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: Saturday Cinema: The Sundowners

(Thunder in the Dust)
Starring Robert Preston, Robert Sterling, John Barrymore Jr.

The Cloud brothers are struggling to show a profit on their ranch in the face of continual raids by cattle rustlers. Their foreman is killed, but help comes from the unlikely source of Kid Wichita, a notorious gunman.
The younger brother Jeff is played by John Barrymore's son John Jr. This exciting film was shot entirely on location in Texas.


Screenplay: Alan Lemay
Director: George Templeton
Kid Wichita: Robert Preston
Jeff Cloud: John Barrymore Jr
Tom Cloud: Robert Sterling
Sam Beard: Chill Wills
Kathleen Boyce: Cathy Downs
John Gaul: John Litel
Earl Boyce: Jack Elam

: Closedown

: The News and Sport

and Weather

: Great Zoos of the World: 4: Tucson, Arizona

A grand tour of some of the world's outstanding zoos with Anthony Smith

Set in the cactus landscape familiar as a backdrop to countless Western films, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum reflects a current trend in the zoo world towards specialisation. Started as recently as 1952, this is a living museum that shows only the wild-life of the desert.
That people generally hate snakes is an established fact, but every year a quarter of a million people go there and bravely gaze, through glass, at the world's most complete collection of desert reptiles, cleverly displayed in 'living dioramas.'
An underground tunnel gives a close-up view of the kit-fox, the North American badger, and other animals that burrow to escape the daytime heat. And there are one or two surprises, for even in a desert the otter finds somewhere to swim.
This really is a Desert Zoo that blends with its surroundings even to the extent that some of the exhibits are volunteers who find the softer living in the enclosures preferable to the rugged life outside.
(from Bristol)


Presenter: Anthony Smith
Producer: Barry Paine
Series Editor: Nicholas Crocker

: One Pair of Eyes: The Green Revolution

The Green Revolution can save the world claims John Cherrington, farmer, in this series of highly personal films.

The prophets of doom who predict our imminent starvation are wrong. Man can easily feed himself. Miracle wheats, mammoth rice harvests, overall increases in the protein content of grain - all are bringing hope for mankind. In this film a Hampshire farmer, John Cherrington, says farmers have won us a breathing space in which to change society. But if governments and people ignore it, our world will come down in chaos.


Presenter: John Cherrington
Producer: David Wheeler
Director: Richard Marquand

: Gardeners' World: African Violets

with Percy Thrower

African Violets: how to grow and look after them.


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Producer: Bill Duncalf

: Summer Review: Cuba: Art and the Revolution

The sixth of seven programmes in which Summer Review offers a repeat of the best work done in Review during the past season.

Of all the communist states, Cuba encourages the most artistic experiment. The result has been a flowering of creative activity and an enthusiasm which sometimes clashes with the underlying view of the authorities that art is a weapon of state.
Review reports from Cuba, with an on-the-spot look at the new film industry, the National Folkloric Ballet Company, prima ballerina Alicia Alonso, and three modern theatre groups. There are also interviews with leading writers about the place of artists in Castro's revolution and how much freedom they have in a communist regime.


Producer: Peter Adam
Editor: James Mossman

: Thirty-Minute Theatre: These Men are Dangerous: 2: Hitler

by Jean Benedetti

An emaciated young man is moving from doss-house to doss-house in the Vienna of 1909. He is struggling desperately to receive recognition as an artist, but all he receives is abuse. He makes friends with a wily down-and-out called Reinhold Hanisch who for his own ends wants to help sell the paintings. But Hanisch is to remember his brief association with the young artist, for his name is Adolf Hitler.
"Kenneth Colley's gaunt and already fanatical Hitter strikingly suggested the Nazi leader as he might have been at that time" (The Sun)


Writer: Jean Benedetti
Script Editor: Derek Hoddinott
Designer: John Cooper
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Rudolph Cartier
Adolf Hitler: Kenneth Colley
Reinhold Hanisch: Ronald Lacey
Landlady: Pamela Cundell
Hostel Official: Denis Cleary
Mother: Rose Power
Aunt: Nan Marriott-Watson
Johann Kanya: Vernon Dobtcheff
Count: Carl Jaffe
Banker: Harold Goldblatt
Father: Royston Tickner
Police Inspector: Kevin Brennan

: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Rowan and Martin invite you to laugh a second time at their laugh-in
This week's star guest Jack Benny
and featuring Arte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi, Henry Gibson, Goldie Hawn, Alan Sues, Jo Anne Worley, Teresa Graves, Pamela Rodgers, Jeremy Lloyd, Lily Tomlin and Gary Owens
A Schlatter/Friendly production for NBC


Comedian: Dan Rowan
Comedian: Dick Martin
Comedian: Jack Benny
Performer: Arte Johnson
Performer: Ruth Buzzi
Performer: Henry Gibson
Performer: Goldie Hawn
Performer: Alan Sues
Performer: Jo Anne Worley
Performer: Teresa Graves
Performer: Pamela Rodgers
Performer: Jeremy Lloyd
Performer: Lily Tomlin
Performer: Gary Owens

: Midnight Movie: The Magnificent Matador

Starring Anthony Quinn, Maureen O'Hara

A famous bullfighter who has promised to introduce a young matador to the ring disappears on the eve of the ceremony.
Anthony Quinn got his first major starring role in this romantic drama set in Mexico and directed by Budd Boetticher, a noted authority on bullfighting.
(Philip Jenkinson on This Week's Films: page 9)


Director: Budd Boetticher
Karen Harrison: Maureen O'Hara
Luis Santos: Anthony Quinn
Rafael Reyes: Manuel Rojas
Mark Russell: Richard Denning
Don David: Thomas Gomez
Mona Wilton: Lola Albright

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