Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 86
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June 30, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 86

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Jackie Cooper is anchorman host on ''Dean Martin's Comedyworld" 10 p.m. Thursdays."(See story below.) f i " " · - . . s nasties By John J. O'Connor (C) 1974 JVeie York-Time* ..Service · - . j . NEW YORK ; -;Summer ; ., has; a^nasty habit of bringing out the worst in. television. Sanity_-,wjse, -arguing with networkAfiropagandists can always-bfrhazardous to your health, a warning that the Surgeon. General's office might consider pasting on the open and close of the prime-time: bombardment , each evening. Forgetting the re-run squabble r then, consir der twoiof the brand-new series the networks are gingerly laying on viewers at present/."the"Bobbie' Gentry Happiness Hour" on CBS, and "Dean Martin's Comedy World" on NBC. Ms. Gelntgy, who had a hit recording about a bridge several years ago, is an affable performer. She sings well, has a pleasant eager- to-please stage personality, and is revealing a nice flair for broad comedy. Her "Happiness Hour," however, is tripping rather painfully over afsh|jestring budget. The sets are bare. The ma- terial'is thin; And the roster t of guests is second-rate. On the first show, Ms. Gentry got able support from Valri Bromfeld^pnepf.; the comedy.regulars on the show, .and a corps of six male dancers, who.worked, furiously in. ijie background to create at least the illusion of something happening. But the "Happiness'Hour," scheduled for four Wednesdays of June, proved to be a soggy downer. . . . ' . . . ' . "Dean Martin's -Comedy World," which naturally has no connection with Dean Martin as a performer, does have a worthwhile premise 1 in providing a showcase for an international grab bag of comedians, most of them recorded before audiences in clubs or theaters. With a few notable long-running exceptions -- Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Lucille Ball - TV has not been especially kind to comics, tending to devour their material and then discard the over-exposed husks. But, for all of its good intentions, "Comedy vWprld" winds up as a giant fizzle. The format is hokey. Jackie Cooper ("Your Anchorman Here") stands before a sci-fi arrangements of TV moni- , .,. tors promising to deliver the "·:'",'' audience to laiigh-fests around the ^world. -' : /··''.-·· .-,..". "Let's roll the tape," says ;. Jackie/smilirigi "and see what our English cousins are · laughing;at these days," One instant assumption: they sure aren't laughing at Jack. ie. · - . . "-,. The other two "hosts" are Barbara Feldon and Nipsy Russell. "Right .now," announces . ': Jackie; "Barbara is in San Francisco." Then he adds, "so let's roll the tape, which " might indicate that Barbara is not in San Francisco "right now" .after all. Sure .enough, a few minutes later, ^there's Barbara in London, introducing a "wonderful young ventriloquist." At hour's end, an obvious question: where the devil is Barbara? Inviting everyone back for the next installment, Jackie Cooper promised that "if ' 'you want to live it up a little,. we'll help you." Thanks, but no thanks. s critics rating of Gotham's new films (C) 1974 .\eic York Times Service NEW YORK - Following is a rundown on the new- films just opened in New York and the critical commentary they received: » "Uptown Saturday Night," directed by Sidney Poitier from a screenplay by Richard Wesley, got six favorable reviews: (Vincent Canby, Times; Ann Guarino, News; Archer W i n s t e n , Post; J e f f r e y Lyons, WPIX-TV; Paul D. Zimmerman, Newsweek; Penelope G i l l i a t t , New Y o r k e r ) , six mixed, (Frances Taylor, Newhouse N e w s p a p e r s ; Bernard Drew, Gannet News Service; J u d i t h C r i s t , N e w York; Donald J. Mayerson, Cue; Hollis Alpert, Saturday Review/World; Frank Rich, New Times) and two negative: Martin Levine, News- day; Jay Cocks, Time. Vincent Canby: " 'Uptown Saturday Night' is essentially a put-on, but it's so full of good humor and, when the humor goes flat, of such high spirits that it reduces movie criticism to the status of a most nonessential craft. The film combines blunt, rollicking observations of life -the kind favored by black comedians -- with the sort of fabulous narrative that has always been a staple of American comedy, from today's Woody Allen back through silent comedy to frontier literature. Once it gets started, the film is about a pair of stupendously ill-equipped innocents, Steve Jackson (Sidney Poitier), a factory worker, and Wardell Franklin (Bill Cosby), a taxi - driver, who set out to recover a winning lottery ticket contained in a wallet stolen during the pair's one and only visit to a fancy black after-hours club." ' · t* ' "Where -the Lilies Bloom," directed by William A. Graham from a screenplay by Earl Hamner Jr., got nine favorable reviews: Howard Thompson, Times; Rex Reed, News;. Guarino, Winsten, Taylor, Drew, Lyons, Crist, Wolf; one mixed (Zimmerman) and three negative (Richard Natale, Women's Wear, Joseph Gelmis, Newsday; Cocks). Howard Thompson: "An endearingly simple, honest and moving film like "Where the Lilies Bloom" would be welcome at any time. Arriving now on a screen splattered with violence and sex, this beautiful little movie is like a cool, clear dip of mountain spring water. Without one false, hayseed note or drop of sugar, it depicts the struggle of a brave, stubborn Appalachian teen-ager to hold together her orphaned family." "Malizia," directed by Salvatore Samperi from a screenplay by Ottavio Jemma, Alessandro Parenzo and Samperi, got four favorable reviews: Canby, Winsten, Drew, Lyons; 5 mixed: Richard Schickel, Time; Guarino, Reed, Gilliatt, Rich; and seven negative: Howard Issel. Women's Wear; Stanley Kauffmann. New Republic; John Simon, New Leader; Gelmis, Crist, Mayerson, Alpert. Vincent Canby: " 'Malizia,' the title of Salvatore Samperi's new Italian comedy, is transacted as 'Malice' but the real subject is lust. It's lust in the various comic disguises that Italian filmmakers seem to associate particularly with Sicily where Marcello Mastroianni once sought desperately -and hilariously--to murder his wife in 'Divorce, Italian- Style.' 'Malizia' is a softer, less satiric comedy, but its preoccupation with sex is often very funny." . · *·' "The Gravy Train," di-. reeled by Jack Starrett from a screenplay by Bill^Kerby and David Whitney arid star-, ring Stacy Reach and Frederic Forrest, got four favorable reviews. William Wolf, Cue; Winsten, Drew, Cocks; five mixed: Nora Sayre, Times; Taylor Lyons, Zim- merman, Kich; and six neg- * ative: Kathleen Carroll, News; Gene Shalit, NBC; Kissel, Kauffmann, Simon, Crit. Nora Sayre: "Two West Virginia coal miners -- Stacy Keach and Frederic Forrest -- quit the jobs they loathe to make their fortunes through armed robbery. They are betrayed by their fellow hoods, and the battles within the small gang -.1 become the bulk of the picture. There are some substantial intentions here -above all the effort to make a very American movie, to reflect the native condition. All in all, it's impossible to tell whom this movie was meant for. Although it is meant to be an action film, it comes off as an Awful Warning to young men of America." V* ·e/f 10to5:300iilj [· Greeting Cards FOR AU OCCASIONS ' NfWMdUSJEir 1 1 · Paperback Books [· Popular Magazine: ·Novelty Items Tapes and Players If--CASH PAID-I For Used Paperback Books I aCARETTISetWSCOtHIT CALL 342-9794; SIDING WE INSTALL OUR OWN WORK WE CAN COVER ALL TRIM AND OVERHANGS NOT TO BE UNDERSOLD AS LOW AS BANK FINANCING AVAILABLE ht star* /· /MT AMM GENERAL CONTRACTORS FOR · SIDING · CARPORTS · PORCHES · CONCRETE ·FENCES · AWNING · GARAGES · STORM WINDOWS tREC. ROOMS · ROOM ADDITIONS ·KITCHEN · BATHROOMS ALUMINUM BUILDING PRODUCTS PH 727 ' 9363

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