BELLES ON THEIR TOES: The bouncy and abundant Gilbreth family turns up again in a sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen. It's a folksy, semi - musical domestic comedy, quite pleasant in spots although sometimes straining too obviously to be oh-so-likeable. With Myrna Loy, Edward Arnold, Jeanne Crain and Hoagy Carmichael.
DEADLINE—U.S.A.: Humphrey Bogart still behaves like private-eye Sam Spade in this fast-moving metropolitan newspaper drama, but its portrait of the Fourth Estate is a lot more accurate than the usual. The fi im also expounds, without too much preaching, a worthy message—that an honest newspaper should not be sold down the river, no matter how tempting the price.
ENCORE: Three more of Somerset
Maugham's burnished short stories comprise another satisfying package, a successor to Quartet and Trio. Some of the Old Master's stylistic tricks are becoming a bit predictable to customers with keen memories, but the net result is still civilized adult entertainment.
LADY GODIVA RIDES AGAIN: An
amusing and high - spirited exposé of the pretentious ballyhoo behind many a modern beauty contest. Dennis Price and Alastair Sim are among the expert cast.
MY SIX CONVICTS: Donald Powell Wilson's popular book, further familiarized in Canada as a recent CBC drama, has been made into a good movie about the adventures of an earnest young psychiatrist within the walls of a big American prison. One or two incidents are pretty hard to swallow, but the film deals shrewdly and compassionately in human relationships and is often very funny in the bargain.
MY SON JOHN: A fond mother betrays her son to the G-men as a Communist on the flimsiest of evidenceincluding his reluctance to be treated as a baby. The cast is a high-powered
one, including Robert Walker as the troubled villain and Helen Hayes and Dean Jagger as his parents, but the implications of the story may prove distasteful to many a ticket - buyer who thoroughly detests the horrors of a police state.
THE PRIDE OF ST. LOUIS: The wacky career of baseball's Dizzy Dean — as pitcher, radio commentator, private citizen, and screwball — is engagingly corned up in this lively diamond comedy. Dan Dailey and Joanne Dru are well cast as Mr. and Mrs. Diz.
RETREAT, HELL!: Uncle Sam's Marines in Korea with Frank Lovejoy as a rockjawed commander, Richard Carlson as a “retread'' captain who wants to get home safely, and Rusty Tamblyn as a kid who has just gotta be as brave as his big brother. Some of the battle scenes are a lot more convincing than the characterizations.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: An energetic and often quite diverting Technicolor musical which pokes fun at the state of turmoil in Hollywood when silent pictures suddenly became unsaleable. Donald O’Connor at last comes into his own as an all-round entertainer and with him are Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, the amusing Jean Hagen, and the almost unbearably beautiful Cyd Charisse.
IL TROVATORE: A workmanlike Italian screening of the Verdi opera, with resonant singing of the famous arias and perhaps more mobility of camera than you might expect in such an enter-
THE WILD NORTH: A dogged Mountie (Wendell Corey) and a suspected murderer (Stewart Granger) lock horns in a “Canadian" wilderness—and the end product, in spite of some silly touches, is a pretty fair action adventure yarn, superbly photographed in
An American in Paris: Musical. Tops. Anything Can Happen: Comedy. Good. Appointment With Venus: Military
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