April is looking like it’s going to be a pretty busy month on TCM, especially if you’re interested in the Civil War. TCM will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by playing movies about the Civil War every Monday and Wednesday this month. There will also be lots of Ray Milland to look forward to since he will be the star of the month. The Lost Weekend, The Major and the Minor, Dial ‘M’ For Murder, all his best movies are in there. There’s even a night full of real rarities that I’m very much looking forward to.
April 1: Happy birthday to Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds! Jane Powell rules the day’s schedule starting with Small Town Girl at 6:00 AM, followed by Three Daring Daughters at 8:00 AM, Nancy Goes to Rio at 10:00 AM, Two Weeks With Love at 12:00 PM, Rich, Young and Pretty at 2:00 PM, Hit the Deck at 4:00 PM, and Three Sailors and a Girl at 6:00 PM. Debbie takes over at 8:00 PM with Tammy and the Bachelor, then Mary, Mary at 10:00 PM, and The Mating Game at 12:15 AM. Then at 2:00 AM is Secret Ceremony, a rather odd Elizabeth Taylor movie that I’m rather intrigued about.
April 2: At 9:00 AM is the 1931 Boris Karloff version of Frankenstein and Tarzan the Ape Man is on at 12:00 PM.
April 3: I’m really looking forward to tonight’s prime time schedule. Starting at 8:00 PM is a two-hour compilation of surviving fragments from various silents and early talkies that are considered lost. Some of the fragments included in there are what’s left of Theda Bara’s Cleopatra and Emil Jannings in The Way of All Flesh, so this definitely sounds like it’s worth checking out. Then at 10:00 PM is Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941, showcasing some of the earliest experimental films.
April 4: If you like Greer Garson, Anthony Perkins, and are interested in the Civil War, this is your perfect day! The day starts off with a couple from Greer Garson, When Ladies Meet at 6:00 AM and Mrs. Miniver at 8:00 AM. Then it’s a birthday tribute to Anthony Perkins with The Actress at 10:30 AM, Green Mansions at 12:15 PM, Tall Story at 2:00 PM, Goodbye Again at 3:45 PM, and Five Miles to Midnight at 6:00 PM. Tonight is the first night of movies about the Civil War and it kicks off with the ultimate Civil War epic, Gone With the Wind, at 8:00 PM. GWTW is followed by Raintree County at 12:00 AM.
April 5: The first night of Ray Milland movies is a night of some of his comedies. First up at 8:00 PM is The Major and the Minor, followed by The Crystal Ball at 10:00 PM, A Woman of Distinction at 11:30 PM, The Doctor Takes a Wife at 1:00 AM, Irene at 2:45 AM, and The Bachelor Father at 4:30 AM.
April 6: There’s a handful of interesting movies on during the day, Dancing Lady at 7:30 AM, Dodsworth at 9:15 AM, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre at 5:45 PM. Then it’s another night of Civil War movies with Friendly Persuasion at 8:00 PM, Band of Angels at 10:30 PM, Of Human Hearts at 12:45 AM, and Little Women at 2:45 AM.
April 7: It’s time for this month’s guest programmer. The guest of honor is Chita Rivera, who has chosen The Uninvited at 8:0o PM, Frankenstein at 10:00 PM, The Jungle Book at 11:30 PM, and Wuthering Heights at 1:30 AM.
April 8: Happy birthday to Mary Pickford! The day starts off with two of her classic silents, The Poor Little Rich Girl at 6:00 AM and Sparrows at 7:15 AM. Her Oscar-winning talkie Coquette is on at 8:45 AM.
April 9: Fantastic day! You Can’t Take it With You at 6:00 AM, Kiss Me Deadly at 8:30 AM, Tarzan and His Mate at 12:00 PM, Gilda at 2:00 PM, From Here to Eternity at 4:00 PM. Then it’s a night of Elia Kazan movies, starting with Splendor in the Grass at 8:00 PM, The Sea of Grass at 10:15 PM, America, America at 12:30 AM, and A Face in the Crowd at 3:30 AM.
April 10: Today is a 24 hour salute to Elizabeth Taylor. Lassie Come Home at 6:00 AM, National Velvet at 7:30 AM, Conspirator at 10:00 AM, Father of the Bride at 11:30 AM, Father’s Little Dividend at 1:15 PM, Raintree County at 2:45 PM, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at 6:00 PM, Butterfield 8 at 8:00 PM, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at 10:00 PM, Giant at 12:30 AM, and Ivanhoe at 4:00 AM.
April 11: At 12:30 PM is Dead Ringer with Bette Davis and Peter Lawford. Even though this is usually considered one of Bette’s lesser movies, I really enjoyed it. Then prime time is dedicated to silent films about the Civil War. First up is The Birth of a Nation at 8:00 PM, then there’s The Coward at 11:30 PM, The General at 1:00 AM, Grandma’s Boy at 2:30 AM, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin at 3:30 AM.
April 12: It’s another night of Ray Milland movies! This time around, it’s a night of his crime dramas. Up at 8:00 PM is So Evil My Love, followed by Dial ‘M’ for Murder at 10:00 PM, The Safecracker at 12:00 AM, Ministry of Fear at 2:00 AM, Hostile Witness at 3:30 AM, and Payment Deferred at 5:15 AM.
April 13: Today is a day full of Shirley Temple movies: Little Miss Marker at 8:15 AM, The Poor Little Rich Girl at 9:45 AM, Heidi at 11:15 AM, The Little Princess at 12:45 PM, Kathleen at 2:30 PM, and Since You Went Away at 4:00 PM. Then it’s time for another night of Civil War movies with A Southern Yankee at 8:00 PM, The Littlest Rebel at 10:00 PM, Advance to the Rear at 11:30 PM, Golden Girl at 1:15 AM, General Spanky at 3:15 AM, and Kentucky Kernels at 4:30 AM.
April 16: Tarzan Escapes is on at 12:00 PM, then there’s Born Yesterday at 4:15 PM and Ball of Fire at 8:00 PM.
April 17: Love this day! The Great Dictator at 6:00 AM, Love Me Tonight at 8:15 AM, Kind Hearts and Coronets at 10:00 AM, Now Voyager at 12:00 PM, and Without Love at 2:00 PM.
April 18: It’s Civil War night again! The Outlaw Josey Wales kicks things off at 8:00 PM, followed by Major Dundee at 10:30 PM, The Horse Soldiers at 1:00 AM, Escape From Fort Bravo at 3:15 AM, and A Time For Killing at 5:00 AM.
April 19: Once again, the man of the night is Ray Milland. First up at 8:00 PM is Kitty (which I remember being pretty good), then Reap the Wild Wind at 10:00 PM, Beau Geste at 12:15 AM, Everything Happens at Night at 2:15 AM, The Uninvited at 3:45 AM, and Markheim at 5:30 AM.
April 20: Happy birthday to Harold Lloyd! His birthday salute includes: Safety Last! at 7:15 AM, Girl Shy at 8:30 AM, The Freshman at 10:00 AM, and Welcome Danger at 11:30 AM. Then it’s another night of Civil War movies, including Alvarez Kelly at 8:00 PM, Virginia City at 10:00 PM, The Siege at Red River at 12:15 AM, Great Day in the Morning at 1:45 AM, Hangman’s Knot at 3:30 AM, and Devil’s Doorway at 5:00 AM.
April 21: La Strada is on at 2:15 PM.
Prime time is dedicated to movies set in China with The Painted Veil at 8:00 PM, China Sky at 9:30 PM, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness at 11:00 PM, Shanghai Express at 2:00 AM, China Doll at 3:30 AM, and West of Shanghai at 5:15 AM. Schedule change: Tonight’s programming will be in memory of director Sidney Lumet. First at 8:00 PM is 12 Angry Men, followed by his Private Screenings interview at 10:00 PM. Then at 11:00 PM is The Hill, Network at 1:15 AM, and Dog Day Afternoon at 3:30 AM.
April 22: It’s a Doris Day day! Up first is Julie at 6:30 AM, then Love Me or Leave Me at 8:45 AM, My Dream is Yours at 11:00 AM, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies at 12:45 PM, Romance on the High Seas at 2:45 PM, Where Were You When the Lights Went Out at 4:30 PM, and With Six You Get Eggroll at 6:15 PM. Then at 8:00 PM is Daisy Kenyon, followed by Stella Dallas at 10:00 PM and Susan Slade at 12:00 AM.
April 23: Victor McLaglen is the man of the night. Up at 8:00 PM is Gunga Din, then Sea Fury at 10:15 PM, Sea Devils at 12:00 AM, The Lost Patrol at 1:45 AM, The Informer at 3:00 AM, and Call Out the Marines at 4:45 AM.
April 24: Happy Easter! What Easter would be complete without Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in Easter Parade at 9:00 AM? Lots of religion themed movies on today like Barabbas at 11:00 AM, King of Kings at 1:30 PM, The Greatest Story Ever Told at 4:30 PM, Jesus Christ Superstar at 8:00 PM, Godspell at 10:00 PM, and The Godless Girl at 12:00 AM.
April 25: There’s Morocco on at 7:45 AM, then there’s The Love Parade at 1:45 PM and Love Me Tonight at 3:45 PM. After that is another night of Civil War movies with Glory at 8:00 PM, Gettysburg at 10:15 PM, The Red Badge of Courage at 3:00 AM.
April 26: Want to see one of Humphrey Bogart’s worst movies? Then get up early (or set your timer) for Swing Your Lady at 6:00 AM. It’s Bogart in a musical comedy. I think that says it all. Then it’s time for another Ray Milland night starting with his definitive performance in The Lost Weekend at 8:00 PM, Close to my Heart at 10:00 PM, High Flight at 11:45 PM, Night into Morning at 1:15 AM, A Life of her Own at 2:45 AM, and The Man Who Played God at 4:45 AM.
April 27: One last night of Civil War movies! At 8:00 PM is Abraham Lincoln, Tennessee Johnson 9:45 PM, Drango at 11:45 PM, The Romance of Rosy Ridge at 1:30 AM, and Count Three and Pray at 3:30 AM.
April 28: Who doesn’t like a Gregory Peck day? Up first is The Yearling at 6:00 AM, Captain Horatio Hornblower at 8:30 AM, The Chairman at 10:30 AM, Night People at 12:30 PM, On the Beach at 2:30 PM, The Big Country at 5:00 PM, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro at 8:00 PM. The Snows of Kilimanjaro is a nice overlap into a night of movies scored by Bernard Hermann, which continues with The Wrong Man at 10:00 PM, North By Northwest at 12:00 AM, The Magnificent Ambersons at 2:30 AM, and On Dangerous Ground at 4:30 AM.
April 29: With a real royal wedding coming up, what better time for a night of movies about royal romances? There’s Royal Wedding at 8:00 PM, Roman Holiday at 10:00 PM, The Glass Slipper at 12:15 AM, The Swan at 2:00 AM, and The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg at 4:00 AM.
April 30: April draws to a close with a night of movies featuring music by George and Ira Gershwin, starting with An American in Paris at 8:00 PM, Girl Crazy at 10:00 PM, Rhapsody in Blue at 12:00 AM, Shall We Dance at 2:30 AM, and Give a Girl a Break at 4:30 AM.