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What to Watch on TCM for Thanksgiving

By November 21, 2012

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook FarmThe holidays always give Turner Classic Movies the chance to showcase a special slate of movies and this Thanksgiving is no exception. On Thursday, TCM will spend the day focusing on classic movies the whole family can enjoy together.

Viewers can start the day with George Nicholls, Jr.'s adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (1934), which is followed by the Shirley Temple classic Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938).

In the afternoon, be sure to catch everyone's favorite Rough Collie in Lassie Come Home (1943) and Gregory Peck in one of his more heartwarming performances as a father who gives his son the difficult task of killing his troublesome pet deer in The Yearling (1946).

The YearlingFollowing a late afternoon showing of The Secret Garden (1949) with Margaret O'Brien, TCM kicks off the evening hours with Mervyn LeRoy's adaptation of Little Women (1949) and Walter Lang's classic Cheaper By the Dozen (1950).

After watching Clifton Webb in his Oscar-nominated turn as the mysterious Mr. Belvedere in Sitting Pretty (1948), viewers can see Cary Grant up to his eyeballs with foster children in Room for One More (1952) and Doris Day contend with a harried home as husband David Niven takes on a new job as a drama critic in Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960).

Life With FatherFinally, night owls are in for a treat with Michael Curtiz's Life With Father (1947) starring William Powell and Elizabeth Taylor, and Vincente Minnelli's Father's Little Dividend (1951), the sequel to 1950's Father of the Bride starring Spencer Tracy.

Movie posters for 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm' (1938)/20th Century Fox, 'The Yearling' (1946)/MGM, and 'Life With Father' (1947)/Warner Bros.


November 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm
(1) Russ says:

And yet not a single Thanksgiving related movie scheduled for Thanksgiving. How bout Plymouth Adventure?

November 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm
(2) Shawn says:

I hear you. But the problem is there aren’t a lot of classic Thanksgiving movies. Most films about the holiday that are worth watching were released in the last 30 years or so. “Plains, Trains and Automobiles” (1987), “Dutch” (1991), “Pieces of April” (2003) and “Home for the Holidays” (1995) are good examples, but don’t fit into TCM’s purview.

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