Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR October 15 1953
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR October 15 1953

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BAD BLONDE: A corny sex-melodrama, a low-budget enterprise

not only in funds but in taste and talent. It has to do with a temptress (Barbara Payton) who coaxes a boxer to murder her husband.

CHARGE AT FEATHER RIVER: Unless you get tired of ducking a volley of missiles ranging from a tomahawk to a big wad of tobacco juice, you may find this one a rather exciting cavalry-versus-lnjuns western, in 3-D that is more effective than usual.

CITY OF BAD MEN: This otherwise conventional western has at least the benefit of an unhackneyed background — Carson City, Nevada, at the time of the Corbett-Fitzsimmons heavyweight championship fight in 1897. Dale Robertson is an outlaw who reforms.

THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS: A Chicago crime yarn, somewhat pretentious in style, about a wavering cop (Gig Young), a seductive showgirl (Mala Powers), and a crooked attorney (Edward Arnold).

THE LAST POSSE: Westerns predominate in Hollywood’s current output. This specimen is no High Noon or Shane, but some of its characterizations are unexpectedly sharp and honest, especially that of Broderick Crawford as a liquor-loving marshal who rallies himself against a robber band.

THE MAZE: Except for a good shockeroo climax in which a half-

human monster hurtles into the balcony, this is a singularly slow “horror” mystery in 3-D, with a sinister Scottish castle as its locale. Richard Carlson and Veronica Hurst are the embattled lovers.

STORY OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN: A handsome, sentimental British biography of the comic-opera partners, with Robert Morley as Gilbert and Maurice Evans as Sullivan. The story is uneventful and the film suffers from an uneasy assortment of comedy styles, but the music and color are wonderful and it’s a “must” for all G & S fans.

Gilmour Rates

Arena: 3-D rodeo western. Fair. The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms: Sea fantasy. Fair. Brandy for the Parson: Comedy. Fair. Call Me Madam: Musical. Tops. The Cruel Sea: Navy drama. Excellent. Dangerous When Wet: Musical. Good. Desert Song: Musical. Fair. Desperate Moment: Drama. Fair. Fast Company: Turf comedy. Poor. Fort Ti: 3-D adventure. Fair. Genevieve: British comedy. Good. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Comedy plus music. Good. The Girl Next Door: Musical. Fair. Houdini: Hoked-up biography. Fair. It Came From Outer Space: Science-fiction in 3-D. Fair. It Happens Every Thursday: Small-town newspaper yarn. Fair. Julius Caesar: Shakespeare. Excellent. Law and Order: Western. Fair. Lili: Musical fantasy. Excellent. Man on a Tightrope: Drama. Good. Member of the Wedding: Drama. Fair. The Moon Is Blue: Comedy. Good.

Moulin Rouge: Drama. Excellent. The Net: Aviation drama. Good. Never Let Me Go: Drama. Fair. Off Limits: Army comedy. Good. Peter Pan: Disney cartoon. Excellent. Pickup on South Street: Drama. Good. Ride the Man Down: Western. Fair. Sangaree: Melodrama in 3-D. Fair. Scandal at Scourie: Comedy-drama of rural Ontario. Good. Sea Devi*s: Spy drama. Fair. The 7 Deadly Sins: Multi-story comedydrama. Fair. Shane: Western. Excellent. The Silver Whip: Western. Fair. Sombrero: Mexico drama. Fair. South Sea Woman: Comedy. Fair. Split Second: Suspense. Good. Stalag 17: Prison-camp tale. Good. The Stars Are Singing: Musical. Good. Times Gone By: Italian multi-story comedy-drama. Good. Titanic: Drama at sea. Fair. The Vanquished: Drama. Poor. White Witch Doctor: African jungle melodrama. Fair. Yellow Balloon: Suspense. Excellent.