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Lee Marvin on Turner Classic Movies

By January 30, 2013

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Lee Marvin Dirty DozenThis Thursday, January 31st, Turner Classic Movies will feature star Lee Marvin in four of the actor's greatest films.

Airing in the primetime hour, the four-movie tribute will start with Marvin's Oscar-winning performance in the Western comedy Cat Ballou (1965), where he played the dual roles of Tim Strawn, a ruthless assassin who's missing a nose, and Kid Shelleen, a former gunslinger-turned-hopeless drunk who helps Jane Fonda's titular Ballou hunt down her father's killer.

Next up on the schedule is William Fraker's revisionist Western, Monte Walsh (1970), where Marvin plays an aging cowboy eking out a living at the end of the Old West era. That's followed by Marvin's most iconic film, The Dirty Dozen (1967), an action-packed war movie where he plays a renegade officer tasked with leading a group of Army convicts on a suicide mission behind enemy lines.

Lee Marvin Point BlankFinally, Turner's tribute to Marvin concludes in the wee hours with the great crime thriller, Point Blank (1967), which featured Marvin as a cold and calculating thief who stops at nothing in exacting revenge against his wife (Sharon Acker) and double-crossing partner (John Vernon) after a successful heist.

Marvin as Major John Reisman in 'The Dirty Dozen' (1967)/MGM Home Entertainment; Marvin as the menacing Walker in 'Point Blank' (1967)/MGM Home Entertainment

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