Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tomorrow Is Norma Shearer Day On TCM

Yesterday was Norma Shearer's birthday, yet tomorrow is Norma Shearer Day on TCM. Go figure.

Norma is the most controversial winner so far here at the Monkey. Some readers love her, others love to hate her. I myself have come down passionately on both sides of the issue, proving once again that law school was no fluke. Why not stop by TCM tomorrow and see what all the fuss is about?

Here's the schedule straight from TCM's website. Of especial interest are The Divorcee (for which she won the Oscar) and Private Lives (for which she won the coveted Katie Award). And to my good friend, Mister Muleboy, who had a few cherce words on the subject of love in the midwest just the other day, I commend to him the short film "Minnesota: Land Of Plenty" at 4:04 p.m.

12 Thursday
6:00 AM Lady of the Night (1924)
In this silent film, a young man must choose between a woman from the streets and a refined woman, both of whom are in love with him. Cast: Norma Shearer, Malcolm McGregor, George K. Arthur. Dir: Monta Bell. BW-61 mins, TV-G

7:15 AM Lady Of Chance, A (1928)
In this silent film, a female con artist lures men to her apartment so she can blackmail them. Cast: Norma Shearer, Lowell Sherman, Gwen Lee. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. BW-78 mins

8:45 AM Their Own Desire (1929)
A young couple's affair is complicated by her father's relationship with his mother. Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone. Dir: E. Mason Hopper. BW-65 mins

10:00 AM Complicated Women (2003)
Documentary that looks at the phenomenon of "pre-code women" during the years 1929-1934. Cast: Narrated by Jane Fonda. Dir: Hugh Munro Neely. BW-55 mins

11:00 AM Divorcee, The (1930)
The double standard destroys a liberal couple's marriage. Cast: Norma Shearer, Chester Morris, Robert Montgomery. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. BW-82 mins

12:30 PM Barretts of Wimpole Street, The (1934)
An invalid poetess defies her father's wishes to marry a dashing young poet. Cast: Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Charles Laughton. Dir: Sidney Franklin. BW-109 mins

2:30 PM Riptide (1934)
A chorus girl weds a British lord then falls for an old flame. Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Herbert Marshall. Dir: Edmund Goulding. BW-92 mins

4:04 PM Short Film: Minnesota "Land Of Plenty" (1942)
This "Traveltalk" explores the history, land, and culture of Minnesota. Cast: James A. Fitzpatrick C-10 mins

4:15 PM Escape (1940)
A Nazi officer's mistress helps an American free his mother from a concentration camp. Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Conrad Veidt. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. BW-98 mins

6:00 PM Idiot's Delight (1939)
A hoofer and a fake Russian countess are caught behind enemy lines at the outbreak of World War II. Cast: Clark Gable, Norma Shearer, Edward Arnold. Dir: Clarence Brown. BW-110 mins

7:51 PM Short Film: Victor Mclaglen Bio (1962)
BW-4 mins

8:00 PM Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, The (1927)
In this silent film, a young prince attending college falls for a barmaid below his station. Cast: Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, Jean Hersholt. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. BW-106 mins

9:56 PM Short Film: Norma Shearer Biography (1962)
BW-4 mins

10:00 PM Private Lives (1931)
A divorced couple rekindles the spark after landing in adjoining honeymoon suites with new mates. Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Una Merkel. Dir: Sidney Franklin. BW-84 mins

11:30 PM Romeo and Juliet (1936)
Shakespeare's classic tale of young lovers from feuding families. Cast: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore. Dir: George Cukor. BW-125 mins

1:45 AM Marie Antoinette (1938)
Lavish biography of the French queen who "let them eat cake." Cast: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, Robert Morley. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke II. BW-157 mins

4:30 AM Strangers May Kiss (1931)
A sophisticated woman risks her marriage for love of a ruthless schemer. Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Neil Hamilton. Dir: George Fitzmaurice. BW-81 mins


mister muleboy said...


Uncle Tom said...

Norma Shearer Day - sort of like a 24 hour stomach virus.

I mean that with love and respect though

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Land O'Plenty, ho! Indeed it's Highway 61 Previsited and some of the stops are: Rochester, home of the Mayo Clinic; St. Paul, the capital, where narrator FitzPatrick shakes hands with Governor Harold E. Stassen; Hibbing, site of the world's largest open pit iron mine and of at least one wiry, wily and unruly youth; Duluth, then the world's largest inland water port; and Bemidji, with larger-than-life statues of folk hero Paul Bunyan and his ox, Babe. And that's a BLUE ox, sonny!