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APRIL 14, 1994, A DAY OF CLASSIC MOVIE CELEBRATION


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It's interesting that almost everybody is saying how rare it was to have your cable company carry TCM from the start, because mine did. I lived in Dale City, Prince William County, Virginia in April 1994, and I remember having TCM from the start, and although I don't specifically remember tuning in the first day, I do remember tuning in during that first month. I don't remember the cable company name.

 

When I moved to Fredericksburg a year later, there was no cable in the neighborhood I moved to, so I got Directv. Directv also carried both TCM and AMC from the time I moved in - April 1995 - forward. I never knew how lucky I was.

 

Does anybody remember the promotion that was being done for TCM right before it debuted? It involved a man and a woman dressed up and speaking like they belonged in a film noir. The woman was talking about how she was leaving AMC behind for TCM. If anybody has a copy of that weird old promo I'd love to see that again on youtube.

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Indeed it is a day to be celebrated as a great one for cable tv and for classic movie fans!!

 

Unfortunately for me, I didn't get TCM added to my service in my area until 2004. But wow, when I did? I was rocking out!

 

Thanks to all for sharing memories of the early days of TCM as well as lots of informational tidbits! Very cool!

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April 15,1994 a showing of Ceiling Zero, a crackerjack Jimmy Cagney-Pat O'Brien film directed by Howard Hawks, A Warner Bros pic.that hasn't made the rotation lately ( can't remember when it last shown ) anyone know why? I think it's terrific!

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> {quote:title=cinemanut wrote:}{quote}April 15,1994 a showing of Ceiling Zero, a crackerjack Jimmy Cagney-Pat O'Brien film directed by Howard Hawks, A Warner Bros pic.that hasn't made the rotation lately ( can't remember when it last shown ) anyone know why? I think it's terrific!

 

I heard that there is now some rights issue that's preventing it from being shown. That's too bad, as you said, it's a good one!

There are probably references to the situation in past threads if one does a search.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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> {quote:title=thomasterryjr wrote:}{quote}Please forgive me for the typo. I writhe everytime I look at the subject of this thread which I created and see 1992. I knew it was 1994.

Hey, it looks like the Moderators fixed the date on the title of the thread! Thanks Mods!

(Now of course all our refernces to the incorrect date will appear meaningless!)

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> {quote:title=VP19 wrote:}{quote}I'm guessing some of those Columbia films TCM showed in its infancy no longer belonged to Columbia itself, but to independent producers who may have sold their rights to other packagers that found their way to the Turner library.

No, I'm sure they made a deal with Columbia to run those films. They're all "real" Columbias, that is, nothing that anyone else had TV rights to. You know Columbia wouldn't let go of popular titles like IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and the Fred Astaire/Rita Hayworth musicals (to name just a few that were shown that first week).

TCM ran a lot of very rare Columbias that first year or so (1994), such as SO THIS IS AFRICA (1933) starring Wheeler & Woolsey. Now, there's one that really needs to be shown again!

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> {quote:title=musicalnovelty wrote:}{quote}

> > {quote:title=VP19 wrote:}{quote}I'm guessing some of those Columbia films TCM showed in its infancy no longer belonged to Columbia itself, but to independent producers who may have sold their rights to other packagers that found their way to the Turner library.

> No, I'm sure they made a deal with Columbia to run those films. They're all "real" Columbias, that is, nothing that anyone else had TV rights to. You know Columbia wouldn't let go of popular titles like IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and the Fred Astaire/Rita Hayworth musicals (to name just a few that were shown that first week).

> TCM ran a lot of very rare Columbias that first year or so (1994), such as SO THIS IS AFRICA (1933) starring Wheeler & Woolsey. Now, there's one that really needs to be shown again!

It would be totally rad to see SO THIS IS AFRICA!!! Being the Wheeler and Woolsey fan I am, I've never seen that one!!

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On 7/27/2011 at 3:52 PM, musicalnovelty said:

> I also have a trivia question: We all know "Gone With the Wind" was the first movie broadcast on TCM. What was the second movie broadcast on TCM? I have always wanted to know the answer to that bit of trivia. Thank you.

Here ya go...more than you wanted to know:

After GONE WITH THE WIND on April 14 they ran

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952) plus deleted musical number "You Are My Lucky Star".

"100 Years at the Movies" repeated.

GONE WITH THE WIND repeated.

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN repeated.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

THE PETRIFIED FOREST (1936)

THE CAT PEOPLE (1942)

 

Friday, April 15, 1994:

THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR (1936)

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946)

THE INFORMER (1935)

THE PIRATE (1948)

CITIZEN KANE (1941)

CEILING ZERO (1935)

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950)

Greta Garbo trailers.

ANNA CHRISTIE (1930) - English language version.

ANNA CHRISTIE (1930) - German language version.

ANNA KARENINA (1935)

LOVE (1927) plus alternate ending.

"MGM Parade" #30 - Greta Garbo.

"MGM Parade" #31 - Greta Garbo.

THE SINGLE STANDARD (1929)

AS YOU DESIRE ME (1931)

Hollywood themed shorts.

 

Saturday, April 16, 1994:

PETTICOAT FEVER (1936)

THREE LOVES HAS NANCY (1938)

SMILIN' THROUGH (1932)

EASY TO WED (1946)

EASY TO LOVE (1953)

BABY FACE (1933)

BEAUTY AND THE BOSS (1932)

A SOUTHERN YANKEE (1948)

ADAM'S RIB (1949)

RICH AND FAMOUS (1981)

OLD ACQUAINTANCE (1943)

THE OLD MAID (1939)

JUAREZ (1939)

Historical shorts.

 

Sunday, April 17, 1994:

APRIL SHOWERS (1948)

ENCHANTED APRIL (1935)

LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948)

CASTLE ON THE HUDSON (1940)

RAINTREE COUNTY (1957) with Overture, Intermission and Exit Music.

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) Complete Road Show version with Overture, Intermission and Exit music.

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966)

YOUNG BESS (1953)

IVANHOE (1952)

THE CAMERAMAN (1928)

SPITE MARRIAGE (1929)

THE COMIC (1969)

 

Monday, April 18, 1994:

PANAMA HATTIE (1942)

MAISIE (1939)

PROFESSIONAL SWEETHEART (1933)

IN PERSON (1935)

THE GIRL WHO HAD EVERYTHING (1953)

THE AMBUSHERS (1967)

WRECKING CREW (1968)

MISS SADIE THOMPSON (1953)

THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN (1949)

MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982)

Errol Flynn trailers and shorts.

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936)

ESCAPE ME NEVER (1947)

GREEN LIGHT (1937)

ANOTHER DAWN (1937)

 

Tuesday, April 19, 1994:

SMART BLONDE (1936)

CONGO MAISIE (1940)

SMART GIRLS DON'T TALK (1948)

THE GIRL FROM JONES BEACH (1949)

TUNNEL OF LOVE (1958)

A PRIZE OF GOLD (1955)

SUMMER WISHES, WINTER DREAMS (1973)

YOU'LL NEVER GET RICH (1941)

BLOSSOMS IN THE DUST (1941)

Shorts/trailers.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942)

MAYTIME (1937)

SWEETHEARTS (1938)

THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST (1938)

Western/musical shorts.

 

Wednesday, April 20, 1994:

FLY-AWAY BABY (1937)

Shorts.

GOLD RUSH MAISIE (1940)

THE PERFECT SPECIMEN (1937)

BLONDIE JOHNSON (1933)

TORCH SONG (1953)

THE LAW AND THE LADY (1951)

CALLAWAY WENT THATAWAY (1951)

FIRE DOWN BELOW (1957)

LITTLE WOMEN (1933)

DAVID COPPERFIELD (1935)

ROMEO AND JULIET (1936)

PRIVATE LIVES (1931)

TRIAL OF MARY DUGAN (1929)

MGM 1925 Studio Tour.

 

Thursday, April 21, 1994:

ADVENTUROUS BLONDE (1937)

Shorts.

MAISIE WAS A LADY (1941)

THE DOUGHGIRLS (1944)

THE FOOTLOOSE HEIRESS (1937)

TOO YOUNG TO KISS (1951)

HIGH BARBAREE (1947)

TEXAS CARNIVAL (1951)

YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER (1942)

NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA (1971)

MAYERLING (1968)

RASPUTIN AND THE EMPRESS (1932)

DEVIL MAY CARE (1929)

CALL OF THE FLESH (1930)

 

Friday, April 22, 1994:

BLONDES AT WORK (1938)

Shorts.

RINGSIDE MAISIE (1941)

STALLION ROAD (1947)

THE DECISION OF CHRISTOPHER BLAKE (1948)

THE GAY SISTERS (1942)

EXPRIMENT PERILOUS (1944)

THE LEOPARD MAN (1943)

GILDA (1946)

DR. STRANGELOVE (1963)

LOLITA (1962)

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948)

THE RUNNING MAN (1963)

THE KEY (1958)

Shorts.

 

Saturday, April 23, 1994:

TRAIL OF '98 (1928)

AFRICA ADVENTURE (1954)

MOGAMBO (1953)

ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS (1948)

THE TIME, THE PLACE AND THE GIRL (1946)

DR. X (1932)

HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)

Short: JIMMY FIDLER'S PERSONALITY PARADE (1938)

Jean Harlow/Clark Gable trailers.

RED DUST (1932)

HOLD YOUR MAN (1933)

CHINA SEAS (1935)

THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956)

FAT CITY (1972)

THE SET-UP (1949)

Boxer shorts.

 

Sunday, April 24, 1994:

THE HATCHET MAN (1932)

DESTROYER (1943)

LADY IN THE LAKE (1946)

THE CASE OF THE VELVET CLAWS (1936)

1776 (1972)

SCARLET COAT (1955)

GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE (1942)

CIRCUS CLOWN (1934)

MERRY ANDREW (1958)

JUMBO (1962)

WAGONS ROLL AT NIGHT (1941)

FREAKS (1932)

HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (1924)

O'SHAUGNESSY'S BOY (1935)

Circus themed shorts.

 

That's enough for now!

I can post more if anyone cares.

I care! More please :)

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We haven't had the endless moaning about newer releases, the kind that used to absolutely dominate these boards, in the past year or two, but in case anyone ever plans to resurface the old "TCM would NEVER have shown a modern movie back in the good old days!", I would like to point out that Rich and Famous, a movie that wasn't even 15 years old at the time, was shown the third day TCM was ever on the air.

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