David Gerber spent time as a POW during World War II, but the veteran producer and executive is revisiting a different war over the Memorial Day weekend.
Gerber approached Turner Classic Movies some time ago with the idea for a WWI marathon this Memorial Day, helping program a night of movies that includes the Gary Cooper classic "Sergeant York," "Dawn Patrol" with Errol Flynn, "The Fighting 69th" starring James Cagney, "The Big Parade," and director John Ford's "The Lost Patrol."(TCM is airing a number of World War II films over the weekend as well, including one of my personal favorites, "The Bridge on the River Kwai," and "They Were Expendable.")
A long-time history buff (his credits include the miniseries "George Washington"), Gerber produced the 2001 World War I movie "The Lost Battalion" for A&E and, more recently, the Emmy-nominated Sept. 11 pic "Flight 93" for the same network.
TCM's World War I block will be co-hosted Eli Paul of the National World War I Museum.