ROSE MARIE: As the current Maclean’s series on the Mounties (see page 16) says, the fascination of the Redcoats is fatal to Hollywood. For the third time in 26 years — this time in wall-to-wall CinemaScope — the singing Mountie takes the Rockies’ trail. The corn is thicker than ever but the scenery — some of it shot in Alberta — is often gorgeous. Ann Blyth, Howard Keel and Fernando Lamas sing the familiar ballads.
CARNIVAL STORY: Anne Baxter, fairly demure in most previous roles, emerges as a simmering bundle of sex in this sordid implausible but far-from-dull melodrama filmed in Germany. She has to choose between a sneering drifter (Steve Cochran) and a highdiver ( Lyle Bettger ).
FRONT PAGE STORY: A press yarn from Britain. To its credit are Jack Hawkins’ strong and honest portrayal of a hard-pressed editor, and a number of convincing background details. But there are too many overlapping stories to keep track of, and a big scene at the climax is overdrawn.
PRINCE VALIANT: This first CinemaScope epic based on a comic strip is faithful enough to the banalities and pictorial beauties of the original. Robert Wagner, with a Dutch bob hair-do, is the Viking lad at the court of King Arthur (Brian Aherne). Probably fine stuff for the kiddies.
TENNESSEE CHAMP: A pleasant little comedy-drama about a boxer (Dewey Martin) who devoutly believes he has the Lord in his corner. Keenan Wynn is his wily manager.
THE STRATFORD ADVENTURE: A 39-minute featurette, in color, prepared by the National Film Board of Canada to tell the story behind the story of Ontario's world-famed Shakespeare Festival. A superb documentary, worth top billing on any marquee.
Beat the Devil: Farce thriller. Fair.
The Beggar’s Opera: Musical. Good. Beneath the 12-Mile Reef: CinemaScope action drama. Fair.
The Big Heat: Crime drama. Excellent. The Boy From Oklahoma: Comedy. Fair. Captain’s Paradise: Comedy. Excellent. Casanova’s Big Night: Comedy. Poor.
The Command: Cavalry vs. Injuns in
Donovan’s Brain: Horror. Fair.
The Eddie Cantor Story: Musical and
Elephant Walk: Drama. Fair.
Escape From Fort Bravo: Cavalry vs.
Executive Suite: Drama. Excellent. Glenn Miller Story: Musical. Good. Great Diamond Robbery: Comedy. Fair. Gypsy Colt: Farm-life drama. Good. Hell and High Water: Action drama in CinemaScope. Fair.
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