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Movies to Tape

December 10, 1989

The Big Carnival (TMC Monday at 4:15 a.m.): Also known as "Ace in the Hole," this stinging 1951 Billy Wilder drama stars Kirk Douglas as a reporter who exploits a New Mexico mining disaster. (2:00)

Hail the Conquering Hero (Channel 5 Friday at 1:30 a.m.): Wonderful 1944 Preston Sturges satire in which a 4F Eddie Bracken is treated as a war hero in his home town.

The Great McGinty (Channel 5 Friday at 3:45 a.m.): Sturges made his 1940 directorial debut in this lively satire about a bum (Brian Donlevy) who's maneuvered into the governor's chair.

Mean Streets (Channel 13 Friday at noon): Martin Scorsese's harsh, semi-autobiographical and thoroughly dazzling 1973 story of coming of age in Manhattan's Little Italy. Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro star. (2:00)

La Nuit de Varennes (A&E Saturday at 1 a.m.): Ettore Scola's enchanting fable imagines such personages as Casanova (Marcello Mastroianni) and Thomas Paine (Harvey Keitel) crossing paths at the outbreak of the French Revolution. (2:30)

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