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Movies to Tape

October 09, 1994|Kevin Thomas

The Memphis Belle (Discovery Channel, Sunday at 9 p.m.) is William Wyler's notable, rarely seen 1944 documentary about our bombing missions over Germany during World War II.

The Jazz Singer (TMC, Thursday at 7:30 a.m.), the 1927 film that ushered in sound, is actually mostly a silent movie, which ironically is why it's superior to its talkie remakes. Al Jolson stars as a man torn between his dream of becoming a popular singer and the dictates of his religion; the material is so outrageously sentimental it needs all the eloquence and detachment that only images can give it.

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