Turner Classic Movies continues its 2012 Summer Under the Stars programming with a day of films starring Lionel Barrymore on Friday, August 10. The actor, best remembered today as the antagonistic Mr. Potter in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), appeared in more than 200 shorts and feature films during his career. His siblings, brother John and sister Ethel, also gained fame as actors, and the Hollywood dynasty is continued today by Drew Barrymore, who is the granddaughter of John. The Friday TCM schedule features several of Lionel Barrymore’s most memorable pictures, with John Barrymore costarring in two of the day’s movies.
The morning begins with the silent “West of Zanzibar” (1928) at 6 a.m. Eastern, which also stars Lon Chaney under the direction of Tod Browning. The horror film, “The Devil Doll” (1936), airs at 7:15 a.m., followed by the Greta Garbo drama, “Mata Hari” (1931), at 8:45 a.m. Lionel and John Barrymore appear together with a stellar ensemble cast in the Best Picture winner, “Grand Hotel” (1932), at 10:15 a.m.
“Should Ladies Behave” (1933) opens the afternoon lineup at 12:15 p.m. At 1:45 p.m., TCM airs “This Side of Heaven” (1934), co-starring Fay Bainter. Barrymore plays a ghostly patriarch in “The Return of Peter Grimm” (1936) at 3:15 p.m. “A Yank at Oxford” (1938) airs at 4:45 p.m., with Barrymore joining stars Robert Taylor and Maureen O’Sullivan.
The evening schedule kicks off with “Young Dr. Kildare” (1938) at 6:30 p.m. The Frank Capra classic, “You Can’t Take It With You” (1938), occupies the prime time slot at 8 p.m., offering viewers a chance to see Barrymore starring with James Stewart, Jean Arthur, and a first-rate supporting cast. The movie earned Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director and is a must-see for fans of both Capra and Barrymore.
John Barrymore makes another appearance with his brother in “Night Flight” (1933) at 10:15 p.m. At 12 a.m., Lionel Barrymore plays the father-in-law of Lauren Bacall in the stormy noir story, “Key Largo” (1948). Night owls can finish the Barrymore tribute with “The Gorgeous Hussy” (1936) at 2 a.m. and “Lone Star” (1952) at 4 a.m.
Summer Under the Stars continues throughout August, with each day showcasing a different classic movie actor or actress. Other upcoming stars of the day include James Mason on August 11, Ginger Rogers on August 12, and Deborah Kerr on August 13. Check the official TCM website for more information about the month’s schedule.
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