Friday, December 1, 2017

Briefs for December 1-2, 2017

We're already in December, which means Christmas movies. TCM is going to be running Christmas movies on the first four Fridays of the month in prime time (Dec. 29 being after Christmas, they'll run something else), with this first Friday being movies that are set around Christmas rather than being particularly Christmassy per se. Bush Christmas, made in Australia just after World War II, is on again tonight at midnight, and it's really worth a watch if you haven't seen it the past few times it's been on. There's also the Night at the Movies "documentary" about Christmas movies overnight at 3:00 AM.

Meanwhile, over on FXM Retro, a movie that's back after an absence is 13 Rue Madeleine, which was already on this morning at 9:50 AM and will be on again tomorrow morning at 7:50 AM. It's one of the handful of docudramas Fox made in the second half of the 1940s, starring James Cagney as a man training OSS (the forerunner of the CIA) agents during World War II. There's a double agent in their midst, and that ultimately forces Cagney to go on a mission in occupied France himself.

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