TCM is finally celebrating Poitier’s 90th birthday (his birthday is in February when 31 Days of Oscar airs) with 12 films including one TCM premiere, 1971’s A Warm December.
The Defiant Ones (1958-10 pm/9 pm c)
Sidney and Tony Curtis are chained together and on the run. Both men received Best Actor nominations losing to David Niven for Separate Tables.
In the Heat of the Night (1967-midnight/11 pm c)
Just watch for this scene.
I Married a Witch (1942)
The ancestors of Frederic March’s character are cursed by witch Veronica Lake. The precursor to Bewitched.
Imitation of Life (1934) (1959)
Compare the two movies and find out which one’s better.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
This movie will be the opening film at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival with Sidney Poitier in attendance. He will be 90! on the 20th.
UPDATE: For some reason, I can’t update the Janet Gaynor post. I wrote that A Star is Born is getting another remake, and it just was greenlighted. It will star Bradley Cooper (who also will direct) and Lady Gaga.
An African-American actor who helped pave the way for Sidney Poitier and others.
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
James is uncredited here playing a Navy man. Watch for Humphrey Bogart’s performance as an increasingly unhinged officer and the 27th SUTS man of the day Van Johnson with his scar from the metal plate put in his head due to his fateful car accident.
The Phenix City Story (1955)
Edwards plays the father of a slain girl in a corrupt Alabama town. Filmed in semi-documentary style and is based on a true story.
Home of the Brave (1949)
James is the only black soldier in his WWII unit. He is fighting for his country and racism within his own unit.