Picks and Pans Review: Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart

updated 03/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Fri., March 11, 9 p.m. ET)


Katharine Hepburn did it better in her 1986 tribute to Spencer Tracy. Lauren Bacall's show about her late husband, Humphrey Bogart, is too stiff and cool. But there's one good reason to watch: the magnificent clips. You see Bogart growing as an actor. You see three movies based on The Maltese Falcon, so you can compare Bogart's genius in the 1941 classic with Ricardo Cortez' pathetic portrayal of the same role in 1931's Dangerous Female. And you see an ending to The Big Sleep that was thrown out after Bacall and Bogart were married because, she explains, the scene didn't have "enough male-female byplay." In other words, it wasn't sexy enough. Ditto this show.

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