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December

Lana Turner is Star of the Month. Her movies will be shown on Tuesday nights and Wednesdays daytime. The TCM Backlot members chose Lana over Lucille Ball.

Thursdays will feature movies from The Great American Songbook. The knowledgeable and irresistibly charming Michael Feinstein is our host for this TCM Spotlight, which considers the Great American Songbook as reflected in classic film. The Songbook, which encompasses the most important and influential popular song and jazz standards of the first half of the 20th century, is continually celebrated by Feinstein in his roles as singer, pianist, educator and archivist.

Fridays are devoted to classic Christmas movies which will spotlight a pair of films that complement each other through a range of themes: Families at Christmas, Christmas Kids, A Christmas Carol, Christmas Crime, Holiday Romance, Holiday Houseguest, Christmas with Barbara Stanwyck and Christmas with Judy Garland.

December 20th primetime is Treasures From The Disney Vault which is a showcase of classics from the Walt Disney Library. Once again, the celebrated film critic, historian, and Disney expert Leonard Maltin serves as host introducing a night of TCM premieres.

The Christmas movie marathon begins Christmas Eve primetime and continues through Christmas Day.

Christmas night primetime begins Holidays With Hitchcock

December 29th and 30th, TCM remembers those who died this year – In Memoriam

New Year’s Eve is the annual Thin Man Marathon. Fun kicks off at 8 PM ET.

 

Saturday nights at 8 pm ET, Alec Baldwin and a special guest host present The Essentials, a movie they consider a must-see for classic movie fans. The two films following The Essentials are tied into it by a theme. It could be by the star of The Essentials movie or a theme like blackmail. Following this block of movies, usually about 2 am ET is TCM Underground which shows cult classics.

Sunday late nights (Monday on the East Coast) are dedicated to Silent Sunday Nights and TCM Imports. The fun begins at midnight eastern time.

We had to revert to a very simple schedule because the “fancy” layout was breaking code on the site and slowing down the loading of the page. Hopefully this will be the last change for a while. We appreciate your patience.

 

KEY

All times are Eastern

** denotes must-see picks

  Sunday, Dec 10th
   
12:00 AM Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The (1947)
2:00 AM Private Parts (1972)
3:45 AM Scenes From The Class Struggle In Beverly Hills (1989)
5:45 AM Visit to Santa, A (1963)
6:00 AM Anne of Green Gables (1934)
7:45 AM Star Is Born, A (1937)
10:00 AM Breaking Point, The (1950)
12:00 PM Holiday Affair (1949)**
1:45 PM Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)**
4:00 PM Lassie Come Home (1943)
6:00 PM Harvey (1950)**
  Primetime Theme: Close Encounters
8:00 PM Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)**
10:30 PM It Came From Outer Space (1953)
   
  Monday, Dec 11th
   
12:00 AM Cossacks, The (1928)
2:00 AM Nine Days of One Year (1962)
4:00 AM Fear (1954)
5:30 AM TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Quentin Tarantino (2008)
  Daytime Theme: SISTER ACTS
6:00 AM What Price Hollywood? (1932)
7:45 AM Scarlet Street (1945)**
9:45 AM Death of a Scoundrel (1956)
12:00 PM Last Time I Saw Paris, The (1954)**
2:15 PM Midsummer Night’s Dream, A (1935)
4:45 PM Constant Nymph, The (1943)
6:45 PM Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!, A (2011)
  Primetime Theme: TCM Guest Programmer: Matt Walsh
8:00 PM Being There ( 1979)
10:30 PM My Favorite Year ( 1982)
   
  Tuesday Dec 12th
   
12:15 AM Withnail & I ( 1987)
2:30 AM Horse Feathers ( 1932)
4:00 AM Day at the Races, A ( 1937)**
  Daytime Theme: TCM BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE: EDWARD G. ROBINSON
6:00 AM MGM Parade Show #4 ( 1955)
6:30 AM Smart Money ( 1931)
8:00 AM Hatchet Man, The ( 1932)
9:30 AM Silver Dollar ( 1932)
11:00 AM Two Seconds ( 1932)
12:15 PM Little Giant, The ( 1933)**
1:45 PM Dark Hazard ( 1934)
3:00 PM Slight Case of Murder, A ( 1938)
4:30 PM Blackmail ( 1939)
6:00 PM Manpower ( 1941)
  Primetime Theme: Star Of The Month: Lana Turner
8:00 PM Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1946)
10:15 PM Three Musketeers, The (1948)
   
  Wednesday Dec 13th
   
12:30 AM Johnny Eager (1942)
2:30 AM Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)**
4:30 AM Green Dolphin Street ( 1947)
  Daytime Theme: Star Of The Month: Lana Turner cont.
7:00 AM We Who Are Young ( 1940)
8:30 AM Somewhere I’ll Find You ( 1942)
10:30 AM Two Girls On Broadway ( 1940)
12:00 PM Youngest Profession, The ( 1943)
1:30 PM Keep Your Powder Dry ( 1945)
3:15 PM Slightly Dangerous ( 1943)
5:00 PM Fonda on Fonda ( 1992)
6:00 PM Yours, Mine and Ours ( 1968)
  Primetime Theme: Special Announcement – (31 days of Oscar?)
8:00 PM : TBA
  : TBA
   
   
  Thursday Dec 14th
   
  : TBA
  : TBA
  : TBA
  Daytime Theme: EPICS
6:00 AM Ben-Hur ( 1959)
10:00 AM Doctor Zhivago ( 1965)
1:30 PM Compliments of the Season ( 1930)
2:00 PM Marie Antoinette ( 1938)
4:45 PM Around the World in 80 Days ( 1956)
  Primetime Theme: The Great American Songbook
8:00 PM Girl Crazy ( 1943)
10:00 PM Alexander’s Ragtime Band ( 1938)
   
  Friday Dec 15th
   
12:00 AM High Society ( 1956)
2:00 AM Three Little Words ( 1950)
4:00 AM Artie Shaw and His Orchestra in “Symphony of Swing” ( 1939)
4:15 AM Second Chorus ( 1940)
  Daytime Theme: Tribute To Judy Garland
6:00 AM Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry ( 1937)
7:30 AM Everybody Sing ( 1938)
9:15 AM Andy Hardy Meets Debutante ( 1940)
11:00 AM Babes on Broadway ( 1941)
1:15 PM Life Begins For Andy Hardy ( 1941)
3:15 PM Star Is Born, A ( 1954)
6:15 PM Gay Purr-ee ( 1962)
  Primetime Theme: Christmas Double Feature
8:00 PM Shop Around the Corner, The (1940)
10:00 PM Holiday Affair ( 1949)**
11:45 PM It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)**
   
  Saturday Dec 16th
   
2:00 AM Man Who Came to Dinner, The (1941)
4:00 AM On Moonlight Bay (1951)**
6:00 AM White Cliffs Of Dover, The ( 1944)
8:15 AM 42nd Street (1933)**
10:00 AM Foreign Affair, A ( 1948)**
12:15 PM Christmas Carol, A ( 1938)
1:45 PM Meet John Doe ( 1941)
4:00 PM Casablanca (1942)**
6:00 PM Lovely to Look At ( 1952)
  Primetime Theme: The Essentials: Debbie Reynolds
8:00 PM Singin’ in the Rain (1952)**
10:00 PM Bundle of Joy ( 1956)

 

  Sunday Dec 17th
   
12:00 AM Susan Slept Here ( 1954)
2:00 AM Twilight People ( 1973)
3:45 AM Island of Lost Souls ( 1933)
5:00 AM Wonderful World of Tupperware (1959)
5:30 AM Delicious Dishes ( 1950)
5:45 AM Match Your Mood ( 1968)
6:00 AM Mutiny on the Bounty ( 1935)
8:45 AM Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!, A ( 2011)
10:00 AM Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1946)
12:15 PM Christmas in Connecticut ( 1945)**
2:15 PM Bishop’s Wife, The ( 1947)**
4:15 PM Carefree ( 1938)
5:45 PM Now, Voyager ( 1942)**
  Primetime Theme: Directed By & Starring Albert Brooks
8:00 PM Real Life ( 1979)
10:00 PM Modern Romance ( 1981)
   
  Monday Dec 18th
   
12:00 AM Sunrise ( 1927)
2:00 AM Flowers of St. Francis, The ( 1950)
3:45 AM Blaise Pascal ( 1972)
  Daytime Theme: MANLY MEN!
6:00 AM Something Of Value ( 1957)
8:00 AM Defiant Ones, The ( 1958)
9:45 AM Trapeze ( 1956)
11:45 AM Seven Days in May ( 1964)
2:00 PM Out of the Past ( 1947)**
3:45 PM Gunfight at the O.K. Corral ( 1957)
6:00 PM Last Sunset, The ( 1961)
  Primetime Theme: Starring Rex Harrison
8:00 PM Doctor Dolittle ( 1967)
10:45 PM My Fair Lady ( 1964)**
   
  Tuesday Dec 19th
   
1:45 AM Blithe Spirit ( 1945)
3:30 AM Anna and the King of Siam ( 1946)
  Daytime Theme: Tribute To George Sanders
6:00 AM “Some of the Best” Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership ( 1949)
6:45 AM Bitter Sweet ( 1940)
8:30 AM Saint Takes Over, The ( 1940)
9:45 AM Rage in Heaven ( 1941)
11:15 AM Scandal in Paris, A ( 1946)
1:00 PM Light Touch, The ( 1952)
2:45 PM Jupiter’s Darling ( 1955)
4:30 PM Last Voyage, The ( 1960)
6:15 PM Best House in London, The ( 1969)
  Primetime Theme: Star Of The Month: Lana Turner
8:00 PM Peyton Place ( 1957)
11:00 PM Imitation of Life ( 1959)
   
  Wednesday Dec 20th
   
1:15 AM Bad and the Beautiful, The ( 1952)**
3:30 AM Latin Lovers ( 1953)
5:30 AM Life Of Her Own, A ( 1950)**
  Daytime Theme: Star Of The Month: Lana Turner cont.
7:30 AM Marriage Is a Private Affair ( 1944)
9:30 AM Weekend at the Waldorf ( 1945)
11:45 AM Cass Timberlane ( 1947)
2:00 PM Homecoming ( 1948)
4:00 PM Merry Widow, The ( 1952)
6:00 PM Betrayed ( 1954)
  Primetime Theme: Treasures From The Disney Vault
8:00 PM Brave Little Tailor ( 1938)
8:15 PM Story of Robin Hood, The ( 1952)
9:45 PM Sign of Zorro, The ( 1958)
11:30 PM Toby Tyler ( 1960)
   
  Thursday Dec 21st
   
1:15 AM Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color: Tricks of Our Trade ( 1957)
2:15 AM Pete’s Dragon ( 1977)
4:30 AM Fuzzbucket ( 1986)
5:30 AM MGM Parade Show #4 ( 1955)
  Daytime Theme: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!: JANE FONDA
6:00 AM Tall Story ( 1960)
7:45 AM Steelyard Blues ( 1973)
9:30 AM Chapman Report, The ( 1962)
12:00 PM Any Wednesday ( 1966)
2:00 PM Sunday in New York ( 1963)
4:15 PM Period of Adjustment ( 1962)
6:15 PM In the Cool of the Day ( 1963)
  Primetime Theme: The Great American Songbook
8:00 PM Swing Time ( 1936)**
10:00 PM 42nd Street ( 1933)**
11:45 PM Yankee Doodle Dandy ( 1942)**
   
  Friday December 22nd
   
2:00 AM Deep in My Heart ( 1954)
4:30 AM Martin Block’s Musical Merry-Go-Round #3 ( 1948)
4:45 AM Cat and the Fiddle, The ( 1934)
  Daytime Theme: ’50S MUSICALS
6:15 AM Duchess of Idaho ( 1950)
8:00 AM Royal Wedding ( 1951)
10:00 AM Tea for Two ( 1950)
12:00 PM Lili ( 1953)
1:30 PM It’s Always Fair Weather ( 1955)
3:30 PM Jailhouse Rock ( 1957)
5:15 PM Guys and Dolls ( 1955)**
  Primetime Theme: Christmas Double Feature
8:00 PM Christmas in Connecticut (1945)**
10:00 PM Remember the Night (1940)**
   
  Saturday Dec 23rd
   
12:00 AM Meet Me in St. Louis ( 1944)**
2:15 AM In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
4:15 AM Little Women ( 1949)
6:30 AM One Foot In Heaven ( 1941)
8:30 AM Boys Town ( 1938)
10:15 AM Ben-Hur ( 1959)
2:00 PM Song of Bernadette, The ( 1943)
5:00 PM King of Kings ( 1961)
  Primetime Theme: The Essentials: Homecomings
8:00 PM Quiet Man, The ( 1952)**
10:30 PM My Favorite Wife (1940)**

 

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  Sunday Dec 24th
   
12:15 AM By the Light of the Silvery Moon ( 1953)**
2:15 AM Xanadu ( 1980)
4:00 AM Unholy Rollers, The ( 1972)
5:45 AM Visit to Santa, A ( 1963)
  Daytime Theme: Christmas Movies
6:00 AM Little Women (1933)**
8:00 AM Man Who Came to Dinner, The (1941)
10:00 AM It Happened on 5th Avenue ( 1947)**
12:15 PM In the Good Old Summertime ( 1949)
2:15 PM Holiday Affair (1949)**
4:00 PM Christmas in Connecticut ( 1945)**
6:00 PM Meet Me in St. Louis ( 1944)**
  Primetime Theme: TCM Holiday Movie: Christmas Eve
8:00 PM Bishop’s Wife, The ( 1947)**
10:00 PM Bells of St. Mary’s, The ( 1945)
   
  Monday Dec 25th
   
12:15 AM Cheaters, The ( 1945)
2:00 AM Christmas Carol, A ( 1938)
3:30 AM Pocketful of Miracles ( 1961)
  Daytime Theme: Christmas Movies
6:00 AM Star in the Night ( 1945)
6:45 AM Meet John Doe ( 1941)
9:00 AM Babes in Toyland ( 1934)
10:30 AM Scrooge ( 1935)
12:00 PM Love Finds Andy Hardy ( 1938)
2:00 PM Fitzwilly ( 1967)
4:00 PM Bundle of Joy ( 1956)
6:00 PM Shop Around the Corner, The ( 1940)**
  Primetime Theme: Holidays With Hitchcock
8:00 PM Rear Window ( 1954)**
10:00 PM North by Northwest ( 1959)**
   
  Tuesday Dec 26th
   
12:30 AM Dial M for Murder ( 1954)
2:30 AM Birds, The ( 1963)
4:45 AM Vertigo ( 1958)
  Daytime Theme: Holidays With Hitchcock cont.
7:00 AM Shadow of a Doubt ( 1943)**
9:00 AM Strangers on a Train ( 1951)**
11:00 AM Trouble with Harry, The ( 1955)
1:00 PM Topaz ( 1969)
3:15 PM Marnie ( 1964)
5:45 PM Man Who Knew Too Much, The ( 1956)
  Primetime Theme: Star Of The Month: Lana Turner
8:00 PM Madame X ( 1966)
10:00 PM Portrait in Black ( 1960)
   
  Wednesday Dec 27th
   
12:15 AM Bachelor In Paradise ( 1961)
2:15 AM By Love Possessed ( 1961)
4:15 AM Big Cube, The ( 1969)
  Daytime Theme: Star Of The Month: Lana Turner cont.
6:00 AM Mr. Imperium ( 1951)
7:30 AM Sea Chase, The ( 1955)
9:45 AM Prodigal, The ( 1955)
11:45 AM Love Has Many Faces ( 1965)
1:45 PM Diane ( 1956)
3:45 PM Bittersweet Love ( 1976)
5:30 PM Leopard Man, The ( 1943)
6:45 PM Cat People ( 1942)**
  Primetime Theme: Zero Mostel
8:00 PM Producers, The ( 1967)
9:45 PM Front, The ( 1976)
11:30 PM Angel Levine, The ( 1970)
   
  Thursday Dec 28th
   
1:30 AM Great Bank Robbery, The ( 1969)
3:30 AM Great Catherine ( 1968)
5:30 AM MGM Parade Show #4 ( 1955)
  Daytime Theme: HENRY FONDA IN THE ‘60S
6:00 AM Advise & Consent ( 1962)
8:30 AM Spencer’s Mountain ( 1963)
10:45 AM Best Man, The ( 1964)
12:45 PM Sex and the Single Girl ( 1964)
2:45 PM Rounders, The ( 1965)
4:15 PM Big Hand for the Little Lady, A ( 1966)**
6:00 PM Firecreek ( 1968)
  Primetime Theme: The Great American Songbook
8:00 PM Dolly Sisters, The ( 1945)
10:15 PM Annie Get Your Gun ( 1950)
   
  Friday Dec 29th
   
12:15 AM On the Town ( 1949)**
2:00 AM Band Wagon, The ( 1953)
4:15 AM M-G-M Jubilee Overture ( 1954)
4:30 AM Broadway Melody Of 1936 ( 1936)
  Daytime Theme:  MAKEUP ARTIST PERC WESTMORE
6:15 AM Beast with Five Fingers, The ( 1946)
8:00 AM Adventures of Mark Twain, The ( 1944)
10:30 AM Adventures of Robin Hood, The ( 1938)
12:15 PM Strawberry Blonde, The ( 1941)**
2:00 PM Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The ( 1939)
4:00 PM Nora Prentiss ( 1947)
6:00 PM Mildred Pierce ( 1945)**
  Primetime Theme: In Memoriam
8:00 PM Jules and Jim ( 1962) – Jeanne Moreau 
10:00 PM Apollo 13 ( 1995)** –  Bill Paxton 
   
  Saturday Dec 30th
   
12:30 AM Thoroughly Modern Millie ( 1967)** –  Mary Tyler Moore 
3:15 AM Night of the Living Dead ( 1968) – George A. Romero
5:00 AM Kelly’s Heroes ( 1970) – Don Rickles 
  Daytime Theme: In Memoriam
7:30 AM Gold of the Seven Saints ( 1961) – Roger Moore
9:15 AM Phantom Tollbooth, The ( 1970)
11:00 AM Window, The ( 1949)** –  Barbara Hale 
12:45 PM This Woman Is Dangerous ( 1952)
2:30 PM Man Behind The Gun, The ( 1953)
4:00 PM Barkleys of Broadway, The ( 1949)
6:00 PM Follow The Boys ( 1963)
  Primetime Theme: The Essentials: Frank Sinatra
8:00 PM Manchurian Candidate, The ( 1962)
10:30 PM Robin and the 7 Hoods ( 1964)

 

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  Sunday Dec 31st
   
12:45 AM Tender Trap, The ( 1955)
2:45 AM He Knows You’re Alone ( 1980)
4:30 AM Don’t Open the Door! ( 1975)
  Daytime Theme: New Year’s Eve
6:15 AM Penny Serenade ( 1941)**
8:30 AM Bachelor Mother ( 1939)**
10:00 AM One Way Passage ( 1932)
11:15 AM Holiday ( 1938)**
1:15 PM Time Machine, The ( 1960)
3:15 PM Ocean’s Eleven ( 1960)
5:45 PM Poseidon Adventure, The ( 1972)
  Primetime Theme: Annual NEW YEAR’S EVE THIN MAN MARATHON
8:00 PM Thin Man, The ( 1934)**
9:45 PM After the Thin Man ( 1936)**
11:45 PM Another Thin Man ( 1939)
   
  Monday Jan 1st
   
1:45 AM Shadow of the Thin Man ( 1941)
3:30 AM Thin Man Goes Home, The ( 1945)
5:15 AM Song of the Thin Man ( 1947)