Saturday, January 21, 2012
Like me, do you find yourself saying (either aloud or in your head so people won't stare at you), "When is TCM going to get around to showing Gone With the Wind, From Here to Eternity, Casablanca, North By Northwest, Singin' in the Rain, Mister Roberts, and Giant? When, I ask you?? When??"
Well, we're in luck--it's nearly time for TCM's 31 Days of Oscar Registered Trademark (Oscar®)! For 31 days, TCM will air movies that have received "one or more Academy Awards Registered Trademark (Academy Awards®), and/or nominations." Which means TCM will finally, at long last, air flicks like On the Town, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Grand Hotel. I daresay it won't even seem like TCM. I imagine the following dialogue taking place in homes across America®:
Husband: Honey, what cable channel is this? It says TCM, but I have my doubts.
Wife: Oh, that's TCM, all right. They just go a little crazy in February with a whole month of Oscar Registered Trademark (Oscar®) films.
Husband: Are you sure? Since when do they ever show North By Northwest?
Oh, well. Despite February, I love TCM. To my knowledge, it's the only major cable channel that does what it does. Once upon a time, showing old movies was called "TV." Now it seems like a revolutionary programming concept. Except in February.