Turner Classic Movies is serving up five World War I-themed movies during the month of November.

First up on November 8th is The Shopworn Angel (1938), a story about a showgirl who gives up life in the fast lane for a young soldier on his way to fight in the Great War.  Stars Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, and Walter Pidgeon.  Airs at 12:45 p.m. Central.

Early on the morning of the 9th is the silent classic, The Big Parade (1924) with John Gilbert and Renee Adoree.  Airs at 5:00 a.m.

The 10th brings us the French Jules and Jim (1962), the Francois Truffaut-directed film with Jeanne Moreau and Oskar Werner.  Airs at 2:15 p.m.

It should perhaps be no surprise that on the 11th–Armistice Day–the American WWI classic Sergeant York (1941) will be shown.  (That’s a full day of war films, but that’s the only WWI film.)  We probably don’t need to mention who’s in it, but it does include Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan.  Airs at 11:15 p.m.

And last, on the 25th, another French film, Grand Illusion (1937), about two French POWs escaping from their captors during WWI.  The Jean Renoir-directed film stars Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresway, and Erich von Stroheim.  2:30 a.m.

Happy viewing!

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.