THURSDAY: The Miracle Worker. (1962) Patty Duke was the youngest actress ever to win an Oscar when at sixteen she played Helen Keller in this adaptation of William Gibson's play. CH. 56. 9 p.m. B-W. 2 hrs. Intruder in the Dust (1949) One of the better screen adaptations of Faulkner focuses on a young white's encounter with an old black Mississippian falsely accused of murder. CH. 4. 1:05 a.m. B-W. 90 min.
FRIDAY: Tom Sawyer. Twain's classic tale of boyish mischief on the Mississippi comes to television minus some of Tom's mischief and with an Ontario setting. Very Walt Disney. CH. 7. 8 p.m. Color. 90 min.
Dick Cavett. Anthropologist Colin Turnbull, author of the best-selling account of the destruction of traditional values in a tribal culture, "The Mountain People," is Cavett's main guest. CH. 5. 11:30 p.m. Color. 90 min.
SATURDAY: Sawdust and Tinsel (1953) Early and influential Bergman. CH. 2. 8 p.m. B-W. 2 hrs.
Becket. (1964) Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole are exceptional as Henry II and Becket in this film version of the Jean Anouilh play. CH. 10. 8:30 p.m. Color. 2 hrs. 30 min.
The Mummy's Hand. (1940) Part III of immortal trilogy that includes "The Mummy," and "The Return of the Mummy." CH. 5. 11:30 p.m. B-W. 90 min.
SUNDAY: Oscar Nominees. A special on the 1972 Oscar nominees features clips from "The Godfather," "Lady Sings the Blues," "Sounder," and other Best Picture contenders. CH. 56. 6:30 p.m. Color. 90 min.
Tony Awards. Broadway's 27th equivalent of the Oscar ceremony. CH. 5. 9 p.m. Color. 2 hrs.
MONDAY: Bedtime Story. WGBH initiates an attractive alternative to the evening news before beddy-bye. Tim Mayer narrates a fractured fairy tale each night at 11. Tonight's story: "The Revenge of the Fried Banana People." CH. 2. 11 p.m. Color. 15 min.
Relflections in a Golden Eye (1967) Marlon Brando and Liz Taylor in Carson McCullers's sordid tale of seething sexuality on an Army base in Italy. CH. 7. 11:30 p.m. Color. 2 hrs.
TUESDAY: Oscar Awards. Hollywood's night of nights. Emcees for tonight's Academy Awards ceremony include Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston, and Rock Hudson. CH. 4. 10 p.m. Color. Live, 3 hrs.
WEDNESDAY: Little Caesar. (1950). Horatio Alger story of the Syndicate with Edward G. Robinson as the rags-to-offers-you-can't-refuse hero. CH. 56. 8 p.m. B-W. 90 min.
televisionTHURSDAY: Applause. Lauren Bacall repeats her Tony-winning performance as Margo Channing in this television recreation of the Broadway hit. CH.
televisionTHURSDAY: Richard III. (1955) Laurence Olivier as the villainous Duke of Gloucester heads an all-star cast in the film he
televisionTHURSDAY; Honor Thy Father (1973) A tailored-for-TV adaptation of Gay Talese's 1971 bestseller about life in a New York Italian
televisionTHURSDAY: Men Who Made Movies. PBS documentary series on producers and directors focuses tonight the great master, Hitchcock. The program
televisionTHURSDAY: An American Family . The Loud family's marital bonds stretch near the breaking point in episode seven of the
televisionTHURSDAY: Valley of the Dolls. 1967. A movie that makes the average soap opera look like "Last Year at Marienbad."