I’m two weeks away from finishing my summer Spanish course, which means in theory I should be only two weeks away from returning to the old, multi-channel format for these What to Watch posts… but I think I may stick with the “TCM + purchase/rental links” format from here on out, since most of the other channels I sourced were usually slim pickin’ when it came to classic film screenings. Tell me what you’d like to see in this weekly series in the comments section!

Future-pondering aside, welcome to What to Watch, the weekly series in which I attempt to force every TMP visitor to watch my TCM picks for the week. All times are listed in EST and subject to change. Linked film titles will take you to TMP’s review of the film. As usual, “New to me” films that I hope to catch this week are marked with an asterisk. Happy viewing!

No purchase/rental links this week (and possibly next week) because I have an enormous exam in two days (and “mi examen final de la clase de español” a week from Monday).

June 12

12:30 am – Woman of the Year (1942) – First pairing of Tracy & Hepburn, directed by George Stevens

7:15 am – Pillow to Post (1945)* – Ida Lupino stars in this comedy about a girl who poses as a war bride just so she can get a hotel room in Washington. I love Ida Lupino, and the great Dorothy Dandridge also makes an appearance, so I hope to catch this one!

1:30 pm – Blues in the Night (1941) – Starring Priscilla Lane, Richard Whorf, Betty Field, Elia Kazan and others; directed by Anatole Litvak

4:15 pm – City for Conquest (1940)* – A Cagney film I haven’t seen! And Ann Sheridan co-stars!

8:00 pm – Imitation of Life (1959) – Amazing, amazing, amazing melodrama directed by Douglas Sirk, starring Susan Kohner, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, John Gavin and Lana Turner

June 13/14

June 13, 2:30 am – The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) – Directed by Vincente Minnelli; cast includes Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Elaine Stewart, Dick Powell and Gloria Grahame among others. One of Lana’s best films, a fitting choice for TCM’s little marathon tribute to her ’50s films.

Beginning on June 13 at 8 pm, TCM will be airing a 24-hour memorial tribute to Esther Williams, who passed away last week. She was an incredibly talented woman who made so many delightful films. Tune in for as many as you can during this tribute.

TCM pays tribute to Esther Williams this week. (Image via Doctor Macro)
TCM pays tribute to Esther Williams from 8 pm on June 13 to 8 pm on June 14. (Image via Doctor Macro)

June 14, 8:00 pm – Dark Passage (1947) – Bogie & Bacall. Need I say more?

June 15

2:00 pm – The Defiant Ones (1958) – Starring Sid Poitier, Tony Curtis Theodore Bikel and Lon Chaney, Jr.; directed by Stanley Kramer

8:00 pm – The Palm Beach Story (1942)* – Why oh why oh WHY have I still not seen this film? I am fully expecting this to be one of my best discoveries of the year because of the Sturges/Colbert/McCrea/screwball comedy combo.

June 16

10:00 am – Father of the Bride (1950) – Starring Spencer Tracy, Liz Taylor and Joan Bennett; directed by Vincente Minnelli

11:45 am – Citizen Kane (1941) – I know I say at least once in each WtW segment that some films need no explanation for recommendation… but really, it’s CITIZEN KANE. Watch it or I will personally collect and burn up all of your Rosebuds.

8:00 pm – To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) – Quite possibly the most successful book-to-film adaptation of all time. Starring Gregory Peck, directed by Robert Mulligan

June 17

12:30 am – The Kid (1921) – Starring Chaplin and Jackie Coogan; directed by Chaplin

4:00 am – 12 Angry Men (1957) – In high school I had a computer teacher who was obsessed with this film. Everyone warned me that she’d make us watch it when I took her class. I was dreading it, because I had heard two years of complaints about how boring it was from my fellow students… but I ended up loving the film. High schoolers, man… they have no taste. Directed by Sid Lumet

6:00 am – Ever In My Heart (1933) – Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Otto Kruger, directed by Archie Mayo

9:45 am – Picture Snatcher (1933) – Starring James Cagney, directed by Lloyd Bacon

12:45 pm – This Man is Mine (1934) – Starring Ralph Bellamy, Irene Dunne and a scene-stealing Constance Cummings; directed by John Cromwell

2:30 pm – The Awful Truth (1937) – Starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy; directed by Leo McCarey

June 18

8:00 pm – Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) – Starring Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Maggie McNamara, Louis Jourdan, etc.; directed by Jean Negulesco

10:00 pm – Tonight and Every Night (1945) – Starring Rita Hayworth; Directed by Victor Saville

11:45 pm – Anchors Aweigh (1945) – Starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly; directed by George Sidney