Wednesday, February 06, 2008

31 Days of Oscar

I meant to bring this to you earlier, but better late than never:

Turner Classic Movies is running their annual
"31 Days of Oscar." The entire Month they are running nothing but Oscar winners, and if you care about movies, you should check out as many as you can. This year they even have theme nights, by genre and decade. Each week while they are running it, I will post the schedule, as well as any Hyperion particularly recommends. My recommendations will be in Purple and larger. (All times Eastern: adjust according to your time zone, and Canada has slightly different offerings, so check out TCM Canada for that.) Go here

Weekly Schedule

for interactive menu of what they are offering this month.
10:15 AM When Ladies Meet (1933)
A female novelist doesn't realize her new friend is the wife whose husband she's trying to steal. Cast: Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy. Dir: Harry Beaumont. BW-85 mins, TV-G, CC
11:45 AM Teacher's Pet (1958)
A tough city editor assumes a fake identity to study journalism with a lady professor who's criticized his work. Cast: Clark Gable, Doris Day, Gig Young. Dir: George Seaton. BW-120 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format
1:47 PM Short Film: Little Johnny Jet (1953)
C-7 mins,
2:00 PM Libeled Lady (1936)
When an heiress sues a newspaper, the editor hires a reporter to compromise her. Cast: Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy. Dir: Jack Conway. BW-98 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS
3:45 PM Citizen Kane (1941)
The investigation of a publishing tycoon's dying words reveals conflicting stories about his scandalous life. Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead. Dir: Orson Welles. BW-120 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
5:45 PM Foreign Correspondent (1940)
An American reporter covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat. Cast: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, George Sanders. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. BW-120 mins, TV-PG
7:47 PM Short Film: Army Champions (1941)
BW-11 mins,
8:00 PM Vertigo (1958)
A detective falls for the mysterious woman he's been hired to tail. Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. C-130 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
10:15 PM Rear Window (1954)
A photographer with a broken leg uncovers a murder while spying on the neighbors in a nearby apartment building. Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. C-114 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
12:15 AM Country Girl, The (1954)
While trying to help her husband make a comeback, an alcoholic singer's wife fights her love for another man. Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden. Dir: George Seaton. BW-104 mins, TV-PG, CC
2:15 AM Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)
An American takes up bullfighting to impress the ladies but learns to respect the sport. Cast: Robert Stack, Joy Page, Gilbert Roland. Dir: Budd Boettcher. BW-125 mins, TV-G
4:30 AM Wild Is The Wind (1957)
A woman marries her late sister's husband but finds true love with his son from an earlier marriage. Cast: Anna Magnani, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Franciosa. Dir: George Cukor. BW-110 mins, TV-PG, CC

7 Thursday
6:30 AM Brothers Karamazov, The (1958)
In this adaptation of the Dostoevsky classic, four brothers fight to adjust to the death of their domineering father. Cast: Yul Brynner, Maria Schell, William Shatner. Dir: Richard Brooks. C-146 mins, TV-PG, CC
9:00 AM Three Musketeers, The (1948)
Athletic adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure about the king's musketeers and their mission to protect France. Cast: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson. Dir: George Sidney. C-126 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS
11:15 AM Tale Of Two Cities, A (1935)
Charles Dickens' classic story of two men in love with the same woman during the French Revolution. Cast: Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Edna May Oliver. Dir: Jack Conway. BW-126 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
1:30 PM Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (1938)
An orphan in 1850 Missouri gets into a variety of scrapes, including a murder mystery. Cast: Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran, Victor Jory. Dir: Norman Taurog. C-91 mins, TV-G, CC
3:02 PM Short Film: Night At The Movies, A (1937)
BW-10 mins,
3:15 PM Farewell To Arms, A (1932)
An American serving in World War I falls for a spirited nurse. Cast: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou. Dir: Frank Borzage. BW-89 mins, TV-G
4:45 PM Hawaii (1966)
Missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands fight nature, disease and their own passions. Cast: Max von Sydow, Julie Andrews, Richard Harris. Dir: George Roy Hill. C-161 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format
7:28 PM Short Film: Battle Of Gettysburg, The (1956)
C-30 mins, , Letterbox Format
8:00 PM 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Classic sci-fi epic about a mysterious monolith that seems to play a key role in human evolution. Cast: Keir Dullea, William Sylvester, Gary Lockwood. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. C-149 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format, DVS
10:45 PM Lolita (1962)
Vladimir Nabokov's racy classic focuses on an aging intellectual in love with a teenager. Cast: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. BW-154 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format, DVS
1:30 AM Easy Rider (1969)
A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices. Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson. Dir: Dennis Hopper. C-96 mins, TV-MA, Letterbox Format
3:15 AM Reivers, The (1969)
A young man comes of age when he stows away in his grandfather's stolen car. Cast: Steve McQueen, Rupert Crosse, Mitch Vogel. Dir: Mark Rydell. C-111 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
5:15 AM Whisperers, The (1967)
An elderly woman tries to cope with her predatory son and husband. Cast: Edith Evans, Eric Portman, Avis Bunnage. Dir: Bryan Forbes. BW-106 mins, TV-G, Letterbox Format

8 Friday
6:18 AM Short Film: Strauss Fantasy (1954)
C-10 mins, , Letterbox Format
7:15 AM Sin Of Madelon Claudet, The (1931)
A woman takes to the streets to provide for her illegitimate son. Cast: Helen Hayes, Robert Young, Neil Hamilton. Dir: Edgar Selwyn. BW-75 mins, TV-G, CC
8:30 AM Champ, The (1931)
A broken-down prizefighter battles to keep custody of his son. Cast: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich. Dir: King Vidor. BW-86 mins, TV-G, CC
10:00 AM Great Lie, The (1941)
Believing her husband to be dead, a flyer's wife bargains with his former love to adopt the woman's baby. Cast: Bette Davis, Mary Astor, George Brent. Dir: Edmund Goulding. BW-108 mins, TV-PG, CC
11:49 AM Short Film: Kings Of The Turf (1941)
C-0 mins,
12:00 PM Mildred Pierce (1945)
A woman turns herself into a business tycoon to win her selfish daughter a place in society. Cast: Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Jack Carson. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-111 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
2:00 PM Grand Hotel (1932)
Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandal and heartache. Cast: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford. Dir: Edmund Goulding. BW-113 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
4:00 PM Camille (1936)
In this classic 19th-century romance, a kept woman runs off with a young admirer in search of love and happiness. Cast: Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore. Dir: George Cukor. BW-109 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
6:00 PM Kitty Foyle (1940)
A girl from the wrong side of the tracks endures scandal and heartbreak when she falls for a high-society boy. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, Gladys Cooper. Dir: Sam Wood. BW-108 mins, TV-G
7:49 PM Short Film: Pigs In A Polka (1943)
C-8 mins,
8:00 PM Bound For Glory (1976)
True story of folk singer Woody Guthrie, who rose to the top while fighting for the rights of migrant farm workers. Cast: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon. Dir: Hal Ashby. C-148 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format
10:30 PM Voyage Of The Damned (1976)
A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany in a desperate fight for survival. Cast: Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Lee Grant. Dir: Stuart Rosenberg. C-151 mins, TV-14
1:15 AM Apocalypse Now (1979)
An Army captain travels to Cambodia during the Vietnam War to terminate a renegade officer. Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall. Dir: Francis Coppola. C-153 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format
4:00 AM Midnight Express (1978)
A young man arrested for drug smuggling fights to survive the horrors of a Turkish prison. Cast: Brad Davis, Bo Hopkins, John Hurt. Dir: Alan Parker. C-121 mins, TV-MA, Letterbox Format

9 Saturday
6:15 AM 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
A Chinese showman uses his magical powers to save a Western town from itself. Cast: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell. Dir: George Pal. C-100 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
8:00 AM Bishop's Wife, The (1947)
An angel helps set an ambitious bishop on the right track. Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven. Dir: Henry Koster. BW-109 mins, TV-G, CC
10:00 AM Topper (1937)
A fun-loving couple returns from the dead to help a henpecked husband. Cast: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. BW-98 mins, TV-G, CC
11:39 AM Short Film: Tit For Tat (1935)
A Laurel and Hardy sequel to Them Thar Hills - they open an electrical repair shop and discover that their neighbor/grocer are the same couple they had a run in with in Them Thar Hills. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch. Dir: Charles Rogers. BW-19 mins,
12:00 PM Thousand and One Nights, A (1945)
Aladdin tries to make his fortune with the help of a beautiful genie. Cast: Cornel Wilde, Evelyn Keyes, Phil Silvers. Dir: Alfred E. Green. C-94 mins, TV-G
1:45 PM Hook (1991)
A grown up Peter Pan has to fight off the return of Captain Hook. Cast: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts. Dir: Steven Spielberg. C-142 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
4:15 PM Absent Minded Professor, The (1961)
A college professor fights off corrupt businessmen to market his new anti-gravity invention. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn. Dir: Robert Stevenson. BW-96 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format
6:00 PM Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)
An apprentice witch and three war orphans try to prevent the Nazi invasion of England. Cast: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall. Dir: Robert Stevenson. C-117 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format
8:00 PM Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
A tough detective tries to clear a cartoon character charged with murder. Cast: Bob Hoskins, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer. Dir: Robert Zemeckis. C-104 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
10:00 PM WarGames (1983)
In search of the ultimate game, a young man accidentally hacks into the government's top military computer. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman. Dir: John Badham. C-113 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format
12:00 AM Stand by Me (1986)
Four friends share a rite of passage on a long walk to view a dead body. Cast: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman. Dir: Rob Reiner. C-89 mins, TV-MA, Letterbox Format
1:45 AM Dead Poets Society (1989)
An English teacher inspires his students to seize the day with sometimes disastrous results. Cast: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke. Dir: Peter Weir. C-129 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format
4:00 AM Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1987)
A French boarding school harbors Jewish children during the Nazi occupation. Cast: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejto, Francine Racette. Dir: Louis Malle. C-105 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format

10 Sunday
6:00 AM Lady Of Burlesque (1943)
A star dancer and comedian team to investigate murders. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J. Edward Bromberg. Dir: William A. Wellman. BW-90 mins, TV-PG
7:37 AM Short Film: Rhapsody In Rivets (1941)
C-8 mins,
7:45 AM Ladies in Retirement (1941)
A housekeeper tries to manage her actress employer and her own emotionally disturbed sisters. Cast: Ida Lupino, Louis Hayward, Evelyn Keyes. Dir: Charles Vidor. BW-92 mins, TV-PG
9:30 AM Gaslight (1944)
A newlywed fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion. Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury. Dir: George Cukor. BW-114 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
11:30 AM Spellbound (1945)
A psychiatrist tries to help the man she loves solve a murder buried in his subconscious. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. BW-118 mins, TV-PG, CC
1:30 PM Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: John Huston. BW-101 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS
3:15 PM Murder On The Orient Express (1974)
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a mysterious businessman during a luxurious train ride. Cast: Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman. Dir: Sidney Lumet. C-128 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
5:30 PM Sleuth (1972)
A mystery novelist plots revenge on his wife's lover. Cast: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, John Matthews. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. C-138 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
8:00 PM Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The king of Halloween Town sets out to take Santa Claus' place. Cast: Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey. Dir: Tim Burton. C-76 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
9:20 PM Short Film: Night Before Christmas, The (1941)
C-9 mins,
9:30 PM Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
The Fellowship of the Ring fights its last desperate battle to save Middle Earth from the forces of evil. Cast: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellan. Dir: Peter Jackson. C-201 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
1:00 AM Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991)
A fledgling FBI agent enlists a psychopath's help in catching a serial killer. Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn. Dir: Jonathan Demme. C-118 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format
3:15 AM Se7en (1995)
A retiring police detective and his new partner investigate a serial killer whose crimes mirror the seven deadly sins. Cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey/ Dir: David Fincher. C-127 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format

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