schedule for February 2013.
I find February the least exciting month on the TCM schedule, as "Oscar month" is filled with familiar films; that said, the schedule provides a wonderful opportunity for newer movie fans to make the acquaintance of many "essential" titles.
Happily, there are a few hard-to-find gems scattered around the schedule, the most significant being HOLD BACK THE DAWN (1941), which I just saw at UCLA last Friday evening. This Paramount film, not available on DVD or even VHS, will air in primetime on February 20th.
I'm also happy to see the 20th Century-Fox film WILSON (1944) on the schedule. My teenage son, who loves both Presidential history and movies on Presidents, has recently been asking me to buy a used VHS copy of the film so he can see it. I'll no longer need to do that!
Another very intriguing title is SARABAND FOR DEAD LOVERS (1948) starring Stewart Granger.
The films appear to be organized by studio this year, and one of the more interesting nights is an eclectic evening of Universal films, showcasing ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930), the Claudette Colbert version of IMITATION OF LIFE (1934), THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935), and BRIGHT VICTORY (1951).
A day of Fox films includes four Tyrone Power titles, including THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940), which was curiously missing from his Summer Under the Stars day last August. Since ZORRO is one of my all-time favorite films, I'm delighted to see it on the schedule and hope many people will tune in and enjoy it.
I'll have some more detailed recommendations for the February schedule posted around the first of that month. Meanwhile, the current Star of the Month is Barbara Stanwyck, with the Loretta Young centennial celebration coming in January.
For more on the current month's schedule, please visit TCM in December: Highlights, TCM in December: Christmas Movies, and TCM Star of the Month: Barbara Stanwyck.
Update: For more on TCM in February, please visit TCM in February: 31 Days of Oscar Highlights.