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Movies to Tape

September 03, 1989

The Blue Dahlia (Channel 5 Tuesday at 1:30 a.m.): Forties film noir, adapted from Raymond Chandler and starring Alan Ladd. (2:00)

The Glass Key (Channel 5 Tuesday at 3:30 a.m.): More '40s noir, this time derived from Dashiell Hammett and starring Brian Donlevy. (2:00)

The Gold Diggers of 1933 (Channel 5 Wednesday at 1:30 a.m.): Archtypal Depression musical, directed zestfully by Mervyn LeRoy and featuring fantastic Busby Berkeley musical numbers. With Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Aline MacMahon, Ginger Rogers. (2:00)

When Father Was Away on Business (Showtime Thursday at 1:15 a.m.): Superb, darkly comic Emir Kusturica film set in Yugoslavia, 1950, a period of political schizophrenia in which Tito was still consolidating his power and independence from the Soviet Union. Its story unfolds through the eyes of a 6-year-old whose father becomes a political prisoner because of the pique of a jealous woman. (2:20)

Park Row (Showtime Friday at 10 a.m.): Sam Fuller's 1952 drama about the world of 19th-Century Manhattan journalism. (1:30)

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