THE ALL-AMERICAN: A naïve, harmless college-football yarn starring Tony Curtis as a cocky grid-king who runs afoul of the jealous campus snobs. Mamie Van Doren, as a beer-joint temptress, assiduously imitates Marilyn Monroe’s back-to-the-camera prowl.
ALL I DESIRE: Barbara Stanwyck in a turn-of-the-century tearjerker as a runaway mama who comes home to a mixed reception from hubby and the kids. A screen soap-opera, no cornier than most.
A BLUEPRINT FOR MURDER: An amateur detective (Joseph Cotten) has to find out whether his brother’s widow (Jean Peters) is a murderess or a clean wholesome gal. Some crackling tension is finally worked up in this better-than-average whodunit.
DANGEROUS CROSSING: Another mystery, this one a shipboard yarn about a bride (Jeanne Crain) whose husband vanishes without a trace. Michael Rennie, ship’s doctor, elegantly saunters to her rescue. A hackneyed plot with few fresh twists.
HALF A HERO: Humorist Max Shu I man wrote this shrewd and unforced little domestic comedy about a suburban couple (Red Skelton, Jean Hagen) and their struggle to make ends meet. Skelton, for Skelton, does a minimum of face-pulling and eyecrossing.
THE JUGGLER: A once-famed vaudeville entertainer (Kirk Douglas), wifeless and childless after years of horror in Hitler’s torturecamps, slowly battles his way back to some sort of serenity in photogenic Israel. A strong, deeply moving drama.
LATIN LOVERS: Lana Turner, poor little rich girl, must decide between a wary millionaire (John Lund) and an ardent Brazilian playboy (Ricardo Montalban). An occasionally witty escapist comedy, with a lively performance by Louis Calhern as a gay old rake in Rio’s garden of love.
VICKI: A just-fair remake of I Wake Up Screaming, with Richard Boone as the psychopathic detective once played so eerily by the late Laird Cregar. It’s about a murdered showgirl (Jean Peters) who suffered no lack of sinister admirers.
WALKING MY BABY BACK HOME: Pretentious and preposterous are the words—or my words, anyway—for this overblown Technicolor musical starring Donald O’Connor and Janet Leigh. It also offers a fat comic, Buddy Hackett, who diligently combines the more tiresome mannerisms of Jerry Lewis and Lou Costello.
The Actress: Comedy. Excellent.
All I Desire: Drama. Fair.
Arrowhead: Western. Fair.
The Band Wagon: Musical. Excellent. Blowing Wild: Oil drama. Poor.
Botany Bay: Sea drama. Fair.
Both Sides of the Law: British drama of women police. Fair.
The Caddy: Golf farce. Fair.
Captain’s Paradise: Comedy. Excellent. Conquest of Everest: Actuality epic. Excellent.
The Cruel Sea: Navy drama. Excellent. Dangerous Crossing: Mystery. Fair. Devil’s Canyon: 3-D in jail. Fair.
Folly to Be Wise: Comedy. Fair.
From Here to Eternity: Army-camp
Genevieve: British comedy. Good.
The Glass Wall: Drama. Fair.
Inferno: 3-D desert drama. Fair. Innocents in Paris: Comedy. Good. Island in the Sky: Drama. Good.
Julius Caesar: Shakespeare. Excellent. Lili: Musical fantasy. Excellent.
Lion In The Streets: Drama. Fair.
Little Boy Lost: Drama. Good.
Malta Story: Air-war drama. Good.
Man From Alamo: Western. Fair.
The Master of Ballantrae: 18th-century comedy-drama. Good.
Remains to Be Seen: Comedy. Fair. Return to Paradise: South Sea comedydrama. Good.
Ride, Vaquero!: Western. Poor.
The Robe: CinemaScope epic. Good. Roman Holiday: Comedy. Excellent. Sailor of the King: Drama. Fair.
Shane: Western. Excellent.
So This Is Love: Blog-musical. Fair.
Story of Gilbert and Sullivan: Musical biography. Good.
Turn the Key Softly: Drama. Fair.
Vice Squad: Police drama. Good.
Wings of the Hawk: 3-D western. Fair. Yellow Balloon: Suspense. Excellent.
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