Happy new year! Ready to start a new year of movie watching? I know I am.
Coming up in January, TCM will be showing a couple of movies I’m very excited to see included, Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean on January 5th and Don’t Bet on Women on January 12th. Both of these are movies I don’t think enough people know about, but they’re both well worth seeing. If you’re a big fan of pre-codes, you definitely won’t want to miss Don’t Bet on Women. It’s a really delightful movie where Una Merkel completely steals the show.
January’s Star of the Month is the great Fred MacMurray and on Thursday nights, TCM will be doing a spotlight on the work of legendary production designer William Cameron Menzies, both of which should be some fantastic tributes.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at what the first month of 2016 has to offer.
January 1: Close Encounters of the Third Kind is up at 5:30 PM, followed by The Magnificent Seven at 8:00, and Victor/Victoria at 12:00 AM.
January 3: Imitation of Life (1934) at 10:15 AM, Funny Girl at 12:15 PM, His Girl Friday at 8:00 PM, Broadcast News at 9:45 PM, The Unholy Three at 12:15 AM, Hiroshima Mon Amour at 2:00 AM, and Night at Fog at 3:30 AM.
January 5: Tonight’s lineup are all movies that have been restored by The Hollywood Foreign Press, starting with King Kong at 8:00 PM, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean at 10:00 PM (very excited to see this one on the schedule), The Bigamist at 12:00 AM, and The River at 1:30 AM.
January 6: Fred MacMurray has his first turn as Star of the Month tonight with True Confession at 8:00 PM, Murder He Says at 9:30 PM, Suddenly it’s Spring at 11:15 PM, Alice Adams at 1:00 AM, Too Many Husbands at 2:45 AM, Swing High Swing Low at 4:15 AM, and Dive Bomber at 5:45 AM.
January 7: Tonight is the first night of TCM’s spotlight on the work of production designer William Cameron Menzies with Bulldog Drummond at 8:00 PM, Chandau the Magician at 9:45 PM, Alice in Wonderland (1933) at 11:00 PM, The Thief of Bagdad at 12:30 AM, Her Night of Romance at 3:15 AM, and Two Arabian Knights at 4:45 AM.
January 8: Two more from William Cameron Menzies this morning with Sadie Thompson at 6:30 AM and Coquette at 8:15 AM.
January 9: Bonnie and Clyde at 4:15 PM and The Phenix City Story at 6:15 PM, then it’s on to a night of Joan Leslie movies with Yankee Doodle Dandy at 8:00 PM, The Hard Way at 10:30 PM, and The Sky’s the Limit at 12:30 AM.
January 11: This month’s guest programmer is Dick Guttman, who has selected Love in the Afternoon at 8:00 PM, Bonnie and Clyde at 10:30 PM, The Bad and the Beautiful at 12:30 AM, and Sullivan’s Travels at 2:45 AM.
January 12: TCM takes flight today with Night Flight at 6:00 AM, Only Angels Have Wings at 7:30 AM, The Lost Squadron at 9:45 AM, Central Airport at 11:15 AM, Test Pilot at 12:30 PM. For prime time, it’s a line-up of movies that have been restored by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), including Little Fugitive at 8:00 PM, Never Fear at 9:30 PM, Don’t Bet on Women at 11:00 PM (a real gem, do not miss this one), and The Adventures of Robin Hood at 12:30 AM.
January 13: Happy birthday to Kay Francis! See her in A Notorious Affair at 6:00 AM, Guilty Hands at 7:15 AM, Jewel Robbery at 8:30 AM, Mary Stevens M.D. at 9:45 AM, I Loved a Woman at 11:00 AM, Mandalay at 12:45 AM, Confession at 2:00 PM, Stolen Holiday at 3:30 PM, Another Dawn at 5:00 PM, Always in my Heart at 6:15 PM. Then it’s on to Fred MacMurray night with Double Indemnity at 8:00 PM, There’s Always Tomorrow at 10:00 PM, Remember the Night at 11:45 PM, The Moonlighter at 1:30 AM, Above Suspicion at 3:00 AM, and The Lady is Willing at 4:45 AM.
January 14: The spotlight on William Cameron Menzies continues with Gone With the Wind at 8:00 PM, Things to Come at 12:00 AM, Our Town at 1:45 AM, Made for Each Other at 3:15 AM, and Nothing Sacred at 5:00 AM.
January 15: The Shop Around the Corner at 9:30 AM, The Letter (1929) at 11:30 AM, The Letter (1940) at 12:45 PM, Stagecoach at 8:00 PM, Murder My Sweet at 10:00 PM, Raw Deal at 12:00 AM.
January 17: Design for Living at 8:00 PM, Jules and Jim at 9:45 PM, The Blue Bird at 12:00 AM, and Juliet of the Spirits at 3:30 AM.
January 18: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day, TCM will be showing a day of movies with African American casts. Broken Strings at 6:00 AM, Miracle in Harlem at 7:00 AM, Midnight Shadow at 8:15 AM, The Duke is Tops at 9:15 AM, Harlem Rides the Range at 10:30 AM, Spirit of Youth at 11:30 AM, Swing! at 12:45 PM, Hallelujah at 2:00 PM, Green Pastures at 4:00 PM, Cabin in the Sky at 6:00 PM, The Learning Tree at 8:00 PM, Sounder at 10:00 PM, Cooley High at 12:00 PM, Black Girl at 2:00 AM, and Bright Road at 4:00 AM.
January 19: It’s a night of Robert Osborne’s picks with Springtime in the Rockies at 8:00 PM, Penny Serenade at 9:45 AM, Sombrero at 12:00 AM, and Teresa at 2:00 AM.
January 20: Enjoy a day of Myrna Loy movies with Third Finger Left Hand at 6:00 AM, I Love You Again at 7:45 AM, Love Crazy at 9:30 AM, So Goes My Love at 11:30 AM, The Best Years of Our Lives at 1:15 PM, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer at 4:15 PM, and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House at 6:00 PM. Then it’s on to more Fred MacMurray with The Caine Mutiny at 8:00 PM, The Apartment at 10:15 PM, Woman’s World at 12:30 AM, Kisses for my President at 2:15 AM, It’s a Most Unusual Day at 4:15 AM, and A Millionaire for Christy at 4:45 AM.
January 21: TCM continues their tribute to William Cameron Menzies with Foreign Correspondent at 8:00 PM, The Pride of the Yankees at 10:15 PM, Address Unknown at 12:30 AM, For Whom the Bell Tolls at 2:00 AM, and Kings Row at 4:45 AM.
January 23: Five Graves to Cairo at 2:15 PM, Buck Privates at 4:00 PM, The More the Merrier at 8:00 PM, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at 12:15 AM.
January 25: Lots of silents on this morning with The Unholy Three at 6:15 AM, The Black Bird at 7:45 AM, The Show at 9:15 AM, and West of Zanzibar at 10:45 AM.
January 26: Tonight, TCM highlights the recipients of this year’s Governors Awards with Debbie Reynolds in The Unsinkable Molly Brown at 8:00 PM, Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence at 10:15 PM, and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It at 1:00 AM.
January 27: Elizabeth Taylor gets lots of airtime today with Butterfield 8 at 6:00 AM, The V.I.P.s at 8:00 AM, The Sandpiper at 10:15 AM, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at 12:15 PM, Reflections in a Golden Eye at 2:45 PM, and The Comedians at 4:45 PM. Then Fred MacMurray’s last night as Star of the Month with The Absent-Minded Professor at 8:00 PM, The Shaggy Dog at 10:00 PM, Good Day for a Hanging at 12:00 AM, Face of a Fugitive at 1:45 AM, Callaway Went Thataway at 3:15 AM, and The Swarm at 4:45 AM.
January 28: Happy birthday to the one and only Ernst Lubitsch! The Student Prince of Old Heidelberg at 7:15 AM, The Merry Widow at 9:15 AM, Ninotchka at 11:00 AM, That Uncertain Feeling at 1:00 PM, Heaven Can Wait at 2:30 PM, The Love Parade at 4:30 PM, The Smiling Lieutenant at 6:30 PM. Then it’s on to the last night of the William Cameron Menzies tribute with Ivy at 8:00 PM, The Black Book at 9:45 PM, The Whip Hand at 11:30 PM, Around the World in 80 Days at 1:00 AM, Deadline at Dawn at 4:15 AM, and Mr. Lucky at 5:45 AM.
January 31: I Married a Witch at 12:00 PM, The World of Henry Orient at 1:30 PM, The Way We Were at 3:30 PM, From Here to Eternity at 5:45 PM, The Major and the Minor at 8:00 PM, The Lost Weekend at 10:00 PM, and The Magician at 12:15 AM.