Picks and Pans Review: Telefon
updated 06/20/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/20/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
No, this is not a Jerry Lewis fund raiser. Charles Branson cranked this clinker out in 1977. This time it's spies instead of saddlesore cowboys, but with Branson, who can tell the difference? Old Stone-face plays a Russian superagent who is sent to America to stop a renegade KGB operative who has decided to activate a group of programmed spies living in the U.S. The hypnotized brain-washees will turn into red menaces when someone sets them off with a line from Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Lee (Days of Wine and Roses) Remick, as a lovely double agent, plays this trip for laughs, but Branson, called on to be suave and sophisticated, poses no threat to the memory of Adolphe Menjou.