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Monday, February 20, 2012

This Week on TCM: The Maltese Falcon

At 345pm today is CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935) which is what we had for Pirate Movies before Johnny Depp started doing his Keith Richards imitation.

Tomorrow at 615am is THE MORE THE MERRIER (1943) with Joel McCrea in a great comedy looking at the overcrowding of WWII era Washington DC.  It's got a charming cast and some great dialogue;

Asked by a young woman who thinks he should be doing something more important than reading DICK TRACY in the Sunday paper Joel responds;

"Gotta keep up with what's going on."

At 8pm that same tomorrow is Alfred Hithcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) which is a tight little thriller and worth your time.

Saturday at 10:30am is AFTER THE THIN MAN (1936) which is probably the best entry in the long running series with Nick and Nora Charles as amateur society detectives followed at 12:30pm with THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) which is the movie that launched the careers of Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and director John Huston.  It's the MUST SEE movie this week.

The Essentials offering is 1940s THE GRAPES OF WRATH with Henry Fonda in what WOULD have been my Must See if The Falcon wasn't on.  Beautifully filmed, acted and written.  This is a great American movie and truly worthy of the name Classic.

It was recently pointed out to me that I don't list anything on Sunday-- that's not an oversight, it's just there hasn't been much on Sundays I'd really recommend.  This week we've got Singin' in The Rain (1953) which is a pretty good musical even if you don't like musicals (like me) but I'm not going to be watching it so why should I recommend you do?  Stop pressuring me!