Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR May 1 1953
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR May 1 1953

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BATTLE CIRCUS: This Korean war yarn wavers curiously in style between frivolous romance (medical officer Humphrey Bogart and starry-eyed nurse June Allyson) and serious, realistic documentary. It’s fair entertainment on the whole, and the shots of surgical units in action are quite gripping.

BLACKBEARD, THE PIRATE: Fiery-eyed, bull-voiced Robert Newton overacts to his heart’s content in this raucous buccaneer mellerdrammer. The kiddies seem to enjoy it, anyway, and from time to time the delectable Linda Darnell undulates into view to make things interesting for their dads and uncles.

CALL ME MADAM: Broadway’s Ethel Merman and some of Irving Berlin’s most bright and brassy songs are reunited in a delightful musical version of the popular stage musical. It's the one about the ebullient Washington hostess who becomes ambassador to a genteel but stony-broke European grand duchy. Donald O’Connor, Vera-Ellen and George Sanders — the latter in fine voice as a bass troubadour — are prominent in the good cast.

HOME AT SEVEN: Sir Ralph Richardson, an excellent actor, directs himself — with only partly satisfactory results — in a civilized but sluggish suspense story about a man who fears that he committed murder and robbery during a lapse of memory.

OFF LIMITS: The brash and wolfish Bob Hope and an agreeably subdued Mickey Rooney are well-matched partners in this funny army-camp farce. Even funnier, by my reckoning, is granite-faced Eddie Mayehoff as a paragon of military policemen.

SHE’S BACK ON BROADWAY: An embarrassingly hackneyed script is a fatal weakness in a musical about a faded movie queen (Virginia Mayo) and her efforts to make a comeback on the stage.

TAXI: A pleasant comedy, if a mite sticky in spots, about a growling New York taxi driver (Dan Dailey) and a trustful colleen (Constance Smith) who has just come from the Ould Sod in search of her no-good husband.

TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CONDOR: Cornel Wilde exposes his photogenic chest in a Monte Cristo-type adventure. Ratingfair.

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS: The most plausible, spectacular and exciting science-fiction thriller in the history of the screen. It’s based on a modernized version of the H. G. Wells novel about an invasion from Mars — the one with which Orson Welles terrified the radio audience in 1938. Terrific!

Gilmour Rates

Above and Beyond: Drama. Good.

Androdes and the Lion: Bernard Shaw comedy. Fair.

April in Paris: Musical. Good.

The Bad and the Beautiful: Movieland comedy-drama. Good.

Bear Country: Nature short. Excellent.

Breaking the Sound Barrier: Jet-pilot

aviation thriller. Excellent.

Come Back, Little Sheba: Marriage

drama. Excellent.

Gentle Gunman: Irish drama. Fair.

Girls in the Night: Drama. Fair.

Gunsmoke: Western. Fair.

Hans Christian Andersen: Danny Kaye in fairy-tale musical. Good.

High Noon: Western drama. Tops.

Hour of 13: Grook drama. Good.

The I Don't Care Girl: Musical. Poor.

Iron Mistress: Adventure. Fair.

The Jazz Singer: Musical. Fair.

The Lawless Breed: Western. Good. Meet Me at the Fair: Musical. Fair. Mississippi Gambler: Drama. Fair.

My Cousin Rachel: Drama. Good.

The Naked Spur: Western. Good.

Never Wave at a WAC: Comedy. Fair. Niagara: Sexy melodrama. Good.

Park Row: Press drama. Fair.

Peter Pan: Disney cartoon. Excellent. Prisoner of Zenda: Adventure. Excellent. Redhead From Wyoming: Western. Fair. Ruby Gentry: Sexy melodrama. Fair.

The Stooge: Martin & Lewis. Fair.

Stop, You’re Killing Me: Comedy. Fair.

Thief of Venice: Drama. Fair.

Thunder in the East: Drama. Poor. Tonight We Sing: Musical. Good.

Top Secret: British spy farce. Good.

Washington Story: Comedy. Fair. Without Warning: Suspense. Fair.