Friday, April 9, 2021

Briefs for the weekend, April 9-11, 2021

Gloria Henry died last Saturday at the age of 98. Older folks will probably remember her for playing the mother on the TV show Dennis the Menace, although I don't think I've ever seen an episode, since I don't know if it's been in syndication in the last several decades, unlike, say, Leave it to Beaver. I also don't know whether it's been on any of the digital sub-channels; I've never seen a promo for it. As for Henry's movies in the 1940s and 1950s, probably the best known would be Miss Grant Takes Richmond (a Lucille Ball vehicle) and Rancho Notorious (a Marlene Dietrich western).

Polish actor Zygmunt Malanowicz died on Sunday aged 83. Probably the one role you'd know him for is as the young hitchhiker who winds up on the boat in Roman Polanski's Knife in the Water.

FXM is always recycling its lineup. Can-Can is still in the rotation, airing tomorrow at 11:10 AM and again on Sunday. I mentioned Conrack a few years back when it got an airing on TCM. But it's a Fox film and back on the FXM schedule, including Sunday at 1:10 PM.

Over on TCM, we're into the H's in 31 Days of Oscar, moving into the I's early Sunday (or overnight between Saturday and Sunday). So we've got Hell's Angels tonight at 10:15 PM; Robert Mongtomery in Hide-Out, which I didn't know got an Oscar nomination, tomorrow at 6:45 AM; and one of those not-so-good movies that got a nomination in the Original Song category, Ice Castles, at 1:30 PM Sunday.

Birthdays include Jean-Paul Belmondo of Breathless fame; he turns 88. Brandon de Wilde was born on this day in 1942, but he died tragically young at the age of 30 in an automobile accident.

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