TELEVISION: New Patterns

Four years ago, TV Playwright Rod Serling made his reputation with Patterns, a cliche-ridden but highly effective drama about a ruthless power struggle inside Big Business. Last week, as if to even things up, Playwright Serling took on Big Labor. The Rank and File (on CBS's Playhouse 99) sprawled across two decades of picket lines and meeting halls, was less neatly patterned than Patterns, with its close-order action around the directors' table. But, because exectuive suites have become a show-business commonplace, while the union local is still relatively fresh territory, The Rank...

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