Picks and Pans Review: Monte Carlo
To the world Katrina Petrovna (Joan Collins) is just another glamorous Russian princess turned international chanteuse. Little do the folks in pre-Stephanie, pre-World War II Monte Carlo realize that Katrina (if one may be so casual) is in fact spying for the British, trying to get revenge against the Nazis for murdering her husband. After an exhausting day of champagne, roulette and costume changes, Katrina sweeps home to her villa. There, in the privacy of her boudoir, she puts her manicured nails to work tapping out messages to the British. Joining Collins in this hokum is George Hamilton (as her suitor), Malcolm McDowell, Lisa Eilbacher, Peter Vaughn, Robert Carradine and Lauren Hutton. The only thing more uncomfortable than watching Collins get tortured in this two-part mini is hearing her sing—although, another few choruses of The Last Time I Saw Paris and the Germans might have surrendered early.