Picks and Pans Review: The Princess and the Pea

updated 04/16/1984 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/16/1984 01:00AM

Showtime (Monday, April 16, 8 p.m. ET)

The latest of Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatres is, one supposes, for kids. But it's not. It's fun for all ages. Tom Conti, an Oscar nominee for Reuben, Reuben, plays the prince in search of a princess— "something to make my relatively perfect life complete." Conti is a delight, for he's not afraid to mug to the cameras, to play the fool. There's a real fool, too: Tim (Saturday Night Live) Kazurinsky, who's as funny as ever. And Liza Minnelli is the earthy princess who goes to bed high atop 20 mattresses ("You wouldn't, by any chance, be hoping that in the middle of the night I might fall to my death, would you?" she asks her queen-in-law). It's always nice to see "family entertainment" that won't put people with a high school education to sleep.

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