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.