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Movies to Tape

August 27, 1989

Alice Adams (AMC Sunday at 11:45 a.m.): Despite an upbeat Hollywood ending forced upon him, George Stevens made a memorable 1935 film of the Booth Tarkington novel in which Katharine Hepburn is remarkable as a vulnerable and sympathetic small-town social climber. (1:45)

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (TMC Tuesday at 4 p.m.): Canadian director Patricia Rozema's swift, witty and intimate debut feature reveals with exquisite humor and compassion the pitfalls in a relationship between two radically different women. (1:30)

Johnny Guitar (Channel 11 Wednesday at 3 a.m.): Wonderfully lurid Nicholas Ray Western with Joan Crawford battling it out with a crazed Mercedes McCambridge. (2:00)

Smash-Up (Channel 7 Thursday at 1 a.m.): One of Susan Hayward's best pictures, a gutsy study of an alcoholic. (2:00)

The Petrified Forest (Channel 5 Saturday at 3:45 a.m.): Unforgettable Warner Bros. picture of the '30s, with a dreamy Bette Davis yearning to escape from a desert roadside cafe seized by gangster Humphrey Bogart. (1:45)

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