There are a few movies this month on Turner Classics with a World War I theme, which is no small trick in this month when we observe the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing and the number of World War II movies that are being shown. All times below are Central.
We apologize for being late, otherwise we would have told you that the 1926 film, The Better ‘Ole, with Sydney Chaplin, brother of Charlie, was on last night. But other films are coming up:
–On Moonlight Bay (1951). This may be a stretch to truly call this a World War I film, but it takes place just before the war and ends at the war’s start. Airs at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, June 7th, and stars Doris Day and Gordon MacRae. Repeats on Sunday, June 9th at 10:45 a.m.
–Lawrence of Arabia (1962). We can always count on TCM to show either Lawrence or Doctor Zhivago, two great David Lean films, and sometimes, both in the same month. Airs at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8th, and stars Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, and Anthony Quinn.
–East of Eden (1955). Not exactly a World War I film either, but it does include a bit of war fever when war is declared, and a bit of anti-German bias toward German-Americans. Airs at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 16th.
Now for the C-SPAN note. We have tried on a weekly basis to give you a heads up for any WWI programming that is coming up. We’ve not done that the past few weeks because . . . there hasn’t been any as far as we can see. We will remind you that any programming that has aired on the C-SPAN networks can be seen on their website, so if you’re interested, go to the website and put “World War I” in the search engine. Meanwhile, we’ll keep watching the schedule for upcoming programs.