Favourite 'Afternoon Movie' (1960-1970)by SweetWilliam63 | created - 5 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public
Nope, "The ABC Afternoon Specials" don't count! These are 35 of the many theatrical releases that popped up on your local TV station usually in the weekday afternoon before VCRs, DVDs, or PVRs. Nothing better when you were home sick or bored sick.
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1. Hello Down There (1969)
G | 88 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
A marine scientist volunteers to have his family live in a prototype underwater home to prove it's practical.
Richard Dreyfuss in his movie debut.
2. Gidget (1959)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy
A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer.
The original Gidge - Sandra Dee!
3. The Nutty Professor (1963)
Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.
Votes: 14,300 | Gross: $7.63M
"I've got a world that swings!"
4. Way... Way Out (1966)
Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic world, the USA decides to send a married couple of astronauts to its moon base in order to prevent any improper contact with the Soviet female cosmonauts manning the USSR moon base.
5. Ocean's 11 (1960)
Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Music
Danny Ocean gathers a group of his World War II compatriots to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. Together the eleven friends plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night.
Votes: 18,375 | Gross: $12.32M
6. The Silencers (1966)
TV-PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Retired agent Matt Helm is re-activated in order to stop an evil organization from exploding an atom bomb over the USA and starting WWIII.
7. Our Man Flint (1966)
Unrated | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
When scientists use eco-terrorism to impose their will on the world by affecting extremes in the weather, Intelligence Chief Cramden calls in top agent Derek Flint.
Votes: 5,527 | Gross: $16.00M
8. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
G | 205 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A group of motorists hear about a crook's hidden stash of loot, and race against each other across the country to get to it.
Votes: 34,852 | Gross: $46.30M
9. The World of Henry Orient (1964)
Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him.
10. The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
Approved | 99 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and... See full summary »
11. The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads ... See full summary »
12. Clambake (1967)
TV-G | 99 min | Comedy, Musical
The heir to an oil fortune trades places with a water-ski instructor at a Florida hotel to see if girls will like him for himself, rather than his father's money.
13. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical
Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.
Votes: 6,035 | Gross: $5.13M
14. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Passed | 100 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Western
A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons.
15. Batman: The Movie (1966)
PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.
Holy Bat-shark repellent!
17. The Ambushers (1967)
Not Rated | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Secret agent Matt Helm must battle foreign spies and a rogue nation's exiled ruler in order to recover a hijacked U.S. government experimental flying saucer.
18. Murderers' Row (1966)
Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Handsome top-secret American agent Matt Helm must recover a laser-weapons inventor who has been kidnapped by arch-villain Julian Wall.
19. The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance
When he flunks out of med school, Jerome Littlefield goes to work as an orderly in a private rest home where he wreaks havoc for everyone concerned. Dr. Jean Howard is the exasperated head ... See full summary »
20. Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)
Unrated | 111 min | Comedy, Family
A widower with ten children falls for a widow with eight, and they must decide about forming a huge, unconventional family.
Votes: 7,097 | Gross: $25.91M
22. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
G | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
At Medfield College, an accident with a donated computer gives Dexter Riley the ability to remember any knowledge learned instantly and perfectly.
23. Son of Flubber (1963)
Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Family
When Professor Brainard experiments further on Flubber derivatives, he gets in trouble and only his students can help.
Votes: 2,435 | Gross: $22.13M
24. The Incredible Journey (1963)
G | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The story of three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners when they are all on vacation. Can they find their way home?
25. The Absent Minded Professor (1961)
Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself.
Votes: 6,551 | Gross: $25.38M
26. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)
G | 138 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Hoping to push Britain to the forefront of aviation, a London publisher organizes an international air race across the English Channel, but must contend with two entrants vying for his daughter, as well as national rivalries and cheating.
Votes: 6,864 | Gross: $31.11M
27. That Darn Cat! (1965)
Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
After a kidnapped bank teller uses a neighbor's wandering cat to send an SOS, the FBI assigns a cat-allergic agent to the case.
Votes: 5,094 | Gross: $28.06M
28. The Barefoot Executive (1971)
G | 96 min | Family, Comedy
A young man who works in the mailroom at a TV network wants to move up the corporate ladder but finds himself stymied by his selfish boss. By chance he discovers that his neighbor's ... See full summary »
29. The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)
G | 113 min | Family, Comedy, Drama
Frederick Bolton has to solve two problems. First, his boss has instructed him to come up with a reasonable campaign to promote a new product, a stomach pill named "Aspercel" - by tomorrow.... See full summary »
30. The Monkey's Uncle (1965)
G | 87 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Midvale College is in fear of losing its college football team. The players have grades lower than the norm. Judge Holmesby, the team's biggest fan, is at a loss for what to do. Enter ... See full summary »
31. Ensign Pulver (1964)
Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, War
Life becomes so harried after Ensign Pulver's prank, he and the Captain are swept off deck during a storm, ending up on a tropical island, a group of ship wrecked nurses, dancing natives, and one very big case of appendicitis.
32. In Like Flint (1967)
Unrated | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Super-spy Flint takes on a cabal of women plotting to rule the world.
Votes: 4,764 | Gross: $11.00M
A Matt Helm rip off but so what.
33. Around the World Under the Sea (I) (1966)
G | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The crew of a five-man submarine travels the world oceans, planting sensors on the ocean floor to warn scientists of any impending earthquakes.
34. Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1966)
G | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Lt. Robin Crusoe is a navy pilot who bails out of his plane after engine trouble. He reaches a deserted island paradise where he builds a house, finds an abandoned submarine with lots of ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,115 | Gross: $22.57M
35. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
Unrated | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires ... See full summary »
36. The Point (1971 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A father tells his son a bedtime story about young Oblio, who believes that having no point in the fantastical kingdom of pointed heads and things, still has a point.
Okay. This was an afternoon special. Harry Nilsson sings and Hoffman narrates.
37. Old Yeller (1957)
Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.
Votes: 10,579 | Gross: $21.91M