No clever theme this time, just a quick set of thoughts around some of the movies TCM is showing in the upcoming week.
Animal Crackers (Saturday, 3/26, 8:30 AM ET) — I’m trying the Marx Brothers again. I know it’s no Duck Soup, but the description of a “madcap house party” sounds fun. Speaking of which, I love the way that TCM describes every Marx Brothers movie starting with “Three zanies (do whatever)”.
Love in the Afternoon (Monday, 3/28, 10:00 AM ET) — I never would have imagined that a movie with Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, and Gary Cooper would be so boring I couldn’t make it 20 minutes in, but this is that movie. Also one of those “he’s HOW old and we’re supposed to believe their romance?”
Apparently, this movie was director Billy Wilder’s homage to Ernst Lubitsch. Instead, why not try the real thing?
Wednesday night (Thursday morning), starting at 1 AM, TCM airs three Lubitsch films, beginning with Trouble in Paradise, a caper romance starring Kay Francis. Then comes The Love Parade, the first real movie musical and Jeanette MacDonald’s debut, and To Be or Not to Be, the Nazi comedy. I’ve greatly enjoyed watching just about every movie he’s done, so I recommend them all.
Don’t forget about Jean Harlow month — they saved some of her best for Tuesday night, March 29, starting at 8 with Dinner at Eight.
The Last of Sheila (Thursday, 3/31, 10:30 PM ET) — To round out the month, this twisty, all-star mystery about a manipulative Hollywood producer who loves to play games and those possibly involved in his wife’s death. The cast is a who’s who of 70s stars — James Coburn, Richard Benjamin, James Mason, Dyan Cannon, Joan Hackett, Raquel Welch — and the puzzles intriguing. Co-written by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim, who turned their own murder party games into this plot.