What’s on TCM: April 2015

Anthony Quinn

Happy April, everyone! Ready for a new line-up of movies to look forward to?

Anthony Quinn will be TCM’s Star of the Month for April and his movies will be featured every Wednesday night this month. The theme for this month’s Friday Night Spotlight is A. Arnold Gillespie, MGM’s top visual effects artist. He helped bring some of MGM’s most famed movies to life, including The Wizard of OzSan Francisco, and Forbidden Planet, just to name a few.

One thing that will definitely be worth setting your DVR for is on April 14. TCM will be airing an all-star tribute to Robert Osborne, which was taped at the 2014 TCM Film Festival. I didn’t get to see it in person, but I heard it was one heck of an event, so I’m excited to finally see it for myself.

Now, let’s get on to the schedule!

April 1: April starts out with Anthony Quinn’s first turn as Star of the Month with Viva Zapata at 8:00 PM, Zorba the Greek at 10:15 PM, and Lust for Life at 12:45 AM.

April 3: Happy birthday to Marlon Brando. There’s Julius Caesar at 6:00 AM, The Fugitive Kind at 8:15 AM, The Young Lions at 10:30 AM, Guys and Dolls at 1:30 PM, A Streetcar Named Desire at 4:15 PM, and The Wild One at 6:30 PM. Then it’s on to the A. Arnold Gillespie Friday Night Spotlight with The Wizard of Oz at 8:00 PM, San Francisco at 10:00 PM, Tarzan and His Mate at 12:15 AM, and Mutiny on the Bounty at 2:15 AM.

April 4: There’s a great bunch of movies on tonight — Witness for the Prosecution at 8:00 PM, Laura at 10:15 PM, and Klute at 12:00 AM.

April 5: Happy Easter! Barabbas at 7:00 AM, Ben-Hur at 9:30 AM, King of Kings (1961) at 1:30 PM, The Greatest Story Ever Told at 4:30 PM, Easter Parade at 8:00 PM, Holiday Inn at 10:00 PM, and The King of Kings (1927) at 12:00 AM.

April 6: Lots of pre-codes on today. There’s Kongo at 8:30 AM, Night Court at 10:00 AM, Rain at 11:45 AM, The Wet Parade at 1:30 PM, and Gabriel Over the White House at 3:30 PM. Then Jane Russell gets the spotlight with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at 8:00 PM, The Outlaw at 9:45 PM, The Paleface at 12:00 AM, Macao at 1:45 AM, and His Kind of Woman at 3:15 AM.

April 7: It’s a day full of great movies directed by Michael Curtiz, including The Charge of the Light Brigade at 6:00 AM, The Adventures of Robin Hood at 8:00 AM, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex at 9:45 AM, Casablanca at 11:45 AM, Yankee Doodle Dandy at 1:45 PM, and Mildred Pierce at 6:00 PM. Then there are several great star documentaries with James Stewart: A Wonderful Life at 8:00 PM, The Spencer Tracy Legacy at 9:45 AM, Fonda on Fonda at 11:30 PM, Katharine Hepburn: All About Me at 12:30 AM, and Bacall on Bogart at 2:00 AM.

April 8: Anthony Quinn is back with La Strada at 8:00 PM, Black Gold at 10:15 PM, A Dream of Kings at 12:00 AM, Requiem for a Heavyweight at 2:00 AM, and Sinbad the Sailor at 3:45 AM.

April 10: The A. Arnold Gillespie tribute is back with Test Pilot at 8:00 PM, Boom Town at 10:15 PM, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo at 12:30 AM, and The Good Earth at 3:00 AM.

April 11: Footlight Parade at 12:15 PM, A Hard Day’s Night at 2:15 PM, The Way We Were at 4:00 PM, and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore at 8:00 PM.

April 12: Lots of good stuff on today! Her Sister’s Secret at 6:30 AM, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg at 10:00 AM, Charade at 4:00 PM, Pillow Talk at 6:00 PM.

April 14: Spend the day with Esther Williams! There’s Bathing Beauty at 6:00 AM, Thrill of a Romance at 8:00 AM, Fiesta at 10:00 AM, This Time For Keeps at 12:00 AM, On An Island With You at 2:00 PM, Neptune’s Daughter at 4:00 PM, and Million Dollar Mermaid at 6:00 PM. Then it’s a night of Robert Osborne’s picks with his 20th anniversary tribute taped at the 2014 TCM Film Festival at 8:00 PM (which sounds like it was quite a show, I’m sorry I missed seeing it in person), followed by North By Northwest at 9:00 PM, Mirage at 12:30 AM, Harper at 2:30 AM, and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone at 4:45 AM.

April 15: Anthony Quinn is back with Barabbas at 8:00 PM, The Shoes of the Fisherman at 10:30 PM, Lawrence of Arabia at 1:15 AM.

April 16: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir at 6:00 PM, Holiday at 8:00 PM, The Bride Came C.O.D. 11:30 PM.

April 17: Ready for more A. Arnold Gillespie? There’s Green Dolphin Street at 8:00 PM, Royal Wedding at 10:30 PM, Scaramouche at 12:15 AM, and The Wreck of the Mary Deare at 2:30 AM.

April 19: Barbara Stanwyck double feature tonight with My Reputation at 8:00 PM and Baby Face at 10:00 PM.

April 20: Hitch a ride with Kiss Me Deadly at 8:00 PM, They Drive By Night at 10:00 PM, Three at 11:45 PM, Knife in the Water at 1:45 AM, Detour at 3:30 AM, and The Hitch-Hiker at 4:45 AM.

April 21: Sophia Loren gets the spotlight tonight with Human Voice at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM, Marriage Italian Style at 8:30 PM, Two Women at 11:00 PM, The Gold of Naples at 1:00 AM, and Man of La Mancha at 3:00 AM.

April 22: Spend the day with Andy Hardy with Andy Hardy Comes Home at 6:00 AM, Love Laughs at Andy Hardy at 7:30 AM, Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble at 9:15 AM, Andy Hardy’s Double Life at 11:15 AM, The Courtship of Andy Hardy at 1:00 PM, Life Begins for Andy Hardy at 2:45 PM, Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary at 4:30 PM, and Andy Hardy Meets Debutante at 6:15 PM. Then it’s more Anthony Quinn with The Man From Del Rio at 8:00 PM, Guns for San Sebastian at 9:30 PM, Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears at 11:30 PM, Ride Vaquero at 1:45 AM, and They Died With Their Boots On at 3:30 AM.

April 23: Today’s theme is original film, followed by a remake. There’s Of Human Bondage 1934 and 1964 at 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM respectively, Waterloo Bridge (1931) and Gaby at 10:45 AM and 12:15 PM, The Mystery of the Wax Museum and House of Wax at 2:00 PM and 3:15 PM, and Rio Rita 1929 and 1942 at 4:45 PM and 6:30 PM.

April 24: Lots of Shirley MacLaine today with The Yellow Rolls Royce at 6:15 AM, Two Loves at 8:30 AM, Irma La Douce at 10:30 AM, Being There at 1:00 PM, The Apartment at 3:15 PM, and Some Came Running at 5:30 PM.

April 25: It’s a night of movies written by the great Frances Marion with The Wind at  8:00 PM, the documentary Without Laying Down at 9:45 PM, The Big House at 10:45 PM, and The Champ at 12:30 AM.

April 26: There’s a Debbie Reynolds double feature of What’s the Matter With Helen at 8:00 PM and Singin’ in the Rain at 10:00 PM.

April 29: It’s Anthony Quinn’s last night as Star of the Month with The Wild Party at 8:00 PM, The Naked Street at 9:45 PM, Flap at 11:30 PM, and The Secret of Santa Vittoria at 1:30 AM.

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