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.

Directors: Jack Arnold, Ricou Browning | Stars: Tony Randall, Janet Leigh, Roddy McDowall, Jim Backus

Votes: 619

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.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 2,815

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.

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman

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.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Connie Stevens, Robert Morley, Dennis Weaver

Votes: 879

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.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford

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.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi, Victor Buono

Votes: 2,381

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.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Gila Golan, Edward Mulhare

Votes: 5,527 | Gross: $16.00M

8. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

G | 205 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney

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.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Peter Sellers, Tippy Walker, Merrie Spaeth, Paula Prentiss

Votes: 2,978

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 »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Don Knotts, Carole Cook, Jack Weston, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 4,480

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 »

Director: Edward Montagne | Stars: Don Knotts, Leslie Nielsen, Joan Freeman, Jesse White

Votes: 1,940

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.

Director: Arthur H. Nadel | Stars: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby

Votes: 2,183

13. Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

69 Metascore

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.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest

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.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, John Ericson

Votes: 4,107

15. Batman: The Movie (1966)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero

Votes: 27,694

Holy Bat-shark repellent!

16. Visit to a Small Planet (1960)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

The weirdest alien of the galaxy pays a visit to Earth...

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Joan Blackman, Earl Holliman, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,011

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.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Janice Rule, James Gregory

Votes: 1,511

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.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Camilla Sparv

Votes: 1,546

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 »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Glenda Farrell, Susan Oliver, Karen Sharpe

Votes: 2,611

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.

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Van Johnson, Louise Troy

Votes: 7,097 | Gross: $25.91M

21. The Parent Trap (1961)

Passed | 129 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

73 Metascore

Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 17,072

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.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, William Schallert

Votes: 3,857

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.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk

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?

Director: Fletcher Markle | Stars: Émile Genest, John Drainie, Tommy Tweed, Sandra Scott

Votes: 3,465

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.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk

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.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Alberto Sordi

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.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall

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 »

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Harry Morgan, Wally Cox

Votes: 1,525

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 »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Dean Jones, Diane Baker, Lloyd Bochner, Fred Clark

Votes: 788

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 »

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 659

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.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Robert Walker Jr., Burl Ives, Walter Matthau, Tommy Sands

Votes: 1,378

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.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Jean Hale, Andrew Duggan

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.

Director: Andrew Marton | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Brian Kelly, Shirley Eaton, David McCallum

Votes: 525

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 »

Director: Byron Paul | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Nancy Kwan, Akim Tamiroff, Arthur Malet

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 »

Director: William Asher | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck

Votes: 2,218

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.

Director: Fred Wolf | Stars: Ringo Starr, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Frees, Lennie Weinrib

Votes: 1,874

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.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York

Votes: 10,579 | Gross: $21.91M



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