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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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