Blend the world's most indispensable non-news or sports cable channel with America's home of movie dreams and magic, and you have the TCM Classic Film Festival, scheduled to open tomorrow in Hollywood, Calif. and last through Sunday.
Three historic venues, all on famed Hollywood Boulevard, are the primary sites for the event -- Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Egyptian and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
While no films with Carole Lombard are currently scheduled (there are still several "to be announced" film openings, so it's possible one could crop up), there are numerous movies on the docket worth checking out for the classic film buff:
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. -- "Dirigible," a 1931 Frank Capra film, will play at Mann's Chinese 3.
Friday, 10 a.m. -- "Murder, He Says," a rarely screened 1945 Fred MacMurray comedy, at Mann's Chinese 3. Also there...
12:30 p.m. -- "The Big Trail," a 1930 western that should hae been John Wayne's big break. However, it was not a big hit, probably because it was shot in a widescreen format many theaters refused to install screens for (though a more conventional version was also issued), and Wayne was relegated to western programmers until late in the decade.
3:30 p.m. -- The 1959 "Imitation Of Life" at the Egyptian. There will also be a Q & A with the film's Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner, moderated by Peter Bogdanovich.
Saturday, 11 a.m. -- "The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre," with guests Anjelica Huston (her father Walter starred in it while brother John directed) and Martin Landau. He'll stick around at the Chinese for...
2:45 p.m. -- "North By Northwest," accompanied by Eva Marie Saint. Want even more of Landau? Go to Mann's Chinese 1 for...
3:15 p.m. -- "Crimes And Misdemeanors," where he and Anjelica will take part in a Q & A.
4 p.m. -- "Safety Last." Harold Lloyd's greatest film? Perhaps; it's certainly his best known, a clever combination of comedy and thrills. At the Egyptian, where it may well have played in 1923.
7 p.m. -- "The Story Of Temple Drake." Miriam Hopkins in one of the most notorious of pre-Code films, at Mann's Chinese 1. Or you could go to the Egyptian at that time and see arguably the greatest of all movie musicals, "Singin' In The Rain," with director Stanley Donen on hand.
Sunday, 2:45 p.m. -- "The Good Earth." A fine film, but the most exciting part of this is that Luise Rainer, who won an Oscar for her performance, will be on hand at the Egyptian -- a few months after turning 100. Also at the Egyptian...
7 p.m. -- "Some Like It Hot," the famous 1959 comedy, with Tony Curtis as a guest.
To learn more and see a full schedule, go to http://www.tcm.com/festival/#/home/index. It promises to be fun.