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Turner Classic Movies devotes a full day of programming to classic movie mobsters on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, with stars like Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, and Humphrey Bogart pursuing lives of crime and passion. The schedule includes thirteen mobster movies, including memorable favorites like "Little Caesar" (1931), "White Heat" (1949), and "The Big Heat" (1953). Here is the schedule for all of the day's spotlight feature films.

The crime spree begins at 6 am Eastern with Gene Kelly in "Black Hand" (1950). At 8 am, Humphrey Bogart and Kay Francis star in "King of the Underworld" (1939), followed by Lew Ayres in "The Doorway to Hell" (1930) at 9:08 am. Lionel Barrymore and Jean Arthur star in "Public Hero No. 1" (1935) at 11 am.

The afternoon features iconic genre star Edward G. Robinson in four films. Robinson and James Stewart open with "The Last Gangster" (1937) at 12:30 pm, followed by "Bullets or Ballots" (1936) at 2 pm, "Brother Orchid" (1940) at 3:30 pm, and "Little Caesar" (1931) at 5 pm.

Cagney rules the evening prime time window, beginning with "The Public Enemy" (1931) at 6:30 pm. At 8 pm, Cagney stars with Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien in "White Heat" (1949). Humphrey Bogart costars with Cagney at 10 pm in "The Roaring Twenties" (1939).

Night owls can catch Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, and Lee Marvin in "The Big Heat" (1953) at midnight, followed by Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Edward G. Robinson in "Key Largo" (1948) at 2 am. Leslie Howard and Bette Davis star with Bogart in "The Petrified Forest" (1936) at 4 am.

Visit the official TCM website for more information about this month's programming. Other highlights include Fred Astaire as the Star of the Month, holiday classics all month long, and a day of pirate movies on Wednesday, December 4. Learn more about gangster movie star Humphrey Bogart by watching the video at the top of this article.

Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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