Sunday, April 01, 2012

Fox Movie Channel in April: Highlights

As I wrote last month, the future does not seem to bode well for classic films on Fox Movie Channel.

There has been a significant dropoff in older movies on the schedule; for instance, the oldest movie shown on April 4th is from 1970! Some days the only "old" film is from the 1960s, and other days there is just one pre-1960 film.

There are still a few films worth noting on Fox's April schedule, but it's a dwindling list.

...On Thursday, April 5th, THE SILENT CALL (1961) will be shown. This was the last film released starring Gail Russell.

...April 7th THUNDERHEAD - SON OF FLICKA (1945) is airing. This sequel to MY FRIEND FLICKA (1943) stars the cast from the original film: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, and Rita Johnson.

...June Haver and William Lundigan star in LOVE NEST (1951) on April 9th. Look for Marilyn Monroe in the supporting cast. It's immediately followed by PINKY (1949), for which Jeanne Crain received her only Best Actress nomination.

...Betty Grable stars in the colorful (but, alas, fairly dull) CONEY ISLAND (1943) on April 10th.

...On April 12th the Western SIEGE AT RED RIVER (1954) airs, starring Van Johnson, Joanne Dru, and Richard Boone.

...If it's April, it's time for baseball! Lloyd Nolan and Carole Landis star in IT HAPPENED IN FLATBUSH (1942), a film about an unnamed "Brooklyn team," on April 13th.

...Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell star in Frank Borzage's STREET ANGEL (1928) on April 17th.

...On both April 18th and 19th, Richard Widmark, Joanne Dru, and Audrey Totter can be seen in MY PAL GUS (1952). I've never seen this film and look forward to catching up with it.

...Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star in the classic romance AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) on Saturday, April 21st.

...MADISON AVENUE (1962) returns to the schedule on April 25th, starring Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, and Eleanor Parker.

There are a few other films from the classic film era scattered around the schedule; most have been highlighted here in recent months so aren't mentioned this time around. Be sure to check the complete schedule.


Blogger Blake Lucas said...

I think you'll enjoy the excellent, too little known MY PAL GUS and hope you'll write on it when you see it.

Few leading men have been as versatile as Richard Widmark--he can play good guys, bad guys or any shade in between and always makes them interesting.

It is too bad about the route Fox Movie Channel is going but let's enjoy it while we can.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Backtracking today to a comment I'd not responded to sooner -- I'm looking forward very much to MY PAL GUS. Love the cast and am glad to know it's a good one.

Richard Widmark is a big favorite of mine. I've really been enjoying exploring his films, mostly for the first time, over the last several years. I have a number of titles still ahead to experience for the first time including NIGHT AND THE CITY and NO WAY OUT. (Finally caught up with KISS OF DEATH just a few weeks ago!) It seems that no matter how many movies I see, there are always more to catch up with -- but that's a good thing! :)

I'll be hanging in there with Fox looking for classic films until they finally turn out the lights on pre-1960 movies, if it comes down to that! Perhaps we'll get lucky and they'll continue showing a few...

Best wishes,

8:44 AM  

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