Born on this date: Clive Brook in 1887; Frank Morgan in 1890; Peggy Fears in 1903; Robert Newton in 1905; Gertrude Michael in 1911; Joan Caulfield in 1922; Andy Griffith in 1926; Marilyn Monroe in 1926.
All links lead to each actor's IMDb page, set to open in a new tab ... today's Classic Movie Daily puts focus on Frank Morgan ... the June 1 daily also includes images of Clive Brook and Marilyn Monroe ... I've been reading too many old Walter Winchell columns ... figured I'd steal his format to begin this new (daily?) feature ...
In with the new, out with the old: This may not be a popular decision, but I've decided to do away with my monthly TCM preview column. Anyone who's followed the site for more than a few weeks probably knows that I'm terrible with deadlines. If I were to do a June preview, it'd already be late. On the bright side, Classic Movie Daily subscribers will now receive a daily digest (like this) that includes the next 24 hours of TV alerts, like this:
TV Alerts through tomorrow at 7 am: See Frank Morgan TCM birthday schedule inside today's Morgan post. Some good oldies playing Tuesday as well beginning with The Wind (1928) at 6:45 am. Any times I post are always my own local Eastern time.
Yeah, I just traded one monthly deadline for 30-31 daily deadlines. Smart move, huh?
On that subject I should add that the Daily may not necessarily be daily.
I went to a daily format about two months ago beginning on April 6. In that time I've missed one day, last week, and I kind of did that on purpose. I could have easily posted two or three images that day, just for the sake of sending you something, but I don't want this to be about that. I don't want to rush it or send subscribers a mailing just for the sake of sending something, anything, out to you.
Part of what I'm using the daily format for is to get otherwise unclassified images (stills, postcards, random premiums) posted to the site to share with visitors. I try to include something a little more substantial with each issue as well. It may not be one of my reviews, but I like to put items like the recent Ben Bernie and Bob Hope birthday posts on the site. They're fun for me to create, even if there isn't a lot of text.
I thought of declaring Sundays and holidays my days off—But I don't want to take those days off. Since part of my job is packing and shipping collectibles orders, Sundays and holidays are often when I have the most time available for research and writing (They provide time off from USPS shipping, as I also ship next day, six days a week). So "days off" from the Daily will be random. But I'll also do my best to keep them rare.
This new format should help keep me honest in that regard. It won't usually (ever?) be this long. After all, this is an introductory piece. But I'll do my best to get you out the daily birthday and TV alerts, along with any other (relevant) thoughts that pop up while I'm typing.
I'm playing it by ear, so we'll see how this bit goes tomorrow ...
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