CONVICTED: The basic materials are awfully familiar, but sincere acting and Henry Levin’s crisp direction make this a better-than-average prison drama, enlivened by laconic humor. The good cast includes Broderick Crawford, Glenn Ford, Millard Mitchell.
50 YEARS BEFORE YOUR EYES: Barbara Ann Scott, the late Mackenzie King and other Canadians are briefly spotlighted—along with such global luminaries as Buffalo Bill, Valentino and Hitler—in a half-century newsreel panorama. Sketchy but interesting.
THE MILKMAN: An affable, unpretentious little farce, starring Jimmy Durante and Donald O'Connor as dairy deliverymen who run afoul of some tough but bewildered hoodlums. The great Schnozzola sings a couple of fairly lively songs in his copyrighted mood of genial indignation.
MISTER 880: If you can’t visualize such a thing as a lovable counterfeiter, wait till you see Edmund Gwenn as an old junkman whose activities keep the treasury sleuths in a mad tizzy for 10 years. One of the season’s better comedies; an enjoyable job all around.
NO WAY OUT: The most blunt and shocking of all Hollywood’s studies of race prejudice in America. However, the Negro-hater, played vividly by Richard Widmark, is practically a homicidal maniac, a fact which lessens the film's impact on "nice” people guilty of less
violent intolerance. Worth seeing ¡ust the same.
THE PETTY GIRL: An amiable semimusical about a society painter (Robert Cummings) who finds a prim but shapely professor (Joan Caulfield) and turns her into the queen of the pinups. Elsa Lanches ter and Melville Cooper fake part in the shenanigans, some of which are quite amusing.
PRETTY BABY: This one starts out with a good comic idea—pretty spinster carries life-sized doll on subway trips so somebody always gets up and gives her a seat. But the fun stretches out too thinly, long before the plot has run its tedious course. Betsy Drake is the gal, and Edmund Gwenn the crusty tycoon who "adopts” her.
SADDLE TRAMP: Another attempt—
mainly unsuccessful, in my opinion—to ring in a few chuckly changes on the ancient yarn about the vagabond bachelor who foster-fathers a brood of small children. Mildly and pleasantly satirical at first, it becomes routine h os s -opera at the finish. Joel McCrea is the hero.
SUMMER STOCK: Judy Garland, if now becomes clear, still has more com municable zest and charm in putting over a popular song than most of her younger (and older) rivals. Her talents and the agile footwork of Gene Kelly are enough to make this fun-in-a-barn musicol a superior entry in its own category.
GILMOUR RATES . . .
All the King’s Men: Drama. Excellent. Annie Get Your Gun: Musical. Good. Asphalt Jungle: Crime. Excellent.
Cheaper by the Dozen: Comedy. Fair. Cinderella: Disney fantasy. Excellent.
City Lights (re-issue): Comedy. Tops. Comanche Ter itory: Western. Good. Copper Canyon: Comic western. Fair. Destination Moon: Space drama. Good. Duchess of Idaho: Musical. Fair.
Fancy Pants. Bob Hope farce. Good. Father of the Bride: Comedy. Good.
The Fireball: Rooney drama. Fair.
Flame and the Arrow: Costumed swashbuckler plus acrobatics. Fair. Frightened City: Plague drama Poor.
The Furies: Super western. Poor.
Glass Mountain Opera drama Fair. Gond en Twenties : Historical. Good.
Great Jewel Robber: Crime. Fair.
Hasty Heart: Tragi comedy Good.
Holy Year 1950: Rome pilgrimage. Fair. House by the River: Drama Poor.
Ill Get By Musical farce. Fair.
In a Lonely Place: Suspense Fair. Intruder in the Dust: Drama Good.
Key to the City Gable comedy Fo.r. Kind Hearts and Coronets Comedy and murders Excellent for adults.
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: C r i m »•. Fair.
Lady Without Passport: Drama. Poor. The Lawless: Suspense drama. Good. Louisa: " Gay grandma” comedy. Fair. Love Happy: Marx Bros, farce. Fair. Morning Departure: Sea drama. Fair. My Blue Heaven: TV musical. Fair.
My Friend Irma Goes West: Slapstick ranch musical. Fair.
Mystery Street: Crime. Excellent.
Night and the City: Crime drama. Good. Our Very Own: Family drama. Fair. Panic in the Streets: Crime. Excellent. 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.
711 Ocean Drive: Crime. Foir.
Shadow on the Wall: Suspense. Fair. 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.
They Were Not Divided War. Fair. Tight Little Island Comedy. Tops.
The Titan Art documentary. Tops.
Three Came Home Drama. Good Three Little Words Musical Fair. Treasure Island Boy adventure. Good. Twelve O Clock High Air war. Tops. Union Station Kidnapping. Good. Wabash Avenue: Musical. Fair.
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