ernest Borgnine shot to prominence after winning an Oscar for his role as a lonely Brooklyn butcher who is looking for love.
🌟 Sergeant York (1941) at midnight: Gary Cooper won his first Oscar for playing a Tennessee backwoodsman turned World War I hero.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) at 2:30 a.m.: Jose Ferrer was the unexpected winner in 1950 for playing the matchmaking poet with the long nose.
The Goodbye Girl (1977) at 4:45 a.m.: Richard Dreyfuss' role as a neurotic actor in this rom-com made him the second youngest best actor winner in history (Adrien Brody is the youngest).

Friday, Feb. 23

Jane Wyman with her Oscar for Johnny Belinda (1948).
Theme: Best actress nominees and winners.
Caged (1950) at 6:45 a.m.: The versatile Eleanor Powell earned a nomination for playing a naive woman who ends up in prison.
🌟 Some Came Running (1958) at 8:45 a.m.: Shirley MacLaine earned a nomination for her performance as a former gangster's moll who latches on to a writer (Frank Sinatra).
🌟 Two Women (1961) at 11:15 a.m.: Winner Sophia Loren is unforgettable in this intense drama about a mother who is trying to protect her daughter (Eleanora Brown) during the Allied invasion of Italy.
🌟 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) at 1:15 p.m.: Vivien Leigh's portrayal of the fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois earned the English actress her second Oscar.
🌟 I Want to Live! (1958) at 3:45 p.m.: Susan Hayward finally won a much-coveted Oscar for playing a death-row inmate.
 Butterfield 8 (1960) at 6 p.m.: Ironically, Elizabeth Taylor never liked this film about a high-class call girl even though she won an Oscar for her efforts.
🌟Suspicion (1941) at 8 p.m.: The only Alfred Hitchcock-directed actor to win an Oscar was Joan Fontaine in this thriller about a naive woman who marries a playboy (Cary Grant) who may be trying to murder her.
🌟 Johnny Belinda (1948) at 10 p.m.: Jane Wyman's Oscar for playing an abused mute woman set her on the path to becoming one of the top leading ladies of the 1950s.
Dead Man Walking (1995) at midnight: Susan Sarandon earned her Oscar for playing anti-capital punishment activist Sister Helen Prejean.
Klute (1971) at 2:15 a.m.: Jane Fonda won her first Oscar for her role in this murder mystery.
Women in Love (1969) at 4:30 a.m.: Glenda Jackson has done many things in her remarkable life, including serving as a member of parliament, but she first rose to international prominence in her Oscar-winning role in this D.H. Lawrence adaptation.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956).
Theme: Best actor nominees and winners.
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) at 6:45 a.m.: Paul Muni's ability to transform himself into almost any character earned him an Oscar for playing this pioneering scientist. 
🌟The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) at 8:15 a.m.: The great actor Charles Laughton is at his hammy best -- he actually comes quite close to literally chewing the scenery -- as the legendary English monarch.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) at 10 a.m.: Raymond Massey often portrayed Abraham Lincoln but never so effectively as in this nominated adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
🌟 Lust for Life (1956) at noon: Kirk Douglas' intense performance as Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh earned him a much-deserved Oscar nomination.
🌟 Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) at 2:15 p.m.: Spencer Tracy earned one of his nine Oscar nominations for playing a man investigating the disappearance of a Japanese family.
The Search (1948) at 4 p.m.: Montgomery Clift received a nomination for his role as an American soldier who befriends a young Holocaust survivor (Ivan Jandl).
My Favorite Year (1982) at 6 p.m.: The much nominated Peter O'Toole earned a nod for playing an alcoholic Errol-Flynn type actor who is booked as a guest on a fifties variety show.
Cat Ballou (1965) at 8 p.m.: Lee Marvin unexpectedly won a best actor Oscar for sending up his own tough-guy image in this Western spoof.
🌟 Harry and Tonto (1974) at 10 p.m.: Beloved actor Art Carney won for playing a retired teacher who takes off on a cross-country trip with his beloved cat.
There Will Be Blood (2007) at 12:15 a.m.: Daniel Day-Lewis earned his second of three Oscars for playing a ruthless Gilded Age tycoon.
🌟 Network (1976) at 3:15 a.m.: Australian actor Peter Finch earned a posthumous award for playing an unhinged TV anchor in this still timely drama.

Sunday, Feb. 25


Theme: Best picture nominees and winners.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) at 5:30 a.m.: This all-star Shakespearean adaptation (James Cagney, Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland) was one of 10 best picture nominees in 1935.
🌟 The Maltese Falcon (1941) at 8 a.m.: This seminal noir from director John Huston lost best picture to How Green Was My Valley.
🌟 Top Hat (1935) at 10 a.m.: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance "Cheek to Cheek" in this best picture nominee with a hummable Irving Berlin score.
🌟 The Thin Man (1934) at noon: The first film in this beloved series about detectives Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) lost out to It Happened One Night on Oscar night.
🌟 Gaslight (1944) at 1:45 p.m.: This Victorian thriller couldn't quite top Going My Way on Oscar night, but it earned Ingrid Bergman a much-deserved best actress Oscar.
🌟 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) at 4 p.m.: This toe-tapping musical was the unexpected hit of 1954 and a best picture nominee.
Picnic (1955) at 6 p.m.: This adaptation of William Inge's Pulitzer winner lost out to Marty on Oscar night.
🌟 Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) at 8 p.m.: This winner about a group of English sailors who rebel against their ruthless captain (Charles Laughton) is perhaps the pinnacle of MGM's thirties output.
🌟 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) at 10:30 p.m.: This anti-war film was an Oscar winner despite immediate controversy upon its release.
🌟 Wings (1927) at 1 a.m.: The first best picture winner was this special-effects spectacle about a group of World War I flying aces.
Cimarron (1930) at 3:45 a.m.: This early Western earned its best picture win for epic scenes like the Oklahoma land-rush sequence.


2 comments :

  1. Between the Olympics and TCM, my DVR is getting a workout this month!

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    1. There's a lot of great movies on this week.

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