Happy Birthday, TCM! Can you include more Dorothy Dandridge and Diana Ross movies, please?
If Turner Classic Movies had only been endowed with movies from the pre-1948 MGM library, it would have been the channel of movie lovers’ dreams. If it had only had the pre-1950 Warner Bros. library, it would have been a 24/7 haven for film buffs. If it had only had the RKO Pictures library, it would have been a great channel.
But TCM launched on April 14, 1994, with the keys to all three of those vaults, thanks to the foresight of Ted Turner. Sure, Turner infuriated cineastes a few years before with his campaign to colorize classic black-and-white pics (shudder), but he more than made up for that misguided effort with the gift of TCM.
Commercial free, uncut, lovingly and smartly presented movies running 24/7, along with fantastic archival material, shorts (“One-Reel Wonders”) and other carefully excavated gems — there’s nothing not to like about TCM, or its primary hosts…
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