Crooning To The Top

SHOW: SINATRA

TIME: NOV. 8 AND 10, CBS

THE BOTTOM LINE: Don't expect all the dirt, but this musical bio is surprisingly honest and lavishly entertaining.

The Hollywood musical biography has an illustrious history, but biography has never been its strong suit. The great examples of the genre -- The Jolson Story, Yankee Doodle Dandy -- are marvelous myths: ritualized stories of kids who rise to the top through sheer talent and guts. The journey may take a personal toll (marriages rarely survive), but it is worth it. In the end, we have the music.

Sinatra, a five-hour CBS mini-series about...

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