"The Manchurian Candidate," a 1962 film about brainwashing and political assassination and starring Frank Sinatra, will have its first public showing in 15 years Sunday at the New York Film Festival. Sinatra, who also coproduced the film and owns all the rights to it, pulled it from circulation in 1972, in the aftermath of a number of actual assassinations and attempts.

The movie focuses on a brainwashed American war hero played by Laurence Harvey, who returns home from Korea psychologically programmed to assassinate a liberal politician. Sinatra reportedly had the film shelved as a courtesy to the Kennedy family. Even though the film wasn't totally withdrawn until 1972, it was shown only seldom after President Kennedy was slain in 1963. How available the film will be after Sunday's showing is still unclear.

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Bert Parks, who seemed to be the most enduring symbol of the Miss America Pageant until he was unceremoniously dumped in 1979, has a new Atlantic City pageant to host, and he won't be singing, "There she is ..." This time it's a pageant for men. In December, Parks will emcee the U.S. Man of the Year Pageant at Convention Hall. Contestants will be judged on interviews, physical fitness and self-confidence. There'll be no talent competition, but the guys will don swimsuits. As the 72-year-old Parks remarked with profound understatement: "The bathing suits will be a little different; the contours of the individual contestants will be a little different ..."

Hospital Report: Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn was hospitalized in Nashville Tuesday night with bleeding ulcers and has canceled her concert scheduled in Frederick, Md., as well as those in Augusta, Maine, Binghamton, N.Y., and Worcester, Mass. The 52-year-old country music star has been hospitalized previously with the same problem. Doctors say they do not anticipate surgery are concerned that the ailment has worsened ... Henry Ford II's condition has slipped from serious to very serious, in the intensive care unit of Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital. The 70-year-old grandson of the auto company's founder has heart and kidney problems related to pneumonia. He was president and chairman of the giant auto company from 1945 to 1982 ...

If it keeps up, they're soon going to have more stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame than there are in the heavens. A couple of weeks ago, actress Angie Dickinson got hers, and on Wednesday about 300 tourists saw British actor and musician Dudley Moore become the 1,855th star in the sidewalk. He's next to Louis Armstrong. The way it works is that the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honors celebrities with stars in the ground after a sponsor nominates them and pays $3,500. The sponsor must also guarantee that the celebrity will show up at the installation ceremony ...

The Philadelphia Flyers considered Kate Smith their personal good luck charm. Now, to show its appreciation, the hockey team has commissioned a larger-than-life bronze statue of the late singer who made "God Bless America" a hit. In the 1970s, Smith sang the patriotic Irving Berlin song before one Flyers game, and the team later substituted her recording of it for "The Star Spangled Banner" at all its home games -- and won two championships. The eight-foot-high statue will stand in front of the team's Philadelphia home, the Spectrum ...

Jessica Hahn has told her story to millions of Playboy readers; now Tammy Faye Bakker will be crooning her and husband Jim Bakker's side of the story on Tammy's new album, "Farewell for Now." It's called "The Ballad of Jim and Tammy," and it's sung to the tune of "Harper Valley PTA." Tammy says it is her way of saying goodbye to their supporters and telling Jim and Tammy's side "in our own words." She said the inspiration for the song hit her while she was out shopping and that the song took her just 15 minutes to write ...