department of civilized light entertainment, this long but unlagging romantic comedy is a highly enjoyable entry. Based on a Broadway stage hit, it’s a chromium-plated modernization of the Cinderella plot.
The principals include a chauffeur’s daughter (Audrey Hepburn), a millionaire playboy (William Holden),
and the latter’s businesslike older
brother (Humphrey Bogart), all of whom are in fine fettle.
ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE: There are enough superb moments in this made-in-Mexico version of Defoe’s classic novel to outweigh its occasional dullness of camera style. Irish actor Dan O’Herlihy portrays literature’s best-known shipwreck victim.
A BULLET IS WAITING: A vengeful sheriff (Stephen McNally) and his prisoner (Rory Calhoun) plod through a lot of woolly drama on Jean Simmons’ sheep ranch. Excellent outdoor photography.
THE CAINE MUTINY: Although toned down in comparison with the book and the play, Herman Wouk’s seagoing drama is still a compelling thing in Stanley Kramer’s Hollywood production. In the satisfying cast are Humphrey Bogart (as the complicated Captain Queeg), Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, Jose Ferrer.
AN INSPECTOR CALLS: Not even the adroit Alastair Sim, in a noncomedy role as a mysterious investigator, can overcome the sluggish pace and contrived coincidences of this social-conscience drama, adapted from a J. B. Priestley play.
REAR WINDOW: Suspense-czar Alfred Hitchcock’s latest is his best in years. It’s a funny, earthy chiller about a well-intentioned Peeping Tom (James Stewart) who begins to suspect that a hideous murder has just been committed by an apartment neighbor. Grace Kelly, as our man’s ardent Park Avenue sweetie, adds to the total pleasures.
TANGANYIKA: A corny pulp-fiction jungle mellerdrammer. With Van Heflin, Ruth Roman, Howard Duff.
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About Mrs. Leslie: Drama. Fair. Apache: Indian western. Excellent.
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