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The Bride in Black

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Not to be confused with The Bride Wore Black, the Cornell Woolrich story that Francois Truffaut made into a good film in 1968. The Bride in Black is a soap-opera melodrama starring soap actress Susan Lucci (All My Children) as an innocent working-class woman from Brooklyn who gets into trouble with the incredibly pushy Manhattan art world. A sculptor played by David Soul (Starsky and Hutch) falls in love with Lucci’s colorfully named character, Rose D’Amore. You know that Soul is an artist because when he sees the lights of the New York skyline, he throws open his arms and yells, ”Look at that! All that energy — even when the city’s asleep!”

Lucci and Soul plan to marry, the big day arrives, they exchange vows, and — bang! — he’s shot dead coming out of the church. Whodunnit? Lucci and her boxing trainer (you heard me) go after the culprits. The usually glamorous Lucci is stoic and satisfactorily un-glamorous; the trainer is Family Matters‘ terrific Reginald VelJohnson. They’re a nice odd couple, but the story — about Soul’s dirty past as an art forger and a gallery owner’s attempt to kill Rose to keep her from the truth — is ludicrous. D

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