Sunday, March 04, 2012

Fox Movie Channel in March: Highlights

It seems as though perhaps the writing is on the wall as far as Fox Movie Channel's future showing movies from the classic film era.

I discussed some of the channel's recent changes last month. The number of classic films scheduled in March has declined further, with only one or two films made before 1960 playing on weekdays; some weekend days have no older films at all.

Given that, the list of suggestions this month will be relatively short, but there are nonetheless a few notable titles worth seeing out:

...On Monday, March 5th, GARDEN OF EVIL (1954) will be shown, starring Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, and Richard Widmark.

...Also on the 5th, THE LONGEST DAY (1962) turns up on the schedule, with its all-star cast including Richard Burton, Sean Connery, John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Henry Fonda, Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Wagner, Robert Mitchum, Eddie Albert, and more.

...The superb KISS OF DEATH (1947), which I saw for the first time at the end of January, will air on March 6th. Victor Mature and Coleen Gray shine in understated, natural performances as a former hood who wants to go good and his adoring young bride, while Richard Widmark sizzles in his Oscar-nominated screen debut as the psychotic Tommy Udo.

...Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney star in the romantic comedy THAT WONDERFUL URGE (1948) on March 9th. This is a fun film worth checking out.

...IN THE MEANTIME, DARLING (1944) was one of Jeanne Crain's earliest films. This film about newlyweds during WWII is a B movie which was directed by Otto Preminger. It has an enjoyable cast including Jane Randolph, Gale Robbins, Frank Latimore, Cara Williams, and Reed Hadley. It airs March 10th.

...A ROYAL SCANDAL (1945), showing on March 12th, was directed by Otto Preminger and Ernst Lubitsch. It stars Tallulah Bankhead, Anne Baxter, William Eythe, and Vincent Price.

...Lloyd Nolan stars as gumshoe Michael Shayne in BLUE, WHITE AND PERFECT (1942) on March 16th.

...LOVE ME TENDER (1956), starring Elvis Presley and Debra Paget, airs on March 20th.

...HEAVEN CAN WAIT, a wonderful Ernst Lubitsch confection starring Don Ameche, Gene Tierney, Laird Cregar, and Charles Coburn, will be shown on March 25th. The great supporting cast includes Eugene Pallette, Spring Byington, Allyn Joslyn, Marjorie Main, and Louis Calhern.

...Linda Darnell stars in FOREVER AMBER (1947) on March 26th.

...Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea costar in BANJO ON MY KNEE (1936) on March 31st. I don't have this film so I'll be sure to set the DVR for this one.

Happy viewing!


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