Happy February, everyone! As any regular TCM viewer knows, February is traditionally TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar month. I’m well aware that this tends to be a love it or hate it type of month, and while I’m always disappointed that it means few silent films will be shown, there are always plenty of other movies to keep me entertained throughout the month.
This year, all the movies included in 31 Days of Oscar will be shown in alphabetical order. As if that weren’t enough, all the movies scheduled during prime time are grouped together by a common theme, which will also be in alphabetical order ranging from “addiction” to “zany.”
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the schedule.
February 1: Since we’re going in alphabetical order, we start with a day full of A+ movies that all begin with the letter A, including Adam’s Rib at 8:00 AM, The Adventures of Robin Hood at 12:15 PM, After the Thin Man at 2:00 PM, All About Eve at 8:00 PM, An American in Paris at 10:30 PM, and Annie Hall at 12:30 AM.
February 2: Today’s “B” game isn’t too shabby, either. Bachelor Mother at 4:00 PM, The Bad and the Beautiful at 6:00 PM, and The Band Wagon at 8:00 PM.
February 3: We’re still on the Bs today, so we get The Best Years of Our Lives at 11:30 AM, The Birds at 8:00 PM, Blazing Saddles at 10:30 PM, Blow-Up at 12:15 AM, and Bonnie and Clyde at 4:15 AM.
February 4: Boom Town at 6:15 AM, Born to Dance at 9:45 AM, The Boy Friend at 2:00 PM, Breakfast at Tiffany’s at 8:00 PM, Bride of Frankenstein at 10:00 PM, and Cabaret at 1:30 AM.
February 5: Captain Blood at 3:45 PM, Captain’s Courageous at 6:00 PM, Casablanca at 8:00 PM, and Citizen Kane at 12:15 AM.
February 6: Silent films don’t tend to get much representation during 31 Days of Oscar, so if you’re a silent fan, be sure to mark your calendar for The Crowd at 6:00 PM.
February 8: All sorts of great things on today! Father of the Bride at 6:30 AM, Five Graves to Cairo at 10:15 AM, For Me and My Gal at 2:00 PM, A Foreign Affair at 6:00 PM, Foreign Correspondent at 8:00 PM, 42nd Street at 10:15 PM, The French Connection at 12:00 AM, and Friendly Persuasion at 2:00 AM.
February 9: Another great lineup including Gaslight at 7:45 AM, The Gay Divorcee at 9:45 AM, The Gazebo at 11:45 AM, Giant at 4:30 PM, Gold Diggers of 1933 at 10:15 PM, and Gone With the Wind at 12:00 AM.
February 11: Today we have Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at 8:30 AM, Gypsy at 3:00 PM, Hannah and Her Sisters at 8:00 PM, A Hard Day’s Night at 10:00 PM, Harvey at 11:45 PM, and The Harvey Girls at 2:00 AM.
February 12: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter at 6:00 AM, The Heiress at 8:30 AM, Hold Back the Dawn at 12:30 PM, How the West Was Won at 5:00 PM, How to Marry a Millionaire at 8:00 PM, The Hunchback of Notre Dame at 9:45 PM.
February 13: Big fan of Imitation of Life? See both versions today with the 1934 version at 10:45 AM and the 1959 version at 12:45 PM.
February 14: An excellent comedy double feature on tonight with The Lady Eve at 8:00 PM and Libeled Lady at 9:45 PM.
February 17: Mildred Pierce at 1:00 PM, Mister Roberts at 10:00 PM, Mogambo at 12:15 AM, and Monsieur Verdoux at 5:00 AM.
February 19: North By Northwest at 6:30 AM, Now Voyager at 9:00 AM, On the Town at 6:00 Pm, The Outlaw Josey Wales at 8:00 PM, and Pat and Mike at 1:15 AM.
February 20: The Philadelphia Story at 2:00 PM, The Pirate at 6:00 PM, A Place in the Sun at 8:00 PM, Poltergeist at 12:45 AM, and Possessed (1947) at 2:45 AM.
February 21: If you’re staying up late, you’ve got some great movies to keep you entertained. The Quiet Man at 8:00 PM, The Razor’s Edge at 10:15 PM, and Rear Window at 12:45 AM.
February 23: San Francisco at 8:45 AM, The Sea Hawk at 2:45 PM, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at 8:00 PM, Shaft at 12:00 AM, and Shall We Dance at 2:00 AM.
February 24: Singin’ in the Rain at 2:00 PM, Some Like it Hot at 8:00 PM, and Speedy at 1:45 AM.
February 25: A pretty stellar lineup all day! Splendor in the Grass at 6:00 AM, Stage Door at 8:15 AM, Stagecoach at 10:00 AM, A Star is Born (1937) at 12:00 PM, Strangers on a Train at 4:00 PM, A Streetcar Named Desire at 5:45 PM, and Swing Time at 12:30 AM.
February 26: It’s awfully hard to argue with The Thin Man at 8:00 PM, followed by The Third Man at 9:45 PM.
February 27: To Be or Not to Be at 8:00 PM and Top Hat at 5:30 AM.
February 28: February comes to a close with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre at 8:00 PM, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at 10:30 PM, and 12 Angry Men at 4:30 AM.