Saturday, March 23, 2019

2019 TCM Classic Film Festival

This is my plan (films I plan to attend are in green highlight). Certainly things can--and often do--change, I’ve often been persuaded into seeing something that I didn’t have scheduled by a friend's recommendation.  And each time that has happened, I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the suggested film.  For details on the full schedule and write-ups on all the films, check out the TCM Classic Film Festival main site here.


  • Early evening - This first slot of the fest is one of the toughest choices I’ve had to make. I’ve never seen NIGHT WORLD (1932), but I also would love to see Ms. Monroe and Ms. Russell on the big screen. Add to that a terrific noir with Bogart and Bacall and this is one tough nut to crack. My first choice would be the pre-code, even though I’m sure that this will be one of the 5 TBAs on Sunday. (Our pre-fest tradition is to eat upstairs at Baja Fresh and watch the red carpet festivities from the second floor.)
  • Late evening - This is one of the easiest slots for me, as I really don’t have an interest is seeing any other film except for THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER (1947). ”Mellow greetings, yookie dookie!”...I hope to see you at the Egyptian for Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and adorable teenager Shirley Temple (this film has a pretty good supporting cast, too with Rudy Vallée, Ray Collins and Harry Davenport.)



  • Early morning - I’ve seen FROM HERE TO ETERNITY recently, so I’ll miss Donna Reed as the “hooker”--er, I mean “hostess”. I’ve also seen ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT previously and gave it 2/5’s kind of a hot mess. (My review here: ). I’m part of the Illeana Douglas fan club and she’s introducing DOUBLE WEDDING (1937), so I’ll start my day at the Egyptian and slapstick comedy with William Powell & Myrna Loy.
  • Late morning - Only one choice for me here! Alert the #70sFilm devotees, I’ll re-queue at the Egyptian in order to see A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (1974) for the very first time. I’m already in tears reading the write-ups and reviews on this film.
  • Afternoon - The only film in this block that gets out early enough to catch BLOOD MONEY in the next slot is LOVE AFFAIR (1939). Sometimes the schedule simply makes the decision for you.
  • Early evening - I’ve seen “Butch and Sundance” twice before on the big screen (and it’ll be fabulous at the Chinese Theater). But instead, I’ll catch a pair of films I’ve never seen before, and the both sound great. BLOOD MONEY (1933) and LIFE BEGINS AT 40 (1935) the former being introduced by Bruce Goldstein and the latter being introduced by Leonard Maltin.
  • Late evening - My first trip to the Chinese Theater! I’ll be seeing STAR WARS (1977) on the big screen for the first time since--um--1977 (though technically this is the 1997 re-release that's slightly different than the original). This should be a fun crowd...also, I refuse to call it “Episode 4” or whatever they renamed it. It’s STAR WARS, you goobers!
  • Midnight - THE STUDENT NURSES (1970) may be nothing like NIGHT NURSE (1931), but I’m looking forward to a bawdy, crazy film.


Other friends' posts on their picks (if I'm missing yours, hit me up on Twitter and I'll add it):

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