Thursday, February 11, 2010

TCM's Valentine's Day Programming List: The Directors' Cut!

Apropos of recent discussions that Monty and I have had about favorite directors, I couldn’t resist adding the directors to his post of TCM’s Valentine’s Day programming list:

Notorious (1946)…Alfred Hitchcock

High Society (1956)...William Beaudine

A Foreign Affair (1948)...Billy Wilder

The More the Merrier (1943)...George Stevens

The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)...Sam Wood

The Lady Eve (1941)...Preston Sturges

Casablanca (1942)...Michael Curtiz

The African Queen (1951)...John Huston

Little Women (1949)...Mervyn LeRoy

Ball Of Fire (1941)...Howard Hawks

I’m not much of a comedy person, but the Valentine’s Day list includes four that I think are near to perfection: The More The Merrier, The Devil and Miss Jones, The Lady Eve, and Ball of Fire.

I’ve never seen A Foreign Affair, so I’m looking forward to seeing the movie that became the impetus for Billy Wilder’s direction of Witness for the Prosecution; according to Robert Osborne, Marlene Dietrich agreed to play Christine in Witness only if Billy Wilder would direct, and this proviso was based on her positive experience working with him on A Foreign Affair. Also, I’m a huge Jean Arthur fan, so I am excited about seeing her in role that is new to me.

I would love to hear what my fellow philes are looking forward to watching!


monty said...

It would have been great if Jean Arthur and Barbara Stanwyck made a movie together.

PurpleLion said...

The only Valentine movie I caught was Casablanca. Forgot to set the dvr to see Notorious again.

Tom said...

I love A Foreign Affair. One of my favorite movies of all time. Nice blog, Monty!

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