Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Monthly Film Recommendations: April 2011

Sorry--it's a few days late.  Dodsworth and Gone with the Wind have already aired.  GWTW is, of course, on DVD and I'll let you know the next time Dodsworth is on.  All times are central and everything airs on TCM.
  • Ball of Fire (Sa 4/16/11 7:00 p.m.) a houseful of professors take in nightclub singer Barbara Stanwyck
  • Born Yesterday (Sa 4/16/11 3:15 p.m.)
  • Dial M for Murder (Tu 4/12/11 9:00 p.m.) Hitchcock.  Grace Kelly.  Classic.
  • Dodsworth (W 4/6/11 8:15 a.m.)- a retired industrialist's (Walter Huston) life falls apart on a European vacation, but he finally learns how to live 
  • A Face in the Crowd (Sa 4/9/11 2:30 a.m.)- You MUST see this film.  It is one of the most amazing movies I've ever seen.  Andy Griffith plays against type to perfection and Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau are magnificent; Elia Kazan was a genius.
  • Gilda (Sa 4/9/11 1:00 p.m.)- I never get tired of the costumes in this one
  • Gone with the Wind (M 4/4/11 7:00 p.m.)- Does this movie need a synopsis?  I will recommend the book if you haven't read it.
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets (Su 4/17/11 9:00 a.m.)
  • Kiss Me Kate (Tu 4/12/11 3:45 p.m.)- Sue me, but I love this ridiculous technicolor musical
  • Ivanhoe (M 4/11/11 3:00 a.m.)- This movie is pretty much terrible, but it has George Sanders in it.  You might want to read the hokey book instead.
  • Love Me Tonight (Su 4/17/11 7:15 a.m. and M 4/25/11 2:45 p.m.)
  • The Love Parade (M 4/25/11 12:45 p.m.)
  • North by Northwest (Th 4/28/11 11:00 p.m.)
  • Now, Voyager (Su 4/17/11 11:00 a.m.)- ugly duckling Bette Davis gets a makeover and falls in love with yummy Paul Henreid 
  • The Painted Veil (Th 4/21/11 7:00 p.m.) Greta Garbo follows husband Herbert Marshall to China where she's romanced by George Brent
  • Road to Morocco (Th 4/21/11 10:00 a.m.) Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, silly jokes: I love it
  • Shanghai Express (F 4/22/11 1:00 a.m.) Marlene Dietrich is terribly well-dressed in this pre-code train film set in the midst of the civil war in China
  • Virginia City (W 4/20/11 9:00 p.m.)- really only for fans of westerns, Errol Flynn or Randolph Scott
  • You Can't Take it With You (Sa 4/9/11 5:00 a.m.)- James Stewart falls in love with secretary Jean Arthur, but his well-to-do parents don't accept her unconventional family, headed by Lionel Barrymore 


  1. Your daddy and I watched Gone With the Wind all the way through. It's funny - even though I've seen it several times, I just couldn't stop watching it once I started!

  2. oh, Ball of Fire--I love this movie (I really really love Barbara Stanwyck), and I have seen Kiss Me Kate so many times (I saw it in 3-d in a movie theater once)--love that score! Bette Davis is Now voyager is another favorite.
    A Face in the Crowd sounds great and I don't remember ever seeing that.

  3. I just love Gone With the Wind...I'm actually acting in a show right now where I play a character who is obsessed with Scarlet O'Hara :)

    <3 Cambria

  4. Now, Voyager is so sacrificially sad and noble! I love to watch this movie. And while I know that you prefer the original, vintage movies, I really like The Painted Veil of 2006 with Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Liev Schreiber. Now THAT is depressing: I loved it. Of course, the book is beautiful and no movie version can compare. I love you, Lauren, and your delightful enthusiasm for things past that make today possible! Peace - Linda

  5. Oh how I wish I had a TV :( Good thing I own GWTW though!


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