Christmas Classics - Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 24
Tune in to TCM every Friday night this month as we celebrate the joy of Christmas with our Christmas Double Features programming. In celebration of yuletide cheers and merry wishes, our primetime block will spotlight a pair of films that complement each other through a range of themes: Families at Christmas, Christmas Kids, A Christmas Carol, Christmas Crime, Holiday Romance, Holiday Houseguest, Christmas with Barbara Stanwyck and Christmas with Judy Garland. Join us in making this Christmas season a very special and classic one.
Families at Christmas
Period of Adjustment (1962)
All Mine to Give (1957)
Bush Christmas (1947)
Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Lady in the Lake (1947)
Lady on a Train (1945)
Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Holiday Affair (1949)
It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
Christmas with Barbara Stanwyck
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Remember the Night (1940)
Christmas with Judy Garland
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
This Christmas Eve, TCM adds more joy to your yuletide season with a dozen of our best-loved holiday perennials. This year's selections range from the original film version of Little Women (1933), starring Katharine Hepburn as Louisa Mae Alcott's beloved heroine Jo; to Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles (1961), featuring Bette Davis as Apple Annie, a frumpy street vendor transformed into a grand lady at Christmastime.
The returning favorite The Bishop's Wife (1947) stars Loretta Young in the title role, with David Niven as her troubled husband and Cary Grant as an enterprising (and attractive) angel who sets everything right for the couple during the holiday season. Two other popular comedies from the 1940s are The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941), with Monty Woolley as the Christmas guest who just won't go away; and Christmas in Connecticut (1945), starring Barbara Stanwyck as a magazine columnist whose phony skills as a homemaker are hilariously tested during a holiday visit from a returning war hero (Dennis Morgan).
Two Judy Garland musicals include touching and rather sad holiday tunes: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944); and "Merry Christmas" from In the Good Old Summertime (1949). Playing a crooning priest in The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), Bing Crosby warbles a few tunes including the Christmas carol "Adeste Fideles." And that's a reminder that we'll be screening the 1938 version of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, with Reginald Owen as a memorable Scrooge.
In a pair of redemptive holiday stories, Joseph Schildkraut plays a down-and-out actor who helps a selfish family learn the true meaning of Christmas in The Cheaters (1945), while Victor Moore is a hobo who performs a similar mission for a disparate band of characters in It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947). Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum, playing a war widow and a kind-hearted drifter whose paths cross over Christmas, form a charming pair in Holiday Affair (1949).