Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR December 15 1953

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR December 15 1953

Maclean’s Movies


ARROWHEAD: Cavalry vs.

Injuns again, with a fine piling-up of stealth and tension and violence in a climactic death-duel between redskin Jack Palance and paleface Charlton Heston. Earlier, though, there’s too much dull talk and Heavy Drahma.

BIG LEAGUER: Wintertime is still baseball time for diamond fanatics, and there’s enough realistic ac-

tion in this boyish little item to keep them from yawning. Edward G. Robinson impersonates Hans Lobert, the New York Giants training-school chief.

THE CADDY: Aside from one quite hilarious scene in which chimpfaced Jerry Lewis satirizes a decadent cosmopolitan playboy, he and his smug partner (Dean Martin) are as tiresome as usual in this golf farce. The kiddies, however, seem to adore it.

THE CAPTAIN’S PARADISE: A sly and witty comedy from Britain.

It offers the incomparable Alec Guinness as a Gibraltar mariner who has two wives and is perfectly faithful to both of them. Not as naughty as it sounds — and highly recommended.

ISLAND IN THE SKY: Weakened in spots by touches of cloying

sentimentality, this is still an interesting outdoor yarn, centring around a plane crash in the Arctic wilderness and the ordeals of the survivors. Skipper John Wayne keeps the boys’ morale up. Andy Devine is especially good in a non-comic role as one of the rescuers.

THE MALTA STORY: Alec Guinness, somewhat wasted in a

“straight” assignment as a gallant RAF flier, makes love with curatelike delicacy to a local charmer when not defending Malta from Hitler’s bombers. The air-war sequences and on-the-spot Maltese photography are magnificently persuasive.

SAILOR OF THE KING: An Anglo-American job, based on an up-

dated rewrite of the C. S. Forester novel, Brown on Resolution. A tacked-on prologue and an equally synthetic conclusion are oddly out of key with the stirring simplicity of the central story, dealing with a British tar who singlehandedly cripples a German warship in the Pacific.

TURN THE KEY SOFTLY: A rather contrived British drama about three women newly released from prison. But one of them (Yvonne Mitchell) is an actress of uncommon beauty and sensitivity. Her performance, by itself, makes the film worth seeing.

Gilmour Rates

The Band Wagon: Musical. Excellent. Call Me Madam: Musical. Tops. Champ for a Day: Ring mystery. Good. Charge at Feather River: Western in 3-D. Fair. City That Never Sleeps: Crime. Fair. The Cruel Sea: Navy drama. Excellent. East of Sumatra: Adventure. Fair. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.: Anti-music fantasy. Fair. From Here to Eternity: Army-camp drama. Excellent. Genevieve: British comedy. Good. The Glass Wall: Drama. Fair. Great Sioux Uprising: Western. Poor. Innocents in Paris: Comedy. Good. Julius Caesar: Shakespeare. Excellent. The Lady Wants Mink: Comedy. Poor. The Last Posse: Western. Good. Let's Do It Again: Comedy. Fair. Lili: Musical fantasy. Excellent. Little Boy Lost: Drama. Good.

Main St. to Broadway: Show-business comedy-drama. Poor. The Master of Ballantrae: 18th-century comedy-drama. Good. The Maze: Horror in 3-D. Fair. Mr. Scoutmaster: Comedy. Poor. The Moon Is Blue: Comedy. Good. Powder River: Western. Fair. Return to Paradise: South Sea comedydrama. Good. Ride, Vaquero!: Western. Poor. Roman Holiday: Comedy. Excellent. The Sea Around Us: Documentary about ocean life. Fair. Shane: Western. Excellent. So This Is Love: Biog - mu sical. Fair. Story of Gilbert and Sullivan: Musical biography. Good. Sword and the Rose: Drama. Fair. Thunder Bay: Oil drama. Fair. Wings of the Hawk: 3-D western. Fair. Yellow Balloon: Suspense. Excellent. Young Bess: Historical drama. Good,