Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR April 1 1954
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR April 1 1954

Maclean’s Movies

CONDUCTED BY CLYDE GILMOUR

THE BIG HEAT: One of the best in Hollywood’s current spate of realistic crime dramas. Among the principals are an honest policeman (Glenn Ford), a good-hearted shady lady (Gloria Grahame) and a gangster (Lee Marvin) who tortures his girl friends.

THE FALL OF BERLIN: A 1949 Russian war film now making the rounds here. It offers an all-wise, all-gentle Stalin, a gross toadlike Churchill, an absurd boymeets-girlskl love story, and some magnificent battle scenes.

HONDO:, Not as good as Shane, which it resembles, but still a better-than-average western —• in the best 3-D yet exhibited. Frontier gunman John Wayne, bonny farm wife Geraldine Page and a passel of Apaches are brought together by Fate.

MADE IN HEAVEN: A seductive Hungarian housemaid (Sonja Ziemann) wreaks havoc in an English family in this genial but rather heavy-handed comedy from Britain.

THE MAN BETWEEN: East-versus-West intrigue in divided Berlin is the background for director Carol Reed's new picture, starring James Mason as a cryptic German who is ruefully working for the Russians. Claire Bloom Is a sheltered English girl who falls In love with him. Not as fascinating as The Third Man, but with enough of Reed’s sorcery to make it well worth seeing.

MISS SADIE THOMPSON: Rita Hayworth, who seems intent on whitewashing all the bad girls in literature, appears this time as Somerset Maugham’s tropical slattern, with José Ferrer as the pious reformer who becomes ensnared by her. Not for me, thanks.

THE SINNER: Another sexy number though not nearly so spicy as the ballyhoo surrounding It. I find it a dullish German melodrama (with dubbed-in English dialogue), starring Hildegarde Neff as a gal of uneasy virtue, In love with a blind artist.

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. Blueprint for Murder: Mystery. Good. Botany Bay: Sea drama. Fair. Breakdown: Boxing drama. Fair. Calamity Jane: Musical western. Poor. 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.

A Day to Remember: Comedy. Fair. Devil’s Canyon: 3-D in ¡ail. Fair.

Escape From Fort Bravo: Cavalry vs.

Injuns. 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.

I, the Jury: Whodunit. Poor.

It Should Happen to You: Manhattan satirical comedy. Excellent.

Jack Slade: Western. Poor.

The Juggler: Drama. Excellent.

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

Latin Lovers: Romantic comedy. Fair.

Lili: Musical fantasy. Excellent.

A Lion is in the Streets: Drama. Fair. Little Boy Lost: Drama. Good.

Malta Story: Air-war drama. Good. Martin Luther: Drama. Good.

Mogambo: Jungle comedy. Excellent. Money From Home: Martin and Lewis comedy. Poor.

The Moon Is Blue: Comedy. Good.

The Moonlighters: Western. Poor. Phantom From Space: Fantasy. Poor. Remains to Be Seen: Comedy. Fair. Return to Paradise: Comedy-drama on tropic isle. Good.

The Robe: CinemaScope epic. Good. Roman Holiday: Comedy. Excellent.

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

So Big: Mother-love drama. Fair.

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. Trouble in Store: Comedy. Fair.

Vice Squad: Police drama. Good.

Vicki: Murder melodrama. Fair.

Walking My Baby Back Home: Comedy and music. Poor.

Wild One: Drama. Fair for adults. Wings of the Hawk: Western. Fair.