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Movies to Tape

January 02, 1994|Kevin Thomas

The Best Years of Our Lives (Disney Sunday at 10 p.m.) stars the late Myrna Loy, who may be best remembered as "The Thin Man's" sophisticated Nora Charles. In this film, William Wyler's postwar classic, she shares with Fredric March one of the movies' greatest homecoming scenes, proving without doubt her legendary worth.

Kiss Me Deadly (Cinemax Monday at 8:15 a.m.) is Robert Aldrich's 1955 classic film noir take on Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (a perfectly cast Ralph Meeker).

The River (Bravo Friday at 9:30 a.m.), Jean Renoir's 1951 film of Rummer Godden's memoir of British girls growing up in India, is a masterwork of quiet serenity, heat, music, golden light.

What Price Hollywood? (AMC Saturday at 2 p.m.), a 1932 warm-up for "A Star Is Born," has George Cukor directing Constance Bennett as a Brown Derby waitress discovered by a top-flight director (Lowell Sherman); her career soars as his declines.

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