As the television season petered, several shows last week gave off an unaccustomed, last-minute brightness before the long summer night. In addition to NBC's Mark Twain's America (see below), they included:

¶ Ninotchka (ABC), a new version of Hollywood's 1939 Greta Garbo classic about a dehumanized female commissar who goes to France on official duty and turns into a woman under the warm touch of Paris. While hindered by a plot that is out of date in this age of itinerant dictators and a so-so performance by Actor Gig Young, the show was carried along on the sense and...

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