The Lost Weekend, previously reviewed here, is Billy Wilder's portrayal of a writer's struggling addiction to alcohol. There's a powerhouse performance by Ray Milland at the film's centre as Don Birnam, whose desire (one of several), is to put his harrowing experiences down in the form of a novel: 'The Bottle'. Don's chosen literary title symbolises both extremes: His compulsive desire for poisonous ruin on the one hand and a personal salvation from those same formidable self-loathing actions on the other. Both types of "bottles" will be found on TCM Wednesday, February 15 at 5pm PST.
MGM's 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain was not adapted from a stage production, though the film was later turned into one, being first presented on stage in 1983. Its abundant creativity, innovation, and driving energy place this film at the top of all cinematic musicals ever produced. Singin' in the Rain has been reviewed as a past Blu-ray selection here, and will joyously dance its way onto TCM Friday, February 24 at 11am PST.