Cinema: How Sweet It Is!

For years, old movies have been television's backbone—one reason why TV often appears to be totally spineless. All that is about to change. The networks are running out of films, features are giving way to talk shows and, in historic reversal, TV is starting to invade the movies.

In How Sweet It Is!, nearly all the personnel came out of the tube. Director Jerry Paris is from the Dick Van Dyke show. The writers are out of the Danny Thomas factory. The star, James Garner, was once Maverick. Fair enough; talent has to break in somewhere. But this febrile farce betrays its...