Picks and Pans Review: Great Performances: Old Reliable

updated 11/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Fri., Nov. 4, 9 p.m. ET)


Lynn Redgrave puts on a heavy American accent—is she the Anti-Streep?—for a continuation of the Great Performances series, Tales from the Hollywood Hills. This is a P.G. Wodehouse farce, a broad one, as broad as all outdoors, about a silent-film star (Rosemary Harris) who commissions a scandalous autobiography to be ghostwritten by her sister (Redgrave). Harris wants to use the book to blackmail her ex-husbands, but Redgrave gets the butler to break into the safe to steal her manuscript so it can be sold to publishers. It is a sitcom for snobs, a cartoon for college graduates. This is what PBS thinks is funny. Phooey.

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