Ah, March. March always feels like a bit of a slow month just because it’s hard to keep up the kind of momentum that 31 Days of Oscar has. But it’s always been a little bit of a welcome lull to me since 31 Days of Oscar can be such a marathon. But there are still definitely some big highlights to look forward to this month. Namely, I’m most looking forward to Jean Harlow as Star of the Month. If you’ve been wanting to see more of her movies, now is the perfect time because TCM will be playing nearly all of her most important movies. Also worth noting is that instead of having just one guest programmer this month, there will be many. On Mondays and Thursdays this month, prime time will consist of movies chosen by TCM employees and they have made a lot of very excellent choices. Now, with no further ado, let’s get onto my highlights for the month!
March 1: 31 Days of Oscar is still underway and today kicks off with Johnny Eager at 6:15 AM, followed by Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at 8:15 AM. After that, you can watch the two best versions of A Star is Born, the Janet Gaynor version at 10:30 AM and the Judy Garland version at 12:30 PM. I’m a big fan of tonight’s line-up, starting with All About Eve at 10:00 PM, Cabaret at 12:30 AM, Somebody Up There Likes Me at 2:45 AM, and Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow at 4:45 AM.
March 2: The day starts off strong with Yankee Doodle Dandy at 6:45 AM, Jezebel at 9:00 AM, and All This and Heaven Too at 11:00 AM.
March 3: 31 Days of Oscar comes to an end with a pretty solid day of movies. First up is North by Northwest at 12:30 PM. Later is Shall We Dance at 6:00 PM, Grand Hotel at 8:00 PM, the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty at 10:00 PM, The Broadway Melody at 12:30 AM, and The Star at 2:15 AM.
March 5: Tonight is a night of movies about life behind bars, Cool Hand Luke at 8:00 PM, The Defiant Ones at 10:15 PM, and I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang at 12:00 AM.
March 6: In the afternoon, there’s Here Comes Mr. Jordan at 12:00 PM. Later that night is the 1920 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at 12:00 AM, followed by Fellini’s Ginger and Fred at 2:00 AM. I’m pretty interested in seeing Ginger and Fred.
March 7: Tonight is the first night of programming chosen by the TCM staff, and they’ve picked some great stuff. First up is Safe in Hell at 8:00 (you may remember my review of that from 30 Days of Pre-Codes), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane at 9:30 PM, The Uninvited at 12:00 AM, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at 1:45 AM.
March 8: Here we’ve got the first night of movies celebrating star of the month Jean Harlow! It kicks off with one of her best, Red Headed Woman, at 8:00 PM, followed by Riffraff at 9:30 PM, Suzy at 12:30 AM, and a chance to try to spot Jean as an uncredited extra in Charlie Chaplin’s silent masterpiece City Lights at 2:15 AM.
March 9: Summertime at 6:15 PM and I’m interested in seeing Dancing Co-Ed at 3:00 AM.
March 10: It’s another night of picks from the TCM staff. First up is The Searchers at 8:00 PM, then there’s A Taste of Honey at 10:15 PM, Cabin in the Sky at 12:00 AM, and Lana Turner’s version of Imitation of Life at 2:00 AM.
March 11: The day starts off with a couple of early Barbara Stanwyck movies, Ten Cents a Dance at 6:15 AM and Shopworn at 7:45 AM. Later that night is a true essential, All Quiet on the Western Front, at 8:00 PM.
March 12: In the afternoon, there’s Humphrey Bogart in The Harder They Fall at 1:30 PM. Then at 8:00 PM is Love Me Tonight with Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier. If you’re up at 3:45 AM, there’s Greta Garbo in Queen Christina.
March 13: Love this day! First up is Going Hollywood at 6:00 AM, one I’ve been wanting to see. Then there’s Shanghai Express at 9:30 AM, After the Thin Man at 11:00 AM, To Be or Not to Be at 1:00 PM, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre at 2:45 PM, and My Fair Lady at 5:00 PM. Prime time is all about Joan of Arc, but my pick for the night is the silent The Passion of Joan of Arc at 12:30 AM.
March 14: It’s another great night of movies chosen by TCM’s staff! First there’s The Inn of the Sixth Happiness at 8:00 PM, The Man from Laramie at 10:45 PM, Strangers on a Train at 12:45 AM, and The Graduate at 2:45 AM.
March 15: It’s George Brent’s birthday and TCM is celebrating with a lot of his movies from the 1930s: The Rich are Always With Us at 6:45 AM, So Big at 8:00 AM, They Call it Sin at 9:30 AM, Weekend Marriage at 10:45 AM, From Headquarters at 12:00 PM, The Painted Veil at 1:15 PM, Stamboul Quest at 2:45 PM, The Right to Live at 4:15 PM, and South of Suez at 6:00 PM. Then it’s Jean Harlow’s turn to shine again with The Public Enemy at 8:00 PM, Bombshell at 9:30 PM, Libeled Lady at 11:15 PM, Reckless at 1:00 AM, and Personal Property at 2:45 AM.
March 16: All day long, TCM is featuring highlights from the Museum of Modern Art Film Archive. There’s Bringing Up Baby at 6:00 AM, Arsenic and Old Lace at 8:00 AM, Born Yesterday at 10:00 AM, and Sunnyside Up at 12:00 PM. Later at 5:00 PM is On the Waterfront, Bonjour Tristesse at 9:30 PM, and Sunrise at 2:00 AM.
March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Lots of Irish themed movies on during the day including My Wild Irish Rose at 6:00 AM, The Irish in Us at 8:00 AM, Finian’s Rainbow at 9:30 AM, Irene at 12:00 PM, Three Cheers for the Irish at 2:00 PM, Young Cassidy at 4:00 PM, and The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady at 6:00 PM. After that, it’s another prime-time line-up chosen by TCM employees. The night starts off with the pre-code classic Female at 8:00 PM, then Rififi at 9:15 PM, Trouble Along the Way at 11:15 PM, and Seconds at 1:15 PM.
March 18: Prime time is all about French actress Jeanne Moreau. First is Monte Walsh at 8:00 PM, then Jeanne stars with Brigitte Bardot in Viva Maria! at 10:00 PM, and finally the classic Jules and Jim at 12:15 AM.
March 19: Maureen O’Sullivan is the star of the night! The night starts off with Hannah and her Sisters at 8:00 PM, then there’s Tarzan the Ape Man at 10:00 PM, The Devil Doll at 12:00 AM, The Tall T at 1:30 AM, The Voice of Bugle Ann at 3:00 AM, and Never Too Late at 4:15 AM.
March 20: In case you missed Bombshell, it’s on again today at 6:15 AM. If you’ll be up late, you can catch some late-night Jean-Luc Godard with Band of Outsiders at 2:00 AM and Breathless at 4:00 AM.
March 21: More selections from TCM employees tonight: Kings Row at 8:00 PM, Caught at 10:15 PM, A Summer Place at 10:15 PM, and The Seven Samurai at 2:30 AM.
March 22: At 10:00 AM is Gypsy. Later are a couple of Elia Kazan’s finest, A Streetcar Named Desire at 3:45 PM and Baby Doll at 6:00 PM. Tonight is another great night of Jean Harlow classics: Wife Vs. Secretary at 8:00 PM, Red Dust at 9:45 PM, Hold Your Man at 11:15 PM, China Seas at 1:00 AM, The Secret Six at 2:30 AM, and Jean’s final film Saratoga at 4:00 AM.
March 23: Tonight I finally get to see Guys and Dolls at 8:00 PM. Been wanting to see that one for a while!
March 24: A couple of great, but very different movies on in the afternoon: Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle at 4:00 PM and Joan Crawford and Clark Gable in Strange Cargo at 6:00 PM. Then it’s another night of TCM staff picks and there’s not a bad one in the bunch! On the Waterfront is up at 8:00 PM, then Ninotchka at 10:00 PM, Vivien Leigh’s Waterloo Bridge at 12:00 AM, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at 2:00 AM.
March 25: One of my personal favorites, The More The Merrier, is on at 8:00 PM.
March 26: Tonight Joan Crawford gets a bit of a birthday celebration a few days late. Prime time is all about Joan’s post-MGM career. Mildred Pierce starts off at 8:00 PM, followed by the TCM premieres of Daisy Kenyon at 10:00 PM and This Woman is Dangerous at 12:00 AM. Then there’s Goodbye, My Fancy at 2:00 AM and The Damned Don’t Cry at 4:00 AM.
March 27: Looking forward to seeing Noah’s Ark at 12:15 AM. At last, I will finally be able to say I have seen all the movies featured in the Silent Sunday Nights promo!
March 28: More picks from the TCM staff! Annie Hall is on at 8:00 PM, In Which We Serve at 9:45 PM, Elevator to the Gallows at 11:45 PM, and Jason and the Argonauts at 1:30 AM.
March 29: Like William Castle’s Crime Doctor movies? You’re in luck! Crime Doctor is on at 10:30 AM, followed by The Crime Doctor’s Strangest Case at 11:45 AM, The Crime Doctor’s Courage at 1:00 PM, The Crime Doctor’s Warning at 2:15 PM, Crime Doctor’s Manhunt at 3:30 PM, The Crime Doctor’s Gamble at 4:45 PM, The Crime Doctor’s Diary at 6:00 PM. Tonight is the final night of Jean Harlow movies: Dinner at Eight at 8:00 PM (appropriately), The Girl from Missouri at 10:00 PM, Platinum Blonde at 11:30 PM, and The Beast of the City at 1:15 AM.
March 30: Robert Osbourne picks tonight’s prime-time line up: Ministry of Fear at 8:00 PM, The Fallen Idol at 9:30 PM, I’m No Angel at 11:15 PM, and Trouble in Paradise at 1:00 AM. I’m quite interested in seeing The Fallen Idol and Trouble in Paradise. The night continues with a couple more Ernst Lubitsch movies, The Love Parade at 2:30 AM and To Be or Not to Be at 4:30 AM.
March 31: Another day I’m looking forward to! The day starts out with Only Angels Have Wings at 6:15 AM and Love Me Tonight at 8:30 AM. The month ends with one more night of selections by TCM employees. Up at 8:00 PM is All About Eve, followed by The Last of Sheila at 10:30 PM, Splendor in the Grass at 12:45 AM, and The Story of G.I. Joe at 3:00 AM.