Maclean’s MOVIES

Maclean’s MOVIES

CLYDE GILMOUR October 1 1950
Maclean’s MOVIES

Maclean’s MOVIES

CLYDE GILMOUR October 1 1950

Maclean’s MOVIES

CLYDE GILMOUR

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: A zestful screen version of Irving Berlin's wild-west musical. Betty Hutton, as the queen of the sharpshooters, goes after the audience tooth-and-claw, but her over-ebullience doesn't spoil the picture.

THE BLUE LAMP (British): An affectionate close-up of the gunless (but not gutless) London bobby, who confronts lawbreakers and begonia-raising with equal fortitude and humor. Enjoyable stuff.

THE FURIES: The lamented Walter

Huston’s formidable talents are wasted in a stereotyped role as a ripsnorting ranch dictator. Barbara Stanwyck, as his hellcat daughter, is similarly hogtied.

THE GLASS MOUNTAIN (British): Illicit romance and heavy symbolism in the Alps. Baritone Tito Gobbi succeeds in making some third-rate music sound almost second-rate.

A LADY WITHOUT PASSPORT: Hedy Lamarr’s serene poker face implausibly represents a tormented wanderer from Vienna who joins other aliens being smuggled into the U. S. John Hodiak is the immigration sleuth who instantly adores her.

LOUISA: A coy, tiresome little do-

mestic comedy featuring Spring Byington as a frisky grandma, with grocer Edmund Gwenn and tycoon Charles Coburn battling noisily for her favors.

LOVE HAPPY: Except for a couple of robust scenes involving Harpo, this perfunctory comeback by the Marx Brothers

is a sorry counterfeit of the fine comic currency they were issuing 15 years ago.

MYSTERY STREET: Despite its prosaic title and an absence of big names in the cast, this is an honest and fascinating crime-detection drama. One of the best.

SHADOW ON THE WALL: As a little girl who goes balmy after watching her mother get murdered, Gigi Perreau gives a moving, graphic performance. Some of her elders are less persuasive.

STELLA: At its best, this screwball

farce approaches the irreverent daftness of “Arsenic and Old Lace.’’ At its worst, merely another routine comedyromance. With Ann Sheridan, Victor Mature, David Wayne.

SUNSET BOULEVARD: The ageless

Gloria Swanson as a silent-screen empress who destroys her “kept man" as well as herself in an effort to recover her vanished glory. A superb satiric tragedy, not for the kiddies.

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS: Dana Andrews plays a hoodlum-hating detective who accidentally kills a man. A slick, tricky police drama, featuring Gary Merrill as a thoroughly convincing racketeer.

WINCHESTER '73: A superior west-

ern in which two brothers (James Stewart and Stephen McNally) grapple for possession of n fabulously accurate rifle. Shelley Winters tags along as a highly accessible showgirl.

GILMOUR RATES —

All »he King's Men: Drama. Excellent. Asphalt Jungle: Crime. Excellent.

Big Hangover: Legal comedy. Fair.

Big Lift: Berlin drama. Fair.

Bright Leaf: Tobacco drama. Fair. Broken Arrow: 'Injun' drama. Good. Cariboo Trail: Western. Poor.

Chain Lightning: Air action. Fair. Cheaper by the Dozen: Comedy. Fair. Chiltern Hundreds: Comedy. Good. Cinderella: Fantasy. Excellent.

City Lights (re-issue) : Comedy. Tops. Comanche Territory: Western. Good. Curtain Call at Cactus Creek: Western

show-business comedy. Good. D.O.A.: Detective drama. Fair.

Duchess of Idaho: Musical. Fair.

Father of the Bride: Comedy. Good. Francis: Military farce. Fair.

Golden Twenties: Historical. Good. Good Humor Man: Slapstick. Fair.

Great Jewel Robber: Crime. Fair.

Great Rupert: Family comedy. Poor. Guilty of Treason: Drama. Fair. Gunfighter: Western. Fair.

Hasty Heart: Tragi comedy. Good. Holiday Affair: Romance. Fair.

In a Lonely Place: Suspense. Fair. Intruder in the Dust: Drama. Good. Jackie Robinson Story: Baseball. Fair. Johnny Holiday: Boy drama. Fair.

Key to the City. Love-comedy. Fair.

Kill »he Umpire: Baseball farce. Poor. Kind Hearts and Coronets; Comedy and murders. Excellent for odulti.

Lost Boundaries: Racial drama Good. Love That Brute: Gang comedy. Poor. Man on Eiffel Tower: Suspense. Fair. Miss Grant Takes Richmond: Comedy-

romance. Fair.

Morning Departure: Sea drama. Fair. Mother Didn't Tell Me: Comedy. Poor. My Foolish Heart: Romance. Fair.

My Friend Irma Goes West: Ranch slapstick musical. Fair.

Night and the City: Crime drama. Good. No Sad Songs For Me: Drama. Fair.

Our Very Own: Family drama. Fair. Outriders: Wagon-trail western. Fair. Peggy: Adolescent comedy. Poor. Perfect Strangers: Romance. Fair. Prelude to Fame: Music drama. Good. Reformer and Redhead: Comedy. Fair. Riding High: Turf comedy. Good. Rocketship XM: Space drama. Fair. Rocking Horse Winner: Tragedy. Fair. Secret Fury: Suspense. Poor.

Sheriff's Daughter: Comedy. Good.

(Also called “A Ticket to Tomahawk.’’)

Skipper Surprised His Wlfo: Domestic

comedy. Fair.

Spy Hunt: Espionage. Fair.

Stage Fright: Comic suspense. Good. Stars in My Crown: Old west. Fair.

State Dep'». File 649: Drama. Fair. Stromboli: Italian drama. Poor. Sundowners: Western. Fair.

Third Man: Vienna drama. Good.

Tight Little Island: Comedy. Tops.

Three Came Home: Prison-camp drama.

Twelve O'Clock High: Air war. Tops. Under My Skin: Turf drama. Fair. Wabash Avenue: Musical. Fair. Wagonmaster: Western. Good.

When Willie Comes Marching Home: Military comedy. Excellent.

White Tower: Alpine thriller. Fair. Woman in Hiding. Suspense. Fair. Woman of Distinction: Comedy. Fair. Woman on Pier 13: Spy drama. Folr. Yellow Cab Man: Slapstick. Fair.

Young Lovers: Polio drama. Fair.

Young Man With a Horn: Musical. Fair.