From Thursday, April 10 - Sunday, April 13, 2014, the TCM Classic Film Festival returns to Hollywood for its fifth annual celebration filled with screenings and events intended to delight and entertain attendees once again.
Four new guests have been recently announced. Mel Brooks, who spoke before Young Frankenstein at the 2012 Festival, will likely do the same in conjunction with Blazing Saddles (1974), which is being released in a new 40th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray in May 6th. Margaret O'Brien will attend the screening of the Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), a film for which she was awarded a special Oscar as that year's outstanding child actress.
Speaking of Oscars, Maureen O'Hara will be on hand for the world premiere restoration of John Ford's Oscar-winning Best Picture How Green Was My Valley (1941), which was reconstructed from the original camera negative. Richard Dreyfuss will be feted with his Oscar-winning performance for Best Actor in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (1977) and Mr. Holland's Opus (1995).
In addition, the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival will feature a 50th anniversary presentation of Walt Disney's classic Mary Poppins (1964), which will most likely screen at Disney's El Capitan Theatre, plus world premiere restorations of The Beatles' hit A Hard Day's Night (1964); Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936); the classic musical Stormy Weather (1943), starring Lena Horne; and Godzilla: The Japanese Original (1954).
The festival will also host recent restorations of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger (1927), the latter featuring the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra performing their original score for the film.
Passes for the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival can be purchased through the festival website.