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72-Hour Memorial Day Marathon

On this holiday devoted to those who have served our country, TCM presents a 72-hour marathon of movies about servicemen and women in times of war and peace and situations both dramatic and comedic, along with touching stories of the families who wait at home. Our Memorial Day salute begins on Saturday, May 24, at 6am and continues through late-night programming the following Monday. Chronologically, the films range from The Better 'Ole (1926), a silent comedy-drama about chums serving in World War I; to Kelly's Heroes (1970), with Clint Eastwood heading a group of WWII soldiers plotting to sneak behind enemy lines to pull off a gold robbery. Other conflicts represented are the Civil War (Friendly Persuasion, 1956) and the Korean War (The Steel Helmet, 1951).

Among the great wartime dramas are John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage (1951), another Civil War story, starring Audie Murphy as a soldier struggling to redeem himself after an act of cowardice; and Howard Hawks' Sergeant York (1941), with OscarĀ®-winning Gary Cooper in this biopic of the most decorated hero of WWI. Delightful wartime comedies include See Here, Private Hargrove (1944), starring Robert Walker in a film of Marion Hargrove's memoir about his boot-camp adventures during WWII; and No Time for Sergeants (1958), with Andy Griffith in his hilarious star-making role as a country- bumpkin inductee into the peacetime Air Force. Representing the home front are such films as Journey for Margaret (1942), in which another star (little Margaret O'Brien) was born in this account of a girl who survives the London blitz of World War II and is adopted by Americans; and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), in which WWII vets return home and must readjust to civilian life.

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