Turner Classic Movies Commemorates 9/11 with Four American Films Selected by First Responders

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September 7th, 2011

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Turner Classic Movies Commemorates 9/11 with Four American Films Selected by First Responders


As the world commemorates the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will mark the occasion with a special night of films chosen by two brave first-responders. Patrick McNally, retired Chief of Operations of the New York City Fire Department, and Vernon Webb, retired Supervisory Special Agent of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, will join TCM weekend-daytime host Ben Mankiewicz in presenting four outstanding American films, beginning Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. (ET).

Patrick McNally was on site at the World Trade Center when each of the twin towers fell, and worked exclusively at the site through the following November. McNally, whose 25th wedding anniversary was on Sept. 11, 2001, had planned a golf date with his wife, Liz, before he got the emergency call. “As Time Goes By” was the couple’s wedding song, so Casablanca (1942), which features the song prominently, is a natural as one of McNally’s picks.

McNally’s second choice is Mister Roberts (1955), starring Henry Fonda and an Oscar®-winning Jack Lemmon. McNalley admires the film because its title character, first played by Fonda on Broadway, is a leader “who always thinks about what he has to do for his men.”

Vernon Webb was at work in a nearby annex when the Pentagon was attacked.  He and other members of the PFPA served round-the-clock for the next several days investigating the crime scene. Webb, who became the first African-American to hold the title of Criminal Investigator in Defensive Protective Service, chose All the Young Men (1960), starring Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, because it was one of the movies from his youth that inspired him to enter the military. Webb served in the Army in Korea, which is the setting for this movie about racial tension among fighting Marines.

Because he “grew up on John Wayne movies,” Webb also selects Red River (1948), with Wayne as a ruthless rancher and Montgomery Clift as a young protégé who “turns out to be a better man” by learning the value of compassion.

The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s commemoration of Sept. 11:

Sunday, Sept. 11
8 p.m. – Casablanca (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains
10 p.m. – Mister Roberts (1955), starring Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney and William Powell
12:15 a.m. – All the Young Men (1960), starring Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, James Darren and Glenn Corbett.
2 a.m. – Red River (1948), starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan and Joanne Dru.

About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

 
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