TCM goes with its hunch

Today's TV

June 21, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Disney, Schmisney. Tonight, the real "Hunchback(s) of Notre Dame" come(s) to TCM.

"Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Segments include a look at the case of Nancy Manni, who drowned while a student at the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney Point, Md. NBC.

"The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Are gargoyles coming to life and turning murderous? Could be Fox.

"Firing Line" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Debate centers on whether corporate downsizing is a question of greed or of survival and prosperity. One suspects it depends on whether you're one of those downsized employees or a stockholder reveling in the profits to be made by a trimmer company. PBS.

"Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tyler (Marquise Wilson) takes a Halloween dare and spends the night in a haunted house. ABC.

"Homicide: Life On the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Bayliss (Kyle Secor) takes charge of the investigation of a young girl's murder. Two bonuses: It's a repeat from when the cast included Ned Beatty, and Gwen Verdon, a legend on Broadway whose star never shone quite as brightly in Hollywood, is among the guest stars. NBC.

Cable

"The Paleface" (6: 30 p.m.-8: 15 p.m., AMC) -- Here's Bob Hope in probably his best movie role, as cowardly-dentist-turned-reluctant-hero Painless Potter. Jane Russell is Calamity Jane.

"Intimate Portrait" (7: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., Lifetime) -- Natalie Wood was that rare breed, an actor who successfully navigated the transition from child star to adult star. This look at her life is a little more balanced than most "Intimate Portraits," admitting that she had her faults. You'll especially enjoy the interviews with her husband, Robert Wagner, and her daughters.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (9 p.m.-11 p.m.) and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (11 p.m.-12: 30 a.m., TCM) -- Here's your chance to see two movie adaptations of Victor Hugo's classic without the singing gargoyles. The first, a silent version starring Lon Chaney, is the better. The second, with Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara and Sir Cedric Hardwicke, suffers primarily because it's too long. .

Pub Date: 6/21/96

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