Classic Corner: TV shines a light on military members
By Staff Writers
As the nation takes pause to honor all men and women who have ever put on a uniform to serve our country, TV does the same.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Turner Classic Movies hosts a marathon of films commemorating the service of those in the U.S. Armed Forces. Here’s a look at the day’s offerings:
“Sergeant York” (1941): Gary Cooper’s minimalist acting style is just right for the true story of Alvin C. York, a backwoodsman drawn into World War I combat despite his pacifist stance. York’s shooting skills paid off for the United States as he took on German troops — and Cooper’s work also paid off, since he earned an Oscar for his performance. Howard Hawks directed this classic, which co-stars Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, Ward Bond and a young June Lockhart.
“The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946): This film from director William Wyler won seven Academy Awards, including best picture, as it depicts the true-to-life struggle of veterans trying to cope with being back home. Dana Andrews, Fredric March and Harold Russell provide flawless performances. Myrna Loy and Teresa Wright co-star.
Additional films airing throughout the day include “Screaming Eagles” (1956), “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), “Where Eagles Dare” (1968), “From Here to Eternity” (1953) and “The Story of G.I. Joe” (1945).