A Look At Week Two of TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar

So how did your viewings fair during the first week of TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar? Before I go to bed tonight I hope to have seen about 30 or films (blame the DVR). This coming week has some really great stuff scheduled. Especially on Saturday; they will be showing every sing film nominated for Best Picture for 1939, widely considered the greatest year in cinema. I’m excited for that day, though I will admit I’ve only not seen two of those films. But hey, after Saturday, I’ll’ve seen them all!

Here are the films I look forward to watching, as well as some I’ve seen but highly recommend.

Tuesday, February 8th

9:45am (EST): Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) – When their older brother marries, six lumberjacks decide it’s time to go courting for themselves. Cast: Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall Dir: Stanley Donen C-102 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Color Cinematography, Best Musical Score (won), Best Picture.

3:30pm (EST): On the Beach (1959) – After a nuclear war, U.S. sailors stationed in Australia deal with the end of civilization. Cast: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins Dir: Stanley Kramer BW-134 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Editing, Best Score (no wins).

5:45pm (EST): The Caine Mutiny (1954) – Naval officers begin to suspect their captain of insanity. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray Dir: Edward Dmytryk C-125 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Sound, Best Screenplay, Best Picture (no wins).

8:00pm (EST): Gaslight (1944) – A newlywed fears she’s going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion. Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty Dir: George Cukor BW-114 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (won), Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best B&W Art Direction (won), Best B&W Cinematography, Best Picture.

10:00pm (EST): Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) – When his wife leaves him, an ad exec gets a crash course in parenting. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, Jane Alexander Dir: Robert Benton C-105 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep) (won), Best Supporting Actress (Jane Alexander), Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

Wednesday, February 9th

12:00am (EST): Glory (1989) – A green officer is assigned to lead an all-black unit in the Civil War. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington Dir: Dan Lerner C-122 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (won), Best Cinematography (won), Best Sound (won), Best Art Direction, Best Editing.

2:30am (EST): The Sin Of Madelon Claudet (1931) – A woman takes to the streets to provide for her illegitimate son. Cast: Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton, Robert Young Dir: Edgar Selwyn BW-75 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (won).

4:30am (EST): Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994) – An accident creates a relationship between a model and a retired judge who spies on his neighbors. Cast: Irene Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Federique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit Dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski C-99 mins Awards/Nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director (no wins).

9:00am (EST): La Battaglia di Algieri (1967) – Algiers revolts against the French Foreign Legion. Cast: Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Haggiag, Tommaso Neri Dir: Gillo Pontecorvo BW-121 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (no wins).

11:15am (EST): Z (1969) – A political assassination uncovers a hotbed of corruption. Cast: Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin, François Périer Dir: Costa-Gavras C-127 mins Awards/Nominations: Best Foreign Language Film (won), Best Editing (won), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture.

1:30pm (EST): Ball Of Fire (1941) – A group of professors takes in a nightclub singer hiding from the law to protect her gangster boyfriend. Cast: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oscar Homolka, Henry Travers Dir: Howard Hawks BW-112 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Score, Best Sound, Best Original Screenplay.

3:30pm (EST): A Foreign Affair (1948) – A prim Congresswoman gets caught up in the romantic decadence of post-war Germany. Cast: Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, John Lund, Millard Mitchell Dir: Billy Wilder BW-112 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best B&W Cinematography, Best Screenplay (no wins).

10:00pm (EST): Cavalcade (1933) – A British family survives war and changing times. Cast: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O’Connor, Herbert Mundin Dir: Frank Lloyd BW-112 mins Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Art Direction (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

Thursday, February 10th

12:00am (EST): What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) – A crazed, aging star torments her sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion. Cast: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Anna Lee Dir: Robert Aldrich BW-134 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Sound, Best B&W Costume Design (won).

2:30pm (EST): Anchors Aweigh (1945) A pair of sailors on leave try to help a movie extra become a singing star. – Cast: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, José Iturbi Dir: George Sidney C-139 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Color Cinematography, Best Original Song, Best Musical Score (won), Best Picture.

11:00am (EST): Tonight and Every Night (1945) – An American girl falls for an RAF pilot while performing at a British music hall. Cast: Rita Hayworth, Lee Bowman, Janet Blair, Marc Platt Dir: Victor Saville C-92 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Original Song, Best Musical Score (no wins).

10:00pm (EST): An American in Paris (1951) – An American artist finds love in Paris but almost loses it to conflicting loyalties. Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary Dir: Vincente Minnelli C-114 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Director, Best Editing, Best Color Art Direction (won), Best Color Cinematography (won), Best Color Costume Design (won), Best Story and Screenplay (won), Best Musical Score (won), Best Picture (won).

Friday, February 11th

2:00am (EST): The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) – A man remains young and handsome while his portrait shows the ravages of age and sin. Cast: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury Dir: Albert Lewin BW-110 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best B&W Cinematography (won), Best Supporting Actress, Best B&W Art Direction.

10:45am (EST): Random Harvest (1942) – A woman’s happiness is threatened when she discovers her husband has been suffering from amnesia. Cast: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters Dir: Mervyn LeRoy BW-127 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best B&W Art Direction, Best Score, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture (no wins).

1:00pm (EST): Quo Vadis (1951) – A Roman commander falls for a Christian slave girl as Nero intensifies persecution of the new religion. Cast: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov Dir: Mervyn LeRoy C-175 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov), Best Color Art Direction, Best Color Cinematography, Best Color Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Picture (no wins).

4:00pm (EST): Executive Suite (1954) – When a business magnate dies, his board of directors fights over who should run the company. Cast: William Holden, June Allyson, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March Dir: Robert Wise BW-105 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actress, Best B&W Art Direction, Best B&W Cinematography, Best B&W Costume Design (no wins).

8:00pm (EST): The Graduate (1967) – A recent college graduate has an affair with his neighbor’s wife, then falls for their daughter. Cast: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton Dir: Mike Nichols C-106 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director (won), Best Picture.

Saturday, February 12th

12:30am (EST): Pretty Woman (1990) – A millionaire turns a streetwalker into a lady for one weekend. Cast: Shane Ross, Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Ralph Bellamy Dir: Garry Marshall C-119 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (no wins).

4:30am (EST): A Free Soul (1931) – A hard-drinking lawyer’s daughter falls for one of his underworld clients. Cast: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, Clark Gable Dir: Clarence Brown BW-94 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Actress, best Director.

6:15am (EST): None but the Lonely Heart (1944) – A young ne’er-do-well tries to get his life on track to help his ailing mother. Cast: Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Miss Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald Dir: Clifford Odets BW-113 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress (won), Best Editing, Best Score.

8:15am (EST): Dark Victory (1939) – A flighty heiress discovers inner strength when she develops a brain tumor. Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald Dir: Edmund Goulding BW-104 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Score, Best Picture (no wins).

10:00am (EST): Of Mice and Men (1939) – A drifter and his slow-witted pal try to make their way in the West. Cast: Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bickford Dir: Lewis Milestone BW-106 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Original Score, Best Scoring, Best Sound, Best Picture (no wins).

12:00pm (EST): Ninotchka (1939) – A coldhearted Soviet agent is warmed up by a trip to Paris and a night of love. Cast: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi Dir: Ernst Lubitsch BW-111 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, Best Picture (no wins).

2:00pm (EST): Wuthering Heights (1939) – A married noblewoman fights her lifelong attraction to a charismatic gypsy. Cast: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson Dir: William Wyler BW-104 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best B&W Cinematography (won), Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Picture.

4:00pm (EST): Stagecoach (1939) – A group of disparate passengers battle personal demons and each other while racing through Indian country. Cast: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine Dir: John Ford BW-96 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (won), Best Scoring (won), Best Art Direction, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Director, Best Picture.

5:45pm (EST): Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) – An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption. Cast: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold Dir: Frank Capra BW-130 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Original Story (won), Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor (Harry Carey, Claude Rains), Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Scoring, Best Sound, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture.

8:00pm (EST): The Wizard Of Oz (1939) – A Kansas farm girl dreams herself into a magical land where she must fight a wicked witch to escape. Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr Dir: Victor Fleming C-102 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Art Direction, Best Color Cinematography, Best Effects, Best Original Score (won), Best Song (won), Best Picture.

10:00pm (EST): Gone With the Wind (1939) – Classic tale of Scarlett O’Hara’s battle to save her beloved Tara and find love during the Civil War. Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard. Dir: Victor Fleming. C-233 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Sound, Best Score, Best Effects, Best Actor, Best Actress (won), Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel) (won), Best Supporting Actress (Olivia de Havilland), Best Screenplay (won), Best Editing (won), Best Color Cinematography (won), Best Art Direction (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won). William Cameron Menzies also received an Honorary Award for “For outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production of Gone with the Wind” and R.D. Musgrave was awarded a Technical Achievement Award for “pioneering in the use of coordinated equipment in the production Gone with the Wind.”

Sunday, February 13th

2:00am (EST): Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) – A cold-hearted teacher becomes the school favorite when he’s thawed by a beautiful young woman. Cast: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills Dir: Sam Wood BW-114 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture.

4:00am (EST): Love Affair (1939) – Near-tragic misunderstandings threaten a shipboard romance. Cast: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lee Bowman Dir: Leo McCarey BW-87 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Story, Best Original Song, Best Art Direction, Best Picture

8:00pm (EST): Miracle On 34th Street (1947) – A department store Santa claims to be the real thing. Cast: Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart Dir: George Seaton BW-96 mins Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (won), Best Original Story (won), Best Screenplay (won), Best Picture.

Monday, February 14th

12:30am (EST): Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) – A prizefighter who died before his time is reincarnated as a tycoon with a murderous wife. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains, Rita Johnson Dir: Alexander Hall BW-94 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Original Story (won), Best Screenplay (won), Best Director, Best Picture.

10:00am (EST): The More the Merrier (1943) – The World War II housing shortage brings three people together for an unlikely romance. Cast: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines Dir: George Stevens BW-104 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor (won), Best Original Story , Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture.

2:00pm (EST): The Bishop’s Wife (1947) –  An angel helps set an ambitious bishop on the right track. Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley Dir: Henry Koster BW-109 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Sound (won), Best Editing, Best Score, Best Director, Best Picture.

6:00pm (EST): The Goodbye Girl (1977) – A dancer discovers her runaway boyfriend has sublet her apartment to an aspiring actor. Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict Dir: Herbert Ross C-111 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture.

8:00pm (EST): Rachel, Rachel (1968) – A small town teacher tries to overcome her shyness. Cast: Joanne Woodward, James Olson, Kate Harrington, Estelle Parsons Dir: Paul Newman C-101 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture.

10:00pm (EST): Casablanca (1942) – An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains Dir: Michael Curtiz BW-103 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Screenplay (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

For a full schedule and more fun features, check out TCM’s official 31 Days of Oscar site.

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Posted on February 7, 2011, in Classic Film and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Well – 1939 would make a fabulous film course wouldn’t it? At least 4 of those could have won if GWTW hadn’t been on board. That was one of those embarassment of riches years. And gee – Fleming directed GWTW and Oz. Wow.

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