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December Movie Addiction

Every year in December, TCM drives me completely wild with their movie schedule. This year may be my favorite yet; at least in a number of years. A whole day for Lew Ayres! And another whole day of Cary Grant! I really need the rest of the family to just go their own way for the next few weeks and leave me to it. But the best I can do is clear the DVR and set it to go. Or pay DirecTV to install a second one in my bedroom...sigh. 

Here's the lineup I've chosen for the next 3.5 weeks. And that doesn't even factor in all the cheesy Lifetime and Hallmark Channel Christmas movies I love to watch each year!

6 Monday

5:00 PM

Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way (2010) Executive produced by Clint Eastwood, this documentary chronicles the life and music of America's jazz ambassador Dave Brubeck on the occasion of his 90th birthday. C-84 mins, TV-PG, CC

7 Tuesday

9:45 AM

From Here To Eternity (1953) Enlisted men in Hawaii fight for love and honor on the eve of World War II. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra. Dir: Fred Zinnemann. BW-118 mins, TV-PG, CC

5:00 AM

Pushover (1954) A police detective falls for the bank robber's girlfriend he is supposed to be tailing. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey. Dir: Richard Quine. BW-88 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

8 Wednesday

12:45 PM

Cash McCall (1960) A corporate spoiler makes a play for a failing company and the owner's daughter. Cast: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch. Dir: Joseph Pevney. C-102 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format

11:15 PM

Singin' In The Rain (1952) A silent-screen swashbuckler finds love while trying to adjust to the coming of sound. Cast: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor. Dir: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. C-103 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

9 Thursday

11:00 AM

Love Is A Headache (1938) A freak accident gives a fading actress a huge publicity push. Cast: Franchot Tone, Gladys George, Mickey Rooney. Dir: Richard Thorpe. BW-73 mins, TV-G, CC

9:30 PM

Babes in Arms (1939) A group of second-generation entertainers puts on a show to launch their careers. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger. Dir: Busby Berkeley. BW-96 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

11:15 PM

Strike Up the Band (1940) A high-school band sets out to win a national radio contest. Cast: Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Paul Whiteman. Dir: Busby Berkeley. BW-120 mins, TV-G, CC

1:30 AM

Babes on Broadway (1941) Show-biz hopefuls stage a benefit for an orphanage. Cast: Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Virginia Weidler. Dir: Busby Berkeley. BW-118 mins, TV-PG, CC

3:45 AM

Girl Crazy (1943) A womanizing playboy finds true love when he's sent to a desert college. Cast: Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Guy Kibbee. Dir: Norman Taurog. BW-99 mins, TV-G


10 Friday

10:00 AM

Talk Of The Town, The (1942) An escaped political prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher. Cast: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman. Dir: George Stevens. BW-117 mins, TV-G, CC


11 Saturday

6:00 AM

Bells Are Ringing (1960) An answering service operator gets mixed up in her clients' lives. Cast: Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Jean Stapleton. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. C-126 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format

8:00 PM

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) Young love and childish fears highlight a year in the life of a turn-of-the-century family. Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. C-113 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS


12 Sunday

 8:45 AM

There Goes My Heart (1938) An heiress takes a job as a department store clerk. Cast: Fredric March, Virginia Bruce, Patsy Kelly. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. BW-83 mins, TV-G

10:15 AM

Shop Around The Corner, The (1940) Feuding co-workers don't realize they're secret romantic pen pals. Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. BW-99 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

12:00 PM

Bishop's Wife, The (1947) An angel helps set an ambitious bishop on the right track. Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven. Dir: Henry Koster. BW-109 mins, TV-G, CC

2:00 PM

Room For One More (1952) A family with three children takes in troubled orphans. Cast: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle. Dir: Norman Taurog. BW-95 mins

4:15 AM

Too Bad She's Bad (1954) A taxi driver falls in love with the young thief who helped steal his cab. Cast: Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni. Dir: Alessandro Blasetti. BW-95 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format


13 Monday

12:00 PM

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) When he inherits a fortune, a small-town poet has to deal with the corruption of city life. Cast: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Lionel Stander. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-116 mins, TV-G, CC

17 Friday

2:15 PM

Tea For Two (1950) An heiress has to say no to every question for 24 hours if she wants to star on Broadway. Cast: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson. Dir: David Butler. C-98 mins, TV-PG, CC

9:30 PM

In The Good Old Summertime (1949) In this musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner, feuding co-workers in a small music shop do not realize they are secret romantic pen pals. Cast: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. C-103 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS

18 Saturday

8:00 PM

Meet John Doe (1941) A reporter's fraudulent story turns a tramp into a national hero and makes him a pawn of big business. Cast: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-122 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

10:15 PM

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) When he inherits a fortune, a small-town poet has to deal with the corruption of city life. Cast: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Lionel Stander. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-116 mins, TV-G, CC

2:45 AM

Along Came Jones (1945) A mild-mannered cowboy is mistaken for a notorious outlaw. Cast: Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William Demarest. Dir: Stuart Heisler. BW-90 mins, TV-G, CC

19 Sunday

6:30 AM

Top Hat (1935) A woman thinks the man who loves her is her best friend's husband. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton. Dir: Mark Sandrich. BW-100 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

8:15 AM

Merrily We Live (1938) A society matron's habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants leads to romance for her daughter. Cast: Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne, Billie Burke. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. BW-95 mins, TV-G

20 Monday

6:45 AM

A Hole in the Head (1959) A single father's bohemian lifestyle could cost him custody of his son. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker. Dir: Frank Capra. C-120 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

10:00 PM

Shop Around The Corner, The (1940) Feuding co-workers don't realize they're secret romantic pen pals. Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. BW-99 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

21 Tuesday

4:00 PM

Period Of Adjustment (1962) A newlywed couple's honeymoon is disrupted by their friends' marital problems. Cast: Tony Franciosa, Jane Fonda, Jim Hutton. Dir: George Roy Hill. BW-112 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

22 Wednesday

10:15 PM

Rio Bravo (1959) A sheriff enlists a drunk, a kid and an old man to help him fight off a ruthless cattle baron. Cast: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson. Dir: Howard Hawks. C-141 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format


24 Friday

2:00 PM

Man Who Came to Dinner, The (1942) An acerbic critic wreaks havoc when a hip injury forces him to move in with a midwestern family. Cast: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley. Dir: William Keighley. BW-113 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

8:00 PM

Bishop's Wife, The (1947) An angel helps set an ambitious bishop on the right track. Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven. Dir: Henry Koster. BW-109 mins, TV-G, CC

4:00 AM

Bell, Book and Candle (1959) A beautiful witch puts a love spell on an unknowing publisher. Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon. Dir: Richard Quine. C-102 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format


26 Sunday

1:15 AM

Red Balloon,The (1956) A boy discovers his new balloon has a mind of its own. Cast: Pascal Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov. Dir: Albert Lamorisse. C-34 mins, TV-G

2:00 AM

Bicycle Thief, The (1948) A working man's livelihood is threatened when someone steals his bicycle. Cast: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell. Dir: Vittorio De Sica. BW-89 mins, TV-G

28 Tuesday

7:15 AM

Young Dr. Kildare (1938) A medical school graduate must choose between a small-town practice and a big-city internship. Cast: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Nat Pendleton. Dir: Harold S. Bucquet. BW-82 mins, TV-G, CC

8:45 AM

Calling Dr. Kildare (1939)A young doctor treats a gangster and falls for the man's kid sister. Cast: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Lana Turner. Dir: Harold S. Bucquet. BW-87 mins, TV-G

10:15 AM

Secret Of Dr. Kildare, The (1939) A young doctor tries to help a woman suffering from psychosomatic blindness. Cast: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day. Dir: Harold S. Bucquet. BW-85 mins, TV-G

11:45 AM

Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940) A young doctor uses pioneering methods to treat a mental patient. Cast: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day. Dir: Harold S. Bucquet. BW-77 mins, TV-G, CC

1:15 PM

Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940) A young doctor gives up big-city success to help his father set up a small-town clinic. Cast: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day. Dir: Harold S. Bucquet. BW-79 mins, TV-G, CC

2:45 PM

Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940) A young doctor's marriage could be called off when the bride's brother is diagnosed with epilepsy. Cast: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Young. Dir: Harold S. Bucquet. BW-75 mins, TV-G, CC

4:00 PM

Holiday (1938) An unhappy heiress falls in love with her stodgy sister's freethinking fiance. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Edward Everett Horton. Dir: George Cukor. BW-96 mins, TV-G, CC

5:45 PM

Johnny Belinda (1948) A small-town doctor helps a deaf-mute farm girl learn to communicate. Cast: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Agnes Moorehead. Dir: Jean Negulesco. BW-102 mins, TV-G, CC

10:00 PM

Doctor Bull (1933) A country doctor ignites gossip when he falls for a small-town widow. Cast: Will Rogers, Vera Allen, Marian Nixon. Dir: John Ford. BW-77 mins,


30 Thursday

4:30 PM

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) A group of greedy clowns tears up the countryside in search of buried treasure. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar. Dir: Stanley Kramer. C-159 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format

31 Friday

8:00 AM

My Favorite Wife (1940) A shipwrecked woman is rescued just in time for her husband's re-marriage. Cast: Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott. Dir: Garson Kanin. BW-88 mins, TV-G, CC

9:30 AM

Philadelphia Story, The (1940) Tabloid reporters crash a society marriage. Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart. Dir: George Cukor. BW-112 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

11:30 AM

Penny Serenade (1941) A woman on the verge of divorce recalls her heartbreaking attempts to adopt a child. Cast: Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Beulah Bondi. Dir: George Stevens. BW-119 mins, TV-G, CC

1:45 PM

Arsenic And Old Lace (1944) A young man about to be married discovers the two aunts who raised him have been poisoning lonely old men. Cast: Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-118 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

3:45 PM

Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, The (1947) A teenage girl's crush on a playboy spells trouble, particularly when he falls for her older sister. Cast: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple. Dir: Irving Reis. BW-95 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS

5:30 PM

North By Northwest (1959) An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase. Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. C-136 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format, DVS

 

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