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'The Bridge on the River Kwai' on TCM

Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa in David Lean's The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean's 1957 blockbuster and multiple Oscar winner The Bridge on the River Kwai will be presented tonight at 5 p.m. PT on Turner Classic Movies. Many consider The Bridge on the River Kwai one of the greatest war movies ever made. Whether or not you agree with that assessment, Lean's war epic is surely one of the longest, clocking in at 162 minutes. Alec Guinness deservedly won a Best Actor Oscar for his stiff-upper-lip British officer, while silent-screen veteran Sessue Hayakawa should have taken home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar as well – but lost to Red Buttons in another East Asian-set movie, Sayonara. William Holden […]


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'The Bridge on the River Kwai' on TCM



'The Marines Are Coming': Gay Actor's Swan Song + Edgar Allan Poe Biopic

'The Marines Are Coming': Gay star's final movie The Marines Are Coming was a last-minute substitution for the 1936 version of M'Liss, starring Anne Shirley, which was originally scheduled but didn't arrive in time for Cinesation 2009. Gay actor William Haines' last film, The Marines Are Coming follows Haines' usual formula: a cocky, womanizing soldier (Haines) vies with his superior officer (Conrad Nagel) for the hand of beautiful girl (Esther Ralston). Inevitably, Haines' character later proves his worth when he saves his fellow American officers from a band of Mexican bandits. Though hardly a good film, The Marines Are Coming isn't bad either. Many former silent film stars ended their careers with much worse. And it's nice that Haines (right) […]


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'The Marines Are Coming': Gay Actor's Swan Song + Edgar Allan Poe Biopic



National Film Registry: Lesbian Western & Asian-American Musical Among Entries

Johnny Guitar with Joan Crawford. This December 2008, the U.S. Library of Congress' National Film Registry has added 25 films – both shorts and features – to its preservation roster. One of them is Nicholas Ray's 1954 psychological Western Johnny Guitar, starring Joan Crawford, by then a three-decade film veteran, as Arizona cattle town saloon keeper Vienna; Sterling Hayden as the tall, laconic, and handsome title character; and Mercedes McCambridge as a rifle-toting type whose hatred for Vienna can only be explained one way: unbridled, unbounded, uncontrolled, and unrequited passion. Based on a novel by Roy Chanslor, Johnny Guitar was written by blacklistee Ben Maddow; Philip Yordan was his credited front. Sterling Hayden, by the way, had another movie added […]


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National Film Registry: Lesbian Western & Asian-American Musical Among Entries