Monday, December 7th
Monday is dominated by lots of war movies to mark the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
The World Of Henry Orient (1964) at 5pm. With Peter Sellers
Skirts Ahoy! (1952) at midnight. A not so spectacular musical with Esther Williams enlivened by a top flight number with Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van.
Tuesday, December 8th
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) at 5pm
North By Northwest (1959) at 9:15pm
Wednesday, December 9th
Out of the Past (1947) at 5:30am. One of the greatest noirs, directed by Jacques Tourneur, and starring Kirk Douglas as a gangster, Jane Greer as his lover, and Robert Mitchum as the detective who falls under her spell.
Lust For Life (1956) at 12:45pm. Nothing to do with Iggy Pop. Vincente Minnelli directs and Kirk Douglas stars in this biopic of Vincent van Gogh.
Seven Days in May (1964) at 3pm. John Frankenheimer directs Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in this thriller about a coup plot by American military officers. Frankenheimer is best known for another military-oriented thriller, The Manchurian Candidate, and also directed the strange and disturbing Seconds, with Rock Hudson. After a great 60s, and a couple of good movies in the early 70s, he had a long dry spell. His most recent decent movie was Ronin (1998) with Robert De Niro and Jean Reno as freelance heist artists.
Thursday, December 10th
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) at 3pm. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz Gene Tierney is a widow who rents a house by the sea that is haunted by its former owner, Rex Harrison. It’s charming and a bit surprising. With an excellent, early score by Bernard Herrmann. I’ve loved this movie since I was a little kid.
TCM Primetime features five movies by the French director, Claude Chabrol, beginning with one of his finest, Les Cousins (1958) at 5pm.
Friday, December 11th
TCM Primetime this evening features 5 Christmas classics, including a couple of particularly good ones.
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941) at 5pm
Scrooge (1970) at 7pm. With Albert Finney doing the bah humbugging.
A Christmas Carol (1938) at 9pm. A more traditional version of the Dickens story, with Reginald Owen as Scrooge.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) at 10:15pm. Vincente Minnelli directed this charming musical with Judy Garland, who debuts the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” More: Meet Me in St. Louis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the Good Old Summertime (1949) at 12:15am