Turner Classic Movies will celebrate Memorial Day with a 72 hour movie marathon beginning on Saturday, May 24, at 6 am Eastern time. Movies about servicemen and women, during both wartime and peace, will dominate the schedule during the marathon programming. Here are some highlights of the weekend's lineup.
"The Dirty Dozen" (1967) will air on Saturday, May 24, at 8 pm Eastern. The popular action classic, set during World War II, stars Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Robert Ryan, Donald Sutherland, and a host of other stars.
"Mister Roberts" (1955) airs on Sunday, May 25, at 12 pm. The World War II story mixes drama and comedy with Henry Fonday, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney, and William Powell as naval officers with conflicting views of their role in the war.
"No Time for Sergeants" (1958) runs on Sunday, May 25, at 8 pm. Andy Griffith stars as a likable bumpkin who finds himself drafted into the Army.
"Sergeant York" (1941) airs on Monday, May 26, at 7:30 pm. Gary Cooper gives an Oscar-winning performance as real-life World War I hero Alvin C. York; Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, Margaret Wycherly, and Ward Bond also star.
"The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) airs on Monday, May 26, at 10:30 pm. This Best Picture Winner took home seven Oscars in all for its moving depiction of life after wartime for American servicemen and their families. Fredric March, Dana Andrews, and Myrna Loy star, but the most memorable performance is that of Harold Russell, who plays a young veteran struggling to overcome the loss of his hands.
Other films in the schedule include notable classics like "A Guy Named Joe" (1943), "Where Eagles Dare" (1969), "The Dawn Patrol" (1938), and "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949). Visit the official TCM website for a full listing of the weekend's programs.