Picks and Pans Review: Rita Hayworth: the Love Goddess

updated 11/07/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/07/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)

Lynda (Wonder Woman) Carter stars in this high-gloss tale of a young Spanish-English girl's rise and fall in big, bad Hollywood. But what spoils the B-movie fun is that this is a real woman's life and it is trashed and trivialized without her cooperation. Carter plays Rita Hayworth (see page 109), one of the screen's best-loved glamour girls, who is now suffering in seclusion from Alzheimer's disease. Though the TV movie ends before the onset of Hayworth's illness, it doesn't shy away from dime-store judgments about her problems with men and booze. The script is awful and the acting worse. Only Michael Lerner delivers the goods as studio czar Harry Cohn. Carter tries hard, but she is outclassed by Hayworth in beauty, talent and warmth. Her clumsy aping of Rita's sensational Put the Blame on Mame number from Gilda will haunt her, if not us, for years.


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