TCM Week – April 2-8

Monday, April 2
6:45 a.m. Born to Dance (1936)
Eleanor Powell and James Stewart in a good old-fashioned (by that I mean, sorta corny) musical full of mistaken identity and misunderstandings.

8 p.m. Doris Day Block
TCM salutes the Star of the Month Doris Day with 28 movies beginning tonight at 8 p.m. with her musicals. I never knew that Day idolized Ginger Rogers and wanted to become a dancer. She thought her dream was lost when she was injured in a car wreck as a teenager. She learned to sing while recovering and was soon a huge recording star, but she was quite nervous about dancing in Tea for Two because she hadn’t danced in years.
8:00 p.m. The Lullaby of Broadway (1951)
9:45 p.m. By The Light of the Silvery Moon  (1953)
11:30 p.m. My Dream Is Yours (1949)
1:15 a.m. (Tues.) On Moonlight Bay (1951)
3:00 a.m. (Tues.) Romance on the High Seas (1948)
4:45 a.m. (Tues.) Tea for Two (1950)

Tuesday, April 3
9:45 a.m. The Fugitive Kind (1960)
Film version of Tennessee Williams’ play Orpheus Descending, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani and Joanne Woodward. A really weird movie.

8:00 p.m. Lover Come Back (1961)
Tonight’s Doris Day block begins with this ad-biz comedy in which Day and Rock Hudson play account execs for rival agencies. Their work philosophies and client relations skills are drastically, hilariously different (to say the least). Guest hosted by @mercurie80. Find us on Twitter with #TCMParty.

Wednesday, April 4
Doris Day Block
Tonight TCM spotlights Doris Day’s dramatic talents in four films: Midnight Lace (1960), Storm Warning (1951), The Winning Team (1952), and Julie (1956). Disturbingly she is beset by creepers in two of them.

Thursday, April 5
8:00 p.m. Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960)
A drama critic and his wife have a difficult period of adjustment when they decide to move from New York City into the suburbs. Find us on Twitter with #TCMParty.

Friday, April 6
9:45 a.m. Jewel Robbery (1932)
Don’t miss William Powell as a well-mannered jewel thief who’s fallen in love with his mark (Kay Francis). Their chemistry is pretty close to what he had going with Carole Lombard and Myrna Loy. Did I mention it’s a pre-Code?

12:45 p.m. The Man with Two Faces (1934)
This sounds really interesting. Edward G. Robinson plays an actor trying to shield his sister from her murderous husband, who seems to have her under some kind of hypnotic spell.

Saturday, April 7
3:00 p.m. The Great Escape (1963)
It is well-known to you all that I have a thing for World War II movies; not all of them are good, but this one is. A bunch of Allied soldiers try to dig their way out of a German POW camp — it’s the sworn duty of every British officer to attempt to escape! Based on a true story, it stars Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. Find us on Twitter with #TCMParty.

6:00 p.m. 4 for Texas (1963)
Rat Pack Western.

Rita Hayworth Block
I’ve seen the first two of these and not the others but I doubt you can really go wrong.
8:00 p.m. Gilda (1946)
10:00 p.m. The Lady From Shanghai (1948)
11:45 p.m. Fire Down Below (1957) With Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon. Personally I’d tune in just for that.
2:00 a.m. (Sun.) The Happy Thieves (1961)

Sunday, April 8
TCM features mostly Christian-themed films today. One that caught my eye airs at midnight, Leaves from Satan’s Book (1919), a Danish silent film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. It depicts various historical events from the point of view of the “disheartened” Satan.

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 – April 2-8

  1. I grew up on Doris Day movies; loved all of them. Great Escape is a great one. I’m a sucker for WW2 flilcks as well.

    And I loved Midnight Lace.

    Gilda, Lady from Shanghai….all great stuff.

    1. I had no idea Doris Day was in a bunch of sort of creepy thrillers! I have a crazy week ahead of me so I’m going to DVR some of them.

      Yay WWII movies! I’m sure there’s a deep psychological reason I’m so into them.

      I’ve seen Lady from Shanghai so many times, but it is a beautiful film.

  2. I really enjoyed *Jewel Robbery* with William Powell, and wouldn’t mind watching it again. It’s a little over the top (well maybe a lot over the top – watch it and you’ll see what I mean), but it’s a fun little flix. Also, keep an ear out for William Powell’s line about bankers.

    1. I guess it is over the top a bit 😉 You know there’s a problem when a jewel thief is more trustworthy than the bankers.

      1. Hi Paula… is Tim your hubby? I remember you said he’s a teacher 😀 I took the liberty of checking out his blog, please say hello to him from me!

        1. Yes, Tim is my saint of a hubby. Will do! Thanks for visiting his blog. I linked to your Hunger Games review and T’s, I hope you guys don’t mind 🙂

  3. Hi, Paula and company:

    It’s a great week for TCM!

    Doris Day has been a fascinating enigma to me. Able to do early suspenseful dramas very well, without being a ‘Scream Queen’. Blessed with a beautiful voice and superb comedic timing opposite multiple leading men. Especially Rock Hudson and James Garner. Of course, a Doris Day comedy isn’t a Doris Day comedy without Tony Randall.

    I guess if you’ve worked under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock with Jimmy Stewart. You don’t need to say much more.

    Also looking forward to Rita Hayworth Saturday night!

    PS: I’ve a review of ‘Cape Fear’ over at Flixy’s that’s you may enjoy.

    1. Yes, Doris Day is quite the talent. I must admit I’ve always greatly admired her work for animals but I haven’t always appreciated her films. She is growing on me this week though 🙂

      Yep, there’s a couple Rita Hayworth films I haven’t seen. The ones I haven’t seen are always on later it seems. Thank goodness for DVRs.

      I will check that out. Pardon me if I’m overstepping, but have you ever considered starting a blog, Jack? 🙂

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