From golden silents to bang-bang spaghetti Westerns, Turner Classic Movies’ offerings spans all genres and decades. This week alone, the channel celebrates comic Red Skelton’s birthday (10 movies on July 18) and America in the ’70s (five flicks July 21). Here are 10 DVR-worthy movies airing over the next seven days.
MOVIE “The Palm Beach Story” (1942)
WHEN 2:15 p.m. July 17
WHY WATCH Preston Sturges’ marital farce boasts a stellar cast and a rollicking train trip involving drunken members of a hunt club.
MOVIE “The Best Man” (1964)
WHEN 8 p.m. July 17
WHY WATCH This tale about mudslinging during a presidential campaign seems especially timely.
MOVIE “Night of the Hunter” (1955)
WHEN 1:30 Monday night, July 18
WHY WATCH Charles Laughton’s ghoulish thriller features mesmerizing performances by Robert Mitchum as a psychotic preacher stalking two children and Lillian Gish as their rifle-toting protector.
MOVIE “Out of the Past” (1947)
WHEN 4:30 a.m. July 19
WHY WATCH Film noir doesn’t get more hard-boiled than this one involving a tough guy (Mitchum), a deadly dame (Jane Greer) and a crooked gambler (Kirk Douglas).
MOVIE “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1967)
WHEN July 19 at midnight
WHY WATCH TCM sows its wild oaters by showing more than 100 Westerns this month, including this Italian import starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach as the titular trio.
MOVIE “And Then There Were None” (1945)
WHEN 7:15 a.m. July 21
WHY WATCH The first and best version of Agatha Christie’s whodunit about 10 strangers trapped on a lonely island.
MOVIE “Queen Christina” (1933)
WHEN 5:15 p.m. July 21
WHY WATCH The enigmatic Greta Garbo shines as the androgynous Swedish monarch in this racy biopic. The final scene is vintage Garbo.
MOVIE “Saturday Night Fever” (1977)
WHEN 12:15 a.m. Thursday, July 21
WHY WATCH John Travolta shows off his dance moves — and white disco suit — to the tunes of the Bee Gees.
MOVIE “The Unholy Three (1930)
WHEN 12:15 p.m. Friday, July 22
WHY WATCH It’s a rare chance to see “Man of a Thousand Faces” Lon Chaney in his only talking picture — and final role.
MOVIE “Hold Back the Dawn” (1941)
WHEN 1:45 a.m. Friday, July 22
WHY WATCH Star of the Month Olivia de Havilland shines as a schoolteacher who falls for a suave refugee (Charles Boyer) using her to become a U.S. citizen.