Saturday, September 12, 2015

Briefs for September 12-13, 2015

I apologize for missing another chance to mention the airing of A Day on Treasure Island, which is airing this morning at 9:44 AM. So, most of you will probably be reading this post after it's aired. Granted, it's not as good as Night Descends on Treasure Island, but it's still an interesting look at something that just isn't there any longer.

TCM has already scheduled the Dickie Moore programming tribute for the morning and afternoon of September 24, running nine movies. More on that on September 23 since if I were to do a full post on it now most of us would forget about it by the time the tribute rolls around.

Meanwhile, Wikipedia reported the death of Alan Purwin. It's a name I'd never heard of and I'm sure most people haven't either. His relation to the movies was that, as a helicopter pilot, he did helicopter stunt work and provided other aviation footage for a whole bunch of movies. Some of that is probably going to go by the wayside in the future if the FAA doesn't go nuts over the use of aerial drones to get the sort of establishing footage that in the past would have required a manned helicopter or airplane pilot. And watch that the shadows of the aircraft don't show up on screen!

It's available from the TCM Shop, but A Midsummer Night's Dream will be on TCM tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM. It's one of the best Shakespearean adaptations I've seen, and if you haven't seen it before, it's one you probably should watch at least once.

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