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.
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