via press release:
Conan O'Brien to serve as Turner Classic Movies' Guest Programmer on July 4
Conan O’Brien, host of TBS’s late-night hit CONAN, is set to present a four pack of movie fireworks as TCM's Guest Programmer on Monday, July 4.
8 p.m. (ET) – Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) – James Cagney took home an Academy Award for his performance as legendary song-and-dance man George M. Cohan. Michael Curtiz directed this wonderful Americana biopic, with Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Irene Manning and Rosemary DeCamp co-starring.
10:15 p.m. (ET) – The Roaring Twenties (1939) – James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Jeffrey Lynn star as a trio of Army buddies whose lives continue to intersect after World War I. Priscilla Lane and Gladys George co-star under the vivid direction of Raoul Walsh.
12:15 a.m. (ET) – Network (1976) – This prescient film from director Sidney Lumet follows the behind-the-scenes wrangling over a network news program after its anchor becomes unhinged on camera. Predicting the rise of reality television and other media trends, Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning script is a satirical masterpiece, providing the perfect foundation for Oscar-winning performances by Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight, as well as nominated performances by William Holden and Ned Beatty.
2:15 a.m. (ET) – Duck Soup (1933) – Considered by many to be the Marx Brothers’ finest screen comedy, this hilarious tale follows what happens when diminutive country Freedonia declares war on neighboring Sylvania for no real reason. Harpo Marx’s famous mirror sequence is one of the many classic gags in this film, which marked brother Zeppo Marx’s final film as a member of the troupe.