Picks and Pans Review: Added Attractions

UPDATED 02/04/2002 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/04/2002 at 01:00 AM EST

Turner Classic Movies (Tues., Feb. 5, 8 p.m. ET)

Show of the week

Do you drum your fingers at the local multiplex, wondering how many more trailers you'll have to sit through before the actual motion picture begins? If so, you're bound to enjoy this celebration of the bygone era when "selected short subjects"—ranging from newsreels to musical numbers to Three Stooges slapstick—preceded the feature. Added Attractions (narrated by Chevy Chase) contains a wealth of varied clips, including looks at Laurel and Hardy, Burns and Allen and Babe Ruth. Those interviewed recall a production process that stressed creativity and spontaneity as well as economy. The 90-minute special, which kicks off TCM's February shorts festival, is a nostalgic treat.

Bottom Line: Long on fun

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