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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

May 05, 1985

For the decade beginning in 1955, Alfred Hitchcock presented a series of half-hour TV dramas, some directed by himself, that have stood the test of time along with his classic films. NBC has now come up with a two-hour TV movie, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Sunday at 9 p.m.), consisting of remakes of four of those mini-dramas, all from the series' first season. Appearing in them are Kim Novak, star of Hitchcock's "Vertigo," and Tippi Hedren, star of his "Marnie" and "The Birds," plus John Huston, Annette O'Toole and Melanie Griffith and Steven Bauer, Hedren's daughter and son-in-law.

Meanwhile, ABC's Sunday and Monday 9-11 p.m. movie slots will be filled with Lace II, continuing the story of last season's popular miniseries. Airing earlier Sunday (Channel 5 at 6 p.m.) is Forbidden Planet, the science fiction classic inspired by Shakespeare's "Tempest."

Right now, the Western seems as extinct as the frontier itself, which makes this week's flurry of solid vintage Westerns all the more welcome. Channel 13's nightly movie at 8 this week starts out with two Clint Eastwood entertainments: Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Monday), and Ted Post's Hang 'em High (Tuesday).

Eastwood's own very stylish High Plains Drifter airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Channel 5, in which he resurrects The Stranger, the monosyllabic loner created for him by Leone. Friday's Channel 13 Western at 8 p.m. is Lawman, with Burt Lancaster.

If you've already seen Hang 'em High, you may want to see instead The Shadow Riders, a 1982 TV Western airing the same time (Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Channel 5) and starring Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott in a Louis L'Amour saga directed by the veteran Andrew V. McLaglen.

Airing Monday at 8 p.m. on Channel 5 is An Eye for an Eye, a slick, fast and brutal Chuck Norris action picture in which Norris plays an implacable (what else?) drug buster.

Preceding the "American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly" (which is a terrific show with great clips) Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. on CBS is Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown, a pleasant animated Peanuts feature that begins at 8 p.m.

Tom Laughlin's powerful Billy Jack resurfaces Wednesday at 8 p.m on Channel 13 (and, unfortunately, so does his dreadful Born Losers, airing Thursday on Channel 5 at 8, in which the Billy Jack character is introduced briefly).

Also airing Wednesday (8 p.m. on CBS) is the new TV movie Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story, starring Anthony Edwards as the Van Nuys-born skier who as a teen-ager was sentenced to a year in jail but went on to become the first American male to win an Olympic alpine skiing event (in Yugoslavia in 1984).

When Anthony Perkins, Michael Parks and their cohorts mine a British oil rig in the North Sea and demand 25 million pounds in ransom, what are the Prime Minister and the Admiral of the Fleet (the latter played by James Mason) to do but call in Roger Moore? No, he's not 007 this time but instead an eccentric Scottish frogman called Rufus Excalibur ffolkes. Moore keeps his tongue firmly in cheek, but ffolkes (Channel 13 Saturday at 8 p.m) proves a lackluster, albeit vigorous, high seas adventure.

Airing earlier Saturday (Channel 13 at 6 p.m.) is The Adventures of Robin Hood, with Errol Flynn (of course).

Saturday at 9 p.m. on ABC brings the new TV movie Letting Go, starring John Ritter as a recent widower who joins a therapy group, where he meets Sharon Gless, recovering from the breakup of a five-year relationship. The Americanization of Emily, a wry romance between U.S. Navy officer James Garner and Englishwoman Julie Andrews set against the impending Normandy invasion, screens on Channel 28 Saturday at 10 p.m. Arthur Hiller directed from a script by Paddy Chayefsky.

Some selected evening fare on the pay/cable services: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (SelecTV Sunday at 7; Movie Channel Wednesday at 8); This Is Spinal Tap (SelecTV Monday at 7; ON Saturday at 9); True Confessions (Showtime Monday at 10:15); The Westerner (Disney Tuesday at 7); The Lost Patrol (Z Tuesday at 7:30); Thaddeus, Rose and Eddie (WOR Wednesday at 6); Le Boucher (Z Wednesday at 7); Heart Like a Wheel (Showtime Thursday at 6); Grand Hotel (Z Thursday at 7); Going in Style (Showtime Thursday at 8); Last Embrace (Z Friday at 7); Moscow on the Hudson (SelecTV Saturday at 9); The Wicker Man (Z Saturday at 10:30).

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