Turner Classic Movies gets into the family holiday spirit on Thanksgiving Day with a line-up featuring six classic family comedies. The schedule for Thursday, November 22, 2012, includes stars like Myrna Loy, Clifton Webb, Cary Grant, Doris Day, William Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, and Spencer Tracy. Here is the complete roster for Thursday’s family comedy showcase.
The prime time slot at 8 p.m. Eastern time goes to “Cheaper by the Dozen” (1950), which stars Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy as real-life couple Frank and Lillian Gilbreth. Directed by Walter Lang, the film also features performances by Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn, Mildred Natwick, and Sara Allgood. This is the original film adaptation of the memoir written by the Gilbreths’ children, which was later also the inspiration for a 2003 film starring Steve Martin.
At 9:30 p.m., TCM airs another Clifton Webb comedy, “Sitting Pretty” (1948). Walter Lang also directs this picture, which features Maureen O’Hara, Robert Young, Richard Haydn, and Louise Allbritton in addition to Webb. The film popularized the Mr. Belvedere character played by Webb, who would reprise the role in “Mr. Belvedere Goes to College” (1949) and “Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell” (1951).
At 11 p.m., Cary Grant stars in another story of a real-life family’s experiences. “Room For One More” (1952) focuses on the Rose family and the neglected orphans who come into their lives. Norman Taurog directs, and Betsy Drake and Lurene Tuttle also star.
“Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” (1960) airs at 12:45 p.m. Doris Day and David Niven star in this comedy from director Charles Walters, with supporting performances from Spring Byington, Richard Haydn, and Margaret Lindsay.
Night owls can catch “Life with Father” (1947) at 2:45 a.m., with William Powell starring as the patriarch of a clan of red-headed sons. Based on the memoir by Clarence Day, Jr., the film also stars Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor, Edmund Gwynn, and Zasu Pitts. Michael Curtiz directs this enduringly popular, four-time Oscar nominee.
The family comedy schedule wraps up at 5 a.m. with “Father’s Little Dividend” (1951), the sequel to the 1950 classic, “Father of the Bride,” starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the follow-up also stars Joan Bennett, Billie Burke, Russ Tamblyn, and Don Taylor.
Check the TCM website for a full schedule of the day’s films. Other November events on TCM include films starring Constance Bennett and a series of movies adapted from literary works.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the National Classic Movies Examiner and the Huntsville Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, “Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching,” is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.