I finished watching Robert Taylor & Eleanor Parker feud in Above and Beyond last night. The story of Col. Paul Tibbets & the atomic bomb, this has to be the only movie that made family life come off as more dangerous than nuclear war. Best scenes: listening to B-29 engines, the nuclear scientist fixing Mrs. Tibbets' kitchen faucet because she thought he was a plumber. Greenbriar Picture Shows has a good writeup if you want to learn more.
Speaking of nuclear bombs, if you're a fan of nuclear history (like me), you may enjoy the PBS special The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer. In between interviews and historical photos, the program recreats the "flogging," I mean "trial," of Oppenheimer via recreations. Best part, David Strathairn plays Oppenheimer.
Think you're a MGM fan? Check out Stars in Heaven: An MGM Blog. Michael & his wife are making their way through the MGM catalog and blogging their thoughts along the way.
Princess O'Rourke: Ahh, what a refreshing romantic comedy from the war years. Robert Cummings, Jack Carson, Charles Coburn, and Olivia DeHavilland make a great combo. Laura has a good overview on her blog - I'll lead you there...
I saw a commercial last night for a new Nicholas Cage movie Knowing. I'm already there. Oh wait, it looks National Treasure-ish, I might even go see it in the theater.
Finaly, your Bob schedule for March on TCM (check your local listings):
Sunday, March 1
4 a.m. Night Must Fall (1937)
A charming young man worms his way into a wealthy woman's household, then reveals a deadly secret. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, Dame May Whitty. Dir: Richard Thorpe.
Sunday, March 15
2 p.m. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
A prizefighter who died before his time is reincarnated as a tycoon with a murderous wife. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains. Dir: Alexander Hall.
Thursday, March 19
3 p.m. Night Must Fall (1937)
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