Maclean’s MOVIES

Maclean’s MOVIES

CLYDE GILMOUR November 1 1950
Maclean’s MOVIES

Maclean’s MOVIES

CLYDE GILMOUR November 1 1950

Maclean’s MOVIES


BEAVER VALLEY: Walt Disney's second wild-life short is just as delightful as its predecessor, "Seal Island." It's not a cartoon, but an expertly edited outdoor yarn about a solemn beaver, a greedy coyote, some screwball otters, and other beguiling characters.

THE BLACK ROSE: This elaborate

medieval melodrama must have cost an awful lot of money, but it’s mostly a dull picture just the same. The cast includes Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, and several hundred camels, the latter being thoroughly convincing.

FANCY PANTS: Bob Hope manages to be amusing quite a bit of the time while masquerading as a member of the British nobility in the Wild West. "The Paleface" was funnier, but this one is pretty good.

FATHER IS A BACHELOR: William Holden pleasantly sings a lot of old ballads and these are by far the best ingredients in this weak little fable about a roamer who adopts five orphans.

THE FIREBALL: Mickey Rooney, still playing a heel with a soul, becomes a roller-skate speed king and loses all his friends before the Rev. Pat O’Brien suddenly reforms him. Some of the rink shots, anyway, make it worthwhile trying to keep your eyes open.

FRIGHTENED CITY: A strictly lightweight contender in the current cycle of "plague" stories. Evelyn Keyes, a diamond smuggler with smallpox, terrifies New York while vengefully pursuing her runaway husband.

KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE: James Cagney kills half a dozen males and runs roughshod over two females until destiny overtakes him. An old-fashioned gangster shocker—not good, but you’ve often seen worse.

THE LAWLESS: Occasional sluggishness and an all-too-casual romance fail to outweigh the many virtues of this stark, suspenseful drama about racial hatred and mob violence in a California

PANIC IN THE STREETS: An absorbing thriller about three fleeing killers who don't know that they are carrying the germs of the Black Death. Elia Kazan brilliantly directs a fine cast.

THEY WERE NOT DIVIDED (British): Most of the usual "Tommy" and "Yank" bromides are happily absent in this earnest story about British and American comrades-in-arms in Europe. There is, however, a superficial glibness in the way the theme is developed.

THE TITAN: Michelangelo's masterworks and the historical impact of the Italian Renaissance are excitingly examined in this outstanding documentary. It's one "art" movie that can be enjoyed and understood even by people who habitually shun the galleries.


Stevenson’s classic tale of pirates offers thrills for youngsters and nostalgic chuckles for their elders, although Robert Newton's unabashed hamming in the role of Long John Silver may provoke yawns from teen-aged sophis-


Abbot and Costello in Foreign Legion: Slapstick. Fair for children.

All the King’s Men: Drama. Excellent. Annie Get Your Gun: Musical. Good. Asphalt Jungle: Crime. Excellent.

Big Hangover: Legal comedy. Fair.

Big Lift: Berlin drama. Fair.

Blue Lamp: Police thriller. Good.

Bright Leaf: Tobacco drama. Fair.

Broken Arrow: Frontier 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 (reissue): Comedy. Tops. Comanche Territory: Western. Good. Curtain Call at Cactus Creek: Western show-business comedy. Good.

Duchess of Idaho: Musical. Fair.

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

The Furies: "Super"-western. Poor.

Glass Mountain: Opera drama. Fair. Golden Twenties: Historical. Good.

Good Humor Man: Slapstick. Fair.

Great Jewel Robber: Crime. Fair.

Guilty of Treason: Drama. Fair. Gunfighters: Ironic western. Fair.

Hasty Heart: Tragi-comedy. Good.

House by the River: Drama. Poor.

In a Lonely Place: Suspense. Fair. Intruder in the Dust: Drama. Good.

Key to the City: Love comedy. Fair. Kind Hearts and Coronets: Comedy and murders. Excellent for adults.

Kiss For Corliss: Comedy. Poor.

Lady Without Passport: Drama. Poor. Lost Boundaries: Racial drama. Good. Louisa: "Gay grandma" comedy. Fair. Love Happy: Marx Bros, farce. Fair.

Miss Grant Takes Richmond: Comedy romance. Fair.

Morning Departure: Sea drama. Fair. My Foolish Heart: Romance. Fair.

My Friend Irma Goes West: Slapstick ranch musical. Fair.

Mystery Street: Crime. Excellent.

Night and the City: Crime drama. Good. No Sad Songs For Me: Drama. Fair. Our Very Own: Family drama. Fair. Peggy: Adolescent comedy. Poor. Perfect Strangers: Romance. Fair.

Prelude to Fame: Music drama. Good. Reformer and Redhead: Comedy. Fair. Reluctant Widow: Spy drama. Poor. Riding High: Turf comedy. Good. Rocketship XM: Space drama. Fair. Rocking Horse Winner: Tragedy. Fair. Secret Fury: Suspense. Poor.

Shadow on the Wall: Suspense. Fair. Sheriff’s Daughter: Western comedy.

Good. (Also called "A Ticket to Tomahawk.")

Skipper Surprised His Wife: Domestic comedy. Fair.

Spy Hunt: Espionage. Fair.

Stage Fright. Comic suspense. Good. Stars in My Crown: Old West. Fair. Stella: Screwball comedy. Fair.

Sunset Boulevard: Drama. Tops.

Third Man: Vienna drama. Good.

Tight Little Island: Comedy. Tops.

Three Came Home: P. O. W. drama.

Three Little Words: Musical. Fair.

Twelve O’clock High: Air war. Tops. Wabash Avenue: Musical. Fair.

Wagonmaster: Western. Good.

When Willie Comes Marching Home: Military comedy. Excellent.

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Detective

melodrama. Fair.

White Tower: Alpine thriller. Fair. Winchester ’73: Western. Good.

Woman on Pier 13: Spy drama. Fair.