ANNA: Silvana Mangano, the signorina who drove the fieldhands mad in Bitter Rice, somewhat implausibly pops up as a would-be nun in this slick, pretentious Italian melodrama. Her lurid past as a sultry cabaret singer, however, is amply documented in flashback scenes for the benefit of Miss M.’s special admirers.
THE GIRL WHO HAD EVERYTHING: Old-timer William Powell, still spry and lean and debonair, likeably portrays a big-league lawyer whose motherless daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) is dangerously fascinated by a ruthless racketeer (Fernando Lamas). The cast performs competently but the story is hackneyed and predictable.
HOUSE OF WAX: A three-dimensional item of horror and suspense. As a 3-D spectacle, it is technically far ahead of the recent Bwana Devil, and the corny story is at least up to the average chiiler-diller. It’s about an insane waxworker (Vincent Price) who steals bodies from the city morgue.
JEOPARDY: Although weakened by composer Dimitri Tiomkin’s toostrident music on the sound track, this is a tightly knit yarn about a frantic holidayer (Barbara Stanwyck) who tries to persuade a fugitive killer (Ralph Meeker) to rescue her husband, trapped under a fallen jetty with the tide coming in.
NO TIME FOR FLOWERS: Much of the irony is fairly heavy in style in this romantic comedy about love and politics on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Two loyal Czech Communists ( Viveca Lindfors and Paul Christian) are set to spying on each other, with results not likely to astonish anyone.
SALOME: Sex and religion, with more emphasis on the latter, are awkwardly but handsomely blended in a surprising version of the scriptural tale. Rita Hayworth, as Salome, dances suggestively but only for a Very Good Cause, and generally is depicted as a nice wholesome girl. Stewart Grainger is prominent in the all-star cast.
SPLIT SECOND: Actor Dick Powell’s first effort as a director is a brisk, believable suspense story about an escaped convict (Stephen McNally) who hides with a group of captives in a ghost town which is about to be vaporized by an atomic bomb.
TITANIC: The disastrous sinking of the great ocean liner south of Newfoundland in 1912 is here recorded with enough tension and drama to compensate for a lot of fictional hokum behind the scenes. Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Thelma Ritter and Brian Aherne are among passengers and crew.
Angel Face: Crime melodrama. Fair.
Battle Circus: Love and war. Fair.
Bwana Devil: 3-D jungle drama. Poor.
Call Me Madam: Musical. Tops.
City Beneath the Sea: Action. Fair.
The Clown: Comedy-drama. Fair. Confidentially Connie: Comedy. Good.
Desert Legion: Adventure. Fair.
Desperate Search: Drama. Fair. Destination Gobi: War yarn. Fair.
Farmer Takes a Wife: Betty Grable in costume musical. Fair.
Gunsmoke: Western. Fair.
Hans Christian Andersen: Danny Kaye 1 in fairy-tale musical. Good.
The Hitchhiker: Suspense. Excellent. Home at Seven: Suspense. Fair.
I Confess: Suspense drama. Good.
I Love Melvin: Musical. Fair.
Last of the Comanches: Western. Fair.
Long Memory: British drama. Fair. Magnetic Monster: Suspense. Fair. Moulin Rouge: Drama. Excellent.
The Naked Spur: Western. Good.
The Net: Aviation drama. Good. Niagara: Sexy melodrama. Good.
Off Limits: Army comedy. Good.
Peter Pan: Disney cartoon. Excellent.
The President's Lady: American historical drama. Good.
The Star: Movieland drama. Good. Stolen Face: Drama. Poor.
Taxi: Manhattan comedy. Good.
Thief of Venice: Drama. Fair.
Tonight We Sing: Musical. Good.
Top Secret: British spy farce. Good. Treasure of the Golden Condor: Costume adventure drama. Fair.
The War of the Worlds: Science-fiction thriller. Tops.
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