fumbling courtship of o ballad-loving American steno (Kim Hunter) by a high-minded Balkan immigrant (Jose Ferrer) is often both touching and hilarious in this pleasant comedy.
BOOTS MALONE: Few rac#-track
movies have been more solidly interesting than this one, although customers who demand "luv" in every picture will find nary a smooch from opening shot to fadeout. William Holden appears as a sombre Irishman who thoroughly understands horses and humans.
THE GALLOPING MAJOR: The bang tails again, this time in a British comedy from the makers of Tight Little Island and Passport to Pimlico. It’s about three hundred obscure Londoners who enter their tired jumper in the Grand National Steeplechase — with plump Basil Radford in the saddle. Funny in spots, but hardly up to the level of its yeasty predecessors.
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.
Director Cecil B. deMille, an all-star cast, and the world's biggest circus . . . and the result, to me at least, is mainly a great crashing bore in spite of a few exhilarating moments.
HIS EXCELLENCY: A rough-and-tumble labor unionist (Eric Portman) becomes the British governor of a Mediterranean island. Soon he is equally at war with violent dock strikers and the colony's starchy aristocrats. What should have been a fascinating climax is weakened by a lot of muddled semiflashbacks; but the story is a good one and the cast is excellent, especially Cecil Parker as the governor's suave adviser.
LADY GODIVA RIDES AGAIN: The
beauty-queen racket is briskly kidded in a British comedy-drama. Uneven in
style, but entertaining, with a wonderful bit by Alastair Sim as a frustrated but philosophical film producer.
LYDIA BAILEY: A tepid romance is
outweighed by some spectacular action in this enjoyable adventure yarn, set on the troubled island of Haiti in 1 802.
THE MARRYING KIND: The gifted
Judy Holliday and a frog-voiced newcomer named Aldo Ray are well matched as the noisy but utterly human partners in a shaky marriage. A good comedy-drama.
MY SON JOHN: Helen Hayes returns to the screen as the mother of an '‘intellectual” American Communist (brilliantly played by the late Robert Walker). Dean Jagger is the traitor's bumbling, jingoistic dad. The story's 'Wake up, America!'' theme is a worthy one but it unfolds in a ponderous and confusing manner.
THE PRIDE OF ST. LOUIS: Dan Dailey amiably impersonates big-league baseball's No. I hillbilly, Dizzy Dean, in a comedy which is often a lot of fun.
LA RONDE: This bitter-sweet French comedy of loves and infidelities doesn't appeal to prudes and was not manufactured for the kiddies. But its droll approach to the battle-of-the-sexes can be heartily relished by many a respectable adult.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: Another good big-budget musical from the studio which created An American in Paris, although not quite in that class for my money. It joshes the early days of Hollywood talkies, and the talented cast includes Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, comedienne Jean Hagen, and dancer Cyd Charisse.
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An American in Paris: Musical. Tops. Appointment With Venus: Military
comedy (British). Good.
Bend of the River: Jimmy Stewart in big western. Excellent.
Bright Victory: Drama. Good.
Browning Version: Drama. Excellent.
Callaway Went Thataway: Satiric
‘'western” comedy. Good.
Come Fill the Cup: Drama. Good.
Death of a Salesman: Drama. Good. Detective Story: Crime. Excellent.
Family Secret: Drama. Fair.
5 Fingers: Spy drama. Excellent.
Flesh and Fury: Boxing drama. Fair.
Here Come the Nelsons: Comedy. Fair. High Treason: Spy drama. Fair.
I’ll Never Forget You: Drama. Poor.
I’ll See You in My Dreams: Musical biography. Fair.
Invitation: Marriage drama. Fair.
Ivory Hunter: Adventure. Good.
I Want You: Family drama. Fair.
Japanese War Bride: Drama. Fair.
Lavender Hill Mob: Comedy. Fair.
The Light Touch: Comedy. Fair.
Lone Star: Sexy western. Fair.
Man in the White Suit: Alec Guinness comedy. Excellent.
The Mob: Comedy-drama. Good.
The Model and the Marriage Broker: Romantic comedy. Fair.
Olympic Elk: Wildfire short. Good.
On Dangerous Ground: Drama. Fair. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman: Mystic romance. Poor.
People Against O’Hara: Crime. Good. Phone Call From a Stranger: Comedydrama. Good.
A Place in the Sun: Drama. Tops.
Quo Vadis: Bible spectacle. Good.
Red Badge of Courage: War. Excellent. Red Skies of Montana: Forest-fire action drama. Fair.
Return of the Texan: Western. Good. The River: Indian drama. Excellent.
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