Picks and Pans Review: The Disappearance of Vonnie

updated 09/26/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1994 01:00AM

CBS (Tues., Sept. 27, 9 p.m. ET)

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This thing is taking over our lives," complains an exasperated Wisconsin man (Graham Beckel). His wife (Ann Jillian) is totally obsessed with finding her sister Vonnie (Kim Zimmer), who disappeared on a shopping trip somewhere between Appleton and Green Bay. At any rate that's the story the missing woman's husband (Joe Penny) tells. But it turns out that Penny spent years in a hospital for the criminally insane for murdering two men. (Actually we viewers knew about this blemish on his resume from the opening scene.)

This is a routine, fact-based movie except in one regard: Zimmer, a longtime standout on such soaps as Guiding Light, brings remarkable vitality and ingenuity to what is essentially a throw-away role. Somebody please get this woman a series.

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