The Best Supporting Actor Oscar was first given out in 1937 with Walter Brennan winning for Come and Get It (which will be shown today).  Brennan won two more times in the next four years!

Come and Get It


Oscar Winner

Walter Brennan as Swan Bostrom

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Oscar Nomination

Best Film Editing-Edward Curtiss

Brennan won the first Best Supporting Actor Oscar which he would repeat in 1938 and 1940.

Tortilla Flat


Oscar Nomination

Frank Morgan as The Pirate

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White people play Mexicans.  A drawback of Old Hollywood.

The Story of G.I. Joe


Oscar Nominations

Robert Mitchum as Lt. Capt. Bill Walker

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Best Screenplay-Leopold Atlas, Guy Endore, and Phillip Stevenson

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture-Louis Applebaum and Ann Ronell

Best Song-“Linda” by Ann Ronell

War correspondent Ernie Pyle joins an Army unit to learn what battle is all about.

The Best Man


Oscar Nomination

Lee Tracy as President Art Hockstader

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Two presidential hopefuls vie for the President’s endorsement.

Broken Arrow


Oscar Nominations

Jeff Chandler as Cochise

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Best Screenplay-Albert Maltz

Best Color Cinematography-Ernest Palmer

A prospector tries to broker peace between white settlers and the Apache.

Sweet Bird of Youth


Oscar Winner

Ed Begley as Tom “Boss” Finley

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Oscar Nominations

Best ActressGeraldine Page as Alexandra Del Lago

Best Supporting ActressShirley Knight as Heavenly Finley

An aspiring actor/gigolo escorts an actress to his Florida hometown.

The Subject was Roses


Oscar Winner

Jack Albertson as John Cleary

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Oscar Nomination

Best Actress-Patricia Neal as Nettie Cleary

Patricia Neal’s first film after suffering a massive stroke in 1965.

Viva Zapata!


Oscar Winner

Anthony Quinn as Eufemio Zapata

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Oscar Nominations

Best Actor-Marlon Brando as Emiliano Zapata

Best ScreenplayJohn Steinbeck (!)

Best Dramatic or Comedy ScoreAlex North

Best B&W Art Direction-Lyle Wheeler and Leland Fuller (Art Direction); Thomas Little and Claude Carpenter (Set Decoration)

Brando first film after playing Stanley.

A Thousand Clowns


Oscar Winner

Martin Balsam as Arnold Burns

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Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Fred Coe)

Best Adapted ScreenplayHerb Gardner

Best Adaptation or Treatment ScoreDon Walker

A recently unemployed writer fights to keep custody of his nephew.

All the President’s Men


Oscar Winners

Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee

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Best Adapted ScreenplayWilliam Goldman

Best Sound-Dick Alexander, Les Fresholtz, Arthur Piantadoisi and Jim Webb

Best Art Direction-George Jenkins (Art Direction) and George Gaines (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Walter Coblenz)

Best Director (Alan J. Pakula)

Best Supporting ActressJane Alexander as Judy Graham Hoback

Best Film Editing-Robert L. Wolfe

Now we have “Stupid Watergate.”

Ryan’s Daughter


Oscar Winners

Sir John Mills as Michael

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Best CinematographyFreddie Young

Oscar Nominations

Best ActressSarah Miles as Rosy Ryan

Best SoundGordon K. McCallum and John Bramall


Emma Bovary set in post-WWI Ireland.



Not only is August 6 Mitchum’s SUTS day, it is also the 100th anniversary of his birth.  The New York Film Festival and others will have retrospectives and tributes to this underrated actor.  TCM has 13 films on the docket with one premiere: 1944’s When Strangers Marry.

Mariah’s Picks

The Locket (1946-6 am/5 am c)

This film noir is intriguing because it has a flashback within a flashback within a flashback.  They decided not to go with a fourth one.

Crossfire (1947-9 am/8 am c)

Bob stars with two other Bob’s in this film noir classic.  One Bob (not Mitchum) received a Best Supporting Actor nomination.

Holiday Affair (1949-10:30 am/9:30 am c)

The lighter side of Mitch.

The Story of G.I. Joe (1945-4 pm/ 3 pm c)

Bob received his only Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a world-weary soldier.

The Night of the Hunter (1955-8 pm/7 pm c)

Mitchum’s greatest role, featuring the famous “love/hate” scene.

Out of the Past (1947-10 pm/9 pm c)

Mitch doesn’t care that this girl will lead him to his doom.