A Look At Week 4 of TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar

What a wonderful week we just had! I think I’ll’ve watched 25 new-to-me films from this last week, plus a few rewatches (The Third Man!) I hope you guys found some great new films to watch as well. This coming week looks like the best week they’ve had so far. It’s chock full of Best Picture winners; some nights they’re showing as many as three in a row.

Tuesday night, Wednesday morning and Friday night they’re showing films that feature multiple best lead performance nominees. My favorite of their themes, though, is Saturday night when they’re showing the three films that won all five of the top prizes (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay). As always, here are my picks for films I’m looking forward to watching for the first time, as well as films I’ve seen and love.

Tuesday, February 22nd

1:00am (EST): Pygmalion (1938) A linguistics professor bets he can turn a flower girl into a lady by teaching her to speak properly. Cast: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson, Marie Lohr Dir: Anthony Asquith BW-96 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Screenplay (won), Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture.

8:45am (EST): Limelight (1952) A broken-down comic sacrifices everything to give a young dancer a shot at the big time. Cast: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton Dir: Charles Chaplin BW-138 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Dramatic Score (w0n).

1:15pm (EST):  Ship of Fools (1965) Passengers on a steam ship in the ’30s struggle with their tangled relations and the rise of Nazism. Cast: Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, Jose Ferrer, Lee Marvin Dir: Stanley Kramer BW-150 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best B&W Costume Design, Best B&W Cinematography (won), Best B&W Art Direction (w0n), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture.

5:45pm (EST):  Skippy (1931) Boys from opposite sides of the track try to raise money for a dog license. Cast: Jackie Cooper, Robert Coogan, Mitzi Green, Jackie Searl Dir: Norman Taurog BW-86 mins Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (Jackie Cooper is the youngest actor ever nominated for Best Actor), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director (won), Best Picture.

7:15pm (EST): The Red Balloon (1956) A boy discovers his new balloon has a mind of its own. Cast: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse Dir: Albert Lamorisse C-34 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Original Screenplay (won).

8:00pm (EST): The Defiant Ones (1958) Two convicts, a white racist and an angry black, escape while chained to each other. Cast: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw Dir: Stanley Kramer BW-96 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (Tony Curits, Sidney Poitier; Poitier became the first black actor to be nominated in this category), Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture..

10:00pm (EST): Amadeus (1984) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s career and life are threatened by an envious court composer Antonio Salieri. Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow Dir: Milos Forman C-160 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (Tom Hulce), Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham, won), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound (w0n), Best Makeup (w0n), Best Art Direction (w0n), Best Costume Design (w0n), Best Adapted Screenplay (w0n), Best Director (w0n), Best Picture (w0n).

Wednesday, February 23rd

3:15am (EST): Giant (1956) A Texas ranching family fights to survive changing times. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker Dir: George Stevens C-201 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (Rock Hudson, James Dean; This was James Dean’s second consecutive posthumous nomination), Best Supporting Actress, Best Color Art Direction, Best Color Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director (won), Best Picture.

6:45am (EST): Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) A dowager tries to buy a lobotomy to silence the woman who witnessed her son’s murder. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz BW-114 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor), Best B&W Art Direction. No wins.

2:15pm (EST): Sahara (1943) An international platoon fights off Nazis in World War II Africa. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carroll Naish, Lloyd Bridges Dir: Zoltan Korda BW-98 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actor, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Sound. No wins.

8:00pm (EST): All the King’s Men (1949) A backwoods politician rises to the top only to become corrupted. Cast: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek Dir: Robert Rossen BW-110 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress (w0n), Best Film Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture (won).

10:00pm (EST): You Can’t Take It With You (1938) A girl from a family of freethinkers falls for the son of a conservative banker. Cast: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold Dir: Frank Capra BW-126 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Screenplay, Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

Thursday, February 24th

6:00am (EST): 8 1/2 (1963) A world-famous film director juggles his romantic relationships while trying to come up with an idea for his next picture. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo Dir: Federico Fellini BW-138 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Foreign Language Film (won), Best B&W Costume Design (won), Best B&W Art Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director.

8:00pm (EST): Dodsworth (1936) A husband whose wife left him looks for new love in Europe. Cast: Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor Dir: William Wyler BW-101 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound, Best Art Direction (won), Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture.

10:00pm (EST): Ben-Hur (1959) While seeking revenge, a rebellious Israelite prince crosses paths with Jesus Christ. Cast: Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Giffith, Jack Hawkins. Dir: William Wyler. C-222 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Supporting Actor (won), Best Color Art Direction (won), Best Color Cinematography (won), Best Color Costume Design (won), Best Special Effects (won), Best Sound (won), Best Film Editing (won), Best Score (won), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

Friday, February 25th

4:30am (EST): The Collector (1965) A disturbed young man kidnaps a woman he’s been stalking. Cast: Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Mona Washbourne, Maurice Dallimore Dir: William Wyler C-119 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director. No wins.

7:00am (EST): Suspicion (1941) A wealthy wallflower suspects her penniless playboy husband of murder. Cast: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce Dir: Alfred Hitchcock BW-100 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (won), Best Score, Best Picture.

4:00pm (EST): The Search (1948) An American soldier in post-war Europe becomes attached to a homeless child. Cast: Montgomery Clift, Aline MacMahon, Wendell Corey, Jarmila Novotna Dir: Fred Zinnemann BW-104 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Juvenile Award (Ivan Jandl), Best Actor, Best Motion Picture Story (won), Best Screenplay, Best Director.

8:00pm (EST): On The Waterfront (1954) A young stevedore takes on the mobster who rules the docks. Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger Dir: Elia Kazan BW-108 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Supporting Actor (Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger), Best Supporting Actress (won), Best Score, Best B&W Art Direction (won), Best B&W Cinematography (won), Best Film Editing (won), Best Story and Screenplay (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

10:00pm (EST): From Here To Eternity (1953) Enlisted men in Hawaii fight for love and honor on the eve of World War II. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed Dir: Fred Zinnemann BW-118 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster), Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor (won), Best Supporting Actress (won), Best Score, Best Sound (won), Best B&W Costume Design, Best B&W Cinematography (won), Best Film Editing (won), Best Screenplay (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

Saturday, February 26th

2:30am (EST): Bonnie and Clyde (1967) The legendary bank robbers run riot in the South of the 1930s. Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman Dir: Arthur Penn C-111 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard), Best Supporting Actress (won), Best Cinematography (won), Best Costume Design, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture.

1:45pm (EST): The Letter (1940) A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence. Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort Dir: William Wyler BW-95 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Score, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Director, Best Picture. No wins.

3:30pm (EST): The Maltese Falcon (1941) Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre Dir: John Huston BW-101 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Picture.

8:00pm (EST): It Happened One Night (1934) A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour. Cast: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns Dir: Frank Capra BW-105 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Actress (won), Best Adapted Screenplay (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

10:00pm (EST): One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) A small-time criminal fakes insanity in hopes of doing easy time in a mental hospital. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Dean R Brooks Dir: Milos Forman C-134 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Actress (won), Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

Sunday, February 27th

12:30am (EST): The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) A fledgling FBI agent enlists a psychopath’s help in catching a serial killer. Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine Dir: Jonathan Demme C-118 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Actress (won), Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

2:45am (EST): Frances (1982) Actress Frances Farmer’s mind snaps under the pressures of Hollywood life and a domineering mother. Cast: Charles Shull, Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley, Sam Shepard Dir: Graeme Clifford C-140 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress.

12:45pm (EST): I Want To Live! (1958) True story of the small-time lady crook who fought to escape the gas chamber. Cast: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel Dir: Robert Wise BW-121 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (won), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director.

8:00pm (EST): Mildred Pierce (1945) A woman turns herself into a business tycoon to win her selfish daughter a place in society. Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden Dir: Michael Curtiz BW-111 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (won), Best Supporting Actress (Eve Arden, Ann Blyth), Best B&W Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Picture.

10:00pm (EST): Annie Hall (1977) A comedian and an aspiring singer try to overcome their neuroses and find happiness. Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane Dir: Woody Allen C-93 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (won), Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

Monday, February 28th

12:00pm (EST): The Citadel (1938) A struggling doctor is tempted to give up his ideals for a posh high-society practice. Cast: Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison Dir: King Vidor BW-113 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture. No wins.

8:00pm (EST): Arthur (1981) A childlike millionaire must choose between keeping his fortune and marrying a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Cast: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald Dir: Steven Gordon C-97 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor (won), Best Original Song (w0n), Best Original Screenplay.

10:00pm (EST): The Lost Weekend (1945) A writer fights to overcome his addiction to liquor. Cast: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard da Silva Dir: Billy Wilder BW-101 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best B&W Cinematography, Best Film 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 21, 2011, in Classic Film and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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