TCM Week: March 26-April 1

Monday, March 26
2:45 p.m. Zero Hour! (1957)
I’ll be tuning into this for two reasons, one being Dana Andrews, and and the other this oddly Airplane!-like synopsis: “When a flight crew falls ill, the only man who can land the plane is afraid of flying.”

8:00 p.m. Kes (1970)
10:00 p.m. Darling (1965)
The last Monday of British New Wave Month kicks off with Kes, about a teenager whose only escape from the chaos around him is a falcon, and Darling, about a model in the Swinging ’60s. It continues with The Pumpkin Eater (1964) at 12:15 a.m., and The Knack…and How To Get It (1965) at 2:30 a.m. Guest hosted by @mercurie80.

Tuesday, March 27
Robert Mitchum Block
Beginning at 8 p.m. with Cape Fear (1962), TCM features 5 films starring one of the toughest dudes around, Robert Mitchum. He is truly psychopathic in Cape Fear and The Night of the Hunter (1955), both of which are difficult for me to watch, but I still recommend them.

Wednesday, March 28
British actor Dirk Bogarde is featured in a block beginning at noon: The Spanish Gardener (1956), Libel (1959), The Password Is Courage (1962) and Damn the Defiant (1962).

Thursday, March 29
3:00 p.m. The King’s Thief (1955)
George Sanders Alert
As he did in Forever Amber, Sanders plays Charles II in a swashbuckler that doesn’t require much thought. I mean that in the best way.

6:15 p.m. The Man Who Laughs [L’uomo che ride] (1966)
Remake of the 1928 silent which starred Conrad Veidt.

10:00 p.m. Dirigible (1931)
Very early Frank Capra work in which two pilots try to take a dirigible to the South Pole. Sounds really odd but it’s Capra.

Friday, March 30
8:30 a.m. Random Harvest (1942)
Paula (Greer Garson) is a nice showgirl who takes in a “John Smith” from the local asylum (Ronald Colman) only to lose him when he recovers his memory, discovers that he is really a rich guy and forgets all about her. Such a romantic film. No, really. Trust me.

6:30 p.m. Beware, My Lovely (1952)
I bet you thought I was going to pick The Seven Year Itch or Lost Weekend? Both are pretty good, especially Lost Weekend. Instead, I’ve got to shill for Beware, My Lovely, sort of a film noir/thriller hybrid that stars tough cookie Ida Lupino as a widow who discovers her handyman (Robert Ryan) is really a ticking time bomb of homicidal paranoia. Some really interesting angles make it a class on subjective camera.

Saturday, March 31
1:30 p.m. Stagecoach (1939)
Orson Welles allegedly watched this 70 times while making Citizen Kane, you might want to check it out at least once.

8:00 p.m. Sunrise (1927)
I really want see this one because it was directed by F.W. Murnau of Nosferatu fame. That film is one of the few silents I’ve seen on a big screen (OK, it’s also one of the few silents I’ve seen anywhere) and it really scares me, so I’m interested to see what he does with this story of major drama brought on an innocent married couple through the corrupting influence of a woman from the city. Guest hosted by @tpjost.

Sunday, April 1
So many good films today…wow. One crazy-sounding one is scheduled for 6:00 a.m., Hips, Hips, Hooray (1934), the plot of which is described as “the pretext for some delightfully anarchic gags.” Otherwise, you can tune pretty much any time today and not go too far wrong.

TCM Week spotlights a highly subjective selection of the week’s essential or undiscovered films on the Turner Classic Movies channel to help plan movie viewing, DVR scheduling or TCM Party attendance. All times are EST.


8 thoughts on “TCM Week: March 26-April 1

    1. Oh, wow. That is awesome, T! I just love it. Not just because it’s one of the few films where a character named Paula isn’t a total weirdo LOL It’s really a beautiful film.

  1. Stagecoach? Isn’t that John Ford?

    I watched the Hitchcock one with Joseph Cotten and Theresa Wright on Friday nite….oh God, what’s the name of that one again? LOL, I just love that one!

    1. Sorry, my comments seem to have disappeared from this post! Yes, Stagecoach is John Ford. Shadow of A Doubt is the one w/ Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright…I love that one too. It’s like the perfect little small town and all this crazy stuff happens.

  2. Hi, Paula and company:

    How very cool!

    Tuesday evening I can catch ‘Catch Fear’ Tuesday night. Then watch and get caught up on FX’s ‘Justified’. Then switch back to TCM for ‘The Night of the Hunter’.

    Sounds like a night of prime viewing!

    PS: I have a guest review of the latter over at Flixxy’s that I think all may enjoy.

    Thanks for pointing out ‘Beware, My Lovely’ and ‘Stagecoach’. And for posting my review of ‘Brute Force’.

    1. Cool! Happy to help…I could have sworn I approved this comment but i guess it didn’t go through!

      You’re very welcome, I like the structure of your reviews 🙂

  3. Hi Paula, do you know if TCM is doing a Gregory Peck marathon around his b’day?? Btw, I look forward to your contribution for April 5 😀

    P.S. Love your Fassy banner there, he’s soooo sexy in that black polo tee, that’s from First Class right? Need to rewatch that again soon !

    1. Yes, TCM are doing a Peck marathon, during the day though. At night it’s Doris Day, she is their Star of the Month. I’d have tried to figure out a better way to have the Peck movies on during primetime, but no one asked me 😉

      Looking forward to reading all of the April 5 reviews as well. In a shocking reversal of tradition, I’ve already started my Guns of Navarone review 😉

      Thanks…yeah the black polo is a favorite, it is from First Class. He wears it very well 😉 It’s in my queue (of course!)

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