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What to Watch This Weekend on Turner Classic Movies

By January 25, 2013

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Captains CourageousAs winter weather settles around much of the country, it's as good a time as any to cozy up in the living room and watch classic movies on TCM. This weekend offers a nice mix of old favorites, all-time classics and some long forgotten films worth checking out.

On Saturday, Turner starts the day with a little known crime drama, You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939), starring Humphrey Bogart before his climb to fame, and continues with the courtroom drama The Witness Chair (1936) starring Ann Harding, and director Richard Thorpe's lavish black-and-white musical Fiesta (1947).

After seeing Ronald Reagan play a Secret Service agent trying to expose a spy in Murder in the Air (1940), be sure to watch Lola Lane fill the shoes of Glenda Farrell as fast talking reporter Torchy Blane in Torchy Blane in Panama (1938).

Guys and DollsIn the afternoon, Turner will showcase Joanne Woodward's Oscar-nominated performance in Rachel, Rachel (1968), Sal Mineo in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), and Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's classic musical Guys and Dolls (1955).

From there, the rest of the day will be dedicated to coming-of-age movies, including Captains Courageous (1937), starring Spencer Tracy in his first Oscar winning performance, Lord of the Flies (1963) directed by Peter Brook, Fritz Lang's Moonfleet (1955), and an adaptation of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Flynn (1939) with Mickey Rooney.

On Sunday, Turner begins their broadcast day with the romantic comedy Princess O'Rourke (1943) starring Olivia de Havilland, the swashbuckling adventure The Crimson Pirate (1952) with Burt Lancaster as the leader of a band of unscrupulous pirates, and the MGM musical extravaganza Meet the People (1944) featuring Dick Powell and Lucille Ball.

His Girl FridayIn the afternoon, be sure to watch Ginger Rogers, Gene Tierney and Van Heflin in the film noir Black Widow (1954), which is followed by Howard Hawks' classic screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940) starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.

After MGM's costly remake of King Solomon's Mines (1950) with Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr, TCM will showcase Cliff Robertson's Oscar-winning performance in the rather depressing Charly (1968), before airing a trio of Alfred Hitchcock classics from his famed British period, The 39 Steps (1935), The Lady Vanishes (1938) and Sabotage (1936).

The 39 StepsNight owls can finish out the weekend with an early silent film with Lon Chaney, The Penalty (1920), where a criminal mastermind plots revenge against the doctor who amputated his legs, which is followed by the Italian-made dark comedy Mafioso (1962), and the American mafia comedy The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971), featuring a young up-and-coming Robert De Niro.

Movie posters for 'Captains Courageous' (1937)/MGM Home Entertainment; 'Guys and Dolls' (1955)/CBS Video; 'His Girl Friday' (1940)/Sony Pictures; and 'The 39 Steps' (1935)/The Criterion Collection

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