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Approved For Release 2005/01/13 CIA-RDP88-01365R0000300?50010d9 :CRITICIS VIEW (F / ~ ~ 111 ~l yr Y I ~~ la U Fi ';~ 1 ti\~ , e-1 1013 ,, c ki By RICK DU BROW I cials) and then applauding at .er Knebel's bestseller,_ "Van- house. ished," in two segments, March One reason for the turnout was 8-and D. the genuine industry interest in The story concerns the myste- this project. For a start, there rious disappearance of the top was interest in the fact that a ,.adviser (and closest friend) of video network had done what the president of the United movie studios usually do.-buy States, with Richard . Widmark a best-selling novel and turn it .playing the nation's chief execu- into a big, long film. .tive in his television debut. ' The audience indicated that And if "Vanished" can hardly the presold value of the book's be called the "Gone 111ith the title was a viewer lure, as in Wind" of video, nevertheless Past movies. And there was nat- :Universal Studios can be said to ural curiosity about how good a have turned out the "Airport" of Property Universal will have the home screen. when it undoubtedly releases the film as a movie overseas. Novels on TV Stars Attracted "It's much too early, of course, to review this very More and more movie stars' large-scale television produc- are working in television as the tion, which is the first of NBC- barriers between the two media ;TV's, ambitious attempts to rapidly being vanish, and I "novelize" certain adaptable couldn't help noticing the rapt 'works on video, with the lengths attention given "Vdnislicd" by. and methods of presentation log- Anthony- Quinn, who sat in- front -le-ally varying according to the of me at the screening. projects. I don't know,what he thought And ore only hopes that the of it - but lie had bothered to be regrettable action of the Federal there, a major.inovie star going Communications Commission in to a theater to watch a television cutting back on the networks' show. There is no question, of prime time doesn't discourage course, that video movies have such major' projects in the fu- arrived, and there is increased tui a interest in them around town. But if one were to give an Would the hoilie audience. idea of the style of "Vanished," rather see a four-hour -show -.which will undoubtedly attract stra int through than have it 'millions of viewers March 8 and split into consecutive night offer- ,9, one could put it like this: It is ings of two hours each, as with' "Vanished?" Those connected the kind of film likely to remind with "Vanished" felt splitting it .the audience of a small screen up would be palatable --- but I-IOLLYWVOOJ) - If a major Most television shows are giv- Hollywood theater screening last en screening in rooms at the weekend is any indication, networks or stations. For "Van- NBC-TV may have a considera- ished," NBC-TV and Universal blc hit when it :broadcasts a took over the Directors' Guild four-hour presentation of Fletch- Theatre, and got a pretty full "and Ross Hunter. than. four hours Feb. 14, have, Audience Ilool~ecI come in, shoving it to be a tre mendous No. 1 hit in the 70 city The audience at the weekend ratings, screening of "Vanisliccl" seemed And it is understood some ex- hooked on the movie, accepting ecutives involved with "Van- it at its own level of popular ished" now regret not having entertainment about the Machin- gone all the way. with a four- ations of men in high places, hour blockbuster approach. All I sitting through about three can tell you is that Anthony hours and 15 minutes of. film Quinn and I stayed for the whole (the length without commer- movie at?tiie weekend screening. c, ni a,2" .Approved For Release 2005/01/13 : CIA-RDP88-01365R000300250010-9