This week's 31 Days of Oscar lineup is overflowing with classic-movie goodness. You can turn on your TV at almost any time and settle down on the couch to watch an all-time classic like All About Eve (photo above with Gary Merrill; Bette Davis; George Sanders; Anne Baxter; Hugh Marlowe, and Celeste Holm), The Thin Man (1934), or The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Note: All times are ET and the highlighted text has links to full-length articles.
Here's a link to the complete schedule for Feb. 4-Feb. 10.
Monday Pick of the Day
|Ricardo Montalban, John Hodiak, and Van Johnson in Battleground (1949).|
(Ye Olde) Noir of the Week
|Laurence Olivier as the melancholy Dane in Hamlet (1948).|
Hamlet (1948) at 12:15 am Monday, Feb. 4: Director and star Laurence Olivier's Oscar-winning version of Shakespeare's tragedy isn't a traditional film noir, but it's so suffused with noirish elements -- moody chiaroscuro cinematography, a brooding antihero, a scheming femme fatale who just happens to be our hero's mother (I'll admit that last detail doesn't occur too often in old Hollywood films) -- that I consider Hamlet a sub-genre all its own: the medieval film noir. Part of a late-night lineup of Sir Larry's Shakespearean roles.
The Best of the Rest for Monday
|John Wayne, Harry Carey, Jr., Ben Johnson, John Agar, and George O'Brien in a publicity still for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949).|
The daytime theme of school days features French director Francois Truffaut's seminal coming-of-age film The 400 Blows (1959) at 9:30 am Monday and the urban drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955) at 6 pm. TCM is also airing the 1949 color cinematography winner, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) at 10:15 pm. This John Ford-John Wayne Western has majestic Monument Valley vistas.
Tuesday Pick of the Day
|Joan Crawford and Ann Blyth in Mildred Pierce (1945)|
Alternative Tuesday Pick
|Bette Davis in The Letter (1940)|
The Best of the Rest for Tuesday
|Anthony Quinn and Marlon Brando in Viva Zapata! (1952)|
The daytime lineup of foreign films brings Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's hugely influential masterpiece Rashomon (1950) at 8:30 am Tuesday and the documentary-style drama The Battle of Algiers (1966) at 2 pm about a revolution in the North African country. The prime time lineup features two films that won Anthony Quinn a best supporting actor Oscar. Quinn plays the brother of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata (Marlon Brando) in Viva Zapata! (1952) at 8 pm and painter Paul Gauguin in the Vincent Van Gogh (Kirk Douglas) biopic Lust for Life (1956) at 10:15 pm.
Wednesday Pick of the Day
The Thief of Baghdad (1940) at 10 am Wednesday, Feb. 6: This magical British film about a young boy (Sabu) who happens upon a genie (a wonderful Rex Ingram) is one of the special effects triumphs of forties cinema. The Oscar-winning cinematography, special effects, and art direction are a feast for the eyes, but the Aladdin-esque plot is also very entertaining, especially Conrad Veidt's performance as a villainous magician. Part of a daytime lineup of fantasy films.
Photo of the Week
An American in Paris (1951) at 2 am Wednesday, Feb. 6: Gene Kelly points out a note to a grumpy Oscar Levant on the set of this best picture-winning musical.
The Best of the Rest for Wednesday
|Louis Jourdan, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Hermione Gingold in Gigi (1958)|
Daffy spiritualist Margaret Rutherford summons the ghost of Rex Harrison's wife (Kay Hammond) in the delightful Noel Coward comedy Blithe Spirit (1945) at 6 pm Wednesday while John Wayne, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, and an all-star cast recreate the D-Day invasion in The Longest Day (1962) at 8 pm. If you're staying up late (or getting up early), the joyous musical Gigi (1958) is on at 4:15 am.
Thursday Pick of the Day
|Paul Muni in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)|
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) at 11:30 am Thursday, Feb. 7: This expose of Southern chain gangs received three Oscar nominations, including best actor for star Paul Muni. Still one of the most powerful of the Warner Bros. social-problem films, the haunting final scene is both poignant and unforgettable. Part of a daytime lineup of prison films.
GIF of the Week
All About Eve (1950) at 8 pm Thursday, Feb. 7: Celeste Holm and Bette Davis stir their martinis in the famous party scene in this TCM fan favorite.
The Best of the Rest for Thursday
|Susan Hayward with her Oscar for I Want to Live! (1958)|
Friday Pick of the Day
|Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, and Randolph Scott in My Favorite Wife (1940).|
My Favorite Wife (1940) at 2:30 pm Friday, Feb. 8: This delightful screwball comedy is kind of gender-reversed castaway with shipwreck survivor Irene Dunne returning to from years on a deserted to island to find that her husband (Cary Grant) has remarried a scheming socialite (Gail Patrick). This scenario sets up a lot of screwball fun courtesy of the witty Oscar-nominated script from director Leo McCarey and Bella Spewack and Sam Spewack. Part of a daytime lineup of comedies.
Best of the Rest for Friday
|Bette Davis in a color publicity still for Now, Voyager (1942)|
Saturday Pick of the Day
|Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night (1967).|
In the Heat of the Night (1967) at 8 pm Saturday, Feb. 9: Director Norman Jewison's Deep South noir about a small-town cop (Rod Steiger) and a big-city detective (Sidney Poitier) who join forces to solve a murder is a landmark film of the Civil Rights era. It won five Oscars, including best picture and best actor for Steiger, but Poitier's righteous performance as Virgil Tibbs is really the centerpiece of the movie. Part of a prime time lineup of Poitier films.
Set Your DVR for Saturday daytime
|Henry Fonda as Abraham Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939).|
Sunday Pick of the Day
|Jane Powell and Fred Astaire dance to "Ev'ry Night at Seven" in Royal Wedding (1951).|
Royal Wedding (1951) at 3 pm Sunday, Feb. 10: What better way to spend a snowy Sunday afternoon than with this delightful musical about a brother-and-sister vaudeville team (Fred Astaire and Jane Powell) who travel to England for the wedding of the future Queen Elizabeth II. This film includes Astaire's famous dance on the ceiling, but the real highlight is Powell's wisecracks in the comic number, "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life." Part of a daytime lineup about travel.
The Best of the Rest for Sunday
|Myrna Loy and William Powell in The Thin Man (1934)|
A night dedicated to movie canines brings married detectives Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) and their delightful fox terrier Asta in The Thin Man (1934) at 9:45 pm Sunday. You can also catch Greer Garson's Oscar-winning performance as Mrs. Miniver (1942) at 11:30 pm.