Worth second look

February 14, 2000

In conjunction with its screening of "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies," TCM has put together a slate of 19 films, including three of Scorsese's own works: 1974's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (3: 30 a.m. tonight), 1977's "New York, New York" (3 a.m. tomorrow night) and 1978's "The Last Waltz" (4 a.m. Wednesday night). Other highlights:

Vincente Minnelli's "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1953), a tempestuous look at the art vs. commerce tug-of-war in Hollywood, with Kirk Douglas as a perfectly corruptible film producer (9: 30 p.m. tonight).

King Vidor's silent "The Crowd" (1928), an extraordinarily brave film (atypical for studios of the time) about everyday people struggling with everyday dilemmas (1: 30 a.m. tonight).

Jacques Tourneur's "The Cat People" (1942), a classic of suggested, psychological horror, with Simone Simon as a young woman whose awakening sexuality unleashes a curse (1: 30 a.m. tomorrow night).

Roland Brown's "Hell's Highway" (1932), a prison film every bit as strong as the more renowned "I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" (10: 45 p.m. Wednesday).

Ida Lupino's "Outrage" (1950), one of the first films to deal honestly with rape (12: 15 a.m. Thursday night).

Edgar G. Ulmer's "Detour" (1945), a she-done-him-wrong film noir made on a shoestring, but a classic of the genre (2 a.m. Thursday night).

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