TCM Offers Ultimate Studio Tour With 2013 Edition Of 31 DAYS OF OSCAR; The Academy Awards February 24th
As the Academy celebrates 85 years of great films at the Oscars on February 24th, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to take movie fans on the ultimate studio tour with the 2013 edition of 31 DAYS OF OSCAR®. Under the theme Oscar by Studio, the network will present a slate of more than 350 movies grouped according to the studios that produced or released them. And as always, every film presented during 31 DAYS OF OSCAR is an Academy Award® nominee or winner, making this annual event one of the most anticipated on any movie lover’s calendar.
As part of the network’s month-long celebration, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has graciously provided the original Academy Awards® radio broadcasts from 1930-1952. Specially chosen clips from the radio archives will be featured throughout TCM’s 31 DAYS OF OSCAR website.
Hollywood was built upon the studio system, which saw nearly ever aspect of the movie industry controlled by the studio bosses. As the movie industry grew, so did the power wielded by the studios, which reached their zenith during the 1930s and ’40s before more independent forces began to point the industry in a new direction.
TCM’s 31 DAYS OF OSCAR showcase will feature collections from all of the major studios including the five largest, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Twentieth Century-Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros. and RKO Radio Pictures as well as the studios that were lesser in power, but just as influential in style, Universal, Columbia and United Artists, the latter of which operated primarily as a distributor of independently produced films.
The February lineup will also feature masterworks from a number of smaller studios that dealt in lower budgets, the so-called “Poverty Row” studios like Republic and Monogram Pictures, both domestic and foreign, including Ealing Studios and Otto Preminger Films. In addition, the lineup includes films from studios that challenged traditional Hollywood, like Seven Arts Productions and Embassy Pictures Inc., or that found success in the corporate Hollywood of the 1980s, like Touchstone Pictures.
TCM’s 2013 edition of 31 DAYS OF OSCAR offers a rare opportunity to explore the unique style each studio developed, from the glitz and glamour of MGM to the rough-and-tumble grittiness of Warner Bros. Throughout it all, TCM’s Robert Osborne, the official biographer of the Academy Awards®, and Ben Mankiewicz will guide viewers on a fascinating tour through each studio’s history, stars and signature films.
Movie fans can dive even further into TCM’s Oscar by Studio edition of 31 DAYS OF OSCAR by visiting the exciting new companion website, which includes a full schedule, information about each day’s films, photos, video clips, audio clips from the original Academy Awards radio broadcasts and much more:
31 DAYS OF OSCAR – Oscar by Studio
The following is a rundown of studios featured in TCM’s 31 DAYS OF OSCAR, along with some of their films being presented by TCM. A complete printable schedule is available at http://www.tcm.com/2013/31days/teaser/index.html.
Feb. 1-5: Warner Bros. – Films include The Jazz Singer (1927), The Public Enemy (1931), 42nd Street (1933), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Casablanca (1942), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), My Fair Lady (1964).
Feb. 5: Allied Artists – Films include Friendly Persuasion (1956), Billy Budd (1962), Cabaret (1972) and Papillon (1973).
Feb. 6: Seven Arts Productions – Films include The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961), Lolita (1962), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and The Night of the Iguana (1964).
Feb. 6-7: Universal – Films include All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Imitation of Life (1934), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Naked City (1948), The Sting (1973) and The Deer Hunter (1978).
Feb. 7: Svensk Filmindustri – Films include Wild Strawberries (1957), The Virgin Spring (1960), My Life as a Dog (1987).
Feb. 7: Lux Film – Films include Bitter Rice (1949), Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) and the TCM premiere of I Compagni (1963).
Feb. 8-10: Twentieth Century-Fox – Films include The Rains Came (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Mark of Zorro (1940), Anna and the King of Siam (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), The Robe (1953), Hello, Dolly! (1969) and Cocoon (1985).
Feb. 11-13: RKO Radio Pictures – Films include Cimarron (1931), Flying Down to Rio (1933), Alice Adams (1935), Love Affair (1939), Citizen Kane (1941), Notorious (1946) and The Brave One (1956).
Feb. 14: Filmways – Films include The Americanization of Emily (1964), The Sandpiper (1965) and Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Feb. 14: Selznick International – A Star Is Born (1937), Gone With the Wind (1939), Rebecca (1940), Spellbound (1945).
Feb. 15-19: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Films include The Broadway Melody (1929), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Gigi (1958), Ben-Hur (1959), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Victor/Victoria (1982).
Feb. 19-21: Paramount Pictures – Films include Wings (1927), The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), The Lady Eve (1941), Going My Way (1944), Double Indemnity (1944), A Place in the Sun (1951) and Alfie (1966).
Feb. 20: Sol Lesser Productions – Films include Way Down South (1939), That Uncertain Feeling (1941) and Stage Door Canteen (1943).
Feb. 20: Cinerama Productions – Films include This Is Cinerama (1952), How the West Was Won (1962) and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962).
Feb. 21: Walter Wanger Productions – Films include Stagecoach (1939), The Long Voyage Home (1940) and Foreign Correspondent (1940).
Feb. 22-25: Columbia Pictures – Films include The Awful Truth (1937), You Can’t Take It With You (1938), All the King’s Men (1949), From Here To Eternity (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), Easy Rider (1969), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
Feb. 25: Touchstone Pictures – Films include Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Dead Poets Society (1989).
Feb. 26: Hal Roach Studios – Films include Topper (1937), Merrily We Live (1938), Captain Fury (1939) and One Million B.C. (1940).
Feb. 26-27: The Samuel Goldwyn Company/Samuel Goldwyn Productions – Films include Dodsworth (1936), Stella Dallas (1937), Wuthering Heights (1939), Ball of Fire (1941), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and Guys and Dolls (1955).
Feb. 27: Alexander Korda Films – Films include That Hamilton Woman (1941), Lydia (1941) and The Jungle Book (1942).
Feb. 27: London Film Productions – Films include The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), The Four Feathers (1939), The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and The Third Man (1949).
Feb. 28: Ealing Studios – Films include The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Man in the White Suit (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955)
Feb. 28: Otto Preminger Films – Films include The Moon Is Blue (1953), The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) and The Cardinal (1955).
Feb. 28: Embassy Pictures Corporation – Films include The Graduate (1967), The Producers (1968), The Lion in Winter (1968) and Carnal Knowledge (1971).
March 1-3: United Artists – Films include The Circus (1928), Red River (1948), Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), West Side Story (1961), Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Annie Hall (1977).
The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented live on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at 7pm ET at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
Photos courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences