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September 07, 2020

Thank you for being a loyal reader of the Thorne Smith Newsletter!!!

It has been WAY too long since I last sent you a newsletter. My apologies for not communicating sooner. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and asked if I was OK and when there would be more newsletters.

No need to bore you with details. Just know that I appreciate you very much and the plan is to get back to doing a monthly newsletter to share everything Thorne Smith with you.

With that out of the way, there's two fun movies coming up on TCM this month, an 89th anniversary to honor, and a special birthday to celebrate, so let's get to it!

Issue 010 September 2020


Sadly, there are no Thorne Smith related movies airing on Turner Classic Movies this month. However, if you've liked some of my past recommendations, here are a couple to tide you over.

On Sunday, September 13 at 6:00am EST, TCM is airing SEE HERE, PRIVATE HARGROVE (1944) which is similar in vein to Thorne Smith's first two military comedy books: BILTMORE OSWALD and OUT O' LUCK. The film stars Robert Walker, Donna Reed and Keenan Wynn.

On Tuesday, September 22 at 4:45pm EST TCM is showing BLITHE SPIRIT (1945). Starring Rex Harrison and Constance Cummings, this film is Noel Coward's clever idea of what to do with ghosts. It just might be your cup of tea if you're a TOPPER fan.


Have you read the novel TURNABOUT by Thorne Smith? From what I hear there are more people who have read the book than have seen the 1940 movie version starring John Hubbard and Carole Landis. But whatever the case is for you, at some point this month you might wish to stop and take a moment to raise a glass of your favorite beverage to salute the 89th anniversary of TURNABOUT being published by Doubleday Doran.

On a side note about TURNABOUT, did you know it was one of President Ronald Reagan's favorite books? Yes, it's true! Also, it was one of Rock Hudson's favorite books. So, if TURNABOUT is one of your favorites, you are in good company indeed.


On Sunday, September 20th we remember the birth of Norman Z. McLeod, the film director who brought us TOPPER in 1937 and TOPPER TAKES A TRIP in 1938.

Other memorable films directed by Norman Z. McLeod are MONKEY BUSINESS (1931) and HORSE FEATHERS (1932) with the MARX BROTHERS. He also directed the W.C. FIELDS classic IT'S A GIFT (1934), the original THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (1947) as well as the Bob Hope comedies ROAD TO RIO (1947), THE PALEFACE (1948), MY FAVORITE SPY (1951), and CASANOVA's BIG NIGHT (1954).

McLeod also directed a 1961 episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE called ONCE UPON A TIME starring Buster Keaton!


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