It’s already time for yet another round of TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar! I’ve reached a point where I’ve been watching 31 Days of Oscar for so long that I’m not seeing as much stuff that’s new to me, but as always, there are a lot of great movies I’m looking forward to revisiting. Those of you who tend to worry about TCM showing more modern movies during 31 Days of Oscar can rest assured that there are only three movies from the 90s this year and they are both on pretty late at night. This year, the theme for the month is “Around the World in 31 Days.” So each day, movies will be grouped together based on where they take place. With no further ado, let’s get on to my choices for the month.
February 1: 31 Days of Oscar starts off in Florida with Sweet Bird of Youth at 7:45 AM, Key Largo at 2:15 PM, and Some Like it Hot at 5:45 PM before moving over to Philadelphia with Rocky starting at 8:00 PM and The Philadelphia Story at 10:15 PM.
February 2: There are some good Mexican set movies tonight like Treasure of the Sierra Madre at 10:15 PM, The Wild Bunch at 12:30 AM, and Juarez at 5:00 AM.
February 3: TCM is still in Mexico in the morning with The Champ at 11:00 AM and The Invisible Woman at 12:30 PM. Movies set in India start at 8:00 PM with Gandhi. I’m looking forward to seeing The Rains Came at 2:30 AM.
February 4: This whole weekend will showcase movies set in England. Today starts with the Norma Shearer version of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney at 6:30 AM. Then there’s The Picture of Dorian Gray at 12:15 PM, Gaslight at 2:15 PM, The Gay Divorcee at 4:15 PM, My Fair Lady at 8:00 PM, and Mrs. Miniver at 12:45 AM.
February 5: The second day of movies set in England includes The Adventures of Robin Hood at 12:45 PM, The Entertainer at 8:00 PM, Darling at 1:00 AM, Blow Up at 3:15 AM, and The V.I.P.s at 5:15 AM.
February 6: Today starts off in Eastern Europe and includes To Be or Not to Be at 6:15 PM, then it moves over to The Netherlands with Foreign Correspondent at 8:00 PM, The Diary of Anne Frank at 10:15 PM, and Lust for Life at 3:30 AM.
February 7: It’s a night of movies set in Germany with Judgment at Nuremberg at 10:15 PM, Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet at 1:30 AM, Grand Hotel at 3:30 AM, and All Quiet on the Western Front at 5:30 AM.
February 8: Tonight’s movies are all set in the Midwest, starting with the TCM premiere of the 1939 version of State Fair at 8:00 PM, Bye Bye Birdie at 9:45 PM, The Music Man at 11:45 PM, and The Man With the Golden Arm at 4:15 AM.
February 9: The Midwestern theme continues throughout the morning with The Public Enemy at 10:45 AM, Some Came Running at 2:00 PM, and Meet Me in St. Louis at 4:30 PM. After that, the movies move down to Texas starting with Red River at 8:00 PM and Boom Town at 4:30 AM.
February 10: You can see Giant at 10:30 AM, The Ox-Bow Incident at 6:30 PM, Close Encounters of the Third Kind at 8:00 PM, Cat Ballou at 1:15 AM. After that, a weekend full of movies set in New York City starts with Portrait of Jennie at 3:00 AM.
February 11: Today and tomorrow might just be my two favorite days of the whole month. Today has 42nd Street at 8:00 AM, The Naked City at 9:45 AM, The Awful Truth at 11:30 AM, On the Waterfront at 1:15 PM, Going My Way at 3:15 PM, the TCM premiere of The Best of Everything at 5:30 PM, Wait Until Dark at 8:00 PM, and The Apartment at 10:00 PM.
February 12: This weekend in New York continues with On the Town at 6:45 AM, It’s Always Fair Weather at 8:30 AM, It Should Happen to You at 10:15 AM, Lover Come Back at 11:45 AM, the TCM premiere of Marilyn Monroe’s Let’s Make Love at 5:45 PM, Funny Girl at 8:00 PM, Marty at 12:30 AM, and Life With Father at 4:30 AM.
February 13: From New York to The Great Plains, today has Splendor in the Grass at 6:30 AM, Boys’ Town at 9:00 AM, and North by Northwest at 5:30 PM. Then it’s over to Italy with Fellini’s 8 1/2 at 5:00 AM.
February 14: Another excellent day! The Bicycle Thief at 7:30 AM; Two Women at 9:15 AM; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow at 11:00 AM; The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone at 1:00 PM; the 1936 version of Romeo and Juliet at 4:15 PM, A Farewell to Arms at 6:30 PM, Top Hat at 8:00 PM, Summertime at 10:00 PM, and Amacord at 4:45 AM.
February 15: Take a trip to Africa with Casablanca at 11:00 PM, Mogambo at 3:00 AM, and Trader Horn at 5:00 AM.
February 16: Russia is the country of the night starting with Fiddler on the Roof at 8:00 PM, Doctor Zhivago at 11:15 PM, and Comrade X at 2:45 AM.
February 17: Now we’re on to the American South with Baby Doll at 6:30 AM, All the King’s Men at 10:30 AM, The Defiant Ones at 2:30 PM, In the Heat of the Night at 6:00 PM, Gone With the Wind at 10:30 PM, Cool Hand Luke at 2:30 AM, and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang at 4:45 AM.
February 18: Today kicks off a weekend in France with Camille at 6:30 AM, Gigi at 8:30 AM, Mr. Hulot’s Holiday at 10:30 AM, Ninotchka at 12:00 PM, the 1948 version of The Three Musketeers at 2:00 PM, The Lion in Winter at 1:00 AM, and Victor/Victoria at 3:30 AM.
February 19: There’s Marie Antoinette at 7:45 AM, The Story of Louis Pasteur at 10:30 AM, The Life of Emile Zola at 12:00 PM, An American in Paris at 3:30 PM, Song of Bernadette at 8:00 PM, The Razor’s Edge at 11:00 PM, and Roberta at 1:30 AM.
February 20: If you like pre-codes or ancient Roman epics, you’ll like today. It starts in Ancient Rome with the Claudette Colbert Cleopatra at 9:00 AM, Spartacus at 10:45 AM, Ben-Hur at 2:15 PM, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at 6:15 PM. After that, we move over to Austria for The Smiling Lieutenant at 8:00 PM and The Third Man at 10:00 PM.
February 21: Today starts off in The Caribbean with Affair in Trinidad at 10:30 AM, The Pirate at 12:15 PM, and Arrowsmith (which I’m interested in seeing) at 6:00 PM. After that, it’s on to South America with Flying Down to Rio at 9:45 PM, Down Argentine Way at 11:30 PM, and Only Angels Have Wings at 3:30 AM.
February 22: Today we get a whole day of movies set in Washington D.C., including The More the Merrier at 6:15 AM, Born Yesterday at 10:15 AM, Dr. Strangelove at 12:00 PM, Watch on the Rhine at 6:00 PM, Strangers on a Train at 8:00 PM, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at 10:00 PM, and All the President’s Men at 12:15 AM.
February 23: With today’s movies set in the South Seas, you can see both the 1935 and 1962 versions of Mutiny on the Bounty at 10:30 AM and 12:45 PM respectively. Then there’s Mister Roberts at 5:45 PM before moving on to Southeast Asia with Bridge on the River Kwai at 8:00 PM and The Letter at 11:00 PM.
February 24: If you’re interested in seeing early Academy Award nominees, you’ll want to watch In Old Arizona at 1:30 PM. After that, it’s on to New Mexico for The Harvey Girls at 8:00 PM, Ace in the Hole at 10:00 PM, and Them! at 2:30 AM.
February 25: Today starts a weekend in California with Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at 8:30 AM, After the Thin Man at 10:30 AM, The Maltese Falcon at 12:30 PM, East of Eden at 6:00 PM, The Grapes of Wrath at 8:00 PM, and the TCM premiere of Harry and Tonto at 1:00 AM.
February 26: Another excellent day with What Price Hollywood? at 9:00 AM, the Janet Gaynor version of A Star is Born at 11:00 AM, Singin’ in the Rain at 1:00 PM, The Bad and the Beautiful at 3:00 PM, the Judy Garland version of A Star is Born at 5:00 PM, The Star at 8:00 PM, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? at 9:45 PM, The Graduate at 2:15 AM, and L.A. Confidential at 4:15 AM.
February 27: Today is dedicated to movies set in New England, starting with The Children’s Hour at 7:00 AM, Stella Dallas at 9:00 AM, Now, Voyager at 11:00 AM, I Married a Witch at 8:00 PM, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at 11:30 PM.
February 28: A series of movies set on the French Riviera includes The Red Shoes at 11:00 AM and To Catch a Thief at 6:00 PM. Later that night, it’s on to the Middle East with Lawrence of Arabia at 10:15 PM.
February 29: Fans of silent films to know the only silent movie shown this month, Two Arabian Nights, will be on at 8:00 AM. Tonight’s movies are all set in China with Love is a Many-Splendored Thing at 10:00 PM and The Good Earth at 7:30 AM on the morning of March 1st.