Sunday, September 27, 2020

Quick Preview of TCM in December

The tentative December schedule has now been posted for Turner Classic Movies!

The December Stars of the Month are Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Laurel & Hardy shorts will be shown all day every Monday, beginning in the morning and running through prime time.

The TCM Spotlight will be focused on composer Bernard Herrmann on the first three Wednesdays of the month.

The December Noir Alley titles are TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (1951), THE BURGLAR (1957), KISS OF DEATH (1947), and DETOUR (1946). It should be noted that the Noir Alley microsite currently lists THE UNSUSPECTED (1947) on the schedule instead of KISS OF DEATH.

Christmas movies will air throughout the month, climaxing with several days of non-stop Christmas films beginning the evening of Friday, December 18th, and running through Christmas afternoon. Christmas movie fans will be happy to note that a few films which didn't make last year's schedule will be shown this year, including CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (1945).

Some additional titles I don't recall shown in recent years, including THE CHEATERS (1945) and GOOD SAM (1948), are on the schedule as well.

Christmas night will be spent with a mix of films starring "the Hepburns," Audrey and Katharine.

New Year's Eve, as is very often the case on TCM, will be spent with the THIN MAN movies, followed by the THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! series.

December themes also include Charles Dickens, Dashiell Hammett, sci-fi, and musicals.

Filmmakers receiving multifilm tributes in December include Dana Andrews, Esther Williams, Grace Kelly, Rosalind Russell, Marsha Hunt, David Niven, and William Wyler.

December 29th is an evening of "In Memoriam" films honoring filmmakers who passed away this year and did not previously receive TCM tributes, including Baby Peggy Montgomery, Brian Dennehy, Shirley Knight, and composer Ennio Morricone.

In the meantime, Dorothy Dandridge's run as the September Star of the Month concludes this evening, September 27th. She'll be followed by Peter Cushing as the October Star of the Month, with Shelley Winters coming in November.

September 30th Update: Please note that TCM has overhauled their website and the December schedule link is currently not working. 

Update: For more on TCM in December 2020, please visit TCM in December: Highlights and TCM in December: Christmas Movies.


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

Hooray! I'm not going anywhere, but I just impulsively pinned a Laurel and Hardy button to my tee-shirt. Not that I want to rush the year or anything like that.

Thanks so much for these monthly highlights. They help me plan things and, in this case, get a start on my Christmas shopping.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Jerry Entract said...

Somehow Laurel and Hardy's humour, particularly for me their short films, never seems to date. I still find them utterly funny (and clever).
We recently had a week in the English Lake District and found ourselves driving through Ulverston, birthplace of course of Stan Laurel, and where he is proudly comemmorated.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm so happy to know you enjoy the monthly highlights and previews, Caftan Woman. I'm glad we have positive things to look forward to!

Jerry, how marvelous about your trip, I love hearing that. Glad you had a nice week away, too!

Best wishes,

2:15 PM  

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