TCM Classic Film Tour. I was lucky enough to be approached by a representative from On Location tours offering me an opportunity, as a blogger (a term I use loosely since I'm not the timeliest of bloggers) to go on the tour and I jumped, leaped, vaulted, hopped at the opportunity. I was going to be in the NYC area over Columbus Day Weekend for a family event so I thought that would be a good time to take in the bus tour.
I was very excited to have the opportunity to go on this bus tour, since I've been living in Los Angeles for the last year. I always feel like I'm missing out on something classic film related when I'm on the opposite coast. I don't think I've ever been on a bus tour before and this seemed like a good choice for my maiden voyage. I made my way into the city and somehow convinced one of my brothers to meet me at the bus to be my plus one (my family isn't as classic film obsessed as me, but I'm slowly converting them). Anyway, back to the tour. As you can see in the photo above, this the bus that took us around the city. We started at the Ellen's Stardust Diner at 51st and 7th.
|New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!|
|From It Should Happen to You|
|West Side Story|
|Zero and Gene dancing in the fountain|
|"I'd be proud to partake of your pecan pie"|
We then started to make our trek towards the last stop on tour, Grand Central Station. There was an inordinate amount of traffic as we made our way cross town and to pass the time Sarah led the bus in a trivia contest. It was a lot of fun and I'm not just saying that because I won :). There were many questions about information that we heard/learned on the tour and other questions about general classic film knowledge. Here are pictures of the very nice t-shirt that I won:
Everyone also got an issue of Now Playing.
While heading over to Grand Central Station we passed some other interesting buildings, such as the Seaman's Building, St. Barts, St Regis, Rockefeller Center, The Waldorf Astoria and The Empire State Building. To the left is a clip of King Kong sharing a moment with the Empire State Building. Other films that were filmed there were Love Affair, An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle. By the time we made it to Grand Central Station I was a little bit out of sorts, because I had to catch a train back to Long Island so I could catch my ride to the airport (I was flying back to Los Angeles that afternoon/evening). But I did get some pictures of Grand Central Station before frantically speed walking to Penn Station to catch my train. But the movies that have been filmed there include: North by Northwest, Spellbound and The Thin Man Goes Home (to name a few).
All in all this was a wonderful tour and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to experience it. I loved that we got to make stops along the way and soak in the location. It was great that the bus had TVs so that we could watch enjoyable clips, interviews and explanations of the wide variety of films that have been filmed in the city of New York. It was great to have such a knowledgeable and fun tour guide, Sarah and be surrounded by a nice group. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for any and all tours put together by TCM and/or On Location Tours. Thanks for reading!
List of the movies mentioned on the tour (that I either wrote down or somehow remembered):
On the Town, Ma and Pa Kettle Go To Town, Sleepless in Seattle, West Side Story, Network, Nothing Sacred (Which has the honor of being the first technicolor film shot on location in NY), Butterfield 8, Ghostbusters, Superman, Annie Hall, Manhattan, You've Got Mail, Rosemary's Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters, It Could Happen to You, Marathon Man, Cactus Flower, Hearburn, Eyewitness, When Harry met Sally, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Midnight Cowboy, The Seven Year Itch, North by Northwest, Spellbound, An Affair to Remember, King Kong