Saturday, January 30, 2021

Quick Preview of TCM in March

Thanks once more to Movie Collector Ohio I'm able to share a preview of the upcoming March schedule on Turner Classic Movies.

The March Star of the Month will be Doris Day. 30 of Day's films will be shown on Monday evenings in March.

The March Noir Alley films will be KILLER'S KISS (1955), THE NIGHT HOLDS TERROR (1955), THE THIRD MAN (1949), and PEPE LE MOKO (1937). This is a rare month where I've only seen one of the Noir Alley films so far, THE THIRD MAN.

The TCM Spotlight is "Growing Up On Screen," featuring actors who began in films as children and went on to successful adult careers, including Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, and Judy Garland, among others.

There are a couple of interesting March themes.  One features "Movie MacGuffins," featuring films with elusive, sought-after, or mysterious objects such as THE MALTESE FALCON (1941), CITIZEN KANE (1941), and CASABLANCA (1942).  I love this idea!

There's also a special "Reframed" theme in March, which will discuss important films which have elements which are now considered outdated or controversial, including THE JAZZ SINGER (1927) and GONE WITH THE WIND (1939).

Additional March themes will include pre-Code musicals, '40s Westerns, pregnancy, prisons, farm life, fairy tales, World War I, winter, spring, and films with the word "sweet" in the title.  

And as usual, there's a full lineup of Irish-themed films on St. Patrick's Day!

Filmmakers receiving multifilm tributes in March include Dennis Morgan, David Niven, Olivia de Havilland, Gregory La Cava, Michael Crichton, Irving Thalberg, and the duo of Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.

Particularly notable for me is a three-film prime time tribute to Kay Francis.  And only on TCM will viewers find a multifilm birthday tribute to Betty Compson!

I should have a complete look at the March schedule posted here on or before March 1st.

In the meantime, I'll also have an April preview posted here in the near future, in addition to a full rundown of February highlights. Watch this space!

Update: For more on TCM in March 2021, please visit TCM in March: Highlights and TCM Star of the Month: Doris Day.


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

Looking forward to more March on TCM. I just today wrote up my Caftan Woman's Choice for that month. Now, I have to settle on April's choice which will be 31 Days of Oscar. I think that is a better fit for that category. Perhaps the Academy will stick with the later date post-pandemic.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm looking forward to your choices for both March and April, always enjoy reading!

In addition to wondering what the future holds for the timing of the Oscars, I'm also wondering when TCM will hold its virtual fest this year -- May, I assume?

Best wishes,

6:09 PM  

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