A Day of Jess: My Birthday Programming

It's my birthday today! I'm now 33 years old, and much like Nick Miller from New Girl, I like getting older: I feel like I'm aging into my personality. 

Anyways, for today's post, I thought I'd treat it like a TCM schedule. If they handed me a blank 24-hour period and told me to fill it with my favourite movies for birthday programming, which movies would I choose? Turns out it's a lot of lighthearted comedies and musicals (who'da thunk it?). 

Let's pretend, for the purposes of this exercise, that the schedule begins at 7:00 am and runs until the next morning. Let's dive in!

Bathing Beauty (1944)

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You can't go wrong with an Esther Williams aquamusical to start the day. I love Bathing Beauty for its simple plot, its beautiful aqua spectacles, and for the finale sequence. 

Athena (1954)

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Followed by a light and fluffy Eleanor Powell/Debbie Reynolds musical about astrology-minded sisters who fall in love with regular men. 

Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)

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Then a zany Rock Hudson comedy around noon: let's go with Man's Favorite Sport? for the screwball aspect and the Bringing Up Baby callbacks. 

How to Steal a Million (1966)

Followed by Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole in my favourite Audrey Hepburn movie: How to Steal a Million. I will never get tired of this movie. 

High Society (1956)

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Then glamorous Grace Kelly, my fellow Scorpio, in her final movie: High Society

Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)

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One of my favourite Ginger Rogers comedies: Fifth Avenue Girl

The Major and the Minor (1942)

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Heck, why not back-to-back Ginger Rogers movies? I adore The Major and the Minor, so we'll put this one on the schedule. 

It Happened One Night (1934)

The screwball comedy that helped spark my love of classic movies: It Happened One Night. I love the chemistry here between Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, and this film basically created the romantic comedy genre as we know it. It's required viewing! 

All in A Night's Work (1961)

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Then let's follow up with one of my favourite '60s comedies: All in a Night's Work starring Shirley MacLaine and Dean Martin. There's a zany premise here, and I love it!

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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The Wizard of Oz is one of my favourite feel-good movies, so let's add this to my birthday programming. 

Pillow Talk (1959)

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And you can't go wrong with Doris Day and Rock Hudson in my favourite of their movies together: Pillow Talk!

Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)

Any time Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas light up the screen, it's not a bad day: let's put Third Finger, Left Hand on the schedule as well!

Vivacious Lady (1938)

Another Ginger Rogers movie? Sure, why not! I love Vivacious Lady, too. Such a fun premise!

Sunday in New York (1963)

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And finally, since my birthday's on a Saturday this year, let's end 24 hours of Jess programming with Sunday in New York, a fun sex comedy starring Jane Fonda and Rod Taylor and featuring an apartment I desperately want to live in!


What would you schedule on TCM for your birthday if you could? Let me know in the comments!