The film career of Mickey Rooney, who passed away last weekend and the age of 93, will be highlighted tomorrow on Turner Classic Movies with a 24-hour marathon of some of the actor’s greatest roles. The films are all picked from the absolute heyday of the actor’s years at MGM during the 1930s and `40s and all are required viewing.
Interestingly, while Rooney is best known for his Andy Hardy series, the two entries from the franchise that TCM is highlighting A Family Affair and You’re Only Young Once (both 1937) are the earliest, before Rooney’s character really became the focal point. Another interesting choice is to air one of Rooney’s many popular pairings with Judy Garland, Babes On Broadway (1941), at the late night/early morning time slot of 4:30 am, though I would suspect that maybe the fact that the big musical finale of the film features a segment done in blackface.
Here is the complete schedule for tomorrow’s films.
6:00 AM – Broadway to Hollywood
7:30 AM – The Devil is a Sissy
9:15 AM – A Family Affair
10:30 AM – You’re Only Young Once
12:00 PM – Captains Courageous
2:00 PM – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3:45 PM – The Human Comedy
6:00 PM – Killer McCoy
8:00 PM – Boys Town
10:00 PM – Men of Boys Town
12:00 AM – National Velvet
2:15 AM – Babes on Broadway
4:30 AM – A Midsummer Night’s Dream