Cyd Charisse with Fred Astaire in The Bandwagon.

Cyd Charisse with Fred Astaire in The Bandwagon.

The lovely Cyd Charisse heads the lineup of movies this weekend on television.

Take a look at what you can enjoy from the comfort of home!

 

The Bandwagon (1953)

Cyd Charisse dances a storm in this delightful musical about an over-the-hill hoofer and a sophisticated ballerina who discover the magic of show business, and each other, when they dance on Broadway. Fred Astaire’s style perfectly complements the grace of the wonderful Charisse.

Sunday, August 14, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

One year before, Charisse grabs attention for her riveting performance in The Broadway Ballet segment of this Gene Kelly musical. Rarely are Cyd’s amazing eyes and endless legs used for such impact. And she and Kelly make a wondrous dancing duo.

Sunday, August 14, 2 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

Silk Stockings (1957)

When Charisse and Astaire reteam for this movie version of the Cole Porter musical it’s as if no time has passed since The Bandwagon. The wonderful Cyd is funny and touching as a dedicated Russian who learns, with Astaire’s musical help, how to warm up the Cold War.

Sunday, August 14, 6 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

Brigadoon (1954)

The music of Frederick Leowe and Alan Jay Lerner highlight this film adaptation of the Broadway musical. While MGM cut the budget – and the location shooting in Scotland – the artificial Hollywood surroundings can’t diminish the magic of Charisse and Gene Kelly.

Sunday, August 14, 4 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

The Heiress (1949)

Movie legend Olivia de Havilland – who just turned 100 years old – won her second Oscar for this haunting tale of a woman’s pursuit of independence from her father. The radiant de Havilland makes the most of every moment in a performance of depth and precision.

Saturday, August 13, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

 

The Princess Diaries 2 (2004)

Long after making the hills come alive with a sound of music, Oscar winner Julie Andrews returns to the limelight as the Queen of Genovia in the first The Princess Diaries in 2001. Its success leads, no surprise, to a sequel where Andrews again reminds us why she’s so sublime.

Saturday, August 13, 8 p.m.; Sunday, August 14, 3:05 pm., MTV

 

The Firm (1993)

Forget that the film runs too long, Tom Cruise can be too earnest and Holly Harper doesn’t get enough screen time as a gum-chewing assistant. The essence of John Grisham’s legal thriller survives the translation to the screen thanks to the commanding direction of Sydney Pollack.

Saturday, August 13, 8 p.m.; Sunday, August 14, 1 pm., Sundance

 

Annie (1982)

As much magic as this touching tale of a wide-eyed orphan can generate on the stage, movie director John Huston – out of his element helming a musical – tries to zap on screen. But veteran Carol Burnett, as a lovable if evil Miss Hannigan, makes us forgive the weaknesses.

Saturday, August 13, 11:30 a.m., POP

 

Grease (1978)

Never mind that John Travolta and Olivia Newton John are too old to pass for high school seniors. Or that the movie can try too hard to be funny instead of simply letting us have fun. Whenever Stockard Channing appears, the movie is impossible to resist. And so is she.

Saturday, August 13, 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 14, 12:30 p.m., FREFM