Every Friday in December, Turner Classic Movies will show the sophisticated comedies of the great Ernst Lubitsch. In all, TCM will air 14 films that masterfully display the famed "Lubitsch Touch."
The series starts this Friday, December 7th with Lubitsch's silent-era German adventure, The Loves of Pharoah (1922), starring Emil Jannings, which will be followed by the musical comedy starring Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert, The Smiling Lieutenant (1931). The evening wraps up with the Margaret Sullivan-James Stewart classic, The Shop Around the Corner (1940).
On December 14th, the Lubitsch series resumes with the romantic comedy Trouble in Paradise (1932), where jewel thief Herbert Marshall falls for one of his victims (Kay Francis) and lands in trouble with his partner-in-crime (Miriam Hopkins). Next be sure to check out another classic, Design for Living (1933), with Frederic March, Gary Cooper and Miriam Hopkins, which will be followed by two lesser-known Lubitsch films, One Hour With You (1932) and the silent melodrama The Student Price in Old Heidelberg (1927) starring Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer.
December 21st promises a deeper look into the Lubitsch canon with The Love Parade (1929), Monte Carlo (1930) and The Merry Widow (1934), while on the final Friday, December 28th, TCM will wrap the series with two of Lubitsch's best films, Ninotchka (1939) starring Greta Garbo, and To Be or Not to Be (1941), tragically the last film to ever star Carole Lombard.
Movies posters for 'The Shop Around the Corner' (1940)/MGM Home Entertainment and 'To Be or Not to Be' (1941)/Warner Bros.