Picks and Pans Review: American Playhouse: Under the Biltmore Clock
PBS (Monday, April 22, 9 p.m. ET)
And here's another story of unrequited glandular activity, but a more sophisticated and unpredictable one. Myra Harper, the heroine of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story Myra Meets His Family, is jaded by love at 21. "I've played around so much that even as I'm kissing a man I wonder how soon I'll get tired of him," she says. Finally she meets wealthy Knowlton Whitney and falls in love. Then she has to meet his parents. To call them eccentric would be too kind. "Mother's really quite normal," says Whitney, "outside her penchant for poodles in large quantities." The rest of the story is a series of delightful twists that are best left undescribed. Sean (Dune) Young is a beguiling Myra; Barnard Hughes has a ball playing the daft Daddy Whitney; and Lenny (Tender Mercies) Von Dohlen, as Knowlton Whitney, makes a fine vintage preppy. Set your clock—or VCR—to watch Biltmore.
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