Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR March 15 1954
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR March 15 1954

Maclean’s Movies


CALAMITY JANE: Doris Day and Howard Keel in a Wild West musical comedy that is only phonily western, hardly ever comical, and only mildly musical.

A DAY TO REMEMBER: A charming mademoiselle named Odile Versois does more than her share in brightening up this harmless but hackneyed British comedy. It’s about some English dart players who enjoy a one-day outing in ze naughty France.

KISS ME KATE: Cole Porter’s Broadway musical (via Shakespeare) has been toned down for the screen, but the songs are as wonderful as ever.

SO BIG: Jane Wyman’s intelligent acting helps somewhat in galvanizing Hollywood’s third filming of Edna Ferber’s mother-love saga. She's a valiant farmwife who wants her boy to be an architect.

TROUBLE IN STORE: The corn is piled high in this British department-store romp, but it offers the promising debut of Norman Wisdom, a sad little clown who is sometimes a very funny gent. THE WILD ONE: A violent, frightening and quite distasteful melodrama about a gang of hoodlum cyclists (led by Marlon Brando) who terrorize a sleepy town. Some of the acting is excellent.

> Gilmour Rates

The Actress: Comedy. Excellent.

The All-American: Campus drama. Fair. All I Desire: Drama. Fair.

All the Brothers were Valiant: Drama ashore and afloat. Fair.

Back to God’s Country: Outdoor mellerdrammer. Poor.

The Band Wagon: Musical. Excellent. The Beggar's Opera: Musical. Good. 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 dram«

of mountain climbers. Excellent.

The Cruel Sea: Navy drama. Excellent. Dangerous Crossing: Mystery. Fair. Devil’s Canyon: 3-D in jail. Fair.

East of Sumatra: Adventure. Fair.

Escape From Fort Bravo: Cavalry vs.

Injuns western. Good.

Folly to be Wise: Comedy. Fair.

From Here to Eternity: Army-camp

drama. Excellent.

Genevieve: British comedy. Good.

Grand Concert: Russian musical. 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 Should Happen To You: Satirical comedy. Excellent.

Jack Slade: Western. Poor.

The Juggler: Drama. Excellent.

Julius Caesar: Shakespeare. Excellent. Kiss Me Kate: Musical. Good.

The Last Posse: Western. Good.

Lat i Lovers: Romantic comedy. Fair.

Lili: Musical fantasy. Excellent.

A Lion 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. Martin Luther: Drama. Good.

The Maze: Horror in 3-D. Fair. Mogambo: Jungle comedy. Excellent. Money From Home: Martin & Lewis

comedy. Poor.

The Moon Is Blue: Comedy. Good.

The Moonlighters: Western. Poor.

O.K., Nero: Italian farce. Poor.

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.

The Sea Around Us: Actuality. Fair. Shane: Western. Excellent.

Story of Gilbert and Sullivan: Musical biography. Good.

The Sun Shines Bright: Drama. Poor. 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.