THE TWO WORLDS OF JENNIE LOGAN
The Two World of Jennie Logan is a tv movie that had a classic reputation. Although to the genre fan, what one would have to caution is that the films classic statue is one that almost entirely exists among fans of romance novels rather than genre cinema. It delivers everything with a maximum of weepy romanticism gauzed out photography; a nostalgic view of the past; a young Marc Singer walking about with shirt open or bare-chested. It is, if you like, the soap opera idea of what time travel should be. There are a great many similarities between The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan and the subsequent theatrically-released Christopher Reeve-Jane Seymour film Somewhere in Time (1980), which had a near-identical plot except that it was the guy travelling through time.
On the other hand, The Two World of Jennie Logan fails badly as a fantasy film. For one, it has no interest in its time travel theme beyond the basic premise of Lindsay Wagner falling in love with a man in the past and travelling back to him whenever she puts on a white dress. There is no cultural shock that she experiences, no scenes of him puzzling over her more advanced ways or speech. Even the happy ending where the two settle down together bubbles with untapped possibilities would someone living in what they would regard as history have any desire to change things or even obtain personal gain using the foreknowledge of the future that she would have?
Frank De Felittas pace is sedate. Everything that happens in the film is eminently predictable. The directorial set-ups, the faux dramas, the music everything feels like it has been copied from soap operas. The only real drama in the film is waiting to see how Lindsay Wagner is going to prevent Marc Singer from meeting the fateful pistol duel near the hour of the turn of the century.
At the time that the film was made, Lindsay Wagner had been a breakout star as Lee Majors girlfriend Jamie Sommers the double-episode The Bionic Woman (1975) of tvs The Six Million Dollar Man (1973-8) where the tragic end she had met had been one of the most popular episodes. She was quickly spun off in her own series with The Bionic Woman (1976-8) and became an indispensible fixture of 1970s pop culture. The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan was made just after the end of that The Bionic Womans run. Marc Singer was a Canadian-born actor who had been in several tv guest roles before this and shortly afterwards had his breakout success as the lead in the film The Beastmaster (1982), followed by the tv series V (1983-6). The other interesting name is that of Linda Gray, who had her big break the year before as J.R. Ewings wife in the hit primetime soap opera Dallas (1978-91), and appears here as the sister-in-law who develops an attraction to Marc Singer.