It was 80 years ago next month that the U.S. stock market crashed, effectively putting an end to the booming economy most Americans experienced during the 1920s. (Incidentally, my grandfather worked at the Brooklyn Eagle during the 1920s.) Businesses tried to get back on their feet, but by 1931, the bottom had fallen out and not only America, but the world, had plunged into a full-scale depression. (Some ill-advised decisions on tariffs had only made matters worse.)
Few of us today were around during the Great Depression, though many of us have parents or grandparents who experienced it. And every Thursday in October, Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. will commemorate this event by showing movies dealing with the era. It's sort of comparable to the program Film Forum in New York ran earlier this year (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/180181.html), although TCM includes films made after the Depression that look back at the period, the most recent being 2000's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", to be shown at 10 p.m. (Eastern) Oct. 15.
Carole Lombard is part of the 25-film package -- in, as you might guess, "My Man Godfrey" with William Powell. One of the 1930s' best-loved comedies, it airs Oct. 8 at 11:15 p.m. (Eastern).
There's also the likes of "Gold Diggers Of 1933" and "The Purple Rose Of Cairo," airing at 8 and 10 p.m. (Eastern) Oct. 22.
For the entire list of films and an overview, go to http://www.tcm.com/thismonth/article/?cid=252904&mainArticleId=252903.