Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Fox Movie Channel in February: Highlights

Here's a peek at a few of the interesting titles coming up on the Fox Movie Channel schedule this month.

As always, keep in mind that Fox typically shows films multiple times over several weeks; I've only listed one air date per film. Check the schedule for alternate air dates.

...APRIL LOVE (1957), which is expected on DVD later this year, airs on February 4th. This Shirley Jones-Pat Boone film is a remake of Jeanne Crain's HOME IN INDIANA (1944).

As has been the case with some other titles which recently joined the FMC rotation, APRIL LOVE has also just become available via Netflix on its Watch Instantly service. (Update: Both Fox Movie Channel and Netflix are showing this CinemaScope film in pan and scan...sigh.)

...Other interesting titles on February 4th: Ray Milland and Joan Collins in THE GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING (1955) and Clifton Webb, Jane Wyman, Jill St. John and more in HOLIDAY FOR LOVERS (1959).

...LET'S MAKE IT LEGAL (1951), with Claudette Colbert, Macdonald Carey, and Zachary Scott, plus Marilyn Monroe in a small part, will air on February 7th. This is another title which just joined the Netflix Instant service.

...On February 11th I'll be recording Ginger Rogers and Michael Rennie in TEENAGE REBEL (1956).

...NIAGARA, a colorfully filmed suspense film with Jean Peters, Joseph Cotten, and Marilyn Monroe, will be shown February 12th.

...The Valentine's Day lineup includes the delightful THREE LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE (1946), which I saw at USC nearly 3 years ago. It stars June Haver, Vera-Ellen, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm, and George Montgomery.

...Also on Valentine's Day: Tyrone Power and Loretta Young lead an all-star cast in LADIES IN LOVE (1936)...SONG OF THE ISLANDS (1942) is one of my favorite Betty Grable films...and ELOPEMENT (1951) with Clifton Webb, Anne Francis, and William Lundigan sounds like fun.

...MAN ON A TIGHTROPE (1953) sounds interesting. It stars Fredric March, Gloria Grahame, and Terry Moore, and it airs February 15th.

...Last month I recorded SAY ONE FOR ME (1959). It's not supposed to be all that good, but anything with Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, and Robert Wagner is probably worth a peek. It's on February 17th.

...SUSANNAH OF THE MOUNTIES (1939) returns February 20th, starring Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, and Margaret Lockwood.

...TAMPICO (1944) should be worth trying. It stars Edward G. Robinson and Lynn Bari, and it will be shown on the 21st.

...On February 23rd BUFFALO BILL (1944) will be shown. This movie, which stars Joel McCrea, Maureen O'Hara, and Linda Darnell, is another title which was just added to Netflix Instant.

...BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF (1953) airs on the 24th, starring Robert Wagner and Terry Moore.

...On February 25th there's a chance to see a young George Montgomery early in his career in the "B" Western THE RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE (1941)... Also of interest that day: THE RAID (1954), with Van Heflin, Anne Baxter, Lee Marvin, and Richard Boone.

...Early on February 26th there are back-to-back Tyrone Power movies, IN OLD CHICAGO (1938) and JOHNNY APOLLO (1940).

...On February 27th fans of MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) should catch an interesting earlier version of the story, FRONTIER MARSHAL (1939), starring Randolph Scott, Cesar Romero, and Nancy Kelly.

...The last day of February brings PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953), a fabulous movie with Richard Widmark and Jean Peters....also shown on the 28th: Ginger Rogers in ROXIE HART (1942); the story was later turned into the musical CHICAGO.

Lots of good titles to enjoy on Fox Movie Channel this month!


Blogger MC said...

Thank you for the heads up on these movies. I recently added some more channels to my cable lineup, including FMC, so I'm sure I'll be recording some of the ones you mentioned.

One movie you didn't talk about that I'm looking forward to is 1932's Bird of Paradise with Joel McCrea and Dolores Del Rio, which is airing this Thursday, February 3rd. No idea if it's good, but any movie featuring a young Joel McCrea running around in a Tarzan-style getup has to be worth watching at least once. ;)


2:52 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Congrats on now having FMC, MC! :)

You're absolutely right about BIRD OF PARADISE, it sounds like a must for McCrea fans. I didn't list that one this month only because I mentioned it for January...FMC's schedule is so repetitive I try to "mix up" the titles when I post.

I love to have additional recommendations from readers and encourage others to add their thoughts about this month's schedule!

Best wishes,

8:42 AM  

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