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BY Daniel J. Engler
Hungary-born Miklos Rozsa (1907-1995) wrote the score for this 1941 musical bio
of Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Alan Curtis is Schubert and
Ilona Massey is Anna. Rozsa wrote the scores for more than 100 films, including
Ben-Hur (1959) and King
of Kings (1961).
American Experience: The Polio
PBS This show describes
the leadership of Daniel Basil O’Connor (1892-1972) in the fight against infantile
paralysis — polio. In the 1940s, O’Connor spotted Dr. Jonas Salk, who would
develop a vaccine and introduce it during an epidemic in April 1954. The Salk
vaccine soon halved U.S. polio cases. Advisory: TV-PG.
Cities of the Underworld: The Gods
HISTORY Host Don
Wildman discusses legends about the Trojan War and reveals a monarch’s plan to
build one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Forgotten Ellis Island
PBS At the Ellis Island
Hospital in New York Harbor, from 1901 to 1924, and less so until 1954,
immigration officials and the U.S. Public Heath Service screened new arrivals
for disease. They admitted some 98% to the U.S. but kept the sick in the
hospital to recover. Ellis Island deported 2% of arrivals, sometimes separating
family members, but the hospital did prevent major disease outbreaks in
America. Advisory: TV-PG.
TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES
This 1959 Hollywood epic was so reverent and pro-Christian that it even carried
on the soon-to-fade screen tradition of not showing Jesus’ face. Ben-Hur
starred Charlton Heston in the title role, along with an all-star
17 Kids and Counting
THE LEARNING CHANNEL
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Arkansas, who now have 18 kids, happily cite
Psalm 127:3: “Children, too, are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a
reward.” Tonight the family stars in two half-hour reality episodes.
10:30 a.m., 8 p.m.
Wow: The Catholic TV
CATHOLIC TV In today’s
episode of this Boston-area Catholic quiz show, Father Robert Reed tells third
graders about the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Re-airs during the week.
Westminster Dog Show
CNBC This show takes an
inside look at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City and
the preparation the 2,500 canine competitors go through.
Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.