"The Star" is a double-length episode of "Cannon" and has the distinction of starring the Oscar-winning actress, Joan Fontaine. Fontaine basically plays a version of herself--a 1940s actress who is retired and living in a lovely Beverly Hills mansion. Sadly, however, despite having her as the guest star, this is a weak episode due to the writing.
Cannon is hired to find the son (Richard Hatch) of actress Thelma Cain (Fontaine). This seemed interesting until you learn what exactly is going on...and then it makes little sense. Later, when an evil gangster takes Cain and her husband hostage, the son behaves like he has a potato in his head instead of a brain. So it's up to Cannon to save these idiots from themselves.
"The Star" easily could have been edited and made into a traditional one-hour episode. I think this would have helped, since the characters occasionally did very dumb things...and a tight edit would have eliminated some of these silly portions. Worth seeing but not a shining moment in the history of the show.
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