Michael Sauter
June 04, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Hearst and Davies Affair

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Virginia Madsen, Robert Mitchum
genre
Drama, Biography

We gave it a C-

Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies carried on an affair that lasted more than thirty years — but if we’re to believe this dreary telefilm, it didn’t amount to much. The Hearst and Davies Affair‘s opulent sets and costumes completely overpower the trite dialouge and tepid performances. Mitchum especially seems so embalmed that he ought to be installed as a regular stop on the daily tour of Hearst’s California estate, San Simeon. C-

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