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February Schedule & 31 Days of Oscar

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Many of the usual suspects plus a surprise or two. This is what I have so far:

 

_FEB 1_

THE VALLEY OF DECISION

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH

THE YEARLING

REAP THE WILD WIND

KEY LARGO

SOME LIKE IT HOT

ROCKY

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

DAVID AND LISA

THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS

 

_FEB 2_

JUAREZ

JOHNNY BELINDA

CAPTAINS OF THE CLOUDS

49TH PARALLEL

SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

 

_FEB 3_

VIVA VILLA

THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA

THE CHAMP

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

THE HAPPY ENDING

GANDHI

A PASSAGE TO INDIA

 

_FEB 4_

THE TIME MACHINE

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

GASLIGHT

THE GAY DIVORCEE

MY FAIR LADY

MRS. MINIVER

 

_FEB 5_

THE V.I.P.S

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB

THE ENTERTAINER

DARLING

 

_FEB 6_

A SONG TO REMEMBER

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

LUST FOR LIFE

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS

 

_FEB 7_

GRAND HOTEL

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS

DECISION BEFORE DAWN

JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG

 

_FEB 8_

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM

THE SEARCH

THE GREEN YEARS

BRIGADOON

THE MUSIC MAN

 

_FEB 9_

FRIENDLY PERSUSASION

PETE KELLY'S BLUES

SOME CAME RUNNING

RED RIVER

WRITTEN ON THE WIND

 

_FEB 10_

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES

BLOSSOMS IN THE DUST

GIANT

MRS. PARKINGTON

THE OX-BOW INCIDENT

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

CAT BALLOU

 

_FEB 11_

42ND STREET

THE AWFUL TRUTH

ON THE WATERFRONT

GOING MY WAY

WAIT UNTIL DARK

THE APARTMENT

 

_FEB 12_

LIFE WITH FATHER

LET'S MAKE LOVE

FUNNY GIRL

MARTY

 

_FEB 13_

SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS

BOYS TOWN

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Z

THE GUNS OF NAVARONE

NEVER ON SUNDAY

 

_FEB 14_

TWO WOMEN

THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE

ROMEO & JULIET (1936)

A FAREWELL TO ARMS (1933)

TOP HAT

SUMMERTIME

 

_FEB 15_

MOGAMBO

TRADER HORN

THE LAST VOYAGE

AIR FORCE

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE

THE CAINE MUTINY

THE NUN'S STORY

CASABLANCA

 

_FEB 16_

KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1950)

THE DESERT RATS

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

DR. ZHIVAGO

 

_FEB 17_

I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG

BABY DOLL

THE MIRACLE WORKER

ALL THE KING'S MEN

SOUNDER

THE DEFIANT ONES

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

GONE WITH THE WIND

COOL HAND LUKE

 

_FEB 18_

CAMILLE

GIGI

NINOTCHKA

THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1948)

JOAN OF PARIS

THE TRAIN

THE LION IN WINTER

VICTOR/VICTORIA

 

_FEB 19_

MARIE ANTOINETTE

THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR

THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA

LILI

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

JOAN OF ARC (1948)

THE SONG OF BERNADETTE

THE RAZOR'S EDGE

 

_FEB 20_

QUO VADIS

CLEOPATRA (1934)

SPARTACUS

BEN-HUR

THE SMILING LIEUTENANT

AMADEUS

 

_FEB 21_

THE GUARDSMAN

THE PIRATE

CAPTAIN BLOOD

ARROWSMITH

ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE

 

_FEB 22_

THE MORE THE MERRIER

BORN YESTERDAY

DR. STRANGELOVE

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY

WATCH ON THE RHINE

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

 

_FEB 23_

THE HASTY HEART

THE HURRICANE

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1962)

MISTER ROBERTS

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI

THE LETTER (1940)

 

_FEB 24_

THE SUNDOWNERS

ACE IN THE HOLE

THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN

 

_FEB 25_

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL

EAST OF EDEN

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

 

_FEB 26_

INSIDE DAISY CLOVER

WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?

A STAR IS BORN (1937)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

A STAR IS BORN (1954)

THE STAR

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?

DIVORCE AMERICAN STYLE

THE GRADUATE

 

_FEB 27_

THE CHILDREN'S HOUR

STELLA DALLAS

NOW, VOYAGER

RACHEL, RACHEL

I MARRIED A WITCH

COME TO THE STABLE

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

 

_FEB 28_

THE RED SHOES

TO CATCH A THIEF

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

TOPKAPI

 

_FEB 29_

55 DAYS OF PEKING

DRAGON SEED

AMERICA, AMERICA

BATTLEGROUND

LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING

 

_MAR 1_

FLIRTATION WALK

THE GOOD EARTH

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

IN HARM'S WAY

 

_MAR 2_

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

CABIN IN THE SKY

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

2010

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Definitely not on the February schedule-- surprise, surprise:

 

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (swept all major categories)

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (which channel got the rights?)

CITIZEN KANE

MILDRED PIERCE

BUTTERFIELD 8

SERGEANT YORK

WINGS (aired last February)

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (swept all main categories)

CHARLY (After all, Cliff Robertson just passed away.)

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I like all of these movies, especially The Best Years Of Our Lives. In many aspects it's just as relevant today pertaining to people coming home from the service and trying to readjust to civilian life. Great movie.

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DAVID AND LISA surprised me, but I love it and hope many people watch it.

 

Another real surprise was THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (1940), a Universal horror picture starring John Barrymore.

 

WRITTEN ON THE WIND is a Universal picture...and I wonder if they will be showing the newly restored print by Criterion.

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Thanks Topbilled. You are the one, time and time again, to get the information first and then post it for us. Regarding the titles so far, nothing very exciting. I would have loved to seen DEATH OF A SALESMAN on that list. Arthur Miller supposedly hated Fredric March's portrayal and that has something to do with keeping this out of Sony's hands and therefore TCM'S hands. March was nominated for an Oscar however.

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*You are the one, time and time again, to get the information first and then post it for us.* - cody

 

Under one screen name or another, yes he/she certainly does try to beat poor classicstarletsfan to the punch. Thanks a bunch, tb/jm/...!

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None of March's Oscar performances are included. I thought for sure we would have seen DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE on the schedule and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, but no. And INHERIT THE WIND, which earned Tracy a nom, is also absent.

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> {quote:title=TopBilled wrote:

> }{quote}A real surprise was THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (1940), a Universal horror picture starring John Barrymore.

>

Thanks for digging up all that info!

Yes, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN is a surprise (and a very pleasant one) on TCM.

But it's actually much more a comedy than a horror picture.

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I'm a fan of Virginia Bruce, so I am rather looking forward to THE INVISIBLE WOMAN. Plus, it is Barrymore at the tail end of his career and life.

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I'm bummed that *Wings* didn't make the schedule. Last year, it happened to be on at the same time as the Superbowl, so the TV with the DVD recorder was taken...

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God, am I glad that February comes but once a year. Every one of these films has been ground into the dust by now, and once again we're reminded of just how totally market-driven the Oscar awards are. Hopefully TCM will find room for a few misfits and premieres in between all the technicolor spectacles and cheesy historical hagiographies, but I'm not holding my breath.

 

Oh well, we'll always have August.....

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It seems like I'm usually more disappointed than pleased each year with TCM's 31 days of Oscar. Wings certainly should be aired (even get a short glimpse of Gary Cooper in it) and so historical.

Also 1931's Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde with Frederic March winning best actor, this was also the very first horror film to win an oscar. Two very historical significant movies.

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I agree. One of those films has particularly been ground into the dust. It's being shown on February 13. I think the 31 days of Oscar concept has passed its sell by date.

 

 

 

 

 

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I agree. One of those films has particularly been ground into the dust. It's being shown on February 13. I think the 31 days of Oscar concept has passed its sell by date.

 

I would say that as with "The Essentials" it may be a case of just trumpeting the same titles over and over and that some consideration should be given to other formats. "But this is the way we always do it" isn't always the best way to run a business.

 

Even the guest programmer series - Ron Perlman has lined up SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, GUNGA DIN, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON and RED RIVER. What do they do with these guests, give them a list of the films that play the most often and ask them to pick from there?

 

On the other hand, I do like Osborne's "Bob's Picks" monthly feature as he tends to stick a premiere in there, and often enough some titles that get little play or are worthy of note even if not well-known. I really wish it would become a weekly showcase instead of all four picks on one night.

 

As I have done for the last few years, I'll use the time to go through my DVDs.

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There could be a more innovative approach, if TCM simply had to do something in connection with the Oscars. For example, King of the Zombies was nominated for best score in 1941. Looking deeper into Oscar history for some unusual titles nominated for less visible awards would be interesting.

 

Apart from the "In Memorium" segment, the Oscar show seems to have no respect for movie history. Even last year's tribute to Eli Wallach took place in a prior ceremony and with other honorees. You never see a wonderful older star as a presenter anymore, because the Oscar people seem afraid that teenagers won't know who they are. Well there are alot of us baby boomers around who don't know who many of the presenters are! Hollywood is ignoring a big market. Plenty of classic film actors still around who would be great as award presenters -- Nanette Fabray, for example.

 

 

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Please keep in mind that the February schedule is not final and there could be signficant changes from what TopBilled has shared.

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You never see a wonderful older star as a presenter anymore, because the Oscar people seem afraid that teenagers won't know who they are.

 

When I was in my teens and twenties, for me the great attraction was seeing the likes of John Wayne, James Stewart, Cary Grant making an appearance. Sure, seeing Raquel Welch in some revealing outfit was enjoyable, but back then there was a mix of old and new.

 

I've only missed one airing since Sidney Poitier took home the gold and that was the 1969 show as I was working at night and going to school. But after the last debacle, with that annoying Anne Hathaway going "woo woo" as a cheer every few minutes, I may just give up entirely on the show.

 

 

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> {quote:title=clore wrote:}{quote}

> Sure, seeing Raquel Welch in some revealing outfit (on the Oscars telecast) was enjoyable, but back then there was a mix of old and new.

Y'know, I've never though much about Raquel Welch one way or another (I was born in '78) but sometime this Spring I went to youtube and watched a lot of classic scenes from classic Oscar Shows. The year that Liza Minelli won Best Actress for Cabaret, the award was presented by (oddly) Raquel Welch and some male star- exactly who I have forgotten (they used to, I think throw a bunch of names in a hat to determine the presenters, because I think Roger Moore helped present Best Actor that year, again I know not why.)

 

Anyhoo, the Best Actress award was given almost immediately after the Best Actor award, which was won that year by Marlon Brando, who we all know sent Miss American Vampire Sacheen Littlefeather to reject the statuette- ostensibly in defense of the unfair portrayals of Native Americans in films- in one of the more idiotic moments in Hollywood history.

 

As her companion starts to open the envelope, Raquel doesn't miss a beat and cracks "hope they haven't got a cause." Terribly innapropriate but absolutely true and rather hilarious (you can see the nominees reaction as she says this and you can tell they're all thinking: b*tch don't step on my moment.")

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These were the days (and prior to this) that the Academy Awards were entertaining and enjoyable to watch. I quit watchng several years ago.

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I remember in 1985 that James Stewart received some honorary award and Cary Grant was the one to present it to him. This is where I first learned of the anecdote that Stewart ad-libbed a hiccup in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY as it was Grant who revealed it.

 

That was such a combo of true legends, and I was wishing that both would just stand there and tell stories for the rest of the night. Grant was already retired from show biz for nearly two decades, but who better to represent the golden age could they have found that night?

 

 

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Thanks for giving me hope! It would be great if there are significant changes to the February schedule that TopBilled posted!

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Great story clore. I never knew about the ad libbed hiccup in The Philadephia Story.

I don't think anyone could have represented the golden age better than Cary Grant.

I remember one or two Awards show with James Stewart, but I must have missed this one.

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I'm glad that you enjoyed it. The scene is the one where a drunken Stewart comes to visit Grant and he's talking about how booze is "a great leveler."

 

Boy, it sounds as if this year's Awards show is falling apart. The producer quit the other day and now planned host Eddie Murphy has backed out.

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