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ELI WALLACH MOVIE MARATHON TRIBUTE
June 30, 2014  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 9:00 a.m. ET

 

TCM is filling its daytime schedule with a last-minute mini-marathon of five films starring Eli Wallach, who died last week at age 98. First up, at 9 a.m. ET, is 1964’s Kisses for My President, a comedy that’s also fascinating from an historical perspective. It stars Fred MacMurray as the husband of a politician (Polly Bergen) who becomes the first female President of the United States. In a movie made 50 years ago. Wallach plays a Central American dictator named Valdez, in a movie made in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis. Other films in today’s tribute include 1963’s Act One (at 11 a.m. ET), 1962’s epic How the West was Won (1 p.m. ET), 1961’s The Misfits 3:45 p.m. ET), and what was Wallach’s film debut, in 1956’s Baby Doll, starring Carroll Baker (pictured with Wallach, 6 p.m. ET).

 
 
 
 
 
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