The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” remembers film historian and Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, who died this morning at the age of 84.
Born on May 3, 1932 in the town of Colfax, Washington; Osborne would discover the art of motion pictures at an early age. He majored in the field of journalism at the University of Washington, he graduated in 1954. He would spend two years in the United States Air Force, serving as a lieutenant.
In honor of Myrna Loy as the “Star of the Month” for December, Turner Classic Movies will be showcasing one of her most memorable films.
TCM to present “The Thin Man” (1934) this Friday
Beginning this Fri., Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central, TCM will be showcasing the 1934 film adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett novel, “The Thin Man,” featuring William Powell and Myrna Loy as husband-and-wife sleuths Nick and Nora Charles. As part of the network’s Friday night “Star of the Month” salute to Loy, all six Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer “Thin Man” films will be shown throughout the evening.
“Exhibitors in 1936 endorse Leo for President:” 1936 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer trade ad for the Robert Benchley short “How To Vote.” Benchley’s classic MGM shorts will pop up from time to time on Turner Classic Movies. A collection of Benchley’s popular MGM one-reelers are also available on the 3-Disc Warner Archive set, “The Robert Benchley Miniatures.”
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1935 MGM trade ad for “A Night At The Opera.” The classic Marx Brothers comedy will be part of Turner Classic Movies’ “Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick” showcase
Buster Keaton. Mack Sennett. Charlie Chaplin. Harold Lloyd. Laurel & Hardy. The Marx Brothers. Abbott & Costello. Lucille Ball. Peter Sellers. Mel Brooks.
Turner Classic Movies’ “Ouch! A Salute to Slapstick” (Tuesday and Wednesday Nights in September)
Turner Classic Movies will kick off the month of September with a selection of 56 vintage and modern slapstick comedies on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings throughout the month of September, hosted by comedian Greg Proops. The network’s on-air festival is titled “Ouch! A Salute to Slapstick.”
Each week will be divided into different time periods of the slapstick genre, starting from the silent days and ending with more modern comedic box office features. Here is a sampler of what films will be shown on TCM:
Free Interactive Online Course in Slapstick Comedy!
The network has partnered with Ball State University and Canvas to offer a free online course devoted to enriching the art and science of slapstick comedy (and the people that were involved with slapstick). The free course is being taught by Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D., the executive director of Ball State’s iLearn Research program.
The Ball State course began at the end of August , and will end in early Oct.
Don’t miss TCM’s salute to Slapstick Comedy!
If you are into vintage and current comedy flicks, you will not want to miss TCM’s “Ouch! A Salute to Slapstick Comedy.” It is highly recommended for fans of classic cinema comedy and for those who have never been exposed to the fine art of slapstick.
Based off the story of real-life songwriter George M. Cohan (1878-1942), the film goes into the life, times and career of the multi-talented entertainer and songwriter, who brought such popular classic songs including “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Over There,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” just to name a few.
When the film premiered in New York at the Hollywood Theatre in May 1942, it was tremendous hit, and was one of the top-grossing motion pictures of that year. According to The New York Times, the audience on opening night purchased $5,750,000 worth of war bonds to help America’s war effort during the Second World War.
1942: A prolific box office year for Warners
For Warner Bros. (who acquired the rights from Cohan for his life story, where Warners’ competitors declined Cohan’s story throughout the latter years of his life), it would be the studio’s top-grossing film at the time (along with Warners’ other popular noteworthy films released that same year, including “Casablanca,” “Air Force,” “George Washington Slept Here” and “Now, Voyager.”
Winner of three Academy Awards
The film won three Academy Awards for Best Actor (James Cagney), Best Sound Recording (Nathan Levinson and the Warner Bros. sound department), and Best Music, Scoring of a Motion Picture (Ray Heindorf and and Heinz Romfeld).
Warner Archive Blu-Ray
Warners has released Yankee Doodle Dandy on Blu-Ray (through the studio’s “Archive” line), from a new high-definition transfer (along with several extras ported over from the DVD release). It is also available for streaming on Amazon, iTunes and Warners’ YouTube VOD service.
Why you should watch “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942)
1958 advertisement for Associated Artists Productions (A.A.P.), advertising the 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy, one of many pre-48 Warner Bros. feature films (along with shorts and select cartoons) that were available for syndication to local television stations.
To all fellow readers- if you haven’t seen “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” see it when you have the chance to. It is an entertaining and enlightening motion picture about the life and times of George Cohan, portrayed by James Cagney (in one of his few non-gangster roles on the screen).
“Yankee Doodle Dandy” is one of the best examples of uplifting screen entertainment. You won’t be disappointed!
1959 Trade ad for United Artists (which bought A.A.P. in late 1958) and their package of pre-1948 Warner Bros. features (for TV), showcasing the 1942 James Cagney musical Yankee Doodle Dandy. NOTE: This was when UA had the rights to the pre-1948 WB features.
Other films that will be shown will include the 1972 film adaptation of the musical “1776” (featuring William Daniels, Howard Da Silva and Ken Howard) at 1 a.m., followed by “Thousands Cheer” (1943, featuring Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly and Mary Ator) at 4 a.m.
Before the primetime offerings, the network will show various classics related to Americana, including “Judge Hardy and Son” (1939, featuring Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone and Ann Rutherford) at 6 a.m., “The Howards of Virginia” (1940, with Cary Grant & Sir Cedric Hardwicke) at 7:30 a.m., “John Paul Jones” (1959, with Robert Stack) at 9:30 a.m., “The Scarlet Coat” (1955, with Cornel Wilde, Anne Francis, and George Sanders) at 11:45 a.m., “The Devil’s Disciple” (1959, with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Lawrence Oliver) at 1:30 p.m., Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939, with James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold and Claude Rains) at 3 p.m. and Robert Wise’s film adaptation of the musical “West Side Story” (1961, with Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris) at 5:15 P.M.