Monday, February 26, 2007

31 days of Oscar: day 26

This month, Turner Classic Movies celebrates movies and the Academy Awards by presenting 31 Days of Oscar. Each Day from Feb.1 through March 3, a different category of the awards will be the theme of the day; featuring films that were nominated or won in that category. The Shelf will be joining in the celebration by giving you our Oscar pick of the Day!

Today's category is Best Original Motion Picture Story and Best Motion Picture Story - Nominees and Winners . Here's today's schedule (all times are EST):

5:45 AM The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (’46)
7:45 AM The Stranger (’46)
9:30 AM The 49th Parallel (’41)
11:45 PM Destination Tokyo (’43)
2:15 PM Action in the North Atlantic (’43)
4:30 PM None Shall Escape (’44)
6:00 PM Here Comes the Groom (’51)
8:00 PM The Private War of Major Benson (’55)
10:00 PM Hondo (’53)
11:30 PM The Sniper (’52)
1:00 AM Naked City (’48)
2:45 AM Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (’47)
4:30 AM Mystery Street (’50)

And our Oscar pick goes to... Hondo! Starring John Wayne and Geraldine Page, in her screen debut, this film is a gripping western drama. Hondo Lane (Wayne) is a US Calvary Scout who happens upon a mother, Angie (Page) and her son living in hostile Apache territory. Hondo looks out for them, not understanding why they would live in such a dangerous area. Her no good husband has gone to town, where he has a run-in with Hondo, who doesn't realize who he is. Hondo is forced to kill him. It isn't long until the Apache capture Hondo, and Angie attempts to save him by convincing the Apache leader, Vittorio, that Hondo is her husband. The film was based on Louis L'Amour's short story, "The Gift of Cochise". Interestingly enough it was originally presented in 3-D, and movie goers were given 3-D glasses to use in theater.

Hondowas nominated for two Academy Awards; for Best Actress and Best Writing/Original Screenplay, but did not win. The Writing nomination was disqualified when L'Amour and the producers asserted it was not an original screenplay, but (of course) based on the short story. You can watch the film today on TCM, or you can order the DVD through the usual online retailers and the TCM shop. The film is available as a single disc special edition release.

For more information on TCM's 31 Days of Oscar, visit the Turner Classic Movies website.

Oh, I know it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me. I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

That dog don't take to pettin', son.

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