On TCM 10/5/16- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) – Brilliant direction by Frank Capra along with James Stewart’s performance as the idealistic Jefferson Smith make this a standout gem even in the best year for American movies. I love the slow acceptance of Jefferson Smith by Jean Arthur, Harry Carey as the President of the Senate keeping things in order, and the subtle acting of Oscar nominated here Claude Raines as Senator Joseph Paine.
On TCM 10/19/16- Were you ever lucky enough to meet a lifelong best friend when you were interviewing for a job? Street smart Joan Crawford as Mildred Pierce (1945) with just a little advice from this new friend Oscar nominated here Eve Arden learns the restaurant business and opens up a very successful restaurant.
On TCM 10/10/16- The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)- A very interesting war movie based on a true mission with Trevor Howard as a veteran Royal Marine captain and Jose Ferrer (who also is the film’s director) as a WWII commando unit leader who tests the men for his team for a suicide mission via canoes behind German lines by dropping them by parachute 300 miles north in England dressed in German uniforms with neither money nor ID, and telling them to get back to barracks in 48 hours. Each of the men has a different approach to this task and it is a very entertaining sequence filmed at actual Surrey locales.
On TCM 10/17/16- A saga set in the 1890’s you will be singing aloud about before you know it: Raoul Walsh’s The Strawberry Blonde (1941) where Jack Carson (Hugo Barnstead) crosses James Cagney (Biff Grimes) in love (with local beauty Rita Haywood) and frames him in business for being a Cosigner to some crooked real estate deals. Biff goes to jail (lets the world pass him by for few years) and while being constrained in prison studies Dentistry. Years later now ex-con Biff gets his revenge on Jack Carson by constraining him on the dentist chair-And most of all Cagney wins in love by being happily married to the beautiful and kind Oliva De Havilland. Along the way catch great character actors: George Tobias in yet another ethnic role as a Greek barber; Alan Hale Sr. as yet another colorful movie dad; and later TV Superman George Reeves as a tough neighbor bold enough to pick a fist fight with Cagney.