I'd been meaning to add DVR-alerts to the collection of Classic Movie Daily post types that I'm sending you, and what better excuse than knowing I won't possibly have the May preview published on time for these.
I've actually reviewed four of the first five "Secretary Stories" that TCM is playing on May 1, and it really should be five out of five since the one I'm missing is the Warren William title!
At any rate I'm going to recommend you set your DVR for all five of these before heading off to work—ironically, I'm most interested in capturing the sixth title myself, The Church Mouse (1935) at 1:00 pm, Warner Bros.-First National's British adaptation of the story previously filmed as Beauty and the Boss (1932) with Warren William and Marian Marsh.
Here are the five titles preceding that one with links to my archived reviews included when available:
6:45 am ET - The Office Wife (1930) starring Lewis Stone and Dorothy Mackaill, with Joan Blondell. Directed by Lloyd Bacon. I love Mackaill and, believe it or not, ole Judge Hardy is actually her love interest in this title.
7:45 am ET - Man Wanted (1932) starring Kay Francis and David Manners in another telling of the movie that just aired, The Office Wife. Also with Una Merkel. This time around directed by William Dieterle.
9:00 am ET - Goodbye Again (1933), sophisticated comedy starring Warren William, Joan Blondell, Genevieve Tobin, and Hugh Herbert, with hilarious support from Wallace Ford and Helen Chandler. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Somehow a review is still missing at WarrenWilliam.com, but Danny of Pre-Code.com is a big fan of this one and his review is recommended.
10:15 am ET - She Had to Say Yes (1933) starring Loretta Young, Lyle Talbot, and Regis Toomey. Loretta's first of two as a "customer's girl." Very often a jaw-dropper of a pre-Code—a whole lot of sex bandied about in this one. Also featuring the usually lovable Hugh Herbert, this time as a total lech!
11:30 am ET - The Richest Girl in the World (1934) starring Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, and Reginald Denny. Directed by William A. Seiter. I haven't watched this one in awhile but recall it for Miriam Hopkins giving another great starring performance. Great chemistry between she and McCrea. Released a few months after Code enforcement, but still a pretty sexy film.
If you can only record one or two I'd recommend Goodbye Again and then The Richest Girl in the World as the best of the bunch.
Hopefully, I'll get that main May preview up sometime soon. I suspect my "Pick of the Month" may have already aired by lunchtime Friday, but I'm sure there will be another worthy title tucked somewhere inside my Now Playing guide.
Question for you: Do you want alerts like this in Classic Movie Daily? Or are you satisfied with everything covered in the regular monthly preview (when it's on time). I'd imagine most future alerts would only be for a single title and include just a line or two to let you know a recommended title is about to play.
Feel free to reply in the comments or, as always, shoot me an email. Thanks!