Cinema: The Dumb Way

STAR SPANGLED GIRL

Directed by JERRY PARIS

Screenplay by ARNOLD MARGOLIN and JIM PARKER

This is an adaptation of one Neil Simon play that the author might like to forget. The heroine, an aspiring Olympic swimmer, is a jabbering pixy whose notion of Americanism Dr. Carl Mclntire might find a tad overzealous. The premise—a little flimsy even for a half-hour episode on a TV sitcom—is that this young lady drives two underground California journalists into transports of romantic ecstasy.

Star Spangled Girl declares itself fervently in favor of mindlessness in all forms. Despite herself, the girl falls for one of the journalists. She boards a...

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