Saturday, December 24, 2016

Quick Preview of TCM in March

The March schedule for Turner Classic Movies was recently posted!

The March Star of the Month is Richard Burton.

The first three days of the month are the conclusion of the 31 Days of Oscar series, which starts February 1st, so the March schedule begins in earnest on March 4th.

It's of note, given recent trends on the channel, that the prime time 8:00 Eastern/5:00 Pacific time slot features a film made in the 1960s or later on 13 of the 28 days on the post-Oscar series March schedule. A portion of that statistic is due to Burton being Star of the Month.

The most exciting news regarding the March schedule is that TCM is showing the rarely seen Universal film ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST (1948) on March 31st. It stars Ann Blyth, Fredric March, Dan Duryea, and Edmond O'Brien.

Also of note in March is another evening of Treasures From the Disney Vault, featuring Fred MacMurray in FOLLOW ME, BOYS! (1966), along with several animal-themed films such as CHARLIE, THE LONESOME COUGAR (1967) and THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (1963). This series has been simply wonderful, including the enthusiastic, knowledgeable introductions by Leonard Maltin. Long may it continue!

March will include tributes to Guy Kibbee, Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, and directors S. Sylvan Simon and Yasujiro Ozu. Only on TCM would you find days celebrating both an MGM "B" movie director and a Japanese master filmmaker!

March themes include biographies, athletes, Rome, and the Yukon. And, as always, St. Patrick's Day is filled with Irish-themed films!

Jane Wyman will be Star of the Month in January, with the annual 31 Days of Oscar fest in February.

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