Pee-wee Herman vs. James Bond?

TODAY'S TV

March 04, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

There are two TV treats tonight, but both of the goodies are also oldies: a double feature of early James Bond movies on TBS and, on ABC, a prime-time showing of Pee-wee Herman's delightful first film. Other than that, and a fresh episode of "The Marshal," tonight's TV is as dull as Whitewater.

* "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- CBS was already through with its Saturday-morning cycle of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" shows, and into reruns, when the Paul Reubens indecent-exposure scandal hit the news. It effectively killed, however, the character of perpetual pre-adolescent Pee-wee Herman, but it's a persona that lives on, gleefully, in the work preserved on videotape and film. This 1985 movie is thoroughly delightful, with great sight gags, lots of repeatable catch phrases, a brilliant opening sequence -- and, perhaps best of all, Danny Elfman's unforgettably bouncy music. Highly recommended. ABC.

* "The Marshal" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- In this week's

plot, a jurist in an important case is accused of accepting a bribe to change her ruling. MacBride's job: to protect the judge overseeing the case, who has received death threats. Jeff Fahey stars. ABC.

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* "Dr. No" (7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., TBS) -- TBS has repeated its James Bond inventory so often, it's rubbed most of the gold off "Goldfinger." But the young Sean Connery is well worth watching. This film, from 1962, was the original source of the "Just Say No" campaign.

* "From Russia With Love" (9:30 p.m.-midnight, TBS) -- This Bond movie, like "Dr. No," presents an imposingly swaggering Sean Connery as 007. This film, from 1963, also features Robert Shaw as one of Bond's better and scarier adversaries.

* "Shogun's Ninja" (3:45 a.m.-6 a.m., TNT) -- It had to happen. Writer-director Quentin Tarantino's passion for Oriental action films, and especially for star Sonny Chiba, was bound to generate some sales and telecasts. Mr. Chiba is the star of this 1984 Japanese film, but only by seeing TNT's treatment of it will anyone get any sense of how much, or how little, its violence is edited for domestic TV viewers.

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