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My 'commercial' for TCM


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This seemed like something I should post about. For a long time, I keep reading things online that quote parts of Rick Jewell's book on The RKO Story. Dr. Jewell was/is very well known at the USC film school, but unfortunately I never had any classes with him. I would see him in the halls and I knew he had written this detailed book about RKO, but all these years, and I still haven't read it. So I decided to request a copy through an inter-library loan. 

 

The reference desk emailed me yesterday that the book had arrived, so I went down to my local branch to pick it up today.  As I was checking the book out, a sweet older woman probably in her late 70s or early 80s was at the circulation counter if her movie from 1943 came in.  Of course, my ears perked up at the sound of this.

 

Out of curiosity, I asked which film it was-- and I was told: THIS LAND IS MINE. Immediately, I had to show off my classic film knowledge, and I said 'oh yeah, with Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara, made by RKO.' The older lady and the two librarians standing nearby did a double-take. The expression on their faces seemed to indicate non-verbally that they were impressed a younger guy knew about a 1943 movie. 

 

I continued to show off. I said 'Turner Classic Movies just played that movie.' And the lady nodded her head and admitted that after it aired, she wanted to see it again, so she had requested a copy of it through the library. I do not know if this film is on DVD, or if she was requesting an ancient VHS copy.

 

But it was such a cool bonding moment.  It very easily could have been a commercial for TCM, right there in front of all those people.

 

When was the last time you visited your local library or went somewhere in public, and mentioned TCM...?

 

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I mention TCM to almost everyone who I have a conversation with. And every time I go to the dentist, I haul my book about RKO along.

Great!

 

I realized when I interacted with that lady, that she really loves Turner Classic Movies. I get a bit critical of the programming at times, but I am glad this experience happened to me-- because I was able to witness first hand how much pleasure this channel is bringing to people.

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Happens all the time now with me...though I'm the one who usually instigates the conversation. I'll explain...

 

About six months ago and at the behest of my wife who told me that now that we were both retired, I needed to "get out of her hair occasionally"(I'm sure some of you people around here can understand that LOL), I jokingly relayed this "request" of hers to one of my tennis buddies one day and who then assisted me in getting a little part-time gig with a shuttle service that runs from Sedona to the Phoenix Airport and back, and which he had been doing for about a year or so.

 

The two-hour drives each way seem to go a heck of a lot quicker whenever there's a conversation going on inside the van or town car. And so, seeing as how I have "a captive audience" during these runs, I will often steer the conversation toward this subject and by asking the people I'm shuttling, "So, who likes classic movies, and what are your favorite films?"

 

The most common response I hear is that my riders "like" classic film and occasionally watch TCM, but are not passionate about it and possess modicum knowledge of the subject at best, though I DO every once in a while come across someone with more interest, passion and knowledge than the norm. These rides of course really seem the shortest.

 

Very often when I mention my favorites, "The Apartment" and "The Best Years of Our Lives", many of the people with that aforementioned "modicum knowledge" will admit that they're not familiar with those films or haven't watched them in such a long time that they can't remember too much about them. And so, after giving them a brief synopsis of these two films(and sometimes doing a little of the great dialogue in them) I'll, half-jokingly, tell these riders that "their homework" is to seek those two films out and watch them the next time TCM shows them. 

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The most often I speak of TCM is when I'm booking a reservation for a hotel or B&B somewhere. I always ask them if the television gets TCM. I always get a blank look (I'm sure we've all experienced blank looks over the phone.)

I explain it's a television station, based in Atlanta, that shows only movies. They almost always say they've never heard of it. Then they offer to put me on hold and find out. I wait on hold for a few minutes, then they come back and say "Sorry, Wrong Number".

 

No, actually, they come back and say no, although the television in the room I've booked has two hundred stations to choose from, not one of them is Turner Classic Movies. I tell them it doesn't matter, I'll just go with one of their porn movies, which they always have.

 

Don't know why these places never include TCM in the cable package they get, Oh well,,,usually when I'm  away from home like that, I don't watch much television anyway.

 

just kidding about the porn movies

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The most often I speak of TCM is when I'm booking a reservation for a hotel or B&B somewhere. I always ask them if the television gets TCM. I always get a blank look (I'm sure we've all experienced blank looks over the phone.)

I explain it's a television station, based in Atlanta, that shows only movies. They almost always say they've never heard of it. Then they offer to put me on hold and find out. I wait on hold for a few minutes, then they come back and say "Sorry, Wrong Number".

 

No, actually, they come back and say no, although the television in the room I've booked has two hundred stations to choose from, not one of them is Turner Classic Movies. I tell them it doesn't matter, I'll just go with one of their porn movies, which they always have.

 

Don't know why these places never include TCM in the cable package they get, Oh well,,,usually when I'm  away from home like that, I don't watch much television anyway.

 

just kidding about the porn movies

Never heard of Turner Classic Porn-- LOL  

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I talked a lot about TCM last night, which was Art Walk night in Laguna Beach.     I was hanging out with Gloria Fickling, who along with her husband Skip wrote the Honey West books.    She was a close friend of Ann Francis, who played Honey in the 1965 TV Series.    So we always end up talking about classic movies and what it was like living in So Cal during the 50s and 60.      Meet a group of her friends, all women in over 70.   They were surpised how much I knew about studio-era movies and a few mentioned that they really love them but don't watch them.   I mentioned TCM and they were aware of TCM but admitted they don't watch it much but plan to.       

 

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Met a group of her friends, all women over 70.   They were surpised how much I knew about studio-era movies and a few mentioned that they really love them but don't watch them.   I mentioned TCM and they were aware of TCM but admitted they don't watch it much but plan to.       

 

 

Just waiting till they get a little older, huh.

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Don't know why these places never include TCM in the cable package they get, Oh well,,,usually when I'm  away from home like that, I don't watch much television anyway.

 

Do they really have a choice?  My understanding is that it is up to the "cable package" provider as to whether or not TCM is included and in which packages.  Don't believe anyone can order just TCM or ask that just TCM be added.

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