Monday, May 14, 2012

Strike up the band

TCM is listing tonight's prime time lineup under the theme "Henry Koster Musicals". All of the movies were directed by Koster, and they all have a reasonable amount of music, but I don't know that I'd call half of them musicals. The night kicks off at 8:00 PM with Stars and Stripes Forever, which is a biopic of composer John Philip Sousa. Happily, TCM's site lists it as now being available on DVD. Immediately following, a little after 9:30 PM, is a short of the Marine Corps Band that Warner Bros. made back in 1942.

TCM lists One Hundred Men and a Girl, airing at 11:30 PM, as not being available for purchase. It's gotten a DVD release, but apparently only overseas. (Specifically, Region 2, which is Europe, Japan, and South Africa.)

The third non-musical is another biopic, The Singing Nun, at 3:00 AM. Once again, there's certainly music, but it's a biopic of her time as a nun. As I mentioned back in January 2009, what happened afterwards isn't pretty. The Singing Nun is on DVD here in North America.

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