(Above: Jose Ferrer and Mala Powers. Source: YouTube video)
Starting this Friday, February 7, at 12 pm ET, classic movie streamer The Film Detective will host a marathon of films that either won – or were nominated for – Oscars in various categories.
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) — King Henry VIII (Best Actor winner Charles Laughton) went through six wives — ostensibly in search of a male heir. This drama stars Merle Oberon as Henry’s second, ill-fated wife, Anne Boleyn; Wendy Barrie as Jane Seymour; and Laughton’s real-life wife Elsa Lanchester as Anne of Cleves. Robert Donat portrays Thomas Culpeper. Airtime: Sunday, February 9, 7:06 am ET.
A Star Is Born (1937) – The first of four big-screen iterations, A Star Is Born dramatizes the meteoric rise of a young Hollywood actress (Janet Gaynor) with the help of an alcoholic has-been (Frederic March). Both Gaynor and March were nominated in the Best Acting categories, and William Wellman was nominated for Best Director. Wellman did win, along with Robert Carson for Best Writing (Original Story). The movie is one of the earliest examples of the three-strip technicolor process. Airtime: Sunday, February 9, 10:01 am.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) — Poet and sword fighter Cyrano de Bergerac (Best Actor winner Jose Ferrer) loves beautiful Roxane (Mala Powers) but assumes his nose precludes any chance of romance. So he provides handsome but tongue-tied guardsman Christian (William Prince) with the verse to woo Roxane, words that come from Cyrano’s heart. Airtime: Sunday, February 9, 3:25 pm.
You can peruse the entire schedule at The Film Detective. The Film Detective’s linear 24/7 channel is available on Sling TV, Stirr and DistroTV. You can also watch the streamer’s “Oscar Classics” collection (36 films in all) for free, on demand, with ads.
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