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Prime-Time Flicks

May 26, 1991|KEVIN THOMAS

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (KCOP Saturday at 8 p.m.) is a tragicomic meditation on the Baker Street duo, in which Billy Wilder shrewdly fills in the spots Arthur Conan Doyle left blank: Holmes' failures, his sex life and his cocaine habit. Robert Stephens is Holmes, Colin Blakely is Dr. Watson, and the 1970 movie is one of Wilder's least cynical and most romantic, a sadly elegant celebration of gaslit sleuthing.

Rhinestone (ABC Saturday at 9 p.m.), in which Dolly Parton bets her virtue that she can make New York cabbie Sylvester Stallone a country singing star in two weeks, proves to be disastrously unfunny.

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