Picks and Pans Review: A Silent Betrayal

updated 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Tues., Dec. 20, 9 p.m. ET)

C+

Richard Crenna again reprises his role as New York City detective Frank Janek. He's brought in to investigate a multiple murder: six occupants of a SoHo apartment building owned by a Broadway producer (William Shatner) are found gruesomely slashed. Ironically, Shatner's first lines involve his making a frantic 911 call. (The actor is the host of Rescue 911.)

The case is a good deal too complex, with a thicket of suspects and motives to wade through. In the course of the movie, a big Broadway musical is mounted—but very little suspense. The most interesting aspect of this sequel is the acting counterpoint involved, seeing Crenna, a model of understatement, doing scenes with Shatner, the biggest ham in the known universe. Helen Shaver and Cliff Gorman costar.

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