Welcome to this week’s installment of TMP Recommends! Here are five films to keep an eye out for on TCM in the next week. All times are listed in EST and come from the US version of the TCM schedule. Happy viewing!
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Airing on TCM: April 8, 8:30 AM
You’ll want to grab a packet of Kleenex for this heartbreaking wartime melodrama of love found and lost. Robert Taylor stars as Roy Cronin, a British officer who meets beautiful ballerina Myra (Vivien Leigh) during an air raid. While visiting Waterloo Bridge, Roy recounts the tale of his and Myra’s tragic romance. While emotional, the film is also thought-provoking, and the performances are incredibly good. Vivien Leigh at her very best. This is one of my all-time favorite films.
Footlight Parade (1933)
Airing on TCM: April 11, 12:15 PM
The modern viewer gets the chance to explore the lost art of the “prologue” in 1933’s Footlight Parade. Chester Kent (James Cagney), after becoming a Broadway failure, decides to start creating prologues — musical numbers performed in theaters prior to the feature presentation. Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell co-star in this exciting, lavishly-produced musical.
Airing on TCM: April 12, 3:15 AM
Though I doubt William Castle’s films will ever be quite as fun to watch at home as they would be in a theater, with his gimmicks and PR stunts, they’re still highly enjoyable. Dubbed “King of the Corn” here on TMP, Castle has an unmatched knack for cheesy-but-wonderful spookfests. This one tells the tale of a small-town doctor with only a few hours to find his daughter, who has been kidnapped and buried alive. Higher on true suspense than some of Castle’s other work, Macabre still has that trademark camp factor mixed in throughout.
The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
Airing on TCM: April 12, 8:00 AM
This touching drama tells the story of a homely maid (Dorothy McGuire) and an injured soldier (Robert Young) who find love and learn to see beyond their physical flaws, accepting themselves and each other despite the fact that society has rejected them. Heartwarming and sweet, The Enchanted Cottage is a positive-message film, made even more wonderful thanks to its great performances and beautiful score.
Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute
Airing on TCM: April 14, 8:00 PM
I don’t know a single TCM fan that doesn’t want to either be Robert Osborne’s best friend or become his adoptive grandchild. TCM pays tribute to our beloved host, celebrating his 20th work-iversary with the channel with a look back at his life and career.