TCM's 31 Days of Oscar: Week 3

Feb 15, 2016 by Sarah Moffatt

Turner Classic Movies is counting down to the Academy Awards with 31 Days of Oscar, a marathon of hundreds of Oscar-nominated films. With ten or more movies running every day and none of them repeating during February, the schedule is a little overwhelming to even the most seasoned cineaste.

So contributors Sarah Moffatt, Evan Wilder, Oliver Ward, and Alex Castle are going to take it a week at a time, with a full schedule for the week with comments on some of our favorites. Note that most of the movies are going to show up in TCM’s on-demand section soon after they air, so you can catch them even if you miss the live broadcast.

Week 3:

(All times Eastern)

Monday, February 15

6:00 AM Cimmaron (1930)
8:15 AM Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
10:30 AM The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
12:15 PM Of Human Hearts (1938)
2:00 PM George Washington Slept Here (1942)
3:45 PM Kings Row (1942)
6:00 PM Desperate Journey (1942)
8:00 PM Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
10:00 PM Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
12:15 AM The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
2:30 AM Stagecoach (1939)
4:15 AM The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)

Tuesday, February 16

6:30 AM San Antonio (1945)
8:30 AM Black Legion (1937)
10:00 AM Bachelor Mother (1939)
11:30 AM The Guns of Navarone (1961)
2:30 PM Z (1969)
4:45 PM Grand Prix (1966)
8:00 PM On the Waterfront (1954)
10:00 PM Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
12:15 AM The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
2:15 AM What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
5:00 AM The Gazebo (1959)

Wednesday, February 17

7:00 AM The Sheepman (1958)
8:30 AM Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
10:30 AM The Blue Dahlia (1946)
12:30 PM I Married a Witch (1942)
2:00 PM Frenchman’s Creek (1944)
4:00 PM A Damsel in Distress (1937)
6:00 PM The Sunshine Boys (1975)
8:00 PM The Odd Couple (1968)
10:00 PM The Way We Were (1973)

Thursday, February 18

2:15 AM A Star is Born (1976)
2:45 AM Blackboard Jungle (1955)
4:30 AM Trial (1955)
6:30 AM Dillinger (1945)
8:00 AM Sing Your Way Home (1945)
9:15 AM Higher and Higher (1943)
11:00 AM On the Town (1949) – There is no better movie than Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly dressed as sailors, singing and dancing their way into my heart. If you’ve been reading our weekly 31 Days of Oscar updates, then it’s probably pretty clear I have a deep, unconditional love for Mr. Sinatra, and in my next movie pick, you’ll learn just how much I adore Gene Kelly, too. On The Town tells the story of three extremely talented and handsome sailors, who have been given 24 hours of shore leave in the Big Apple. While Chip (Sinatra) hooks up with Hildy (Betty Garrett), an aggressive taxi driver, and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) with Claire (Ann Miller), an anthropologist, the foursome help Gabey (Kelly) search the city for Ivy Smith, an aspiring actress with whom he has fallen in love with. While this was a great movie, the real takeaway is the music – like Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” – for which the film won it’s only Academy Award. (SM)
1:00 PM Kismet (1944)
3:00 PM The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
4:30 PM Too Young to Kiss (1951)
6:00 PM Executive Suite (1954)
8:00 PM An American in Paris (1951) – If I could go back in time and marry anyone from the golden age of Hollywood, it would most certainly be Gene Kelly. I grew up dancing and have a relatively useless degree in dance, too, so I’ve always been very drawn to the musical-style films from back in the day. I love these films if not for the glorious choreography, singing, sets, and quick-talking dialogue, then for the fact that I’m convinced I would’ve been a the perfect co-star for Mr. Kelly (back off, a girl can dream, okay?). Kelly’s widely known for his role in Singing In The Rain – of course, he’s brilliant in that, too – but, it’s his other films that captured my heart, like An American In Paris and On The Town – another Academy Award-nominated film co-starring Frank Sinatra, another love of mine. Although Kelly wasn’t nominated for his role as Jerry Mulligan or for his choreography in An American In Paris (and he should have been), he was nominated and won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. At the Oscars, the film went on to win six-out-of-eight of its nominations, including Best Picture. (SM)
10:00 PM The Band Wagon (1953)
12:00 AM Strangers on a Train (1951)
2:00 AM Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
4:30 AM Crossfire (1947)

Friday, February 19

6:00 AM The Narrow Margin (1952)
7:15 AM T-Men (1947)
9:00 AM Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
11:00 AM The Maltese Falcon (1941)
12:45 PM The Spanish Main (1945)
2:30 PM The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
4:00 PM Juarez (1939)
6:15 PM Captain Fury (1939)
8:00 PM A Day at the Races (1937)
10:00 PM The Thin Man (1934)
11:45 PM The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
2:45 AM The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
4:30 AM The Southerner (1945)

Saturday, February 20

6:15 AM Picnic (1955)
8:15 AM Bell, Book and Candle (1958) – After starring together in Hitchcock’s Vertigo in May 1958, Kim Novak and James Stewart reunited later that year for a second chance at happily ever after in this romantic comedy about a Greenwich Village witch. It’s a magical mashup of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Bewitched with Jack Lemmon and Elsa Lanchester (Bride of Frankenstein) in supporting roles. Designer Jean Louis received a nomination for his costumes, one of fifteen during his long career. (OW)
10:15 AM The Naked Spur (1953)
11:45 AM Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
1:45 PM The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
4:15 PM Father of the Bride (1950)
6:00 PM Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
8:00 PM No Way Out (1950)
10:00 PM Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) – Addressing the aftermath of the Holocaust in post-war Germany, this fascinating courtroom drama was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, following its premiere in 1961 – 14 years after the Judges’ Trial which inspired it. The film deftly examines complex moral, legal, and geo-political questions as its characters seek to understand how ordinary citizens became complicit in the crimes of the Nazi regime. Montgomery Clift and Judy Garland both received nominations for their supporting roles while Maximilian Schell won for Best Actor. (OW)
1:15 AM Seven Days in May (1964)
3:30 AM Anthony Adverse (1936)

Sunday, February 21

6:00 AM The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
7:45 AM Night and Day (1946)
10:00 AM The Lost Weekend (1945)
11:45 AM Funny Girl (1968) – This film was the world’s first exposure to the talent that is Barbra Streisand. Fanny Brice (Steisand) reminds me a lot of Jennifer Lawrence: the funny-semi-outrageous-says-what-she-wants, isn’t-afraid-to-be-herself- charming-and-talented girl everyone wants to know or be like. Fanny knows she’s an uber-talented singer, actress and comedian, and is looking to make her big break on the New York Vaudeville Stage while balancing her marriage to suave gambler, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Funny Girl was nominated for eight Academy Awards but was only awarded one: Best Actress In A Leading Role to then-newcomer Streisand.
2:30 PM Doctor Zhivago (1965)
6:00 PM The Four Musketeers (1964)
8:00 PM The Slipper and the Rose (1976)
10:30 PM Tom Jones (1963)

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