Tonight at 10pm is FORBIDDEN PLANET which stars Leslie Nielson in his pre-comedy days and is an other space version of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST. I've seen it a couple of times-- it's a classic, but I have a hard time warming up to it. When Mike Warshaw and I ran into Mr. Nielson last year he was delighted that we mentioned this movie instead of his NAKED GUN run of movies.
On Wednesday at 6:30 is SHANGHAI EXPRESS which is a great Marlene Dietrich movie and MANPOWER runs later that night which is a terrific example of a great little WB Programmer. Warners made movies that were lightning paced-- something today's film makers could learn from.
The Big Gun this week is Saturday's Essential Film 1950s SUNSET BOULEVARD which is one of the greatest of the great film noirs from Billy Wilder starring William Holden as a dead writer and Gloria Holden as a starlet who is past her prime. One of my favorite movies.