As you probably know by now, Sunday is Mother's Day (if you don't, there's still time for flowers or gifts!), and the channel get.tv, which airs vintage films (most of them from Columbia), will celebrate with a five-pack of mother-related movies...including "Lady By Choice," a 1934 comedy where Carole Lombard plays a fan dancer who "adopts" a drunken vagrant (May Robson) as her "mother" for publicity purposes. I can't quite call it a classic, but it has plenty of charm, and Lombard has fine comedic chemistry with Robson.
"Lady By Choice" will air at 1:30 p.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. Pacific, the third of five films with a Mother's Day theme. The others (all times Eastern):
* 9:30 a.m. -- "And Baby Makes Three" (1949). Long before becoming Della Street on the "Perry Mason" TV series, Barbara Hale (who is still with us) starred in this romantic comedy about a bride-to-be who faints at the altar and concludes that she is pregnant with her ex-husband's baby. Also in the cast are Robert Young and Billie Burke.
* 11:30 a.m. -- "She Married Her Boss" (1935). Claudette Colbert, who'd won an Academy Award on her loanout to Columbia for "It Happened One Night" the year before, returns to Gower Gulch for this likable comedy, playing a smart career woman and the problems that ensue when...she marries her boss (Melvyn Douglas). With Edith Fellows and Jean Dixon; directed by Gregory La Cava.
* 3:20 p.m. -- "The Lady Is Willing" (1942). In his early years, Fred MacMurray was famed for teaming with Lombard, Colbert and Barbara Stanwyck, among others; this was his lone outing with Marlene Dietrich. She's a Broadway star who can only keep an abandoned baby by marrying Fred, a divorced physician. Directed by Mitchell Leisen.
* 5:30 p.m. -- "Ladies of the Chorus" (1949). Adele Jergens is the lead as a burlesque queen who falls for a wealthy socialite, but modern eyes will focus on Marilyn Monroe in one of her first films. Also in the cast is vaudeville comic Eddie Garr (yep, Teri's father).
And while "Made For Each Other" isn't technically part of the schedule, it does feature Lombard portraying a mother, and will air at 11:40 p.m. (Eastern) -- though I don't believe the baby arrives until after midnight in the East.
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