Picks and Pans Review: The Lady from Yesterday
CBS (Tuesday, May 14, 9 p.m. ET)
While the network news hounds go sniffing out every Vietnam anniversary story they can find, the entertainment divisions have ignored the event. It seems that Vietnam, like Space, just doesn't sell. Here's the only Viet anniversary movie we've seen on TV. The plot is lifted straight out of Man, Woman and Child. Wayne (M*A*S*H) Rogers plays a married man—to Bonnie (Heart Like a Wheel) Bedelia—when his mistress from Vietnam, Tina Chen, shows up with her son, who turns out to be Rogers' son, too. In Man, Woman, etc., the mother was dead; in this one, she's dying. In Man, etc., the boy was French; in this one, he's Vietnamese but speaks French. The question is whether the boy can join Rogers' family and live happily ever after. The performances by the principal actors, plus Pat (The Falcon and the Snowman) Hingle as Bedelia's redneck daddy, are as good as they can be. But the story in Lady From Yesterday is slow-moving and already familiar.
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