Born on this date: Robert Edeson in 1868; Zoltan Korda in 1895; Maurice Evans in 1901; Eddie Acuff in 1903; Josephine Baker in 1906; Paulette Goddard in 1910; Lucille Lund in 1913; Iris Meredith in 1915; Leo Gorcey in 1917; and Tony Curtis in 1925.
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TCM TV Alerts through tomorrow at 7 am:
These titles play on TCM's US schedule and all quoted times are for my own local Eastern time zone.
—TCM is running a Merle Oberon birthday marathon from 6:30 am through 8:00 pm. Might as well give you the entire schedule:
- 6:30 am - The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)
- 8:00 am - The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935) *
- 9:45 am - The Divorce of Lady X (1938)
- 11:30 am - Wuthering Heights (1939) *
- 1:15 pm - Over the Moon (1940)
- 2:45 pm - 'Til We Meet Again (1940)
- 4:30 pm - Affectionately Yours (1941)
- 6:00 pm - Lydia (1941)
I stuck an asterisk (*) after the titles on my favorites of this bunch. My pick of the litter is The Scarlet Pimpernel. 'Til We Meet Again is a remake of One Way Passage (1932)—Look for Frank McHugh playing the same part in this one as he did in the earlier movie!
—The first round of "Star of the Month: Pin-Up Girls" begins at 8:00 pm. Doesn't do much for me. I've said it in the past, but I prefer a true Star of the Month, not a theme masquerading as a star. We just had that in February (Oscar month). A couple of classic film noirs play during the overnight period, The Killers (1946) at 2:00 am (for Ava Gardner) and The Glass Key (1942) at 4:00 am (for Veronica Lake), but TCM is about to be overrun by film noir, so I'm having a hard time getting excited about these playing.
—Thursday morning begins with Lucille Ball in The Affairs of Annabel (1938) at 6:00 am, followed by my favorite thing Andy Griffith ever did, Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd (1957), at 7:15 am. We'll pick up from there tomorrow.
Full disclosure: My subscription to TCM's Now Playing Guide has lapsed, so daytime themes aren't always obvious to me. I'll try to spot them if I can! Correction: Last night's Dick Powell movies were titles he directed, but didn't necessarily star in. That's why they were all '50s movies. I hope that didn't cause any confusion, sorry if it did!
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