Today we want to write to you about a lovely happening brought to us by our daughter.
I am speaking about the films that are available every day on Turner Classic Movies (here in New York, it’s Channel 82).
We have been going about our business for years, only really watching PBS and a handful of news stations, but we never seem to branch out and explore other channels. Finally, our daughter “made us” turn to Channel 82 and we have been extremely enthusiastic ever since!
The best thing about TCM is that they play movies you’d never get to see normally and when you watch them, you realize that you are getting to watch the best movies that were made between 1930-1950!
Many of these films are absolutely wonderful! In analyzing them, we find that they are very much like Broadway plays. Back then, movies had not gone into space or battled aliens or imaginary characters—they simply had the feel of the stage, however, you were just viewing them on the big (and now small) screen!
It is so interesting to watch great stars like Bette Davis or Joan Crawford just by changing the channel. We love this era of movies, where everyone spoke so passionately about life!
The next time you find yourself in front of the television, do turn it on to Turner Classic Movies—you never know what you’re going to find! For example, last night’s line-up was The Good Earth (1933), a wonderful film adaptation of the novel by Pearl S. Buck. That was followed by the entertaining musical Gold Diggers (1933) starring Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell. After that was a favorite of ours, Holiday, starring Carey Grant and Katharine Hepburn. All around, it was an entertaining evening!
Philip & Marilyn
PS—speaking of Bette and Joan, the FX series Feuds: Bette and Joan, starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, only has only weeks left—don’t miss out! Sundays at 10pm (Eastern Standard Time) on the FX channel.