This Week’s Movie Menu: Some shining stars

The stars shine this first weekend of summer in a range of movies playing on broadcast and cable television stations.

Take a look at the best of what will be on the tube.

 

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Hollywood star Tyrone Power (in his last movie) and Oscar-winner Charles Laughton create real tension in a courtroom drama based on a story by Agatha Christie. The actors have a grand time in a melodrama that also features Marlene Dietrich and Elsa Lanchester.

Friday, June 24, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

Dark Passage (1947)

Humphrey Bogart has a great time playing a man who changes his identity with plastic surgery to avoid prosecution for a crime he didn’t commit. With Lauren Bacall as his costar, Bogart is cynical, whimsical and logical. And magic on screen.

Saturday, June 25, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies

 

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Julia Roberts won an Oscar for playing a woman who dares to stand up for what she believes despite her limited credibility or experience. Director Steven Soderbergh finds the right visual approach to film a story that, in lesser hands, could be difficult to believe.

Saturday, June 25, 4 p.m.; Sunday, June 16, 1 p.m., CMT

 

Julius Caesar (1953)

Marlon Brando playing Shakespeare? And getting away with it? That was a big movie question back in 1953 when Joseph L. Mankiewicz filmed this conventional take on the Shakespearean drama with a most unconventional leading actor. And the film was a hit.

Saturday, June 25, 4 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

Training Day (2001)

Denzel Washington won his second Oscar for his commanding performance as a narcotics officer in a dreary Los Angeles. Is it his best work? No, he was better in Malcom X and Hurricane. But the Academy likes to make up for disappointments.

Saturday, June 25, 5:30 p.m., Sundance

 

The Sting (1973)

Robert Redford became a superstar with this delightful comedy from director George Roy Hill. He and Paul Newman – reunited after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – have a field day in this Oscar-winning tale of two con men trying to outsmart a master thief.

Saturday, June 25, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

All About Eve (1950)

Bette Davis delivered the performance of her celebrated career as an aging actress with an ego in this cynical comedy from Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The wondrous Bette makes the most of every moment as a woman who simply can’t see life beyond the footlights.

Sunday, June 26, 3:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

For anyone who loves Audrey Hepburn, this comedy from director Blake Edwards is required viewing. From its opening moments, of a woman looking in the window of the celebrated store on a quiet morning, the film and its star are simply magical.

Sunday, June 26, 6 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

A Thousand Clowns (1965)

Before Jason Robards won back-to-back Oscars in the 1970s, he was an appealing rebel in the movies with a persona defined by this classic comedy from Herb Gardner’s Broadway comedy. Robards is funny, touching and mesmerizing in a movie with laughs and a message.

Sunday, June 26, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

Enjoy the movies!

 

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