It is going to be a wonderful weekend on TCM for classic movie fans. Most of today will be devoted to the crime/suspense/thrillers of directors Raoul Walsh and Edwin L. Marin. I especially recommend Walsh’s Manpower (1941), starring Edward G. Robinson, Marlene Dietrich, and George Raft, which will be on today at 10:45 am. Then at 12:30, spend your lunch hour watching the thrillingly titled Background to Danger (1943), again starring George Raft, along with Brenda Marshal and notable villain Sydney Greenstreet.
One of my all time favorite films, and one that was responsible for my first introduction to classic moviedom, will be on tonight at 8:00 pm: Stanley Kramer‘s It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963). Spencer Tracy leads the most spectacular cast of comedians ever seen on the big screen, from Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney to Ethel Merman, Milton Berle, Phil Silvers, Sid Caesar, and Edie Adams. Mad World will be followed by another epic roadshow comedy, the original The Great Race (1965), at 11:00 pm.
TCM goes out of its way this Saturday to bring you a diverse selection of classic movies from many genres, including romance, suspense drama, crime, Western, and adventure. But if you are not going out Saturday evening, you’ll want to be glued to your TV for some classic gems about sibling rivalry. Two Bette Davis essentials will be on, starting with Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962), which also stars Davis’s real-life dueling diva Joan Crawford. Then after A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) at 10:30, Davis appears again at 12:45 in William Wyler’s The Little Foxes (1941).
Most of Sunday is spent either in London with Royal Wedding (1951) starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, or in Paris with Les Misérables (1935) and The Last Time I saw Paris (1954) starring Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, and Walter Pidgeon. Irene Dunne is featured on TCM primetime in the precursor to the musical The Kind and I (1956), the iconic Anna and the King of Siam (1946), which co-stars Rex Harrison. Dunne appears again at 10:15 in a romance with Robert Taylor, Magnificent Obsession (1935).
For a full schedule of TCM‘s line-up, be sure to check out their website. I can also recommend investing in a subscription to their “Now Playing” guide. In it you get all the showtimes, plus articles about the special features. But my favorite part is the crossword puzzle at the back! I look forward to hearing what you watched and what you loved today on TCM!