Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR June 21 1958
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR June 21 1958

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET

KINGS GO FORTH: A tough, highminded little lieutenant (Frank Sinatra) and a shallow, charm - boy sergeant (Tony Curtis) are the prin cipals in this well-acted drama of love and war. In their quite different ways they both fall under the spell of a young French girl (Natalie Wood), not knowing that her father was a Negro. Leora Dana is memorable as the mademoiselle’s white American mother, a woman of uncommon courage and sensitivity.

ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE: A Canadian writer, Stanley Mann, did the screenplay for this sudsy drama about an American newshen (Lana Turner) who loses her heart to a married BBC reporter during the final phases of the Hitler war. Then he dies in a plane crash, and the lady and her beloved’s unsuspecting widow (Glynis Johns) become warm chums until one day . . . and so on. Rating: poor.

THE GODDESS: Paddy Chayefsky, the author of Marty, seems to have bitten off more than he can chew in this synthetic and overdrawn melodrama about a slum girl (Kim Stanley) who attains stardom but is crippled emotionally in Hollywood. Virgil Thomson’s slender musical score is much better than the film it adorns.

MACABRE: A hollow and phony horror-melodrama, most of the action centring around a windy graveyard at midnight. It’s a formidable candidate for inclusion among the worst movies of 1958.

THE MARK OF THE HAWK: Race problems in present-day Africa are explored, not very probingly, in a drama which partly makes up in sincerity what it lacks in originality of story. With Sidney Poitier, Eartha Kitt, Juano Hernandez, John Mclntire.

RIFIFI: A French crime-and-suspense yarn (with a dubbed English soundtrack) in which one sequence is worth the ticket-price all by itself: a wordless half-hour close-up of a major burglary in a Paris jewelry shop.

GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO TIIE CURRENT CROP

Albert Schweitzer: Documentary. Good.

All at Sea: British comedy. Good.

All Mine to Give: Drama. Fair.

Bitter Victory: War drama. Fair.

The Bridge on the River Kwal: Action drama. Tops.

The Brothers Karamazov: Drama. Good.

Carve Her Name With Pride: True-life

espionage drama. Good.

Chase a Crooked Shadow: British suspense thriller. Good.

Cinerama Holiday: Ultra-widescreen travelogue. Good.

Cowboy: Western. Good.

Cry Terror!: Suspense. Good.

Dangerous Exile: Costume drama. Fair.

Davy: Drama with music. Fair.

Desire Under the Elms: Sexy farm melodrama. Good.

The Enemy Below: War at sea. Good.

The Gypsy and the Gentleman: Costume melodrama. Fair.

High Cost of Loving: Comedy. Good.

High Flight: Air-force drama. Fair.

I Accuse!: Historical drama. Good.

The Lady Takes a Flyer: Aviation adventure-romance. Fair.

Lafayette Escadrille: Air-war and romance. Poor.

The Long, Hot Summen Deep South comedy-drama. Good.

Marjorie Morningstar: Show-business romantic drama. Good.

Merry Andrew: Comedy. Good.

Miracle in Soho: Comedy. Fair.

The Naked Truth: Comedy. Good.

Paris Holiday: Comedy. Fair.

Paths of Glory: Drama. Excellent.

Peyton Place: Drama. Good.

Portrait of a Princess (formerly Story of Vickie): Comedy-drama. Fair.

Rooney: British comedy. Good.

Run Silent, Run Deep: Submarine drama. Good.

Saddle the Wind: Western. Good.

St. Louis Blues: Biography with music. Poor.

Sayonara: Japan drama. Good. Screaming Mlmi: Suspense. Poor.

The Sheepman: Western comedy-drama. Good.

The Silken Affair: Comedy. Fair. Teacher’s Pet: Comedy. Good.

3:10 to Yuma: Western. Good.

Touch of Evil: Drama. Fair.

Underwater Warrior: Frogman comedydrama. Fair.

Violent Playground: Drama. Fair.

Wild Is the Wind: Sexy farm melodrama. Good.

Windom’s Way: Drama. Good.

Witness for the Prosecution: Courtroom comedy-drama. Good.

The Young Lions: War drama. Good.