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Christmas Movie Rediscovered

By admin Published: November 19, 2009

TCM is making a big to-do over its airings and the DVD release of "Remember the Night," a Fred MacMurray-Barbara Stanwyck holiday film that has apparently been overlooked. From the network:

It’s going to be a very special holiday for movie fans this year as Turner Classic Movies (TCM) presents the rarely seen gem Remember the Night during a December packed with holiday favorites. The critically acclaimed 1940 classic – starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray and scripted by the great Preston Sturges – will air several times throughout the month, most notably on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. (ET). Beginning Nov. 20, the film will also be available on DVD for the first time ever as part of a partnership between TCM and Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE).

More about the TCM/DVD version after the jump, along with TCM's list of its holiday programming. But before we get to that, here's some of what the authoritative The Movie Guide said about "Remember the Night":

You'd have to be a grump not to like this funny, sentimental blend of pathos, drama and zaniness. ... Sturges had a way of designing a picture so that it could get right to the brink of syrup, then pull back with an hysterical comedy sequence. ... It could have been maudlin and dreary in many other hands but [director Mitchell] Leisen and Sturges have made this a wonderful Yuletide movie that's good watching any time of year.

And so to the jump.



Continuing the TCM announcement:

“It’s one of those quirky twists of fate that a film as exceptional as Remember the Night has been so overlooked when it comes to great Christmas movies,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “It’s our hope at TCM that our special Christmas Eve showing of this holiday gem, now fully remastered, will help give it a much-deserved new life.”


Remember the Night marked the first of four on-screen pairings of Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. It came four years before their iconic work in Double Indemnity. MacMurray plays a prosecutor who finds himself falling in love with a shoplifter (Stanwyck) during a court recess at Christmas time. The wonderfully crafted film co-stars Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson and Sterling Holloway and was directed by Mitchell Leisen. The screenplay by Preston Sturges demonstrates the writer’s unparalleled skill for blending heart-tugging drama with uproarious comedy. And the beautifully remastered edition restores the luster of Ted Tetzlaf’s glistening cinematography.

Prior to the new DVD edition, Remember the Night received only a brief home-video release during the era of VHS. Special features included on the new DVD include an introduction by Robert Osborne; still galleries, including behind-the-scenes photos; never-before-seen interview segments on the work of director Mitchell Leisen from the TCM Archives; and the original movie trailer, trivia, biographies and more. The film will be available exclusively through TCM.com on a made-to-order basis.

Remember the Night is one of many holiday treats being presented by TCM throughout December. TCM will devote its Christmas Eve lineup to a collection of films hand-picked by Osborne. In addition, each Thursday in primetime and during the day on Christmas, the network will present such holiday classics as A Christmas Carol (1938), starring Reginald Owen; two film versions of Little Women, the 1933 film starring Katharine Hepburn and the 1949 film starring June Allyson; Christmas in Connecticut (1945), starring Barbara Stanywyck; Holiday Affair (1950), with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh; John Ford’s 3 Godfathers (1948), starring John Wayne; and Tenth Avenue Angel (1948), with Margaret O’Brien and Angela Lansbury.

During primetime on Christmas, TCM will offer Holmes for the Holidays, an all-night collection of Sherlock Holmes movies, including The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), to name a few.

The following is a complete lineup of TCM’s Thursday primetime and Christmas Day schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 3

8 p.m. – A Christmas Carol (1938), starring Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart.

9:15 p.m. – Little Women (1949), starring June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh and Margaret O’Brien.

11:30 p.m. – Tenth Avenue Angel (1948), starring Margaret O’Brien and Angela Lansbury.

1 a.m. – 3 Godfathers (1948), starring John Wayne, Pedro Armindáriz, Harry Carey Jr. and Ward Bond.

3 a.m. – Hell’s Heroes (1930), starring Charles Bickford and Raymond Hatton.

4:30 a.m. – Bush Christmas (1947), starring John Fernside and Chips Rafferty.

Thursday, Dec. 10

8 p.m. – It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947), starring Don DeFore, Ann Harding and Gale Storm.

10 p.m. – Fitzwilly (1967), starring Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon and Edith Evans.

Midnight – Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), starring Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Lewis Stone.

2 a.m. – Susan Slept Here (1954), staring Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds and Anne Francis.

4 a.m. – Little Women (1933), starring Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas and Frances Dee.

Thursday, Dec. 17

8 p.m. – Christmas in Connecticut (1945), starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet.

10 p.m. – Holiday Affair (1950), starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh.

11:30 p.m. – Never Say Goodbye (1946), starring Errol Flynn and Eleanor Parker.

1:30 a.m. – Period of Adjustment (1962), starring Tony Franciosa, Jane Fonda and Jim Hutton.

3:30 a.m. – Beyond Tomorrow (1940), starring Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith and Maria Ouspenskaya.

Thursday, Dec. 24 – Robert Osborne’s Christmas Picks

8 p.m. – Remember the Night (1940), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.

9:45 p.m. – Christmas in July (1940), starring Dick Powell and Ellen Drew.

11 p.m. – Chicken Every Sunday (1948), starring Dan Dailey and Celeste Holme.

1 a.m. – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Lucille Bremer and Mary Astor. 3 a.m. – In the Good Old Summertime (1949), starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson.

5 a.m. – The Shop Around the Corner (1940), starring Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan.

Friday, Dec. 25

7 a.m. – Little Women (1933), starring Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas and Frances Dee.

9 a.m. – A Christmas Carol (1938), starring Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart.

10:15 a.m. – The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), starring Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Monty Woolley.

12:15 p.m. – Christmas in Connecticut (1945), starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet.

2:15 p.m. – Little Women (1949), starring June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh and Margaret O’Brien.

4:30 p.m. – Holiday Affair (1950), starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh.

6 p.m. – Susan Slept Here (1954), starring Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds and Anne Francis.

Friday, Dec. 25 – Holmes for the Holidays

8 p.m. – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene and Wendy Barrie.

9:30 p.m. – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Ida Lupino.

11 p.m. – The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), starring Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely and Genevieve Page.

1:15 a.m. – Sherlock Holmes’ Fatal Hour (1931), starring Arthur Wontner, Ian Fleming and Jane Welsh.

2:30 a.m. – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Andre Morell and Maria Landi.

4 a.m. – A Study in Terror (1965), starring John Neville, Donald Houston, Georgia Brown and Anthony Quayle.

In addition to the Thursday primetime and Christmas Day offerings, TCM will feature other holiday film presentations throughout the month:

Saturday, Dec. 5

Noon – Fitzwilly (1967), starring Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon and Edith Evans.

1:45 p.m. – Holiday Affair (1950), starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh.

Sunday, Dec. 6

Noon – Christmas in Connecticut (1945), starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet.

2 p.m. – Remember the Night (1940), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

8 p.m. – Radio Days (1987), starring Mia Farrow, Seth Green, Julie Kavner, Josh Mostel, Michael Tucker and Dianne Wiest.

Saturday, Dec. 12

Noon – A Christmas Carol (1938), starring Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart.

1:15 p.m. – 3 Godfathers (1948), starring John Wayne, Pedro Armindáriz, Harry Carey Jr. and Ward Bond.

5:30 p.m. – The Lion in Winter (1968), starring Katharine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Noon – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Lucille Bremer and Mary Astor.

Thursday, Dec. 24

8:15 a.m. – 3 Godfathers (1948), starring John Wayne, Pedro Armindáriz, Harry Carey Jr. and Ward Bond.

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