Picks and Pans Review: Murder by Death

updated 06/13/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/13/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Neil Simon's very funny spoof on Sam Spade, Charlie Chan, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot stars Peter Falk as the soft-boiled detective Sam Diamond. He enters the Agatha Christie-like drawing room of host Truman Capote, who may or may not be murdering his guests one by one, a la Ten Little Indians. Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, Peter Sellers, David Niven and Maggie Smith are in the splendid cast. And Alec Guinness nearly steals the show as a blind butler. (Repeat)

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