I really appreciate Watch TCM, as I didn't have it for a long time until my cable provider changed hands. I don't usually ride herd on the TCM schedule, so I can easily miss something I'd want to catch or record. The app has a lot more selections to stream than my cable provider's On Demand feature for TCM.
Yesterday's schedule was full of short pre-code movies, the TCM Spotlight for October on short running times. And I can catch up on some of them on Watch TCM. One I did catch was Side Streets. A couple occasions here I wrote about Aline MacMahon, familiar from many supporting roles, getting a crack at a lead in Heat Lightning, a dandy little melodrama, and delivering big time. Side Streets gave her another lead, which I hadn't seen. It's not as satisfying as Heat Lightning--it's a creaky and soapy tale of an independent, if lonely, woman getting taken in by a no-good man, though he tries to do better. But of course Ms. MacMahon is excellent. The male lead, Paul Kelly, is just right, too, managing to suggest why women would be drawn to him instead of running to the hills. I wasn't familiar with him--he started as a child in silents and also did stage and TV work until he died at 57. He won a Tony Award and originated the role of the actor in The Country Girl played in the movie by Bing Crosby, He had done prison time in the 1920s for manslaughter but was able to resume his career after release.