What to Watch #22: July 3 – 9

Welcome to What to Watch, the weekly segment in which I share what I want to watch on TCM in the next seven days, and what I think you should be watching during that same period.

As always, all times are listed in EST and subject to change. Films marked with an asterisk are films that I hope to catch this week, and the rest are those that I recommend for you! I’ve included streaming/DVD links where available, though not all of these films are available elsewhere, unfortunately.

July 3

12:00 pm – Mail Order Bride (1964)* – We all know I’m not a huge fan of Westerns, but I have a total soft spot for Buddy Ebsen and this one sounds kind of corny so I’ll give this one a watch.
By it on DVD ($14.99)

8:00 pm – With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)* – A Doris Day film I haven’t seen!
Buy it on DVD ($11.11)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

11:15 pm – And So They Were Married (1936)* – This one doesn’t sound like it’ll be anything out of the ordinary — TCM describes the plot as “The children of a divorcee and a widower try to keep their parents apart” — but with Melvyn Douglas and Mary Astor starring, I’m guaranteed to get some enjoyment out of it.

July 4

2:45 am – Twice Blessed (1945)* – Two twins team up to reunite their divorced parents. Sound familiar? This story has been used at least twice more, with Hayley Mills and Lindsay Lohan starring in those versions. I’m interested to see this earlier take on the story.

6:15 am – The Howards of Virginia (1940) – Cary Grant and Martha Scott star as husband and wife in this drama set during the American Revolution.

11:30 am – Let Freedom Ring (1939)* – Nelson Eddy stars as a man who comes back to his hometown and battles against corruption (and likes to sing while doing so).
Buy it on VHS ($9.99) (That is not a typo — the film is only available on VHS)

1:00 pm – Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) – Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Esther Williams and Betty Garrett are directed by Busby Berkeley in this fun musical.
Buy it on DVD ($8.67)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

3:00 pm – Anchors Aweigh (1945) – More Frank & Gene, this time as sailors rather than baseball players! Kelly’s famous “Jerry the mouse” dance and other fun musical numbers make this worth watching.
Buy it on DVD ($6.45)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Amazon

5:30 pm – Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) – It just ain’t Independence Day if you don’t watch Jimmy Cagney sing and dance! Few films are more perfectly suited for July 4 viewing.
Buy it on DVD ($9.10)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

10:45 pm – Ah, Wilderness! (1935)* – I’m interested in this once because TCM says it’s Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy, and it’s adapted for the screen with Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Aline MacMahon and others starring.
Buy it on DVD ($8.31)
Stream it on Amazon ($3.99)

July 5

8:30 am – Thunder Rock (1942)* – This sounds like an interesting little flick: “A disillusioned writer moves into a lighthouse where some ghostly visitors restore his faith.”

10:30 am – A Stolen Life (1947) – A very soapy but also very engrossing tale of a twin who takes the place of her deceased sister, playing wife to the man they were both in love with. Bette Davis stars in a dual role.
Buy it on DVD ($16.99)

July 6

1:30 pm – The Blob (1958) – A prime piece of campy horror about a Jell-O-esque monster from outer space that tries to swallow up a whole town.
Buy it on DVD (Criterion — $22.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

8:00 pm – Key Largo (1948) – Bogie and Bacall directed by John Huston!
Buy it on DVD ($20.44)
OR Buy the Bogie & Bacall Signature Collection (4 films for $28.50)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

12:00 am – The Bad Seed (1956) – Patty McCormack is an incredibly sinister little girl in this suspenseful adaptation of a Broadway play.
Buy it on DVD ($5.18)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

July 7

3:45 am – Children of the Damned (1964) – This one’s best watched back-to-back with its creepier predecessor, but if you’ve already seen Village of the Damned or are interested in movies about kids with strange abilities you should give it a watch.
TMP’s Village of the Damned/Children of the Damned review
Buy it on DVD ($5.69)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

12:00 pm – Gidget (1959) – Sandra Dee stars as a young girl who catches the surfing bug and falls in love with a surfer known as Moondoggie. One of my favorite films!
Favorite Things About… Gidget
Buy it on DVD (The Complete Gidget Collection – $13.77)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

2:00 pm – An American in Paris (1951) – Gene Kelly stars in this Minnelli musical, alongside Leslie Caron. Lovely songs in this one, and Gene makes it worth watching though I’ve never been a huge fan of Caron.
Buy it on DVD ($5.19)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Amazon

4:00 pm – Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – A real classic tracking the perils of youth. James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo star.
Buy it on DVD ($16.49)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

6:00 pm – Picnic (1956)* – I’ve seen the second half of this film but have never seen it in its entirety. I’ve been waiting for it to pop up on TCM again, so now’s the perfect time to give it a watch!
Buy it on DVD ($12.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

8:00 pm – The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) – Jack Arnold directs this intriguing sci-fi/horror, which was written by Richard Matheson from his own novel.
Buy it on DVD ($12.41)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

9:30 pm – The Devil Doll (1936)* – I loved Attack of the Puppet People, so here’s hoping this film will be just as fun. Lionel Barrymore stars as a Devil’s Island escapee who turns his victims into tiny, living dolls.
Buy it on DVD (Double feature with Mad Love, $25.09)

July 8

9:30 am – Palm Springs Weekend (1963)* – Troy Donahue and Connie Stevens star as “college students on spring break [who] turn Palm Springs into a disaster area.”
Buy it on DVD ($12.09)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

6:00 pm – Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) – One of the staple “beach party” films of the ’60s, starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.
Buy it on DVD (Double feature with How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, $8.99)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

9:00 pm – Some Like it Hot (1959) – One of the greatest comedies ever made! Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe and Joe E. Brown star, and Billy Wilder directs.
Buy it on DVD ($14.99)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

July 9

4:00 am – The Seven Year Itch (1955) – Another great Marilyn film, featuring that iconic scene with the white dress, and once again directed by Billy Wilder.
Buy it on DVD ($11.64)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

6:00 am – Gilda (1946) – One of Rita Hayworth’s best films, and Glenn Ford gives a fantastic performance too.
Favorite Things About… Gilda
Buy it on DVD ($8.56)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

9:15 am – The Big Heat (1953) – Fritz Lang directs this criminal tale of a police detective who is determined to bust up the local mob after his wife is killed by them.
Buy it on DVD ($11.97)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

8:00 pm – Now, Voyager (1942) – Star of the Month Paul Henreid stars alongside Bette Davis and Claude Rains in this soapy romantic drama.
Buy it on DVD ($6.09)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

10:00 pm – Deception (1946) – Henreid, Davis and Rains together again! Rains is a charismatic and well-liked composer who becomes angry when Davis marries Henreid.
Buy it on DVD ($5.58)
Stream it on Amazon ($2.99)
Rent it on DVD from Netflix

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