May 13, 2009

TCM plans WWI film series

Turner Classic Movies has announced plans to remember World War I with a special Memorial Day film series.

Eli Paul, vice president of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo., has agreed to serve as co-host with TCM's Robert Osborne for the evening, which will feature screenings of the classic films Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan; The Dawn Patrol, starring Errol Flynn and David Niven; The Fighting 69th, starring James Cagney and Pat O'Brien; The Lost Patrol, starring Victor McLaglen and Boris Karloff; and The Big Parade, starring John Gilbert, Renee Adoree and Hobart Bosworth.

World War I served as the setting for some truly great films, and we are proud to be able to present five such movies for Memorial Day, Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM, said in a statement. We are also honored to have Eli Paul provide his expertise on the conflict and how Hollywood was able to capture the stories of its heroes for posterity. I'd like to personally thank Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer David Gerber who had originated the idea for the tribute and for introducing us to Mr. Paul and the amazing work of the National World War I Museum.