31 Days of Oscar continues on Turner Classic Movies through Sunday, and I'll be sharing some highlights from the March TCM schedule this weekend. (Update: TCM in March: Highlights.)
First up, though, we'll take a look at March on Fox Movie Channel. February was the most interesting Fox Movie Channel schedule in several months, and I'm glad to say that the March schedule is also a good one, including some films which haven't been shown on the network in quite a while.
Here are some of the highlights:
...On Friday, March 1st, Saturday, March 2nd, and Sunday, March 3rd, Fox is showing VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1961). I thoroughly enjoyed this Irwin Allen film, which stars Walter Pidgeon, Robert Sterling, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, and Peter Lorre. I definitely recommend taking advantage of one of the multiple showings this weekend; it's colorful fun.
...Also shown on the 2nd: Irwin Allen's THE LOST WORLD (1960), with Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, Claude Rains, and Fernando Lamas.
...Saturday, March 9th, Fox will be showing MARGIE (1946), I believe for the first time in a few years. (It aired on TCM on Christmas Eve in 2011.) MARGIE is a wonderful piece of Americana starring Jeanne Crain. Highly recommended.
...Several other films with women's names as the titles are featured on the 9th, including CLAUDIA (1943) and VICKI (1953). It's an excellent movie day on Fox.
...FALLEN ANGEL (1945) is a favorite noir with Dana Andrews, Alice Faye, and Linda Darnell. A number of scenes were filmed on location here in Orange County, in the city of Orange. It's on March 10th.
...If recent mentions of the Tyrone Power noir NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947) have you intrigued, you're in luck: it airs on Fox on March 11th.
...A lesser-known John Ford film, WHEN WILLIE COMES MARCHING HOME (1950), airs on March 12th. It stars Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Colleen Townsend and William Demarest.
...PRINCE VALIANT (1954) is on March 14th. The all-star cast includes James Mason, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Sterling Hayden, Debra Paget, Victor McLaglen, Donald Crisp, Brian Aherne, and Tom Conway.
...My mom is a big fan of THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS (1956), airing March 15th. This WWII suspense film stars Clifton Webb and Gloria Grahame.
...On the 17th, the excellent schedule includes DAISY KENYON (1947) with Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, and Henry Fonda. You can also see Rex Harrison and Maureen O'Hara in THE FOXES OF HARROW (1947); it's fitting an O'Hara film is being shown on St. Patrick's Day!
...March 18th includes Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones in THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT (1956), followed by NO DOWN PAYMENT (1957) with Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, and Sheree North.
...On March 19th, RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE (1961) stars Jeff Chandler, Eleanor Parker, Carol Lynley, Robert Sterling, and Mary Astor.
...June Haver and Mark Stevens star in I WONDER WHO'S KISSING HER NOW (1947) on March 20th.
...March 23rd is filled with interesting titles, including Glenn Ford and Richard Conte in HEAVEN WITH A BARBED WIRE FENCE (1939), directed by actor Ricardo Cortez; John Ford's classic MY DARLING CLEMENTINE(1946); and TWO FLAGS WEST (1950) with Joseph Cotten, Linda Darnell, Jeff Chandler, Cornel Wilde, and Dale Robertson, who just passed on.
...Dale Robertson also appeared in TAKE CARE OF MY LITTLE GIRL (1951), an entertaining Jeanne Crain film about problems in a college sorority. Jean Peters and Jeffrey Hunter costar; it was directed by Jean Negulesco. The air date is March 26th.
...THAT NIGHT IN RIO (1941) is a great deal of fun, starring Don Ameche, Alice Faye, and Carmen Miranda. It's on the 29th. On that date Miranda also stars in SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS (1944), with Vivian Blaine, Michael O'Shea, and Phil Silvers.
Some of the titles highlighted last month are airing again in March, and there are additional titles from the classic film era being shown as well, so be sure to check out the complete schedule.