Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day shorts

We're well into the Memorial Day weekend, which as always means a bunch of military movies on TCM. (FXM will be getting into the spirit of things too, especially in the evening block, but with some war movies on Monday, too.) Some years, there have been quite a few war-themed shorts, although this year seems to be different.

I could swear that I'd mentioned the short on The United States Navy Band, which you're likely to miss since this is airing Saturday at 5:19 PM. Instead, I've briefly mentioned a similar short on the Marine Corps Band . Warner Bros. made those two, as well as one with the Army band, and one with the "Army Air Force Band", seeing as the Air Force proper wasn't created until after World War II ended.

If you want another war-themed short, TCM is offering America, Preferred at 12:06 AM Monday (ie. between Sunday night and Monday morning, just before the Silent Sunday Nights feature), which exhorts people to buy defense bonds. There's also a featurette on the making of The Dirty Dozen which will be airing at about 5:15 PM Monday following The Dirty Dozen.

The other shorts airing on TCM, this weekend, have little or nothing to do with the military. There's an RKO-Pathé Sportscope look at the sport of Ski-Flying at 7:50 PM this evening, as well as a Little Rascals short Don't Lie a little after 7:45 AM Sunday.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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