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  1. TCM airs the 1932 reissue, shortened version of "Rio Rita." Seventy-five years ago RKO shortened the film by cutting approximately thirty-five to forty minutes. At that time the thinking was to streamline and/or modernize what was considered an overly long film. Supposedly the complete original 140 minute film survives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
  2. TCM began because TNT was airing fewer "classic" films. (As an aside TNT began in the fall of 1988 and the first film aired by TNT was "Gone With The Wind".) Originally TNT aired many, many films ... such as "The Singing Fool" (1928) with Al Jolson; "Hollywood Revue of 1929", etc. As the years passed TNT gradually changed its programming line-up. And these films were once again "back in the vault" resulting in the creation of TCM. And, sad to say, TCM seems to be very gradually sliding the way of TNT. While TCM still airs hundreds of older films, change seems to be in the air.
  3. Don't know if this qualifies or not ... TNT aired "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" a few times in the late 1980's and over the closing credits the tune "Orange Blossom Time" is heard; yet whenever TCM airs the same film the closing credits are silent.
  4. As mentioned TCM has aired Rio Rita (1929), Dixiana (1930), etc. TCM has also aired It's A Great Life (1929), Spring Is Here (1930), The Cuckoos (1930), On With The Show (1929). Even though there are many who say TCM schedules are basically the same today as they were ten years ago, I tend to disagree. The Cuckoos (1930) has been aired within the past year, yet the other titles I mentioned have not been aired in many years even though they're all in the TCM library. Other early musicals TCM has aired (ages ago) include They Learned About Women (1930), Street Girl (1929), Broadway Babies (1929) and a host of others. I believe it is time for these films to be listed on an upcoming schedule. How about it TCM programmer...why not have an "all talking, all singing, all dancing" theme in one of the upcoming schedules?
  5. Many films made at the dawn of sound were musicals. Some exist today; some supposedly do not. TCM has occasionally aired films such as "Dixiana" (1930); "Rio Rita" (1929); "Broadway Melody" (1929); "Sally" (1929) etc. Yet there seems to be an aversion to airing this type of film. I've never seen the restored versions of "Mammy" (1930); "Under a Texas Moon" (1930); "Follow Thru" (1930); "Glorifying the American Girl" (1929) aired on television. Years ago TCM (as well as AMC) both aired the all black & white version of "Glorifying the American Girl." And way back in 1989 TNT aired the all black & white version of "Mammy." (TCM aired it in the late 1990's.) It's ironic that "Singin' in the Rain" from 1952 (which TCM certainly airs on a frequent basis) is all about early-talkie musicals, yet there doesn't seem to be much interest in the real deal. I'm just wondering ... why bother to restore these antiques if they're only shown in revival theatres (and even then only on rare occasions.) Comments?
  6. I agree 100% that it seems many, many grade B horror/fantasy/sci-fi films that were shown on television during the 1960's into the very early 1970's haven't been seen on TV in decades. And this is a shame. Even though they were made on a shoe string budget, they're fun to watch. Also, over the past four or five years TCM seems to air about 100 of the 5000 or so films they have rights to. In the early days of TCM they would air, for example, the rarely seen 1929 film "It's a Great Life", "Spring is Here" from 1930 and many other early talkies. I haven't seen these on TCM in at least 8 years. I know they will be airing "Golden Dawn" from 1930; but other than that it seems to be the same old stuff. Hitchcock films are great; however I'm tired of seeing "Vertigo", "Psycho", etc.
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