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March 9, 1971
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Approved For Release M&POP88-01365ROO0300250007-3 . ON T111Y MR, JV1 ?-- 1- - 0 't Ij r. BY l;Eit.Nl?.?s ITARILISON Star daft' Wrier fart One of Pletcher Hne- bel's "Vanished" vas intrigu- ing enough last night to make at least one viewer abnostfor- get that other show on closed circuit TV. (Forgetting Carlon Brando's Mutiny was easy.) Knebal's best selling novel, if you m isse(l it a few years back, was about the disap- pearance of a close friend of the president and was well stocked with 1 'iashington at- mosphere and characters, and the NBC-4 made-for TV movie is making the iiiost of both. Part One got its up to the point when the President's press secretary, played by James Farentino, is wonder- ing Whether his boss has cracked up. Of course, there was much to snicker at from a Washington perspective; for openers, the fact that the press secretary's roommate was an I T41 agent (Robert Hooks-) But sonic of the White Pouse scenes worked very well and the piquent casting was a big help. Robert Young, as a wily senator, Western slab horn style, Richard Widmark as the president, and Eleanor Parker as the distraught wife, were excellent. ` Others, like Bill Shatner as a noisy reporter, were less fortunate in their { roles. Ironically, one of the miss- ing scientists in tha show has a, name that sounds a little like Kissinger. Nothing helps more, howev- er, in the telling of a niulti- character melodrama than a brisk pace. You can forget a lot of questions, like .rhy the press secretary didn't follow tip his phone call to the miss- ing man's wife, just trying to keep up with what's going bn. Part two tonight. Approved For Release 2005/01/13 : CIA-RDP88-01365R000300250007-3