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2011 Monthly Classic Film Fest, part one

Taking an idea from @4ever Classics, I decided to choose 5-10 movies airing each month this year on TCM or FMC that I probably haven't seen. By which I mean, mostly I have, but too long ago to remember or to have appreciated them. Since I lean hard toward comedies, this may mean watching many more serious dramas this year than usual. But I'm still going to mainly choose films that won't make me feel like I need a dose of lithium. I'm not very entertained by drunken spouses, terminal illness, or men blowing up stuff and not even trying to kiss anybody. No other real criteria except I'm focusing on films I haven't seen which star actors or actresses I particularly enjoy.

So here's the list for January:

The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)

A man-hating author and a woman-hating doctor have to pretend they're married. Cast: Loretta Young, Ray Milland, Reginald Gardiner. Dir: Alexander Hall. BW-88 mins

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

A public relations man must cope with revelations about a wartime romance. Cast: Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Fredric March. Dir: Nunnally Johnson. C-153 mins 

King Of Hearts (1966)

During World War I, a Scottish soldier finds an abandoned town ruled by whimsical lunatics. Cast: Alan Bates, Genevieve Bujold, Jean-Claude Brialy. Dir: Philippe de Broca. C-102 mins

Washington Story (1952)

A reporter in search of government corruption falls for a congressman. Cast: Van Johnson, Patricia Neal, Louis Calhern. Dir: Robert Pirosh. BW-82 mins

The Kissing Bandit (1948)

A timid young man is forced to follow in his father's footsteps as a notorious masked bandit. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, J. Carrol Naish. Dir: Laslo Benedek. C-100 mins

Black Hand (1950)

In turn-of-the-century New York, an Italian seeks vengeance on the mobsters who killed his father. Cast: Gene Kelly, J. Carrol Naish, Teresa Celli. Dir: Richard Thorpe. BW-92 mins

Key To The City (1950)

Two mayors meet and fall in love during a convention in San Francisco. Cast: Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Frank Morgan. Dir: George Sidney. BW-101 mins

Marty (1955)

A lonely butcher finds love despite the opposition of his friends and family. Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti. Dir: Delbert Mann. BW-94 mins