Picks and Pans Review: Great Performances: Once in a Lifetime

updated 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS(Fri., May 6, 9 p.m. ET)


If you too have snooty, highbrow boors of friends who insist that they watch only PBS, preferably BBC shows on PBS, then make them watch this so that you can ridicule them with abandon: "After seeing this tripe, this inane, infantile, insufferable TV show, how dare you make fun of me for liking sitcoms, movies of the week, soap operas and real TV?" Only problem is, to reap that revenge, you may have to watch this 1930 Kaufman and Hart play about silly little Hollywood, starring the usually wonderful Zoe Wanamaker as one of three no-talent vaudevillians who go West and practically take over a studio. It is just sloppy, silly slapstick.

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