Picks and Pans Review: Rodney Dangerfield

updated 12/26/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/26/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life gets respect "this year and every year." The sad-sack comic wore out his videocassette of that classic. On TV, he prefers boxing because "I'm supporting two fighters: my wife and her mother." As for records, Rappin' Rodney shamelessly cites Billy Joel's Tell Her About It. "The fact that I'm in the video has plenty to do with it," he admits. R.D. also says Robert Ludlum's 1982 novel The Parsifal Mosaic is still his favorite. That Ludlum is a Connecticut neighbor of Danger field's has plenty to do with that, too.

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