Sidney Lumet’s 1986 The Morning After (KCOP...
Sidney Lumet’s 1986 The Morning After (KCOP tonight at 6) offers an icy vision of post-'70s hedonism gone amok and stars Jane Fonda as an alcoholic, over-the-hill starlet--and seemingly wrongly accused killer on the run; with Jeff Bridges and Raul Julia.
The late Robert Preston was a versatile, durable actor, but the role he’ll always be most strongly associated with is that of con man Prof. Harold Hill in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (KCOP tonight at 8), which he created on Broadway.
Who’s Harry Crumb? (NBC tonight at 9)--he’s John Candy as the klutziest detective since Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau. In this pleasantly silly 1989 private-eye spoof, Crumb is a grand poseur, shamelessly self-important, slow on the uptake yet good-hearted and not the complete fool he so often seems.
The Christmas season inevitably brings Frank Capra’s evergreen American classic It’s a Wonderful Life (KCAL tonight at 9, again Saturday at 1 p.m. on ABC and 3:30 p.m. on the Disney Channel) in which James Stewart, a small-town businessman in the pangs of despair, is given a chance to see what life would have been like for his loved ones and friends had he never been born.
Like all anthology comedies, the 1987 Amazon Women on the Moon (KTLA Monday at 8 p.m.) is a hit-and-miss affair, with the hits outweighing the misses to yield an amiable time-killer diversion. Rosanna Arquette, Carrie Fisher and even Michelle Pfeiffer are among the film’s 28 actors.
It’s good that the 1989 Turner & Hooch (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.) has at its center terrific chemistry between Tom Hanks and his canine co-star Beasley, because this 1989 release is another movie that seems stranded without a script.
Frank Capra’s final film, the 1961 Pocketful of Miracles (KTTV Wednesday at 8 p.m.), is a sentimental but appealing remake of his 1933 “Lady for a Day” in which Bette Davis plays Apple Annie, a denizen of the streets, transformed into a grand dame for a meeting with the now-grown daughter (Ann-Margret, in her promising film debut) she has struggled to support from afar.
In the title role of Brian De Palma’s scary, funny 1976 Carrie (KCOP Saturday at 6 p.m.) Sissy Spacek is a miserable high school student who discovers she has telekinetic powers to foil her oppressors, led by her religious fanatic mother Piper Laurie. Too gory for the very young.
Scrooged (CBS Saturday at 8 p.m.) is Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” transposed to modern times and to the cutthroat world of network television. It’s not a bad idea for a satirical comedy, but this 1988 release starring Bill Murray veers out of control after a good start.