Happy March! 31 Days of Oscar may be coming to an end, but there are still plenty of other great things to look forward to in the upcoming month. What I’m most excited to see returning to TCM is Carson on TCM! You may remember that back in July 2013, TCM aired a number of classic Johnny Carson Tonight Show interviews with stars such as Doris Day, Kirk Douglas, George Burns, and Bette Davis. This time around, we have interviews with Gene Kelly, Lauren Bacall, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, and Gregory Peck (just to name a few) to look forward to. I absolutely loved watching the interviews back in July, so I’m very excited to see more.
After taking a break last month for 31 Days of Oscar, Friday Night Spotlight returns with a series about Food in the Movies selected by Anthony Bourdain.
March’s Star of the Month will be the one and only Mary Astor. A 24 hour marathon of her films will start very Wednesday night this month and continue into the following Thursday
March 1: 31 Days of Oscar continues with a Best Picture marathon of Grand Hotel at 7:30 AM, Gigi at 9:45 AM, On the Waterfront at 12:00 PM. In prime time, the focus is on the 1967 Best Picture category with In the Heat of the Night at 8:00 PM, The Graduate at 10:00 PM, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at 12:00 AM, Bonnie and Clyde at 2:00 AM, and Doctor Dolittle at 4:00 AM.
March 2: It’s a night of 1935 Best Picture nominees with Mutiny on the Bounty at 8:00 PM, Captain Blood at 10:30 PM, Ruggles of Red Gap at 12:45 AM, Top Hat at 2:30 AM, and David Copperfield at 4:30 AM.
March 3: 31 Days of Oscar 2014 draws to a close today with the rest of those 1935 Best Picture nominees. The Informer at 6:45 AM, Broadway Melody of 1936 at 8:30 AM, Naughty Marietta at 10:15 AM, Les Miserables at 12:00 PM, Alice Adams at 2:00 PM, A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3:45 PM, and The Lives of a Bengal Lancer at 6:00 PM.
March 4: Happy birthday to John Garfield! Dust Be My Destiny at 6:00 AM, Four Wives at 7:30 AM, They Made Me a Criminal at 9:15 AM, East of the River at 11:00 AM, Flowing Gold at 12:15 PM, Out of the Fog at 1:45 PM, The Sea Wolf at 3:15 PM, Dangerously They Live at 4:45 PM, and The Breaking Point at 6:15 PM. Tonight Johnny Carson returns to TCM at 8:00 PM with classic interviews with Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Sally Field, Diane Keaton, Angie Dickinson, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
March 5: Mary Astor has her first night as Star of the Month with Dodsworth at 8:00 PM, The Great Lie at 10:00 PM, Don Juan at 12:00 AM, The World Changes at 3:00 AM, and Other Men’s Women at 4:45 AM.
March 6: More Mary Astor with Page Miss Glory at 6:00 AM, Dinky at 7:45 AM, Listen Darling at 9:00 AM, Woman Against the World at 10:30 AM, Turnabout at 11:45 AM, Cynthia at 1:45 PM, Cass Timberland at 3:45 PM, and A Kiss Before Dying at 6:00 PM.
March 7: Anthony Bourdain hosts the first night of his Food in the Movies series with Eat Drink Man Woman at 8:00 PM, Mostly Martha at 10:15 PM, Tom Jones at 12:15 AM, and Women in Love at 2:30 AM.
March 9: TCM remembers the late Shirley Temple with Heidi at 4:30 PM, Stowaway at 6:15 PM, Bright Eyes at 8:00 PM, The Little Princess at 9:30 PM, I’ll Be Seeing You at 11:15 PM, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer at 12:45 AM, A Kiss for Corliss at 2:30 AM, and That Hagen Girl at 4:15 AM.
March 10: It’s time for Robert Osborne’s picks with Sleepless in Seattle at 8:00 PM, The Sea Hawk at 10:00 PM, The Sea Wolf at 12:15 AM, The Enchanted Cottage at 2:00 AM, and Invitation at 3:45 AM,
March 11: At 8:00 PM, it’s time for more Carson on TCM with interviews with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Tony Randall, Truman Capote, Gregory Peck, and Lauren Bacall. Then it’s a night of Lauren Bacall movies with Designing Woman at 9:15 PM, Sex and the Single Girl at 11:15 PM, Harper at 1:15 AM, How to Marry a Millionaire at 3:30 AM.
March 12: You can spend your day with William Powell with One Way Passage at 6:15 AM, High Pressure at 7:30 AM, Private Detective 62 at 8:45 AM, Rendezvous at 10:00 AM, Reckless at 11:45 AM, The Emperor’s Candlesticks at 1:30 PM, I Love You Again at 3:00 PM, The Heavenly Body at 5:00 PM, he Girl Who Had Everything at 6:45 AM. Then Mary Astor is back with The Maltese Falcon at 8:00 PM, Across the Pacific at 10:00 PM, The Hurricane at 12:00 AM, There’s Always a Woman at 2:00 AM, The Prisoner of Zenda at 3:30 AM, and The Murder of Dr. Harrigan at 5:30 AM.
March 13: More Mary Astor with The Man With Two Faces at 6:45 AM, The Lash at 8:00 AM, Behind Office Doors at 9:30 AM, Paradise for Three at 11:00 AM, Thousands Cheer at 12:30 PM, Fiesta at 2:45 PM, and Youngblood Hawke 4:30 PM.
March 14: It’s another night of Anthony Bourdain’s Food in the Movies series with Christmas in Connecticut at 8:00 PM, A Christmas Story at 10:00 PM, My Dinner With Andre at 12:00 AM, and Diner at 2:00 AM. And if you happen to be up at 4:00 AM, you can watch The Public Enemy.
March 15: Goldie Hawn gets the spotlight tonight with The Sugarland Express at 8:00 PM, Overboard at 10:00 PM and Shampoo at 12:00 AM.
March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! TCM is, of course, very Irish today with The Key at 6:00 AM, The Irish in Us at 7:30 AM, The Flying Irishman at 9:00 AM, Little Nellie Kelly at 10:15 AM, My Wild Irish Rose at 12:00 PM, The Rising of the Moon at 1:45 PM, Young Cassidy at 3:15 PM, Finian’s Rainbow at 5:15 PM. Guest programmer George Pelcanos has selected tonight’s movies — The Outfit at 8:00 PM, The Seven-Ups at 10:00 PM, Monte Walsh at 12:00 AM, and Ride the High Country at 2:00 AM.
March 18: It’s another night of Carson on TCM with interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Candice Bergen, Don Adams, Jack Benny, and Red Skelton starting at 8:00 PM. Then you can enjoy a night of Red Skelton movies with Whistling in the Dark at 9:15 PM, The Show-Off at 10:45 PM, A Southern Yankee at 12:15 AM, Excuse My Dust at 2:00 AM, The Clown at 3:3o AM, and Merton of the Movies at 5:15 AM.
March 19: Happy birthday to Betty Compson! There’s Make Me a Star at 6:45 AM, On With the Show at 8:15 AM, Street Girl at 10:15 AM, Weary River at 11:45 AM, Inside the Lines at 1:15 AM, The Gay Diplomat at 2:45 PM, The Lady Refuses at 4:00 PM, Three Who Loved at 5:15 PM, and Mad Youth at 6:30 PM. Then Mary Astor returns with The Palm Beach Story at 8:00 PM, The Lost Squadron at 9:45 PM, The Kennel Murder Case at 11:15 PM, Beau Brummel at 12:45 AM, Show of Shows at 2:15 AM, Two Arabian Knights at 4:30 AM.
March 20: Even more Mary Astor with A Successful Calamity at 6:15 AM, The Little Giant at 7:45 AM, Easy to Love at 9:15 AM, Young Ideas at 10:30 AM, Blonde Fever at 12:00 PM, Any Number Can Play at 1:30 PM, The Power and the Prize at 4:00 PM.
March 21: The Food in the Movies series is back with Oliver! at 8:00 PM, The Gold Rush at 10:45 PM, The Loved One at 12:15 AM, and Cool Hand Luke at 2:30 AM.
March 23: There’s all sorts of great stuff on today! Lady in the Lake at 6:00 AM, Wife vs. Secretary at 8:00 AM, Bright Eyes at 10:00 AM, Marty at 1:30 PM, A Summer Place at 3:30 PM, How to Marry a Millionaire at 6:00 PM, Indiscreet at 8:00 PM, Notorious at 10:00 PM, and Girl Shy at 12:00 AM.
March 24: Another excellent day! Waterloo Bridge at 6:00 AM, The Bride Came C.O.D. at 8:00 AM, Murder My Sweet at 12:15 PM, To Have and Have Not at 2:00 PM, Red River at 5:45 PM.
March 25: More Carson on TCM starting at 8:00 PM with Julie Andrews, Dudley Moore, Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George C. Scott, and Gene Kelly. Afterward, you can enjoy a night of Gene Kelly’s non-musicals with The Cross of Lorraine at 9:30 PM, Black Hand at 11:15 PM, The Three Musketeers at 1:00 AM, 40 Carats at 3:15 AM, and Crest of the Wave at 5:15 AM.
March 26: It’s Mary Astor’s last night as Star of the Month with Little Women at 8:00 PM, Meet Me in St. Louis at 10:15 PM, Red Dust at 12:30 AM, Men of Chance at 2:00 AM, The Royal Bed at 3:15 AM, and The Runaway Bride at 4:45 Am.
March 27: A little more Mary Astor with Smart Woman at 6:00 AM, The Sin Ship at 7:30 AM, Upper World at 9:00 AM, The Case of the Howling Dog at 10:15 AM, Red Hot Tires at 12:15 PM, Man of Iron at 1:30 PM, I Am a Thief at 2:45 PM, Act of Violence at 4:00 PM.
March 28: A few silent films are on this morning — Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at 6:45 AM, Orphans of the Storm at 8:00 AM, Sherlock Holmes at 10:45 AM, and The Racket at 12:15 PM. Then there’s one last course of the Food in the Movies series with Big Night at 6:00 PM, Babette’s Feast at 10:00 PM, Soylent Green at 12:00 AM, and Night of the Living Dead at 1:45 AM.
March 29: This is one of those “Only on TCM” kind of days. Godzilla, King of the Monsters at 6:45 AM, Executive Suite at 8:15 AM, Duel in the Sun at 12:00 PM, The Great Race at 5:00 PM, His Girl Friday at 8:00 PM, the documentary Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film at 2:00 AM, and a collection of experimental films at 3:30 AM.
March 30: Two from Eleanor Powell tonight with Born to Dance at 8:00 PM and I Dood It at 10:00 PM.
March 31: At 8:00 PM is the premiere of Eva Marie Saint: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival, followed by On the Waterfront at 9:00 PM, Raintree County at 12:30 AM, and North By Northwest at 3:30 AM, with an encore of the interview at 11:30 PM.