Picks and Pans Review: Telefon

updated 06/20/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/20/1983 01:00AM

ABC (9-11 p.m. ET)

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.

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