The first Sound award was given in 1930 to Douglas Shearer for The Big House.  He won another four times and was nominated another ten.

Flirtation Walk (1934-6am/5am c)

Oscar Nominations

Best Sound-Warner Bros. Sound Department; Nathan Levinson

Best Picture?! (Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, and Robert LordRobert Lord)

An army private courts a general’s daughter.

This Land is Mine (1943-8am/7am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-RKO Sound Department; Steve Dunn

A schoolteacher tries to prove he’s not a Nazi collaborator.

The North Star (1943-10am/9am c)

Oscar Nominations

Best Sound-Thomas T. Moulton

Best Original ScreenplayLillian Hellman

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureAaron Copland

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

Best B&W CinematographyJames Wong Howe

Best Special EffectsClarence Slifer, Ray Binger, and Thomas T. Moulton

Villagers try to fight off invading Nazis.

The Snake Pit (1948-noon/11am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Thomas T. Moulton

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Anatole Litvak and Robert Bassler)

Best ActressOlivia De Havilland as Virginia Stuart Cunningham

Best Screenplay-Frank Partos and Millen Brand

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureAlfred Newman

A woman fights to regain her sanity.

The Big House (1930-2pm/1pm c)

Oscar Winners

Best Sound-Douglas Shearer

Best WritingFrances Marion

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Irving Thalberg)

Best ActorWallace Beery as Butch

Douglas Shearer won the first award for Best Sound.  Take a listen to his work.

The Great Caruso (1951-3:45pm/2:45pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Douglas Shearer

Oscar Nominations

Best Scoring of a Musical PicturePeter Herman Adler and Johnny Green

Best Costume Design, ColorHelen Rose and Gile Steele (posthumous)

A biopic of opera singer Enrico Caruso.

Strike Up the Band

(1940-5:45pm/4:45pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Douglas Shearer

Oscar Nominations

Best ScoringGeorgie Stoll and Roger Edens

Best Song“Our Love Affair” by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens

Judy and Mickey put on a show, again.

San Francisco (1936-8pm/7pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-once again, Douglas Shearer

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (John Emerson and Bernard H. Hyman)

Best Director (W.S. Van Dyke)

Best ActorSpencer Tracy as Father Tim Mullin

Best Original Story-Robert Hopkins

Best Assistant DirectorJoseph M. Newman

They made a movie about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake 20 years later.

That Hamilton Woman

(1941-10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Jack Whitney

Oscar Nominations

Best B&W Art DirectionVincent Korda (Art Direction) and Julia Heron (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyRudolph Mate

Best Special EffectsLawrence W. Butler and William H. Wilmarth

Winston Churchill’s favorite movie.  He claimed to have seen it 83 times.

The Alamo (1960-12:30am/11:30pm)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Gordon E. Sawyer and Fred Hynes

Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (John Wayne)

Best Supporting ActorChill Willis as Beekeeper

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureDimitri Tiomkin

Best Song-“The Green Leaves of Summer” by Dimitri Tiomkin (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics)

Best Cinematography, ColorWilliam H. Clothier

Best Film EditingStuart Gilmore

Spoiler alert: everyone dies.

The Sound Barrier (1952-4:15am/3:15am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-London Films Sound Department

Oscar Nominations

Best ScreenplayTerence Ratigan

A pilot marries into an aviation family.



It’s the Duke’s day with 11 films.

Mariah’s Picks

Stagecoach (1939-12:15 pm/11:15 am c)

The film that started it all.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962-5:45 pm/4:45 pm c)

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

The Quiet Man (1952-8 pm/7 pm c)

This week’s Essential with host Alec Baldwin and special guest William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of The French Connection.  Shot entirely in Ireland.

The Searchers (1956-10:30 pm/9:30 pm c)

How many directors would have their magnum opus with their 115th film!  The Duke named his youngest son after the character he played in this film.




Robert Montgomery makes his SUTS debut today.  The debonair leading man has 14 films on the schedule.  Here are some of my picks:

The Divorcee (1930)


Robert plays a small but pivotal role as the man who Norma Shearer decides to “balance the accounts” with after her husband confesses to an affair with a former girlfriend.

They Were Expendable (1945)


Robert returns to moviemaking after serving in WWII in this WWII war drama portraying the commander of a group of PT boats fighting in the Pacific.  John Wayne and Donna Reed co-star.

Night Must Fall (1937)


Robert plays against his debonair type as an Irishman who takes a job as a old lady’s caretaker.  However, he has a big secret hidden in a hatbox.

A Montgomery extra-I’ve linked the 1948 film The Saxon Charm, a film that is rarely seen.  Also stars Susan Hayward, John Payne, and Audrey Totter.