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TCM plans WWI film series

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TCM plans WWI film series
Ronald Reagan (L) is George Armstrong Custer and Errol Flynn is Jeb Stuart in this promotional still from the 1940 movie "Santa Fe Trail." Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America, was instrumental in bringing about the collapse of communism and an end to the Cold War. The former President is now 92 and has been suffering from alzheimer's for over ten years. (UPI/File) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) -- Turner Classic Movies has announced plans to remember World War I with a special Memorial Day film series.

Eli Paul, vice president of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo., has agreed to serve as co-host with TCM's Robert Osborne for the evening, which will feature screenings of the classic films "Sergeant York," starring Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan; "The Dawn Patrol," starring Errol Flynn and David Niven; "The Fighting 69th," starring James Cagney and Pat O'Brien; "The Lost Patrol," starring Victor McLaglen and Boris Karloff; and "The Big Parade," starring John Gilbert, Renee Adoree and Hobart Bosworth.

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"World War I served as the setting for some truly great films, and we are proud to be able to present five such movies for Memorial Day," Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM, said in a statement. "We are also honored to have Eli Paul provide his expertise on the conflict and how Hollywood was able to capture the stories of its heroes for posterity. I'd like to personally thank Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer David Gerber who had originated the idea for the tribute and for introducing us to Mr. Paul and the amazing work of the National World War I Museum."

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