Picks and Pans Review: Lady in a Corner

updated 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Mon., Dec. 11, 9 P.M. ET)

B-

Loretta Young plays the esteemed editor of a Manhattan fashion magazine. She's trying to keep Lindsay Frost, an ambitious young upstart on her staff, in her place while fending off a takeover bid by a sleazy British media mogul (Christopher Neame).

A tough American lady fighting off the barbarians at the reception desk is a premise with promise. But at this point in her career, Young, 75, can't carry off the role of a dynamic career woman. Consequently there are no sparks between her and Frost, and the plot's crucial conflict goes begging. Instead, Lady in a Corner devolves into a series of stagy speeches bemoaning what the younger generation is coming to.

For all that, the movie is mildly entertaining—just don't expect anything remotely plausible.

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