exciting whale hunt and a killer-diller of a mutiny-at-sea are worth watching but the story is too thick and the characters too thin. Good and evil brothers (Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger) battle for the former’s pure young bride ( Ann Blyth ).
THE BEGGAR’S OPERA: Sir Laurence Olivier does his own singing — in a pleasant but ohso-tentative and timid baritone — in this colorful, tuneful British screen version of John Gay's eighteenth-century opus. On the whole an enjoyable production.
ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO: An exceptionally thrilling cavalryversus-lnjuns battle is the highlight of this stylish, rather garrulous Big Western. With William Holden, Eleanor Parker.
KISS ME KATE: Shorn of its Broadway comma by Hollywood’s punctuation experts, Cole Porter’s famous stage musical has been turned into a movie which is handsome, hummable and often very funny — but less lusty and less witty than the original. Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson sing and Ann Miller flashes her dancing gams.
MARTIN LUTHER: There is no room here for a discussion of the controversial issues involved; but as a motion picture which frankly expounds one creed's point of view, this biography of the father of Protestantism is a powerful human document. Irish actor Niall MacGinnis’ portrayal of Luther is a histrionic gem.
THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT: Director John Ford made this corny, over-sentimental Deep South melodrama between The Quiet Man and Mogambo. Shame on the great man.
The Actress: Comedy. Excellent.
The All-American: Campus drama. Fair.
All I Desire: Drama. Fair.
Back to God’s Country: Outdoor mellerdrammer. Poor.
The Band Wagon: Musical. Excellent.
Big Leaguer: Baseball drama. Fair.
Blowing Wild: Oil drama. Poor.
Blueprint for Murder: Mystery. Good. Botany Bay: Sea drama. Fair.
Both Sides of the Law: British drama of women police. Fair.
Breakdown: Boxing drama. Fair.
Breaking the Sound Barrier: Jet-pilot aviation thriller. Excellent.
Call Me Madam: Musical. Tops.
Captain’s Paradise: Comedy. Excellent. Conquest of Everest: Actuality drama of mountain climbers. Excellent.
The Cruel Sea: Navy drama. Excellent. Dangerous Crossing: Mystery. Fair.
Devil’s Canyon: 3-D in ¡ail. Fair.
East of Sumatra: Adventure. Fair.
Flight Nurse: War drama. Poor.
Folly to Be Wise: Comedy. Fair.
From Here to Eternity: Army-camp drama. Excellent.
Genevieve: British comedy. Good.
Great Sioux Uprising: Western. Poor.
Half a Hero: Domestic comedy. Good.
Here Come the Girls: Comedy. Fair.
How to Marry a Millionaire: Romantic comedy in CinemaScope. Good.
Inferno: 3-D desert drama. Fair.
Innocents in Paris: Comedy. Good.
Island in the Sky: Drama. Good.
I, the Jury: Whodunit. Poor.
It Grows on Trees: Comedy. Fair.
It Should Happen to You: Satirical
The Juggler: Drama. Excellent.
Julius Caesar: Shakespeare. Excellent. Kid From Left Field: Baseball. Fair.
The Lady Wants Mink: Comedy. Poor. The Last Posse: Western. Good.
Latin Lovers: Romantic comedy. Fair.
Let's Do It Again: Comedy. Fair.
Lili: Musical fantasy. Excellent.
A L;on Is in the Streets: Drama. Fair. Little Boy Lost: Drama. Good.
Main St. to Broadway: Show-business comedy-drama. Poor.
Malta Story: Air-war drama. Good.
Man From the Alamo: Western. Fair.
The Maze: Horror in 3-D. Fair.
Mogambo: Jungle comedy. Excellent. The Moon Is Blue: Comedy. Good.
The Moonlighters: 3-D western. Poor. Powder River: Western. Fair.
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. Sangaree: Melodrama in 3-D. Fair.
The Sea Around Us: Actuality. Fair. Shane: Western. Excellent.
Story of Gilbert and Sullivan: Musical biography. Good.
Sword and the Rose: Drama. Fair.
Those Redheads From Seattle: Yukon
drama plus music. Fair.
Thunder Bay: Oil drama. Fair.
Torch Song: Musical drama. Good.
The Vanquished: Drama. Poor.
Vice Squad: Police drama. Good.
Vicki: Murder melodrama. Fair.
Walking My Baby Back Home: Comedy and music. Poor.
Wings of the Hawk: Western. Fair. Young Bess: Historical drama. Good.
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