(Yes, March. This was originally posted February 21, lost, and just in case anybody refers back to these posts, the information has been restored. You never know what mad movie fanatics are out there! It’s the least we can do in memory of Robert Osborne.)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is scheduled to show no less than seven films during March that are set against the backdrop of the First World War. We list them here as a courtesy and make no cliam of historical accuracy! All times given are Central.
–Two Arabian Knights (1927). A silent film about two American soldiers fighting to escape the Germans while squabbling over a beautiful harem girl during World War I. (Go ahead, check the historical accuracy on this one!) Stars William Boyd–who would eventually become known as Hopalong Cassidy–and Mary Astor. Cast includes Boris Karloff. 7:30 a.m., March 1st.
–Waterloo Bridge (1940). A ballerina turns to prostitution when her fiance is reported killed in World War I. Stars Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. 12:15 p.m., March 2nd.
–The White Cliffs of Dover (1944). An American woman with a British husband fights to keep her family together through two world wars. Stars Irene Dunne, Alan Marshal, and Roddy McDowall. Supporting cast of Van Johnson, Frank Morgan, Dame May Whitty, and Peter Lawford. 2:15 a.m. March 3rd.
–Anastasia (1956). A group of exiled Russians claim to have found the living daughter of the Tsar, presumed executed in 1918. Stars Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, and Helen Hayes. 1:00 p.m. March 12th.
–Ryan’s Daughter (1970). Set against the 1916 Easter Rising, an Irish woman is branded a traitor when she falls for a British soldier. Stars Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Trevor Howard, John Mills, and Leo McKern. 12:45 a.m. March 18th.
–Wilson (1944). A chronicle of the political career of President Woodrow Wilson. Stars Alexander Knox and Geraldine Fitzgerald. Supporting cast of Cedric Hardwicke, Charles Coburn, Vincent Price and Thomas Mitchell. 8:45 p.m. March 28th.
–Ever in My Heart (1933). During World War I, a woman suspects her husband of being a German spy. Stars Barbara Stanwyck, Otto Kruger, and Ralph Bellamy. 10:30 a.m. March 30th.
See you at the movies! And remember–even with historically inaccurate films, a film festival is a good way to get conversations started about World War I!