Bachelor Mother (1939) Starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven
Airs December 6 and 23
After making sure a baby left on the steps of an orphanage is okay, shopgirl Polly Parrish (Rogers) is mistakenly thought to be its mother. Nobody believes her when she says she isn't the mother and comedy ensues involving the son of her boss. This excellent movie showcases Ginger's comedic non-dancing side and her ability to make great films without Fred's help. If you like it, try the 1956 remake Bundle of Joy starring Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. It airs December 14 and 24 on TCM.
Love With the Proper Stranger(1963) Starring Natalie Wood
Airs December 17
When salesgirl Angie Rossini (Wood) finds out she's pregnant, she tracks down the man with whom she had a one night stand. Complications arise as the two try to solve the problem and fall in love. I won't say anymore except for the fact that this film is terrific and I have no idea why its not on dvd yet!
The Farmer's Daughter(1947) Starring Loretta Young
Airs December 23
Swedish farmgirl Katie Holstrom finds a job as a maid to a powerful congressman and his mother. When another congressman dies, Katie unexpectedly finds herself running for office and falling in love. This is one of Young's greatest films and she won an oscar for her role.
Honorable Mention: The Story of Three Loves, Summer and Smoke,
and The African Queen