What’s on TCM: December 2014

Bringing Up Baby Cary Grant Katharine Hepburn

Happy December, everyone! With 2014 in its final days, TCM is ending the year on a high note and there’s much to be excited about this month. December starts with a day of Joan Crawford and Cary Grant movies and ends with a night of movies featuring The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and in between, there’s a lot of musicals and, of course, Christmas movies, so this is truly my kind of month.

December’s Star of the Month is the eternally suave Cary Grant and his movies will be highlighted every Monday night this month.

Friday Night Spotlight will be showcasing movies directed by Charles Watlers. If you’re a big fan of musicals, you’re going to love Fridays this month.

Since it is December, of course there will be plenty of Christmas classics coming up. If this is what you’re looking for, be sure to keep an eye on the schedule for December 4th, 11th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, and 25th.

Now, let’s get on to the schedule…

December 1: Now this is my kind of day! Joan Crawford all day, Cary Grant all night! For Joan Crawford, there’s Grand Hotel at 6:00 AM, Sadie McKee at 8:00 AM, The Gorgeous Hussy at 9:45 AM, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney at 11:30 AM, Susan and God at 1:15 PM, Mildred Pierce at 3:15 PM, Humoresque at 5:15 PM. For Cary Grant, there’s This is the Night at 8:00 PM, She Done Him Wrong at 9:30 PM, I’m No Angel at 10:45 PM, The Eagle and the Hawk at 12:30 AM, Hot Saturday at 2:00 AM, and Suzy at 4:00 AM.

December 3: It’s a night of Ingmar Bergman movies with Smiles of a Summer Night at 8:00 PM, Wild Strawberries at 10:00 PM, The Seventh Seal at 11:45 PM, Through a Glass Darkly at 1:30 AM, Winter Light at 3:15 AM, and The Silence at 4:45 AM.

December 4: Let the Christmas movie season begin! Remember the Night at 8:00 PM, Meet John Doe at 10:00 PM, In the Good Old Summertime at 12:15 AM, Meet Me in St. Louis at 2:15 AM, and All Mine to Give at 4:15 AM.

December 5: Put on your dancing shoes for a night of musicals directed by Charles Walters. Good News at 8:00 PM, Easter Parade at 9:45 PM, The Barkleys of Broadway at 11:45 PM, The Belle of New York at 1:45 AM, Three Guys Named Mike at 3:15 AM.

December 6: Tonight, TCM will be paying tribute to the late Mike Nichols with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at 8:00 PM, The Graduate at 10:30 PM, and Carnal Knowledge at 12:30 AM. And if you’d like to stay up for something awesomely bad, there’s Roller Boogie at 2:15 AM.

December 7: Lots of great stuff on today! A Night at the Opera at 6:00 AM, The Lady Vanishes at 8:00 AM, The Man Who Came to Dinner at 12:30 PM, It Happened on 5th Avenue at 2:30 PM, From Here to Eternity at 8:00 PM, and Animation from the Van Buren Studios at 12:00 AM.

December 8: Time for another night of Cary Grant with An Affair to Remember at 8:00 PM, Topper at 10:00 PM, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House at 12:00 AM, The Talk of the Town at 1:45 AM, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer at 3:45 AM, and Every Girl Should be Married at 5:30 AM.

December 11: Grab a cup of hot chocolate and sit back and enjoy tonight’s selection of Christmas favorites. The Shop Around the Corner at 8:00 PM, Holiday Affair at 9:45 PM, It Happened on 5th Avenue at 11:30 PM, Fitzwilly at 1:30 AM, Bachelor Mother at 3:30 AM, and Susan Slept Here at 5:00 AM.

December 12: Happy birthday to Edward G. Robinson! See him in Widow from Chicago at 7:30 AM, Smart Money at 8:45 AM, Tiger Shark at 10:15 AM, I Loved a Woman at 11:45 AM, Dark Hazard at 1:30 PM, Bullets or Ballots at 2:45 PM, Kid Galahad at 4:15 PM, and The Last Gangster at 6:00 PM. Then director Charles Walters is back in the spotlight with Summer Stock at 8:00 PM, Lili at 10:00 PM, Dangerous When Wet at 11:30 PM, Torch Song at 1:15 AM, Texas Carnival at 3:00 AM, and Girl Crazy at 4:45 AM.

December 13: A nice assortment of movies on today. There’s Presenting Lily Mars at 6:00 AM, Meet me in St. Louis at 8:15 AM, Gaslight at 12:00 PM, Marnie at 2:00 PM, The Clock at 4:30 PM, and Ruggles of Red Gap at 11:00 PM.

December 14: I love today’s schedule! The Postman Always Rings Twice at 6:00 AM, It’s Always Fair Weather at 8:00 AM, The Pirate at 10:00 AM, Bundle of Joy at 12:00 PM, The Shop Around the Corner at 2:00 PM, In the Good Old Summertime at 4:00 PM, Swing Time at 6:00 PM, and The Cameraman at 12:00 AM.

December 15: Ready for more Cary Grant? There’s Destination Tokyo at 8:00 PM, I Was a Male War Bride at 10:30 PM, Gunga Din at 12:30 AM, Only Angels Have Wings at 2:45 AM, and Kiss Them For Me at 5:00 AM.

December 17: December’s guest programmer is Jason Lee, who has chosen Chaplin’s The Kid at 8:00 PM, City Lights at 9:00 PM, and Paris, Texas at 10:45 PM.

December 19: Love Jack Lemmon? Don’t miss Days of Wine and Roses at 9:00 AM, Mister Roberts at 11:00 AM, The Great Race at 1:15 PM, The Wackiest Ship in the Army at 4:00 PM, The Apartment at 5:45 PM. Then it’s another night of Charles Walters movies with High Society at 8:00 PM, The Glass Slipper at 10:00 PM, The Tender Trap at 11:45 PM, Easy to Love at 1:45 AM, Don’t Go Near the Water at 3:30 AM, and Best Foot Forward at 5:30 AM.

December 20: A perfectly delightful trio of movies is on tonight — The Thin Man at 8:00 PM, Auntie Mame at 9:45 PM, and Father of the Bride at 12:15 AM. If you’re up for seeing a really, really bizarre Christmas movie, don’t miss Santa Claus at 2:00 AM. If you’ve ever wanted to see Santa go head-to-head with the devil, this is the movie for you.

December 21: A wonderful day of movies. The Women at 6:00 AM, Mr. Skeffington at 8:15 AM, Christmas in Connecticut at 2:00 PM, and Holiday Affair at 4:00 PM. Tonight is a really special night on TCM. Starting at 8:00 Pm, TCM will be showing some treasures from Walt Disney Studios, including cartoons featuring Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and more!

December 22: Cary Grant is back with His Girl Friday at 8:00 PM, The Awful Truth at 9:45 PM, My Favorite Wife at 11:30 PM, Bringing Up Baby at 1:15 AM, The Philadelphia Story at 3:15 AM, and Holiday at 5:15 AM.

December 24: Merry Christmas Eve! I’m sure nobody will be surprised to find that TCM’s schedule today is full of holiday favorites. Scrooge at 6:00 AM, Bundle of Joy at 7:30 AM, The Great Rupert at 9:30 AM, the documentary A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas at 11:00 AM, It Happened on 5th Avenue at 12:15 AM, I’ll Be Seeing You at 2:15 AM, The Shop Around the Corner at 4:00 PM, Meet Me in St. Louis at 6:00 PM, The Man Who Came to Dinner at 8:00 PM, Christmas in Connecticut at 10:00 PM.

December 25: Merry Christmas! Naturally, there will be more Christmas movies on today with 3 Godfathers at 6:00 AM, Tenth Avenue Angel at 8:00 AM, Bachelor Mother at 9:30 AM, A Christmas Carol at 11:00 AM, Holiday Affair at 12:15 AM, and In the Good Old Summertime at 2:00 PM.

December 26: One more night of movies directed by Charles Walters with Billy Rose’s Jumbo at 8:00 PM, The Unsinkable Molly Brown at 10:30 PM, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies at 1:00 AM, Two Loves at 3:00 AM, and Summer Holiday at 4:45 AM.

December 29: One last night of Cary Grant as Star of the Month with Father Goose at 8:00 PM, Houseboat at 10:15 PM, The Grass is Greener at 12:15 AM, North By Northwest at 2:15 AM, and Walk, Don’t Run at 4:45 AM.

December 30: A few more from Cary Grant to start the morning. There’s Dream Wife at 6:45 AM, Arsenic and Old Lace at 8:30 AM, and Suspicion at 10:30 AM. Tonight TCM pays tribute to a few stars who passed away in 2014. There’s Maximilian Schell in Topkapi at 8:00 PM, Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life at 10:15 PM, Elaine Stritch in Kiss Her Goodbye at 12:30 PM, Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting at 2:15 AM, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt at 4:30 AM.

December 31! Happy New Year’s Eve! And it really is a new year’s rockin’ eve on TCM tonight with Elvis on Tour at 8:00 PM, The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night at 9:45 PM, The Rolling Stones in Gimme Shelter at 11:30 PM, The Who’s rock opera Tommy at 1:15 AM, the documentary Jimi Hendrix at 3:15 AM, and The Total Balalaikia Show at 5:00 AM.