'Citizen Kane' and other greats

Today's TV

February 02, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

The greatest movie ever, a pair of key figures in the civil rights movement, the greatest soul singer of his generation what a night for superlatives. Oh, yeah, and Miss U.S.A. too.

* "Miss U.S.A. Pageant" (9 p.m.-about 11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Sorry, there's no telephone number to call to vote yea or nay on swimsuits; you'll just have to silently put up with a bunch of women parading around in bikinis. There are also evening gown and personality competitions, thank goodness. CBS.

* "A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- A profile of the pioneering civil and labor rights leader whose work set the agenda for much of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. PBS.

* "Citizen Kane" (11 p.m.-1 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- If you don't think this is one of the best movies ever made, you've either never seen it or aren't trying. Orson Welles gets a lot of credit for co-writing and directing this clas

sic, but his acting isn't shabby either. Great stuff, and a lot of fun.

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* "Columbo" (2 p.m.-4 p.m., A&E) -- Johnny Cash guest stars as a popular gospel singer suspected of killing his wife over the profits from their concerts.

* "The Jackie Robinson Story" (5 p.m.-7 p.m., Nostalgia) -- Fortunately, Jackie Robinson was a better baseball player than actor, but who cares? The fact that he plays himself in this 1950 bio-pic is all the more reason to watch it; the man is a legend, and his accomplishments both on and off the field, as a baseball player and a symbol for the burgeoning civil rights movement, can never be underestimated.

* "Ray Charles: 50 Years In Music" (midnight-2 a.m., BET) -- There's simply nobody better, and a handful of his compatriots, including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and James Ingram, will tell us why. Ray himself performs "Georgia On My Mind" and "America," which means this special will be worth watching, even if you do have to sit through howling from Michael Bolton.

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