Sunday, December 30, 2018

TCM in January: Highlights

Happy New Year!! And best wishes to all for a wonderful 2019.

Kathryn Grayson will be the January Star of the Month on Turner Classic Movies.

16 of Grayson's films will be shown on Tuesday evenings, beginning next week on January 8th. I'll have a closer look at the Grayson lineup posted here on January 7th. (Update: Please visit TCM Star of the Month: Kathryn Grayson.)

On Tuesday evenings the TCM Spotlight will be focused on newspaper movies, and Thursday nights will be devoted to "Sword and Sandal" films.

The January Noir Alley titles are HIS KIND OF WOMAN (1951) on January 5th and 6th, starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell (seen at right); LURED (1947) on the 12th and 13th, starring George Sanders and Lucille Ball; and MURDER, MY SWEET (1944) on the 19th and 20th, with Dick Powell and Claire Trevor. There doesn't appear to be a Noir Alley film the last weekend of January. (January 1st Update: The last weekend of January is dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the SAG Awards. Thanks to Mohammed for the heads up when the monthly highlights calendar was released by TCM today.)

A side note, I mentioned in my January preview that there seemed to be a number of films from the '70s and beyond airing in January, but a comparison of January with November by my friend Joel Williams shows there isn't much difference between those months. Good to know!

Here are a few of the interesting titles on the TCM schedule this month. Click any hyperlinked title for an in-depth review.

...Prime time on New Year's Day will feature a centennial birthday tribute to 20th Century-Fox star Carole Landis. Six Landis films will be shown, including the baseball movie IT HAPPENED IN FLATBUSH (1942) with Lloyd Nolan and the comedy HAVING WONDERFUL CRIME (1945) with Pat O'Brien and George Murphy.

...Lana Turner is seen at her most beautiful -- and with a killer wardrobe by Irene -- in MARRIAGE IS A PRIVATE AFFAIR ( 1944) on January 2nd.

...Marion Davies receives a nine-film birthday tribute on January 3rd. The only film in the lineup I've seen to date is EVER SINCE EVE (1937), which I found much better than reviews would indicate. I hope to see more Marion Davies films in 2019, especially as I have acquired some of her silent films on DVD.

...Jose Ferrer was born January 8, 1912, and TCM celebrates his birthday slightly in advance with a prime time tribute on the evening of January 4th. The three-film lineup includes THE CAINE MUTINY (1954) and CYRANO DE BERGERAC (1950), for which he won the Oscar as best actor.

...I had a wonderful experience seeing a nitrate print of A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949) in December. It's showing in prime time on January 6th. It's particularly notable TCM is showing it as it was released by 20th Century-Fox, and Fox films are relative rareties on TCM due to licensing costs.

...THE BAMBOO BLONDE (1946) is a short (68 minutes) and charming little musical starring Frances Langford, directed by Anthony Mann. It's airing on January 8th, with a repeat scheduled for January 22nd.

...I'm always looking for interesting little Westerns I haven't seen, and BAD GUY (1937) starring Bruce Cabot and Virginia Grey sounds like the kind of movie I enjoy trying out. It's on January 9th.

...January 10th is Paul Henreid's birthday. Among the seven Henreid films airing that day, I especially enjoy the noirish HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1948), also known as THE SCAR. Joan Bennett costars.

...The clever theming on January 11th is a lineup of films with the numbers one through eight in the title. I reviewed THREE DARING DAUGHTERS (1948) with Jeanette MacDonald and Jane Powell last September. It's cute, tuneful, and colorful.

...I'm intrigued by the description of EMERGENCY CALL (1933) starring Bill "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd: "A promising surgeon discovers his hospital is run by gangsters." It's on January 14th.

...A documentary showing on the evening of the 14th sounds especially interesting: JAMES STEWART, ROBERT MITCHUM: THE TWO FACES OF AMERICA ( 2017).

...It's Margaret O'Brien's birthday on January 15th. Seven films and a short will be shown, and for good measure she also has a bit role in THOUSANDS CHEER (1943), showing as part of the Kathryn Grayson Star of the Month lineup. I've reviewed several of the films, including BAD BASCOMB (1946), BIG CITY (1948), LOST ANGEL (1943), and MUSIC FOR MILLIONS (1944). I have enjoyed them all. The films I haven't yet reviewed for this site are all particularly well worth seeing: THE SECRET GARDEN (1949), LITTLE WOMEN (1949), and especially OUR VINES HAVE TENDER GRAPES (1945).

...THE MCGUERINS FROM BROOKLYN (1942) sounds interesting. It's the middle film in a trio of movies starring William Bendix and Grace Bradley (Boyd). It's on in the early morning hours on the 16th.

...Last spring I reviewed THE GAY BRIDE (1934) starring Carole Lombard and Chester Morris. It will be shown January 17th. The timing is apt to view the film as a tribute to Lombard, who died January 16th, 1942.

...A DANCER'S WORLD is a 30-minute documentary with choreographer Martha Graham, showing very early on the 21st.

...A day of WWII films on January 22nd includes the very fine HOMECOMING (1948), starring Clark Gable, Lana Turner, and Anne Baxter. It was one of my favorite discoveries of the year in 2014.

...January 24th features a lineup of "princess" films, including a favorite Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy film, NAUGHTY MARIETTA (1935). Highly recommended.

...The always-delightful MGM musical THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946) airs in the early morning hours of January 27th. Judy Garland leads a fabulous cast.

...An evening of Maureen O'Hara films on the 30th includes THE BLACK SWAN (1942), a lively Technicolor pirate adventure with Tyrone Power.

...January concludes in fine style with an entire day of "B" Westerns on January 31st. The titles include George O'Brien in TROUBLE IN SUNDOWN (1939) and Tim Holt in GUNS OF HATE (1948). Tim is seen at the left with Myrna Dell and Richard Martin.

For more information please visit TCM's online schedule as well as my Quick Preview of TCM in January.

Wishing everyone a great movie viewing year in 2019!


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

I'm excited about seeing It Happened in Flatbush for the first time.

I agree 100% about Lana in Marriage is a Private Affair. She is so very appealing that it is easy to see why audiences fell for her.

Bad Guy? I'm going to have to check that out. Thanks for cluing me in.

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Blogger Lee R said...

I recall that Robert Mitchum's death was unfortunately overshadowed by Jimmy Stewart's death as they both died at about the same time. I've no doubt this little fact will be mentioned and probably why these 2 were paired in a special.

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