A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of Feb. 13, 2017

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), starring John Wayne and James Stewart, is one of the Oscar-nominated 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 I to P starting with the Lillian Roth biopic I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) at 8:45 a.m. Monday morning and ending with the silent film Patent Leather Kid (1925) at 5 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. 13

Three daytime picks: The I movies continue with Susan Hayward's Oscar-nominated performance as alcoholic singer Lillian Roth, I'll Cry Tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. Next up is a double dose of the racial drama Imitation of Life: the 1934 version is on at 10:45 a.m. followed by the 1959 version at 12:45 p.m. Finally, Victor McLaglen earned a best actor Oscar for his performance as a hunted Irish Republican Army member in The Informer (1935) at 6:15 p.m. 
Prime time lineup: First up is Spencer Tracy's nominated performance as famed lawyer Clarence Darrow in Inherit the Wind (1960) at 8 p.m. followed by composer John Williams' Oscar-winning score for the shark tale, Jaws (1975) at 10:15 p.m.
Late night pick: Claire Trevor won a best supporting actress Oscar for playing the boozing girlfriend of gangster Edward G. Robinson in Key Largo (1948) at 12:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve (1941).
Three daytime picks: Start off your Valentine's Day with battling theatrical couple Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson in best-score nominee Kiss Me Kate (1953) at 8 a.m. followed by the romantic travails of Oscar winner Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle (1940) at noon. Finally, love comes full circle for roue Anton Walbrook in best-screenplay nominee La Ronde (1950) at 4 p.m.
Prime time lineup: Tuesday's lineup has two great rom-coms starting with snake-loving millionaire Henry Fonda falling for con artist Barbara Stanwyck in best original story nominee The Lady Eve (1941) at 8 p.m. followed by the love quadrangle of William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Jean Harlow, and Myrna Loy in best picture nominee Libeled Lady (1936) at 9:45 p.m.
Late night pick:  Katharine Hepburn earned a best actress nomination for her career-defining performance as 19th-century heroine Jo March in Little Women (1933) at 4 :45 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Kirk Douglas as painter Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956).
Three daytime picks: MGM's 1949 remake of Little Women at 6:45 a.m. won an Academy Award for best art direction, followed by John Ford's other Oscar nominated movie of 1940 (he was awarded best director for The Grapes of Wrath) The Long Voyage Home at 2:15 p.m.. Finally, best score nominee Look for the Silver Lining (1949) at 4:15 p.m. is the biopic of Broadway legend Marilyn Miller (June Haver).
Prime time lineup: The prime time lineup begins with Ray Milland's Oscar-winning performance as an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend (1945) at 8 p.m. followed by Charles Boyer and nominee Irene Dunne having a fine romance in Love Affair (1939) at 9:45 p.m.
 Late Night Pick: Kirk Douglas earned a best actor nod for his intense portrayal of painter Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956) at 1:45 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16

Richard Bennett (left); Joseph Cotten; Dolores Costello; Don Dillaway; Agnes Moorehead, and Ray Collins in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).
Three daytime picks: Start off your day with Ruth Chatteron's nominated performance as a mother who must abandon her infant son in the pre-code weepie Madame X (1929) at 8:45 a.m. followed by Orson Welles' best picture nominee The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) at 10:30 a.m. The pioneering film noir, The Maltese Falcon (1941) received three Oscar nominations, including best picture.
Primetime lineup: The prime time lineup starts out with Doris Day belting out best original song winner "Que Sera, Sera" in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) at 8 p.m. followed by John Ford's elegiac Western and  best costume design nominee The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) at 10:15 p.m.
Late Night Pick: Margaret O'Brien won a special Oscar for best juvenile performance of 1944 in the musical Meet Me in St. Louis at 3 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 17

Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in a scene from The Miracle Worker (1962)
Three daytime picks: Start off your day with the sophisticated operetta The Merry Widow (1934) at 7 a.m., which won an Oscar for best art direction, then go ape with best special effects winner Mighty Joe Young (1949) at 11:15 a.m. Marie Dressler won a best actress Oscar for playing a crusty innkeeper in Min and Bill (1930) at 5 p.m. 
Prime time lineup: The prime time lineup starts with best actress winner Anne Bancroft and best supporting actress winner Patty Duke in the Helen Keller biopic The Miracle Worker (1962) at 8 p.m. followed by Jack Lemmon's Oscar winning performance as eccentric Ensign Frank Pulver in Mister Roberts (1955) at 10 p.m.
Late night pick: Both Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly received Oscar nominations for the action-adventure Mogambo (1953) at 12:15 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18

Katharine Hepburn as Eva Lovelace in Morning Glory (1933).
Three daytime picks: The M's continue with Katharine Hepburn's Oscar-winning performance as a struggling actress in Morning Glory (1933) at 9:30 a.m. followed by Greer Garson's Oscar winning performance as the matriarch of a World War II English family in Mrs. Miniver (1942) at 2 p.m. Finally, con man Robert Preston invades a small Iowa town in best score winner, The Music Man (1962) at 5:15 p.m.
Prime time lineup:  The evening starts out with maritime drama and best picture winner Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) at 8 p.m. followed by Oscar winners Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, and  Beatrice Straight in the prescient drama about the power of television, Network (1976) at 10:30 p.m.
Late night pick: Greta Garbo's romantic performance in Ninotchka (1939) at 4:30 a.m.earned her a best actress nomination.

Sunday, Feb. 19

Frank Sinatra and Betty Garrett in On the Town (1949).
Three daytime picks: Start off the day with two best actress nominees. First up is Bette Davis as the repressed Charlotte Vale in Now, Voyager (1942) at 9 a.m. followed by Audrey Hepburn as a devoted sister who begins to have doubts about her vocation in The Nun's Story (1959) at 11 a.m. Best score winner On the Town (1949) airs at 6 p.m. 
Primetime lineup: The prime time line up features two best score nominees starting with the Clint Eastwood Western, The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) at 8 p.m. followed by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman trying to break out of a French prison in Papillon (1973) at 10:30 p.m.
Late night pick: Shelley Winters won an Oscar for playing the racist mother of a girl (Elizabeth Hartman) who is befriended by a black man (Sidney Poitier) in A Patch of Blue (1965) at 3 a.m.


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