Picks and Pans Review: Rosie: the Rosemary Clooney Story

updated 12/13/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/13/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)

This TV biography of the popular singer of the 1940s and '50s (see page 114) unfortunately hits a lot of wrong notes. Instead of providing a full-scale portrait of Clooney, the film gives a shallow, perfunctory rundown of her rise to fame, troubled marriage to actor José Ferrer, mental breakdown and subsequent recovery. Sondra Locke gives a bland performance in the title role, but Tony Orlando is excellent as Ferrer and Katherine Helmond is fine as Clooney's badgering mother—and Rosemary's own warm, sexy voice is dubbed in for Locke's singing sequences.


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