February 23, 1981 12:00 PM

NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Don’t cry for Freddie Silverman. In a programming coup, this four-hour TV movie will be aired before the feature film based on the smash Broadway musical has even been cast. In this nonsinging version, Faye Dunaway plays the peasant girl who parlayed beauty into a marriage to Argentine dictator Juan Perón (James Farentino), then was nearly beatified by the masses after her early death from cancer. Part II airs Tuesday.

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