Aldo Ray on TCM all day Sep. 25th 2018

Exciting news! In honor of Aldo Ray’s birthday next Tuesday, Turner Classic Movies is playing Aldo Ray films all day long. Aldo Ray was born Sep. 25, 1926 in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania and died on March 27, 1991 in Martinez, California.

Aldo Ray’s movie THE NAKED AND THE DEAD is also now available on Blu-Ray and can be purchased at the TCM Shop.

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6:45 AM

DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND, THE ( 1960)

Turn-of-the-century Irish patriots plan to overthrow the British government.

Dir:  John Guillermin Cast:  Aldo Ray Elizabeth Sellars Peter O’Toole .

BW- 85 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

8:30 AM

BATTLE CRY ( 1955)

A group of Marines eagerly await deployment during World War II.

Dir:  Raoul Walsh Cast:  Van Heflin Aldo Ray Mona Freeman .

C- 148 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

11:15 AM

NAKED AND THE DEAD, THE ( 1958)

A green lieutenant comes up against incompetent officers and a sadistic sergeant during World War II.

Dir:  Raoul Walsh Cast:  Aldo Ray Cliff Robertson Raymond Massey .

C- 131 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

1:45 PM

GOD’S LITTLE ACRE ( 1958)

A dirt-farmer lets his family fall apart while he hunts for his grandfather’s buried gold.

Dir:  Anthony Mann Cast:  Robert Ryan Aldo Ray Buddy Hackett .

BW- 118 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

4:00 PM

MEN IN WAR ( 1957)

Two enemies join forces to save their men during a retreat from the North Koreans.

Dir:  Anthony Mann Cast:  Robert Ryan Aldo Ray Robert Keith .

BW- 98 mins,

6:00 PM

PAT AND MIKE ( 1952)

Romance blooms between a female athlete and her manager.

Dir:  George Cukor Cast:  Spencer Tracy Katharine Hepburn Aldo Ray .

BW- 95 mins, CC,

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A Glorious Bastard: An Aldo Ray Double Feature

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I consider myself a fan of classic Hollywood cinema, yet prior to press for Inglourious Basterds, I had never heard the name Aldo Ray.  Certainly I’m not the only one, yet some poking around has told me he was hardly a nobody, he received above the title billing alongside Jane Wyman, Humphrey Bogart, Ray Milland, Robert Ryan and several others.  He acted in films by George Cukor, Anthony Mann, Raoul Walsh and Michael Curtiz.  Granted he only seemed to have that kind of clout for a period of about 5 years in the mid-50’s and very few of the films he starred in are remembered as classics.  His star declined in the 60’s and by the 70’s he had resorted taking roles in exploitation films, which led to his acting in even lesser pictures throughout the 80’s (apparently trying to cover medical costs accumulated while fighting throat cancer).  However, viewing…

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