What to Watch #15: May 15 – 21

All recommendations this week are from TCM, once again. Listed in EST, subject to change, asterisks on my “new to me” picks, yadda yadda — you all know how it goes!

May 15

6:30 am – Lydia (1941)* – Merle Oberon stars, which is enough reason for me to give this one a shot!

9:30 am – The Third Man (1949) – starring Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Alida Valli

11:30 am – Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)* – Alida Valli and Joseph Cotten share the screen again!

8:00 pm – Forbidden Planet (1956) – starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Jack Kelly, etc.

10:00 pm – Spellbound (1945) – starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck, directed by Hitch


May 16

5:30 am – Born Yesterday (1950) – starring William Holden and Judy Holliday, directed by Cukor

7:30 am – A Star is Born (1954) – starring Judy Garland and James Mason, directed by Cukor

10:30 am – My Sister Eileen (1955) – starring Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon and Betty Garrett

12:30 pm – Queen Bee (1955)* – Joan Crawford as a Southern belle who tries to ruin the lives of all of her friends? Count me in.

4:00 pm – Bell, Book and Candle (1959) – starring Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon and Jimmy Stewart

6:00 pm – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) – starring Sid Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy

May 17

8:30 am – The Thirteenth Chair (1937)* – A murder takes place at a séance and the faux psychic that led the séance tries to solve the murder. This could be either hilariously corny or very suspenseful.

10:00 pm – Top Banana (1954)* – Leonard Maltin calls this one a “fascinating curio” and says that it is a filmed Broadway production.

May 18

12:00 am – It’s Always Fair Weather (1955) – starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse

A couple of biographical films playing on this morning: The George Raft Story (1961) at 6:00 am and The Bob Mathias Story (1954) at 7:45 am. I have seen neither but may tune in for The George Raft Story.

9:15 am – I Met My Love Again (1938)* – I’ll watch pretty much anything with Joan Bennett in it, even if the plot sounds pretty run-of-the-mill.

4:15 pm – The Virgin Queen (1955) – starring Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth I

8:00 pm – Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson

May 19

7:45 am – Mary of Scotland (1936) – starring Katharine Hepburn as Mary, Queen of Scots

10:00 am – Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)* – I can’t believe I still haven’t seen this.

4:00 pm – The Three Faces of Eve (1957)* – Woohoo, psychological drama! Joanne Woodward stars as a woman with multiple personalities.

6:00 pm – Leave Her to Heaven (1945) – starring Gene Tierney

May 20

7:45 am – You Can’t Take It With You (1938) – starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Ann Miller, etc. Directed by Frank Capra.

May 21

8:30 am – Les Girls (1957) – starring Gene Kelly and Mitzi Gaynor

6:15 pm – Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) – starring Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery, directed by Hitch

9:30 pm – The Petrified Forest (1936) – starring Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart

My streaming recommendation for the week is that you catch up on season 1 of The Dick Van Dyke Show! I finished the season this week and will be finishing up the Recap & React season of it soon, and will then move on to season 2. Previous posts in the series can be found in their own tag, and a chronological list of the episodes can be found on Wikipedia (beware of the wonky order of the episodes on Netflix!).

8 thoughts on “What to Watch #15: May 15 – 21

  1. Forbidden Planet was a lot better than I thought. The Third Man is as much of a classic as everyone else said. I am interested in Bell Book and Candle and Born Yesterday too. Great post


    1. I’ve seen a lot of negative comments about Bell, Book and Candle but I bought it blind soon after starting TMP and I loved it immediately. Jack Lemmon is a total scene-stealer and the film as a whole is really fun to watch, imo.

      Born Yesterday is one that I like more with each rewatch. The first time I saw it I gave it a decent score of 3.5/5 but I’d bump that up a bit now.

      I recommend catching them both on TCM if you have the channel, or tracking them down on DVD. My library has both in stock so if you’ve got a decent public library you can probably find them there!


  2. You’ve already seen all the cool ones I would’ve recommended, so I can’t offer much feedback this week. Although…a friend once told me I should watch Queen Bee for its camp value, and I have seen Here Comes Mr. Jordan, which I found interesting, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.


    1. “Camp” was the first word that came to mind when I read the synopsis for Queen Bee. Here’s hoping it’ll be campy enough to suit the Classics of the Corn series!

      As for Here Comes Mr. Jordan, I was scolded for not having seen it when I posted a review of the Rita Hayworth musical remake Down to Earth last year, so I’ve been trying to catch it (and failing miserably thus far, haha).


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