TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2013- Mickey Rooney Day
Full Schedule (All times Eastern)
6:00 AM (suspense) Death On The Diamond (1934)
*7:15 AM (comedy) Midsummer Night’s Dream, A (1935)
*9:45 AM (comedy) Family Affair, A (1936)
*11:00 AM (drama) Boys Town (1938)
1:00 PM (musical) Strike Up the Band (1940)
3:15 PM (musical) Summer Holiday (1948)
5:00 PM (crime) Quicksand (1950)
6:30 PM (suspense) Strip, The (1951)
*8:00 PM (musical) Girl Crazy (1943)
10:00 PM (drama) Human Comedy, The (1943)
12:15 AM (drama) Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962)
2:00 AM (crime) Pulp (1972)
4:00 AM (drama) 80 Steps To Jonah (1969)
This is a good day for movies. I really like Mickey Rooney and there is a movie coming on that I’ve wanted to see for years, but more on that later. Did I ever tell you about the time Mickey Rooney came to my church? Oh yeah, I did. Cool story, right? No, I know. Rooney has always fascinated me because of his energy and presence, no matter what age. Even relatively recently in Night at the Museum. What a fun character. Okay, let’s get into it.
Start your morning off right with Mickey Rooney as he plays mischief with the lives of 4 humans and countless fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is an excellent film for people who have a strange and possibly creepy obsession with James Cagney’s forearms (like me). It’s also an excellent film in general. And so beautiful just to look at.
Here’s the part where I recommend a movie I have not seen. This is the movie from which all of the Andy Hardy pictures stemmed. In this one, though, Lionel Barrymore plays Judge Hardy as opposed to Lewis Stone in all the other Andy Hardy movies. This movie focuses primarily on Judge Hardy, rather than his son Andy. I have never been able to find it on a schedule, so I’m pretty excited to finally see it.
Boys Town is a good movie too. It’s about a reform school which is run by Father Flanagan, played by Spencer Tracy, and features Rooney as the most interesting kid there. Well, at least he’s the main focus anyway.
Girl Crazy is fun. It may as well be an Andy Hardy movie, except for that it’s a musical. Judy Garland and June Allyson are in it too. It was intended to be a Busby Berkeley joint but he got fired after continually having arguments and issues with Garland, but not before he filmed the “I Got Rhythm” number.
And now you’re informed. Now, please don’t think that I mean for you only to watch the movies I’ve recommended, I just want you to make sure you don’t miss the ones I did.
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