Picks and Pans Review: Love Can Be Murder

updated 12/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Man., Dec. 14, 9 P.M. ET)

D+

And movies can be tedious. Jaclyn Smith plays a lawyer who decides to become a private eye. The office she rents is haunted by the ghost of a former tenant (Corbin Bernsen), a detective from the '40s who wants her to solve his murder while he mouths such hard-hoiled howlers as "L.A. used to be as close to heaven as drawing to an inside straight, but this...this is like a bad hangover." Ouch!

If this poorly acted, shoddily written romantic comedy were any lighter, it wouldn't register on film. It does, however, feature Anne Francis, who once played TV's most memorable female private eye, as the star of the '60s series Honey West.

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