Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Quick Preview of TCM in December

Turner Classic Movies recently posted its tentative schedule for December!

Joan Blondell will be the December Star of the Month. Blondell beat out Joan Bennett in voting held by members of TCM Backlot.

I love both ladies and hope that Bennett receives a Star of the Month tribute in the not-too-distant future!

The November Noir Alley titles will be BERLIN EXPRESS (1948), CRISS CROSS (1949), CASH ON DEMAND (1961), and REPEAT PERFORMANCE (1947).

I love CRISS CROSS but am most excited about the showing of REPEAT PERFORMANCE, a big favorite of mine which I've been fortunate to see at multiple film festivals. It's the perfect film to view around New Year's Eve, and I strongly encourage anyone who hasn't seen this special film to make it part of their holiday season viewing.

Of course, this being December, TCM will be showing Christmas movies throughout the month. As usual, I'll have a separate overview of Christmas titles showing on TCM posted here just after Thanksgiving, along with December highlights and a look at the Star of the Month titles.

As was the case last year, New Year's Eve will be spent with the THIN MAN movies, followed by the THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! series of excerpts from MGM musicals.

The TCM Spotlight will focus on remakes, showing multiple versions of the same story back to back throughout the month, including some of the Christmas titles.

Filmmakers receiving multifilm tributes in December include Oscar Levant, Anthony Quinn, Richard Burton, Frank Sinatra, Sydney Greenstreet, and Ann-Margret.

A day of "in memoriam" films honoring filmmakers who died this year will honor Julie Adams, David Hedison, Carol Channing, and Bibi Andersson, among others.

Pets will be an extended theme throughout December. Additional themes include films with "pink" and "young" in the title, the 80th anniversary of GONE WITH THE WIND (1939), the Great Depression, and "George Stevens' WWII."

In other TCM news, TCM announced yesterday that Jacqueline Stewart, a professor at the University of Chicago, will be the host of the Silent Sunday Nights franchise beginning on September 15th. The Hollywood Reporter published a detailed article on Stewart, along with the Silent Sunday Nights schedule through the end of October.

Look for more information on the December 2019 schedule here at the end of November.

In the meantime, Sidney Poitier continues as the September Star of the Month. Paul Muni will be the Star of the Month for October, and Bette Davis will be honored in November.

Update: For more information on TCM in December 2019, please visit TCM in December: Highlights, TCM Star of the Month: Joan Blondell, and TCM in December: Christmas Movies.


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

It's about time they gave us Repeat Performance! I'm giggling in anticipation.

For some inexplicable reason, TCM no longer airs The Thin Man in Canada. I can't see it being a rights issue as it was never a problem in the past. I think there's a quote thing happening.

Can you believe we're looking at December? I haven't even decided on Caftan Woman's November choice!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Jerry Entract said...

And I would strongly recommend "CASH ON DEMAND" (1961), an actors' tour-de-force!

2:07 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm so excited about REPEAT PERFORMANCE, Caftan Woman! I'm thrilled a wider audience is going to be able to watch it.

How odd about THE THIN MAN!! I hope it starts airing again up there soon.

The year is flying by!

Jerry, thank you so much for that recommendation, I'm not familiar with CASH ON DEMAND at all!

Best wishes,

10:03 PM  
Blogger Margot Shelby said...

I second Jerry's recommendation of Cash On Demand. It's a great little Hammer crime movie. It's on youtube, the copy is good.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

That is great to hear, Margot! If you and Jerry recommend a movie I can be quite sure I will enjoy it too. :)

Best wishes,

9:43 AM  

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