Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair Wed. Aug. 4, 9 p.m., USA

Cooking up an affair between Marilyn Monroe and Robert Kennedy, writer Gerard Macdonald eyes much of their romance through the eyes of a pair of hoods. The vidpic offers a fanciful account of how and why Monroe died; it looks like another crude cash-in on MM and the Kennedys.

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Cast: Melody Anderson, James F. Kelly, Thomas Wagner, Richard Dysart, Jonathan Banks, Carl Silberling, Geoffrey Blake, Ian Buchanan, Kristoffer Tabori , Amanda Horan Neriah Daviss, Raymond Serra, Phillip R. Allen, Joey Sagal, Steven Blackwood, Lenore Kasdorff, Scott Yeskel, Marsha Clark, Cassy Friel.

Cooking up an affair between Marilyn Monroe and Robert Kennedy, writer Gerard Macdonald eyes much of their romance through the eyes of a pair of hoods. The vidpic offers a fanciful account of how and why Monroe died; it looks like another crude cash-in on MM and the Kennedys.

After a fling with JFK, Monroe turns her guns on Attorney General Bobby Kennedy. He’s contending with Jimmy Hoffa (Thomas Wagner), mobster Sam Giancana (Raymond Serra) and J. Edgar Hoover (Richard Dysart). In California he openly plays with Monroe, even tooling around with her in her blue convertible; she eggs him on.

Macdonald drops in a pair of Hoffa snoops (Jonathan Banks, Carl Silberling) who bug Monroe’s home, spy on her from a nearby house through a rifle scope, follow her and RFK to a moonlit beach and so on.

The tasteless mishmash shows how history can be distorted in the hopes that viewers, particularly those knowing nothing of the late principals, will buy this version as the truth.

Latching onto even more rumored dirt, Macdonald and director Bradford May reveal a bare-shouldered Hoover awakened in the middle of the night by a man in bed with him.

Fictional characters drift among celebs in the pulp escapade. The vidpic’s clumsy attempts to puff up what might have been aren’t helped by Melody Anderson’s off-the-mark looks, makeup and posturings. James F. Kelly almost nails down the RFK mannerisms and vocal shadings, and the looks, if toothy, are OK.

Kennedy family members and admirers, Monroe worshipers, those interested in TV bios and people longing for good, sound writing will be offended; that leaves an undemanding crowd of tabloid readers who’ll be delighted at how the vidpic awkwardly tries tearing down its betters.

Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair Wed. Aug. 4, 9 p.m., USA

Production: Filmed in L.A. by Barry Weitz Films Inc., the Auerbach Co. and Reteitalia Prods. Exec producers, Barry Weitz, Jeffrey Auerbach. Producer, Lorin Salob. Director, Bradford May. Writer, Gerard Macdonald. Photography, May.

Crew: Editor, Dan Cahn; art director, Kurt Meisenbach; sound, Ron Curfman; music, Joseph Conlan; production designer, Joe Rainey. 120 MIN.

With: Cast: Melody Anderson, James F. Kelly, Thomas Wagner, Richard Dysart, Jonathan Banks, Carl Silberling, Geoffrey Blake, Ian Buchanan, Kristoffer Tabori , Amanda Horan Neriah Daviss, Raymond Serra, Phillip R. Allen, Joey Sagal, Steven Blackwood, Lenore Kasdorff, Scott Yeskel, Marsha Clark, Cassy Friel.

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