Friday, February 09, 2007

31 days of Oscar: day 9

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 Song - Nominees and Winners. Today's schedule includes one of the most eclectic line up of films on the TCM schedule yet. From comedy to drama, muscial to kids film- today has it all. Here's today's schedule (all times are EST):

5:45 AM Second Chorus (’40)
7:15 AM All-American Co-Ed (’41)
8:15 AM Flying with Music (’42)
9:30 AM The Caddy (’53)
11:15 AM Alfie (’66)
1:15 PM For Love of Ivy (’68)
3:15 PM It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (’63)
6:30 PM Benji (’74)
8:00 PM The Muppets Take Manhattan (’84)
10:00 PM Foul Play (’78)
12:00 AM Philadelphia (’92)
2:15 AM Nashville (’75)
5:00 AM The Lady Objects (’38)

And our Oscar pick goes to... The Caddy! Today's pick goes right in line with today's theme. The Caddy was nominated for Best Song for Dean Martin's classic song, That's Amore. The song also featured prominantly in another Oscar nominated film, Moonstruck in the 1980s. The Caddy stars one of America's top comedy teams of the time, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Lewis plays Harvey Miller, son of a golf pro who wants his son to follow in his footsteps. Although Harvey is good, the only problem is that he is afraid of crowds. So his girlfriend suggests that Harvey become an instructor, and his first student is his girlfriend's brother Joe, who is played by Dean Martin. Joe becomes so good under Harvey's instruction that he begins to compete... and, as you probably guessed, hijinks ensue. The film also co-stars the lovely Donna Reed. The song That's Amore is such a recognizable and iconic song, it and Martin and Lewis's comedy antics make this film a must see.

The Caddy was nominated for only the Academy Award for Best Song, but did not win. You can watch the film today on TCM, or you can order the DVD through the usual online retailers and the TCM shop. The Caddy was released last year on DVD as part of the Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Collection, Vol. 1 Box Set. It is not currently available as a single release.

1 comment:

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie J.C., like thank you so much for this little bit of Dinohistory. Love "That's Amore," by our Dino, but never ever knew that it had been nominated for an academy award!!!! Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool. Oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth!!!


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