Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR October 15 1954
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR October 15 1954

Maclean’s Movies



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.

Gilmour’s Guide to the Current Crop

About Mrs. Leslie: Drama. Fair. Apache: Indian western. Excellent.

Bad for Each Other: Drama. Poor.

The Bigamist: Drama. Fair.

Captain’s Paradise: Comedy. Excellent. Carnival Story: Sexy melodrama. Fair.

Dangerous Mission: Suspense. Fair.

Dial M for Murder: Suspense. Good. Doctor in the House: Comedy. Fair.

Executive Suite: Drama. Excellent.

Final Test: British comedy. Good.

Front Page Story: Press drama. Fair.

Garden of Evil: Drama. Fair.

Golden Coach: Farce-fantasy. Good. Gypsy Colt: Farm-life drama. Good.

Heidi: Children’s story. Good.

Hell Below Zero: Adventure. Fair.

Hell’s Half Acre: Drama. Fair.

High and the Mighty: Drama. Fair. Highway Dragnet: Murder drama. Poor. Hobson’s Choice: Comedy. Excellent.

Indiscretion of an American Wife: Infidelity drama. Poor.

It Should Happen to You: New York satirical comedy. Excellent.

Johnny Dark: Race-car drama. Good. Johnny Guitar: Western drama. Poor.

The Kidnappers: Drama. Good.

Knock on Wood: Comedy. Excellent.

Living Desert: Disney wildlife. Excellent. Living It Up: Comedy. Fair.

The Long Wait: Mystery. Fair.

Love Lottery: Comedy. Fair.

The Maggie: British comedy. Good.

Man With a Million: Comedy. Good. Marlag ‘O’ Prison Camp: Drama. Fair. Men of the Fighting Lady: War. Good.

New Faces: Broadway revue. Good.

On the Waterfront: Drama. Excellent.

Pickwick Papers: Comedy. Good.

Prince Valiant: Adventure. Fair.

Red Garters: Western comedy. Fair. Riding Shotgun: Western. Poor.

Riot in Cell Block 1 1 : Drama. Excellent. River of No Return: Western. Fair.

Scotch on the Rocks: Comedy. Fair. Student Prince: Musical. Fair.

Them!: Science-fiction thriller. Good. Three Coins in the Fountain: Romantic drama. Fair.

Top Banana: Burlesque comedy. Good. Witness to Murder: Suspense. Fair.

You Know What Sailors Are: British

comedy. Good.