Friday, January 25, 2019

Quick Preview of TCM in April

The April schedule is now available from Turner Classic Movies!

It's a big month for TCM, as April 14th marks the channel's 25th anniversary. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939), the first film ever shown on TCM, will be shown in prime time that evening.

Greta Garbo is the April Star of the Month. According to my records, this will be Garbo's fourth time as TCM's Star of the Month. She was previously honored in May 1994, just after TCM went on the air, as well as in June 2002 and September 2005.

As TCM has sometimes done in the past, typically around the time of the TCM Classic Film Festival in March or April, the Star of the Month screenings are being compressed into a single week. 23 Garbo films are scheduled to be shown on the evenings of April 1st through 5th, along with a documentary.

In the second week of April, the evenings of the 8th through 10th will celebrate detective movies. The first night focuses on lady detectives, the second night on men, and the third night on married detectives.

The April Noir Alley titles are 99 RIVER STREET (1953), NOBODY LIVES FOREVER (1946), WOMAN ON THE RUN (1950), and M (1951). John Garfield and Geraldine Fitzgerald are pictured here in NOBODY LIVES FOREVER.

Saturday mornings will include Tom Keene Westerns and the Torchy Blane series. Easter Sunday, as always, will include a showing of EASTER PARADE (1948).

April themes include ships, Egypt, fake romances, the Civil War, Mounties, and the return of a presumed-dead love.

There will be multifilm tributes celebrating the work of Debbie Reynolds, Garson Kanin, George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, Kay Francis, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert, Yasujiro Ozu, the Barrymores, Shirley Temple, and the comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey.

At the end of April, just a handful of days before Robert Osborne's May 3rd birth date, TCM will air a new special, BEST OF PRIVATE SCREENINGS (2019).

Also of note for TCM in April: The 10th annual TCM Classic Film Festival takes place in Hollywood from April 11th through 14th. Links for festival announcements to date may be found here. Stay tuned for full coverage as the festival approaches!

In the meantime, Kathryn Grayson continues as the January Star of the Month, with 31 Days of Oscar in February and Fredric March scheduled as the March Star of the Month.

Update: For more on TCM in April 2019, please visit TCM in April: Highlights.


Blogger Jerry Entract said...

I am assuming you are familiar with the great 'noir', "99 River Street", Laura? It is a very tough, gritty movie and pretty violent but John Payne is terrific in it and with Peggie Castle too this is a movie I have seen several times. It is very much my kind of deal!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

An interesting month. It will take some juggling to fit everything in that has caught my eye.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

Thank you for this review of TCM in April! That is so wonderful they are celebrating their 25th Anniversary! That seems so young for a channel who feels like it's been around forever! Good to see Easter Parade again on Easter Sunday and many other classics to look forward to seeing again!

Blessings, Net

8:10 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Jerry, I loved 99 RIVER STREET and I described it way back when very much as you did. Love the cast!! Thanks for encouraging my readers to watch it!

Caftan Woman, it's a great month indeed!!

Net, isn't it terrific that TCM has been with us that long? It's wonderful that quality has succeeded. I hope you enjoy watching many of the great things ahead!!

Best wishes,

12:00 AM  

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