What’s on TCM: April 2012

Happy April, everybody!  TCM has a pretty fun schedule this month, but it’s organized a little differently than usual.  Usually things like the Star of the Month nights get one night each week.  But this month, those nights are all in one week from Monday to Friday.  Doris Day is the April Star of the Month so her movies will be on every night from April 2-6.  TCM will also be doing a spring break week this month from April 16-20, so every night will be fun, beachy movies like Gidget and Frankie and Annette Beach Party movies.  Now, onto the schedule:

April 1:  The month gets off to a rousing start with Xanadu at 8:00 PM, Happy Gilmore at 10:00 PM, and The Room at midnight.  Just kidding!  April fools!  The real schedule is pretty fantastic and 100% Adam Sandler and Tommy Wiseau free.  There’s Hips, Hips, Hooray at 6:00 AM; The Bank Dick at 8:30 AM; The Awful Truth at 9:45 AM; At the Circus at 11:30 AM; The Great Race at 1:00 PM; Some Like it Hot at 3:45 PM; The Long, Long Trailer at 6:00 PM; Call Northside 777 at 8:00 PM; Butterfield 8 at 10:00 PM; and finally a Garbo silent double feature, The Kiss at 12:00 AM and The Single Standard at 1:15 AM.

April 2:  You can start your day off on a very upbeat note with Born to Dance at 6:45 AM. Later it’s the first night of Doris Day movies with The Lullaby of Broadway at 8:00 PM, By the Light of the Silvery Moon at 9:45 PM, My Dream is Yours at 11:30 PM, On Moonlight Bay at 1:15 AM, Romance on the High Seas at 3:00 AM, and Tea for Two at 4:45 AM.

April 3:  A couple more Doris Day movies start the day, It’s a Great Feeling at 6:30 AM and Starlift at 8:00 AM. Then there’s a birthday tribute to Marlon Brando with The Fugitive Kind at 9:45 AM, Sayonara at 12:00 PM, Julius Caesar at 2:30 PM, Mutiny on the Bounty at 4:45 PM.  After that, it’s back to Doris Day with Lover Come Back at 8:00 PM, That Touch of Mink at 10:00 PM, Move Over Darling at 12:00 AM, Do Not Disturb at 2:00 AM, and The Tunnel of Love at 4:00 AM.

April 4:  Another two from Doris Day, Lucky Me at 6:00 AM and Billy Rose’s Jumbo at 8:00 AM, before a birthday tribute to Anthony Perkins.  The Actress at 10:45 AM, Friendly Persuasion at 12:30 PM, Green Mansions at 3:00 PM, Tall Story at 4:45 PM, and Pretty Poison at 6:30 PM.  After that, it’s time for more Doris with Midnight Lace at 8:00 PM, Storm Warning at 10:00 PM, The Winning Team at 11:45 PM, Julie at 1:30 AM, West Point Story at 3:30 AM.

April 5:  Happy birthday to Gregory Peck!  See him in Days of Glory at 6:00 AM, Valley of Decision at 7:30 AM, The Yearling at 9:45 AM, The Great Sinner at 12:00 PM, Captain Horatio Hornblower at 2:00 PM, Man with a Million at 4:15 PM, and The Purple Plain at 5:45 PM.  Then it’s onto another night of Doris with Please Don’t Eat the Daisies at 8:00 PM, The Thrill of it All at 10:00 PM, The Glass Bottom Boat at 12:00 AM, It Happened to Jane at 2:00 AM, and April in Paris at 4:00 AM.

April 6:  Today has an interesting assortment of stars: Kay Francis, Edward G. Robinson, and more Doris Day.  Kay starts the day off with A Notorious Affair at 6:00 AM, Guilty Hands at 7:15 AM, Transgression at 8:30 AM, and Jewel Robbery at 9:45 AM.  Then it’s on to Edward G. Robinson with I Loved a Woman at 11:00 AM, The Man with Two Faces at 12:45 PM, The Whole Town’s Talking at 2:00 PM, The Last Gangster at 3:45 PM, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse at 5:15 PM, and Big Leaguer at 6:45.  Tonight is the last night of Doris Day movies starting with Love Me or Leave Me at 8:00 PM, Young Man With a Horn at 10:15 PM, and I’ll See You in my Dreams at 12:15 AM.

April 7:  Tonight features a line-up of Rita Hayworth movies: Gilda at 8:00 PM, The Lady from Shanghai at 10:00 PM, Fire Down Below at 11:45 PM, The Happy Thieves at 2:00 AM, The Lady in Question at 3:45 AM, and Affair in Trinidad at 5:15 AM.

April 8:  Happy Easter!  Today features lots of spiritual/Easter related movies including The Song of Bernadette at 11:15 AM, Easter Parade at 7:00 PM, and the 1961 King of Kings at 9:00 PM.  Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night feature is Leaves from Satan’s Book at midnight.

April 9:  Robert Osborne picks tonight’s movies, Charley’s Aunt at 8:00 PM, Son of Frankenstein at 9:30 PM, Together Again at 11:15 PM, and Theodora Goes Wild at 1:00 AM.

April 10:  This month’s guest programmer Anthony Bourdain will be introducing The Searchers at 8:00 PM, Eyes Without a Face at 10:15 PM, Get Carter at midnight and Withnail and I at 2:00 AM.

April 11:  Peter O’Toole is the man of the night.  At 8:00 PM is an interview with Peter from the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival, followed by The Lion in Winter at 9:00 PM, Lawrence of Arabia at 12:30 AM, and The Day they Robbed the Bank of England at 4:30 AM.

April 12:  There are some fun things on today, Room Service at 7:45 AM, The Seven Year Itch at 12:45 PM, Adam’s Rib at 2:45 PM, Pat and Mike at 4:45 PM, and Father’s Little Dividend at 6:30 PM.  Then comes a night of Liza Minnelli starting with Arthur at 8:00 PM; her Private Screenings interview at 10:00 PM; New York, New York at 11:00 PM; The Sterile Cuckoo at 2:00 AM; and her brief appearance in In the Good Old Summertime at 4:00 AM.

April 13:  This Friday the 13th certainly isn’t unlucky on TCM.  There’s On the Town at 6:00 AM, Royal Wedding at 7:45 AM, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at 2:15 PM, It’s Always Fair Weather at 4:00 PM, Casablanca at 8:00 PM, and Cape Fear at midnight.

April 14:  If the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic has got you wanting to see Titanic related movies that don’t star Leonardo DiCaprio, you can see The Unsinkable Molly Brown at 5:45 PM and A Night to Remember at 10:00 PM.

April 15:  Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter at 10:30 AM, The Paleface at 12:15 PM, Love is a Many Splendored Thing at 6:00 PM, A Star is Born (1937 version) at 8:00 PM, What Price Hollywood at 10:00 PM.  Then there are some late-night Harold Lloyd shorts, Ask Father at midnight, Among Those Present at 12:20 AM, Haunted Spooks at 1:00 AM, and Get Out and Get Under at 1:30 AM.  If you’re up late, there will be a Sophia Loren double feature of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow at 2:00 AM and The Millionairess at 4:15 AM.

April 16:  Happy birthday, Charlie Chaplin!  See him in Pay Day at 6:00 AM, The Kid at 6:30 AM, A Woman of Paris at 7:30 AM, and City Lights at 9:00 AM.  Then TCM goes on Spring Break at 8:00 PM with Where The Boys Are, Palm Spring Weekend at 10:00 PM, Girl Happy at midnight, Blue Hawaii at 2:00 AM, and Clambake at 4:00 AM.

April 17:  Tonight’s TCM Spring Break line-up features Gidget at 8:00 PM, Gidget Goes Hawaiian at 9:45 PM, Ride the Wild Surf at 11:30 PM, For Those Who Think Young at 1:15 AM, and It’s a Bikini World at 3:00 AM.  Not part of the spring break schedule is Hot Rods to Hell at 4:30 AM, which I haven’t seen but I’ve heard it’s hilariously bad.

April 18:  Spring Break, night 3:  The Girls on the Beach at 8:00 PM, Beach Ball at 9:30 PM, The Endless Summer at 11:00 PM, and Barefoot Adventure at 12:45 AM.

April 19:  No spring break schedule would be complete without some Frankie and Annette!  Beach Party at 8:00 PM, Muscle Beach Party at 10:00 PM, Bikini Beach at 11:45 AM, Beach Blanket Bingo at 1:30 AM, and Pajama Party at 3:15 AM.

April 20:  TCM Spring Breaks comes to an end with Ski Party at 8:00 PM, Winter-a-Go-Go at 10:00 PM, and Get Yourself a College Girl at 12:00 AM.

April 21:  The Petrified Forrest at 6:00 AM, Nothing Sacred at 7:30 and Cape Fear at 6:00 PM.

April 22:  Lots of good stuff on today: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town at 12:00 PM; Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows at 2:00 PM; In the Heat of the Night at 4:00 PM; Summertime at 6:00 PM, Another Man’s Poison at 8:00 PM; A Stolen Life at 9:45 PM; and the Lillian Gish version of La Boheme at midnight.

April 23:  Early this morning has some silent Laurel and Hardy shorts!  Do Detectives Think? at 6:00 AM, Putting Pants on Phillip at 6:30 AM, You’re Darn Tootin’! at 7:00 AM, Two Tars at 7:30 AM, Habeas Corpus at 8:00 AM, Big Business at 8:30 AM, Double Whoopee at 9:00 AM, and Angora Love at 9:30 AM.

April 24:  Happy birthday to Shirley MacLaine!  You can see her in Two for the Seesaw at 11:30 AM, Two Loves at 1:30 PM, Some Came Running at 3:15 PM, and The Apartment at 5:45 PM.  It’s also Barbra Streisand’s birthday and you can see her in The Way we Were at 8:00 PM, Funny Girl at 10:15 PM, The Prince of Tides at 1:00 AM, The Owl and the Pussycat at 3:30 AM, and Funny Lady at 5:15 AM.

April 27:  The Jazz Singer at 6:00 AM, In This Our Life at 9:30 AM, Detour at 11:15 AM, Song of the Thin Man at 1:45 PM, Out of the Past at 3:15 PM, Stage Door at 8:00 PM, and It All Came True at 9:45 PM.

April 28:  Tonight has a couple of movies you can’t go wrong with: The Third Man at 8:00 PM and Brief Encounter at 10:00 PM.

April 29:  Tonight has two movies starring Hope Lange, Peyton Place at 8:00 PM and Love is a Ball at 10:45 PM.  Then it’s onto some late night Douglas Fairbanks with A Modern Musketeer at 12:45 AM.

April 30:  Jean Negulesco directed all of tonight’s movies: Nobody Lives Forever at 8:00 PM, The Conspirators at 10:00 PM, Daddy Long Legs at 12:00 AM, Humoresque at 2:15 AM, and Mask of Dimitrios at 4:30 AM.

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2 responses to “What’s on TCM: April 2012

  1. Aw, I’d have loved to watch Xanadu on TCM. Probably shouldn’t say this in a public forum but that’s one of my favorite movies.

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