TCM Club Gathering: April 2021

Top L to R: Janine, Chris, Dan, Suneetha
Second L to R: Kami, Linda, Sharon, Gloria
Third L to R: Kim, Adrienne, Genine, Pam
Bottom: Caroline

Our TCM Club met on April 11 to discuss four movies from the 1930s that aired on TCM in March.

  1. Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)
  2. On Borrowed Time (1939)
  3. Riffraff (1936)
  4. King Kong (1933)

As usual, this group came prepared, with some members having watched all four films. The conversation was lively and the reviews mixed.

Most members agreed that Fifth Avenue Girl has its charms and its tale of being taken for granted by those closest to you is evergreen.

On Borrowed Time was a favorite of some with its hopeful message that there is something waiting for us beyond this life. All agreed that Lionel Barrymore was certainly in his element cast as as Gramps to young Pud, played enormously well by child actor Bobs Watson.

Members agreed that Riffraff, centered on the struggles of unionized fisherman to provide for their families, lived up to its title with its gritty view of life on the docks. The performances of Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow, who both play characters who want more out of life, received mixed reviews from club members.

King Kong (193() – Original Movie Poster

All members agreed that King Kong is an essential classic film. We marveled at how 1933 audiences must have been captivated, and duly terrified, by the vision on the theater screen. Club members also noted a bolstered appreciation for actress Fay Wray upon watching the film again.

Club members will be watching a set of films from the TCM May schedule to discuss in June. Looking forward to another in-depth conversation with our film fan friends!

Kami Spangenberg

About Kami Spangenberg

Kami Spangenberg is one-half of Classic Couple. She loves classic movies and shares that passion with others as a film blogger and as lead curriculum developer at Classic Couple Academy. While it's hard to play favorites, films topping her all-time, must-see list are: It Happened One Night, Ball of Fire, His Girl Friday, Libeled Lady, My Sister Eileen, The Philadelphia Story, The Thin Man, The Shop Around the Corner and The Way We Were. Oh, and The Outlaw Josey Wales. She has attended the TCM Classic Film Festival six times in LA and the 2020 TCM Festival Special Home Edition from her couch and covered the 2021 TCM Classic Film Festival as a credentialed member of the film community media. She is honored to have her writing featured on, who are also valued content partners for Classic Couple Academy courses. From time to time, she contributes content to to raise awareness of classic movies.

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