Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Movies I Watched in February

Drums Along the Mohawk

February is 31 Days of Oscar month on TCM and it is usually a rather slow month for me as I've already seen a majority of the films or they are ones that air several times a year anyway. However, this time I made an effort to finally watch some of the films I say I'm going to watch every time TCM shows them but never actually get around to viewing (three that have been on my watchlist for some time are A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dark Victory, and Separate Tables). This month also ended up being a Robert Taylor (5) and Greer Garson (7) month for me, as you will see. And I enjoyed Madame Curie so much I am currently reading the biography of the same name by her daughter Eve Curie as well as A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson by Michael Troyan.  I also just announced The Rose of MGM: The Greer Garson Blogathon.
  1. The Painted Desert (1931) - Bill Boyd, Helen Twelvetrees, Clark Gable
  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) - James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Anita Louise, Dick Powell & Olivia de Havilland. Joe E. Brown, Ian Hunter, Frank McHugh
  3. The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) - Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Richard Cromwell, C. Aubrey Smith
  4. Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) - Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell & Robert Taylor, Buddy & Vilma Ebson, Una Merkel
  5. Born to Dance (1936) - Eleanor Powell & James Stewart, Virginia Bruce, Una Merkel, Buddy Ebson 
  6. Three Comrades (1938) - Margaret Sullavan & Robert Taylor, Franchot Tone, Robert Young
  7. *The Cat and the Canary (1939) - Bob Hope & Paulette Goddard, Gale Sondergard
  8. Dark Victory (1939) - Bette Davis & George Brent, Geraldine FitzGerald, Humphrey Bogart, Ronald Reagan 
  9. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) - Henry Fonda & Claudette Colbert, Edna May Oliver, Ward Bond
  10. *The Ghost Breakers (1940) - Bob Hope & Paulette Goddard, Willie Best, Paul Lukas, Richard Carlson, Anthony Quinn
  11. *Pride and Prejudice (1940) - Greer Garson & Laurence Olivier, Ann Rutherford, Marsha Hunt, Frieda Inescourt, 
  12. Blossoms in the Dust (1941) - Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon, Marsha Hunt
  13. *Mrs. Miniver (1942) - Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Richard Ney, Dame May Whitty, Henry Travers, Reginald Owen
  14. Madame Curie (1943) - Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Dame May Whitty, Robert Walker, Van Johnson
  15. None Shall Escape (1944) - Marsha Hunt, Alexander Knox, Henry. Travers
  16. The Valley of Decision (1945) - Greer Garson & Gregory Peck, Marsha Hunt, Preston Foster, Jessica Tandy, Gladys Cooper, Donald Crisp, Lionel Barrymore, Marshall Thompson, Dan Duryea, Reginald Owen
  17. Danger Signal (1945) - Faye Emerson, Zachary Scott, Rosemary DeCamp
  18. That Forsyte Woman (1949) - Greer Garson, Errol Flynn, Robert Young, Janet Leigh, Walter Pidgeon 
  19. Quo Vadis (1951) - Robert Taylor & Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov
  20. All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) - Robert Taylor, Ann Blyth, Stewart Granger, Keenyn Wynn, Betta St. John, James Whitmore, Lewis Stone
  21. *River of No Return (1954) - Robert Mitchum & Marilyn Monroe 
  22. On the Waterfront (1954) - Marlon Brando & Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger
  23. Magnificent Obsession (1954) Rock Hudson & Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead 
  24. Executive Suite (1954) - William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson, Walter Pidgeon, Fredric March, Nina Foch, Dean Jagger, Shelley Winters, Paul Douglas, Louis Calhern, Tim Considine
  25. Written on the Wind (1957) - Lauren Bacall, Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone
  26. Separate Tables (1958) - Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, Wendy Hiller, Gladys Cooper, Rod Taylor, Audrey Dalton
  27. The House of the Seven Hawks (1959) - Robert Taylor & Nicole Maurey
  28. Pepe (1960) - Cantinflas, Shirley Jones, Dan Daily
  29. The Facts of Life (1960) - Bob Hope & Lucille Ball, Ruth Hussey, Don DeFore 
  30. The Rare Breed (1966) - James Stewart & Maureen O’Hara, Juliet Mills, Brian Keith
  31. A Warm December (1972) - Sidney Poitier & Esther Anderson
  32. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) - Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton
  33. Mrs. Soffel (1984) - Diane Keaton & Mel Gibson
  34. Spaceballs (1987) - Mel Brooks, John Candy, Bill Pullman
  35. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993) - Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Cloris Leachman
  36. *Maverick (1994) - Mel Gibson & Jodie Foster, James Garner, James Coburn
  37. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) - Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Phieffer, Chiwetal
Least Favorite Film: Didn't like how Three Comrades ended...

Favorite Film: Lots of solid films but I really loved Madame Curie.

Three Comrades
What Oscar winning films did you finally watch this month? Was there a CLASSIC that you enjoyed more than you expected? Was there a star you watched more than any other?


  1. Even my husband, who doesn't watch TCM as often as I do, gives a cheer when the 31 days are over.

    My biggest rediscovery this past month was The Three Lives of Thomasina. I hadn't seen it since childhood and was very moved and impressed.

    I also caught up with a new to me noir in Cornel Wilde's Storm Fear. I can't say I "liked" it, but at the same time I was impressed.

  2. Oh, you watched so many movies this month that I want to see! A Midsummer Night's Dream, Born to Dance, The Rare Breed, Pride & Prejudice, and more!

    This month I watched Patton (1970) and Adam's Rib (1949). I'm kind of burnt out on war movies right now, but I liked the later film!

  3. I named my teddy bear/mentor "Puck" after the Shakespearean character.