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TCM’s Star of the Month for June starred in one of the greatest films of all time, 1939’s Gone with the Wind  (June 4th @ 9:45PM/8:45PM).  Leslie Howard played the object of Scarlett O’Hara’s obsession, Ashley Wilkes (who was 46 years old during filming playing a guy in his 20s and 30s!).  Howard was also the first person of the GWTW cast to die, four years later when the plane he was on was shot down over the Bay of Biscay.  Howard’s life and death is covered in the 2016 documentary Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (June 4 @ 8PM/7PM, repeat on June 19 @ 4:30AM/3:30AM), a TCM premiere.  Narration is provided by actor Derek Partridge, who, at 7 years of age, had to give up his seat, along with his traveling companion, for Howard and his friend/accountant, Alfred T. Chenalls.

One piece of heartwarming trivia is that actors Humphrey Bogart and William Gargan both named their children after Leslie, because Howard made sure the two men were cast in the Hollywood adaptations of the Broadway plays Bogart (1936’s The Petrified Forest-June 5 @ 2:30AM/1:30AM) and Gargan (1932’s The Animal Kingdom-June 18 @ 11:15PM/10:15PM) co-starred with Howard.


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TCM presents the fourth collaboration with Ball State University and Canvas Networks, this time focusing on the history of the musical.  Every Tuesday and Thursday, TCM will devote 24 hours to 90 films; during the evening hours, Ben Mankiewicz will be joined by Vanessa Ament, a former foley artist who now teaches telecommunications at Ball State.  Each day focuses on a particular decade, the 20’s and 30’s (June 5), the 1930’s (June 7), the 1940’s (June 12 and 14), the 1950’s (June 19 and 21), the 1960’s (June 26), and the 1960’s and 1970’s (June 28).  Have you enrolled in the course yet?


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During the weekends in the 1930s through the 1950s, movie theaters across the country provided families a day at the movies.  They would show shorts, cartoons, and two movies.  TCM was inspired by this and now every Saturday morning is filled with cartoons, shorts, and some of the best movie series around.  Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning.


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Also known as “Harold Lloyd month”.  It’s all glasses, all the time!  I love Lloyd anyway, my grandfather was probably named after him, but when it came time for him to be baptized, neither Harold or Lloyd was a saint’s name, so his parents stuck “Robert” in front.

Here’s a picture of Harold Lloyd without his glasses.  Day-um!!  No one ever recognized him without his glasses.

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TCM presents another installment of classics from the Disney library hosted by Leonard Maltin.  There will be three cartoon shorts featuring Mickey Mouse, and four movies including my boy Benji.  I love that dog!!


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The guy who is best known playing Sherlock Holmes would have been 125 years old on June 13.  Rathbone jumped at the chance to play Holmes because he got to be a good guy for once.  He would play Sherlock in 13 films.


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I recommend The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (June 14 @ 12:30AM/June 13@ 11:30PM) and watch how many times Eli Wallach came close to death.


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A happy day to all the dads out there.


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June usually means the start of wedding season, although I heard more couples are getting married in the fall.  TCM will show 10 films centering on a wedding day including The Philadelphia Story (June 20 @ 8PM/7PM) and its musical adaptation High Society (June 27 @ 10PM/9PM).



May is an exciting month for TCM.  One of the greatest film legends is the Star of the Month, a celebration of the movie series, the annual Mother’s Day and Memorial Day marathons, and a special tribute to the great Robert Osborne.


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TCM pays tribute to the icon with 21 films (one TCM premiere-1946’s Martin Roumagnac (May 25 @ 4am/3am), starting with her breakthrough film 1930’s The Blue Angel (May 10 @ 8pm/7pm) and ending with the 1957 film The Monte Carlo Story (June 1 @ 4am/3am).



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TCM celebrates the movie series where the film studios developed a lineup of movies based on already established characters and recurring themes.  The movie series was also used to introduce up-and-coming stars. TCM will be showing 165  films and 25 different movie series.  The festival starts with Columbia’s Blondie (starting May 1 @8pm/7pm) series, based off the comic strip,  which ran from 1938 to 1950 with 28 films, and TCM will show six of them (all TCM premieres).  Some of the Blondie films featured Columbia stars such as Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth, who co-stars in the 1940 entry, Blondie on a Budget (May 2 @ 1:30am/12:30am).  The other 24 series are as follows (if I say “all airing on TCM” that means the entire series will air):

  • RKO’s Mexican Spitfire starring Lupe Velez (8 films on May 2-all airing on TCM)
  • Warner Bros. Four Daughters (3 films on May 2-all airing on TCM)
  • MGM’s Maisie starring Ann Sothern (10 films on May 2/3-all airing on TCM)
  • RKO’s Fibber McGee and Molly (3 films-2 airing on May 3)
  • RKO’s The Great Gildersleeve (4 films on May 3-all airing on TCM)
  • MGM’s and RKO’s Tarzan (28 films-17 films airing on May 8-9)
  • Columbia’s Jungle Jim starring Johnny Weissmuller (16 films-5 films airing on May 9-10)
  • Monogram’s Bomba, the Jungle Boy starring Johnny Sheffield (12 films on May 10-all airing on TCM)
  • MGM’s Andy Hardy series starring Mickey Rooney (16 films-15 films airing on May 15-16)
  • Columbia’s Five Little Peppers (4 films on May 16-all airing on TCM)
  • MGM’s Dr. Kildare starring Lew Ayers (9 films on May 17-all airing on TCM)
  • MGM’s Dr. Gillespie starring Lionel Barrymore (6 film-3 films airing on May 17)
  • Warner Bros. Nancy Drew starring Bonita Granville (4 films on May 22-all airing on TCM)
  • MGM’s Miss Marple series starring Margaret Rutherford (4 films on May 23-all airing on TCM)
  • Warner Bros. Torchy Blaine series (9 films on May 23-all airing on TCM)
  • MGM’s The Thin Man starring William Powell and Myrna Loy (6 films on May 23-24-all airing on TCM)
  • Warner Bros. Perry Mason series (6 films on May 24-all airing on TCM)
  • RKO’s Dick Tracy (4 films on May 24-all airing on TCM)
  • Columbia’s Boston Blackie series starring Chester Morris (14 films-5 airing on May 28
  • The Bulldog Drummond series (19 films-6 airing on May 29)
  • RKO’s The Saint series (8 films on May 30-all airing on TCM)
  • MGM’s Lassie starring Lassie (who else?) (7 films on May 30-31-all airing on TCM)
  • Columbia’s Rusty series starring Ted Donaldson (8 films-6 airing on May 31)
  • MGM’s Flipper (2 films on May 31-all airing on TCM)


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TCM celebrates what would have been the “heart and soul” of the channel’s 86th birthday.  The lineup includes Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute (11:30pm/10:30pm) and his Private Screenings interview hosted by Alec Baldwin (8pm/7pm), plus two of his favorite movies, 1936’s Dodsworth (9:30pm/8:30pm) and 1944’s Laura (12:30am/11:30pm), starring his favorite actress, Gene Tierney.  So grab some ice cream (it’s what Robert would have wanted) and sit back to watch some of Bob’s Picks.


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Hollywood’s storybook princess would have turned 89 years young on this day.  TCM celebrates her life with six films co-starring Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins, Albert Finney, and Alan Arkin.


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The guy who beat out Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler and Jimmy Stewart’s Jefferson Smith for the 1939 Best Actor Oscar is TCM’s star of the night with five films, including the only movie he made in the U.S., 1934’s The Count of Monte Cristo (May 8 @ 3:15am/2:15am).


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TCM’s annual Mother’s Day celebration with accidental Moms, self-sacrificing Moms, Moms who don’t get to raise their kids, and everything in-between.


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TCM gives tribute to the men and women who served and are currently serving our country with 37 movies ranging from the Civil War to the Korean War.  The majority of films are set during the WWII era.


TCM has a lot going on in April with a 100th birthday tribute to one of the greatest actors of all time, a 24-hour marathon each Wednesday for the director of Casablanca, a tribute to a film noir icon, and a celebration of one of MGM’s most famous musical stars.

Here we go!


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TCM celebrates the 3-time Oscar nominated with a 100th birthday tribute and 34 films starting with his credited debut in 1939’s Golden Boy (April 2 @ 8pm/7pm) to his final film in 1981’s S.O.B. (May 1 @ 2:15am/1:15am).  Two of the 34 films will be TCM premieres 1947’s Dear Ruth (April 3 @ 1:45am/12:45am) and 1980’s The Earthling (May 1 @ 4:30am/3:30am).  Actress Stefanie Powers will join Ben Mankiewicz every Monday evening introducing several of Holden’s most famous films.


The Beginning

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William Beedle, Jr. was born on April 17, 1918.  In 1938, the renamed William Holden was signed to a six-month contract with Paramount Pictures.  After two uncredited roles, Holden was thrust into the spotlight when he won the coveted role of “Joe Bonaparte” in the 1939 film adaptation of the play Golden Boy.  Columbia Pictures, who produced the movie, also bought half of the actor’s contract.

“Smilin’ Jim” roles

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For the next decade, Holden alternated between Columbia and Paramount with an occasional loan-out.  Due to his All-American image, Bill starred in a series of roles which he dubbed his “Smilin’ Jim” which was a character who gets himself into a tight spot and smiles his way of out of it.  Holden was not a fan of these roles.  The audience can see some of his “Jim” parts in Dear Ruth, and 1942’s The Fleet’s In (April 3 @ 3:30am/2:30am).  WWII interrupted his career from 1942 until 1947 when he finally returned to films.  Holden continued to alternate between his two studios.

The Breakthrough and International Superstar

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Finally, in 1950, William Holden was cast in the film that would change everything Sunset Boulevard (April 9 @ 8pm/7pm).  Holden memorably played “Joe Gillis” a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who winds up being the kept man of an aging Hollywood actress named “Norma Desmond” played by silent film star Gloria Swanson.  He would follow this with the hit comedy Born Yesterday (April 30 @ 8pm/7pm).  Then in 1953, Holden re-teamed with SB’s writer/director Billy Wilder for the war dramedy Stalag 17 (April 9 @ 10pm/9pm).  Playing the cynic POW “J.J. Stefon” William Holden would win his only Academy Award for Best Actor.  Soon, Holden would be one of the top box-office stars, reaching the number spot in 1956.

Later Years

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By the 1960’s, Holden’s career took a sharp downturn due to his alcoholism. He did experience several highs with 1969’s The Wild Bunch (Monday April 23 @ 12:30am/11:30pm) and 1976’s Network (April 30 @ midnight/11pm) which gave Holden one last Best Actor nomination.  William Holden died on November 12, 1981 at the age of 63.


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Michael Curtiz had one of the most amazing careers in film history.  He made a whopping 178 movies over six decades starting in 1912 and ending in 1961.  He directed 11 performers to Academy Award nominations.  He won only one Oscar himself, a Best Short Subject called Sons of Liberty in 1939.

Oh, and he directed Casablanca (April 18 @ 8pm/7pm).  So every Wednesday, there will be a full 24 hours of Curtiz’s work, starting in the 1930s and ending in the 1960s.


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TCM celebrates the Victorian Era with its pomp and circumstance and underlying struggles of poverty, sickness, and the subjugation of women (some things never change). The films are divided into four categories: Victorian Crime (April 5), Victorian Science and Exploration (April 12), Victorian Romance (April 19), and Victorian Society and Manners (April 26).


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Michael Douglas sat down with Ben Mankiewicz at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival and discussed his career as an actor and producer.  Then TCM will show two of his most famous films (which he also produced), 1979’s The China Syndrome (9:15pm/8:15pm) and the TCM premiere of 1984’s Romancing the Stone (12:45am/11:45pm).


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In a Facebook post for what’s coming up, TCM mentioned that Jane Powell would be a guest programmer.  I don’t know if this is true or not.  What is true is that TCM will be showing five of Powell’s most memorable films-1950’s Two Weeks with Love (8pm/7pm) co-starring Debbie Reynolds, 1948’s A Date with Judy (10pm/9pm) co-starring Elizabeth Taylor, 1955’s Hit the Deck (midnight/11pm) again with Debbie Reynolds, 1950’s Nancy Goes to Rio (2am/1am), and 1958’s The Girl Most Likely (4am/3am).  Fingers crossed that Jane is there to introduce her films!


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TCM pays tribute to the film noir icon (even though she was only in one noir movie!) with five films.  They include the noir Gun Crazy (8pm/7pm) where Cummings gave a memorable performance as the femme fatale Annie Laurie Starr.  Also included in the tribute 1947’s The Late George Apley (1:30am/12:30am), 1953’s Always a Bride (3:30am/2:30am), 1957’s Hell Drivers (11:30pm/10:30pm), and 1958’s Curse of the Demon (9:45pm/8:45pm).

Peggy Cummings died on December 29, 2017.  She was 92 years old.


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The I.A.L. apparently stands for “Interscholastic Algebra League” because Diamond won a mathematics prize in high school.  He started collaborating with Billy Wilder in 1957.  The duo won the Best Screenplay Oscar in 1960 for The Apartment (8/pm/7pm).  Other Diamond films in the tribute include his first collaboration with Wilder, 1957’s Love in the Afternoon (3:45am/2:45am) plus non-Wilder films 1946’s Two Guys from Milwaukee  (2am/1am), 1969’s Cactus Flower (10:15pm/9:15pm) and 1951’s Love Nest (12:15am/11:15pm)


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The supporting actor gets his due with three films beginning as one of The Magnificent Seven (8pm/7pm), followed by 1952’s The Las Vegas Story (10:30pm/9:30pm), and 1965’s None But the Brave (12:15am/11:15pm), which is notable for being the only film directed by Frank Sinatra.


TCM debuts a brand new “season” this March.  Usually, TCM’s calendar year runs from March and ends with the 31 Days of Oscar festival.  TCM has hired two new hosts, Dave Karger and Alicia Malone to assist Ben Mankiewicz.  Also, with a heavy heart, it has been one year since we lost Robert Osborne.


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Technically, Taylor is the Star of the Week.  There are 30 movies and one documentary on the docket which will start with a lesser seen Taylor movie, 1947’s Cynthia (March 12 @ 4:15pm/3:15pm) where Elizabeth receives her first onscreen kiss.  This festival includes one TCM premiere, 1970’s The Only Game in Town (March 16 @ 12:30am/11:30pm) starring Liz, Warren Beatty, and is the last film directed by George Stevens.  Stevens directed Taylor in two of her most memorable films, 1951’s A Place in the Sun (which will not be shown) and 1956’s Giant (March 14 @ 11pm/10pm).  Here’s a still of her from the movie.

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The first TCM spotlight this month is about how films depict mental illness, for better or for worse.  Part one has films all nominated or won an Oscar.  The second night all take place at mental health asylums or clinics.  So lay on the couch and tell your life story.


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The second TCM spotlight focuses on some of the greatest endings in movie history.  I won’t spoil anything for you, I promise.  Each night has a different chapter including Going Out with a Bang (March 19-20), Ending on a Musical Note (March 20-21), Romantic Endings (March 21-22), Famous Last Words (March 22-23), and Twist Endings (March 23-24).  So get ready for your closeup, make it to the top of the world, and remember tomorrow is another day.


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Noir Alley will now air on Saturday nights at 11 with an encore the next morning at 9.  This month’s films include The Big Heat, Stranger on the Third Floor, Crossfire, and No Questions Asked.


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TCM celebrates the career of the first Chinese-American movie star featuring four of her films of the 1920s and the 1930s.

Born Wong Liu Tsong in Los Angeles, Anna began performing bit parts in silent films at the age of 14.  Her breakthrough performance was in 1922’s The Toll of the Sea, a rare silent film in color.

The four films which will be shown include 1931’s Daughter of the Dragon (8pm/7pm), 1932’s Shanghai Express (9:30pm/8:30pm), 1929’s Piccadilly (11pm/10pm), and the Silent Sunday Night feature, 1927’s Mr. Wu (1am/midnight) with Lon Chaney.


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The realtor Property Brother sits down with host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss his choices for the night.  Most were inspired by his father, James Scott, who immigrated from Scotland to Canada after being inspired by American Westerns.  Mr. Scott lived out his dream and became a cowboy.  Drew’s choices include High Noon (8pm/7pm), To Kill a Mockingbird (9:45pm/8:45pm), Poltergeist (12:15am/11:15pm), and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (2:30am/1:30am).


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Film historian Leonard Maltin again serves as host of the semi-annual series.  All are TCM premieres including 1962’s In Search of the Castaways (10pm/9pm) starring Hayley Mills and Maurice Chevallier plus Goldie Hawn’s movie debut in 1968’s The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (midnight/11pm).


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TCM celebrates Britain’s Marilyn Monroe (aka “The Siren of Swindon) with three films and two of them are TCM premieres 1956’s Yield to the Night and 1952’s Lady Godiva Rides Again.  Her birth name was Diana Mary Fluck.  She once said, “I suppose they were afraid that if my real name, Diana Fluck, was in the lights, and one of the lights blew.”


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For Passover and Easter, TCM has 8 religious epics from the 1950s and the 1960s (they were really popular then) scheduled, except for The Ten Commandments which will air on ABC, probably on Passover night.  However, you will see Paul Newman’s movie debut, 1954’s The Silver Chalice (5am/4am) which he later apologized for.  Also, this is the first time I’ve seen a screenshot from the movie, because what the heck is Jack Palance wearing?!!


Come back in April with Star of the Month William Holden, who celebrates his centennial on April 17, and the special Live from the TCM Classic Movie Festival with Michael Douglas.


The final day!

The Best Picture award went through several different name changes.  This name has been used since 1962.

  • 1927/281928/29Academy Award for Outstanding Picture
  • 1929/301940Academy Award for Outstanding Production
  • 19411943Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 19441961Academy Award for Best Motion Picture
  • 1962–present: Academy Award for Best Picture

Captain Blood


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis, Harry Joe Brown, and Gordon Hollingshead)

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Best Director (Michael Curtiz-write in nod)

Best AdaptationCasey Robinson

Best Scoring-Warner Bros.-First National Studio Music Department-another write in

Best Sound RecordingNathan Levinson

Errol Flynn’s breakthrough film.



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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Pandro S. Berman)

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Best Dramatic or Comedy ScoreMiklos Rozsa

Best Color Cinematography-F.A. Young

SPOILER ALERT!  He doesn’t wind up with Elizabeth Taylor.

Mutiny on the Bounty


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Aaron Rosenberg)

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Best Original ScoreBronislau Kaper

Best Song“Follow Me” by Bronislau Kaper (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics)

Best Art Direction, Color-George W. Davis and J. McMillian Johnson (Art Direction); Henry Grace and Hugh Hunt (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyRobert L. Surtees

Best Film EditingJohn McSweeney, Jr.

Best Visual EffectsA. Arnold Gillespie and Milo B. Lory

This movie set was a nightmare.

The Music Man


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Oscar Winner

Best Adaptation or Treatment ScoreRay Heindorf

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Morton DaCosta)

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Best Sound RecordingGeorge R. Groves

Best Art Direction, Color-Paul Groesse (Art Direction) and George James Hopkins (Set Decoration)

Best Costume Design, ColorDorothy Jeakins

Best Film EditingWilliam H. Ziegler

Shirley Jones was pregnant during the making of this film.  In fact, during a romantic scene, Robert Preston held her so close that her unborn baby kicked so hard that Preston felt it!

The Yearling


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Oscar Winners

Best Art Direction, ColorCedric Gibbons and Paul Groesse (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyCharles Rosher, Leonard Smith, and Arthur Arling

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Sidney Franklin)

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Best Director (Clarence Brown)

Best ActorGregory Peck as Ezra “Penny” Baxter

Best ActressJane Wyman as Ora Baxter

Best Film Editing-Harold Kress

Jane Wyman’s daughter Maureen saw the movie and wouldn’t speak to her mother for days.



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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Richard Attenborough)

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Best Director (Richard Attenborough)

Best ActorBen Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi

Best Original ScreenplayJohn Briley

Best Art DirectionStuart Craig and Robert W. Laing (Art Direction); Michael Seirton (Set Decoration)

Best Costume DesignJohn Mollo and Bhanu Athaiya

Best CinematographyBilly Williams and Ronnie Taylor

Best Film EditingJohn Bloom

Oscar Nominations

Best Original ScoreRavi Shankar and George Fenton

Best SoundGerry Humphreys, Robin O’Donoghue, Jonathan Bates, and Simon Kaye

Best Makeup-Tom Smith

Apparently, you need to watch this movie baked.  I’ll let The 40-Year-Old Virgin explain:



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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd, Jr. and Bruce Davey)

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Best Director (Mel Gibson)

Best Sound Effects EditingLon Bender and Per Hallberg

Best MakeupPeter Frampton, Paul Pattison, and Lois Burwell

Best CinematographyJohn Toll

Oscar Nominations

Best Original ScreenplayRandall Wallace

Best Original Dramatic ScoreJames Horner

Best SoundAndy Nelson, Scott Millan, Anna Behlmer, and Brian Simmons

Best Costume DesignCharles Knode

Best Film EditingSteven Rosenblum

Didn’t Gibson wear a kilt to the Oscars?



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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Sam Zimbalist)

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Best Director (William Wyler)

Best ActorCharlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur

Best Supporting ActorHugh Griffith as Sheik Ilderim

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureMiklos Rozsa

Best Sound RecordingFranklin Milton

Best Art Direction, ColorWilliam A. Horning-posthumous and Edward Carfagno (Art Direction); Hugh Hunt (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyRobert L. Surtees

Best Costume Design, Color-Elizabeth Haffenden

Best Film EditingRalph E. Winters and John D. Dunning

Best Special EffectsA. Arnold Gillespie, Robert MacDonald, and Milo Lory

Oscar Nominations

Best Adapted ScreenplayKarl Tunberg

Won 11 Oscars, only Titanic and The Return of the King have tied it.


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Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis)

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An editor searches for sensational headlines at any cost.  Somethings never change.

Lost Horizon


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Oscar Winners

Best Art DirectionStephen Goosson

Best Film Editing-Gene Havlick and Gene Milford

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Frank Capra)

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Best Supporting ActorH.B. Warner as Chang

Best Scoring-Columbia Studio Music Department

Best Sound RecordingJohn Livadary

Best Assistant Director-C.C. Coleman, Jr.

One of the most expensive movies ever made at that time.

The Nun’s Story


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Henry Blanke)

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Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

Best ActressAudrey Hepburn as Sister Luke

Best Adapted ScreenplayRobert Anderson

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureFranz Waxman

Best Sound RecordingGeorge Groves

Best Color CinematographyFranz Planer

Best Film Editing-Walter Thompson

Audrey Hepburn becomes a nun because she wants to be a missionary nurse.

The Great Dictator


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Charlie Chaplin)

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Best ActorCharlie Chaplin as The Barber/Adenoid Hynkel

Best Supporting ActorJack Oakie as Benzino Napaloni

Best Original ScreenplayCharlie Chaplin

Best Original ScoreMeredith Wilson

Chaplin’s talking debut.

Foreign Correspondent


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Walter Wanger)

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Best Supporting ActorAlbert Bassermann as Van Meer

Best Original ScreenplayCharles Bennett and Joan Harrison

Best B&W Art DirectionAlexander Golitzen

Best B&W CinematographyRudolph Mate

Best Special EffectsPaul Eagler and Thomas T. Moulton

This is what Eagler and Moulton won for

The Guns of Navarone


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Oscar Winner

Best Special EffectsBill Warrington and Vivian C. Greenham

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Carl Foreman)

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Best Director (J. Lee Thompson)

Best Adapted ScreenplayCarl Foreman

Best Musical Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureDimitri Tiomkin

Best Sound-John Cox

Best Film Editing-Alan Osbiston

Guys climb mountain to destroy Nazi guns.

Annie Hall


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Charles H. Joffe)

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Best Director (Woody Allen)

Best ActressDiane Keaton as Annie Hall

Best Original ScreenplayWoody Allen and Marshall Brickman

Oscar Nomination

Best ActorWoody Allen as Alvy “Max” Singer

Diane Keaton’s real name is Diane Hall and her childhood nickname was “Annie.”

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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Stanley R. Jaffe)

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Best Director (Robert Benton)

Best ActorDustin Hoffman as Ted Kramer

Best Supporting ActressMeryl Streep as Joanna Kramer

Best Adapted ScreenplayRobert Benton

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActorJustin Henry as Billy Kramer

Best Supporting ActressJane Alexander as Margaret Phelps

Best CinematographyNestor Almendros

Best Film EditingGerald B. Greenberg

Robert Benton will be getting a tribute at the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival.

A Man for All Seasons


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Fred Zinnemann)

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Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

Best ActorPaul Scofield as Sir Thomas More

Best Adapted ScreenplayRobert Bolt

Best Color CinematographyTed Moore

Best Costume Design, Color-Joan Bridge and Elizabeth Haffenden

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActorRobert Shaw as King Henry VII

Best Supporting ActressWendy Hiller as Alice More

Sir Thomas More was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935.

The Great Ziegfeld


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Hunt Stromberg)

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Best ActressLuise Rainer as Anna Held

Best Dance Direction-Seymour Felix

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Robert Z. Leonard)

Best Original StoryWilliam Anthony McGuire

Best Art DirectionCedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu, and Edwin B. Willis

Best Film Editing-William S. Gray

The fourth pairing of William Powell and Myrna Loy.

Naughty Marietta


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Oscar Winner

Best Sound RecordingDouglas Shearer

Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Hunt Stromberg)

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The first teaming of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.


Heading into the homestretch…

The Crowd


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Oscar Nominations

Best Unique and Artistic Production (Irving Thalberg)

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Best Director, Dramatic Picture (King Vidor)

This was the only year the Academy had two Best Picture awards.  They were combined into one the next year.

Smilin’ Through


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Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (Irving Thalberg)

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Norma Shearer and Fredric March played dual roles.

Stage Door


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Pandro S. Berman)

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Best Director (Gregory La Cava)

Best Supporting ActressAndrea Leeds as Kay Hamilton

Best AdaptationMorris Ryskind and Anthony Veiller

Watch Kate and Ginger snark at each other!

Double Indemnity


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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Joseph Sistrom)

Best Director (Billy Wilder)

Best ActressBarbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson

Best ScreenplayRaymond Chandler and Billy Wilder

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureMiklos Rozsa

Best Sound Recording-Loren L. Ryder

Best B&W CinematographyJohn F. Seitz

I always thought that Stanwyck looked like she does in this movie.  I thought she had really bad hair.  Boy, was I wrong.

Anchors Aweigh


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Oscar Winner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureGeorgie Stoll

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Joe Pasternak)

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Best ActorGene Kelly as Joseph “Joe” Brady

Best Song“I Fall in Love Too Easily” by Jule Styne (Music) and Sammy Cahn (Lyrics)

Best Color CinematographyRobert Planck and Charles P. Boyle

The first teaming of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.  In the three films Sinatra co-starred with Kelly, he always played a shy guy who had trouble with the ladies.  Casting against type at its finest.

The Pride of the Yankees


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Oscar Winner

Best Film EditingDaniel Mandell

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Samuel Goldwyn)

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Best ActorGary Cooper as Lou Gehrig

Best ActressTeresa Wright as Eleanor Gehrig

Best Original Motion Picture StoryPaul Gallico

Best ScreenplayHerman J. Mankiewicz and Jo Swerling

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureLeigh Harline

Best Sound RecordingThomas T. Moulton

Best B&W Art Direction-Perry Ferguson (Art Direction) and Howard Bristol (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyRudolph Mate

Wright is one of the few people who was nominated in two different acting categories.  The last person to achieve this was Jamie Foxx in 2004.



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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Robert B. Radnitz)

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Best ActorPaul Winfield as Nathan Lee Morgan

Best ActressCicely Tyson as Rebecca Morgan

Best Adapted ScreenplayLonne Elder III

The young boy who played David directed a television remake of this film which aired in 2003.

An American in Paris


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Arthur Freed)

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Best Story and ScreenplayAlan Jay Lerner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureJohnny Green and Saul Chaplin

Best Art Direction, ColorCedric Gibbons and Preston Ames (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis and Keogh Gleason (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyAlfred Gilks and John Alton (ballet sequence)

Best Color Costume DesignOrry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett, and Irene Sharaff

Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Vincente Minnelli)

Best Film EditingAdrienne Fazan

My Fair Lady


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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Jack L. Warner)

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Best Director (George Cukor)

Best ActorRex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins

Best Original ScoreRobert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman

Best Adaptation or Treatment Score-Andre Previn

Best SoundGeorge Groves

Best Art Direction, ColorGene Allen and Cecil Beaton (Art Direction); George James Hopkins (Set Decoration)

Best Color CinematographyHarry Stradling

Best Costume Design, ColorCecil Beaton

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActorStanley Holloway as Alfred P. Doolittle

Best Supporting ActressGladys Cooper as Mrs. Higgins

Best Adapted ScreenplayAlan Jay Lerner

Best Film EditingWilliam H. Ziegler

Audrey Hepburn wasn’t even nominated!



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Oscar Winners

Best Picture (Jack Woolf)

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Best Director (Carol Reed)

Best Original or Adaptation ScoreJohn Green

Best Sound-Shepperton Studio Sound Dept.

Best Art DirectionJohn Box and Terence Marsh (Art Direction); Vernon Dixon and Ken Muggleston (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best ActorRon Moody as Fagin

Best Supporting ActorJack Wild as Jack Dawkins aka “The Artful Dodger”

Best Adapted ScreenplayVernon Harris

Best Costume DesignPhyllis Dalton

Best CinematographyOswald Morris

Best Film Editing-Ralph Kemplen

The musical version of Dicken’s Oliver Twist.

The Broadway Melody


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Oscar Winner

Best Picture (Irving Thalberg and Lawrence Weingarten)

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Oscar Nominations

Best Director (Harry Beaumont)

Best ActressBessie Love as Harriet “Hank” Mahoney

The musical numbers are nice.  That’s all I have to say.