Picks and Pans Review: Paris by Night with George Burns

updated 08/17/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/17/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Somehow it restores one's faith in this country to remember that gaudy, tacky, bare-breasted stage shows were not invented in Las Vegas. The French did it. So now that I've reminded you of that odd cause for patriotism, you have no need to watch these cultural crimes from the Moulin Rouge, the Folies Bergère and other Paris nightclubs with George Burns superimposed on the screen so he can make bad jokes. After watching topless women, George puffs on his stogie and says: "How do you like those 12 beauties?" A French companion says: "But zere are six girls." And George replies: "They're beauties, too." Yuk, yuk...yuck.

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