Turner Classic Movies launched the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City today, with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring on-air host Robert Osborne and legendary actress Jane Powell, star of LUXURY LINER (1948), ROYAL WEDDING (1951) and SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954).
Afterward, Osborne and Powell joined members of the press on the inaugural voyage, with guide Roseanne Almanzar from On Location Tours. TCM is partnering with On Location, which also operates sightseeing excursions based on The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and Gossip Girl.
Public tours begin Thursday, August 22 and will be offered three times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased here.
Robert Osborne prepares to cut the ribbon with classic film star Jane Powell and Dennis Adamovich, SVP, Digital, Affiliate, Lifestyle, and Enterprise Commerce, TCM, TBS and TNT. (Photo by Will)
Robert Osborne says, “And…..CUT!” (Photo by Will)
Robert Osborne does a fist pump. Next stop, Jersey Shore?
Mr. Osborne does some patter, while Jane Powell looks on. (Photo by Will)
Miss Powell rocks the mic. (Photo by Will)
The TCM Tour has a sweet ride. (Photo by Will)
Tour bus driver Harold Jean-Pierre told me his favorite classic film is “anything with Barbara Stanwyck.” Clearly, this man has excellent taste. (Photo by Will)
Guide Roseanne Almanzar poses above the subway grate where Marilyn Monroe’s famous dress blowing scene was originally filmed. It ended up being re-shot on a soundstage, and that version appears in THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955). (Photo by Will)
Monitors display clips from classic films as the bus visits each location. Here King Kong prepares to meet his fate as we idle in the shadow of the Empire State Building on 5th Ave. (Photo by Will)
Parked outside the Dakota on 72nd Street, awaiting the arrival of Rosemary’s Baby. He has his father’s eyes, apparently. (Photo by Will)
Robert Osborne with the guides of the TCM Classic Film Tour. If they all end up sharing an apartment it would make an excellent sitcom. (Photo by Will)
“This really is a great city, I don’t care what anyone says.” – Woody Allen, MANHATTAN (1979)