Delirious surprise best sums up my feelings as I scrolled through the latest Now Playing email from Turner Classic Movies and came upon this:
Oh, please make this happen TCM Backlot members!
I’m not here to badmouth Dick Powell, I’m a fan, but there’s no shortage of Dick Powell movies playing on TCM. Warren William, however, that’s another story.
You may see Warren William crop up on TCM from time to time, but it’s very often in one of his less celebrated supporting roles. Even I’m not tuning into The Wolf Man or Gold Diggers of 1933 for Warren William (well, maybe I am, just a little), but it’s an occasion when TCM plays one of his pre-Code features (rarely happens in Prime Time) or even one of his more obscure later supporting roles.
Every December the first thing I check TCM’s schedule for is December 2 — Warren William’s birthday (Warren would be 124 this year — By the way, Dick Powell’s birthday is November 14). It’s hit and miss. I believe they missed him last year and in previous years they’ve often only allotted a few hours in the morning to celebrate Warren. There was that one year (2012) that we were treated to 24 hours of Warren William during August’s Summer Under the Stars, but I think TCM Star of the Month would even top that.
So, my hands are tied–I am not a TCM Backlots member–but if you are, or if you join while the voting is still happening, please think of how much fun it would be to have an entire night of Warren William once per week around the holidays. Please, vote Warren William.