What to Watch #16: May 22 – 28

All recommendations are listed in EST and subject to change; check TCM’s website for changes or to view the schedule in your time zone. As always, films that I’ve never seen and hope to catch are marked with an asterisk.

I’ve decided to do the streaming recs a bit differently this week by finding out whether any of these films are available for streaming. Links are included after the description if the film is available for streaming or on DVD; linked titles will lead you to my reviews.

May 22

12:45 am – White Heat (1949) – Cagney alert! Also starring Virginia Mayo, Edmond O’Brien, Steve Cochran and Margaret Wycherly – $6.49 DVD | $2.99 AMAZON STREAMING RENTAL | NETFLIX DVD DELIVERY

4:30 am – The Big House (1930)* – Leonard Maltin calls this one “the original prison drama,” so of course I’ve got to give it a watch. – $14.99 DVD

3:30 pm – The Blue Gardenia (1953)* – Directed by Fritz Lang and starring the likes of Anne Baxter, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr and Nat King Cole? Count me in. Maltin also says it has a twist ending, so I’m looking forward to this one. – $11.29 DVD | $2.99 AMAZON STREAMING RENTAL | NETFLIX DVD DELIVERY

May 23

6:00 am – Without Lying Down (2000)* – Documentary about women who took on traditionally male roles in early Hollywood

11:45 am – The Divorcee (1930) – Norma Shearer in an Oscar-winning performance, plus Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel and Bob Montgomery – $25.87 FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD VOLUME 2 DVD SET

4:00 pm – Kept Husbands (1931)* – Two words: Joel McCrea – $2.99 AMAZON STREAMING RENTAL (free for Prime members) | $7.18 DVD | NETFLIX DVD DELIVERY

7:00 pm – Complicated Women (2003)* – Documentary on women in pre-code film

8:00 pm – Safety Last! (1923) – It’s Harold Lloyd. Watch it if you’ve never seen it. Watch it if you’ve seen it. Watch it even if you just watched it yesterday. – WAIT FOR THE CRITERION RELEASE, COMING IN JUNE

TCM is showing a whole crap-ton of silent shorts on this night and I will be attempting to tune in for all of them but will not be listing them here because there are almost twenty of them.

May 24

6:00 am – Sadie McKee (1934)* – Joan Crawford is a working girl who partakes in three very troubled relationships. If that doesn’t sound like a party, I’m not sure what does. – $39.37 JOAN CRAWFORD COLLECTION DVD SET | NETFLIX DVD DELIVERY

9:00 am – Ann Vickers (1933) – Irene Dunne in an adaptation of a Sinclair Lewis novel. Not one of my favorite adaptations, but it’s a decent watch. Tune in if you want to see an interesting character for Dunne or if you’ve read Lewis’ work and want to compare the film to it.

2:00 pm – Harriet Craig (1950) – Another crazy Crawford film. This time she stars as a super-perfectionist who is too devoted to making her home and home life run like a well-oiled machine.

4:00 pm – Kitty Foyle (1940) – Ginger Rogers in an Oscar-winning role, plus Dennis Morgan, James Craig and others – $2.99 AMAZON STREAMING RENTAL | NETFLIX DVD DELIVERY

May 25

10:00 am – Destination Tokyo (1943) – Cary Grant alert! WWII drama co-starring John Garfield, Dane Clark, Alan Hale and others. – $2.99 AMAZON STREAMING RENTAL | $4.99 DVD | NETFLIX DVD DELIVERY

This day is full of war films… many of which I’ve never seen. It’s not one of my top genres. Feel free to recommend some of them to me, but all I can recommend to you is Caaaaaary Grant!

May 26

4:30 am – Foreign Correspondent (1940) – Five words: Joel McCrea and Alfred Hitchcock. Maltin calls it “tremendously entertaining” and I have to agree. – $3.99 AMAZON STREAMING RENTAL | NETFLIX DVD DELIVERY

1:00 pm – They Were Expendable (1945) – Hey, a war film I’ve actually seen! I’m not usually a huge fan of John Wayne (GASP!) but I really like this film. Robert Montgomery’s lead performance is very good. – $2.99 AMAZON STREAMING RENTAL | $5.49 DVD | NETFLIX DVD DELIVERY

May 27

5:00 pm – The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) – I don’t think I really need to explain this one. One of the greatest WWII films, and such a fantastic cast. – $3.99 AMAZON STREAMING RENTAL | $12.99 DVD | NETFLIX DVD DELIVERY

More war films on the 26th and 27th (for obvious reasons). Feel free to toss recommendations at me. I’m at a loss!

May 28

6:15 am – Some Came Running (1958)* – Minnelli, Sinatra, Martin and MacLaine! – $2.99 AMAZON STREAMING RENTAL | $15.59 DVD | NETFLIX DVD DELIVERY

11:15 am – The Enchanted Cottage (1945) – I can not recommend this film highly enough.

2:30 pm – Till The End of Time (1946)* – WWII drama of returning soldiers starring Dorothy McGuire, Robert Mitchum and Guy Madison – $17.99 DVD

4:30 pm – Come Live With Me (1941)* – I feel like I may have seen this before but I’m going to watch it again (or for the first time). Jimmy Stewart and Hedy Lamarr star as a pair of platonic friends who marry so Lamarr won’t be deported. – 17.99 DVD

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8 thoughts on “What to Watch #16: May 22 – 28

  1. Again, all of the films you’ve asterisked are ones I’ve never seen…but I did go to the TCM schedule page and checked out those war movies, and if you’ve never seen it, then I’d say definitely check out ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ on Monday the 27th at 6:15 am…it’s just flat-out awesome!

    Oh, and by the way…thank you SO much for enticing me to visit the TCM page, where I happened to take a look at their DVD selection, and saw a million TCM Greatest Classic Films 4-paks on sale that I never knew existed, and want to buy, but I don’t have room for on my packed-full DVD tower! Argh! And they’re coming out with a new film noir set as well! Double argh!

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    1. Their DVD shop is amazing! I buy even more from there than I do from Amazon, haha. Sign up for their e-mail list — they send a lot of coupons. You can use the savings to buy another DVD tower. :P

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      1. Yes! And then I can buy another 756 movies to fill it! Thanks Lindsey, you’re amazing! I won’t eat for months!

        Actually, I think I will join their mailing list, just in case I suddenly have a change of heart (and income). A bunch of those 4-paks are on sale right now at 50% off…hmmm.

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        1. The 4-packs are great. I recently picked up the Astaire/Rogers one. They’re definitely tempting me, too, with those 50% off price tags… but there are a few larger boxed sets in the TCM shop I’m attempting to save up for.

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          1. I have that Astaire/Rogers one, too. There was a Bogart one I had my eye on as well. Maybe I can buy just a few, and stack them on TOP of the tower! And I’d love to grab both of the most recent film noir sets…some cool offerings in those. And while I’m at it, I might as well grab that black TCM logo t-shirt, right?

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            1. There’s an idea! Stack ’em up wherever you can, haha.

              I’m quite partial to the design of the brown logo shirt, though I wish it came in different colors.

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              1. Yeah, I liked that brown-shirt design, too, but like you said…brown. I’m hoping someday they create a shirt that has that ‘angry gangster’ logo on it.

                And by the way, I forgot to mention: I like your new addition to ‘What to Watch’, those links to where you can watch a particular movie. That must be a lot of work, but it’s cool!

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                1. Glad you like it! I figured it might be cool to offer up the same films for everyone. Not sure which format I’ll stick with, or if I’ll switch between them/mix them. The only problem this week was that not a lot of the films I chose from TCM are available for FREE streaming, but $2.99 isn’t too bad of a price for a rental.

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