What to Watch #17: May 29 – June 4

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’m trying out the links for streaming again this week rather than giving separate streaming recs, so let me know which format you like better!

May 29

8:00 pm – Titanic (1953) – starring Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb, Robert Wagner, etc. Directed by Jean Negulesco. Not the best film about the Titanic tragedy, but worth a watch.
DVD: $12.72
Streaming: $2.99 rental
Netflix DVD delivery

9:42 pm – Chicago the Beautiful (1948)* – Documentary short about the history and culture of one of my favorite cities, Chicago

10:00 pm – In Old Chicago (1938)* – Period film starring Tyrone Power, Alice Faye and Don Ameche, set around the big 1871 Chicago fire; Maltin gives it 3.5/4

May 30

6:00 am – James Cagney: Top of the World (1992) – Great doc on the actor featuring film clips, BTS footage and lots of interesting info about his rise to stardom; Hosted by Michael J. Fox and followed by a biographical short from 1962

7:00 am – The Mayor of Hell (1933) – starring James Cagney, Madge Evans, Dudley Digges and Allen Jenkins; directed by Archie Mayo
DVD: $5.70
Netflix DVD delivery

12:30 pm – Libeled Lady (1936) – starring Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, William Powell and Spencer Tracy; directed by Jack Conway
DVD (Greatest Classic Legends: Jean Harlow): $11.99
Netflix DVD Delivery

May 31

11:30 am – Run for the Sun (1956)* – Another version of The Most Dangerous Game, with Richard Widmark heading up the cast

7:00 pm – Fonda on Fonda (1992) – Jane Fonda discusses her father’s career; directed by David Heeley

10:00 pm – 1941 (1979)* – Spielberg-directed story of Californians losing their minds and preparing for another attack in the wake of Pearl Harbor

June 1

7:30 am – The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) – Decent sci-fi flick about a prehistoric monster; Especially worth watching for cool effects by Harryhausen

1:45 pm – A Patch of Blue (1965)* – I meant to tape this one when it ran in February but completely forgot about it. Here’s hoping I’ll actually remember to set it this time around! Sid Poitier stars.

6:00 pm – Pat and Mike (1952) – Not the best Tracy/Hepburn film, but still worth watching. Directed by George Cukor
DVD: $3.99
Streaming: $2.99 rental
Netflix DVD delivery

8:00 pm – Libeled Lady (1936) – Here it is again, if you miss it on May 30!

June 2

12:30 pm – The Public Enemy (1931) – starring Cagney, Harlow, Blondell, Eddie Woods, etc.; directed by William A. Wellman
DVD: $6.49
Streaming: $2.99 rental
Netflix DVD delivery

2:00 pm – The Harder They Fall (1956) – starring Bogie; directed by Mark Robson

10:00 pm – The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) – Errol and Olivia!
DVD: $4.99
Blu-ray: $14.99
Streaming: $2.99 rental
Netflix DVD delivery

June 3

6:00 am – Modern Times (1936) – Chaplin and Goddard directed by Chaplin. This one really needs no explanation.
Criterion Blu-ray: $27.44
Streaming: $2.99 rental
Criterion DVD: $19.26
Netflix DVD delivery

9:00 am – The Women (1939) – starring Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Roz Russell, Joan Fontaine, etc.; directed by Cukor
DVD: $6.49
Netflix DVD delivery

11:15 am – The Great Dictator (1940) – Chaplin and Goddard directed by Chaplin… and again, no explanation is needed.
Criterion Blu-ray: $28.93
Streaming: $2.99 rental
Criterion DVD: $18.99
Netflix DVD delivery

9:15 pm – The Very Thought of You (1944)* – Dennis Morgan and Eleanor Parker in the story of a romance that blossoms despite criticism from family members

11:00 pm – Between Two Worlds (1944) – I have a review of this coming… some time in the near future and spoiler alert: I really liked it.
DVD: $17.99

June 4

3:15 am – Crime By Night (1944)* – Murder mystery starring Jane Wyman!

6:30 am – Hollywood Canteen (1944) – If nothing else, this one’s worth watching for the absolute plethora of star appearances, including Peter Lorre, Stanwyck, Ida Lupino, Cuddles Sakall, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, John Garfield and Eleanor Parker. This one’s packed with favorite people!
DVD: $14.99
Netflix DVD delivery

5:30 pm – You Can’t Fool Your Wife (1940)* – I’ve heard this one is a bit of a dud, but I’m interested in watching it for Lucille Ball.

10:00 pm – Johnny Eager (1942) – starring Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Van Heflin (in Oscar-winning role), etc.; directed by Mervyn Leroy
DVD: $17.99
Netflix DVD delivery

Note: This post was originally published with a few flubbed links. They have been fixed now! Sorry for the confusion.

3 thoughts on “What to Watch #17: May 29 – June 4

  1. I know they must be a ton of work, but I do like those links! And I’ve noticed that most movies are available by mail from Netflix, but not streaming…which makes me just about convinced that I’m going to switch my Netflix plan soon. Also, I couldn’t believe that Titanic was going for $2.74…until I clicked the link and saw, ah! $12.74! You must be getting some kickback from the bait-and-switch set-up you have going with Amazon!

    And…I have no asterisked movies to recommend this week. So sorry!


    1. Oops, I didn’t notice that! I will fix it ASAP. For some reason when I put the $ into the links, WP likes to eat half of the text… I fixed most of them but must have missed that one!

      I do recommend the DVD delivery service for classic films in particular. There are a ton that they just can’t get the rights to stream but are able to list on DVD. Plus, most of the streaming stuff is available both ways so if you don’t mind waiting a day or two between films the DVD delivery is a good deal.


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