27 thoughts on “Turner Classic Movies Makes Cable Worthwhile

  1. Yes. It’s perfect for those movies that I remember as being excellent when I was young and as you posted in this article, it has the best Romeo and Juliet (Zeffirelli’s 1968) and I can always count on it for my Olivia de Havilland fix (not just her movies with Errol Flynn, but one of my favourite films – The Heiress) and my Bette Davis fix (Jezebel, Little Foxes & All About Eve).

  2. I’m always stymied by the younguns’ fear of black-and-white movies and television. I have a hard time convincing them that lack of color doesn’t equate to lack of quality.

  3. I actually own The Heiress. Olivia is wonderful in that movie as you watch her transform.

  4. Unfortunately TCM is one tier up from what I can afford. Spectrum – expect to pay extra for the good channels. When I did have TCM years ago I recorded a ton of movies, especially the old musicals.

  5. Oooh, oooh! Have you heard of Filmstruck?! Turner Classic Movies teamed up with Criterion to create a streaming service and it’s FABULOUS. They don’t have the whole backcatalog, of course, but the rotation is good. I always find more and more to watch, both English language and other language classics. AND it’s cheaper than Netflix.

  6. My house finally downgraded to basic BASIC cable just a few days ago (after a knock-down-drag-out fight with the Verizon rep who insisted we DID want to pay $40 MORE a month than we already were. F you, sir), and literally the only channel I will miss is TCM! Where else was I going to find those hilarious-yet-entertaining silent movies from the late 20s that would come on at, like, 1am?? (And OH MY GOD, THE CLOTHES. I will watch a trash movie from the 30s or 40s just for the damn hats!)

  7. I appreciate that you appreciate a great channel like TCM, but you might get the name of the channel right. It’s Turner Classic Movies NOT Turner Movie Classics. Plus further confusion is added by calling it TMC instead of the correct TCM because if any one calls up their cable/satellite provider and asks about TMC the provider will think they’re asking about The Movie Channel, an entirely different entity.

  8. Definitely like TCM. As Elizabeth mentioned, the local library is a good source for classic movies too. I also get DVDs from Netflix, not just the streaming service. There are a lot of hidden gems in the DVD selection.

  9. TCM also has it’s own streaming app in addition to Filmstruck. You need to be a cable subscriber though, but it’s convenient for watching on your own schedule.

    1. I gave up on BBCA when it stopped being about bringing more rarely seen UK program(mes) to American audiences.

  10. I’m a millennial and I love TCM ;) They do a lot right. And a tip for those who get it–you can log into the website with your cable provider for streaming. Everything they play on TV is available to stream for a week after it airs. I just watched the 1938 Marie Antoinette on there!

  11. Now I’m curious how many TCM movies are in the public domain. Those of us without cable can then stream them legally on archive.org and such. I’ll keep this thought in mind.

    Dear Frock Flicks, I have a humble request. One day for a Tangential Yet Interesting, might you consider Janet Stephens’ YouTube channel? Plenty of well research period hair styles to consider.

  12. On the wrong side of the pond now but I loved TCM and AMC back in the day when they actually showed classic films uncut. I remember watching Batchelor Mother simply because it came in after It’s a Wonderful Life. Meant to watch 5 minutes but sat through the whole thing and loved it.

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