Van Dyke returns
Dick Van Dyke returns tomorrow night at 9 on WBAL-TV ( Channel 11) as Mark Sloan, the crime-solving doctor in "Diagnosis for Murder." Van Dyke first appeared as Dr. Sloan in a guest shot last year on "Jake and the Fatman." The response was good enough to warrant a made-for-TV movie as a pilot for possible weekly series. The cast of "Diagnosis for Murder" includes Bill Bixby, Mariette Hartley, Ken Kercheval and Van Dyke's son, Barry. The Towsontowne Dinner Theatre is staging a spirited production of David Merrick's tap-dancing musical hit, "42nd Street." Based on the pleasantly corny 1933 Busby Berkley movie starring Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell, the show offers 12 all-time favorite songs including "Lullaby of Broadway," "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me" and the title number. Directed with flair by Eric Potter, the show features impressive dance and song performances by Ernie Ritchey, Holly Pasciullo, Dotti Mach, Liz Boyer and Billy Burke. Good '30s ambience and vocal delivery. 7800 York Road. Buffet: 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. show. Tickets: Call (410) 321-6595.
Winifred WALSH "JFK" is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as director-writer Oliver Stone and Jim Garrison, former New Orleans district attorney, see it. It was Mr. Garrison who brought businessman Clay Shaw to trial on conspiracy charges and saw the case thrown out of court. All this should be kept in mind while watching "JFK," but beyond the Stone-Garrison slant, this is an absorbing film. It may not be history, but it is excellent docudrama. Kevin Costner plays Mr. Garrison. Language, violence. Rating: R. ****