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Movies to Tape

March 26, 1989

A Kiss Before Dying (Channel 9 Wednesday at 11 a.m.): Gerd Oswald's chilling 1956 thriller starring Robert Wagner as a dangerous psychopath. (2:00)

Cimarron (TNT Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.): In director Wesley Ruggles and adapter Howard Estabrook's stirring, epic-scale 1931 version of Edna Ferber's novel on the opening of the Oklahoma Territory, the film's hero Richard Dix had not yet adapted his acting technique to talkies but Irene Dunne, in only her second film, is remarkable, creating a very proper, aristocratic Victorian who in her warmth and strength outgrows the bigotry and puritanism of her generation. (2:45)

Trouble in Paradise (Z Friday at 9 a.m., again at 4:30 p.m.): The Lubitsch touch personified: Elegant thieves Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall attempt to fleece rich Kay Francis--but Marshall finds himself falling for Francis. (1:30)

Billy Budd (Channel 11 Saturday at midnight): Peter Ustinov's fine 1962 film of the Herman Melville novel starring himself, Robert Ryan, Melvyn Douglas and Terence Stamp (in the title role). (3:00)

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