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Movies to Tape

July 29, 1990

Operation Petticoat (Channel 9 Sunday at 1 p.m.): Blake Edwards' biggest pre-"Panther" hit was this 1959 comedy about commander Cary Grant, con man Tony Curtis and a subful of unabashed nurses. A bit like a boudoir "Mr. Roberts," it has daffy slapstick, sexy wit. (2:00)

A Nous la Liberte & Man About Town (TNT Sunday at 11:10 p.m. & 1:10 a.m.): Two Rene Clair comedies from before and after his Hollywood interlude. "A Nous," often considered his masterpiece, inspired Chaplin's "Modern Times." "Man" is a joyous Maurice Chevalier vehicle. (3:50)

A Night With Luis Bunuel (Bravo Tuesday at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m. & 1 a.m.): Four films in a row from the cinema's greatest surrealist, fiercest moralist, thorniest free spirit. In order: the scathing gem, "Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie" (1972), Bunuel's favorite, "The Milky Way" (1969), "The Phantom of Liberty" (1974) and Jeanne Moreau in "Diary of a Chambermaid" (1964; adapted from Mirabeau, remade from Renoir).

Clash by Night (TNT Saturday at 5 p.m.): Fritz Lang's brooding film of the Clifford Odets play: an oceanside drama of lust and betrayal with Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Ryan (a terrific villain). In a minor role: Marilyn Monroe. (2:15)

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