Here are your TCM highlights for March 2017
The first three days of the month are the conclusion of the 31 Days of Oscar series, which started February 1st, as a result, the March schedule begins on March 4th.
On March 12th there is an evening tribute to Dorothy Dandridge with the showing of Carmen Jones (1954) and Bright Road (1953).
St. Patrick’s Day (17th) is filled with great Irish movies including The Quite Man, Finian’s Rainbow, and Little Nellie Kelly.
The TCM Guest Programmer for March is Michael Connelly. He is an acclaimed author of detective novels and other crime fiction (notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch), most recently The Wrong Side of Goodbye. Connelly is currently producing an Amazon series, Bosch, based on the novels.
His picks are:
- Klute (1971)
- Shaft (1971)
- The French Connection (1971)
- Night Moves (1975)
The movies are scheduled to air Tuesday, March 14th beginning at 8:00 pm ET
March Malice is scheduled for March 20 – 25. 74 films, featuring some of the most memorable and iconic villains in movie history. Please refer to schedule for specific movies.
TCM is kicking off a new programming feature called “Noir Alley”. It will be hosted by Film Noir Foundation Founder & President Eddie Muller. Known to classic film fans as “The Czar of Noir,” Muller will explore the genre from every angle as he introduces a different noir classic each week. Noir Alley will air Sundays at 10 a.m. (ET) starting March 5 with a screening of the movie widely credited as the first film noir, The Maltese Falcon (1941).
Film noir, with its gritty and dark style, was a favorite among 1940s and 1950s moviegoers and continues to be one of the most popular genres of classic film today. Noir Alley will showcase film noir’s heavy hitters each week including the below March lineup:
March 5: The Maltese Falcon (1941), the unforgettable classic about “the stuff that dreams are made of,” directed by first-time director John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet
March 12: Detour (1945), a remarkable and highly influential film directed on a shoestring budget by Edgar G. Ulmer and starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage
March 19: Act of Violence (1948), a revenge tale about WWII veterans directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Van Heflin and Robert Ryan
March 26: Tension (1949), an engrossing thriller about a would-be wife killer directed by John Berry and starring Richard Basehart and Audrey Totter
Noir Alley is designed to be an immersive, multi-platform experience for both seasoned noir fans and newcomers to the genre. You can download the schedule, through January 2018, here. (PDF)
Treasure from the Disney Vault returns March 16th featuring Fred MacMurray in FOLLOW ME, BOYS! (1966), along with several animal-themed films such as THE HOUND THAT THOUGHT HE WAS A RACCOON (1960) and THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (1963).
This month on Silent Sundays, there are a pair of Jack Holt silents, and a pair of Marion Davies silents. Towards the end of the month there is a Japanese silent film from 1931.
Ducks and Drakes (1921) 12:30 am ET
- Starring Bebe Daniels and Jack Holt
- A man sets out to teach his flirtatious fiancée a lesson.
The Smart Set (1928) 1:30 am ET
- Starring Jack Holt, William Haines, Alice Day
- An egotistical polo player has to redeem himself after he’s kicked off the U.S. team.
The Bride’s Play (1922) 12:00 am ET
- Starring Marion Davies, Jack O’Brien, and Frank Shannon
- An Irish lass is torn between the poet who seduced her and the nobleman who truly loves her.
The Red Mill (1927) 1:15 am ET
- Starring Marion Davies, Owen Moore, and Louise Fazenda
- In this silent film, a barmaid sets out to win the heart of a handsome hero.
Tokyo Chorus (1931) 12:00 am ET
- Starring Tokihiko Okada, Emiko Yagumo and Tatsuo Saito
- A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague.
The Outlaw and His Wife (1917) 12:00 am ET
- Starring Victor Seastrom, Edith Erastoff, and John Ekman
- Stunningly filmed love story set in 19th-century Iceland concerning an outlaw who goes to work on a farm and falls in love with the wealthy widow who owns it. Pursued by the law, the two flee to the mountains for a brief period of happiness.
The cult movie picks this month includes one of our favorites, Dead Ringer directed by Paul Henreid and starring Bette Davis as twin sisters. There are also two shorts, one directed by WC Fields and the other by Alfred Hitchcock.
Wind Across the Everglades (1958) – March 8th 2:30 pm ET
- Starring Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer, Chana Eden
- An ornithologist battles a family of bird poachers in the Florida Everglades.
Detour (1945) – March 12th 10:00 am ET and March 21st 10:00 pm ET
- Starring Tom Neal, Ann Savage, and Claudia Drake
- A hitchhiker takes on a dead man’s identity only to face blackmail by an unscrupulous woman.
The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) – short – March 14th 1:30 pm ET
- Starring W.C. Fields, Rosemary Theby, and George Chandler
- A Yukon prospector, lost his only son years ago to the temptations of the big city; now the prodigal son Chester has returned home after a stint in prison.
Five Million Years to Earth (British title: Quatermass and the Pit) (1968) – March 18th 06:15 PM ET
- Starring James Donald, James Donald and Barbara Shelley
- Subway excavations unearth a deadly force from beyond space and time.
Aventure Malgache (1944) – short – March 20 06:00 AM ET
- Starring Paul Bonifas, Paul Clarus, and Jean Dattas
- The Moliere players are in their dressing room, getting ready to go on set. One actor mentions to another that his face reminds him of an opportunist turncoat he knew when he was in the Resistance. He then relates the adventure that he had in the Resistance, running an illegal radio station and dodging the Nazis.
The Seventh Victim (1943) – March 20 – 07:15 AM ET
- Starring Tom Conway, Jean Brooks and Isabel Jewell
- A girl’s search for her missing sister puts her in conflict with a band of satanists.
Dead Ringer (1964) March 29 – 06:00 PM
- Starring Bette Davis (as twins), Karl Malden, and Peter Lawford
- A woman murders her rich twin and tries to take her place.
The imports for March are from Sweden, Japan, (including one anime), Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.
Belladonna of Sadness (1973) – Japan – Anime – 2:15 am ET
- After being banished from her village, a peasant woman makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability.
Babette’s Feast (1987) – Denmark – 3:00 am ET
- Starring Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer, and Birgitte Federspiel
- In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church.
Gertrud (1964) – Denmark – 5:00 am ET
- Starring Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode
- In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975) – Belgium/France – 3:45 am ET
- Starring Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, and Henri Storck
- A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.
I Was Born, But… (1932) – Japan – 2:00 am ET
- Starring Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, and Mitsuko Yoshikawa
- Two boys go on a hunger strike when they see their dad toadying to his boss.
Ohayo (aka Good Morning) (1959) – Japan – 3:45 am ET
- Starring Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, and Chishû Ryû
- Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.
Torment (1944) – Sweden – 2:00 am ET
- Starring Stig Järrel, Alf Kjellin, Mai Zetterling
- An idealistic adolescent, suffering under the thumb of a sadistic schoolmaster, falls in love with a loose girl who is bullied and tormented by another lover.
Hour of the Wolf (1968) – Sweden – 4:00 am ET
- Starring Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Gertrud Fridh
- While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires.
Programming is subject to change without notice so check tcm.com for the latest scheduling.