DIAL 1119: An occasionally interesting suspense yarn about a mad gunman who traps five carefully assorted persons in a bar and threatens to wipe them out unless the police let him see his psychiatrist. Not a bad little melodrama.
HARVEY: Although less absorbing
than the stage play in which Frank Fay was so wonderful, the movie starring James Stewart adds up to an evening of pleasant entertainment. The ambling Mr. S. appears as that fanciful tippler, Elwood P. Dowd, whose dearest friend is an invisible six-foot rabbit.
HUNT THE MAN DOWN: Just for a change, the handsome detective (Gig Young) in this vVhodunit doesn't fall in love with one of his suspects, or with anyone else, eithei4. Instead, the fellow and his one-armed father go about their sleuthing with admirable single-mindedness. The story, I’m sorry to add, crumbles badly in the fina'I 15 minutes.
LAST HOLIDAY: Alec Guinness, who played eight roles in "Kind Hearts and Coronets,” turns up this time in an assignment not so spectacular but nonetheless rewarding to an audience. He is a colorless salesman of farm tools who, on being told that a painless ailment is going to end his life in a few weeks, blows his savings on a last-fling vacation in a swank resort.
THE MINIVER STORY: A sequel, not only tardy but tiresome, to 1942’s "Mrs. Miniver,” with Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon again embodying British middle-class fortitude.
ODETTE: A British film, based on the true story of a Frenchwoman who won the George Cross for her work as a British agent in Nazi-occupied France. I find it fundamentally shallow, with the able and willing Anna Neagle out of her depth in the title role.
SEPTEMBER AFFAIR: An implausible romance between married engineer Joseph Cotten and spinster pianist Joan Fontaine, much of It photographed against an eye-filling backdrop of lovely Italian scenery.
STATE SECRET: Humor and excite-
ment are pleasurably compounded in this smooth literate thriller. It’s a British job starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., as an American surgeon who has to run for his life from the bloodhounds of a European police state.
WALK SOFTLY, STRANGER: Plenty of pictures rated variously as "good,” "excellent” or "tops" are listed below, but "fair” is the best I can do in behalf of this slow, muted melodrama. It’s about a reformed thief (Joseph Cotten) whose past overtakes him. Valli, as a beauty in a wheel chair, is the lady in his life.
GILMOUR RATES . . .
All About Eve: Satiric comedy. Tops. American Guerrilla in the Philippines: War and romance. Fair.
Annie Get Your Gun: Musical. Good. Asphalt Jungle: Crime. Excellent.
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