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Velma Sparrow
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Frankie Basta
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29 October 1971 (USA)  »

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Aired originally as part of Hollywood Television Theatre in 1971 then re-aired on 7 January 1974 on Conflicts. See more »

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Stay to the Finish
18 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

A strong character study and one of Patty Duke's finest efforts. Velma Sparrow (Duke) is a Big Apple waitress who doesn't have much going for herself. Her life between multiple jobs is pretty empty except for the occasional movie at "Lowee's Paradise House," ("You can really dream there," she says). But appearances are deceiving. There is a shocking reason for Velma's massive insecurities ("Your mother is rotten," restaurant customer James Farentino confides) and for why she seems just a little distracted when she starts opening up to Farentino. Story unfolds a little slowly in the beginning but then hold on -- there is a surprise ending. Patty Duke is touching and totally convincing here -- flashing brilliant at several points in her portrayal. Farentino is fine, too.


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