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"Christmas With Tucker": First original Hallmark Movie Channel holiday film among network's "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" event

Melissa Hayer Modified: November 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm •  Published: November 7, 2013
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"CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER: Gage Munroe and Nella - Hallmark Movie Channel Photo
"CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER: Gage Munroe and Nella - Hallmark Movie Channel Photo

Hallmark Movie Channel begins its first-ever original holiday programming event “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas” Nov. 11.

The network’s first-ever original holiday movie “Christmas With Tucker” is included, as well as a number of holiday favorites such as “Holiday Affair,” “Christmas in Connecticut,” “It Happened on 5th Avenue,” “The Bishop’s Wife” and “Babes in Toyland.”

The schedule, provided by Hallmark Movie Channel, includes this programming:

“CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER”

Hallmark Movie Channel Original World Premiere


Monday, November 25 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8C)


Starring: James Brolin, Gage Munroe, Josie Bissett, Barbara Gordon

A teenage boy forms a special bond with a neighbor’s dog and learns to be a man by helping his grandparents and farmland community through a series of winter storms. However, the upcoming Christmas promises to be one to remember, as the young boy learns first-hand the importance of responsibility, the faithfulness of friends and the power of love. Based on the book Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid, “Christmas With Tucker” the movie is the prequel to the 2009 Hallmark Hall of Fame film “A Dog Named Christmas” also based on a book written by the same author.




Œ”HOLIDAY AFFAIR”


Hallmark Movie Channel Premiere


“Christmas Classic Thursdays”


Thursday, November 14 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8C)


Starring: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Cory
Romantic complications develop just before Christmas, when department store clerk Steve Mason meets big spending customer Connie Ennis, who is really a commercial spy. When Steve unmasks Connie as a spy, he decides to let her go, which gets him fired. The two later end up on a date, which doesn’t sit well with Connie’s boyfriend, Carl, but delights her son Timmy, who doesn’t want Carl for a step-dad.


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“IT HAPPENED ON 5th AVENUE”


Hallmark Movie Channel Premiere


“Christmas Classic Thursdays”

Thursday, November 21 (8:30p.m. ET/PT, 7:30C)


Starring: Gale Storm, Victor Moore, Ann Harding

Aloyisius T. McKeever, a homeless man in New York City, makes his home in a boarded-up Fifth Avenue mansion, using the back door, while its owner, multi-millionaire Michael J. O’Connor winters in the South. McKeever winds up taking in homeless ex-G.I. Jim Bullock, who has been evicted from an apartment building O’Connor is tearing down for a new skyscraper and runaway 18-year-old Trudy “Smith” who, unknown to him, is O’Connor’s daughter. Soon Jim invites war buddies Whitey, Hank and their families to share the vast mansion while they seek homes of their own, but romance gets complicated when Trudy falls for Jim.


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“CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT”

Hallmark Movie Channel Premiere


”Christmas Classic Thursdays”


Thursday, November 28 (8:30p.m. ET/PT, 7:30C)

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet
Comedy ensues when a very single food-writer in Manhattan poses as a country wife and mother in her column to her readers and boss. When her magazine editor decides that she should host a returning war veteran at her country house over the Christmas holidays, problems arise as to where to get a husband, family and country house quickly!


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“THE BISHOP’S WIFE”


Hallmark Movie Channel Premiere


“Christmas Classic Thursdays”


Thursday, December 5 (8:30p.m. ET/PT, 7:30C)


Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven 
Episcopal Bishop, Henry Brougham, has been working for months on the plans for an elaborate new cathedral which he hopes will be paid for primarily by a wealthy, stubborn widow. In the meantime, he is losing sight of his wife and family and why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley, an angel sent to help him. Dudley helps everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. With the exception of Henry, everyone loves him, but Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him, both at work and in his family’s affections.


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“BABES IN TOYLAND”

Hallmark Movie Channel Premiere


“Christmas Classic Thursdays”


Thursday, December 12 (8:30p.m. ET/PT, 7:30C)

Starring: Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands, Ray Bolger, Ed Wynn, Tommy Kirk
As Mary and Tom’s wedding approaches, evil schemer Barnaby hatches a plot to drown Tom and steal Mary’s sheep in an effort to get her to marry him. Unfortunately for Barnaby, the two henchmen he ordered to kill Tom lose their nerve, kidnap him instead and sell him to a band of gypsies, where Tom is able to escape. When Mary discovers Tom is alive, she and the children of the village strike out to find him. But before they can get back to their village, they must make their way through a dark forest, help a toymaker in Toyland make enough toys for Christmas and defeat Barnaby.


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“TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS EVE”


Hallmark Movie Channel Special

Thursday, November 28 (9a.m. ET/PT, 8C)

Narrated by award-winning actor Ossie Davis, the “Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Past,” takes you on a journey of a runaway little girl’s decision to return to her family after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters an old caretaker who guides her on her journey. It¹s a unique fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas and features appearances by Grammy award nominee Jewel, Tony award winner Michael Crawford and the magnificent orchestral performances of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Promises to Keep,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (featuring Jewel), “This Christmas Day” and “O Holy Night” (featuring Crawford).


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“THE HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE”


Hallmark Movie Channel Premiere


Friday, December 20 (5p.m. ET/PT, 4C)


To commemorate one of the most joyous and festive periods of the year, Hollywood pulls out all the stops with its annual parade. Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie will be hosts of the 2013 Hollywood Christmas Parade and Astronaut Buzz Aldrin has been chosen as Grand Marshal. The Hollywood Christmas Parade is a lively affair, featuring musical bands, celebrities in open air antique cars, marching bands, live cartoon characters, equestrian groups and much more! So pull up a comfy chair and share in the magic of a dazzling Tinseltown tradition.


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CHRISTMAS CLASSICS MARATHON

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Hallmark Movie Channel Special Event”

Wednesday, December 25 (9a.m. ­ 11p.m. ET/PT, 8C)


Spend your Christmas Day enjoying classic Christmas favorites on Hallmark Movie Channel!

Holiday Affair                                 9am ­  11am

Babes in Toyland                          11am ­ 1:30pm

The Bishop’s Wife                      1:30pm ­  4pm

Christmas in Connecticut             4pm ­  6:30pm

It Happened on Fifth Avenue      6:30pm ­  9pm

Holiday Affair                                 9pm ­  11pm