Television: Vintage Wine

ABC's ambitious, costly (about $350,000 per hour) new dramatic series Stage 67 has been the mail-order bride of the current season—so lovely in anticipation, so disappointing in actuality. Last week the frump finally combed her hair and put on a touch of lipstick. In a spare, dust-dry dramatization of Katherine Anne Porter's novella Noon Wine, Adapter-Director Sam Peckinpah in a single swoop revived much of the all-but-dead hope that serious drama can find a regular place in the TV schedule.

Noon Wine is close in feeling to Peckinpah's prizewinning movie, Ride the...

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