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How to Murder a Millionaire (1990)

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23 May 1990 (USA)  »

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TV movie of a type now gone
30 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joan Rivers stars in "How to Murder a Millionaire," a 1990 TV movie also with Telma Hopkins, Meschach Taylor, Alex Rocco, Morgan Fairchild, and David Ogden Stiers.

There was once the occasional comedy TV movie -- Lifetime had a couple, and so did USA Network. Now networks really don't do TV movies, and past a certain point, when they did, they were all crime dramas.

Joan Rivers plays the wife of a filthy rich retiree (Rocco) and she spends all of her time shopping, lunching, going to parties, being pampered, often with her best friend (Fairchild).

After a series of unfortunate mishaps, she becomes convinced that her husband is trying to kill her and sneaks out via a window. The packing scene is great, as she takes an entire shoe tree out of her closet and places it in her suitcase.

She is befriended by a woman (Hopkins) whose boyfriend (Taylor) is a thief and worse.

There's nothing deep here, just Rivers as a shallow woman who finds friendship where she least expected it. She is very funny and it's sad to think she's gone now. She also looks great in this film - I wish she had stopped her self-improvement there. Hopkins and Taylor are very good. Morgan Fairchild doesn't have much to do except look glamorous.

Entertaining, and by TV standards, old-fashioned entertainment at that.


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