This Thursday, August 11, Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to one of my favorite actors, Ben Johnson — and if you’re reading this blog, chances are good he’s one of your favorites, too.
Among the films being shown that day is John Ford’s Wagon Master (1950, above), one of those truly rare films that shows you something new each and every time you see it. It’s deceptively simple — somehow breezy and heavy at the same time. A masterpiece.
The other pictures include Three Godfathers (1948), The Last Picture Show (1971, which Ben won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for) and the far-too-obscure Junior Bonner (1972). Make sure your cable bill’s paid up. (I swiped a bit of TCM’s web graphic, below.)