by Brett Leveridge
Old movies are like cinematic comfort food in difficult times: they make us laugh, they make us cry, they inspire us and remind us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Although there are many viewing options to help us pass the time in this stay-at-home era, not everyone has access to the various streaming services. So we're pleased to share some highlights from Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) May slate.
Saturday, May 2 at 10 p.m. ET
This beloved, family-friendly comedy, which features a talking mule coming to the aid of a bumbling soldier (Donald O'Connor), was so popular at the box office it inspired six sequels.
Sunday, May 3 at 8 a.m. ET
An elderly teacher and headmaster of a boarding school (Robert Donat) looks back over his life and recalls the beautiful young woman (Greer Garson) who saw through his stiff-upper-lip demeanor to give him warmth and affection.
Wednesday, May 6 at 5:45 p.m. ET
Another in a series of popular musicals that starred Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, as a couple of plucky kids putting on a show to save the day. This delightful picture also features Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, plus a treasure trove of hummable tunes.
Sunday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ET
Irene Dunne shines in the lead role in this tale of Norwegian immigrants, rebuilding their lives following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Several of the film's actors received Academy Award nominations: Dunne for Best Actress, Oscar Homolka for Best Supporting Actor and both Barbara Bel Geddes and Ellen Corby for Best Supporting Actress.
Monday, May 11 at 4 p.m. ET
The fourth of 10 musicals that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers starred in together features a mistaken-identity plot that is rather thin, but who cares? When you've got the two stars sharing their wonderful dancing talents and the unforgettable music of Irving Berlin, what more could you ask?
Tuesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET
This moving and inspiring account of Annie Sullivan's dedicated efforts to teach the deaf and blind Helen Keller to speak, read and write earned a Best Actress Oscar for Anne Bancroft, who played Sullivan, and a Best Supporting Actress nod for Patty Duke, who played Keller.
Friday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Who couldn't use a little escapist espionage right about now? This classic adventure tells the tale of an advertising man (Cary Grant) who finds himself in seriously hot water when he is mistaken for a spy. Alfred Hitchcock (who else?) directs, so of course there's a beautiful blonde (Eva Marie Saint) on hand, and if you watch closely, you just might spot a cameo appearance by an issue of Guideposts magazine. (Don't blink!)
Wednesday, May 20 at 6 a.m. ET
This biopic tells the story of Marie Skłodowska Curie, the Polish physicist and chemist who, initially with her husband and, after his death, on her own, did groundbreaking work in the field of radiation. This acclaimed film earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Walter Pidgeon) and Best Actress (Greer Garson).
Monday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET
This beloved account of three servicemen trying to adjust to civilian life after returning from World War II took home seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Wyler), Best Actor (Fredric March), Best Supporting Actor (Harold Russell) and Best Screenplay (Robert E. Sherwood). Russell also won an honorary Oscar "for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans."
Sunday, May 26 at 1 a.m. ET
Barbra Streisand took home the Best Actress Oscar for her portray of entertainer and comedienne Fanny Brice in this acclaimed biopic, which was a Best Picture nominee. Omar Sharif, Walter Pidgeon and Kay Medford also star. The movie's sequel, Funny Lady (1975), follows on TCM at 3:45 a.m., so set that DVR.
Thursday, May 28 at 8 p.m. ET
Edward G. Robinson (TCM's Star of the Month in May) portrays Martinius Jacobson, a Norwegian-American farmer who, along with his wife, Bruna (Agnes Moorehead), and their two children, is trying to make a go of it on a farm in Wisconsin.
Sunday, May 31 at 1:45 p.m. ET
Based on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this Best Picture nominee is one of the most beloved family films of all time. Gregory Peck was nominated for Best Actor, and Jane Wyman for Best Actress, for their work in this account of a young boy who adopts a fawn but finds that keeping a deer as a pet causes problems for his poor farming family.
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