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It’s another beautiful day here (Saturday, May 23) in the Chicago area and if the weather is great where you live, go out and enjoy it.
But as a I said yesterday, if the weather is affecting your plans or if you have some time, check out the Memorial Day movie marathon on Turner Classic Movies. I’m giving you my recommendations for Sunday, May 24 and Memorial Day, Monday May 25.


9 p.m. (CDT) — “MASH” (1970) — Based on Richard Hooker’s novel about his real-life experiences as a MASH surgeon during the Korean War, this was a much, much darker comedy than the outstanding TV series ever was. But it’s still very, very funny. And it didn’t hold back showing the cost of war with some pretty bloody operating room scenes. The all-star cast was led by Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye and Elliott Gould as Trapper.


5:45 a.m. — “The Green Berets” (1968) — If you are looking for a sense of why the Vietnam War unfolded like it did, this movie won’t cut it. But John Wayne, who co-directed and stars in it, succeeded at giving us a pretty good action film. It also stars David Janssen and George Takei of “Star Trek” fame. With the early time, it might obviously be better viewing with the Watch TCM app on your tablet or smartphone.

8:15 a.m. — “The Sand Pebbles” (1966) — Steve McQueen is a rebel again and it works again as he plays navy ship engineer Jake Holman aboard the Yangtze River Patrol gunboat the USS San Pablo in conflict-ridden China in 1926. It also stars Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough and Richard Crenna and is directed by Robert Wise. The movie was filmed in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

11:30 a.m. — “From Here to Eternity” (1953) — It’s one of a group of movies that I consider flawless. A four-star rating is actually an insult. 🙂 Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine and Frank Sinatra star in his 8-Oscar winner based on James Jones’ unflattering novel of U.S. Army life at Schofield Barracks on the Hawaiian island of Oahu just before Pearl Harbor. Reed and Sinatra got best supporting Oscars for their work. I don’t want to give a scene away if you haven’t seen it, but one involving Montgomery Clift towards the end showed in a nutshell what a talented actor he was.

4:30 p.m. — “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970) — This is crap. But it’s fun crap. A far-fetched World War II tale that resembles “Ocean’s 11” more than anything. Telly Salvalas leads a platoon with Clint Eastwood to rob a bank behind enemy lines of its gold. It also starts Donald Sutherland and Don Rickles. Sutherland plays Sgt. Oddball who looks and acts like he just got back from Woodstock.