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What to Watch New Year's Day on Turner Classic Movies

By December 31, 2012

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Funny girlIf you're expecting to spend New Year's Day suffering the consequences of the night before, what better way is there to recover than planting yourself on the couch and watching classic movies on TCM?

Turner Classic Movies starts the day with a great lineup of classic musicals for the morning and afternoon hours. If you happen to be awake, make sure to check out Francis Ford Coppola directing Fred Astaire in Finian's Rainbow (1968) and William Wyler directing Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl (1968).

My Fair LadyA little later on, TCM will air George Cukor's classic My Fair Lady (1964), which starred Audrey Hepburn as a street urchin turned into a model lady by Best Actor Oscar winner Rex Harrison. Following the medieval musical Camelot (1967) with Richard Harris as King Arthur and Vanessa Redgrave as Guenevere, be sure to see Streisand once more in Hello, Dolly! (1969), directed by Gene Kelly.

In the evening, TCM will focus on crime capers starting with Blake Edwards' The Pink Panther (1964), which marked the debut of Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. Next up is John Huston's documentary-like film noir, The Asphalt Jungle (1950), and one of the greatest heist movies of all time, Jules Dassin's Rififi (1954).

Asphalt JungleWrapping up the programming on New Year's Day, Turner will show the rarely seen Italian crime comedy, Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), which focuses on an inept gang trying to rob a pawn shop, and the suspense thriller Jack of Diamonds (1967), which starred George Hamilton as a suave jewel thief who tries to go straight.

Movie posters for 'Funny Girl' (1968)/Columbia Pictures; 'My Fair Lady' (1964)/20th Century Fox; and 'The Asphalt Jungle' (1950)/MGM Home Entertainment

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