Welcome to 2011! This is a little bit of a slow month for me, but there’s still plenty of great stuff to be seen. Every Tuesday night and Wednesday daytime is a salute to Hal Roach studios so that means tons of Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy shorts, plus lots of other various short films and some features, too. Peter Sellers is the star of the month, so lots of fun movies come along with that. Even though there are always quite a few birthday tributes on TCM every month, but they’re not usually as notable as Luise Rainer’s. She’ll be turning 101 on January 12 so there’s a whole night of her movies to look forward to. Now, onto my picks for the month:
January 1: Kick off 2011 with an afternoon full of installments in the March of Time series, starting at 2:00 PM through 8:00 PM. Starting at 8:00 PM is My Darling Clementine, The Pride of the Yankees at 10:00 PM, and Sergeant York at 2:00 AM.
January 2: There are a few on today that I’m quite interested in seeing. Blue Skies with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire at 8:15 AM, Boys’ Night Out at 12:00 PM, and No Highway in the Sky with Jimmy Stewart and Marlene Dietrich at 8:00 PM. Definitely excited for No Highway since I liked Destry Rides Again so much. At 2:00 PM is Singin’ in the Rain, always a great one. Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night selection is Ozu’s Tokyo Chorus at 12:00 AM.
January 3: Josef von Sternberg is the man of the night. Up at 8:00 PM is Shanghai Express, followed by Morocco at 9:30 PM, Crime and Punishment at 11:15 PM, The Shanghai Gesture at 1:00 AM, Macao at 2:45 AM, and The King Steps Out at 4:15 AM.
January 4: Starting at 8:00 PM is a 24-hour marathon of Hal Roach Our Gang shorts! I’m not about to type out all 53 titles they’re playing, so check the TCM website for the details.
January 5: An Affair to Remember is on at 10:30 PM, always a good one, followed by Kiss Me, Stupid at 12:45 AM. Haven’t seen Kiss Me, Stupid yet, but I do love Billy Wilder and I’m on a bit of a Kim Novak kick lately.
January 6: Happy birthday, Loretta Young! Her birthday tribute includes: The Unguarded Hour at 7:00 AM, The Doctor Takes a Wife at 8:30 AM, The Men in her Life at 10:00 AM, A Night to Remember at 11:30 AM, Along Came Jones at 1:15 AM, The Bishop’s Wife at 3:00 PM, Cause for Alarm at 5:00 PM, Paula at 6:30 PM. Prime time marks the first night of Peter Sellers movies. Up first is I’m All Right Jack at 8:00 PM, Heavens Above! at 10:00 PM, Two-Way Stretch at 12:15 AM, The Ladykillers at 2:00 AM, Your Past is Showing at 3:45 AM, and The Wrong Box at 5:30 AM.
January 7: An evening of Jeanne Crain movies begins at 8:00 PM with The Fastest Gun Alive, State Fair at 10:00 PM, and Pink y at 12:00 AM.
January 8: Lots of great things on throughout today! Up first is Joan Crawford in Humoresque at 6:00 AM, Another Thin Man at noon, Road to Morocco at 8:00 PM, and The Prince and the Showgirl at 9:30 PM. Been meaning to see The Prince and the Showgirl for a while now!
January 9: The Producers at 12:15 PM and The Third Man at 4:14 PM. Then comes a prime-time line-up devoted to Lili Damita with This is the Night at 8:00 PM, The Match King at 9:30 PM, and Friends and Lovers at 11:00 PM. Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night is another Ozu selection, Umarete Wa Mita Keredo at 12:15 AM.
January 11: It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Hal Roach marathon! Tonight, a 20.5 hour marathon of Laurel & Hardy shorts starts at 8:00 PM and runs until 4:30 PM on the 12th. Again, I’m not going to type up all the specific titles, so you’ll have to refer to the TCM website for those.
January 12: Happy 101st birthday to Luise Rainer! It’s not often TCM gets to celebrate a living star’s 101st birthday, and they’re sure doing it right by debuting an interview with Luise from the 2009 TCM Film Festival at 8:00 PM. The Good Earth follows it at 8:30, then The Great Ziegfeld at 11:30 PM, The Great Waltz at 2:45 AM, and Dramatic School at 4:30 AM, with an encore of the interview at 11:00 PM.
January 13: Happy birthday to Kay Francis! Guilty Hands at 6:00 AM, Jewel Robbery at 7:15 AM, One Way Passage at 8:30 AM, British Agent at 9:45 AM, The Goose and the Gander at 11:15 AM, First Lady at 12:30 PM, Stolen Holiday at 2:00 PM, Women in the Wind at 3:30 PM, It’s a Date at 4:45 PM, Play Girl at 6:30 PM. It’s another night of Peter Sellers movies with Only Two Can Play at 8:00 PM, The Millionairess at 10:00 PM, I Love You Alice B. Toklas at 11:45 PM, What’s New, Pussycat? at 1:30 AM, After the Fox at 3:30 AM, and The Bobo at 5:15 AM
January 16: Some fun selections on today, with I’m No Angel at 10:30 AM, It Should Happen to You at 12:00 PM, and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House at 4:15 PM. It’s another Ozu Silent Sunday Night with Dekigokoro at 12:00 AM.
January 17: Spend the night back in the days of Camelot with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court at 8:00 PM, Camelot at 10:00 PM, Prince Valiant at 1:15 AM, Knights of the Round Table at 3:00 AM, and Siege of the Saxons at 5:00 AM.
January 18: Happy birthday to the one and only Cary Grant! Sylvia Scarlett at 6:30 AM, The Toast of New York at 8:15 AM, Bringing Up Baby at 10:15 AM, Gunga Din at 12:00 PM, Only Angels Have Wings at 2:00 PM, Night and Day at 4:15 PM, Cary Grant: A Class Apart documentary at 6:30 PM. At 8:00 PM starts another Hal Roach marathon. This time, there are several small marathons going on. First up is the Screen Directors Playhouse at 8:00 PM, followed by Harry Langdon shorts at 1:00 AM, more Our Gang shorts at 4:00 AM, and Charley Chase shorts at 5:00 AM. Again, consult the TCM website for specific titles. There are tons of TCM premieres on in here.
January 19: The Hal Roach celebration continues with some Taxi Boys shorts at 11:00 AM, The Boy Friends shorts at 2:00 PM, Todd-Pitts shorts at 4:30 PM, Todd-Kelly shorts at 6:00 PM, and Kelly-Roberti shorts at 7:00 PM. Guest programmer Ben McKenzie picks the prime time line-up with Badlands at 8:00 PM, This Sporting Life at 10:00 PM, Duck Soup at 12:30 AM, and The Bridge on the River Kwai at 2:00 AM.
January 20: Happy birthday to Patricia Neal! The Fountainhead at 7:00 AM, It’s a Great Feeling at 9:00 AM, John Loves Mary at 10:30 AM, Washington Story at 12:15 PM, Psyche 59 at 1:45 PM, The Subject Was Roses at 3:30 PM, The Road Builder at 5:30 AM, and the Private Screening Patricia Neal interview at 7:15 PM. It’s Peter Sellers night again, starting with The Pink Panther at 8:00 PM, A Shot in the Dark at 10:00 PM, Murder By Death at 12:00 AM, Casino Royale at 1:45 AM, and The Pink Panther Strikes Again at 4:00 AM.
January 21: Lots of great 1930s gangster classics on tonight! City Streets at 8:00 PM, Scarface at 9:30 PM, Little Caesar at 11:15 PM, and The Mayor of Hell at 12:45 AM.
January 23: Lots of great stuff today! I Married a Witch at 10:00 AM, Since You Went Away at 11:30 AM, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at 4:30 PM, Baby Face at 3:45 AM, and the documentary Complicated Women at 5:15 AM. Tonight’s (non Ozu) Silent Sunday Night selection is Tide of Empire.
January 25: Tonight we move into Hal Roach’s feature-length films. Some of my picks include: Sons of the Desert at 8:00 PM, General Spanky at 9:15 AM, Topper at 10:30 PM, and Way Out West at 4:30 AM. Looking forward to seeing There Goes My Heart at 12:15 AM.
January 26: Robert Osborne picks tonight’s prime time schedule: Lucky Jordan at 8:00 PM, The Snows of Kilimanjaro at 9:30 PM, Phantom Lady at 11:30 PM, and Love Me Tonight at 1:00 AM. At 3:00 AM is Love in the Afternoon, followed by the documentary Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend at 5:15 AM.
January 27: It’s Peter Sellers night again! Up at 8:00 PM is Man in a Cocked Hat, followed by Being There at 9:45 PM, Dr. Strangelove at 12:00 AM, Lolita at 1:45 AM, and Tom Thumb at 4:30 AM.
January 28: Happy birthday to the wonderful Ernst Lubitsch! The Shop Around the Corner up at 10:30 AM, To Be or Not to Be at 12:30 PM, Ninotchka at 2:30 PM, The Merry Widow at 4:30 PM, and Trouble in Paradise at 6:30 PM.
January 29: TCM spends the evening congratulating Ernest Borgnine on winning The Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement award with Bad Day at Black Rock at 8:00 PM, The Dirty Dozen at 9:30 PM, his Private Screenings interview at 12:15 AM, Marty at 1:15 AM, and The Wild Bunch at 3:00 AM.
January 30: I really like this day! Dangerous When Wet at 8:00 AM, A Foreign Affair at 10:00 AM, The Lost Weekend at 12:00 PM. Never seen Doctor Zhivago or Lust for Life (2:00 PM and 5:30 PM respectively), so maybe I’ll finally watch at least one of those today. Then at 12:00 AM is Louise Brooks in Pandora’s Box, one of my personal favorites.
January 31: Happy birthday to Jean Simmons! Hungry Hill at 6:45 AM, Adam and Evelyne at 8:30 AM, Trio at 10:15 AM, So Long at the Fair at 12:00 PM, She Couldn’t Say No at 1:30 PM, A Bullet is Waiting at 3:00 PM, Footsteps in the Fog at 4:30 PM, and Life at the Top at 6:00 PM. Tonight’s prime time schedule features the winners of the 2010 Motion Picture Academy’s Governor’s Award. Up at 8:00 is French New Wave classic Breathless, followed by Baby Doll at 10:00 PM, The Rain People at 12:00 AM, and the documentary The Tramp and the Dictator, which compares the lives of Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler, at 2:00 AM. And what better way to follow up The Tramp and the Dictator than with The Great Dictator at 3:00 AM.