Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR August 30 1958
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR August 30 1958

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET

INDISCREET: Those veteran smoothies, Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, are both at the top of their form in this sophisticated romantic comedy. London is the locale, and the lovers are an unmarried glamour-girl of the theatre and a NATO monetary expert who offers her every devotion short of the altar. Cecil Parker and Phyllis Calvert are helpful in smaller roles, and the direction of Stanley Donen is adroit.

IN TENT TO KIEL: Some of the acting is overwrought but the story holds interest as hired assassins surround a South American president (Herbert Loin) who has just undergone brain surgery in a Montreal hospital. The film, a British production partly shot in Canada, is from a paperback thriller written —under the pseudonym of “Michael Bryan"—by Montreal's Brian Moore, the famous Irish-born author of Judith Hearne and other novels. Richard Todd appears as a young doctor whose problems are marital as well as professional.

FATHER PANCHAEI: A leisurely, beautiful story from India, disclosing with great vividness the daily lives of several residents of a village in Bengal.

THE SILENT ENEMY: Evidently based on actual events, this is a tense and realistic war adventure about the efforts of British frogmen and minedisposal experts to frustrate the Italians who were crippling Allied shipping at Gibraltar in 1941. Without false heroics, Laurence Harvey portrays the bearded young lieutenant who later became the celebrated Commander Crabb.

STAGE STRUCK: Henry Fonda as a Broadway producer and Canada's

Christopher Plummer as a young playwright turn in expert performances, and so docs Britain's Joan Greenwood as a temperamental star. But the film is fatally weakened by Susan Strasberg's self-indulgent mannerisms in the central role of an ambitious newcomer who wants to see her name in blazing lights.

A LIME TO LOVE: In screen form. Frich Maria Remarque's new novel about the Hitler war is a pallid successor to his All Quiet on the Western Front, although it tries hard to reach the same pinnacle. A few individual scenes are powerfully done. Newcomers John Gavin and Filo Pulver are the young lovers.

GILMOUR'S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

Bitter Victory: War drama. Fair.

The Bravados: Western. Good.

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

The Brothers Karamazov: Drama. Good.

Camp on Blood Island: Drama. Fair. Chase a Crooked Shadow: British suspense thriller. Good.

Cry Terror!: Suspense. Good.

Desire Under the Elms: Sexy farm melodrama. Good.

The Enemy Below: War at sea. Good. From Hell to Texas: Western. Good.

Gigi: Musical. Excellent.

The Goddess: Drama. Fair.

God’s Little Acre: Comedy-drama of Deep South. Good.

Gunman’s Walk: Western. Good.

The Haunted Strangler: Horror. Fair. High Cost of Loving: Comedy. Good. Horror of Dracula: Gruesome melodrama, but good of its type.

Hot Spell: Domestic drama. Good.

I Married a Woman: Comedy. Poor. Imitation General: Comedy. Fair.

Just My Luck: Comedy. Poor.

The Key: War-and-love drama. Good. Kings Go Forth: War drama. Good.

The Law and Jake Wade: Western. Fair.

The Long, Hot Summer: Deep South comedy-drama. Good, lite Mark of the Hawk: Africa race-hate drama. Fair.

The Matchmaker: Comedy. Fair.

Merry Andrew: Comedy. Good.

Miracle in Soho: Comedy. Fair.

Miracle of Marcelino: Drama. Good, lhe Naked Truth: Comedy. Good.

No Time for Sergeants: Comedy. Fair. Now That April’s Here: All-Canadian 4-story “package.” Fair.

Orders to Kill: Drama. Excellent.

Paris Holiday: Comedy. Fair.

Paths of Glory: Drama. Excellent.

Proud Rebel: Frontier drama. Good.

Rooney: British comedy. Good.

Run Silent, Run Deep: Submarine drama. Good.

The Sheepman: Western comedy-drama.

South Pacific: Musical. Good.

Teacher’s Pet: Comedy. Good.

Ten North Frederick: Drama. Good. This Angry Age: Drama. Fair.

Vertigo: Mystery and suspense. Good. The Vikings: Historical adventure drama.

Violent Playground: Drama. Fair. Witness for the Prosecution: Courtroom comedy-drama. Good.