February 22, 2018



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Oscar Winner

Mary Pickford as Norma Besant

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Pickford cut off her long locks for this role (and a change).

Min and Bill


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Oscar Winner

Marie Dressler as Min Divot

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A woman does everything in her power to protect her adopted daughter from the girl’s birth mother.

The Divorcee


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Oscar Winner

Norma Shearer as Jerry Bernard Martin

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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Robert Z. Leonard)

Best Director (Robert Z. Leonard)

Best Writing-John Meehan

Norma’s brother Douglas won an Oscar for Best Sound Recording the same night, making them the first siblings to win Oscars.

Lady for a Day


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Oscar Nominations

Dame May Robson as Apple Annie

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Best Picture (Frank Capra)

Best Director (Frank Capra)

Best AdaptationRobert Riskin

A street vendor tries to masquerade as a member of high society.

Theodore Goes Wild


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Oscar Nominations

Irene Dunne as Theodora Lynn/pen name Caroline Adams

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Best Film Editing-Otto Meyer

A church-going woman writes a racy novel based on her hometown.

Ball of Fire


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Oscar Nominations

Barbara Stanwyck as Katherine “SugarPuss” O’Shea

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Best Original Story-Billy Wilder and Thomas Monroe

Best Music Score of a Dramatic PictureAlfred Newman

Best Sound RecordingThomas T. Moulton

Stanwyck had quite the year in 1941.  She also had memorable turns in The Lady Eve and Meet John Doe.

Kitty Foyle


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Oscar Winner

Ginger Rogers as Katherine “Kitty” Foyle

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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (David Hempstead)

Best Director (Sam Wood)

Best Screenplay-Dalton Trumbo

Best Sound Recording-John Aalberg

Kitty is torn between a very rich man and a middle-class doctor.



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Oscar Winners

Bette Davis as Julie Mardsen

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Best Supporting ActressFay Bainter as Aunt Belle Massey

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke)

Best ScoringMax Steiner

Best CinematographyErnest Haller

Bette Davis didn’t get the part of Scarlett O’Hara, so this was the next best thing.

The Three Faces of Eve


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Oscar Winner

Joanne Woodward as Eve White/Eve Black/Jane

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Woodward made her own dress for the Oscar ceremony.

Born Yesterday


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Oscar Winner

Judy Holliday as Emma “Billie” Dawn

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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (S. Sylvan Simon)

Best Director (George Cukor)

Best Screenplay-Albert Mannheimer

Best B&W Costume DesignJean Louis

Holliday beat out the career triumphs of Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson!

The Lion in Winter


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Oscar Winners

Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Best Adapted ScreenplayJames Goldman

Best Original ScoreJohn Barry

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Joseph E. Levine, Jane C. Nusbaum, and Martin Poll)

Best Director (Anthony Harvey)

Best ActorPeter O’Toole as King Henry II of EnglandKing Henry II of England

Best Costume Design-Margaret Furse

This was the only true tie in Academy Award history. In 1932, Wallace Beery and Fredric March technically tied because they were only separated by one vote.  Hepburn shared the award with Barbra Streisand.



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Oscars Winners

Janet Gaynor as The Wife

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Best Unique and Artistic Picture (William Fox)

Best Cinematography-Charles Rosher and Karl Struss

Oscar Nomination

Best Art DirectionRochus Gliese

Gaynor held the record for youngest best actress until 1986 when Marlee Matlin won.

Blue Sky


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Oscar Winner

Jessica Lange as Carly Marshall

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By the time this 1990 production was released in 1994, the director had been dead for three years!


August 11, 2017

Ginger is our SUTS star today with 13 films one of which is a TCM premiere, 1952’s Dreamboat.

Mariah’s Picks

Bachelor Mother (1939-6:15 pm/5:15 pm c)

Ginger cannot convince anyone that the baby she stopped from rolling down the steps at the orphanage is not hers.  The baby in the movie real name was Elbert…Junior.

Kitty Foyle (1940-8 pm/7 pm c)

Ginger won an Oscar for her portrayal of a working-class girl who falls for a blue blood.

Top Hat (1935-10 pm/9 pm c)

One of Fred and Ginger’s best.

March 2, 2017

Vertigo (1958)

Watch Jimmy Stewart get really creepy toward Kim Novak in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece.

Victor/Victoria (1982)

Watch starving actress Julie Andrews disguise herself as a female impersonator and confuse the heck out of James Garner.

Vivacious Lady (1938)

Jimmy Stewart and Ginger Rogers marry after a whirlwind romance.  Now, all Jimmy has to do is tell his parents and fiancée.