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Blithe of Riley

January 05, 1986

John Riley should be shot. Instead of filling his profile of Preview Henry (Nov. 24) with the silly babble of Hollywood flacks, perhaps he should have considered a little compassion. In order to foster the myth that Henry's absence from the first screening of "Heaven's Gate" foreshadowed its commercial failure, he trivializes the reason why the guy was a no-show. The circumstances, a burglary at Henry's home that resulted in the death of his mother and a lengthy hospitalization for Henry, were among the saddest I've ever heard. Yet leave it to Riley to bury this life-altering tragedy in a brisk, easy, second-to-last paragraph in order to make his pointless point. What else does this insensitive writer have up his sleeve? A musical comedy about the Ethiopian famine?

Michael Logan

Los Angeles

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