Beginning in the early morning hours and lasting into the evening of December 19th, Turner Classic Movies will present a Cary Grant-a-thon. Seven Grant films from four decades will air (all times Eastern/Pacific):
6am/3am Penny Serenade (1941), co-starring Irene Dunne and directed by George Stevens…a first-rate heart-wrenching/warming melodrama.
8am/5am Dream Wife (1953), directed by Sidney Sheldon…the first, though not the best, of three films in which Grant co-starred with Deborah Kerr.
10am/7am Mr. Lucky (1943), co-starring Laraine Day, directed by H.C. Potter…Mr. Grant is irresistible as the operator of a gambling boat who falls for a society girl.
12 noon/9am Walk, Don’t Run (1966), co-starring Samantha Eggar and Jim Hutton, directed by Charles Walters…this was CG’s swan song on film.
2pm/11am Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), co-starring Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas, directed by H.C. Potter…the ultimate ‘money-pit’ comedy.
4pm/1pm Topper (1937), co-starring Constance Bennett and Roland Young, directed by Norman Z. McLeod…one of Mr. Grant’s great late-‘30s comedy turns – in which he charms…as a ghost.
6pm/3pm Suspicion (1941), co-starring Joan Fontaine and directed by Alfred Hitchcock…Grant’s first Hitchcock film and the one in which he coulda, woulda, shoulda been a wife-killer.
In addition to these 14 Cary Grant-filled hours on the 19th, TCM will air (for the third and final time this December) his holiday classic The Bishop’s Wife (1948, with Loretta Young and David Niven) as Christmas arrives. Depending on where you live, the film begins either early Christmas morning or late Christmas Eve: 2:30am Eastern/11:30pm Pacific. What a very Merry Christmas!