Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR August 1 1954
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR August 1 1954

Maclean’s Movies


KNOCK ON WOOD: Danny Kaye returns to his top form as a bewildered ventriloquist who tangles hilariously with atom spies, Scotland Yard, Irish tenors, a Russian ballet troupe and a shapely psychiatrist in various European capitals. Highly recommended.

THE LONG WAIT: A murder mystery, based on one of Mickey Spillane's blood-andlust novels. Anthony Quinn does as well as possible in the “hero’’ role, but the plot is fantastically involved and the odd camera angles are often more arty than Pollui Doleful Danny Kaye is wonderful in

BAIT: Yet another in writer-

director-actor Hugo Haas’ tedious explorations of sex. The primal urge and its violent consequences are exemplified here by an eccentric prospector, his mantrap of a wife, and his naive mining partner.

THE DIAMOND QUEEN: Unintentionally farcical in tone, this is a pulp-fiction adventure yarn about two French blades (Fernando Lamas and Gilbert Roland) who go gem hunting in India and meet a gorgeous jungle ruler (Arlene Dahl).

HELL BELOW ZERO. Alan Ladd joins a British whaling fleet to investigate the murder of his ladylove’s father in the Antarctic. The ensuing events are full of routine heroics, but excellent Technicolor camerawork and some interesting documentary stuff on whaling help to pass the time.

THE RELUCTANT CASANOVA: A hearty British farce, a bit too strenuous in spots, about a dull bank clerk (George Cole) who enters a hypnotic trance and becomes an exuberant wolf. Alan Badel as the hypnotist and James Hayter as a doddering physician are very funny.

THE STRATFORD ADVENTURE: A top-notch featurette about Canada’s Shakespeare Festival.

TAZA, SON OF COCHISE A noble Apache prince (Rock Hudson) has a lot of trouble keeping the peace in the badlands. An average western, beautifully photographed.

Gilmour Rates

The Beggar’s Opera: Musical. Good. Beneath the 12-Mile Reef: Cinema-

Scope action drama. Fair.

The Big Heat: Crime drama. Excellent. The Boy From Oklahoma: Comedy.

Captain's Paradise: Comedy. Excellent.

Carnival Story: Sexy melodrama. Fair. Casanova’s Big Night: Comedy. Poor. Charge of the Lancers: War. Fair.

The Command: Cavalry vs. Injuns ;n

CinemaScope. Good.

Donovan’s Brain: Horror. Fair.

The Eddie Cantor Story: Musical and biography. Fair.

Elephant Walk: Drama. Fair.

Escape From Fort Bravo: Cavalry vs.

Injuns. Good.

Executive Suite: Drama. Excellent.

Front Page Story: Press drama. Fair. Glenn Miller Story: Musical. Good. Gypsy Colt: Farm-life drama. Good.

Hell and High Water: Action drama in CinemaScope. Fair.

Hobson’s Choice: Comedy. Excellent.

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

Jubilee Trail: Western. Poor.

Julius Caesar: Shakespeare. Excellent.

The Kidnappers: Drama. Good.

King of the Khyber Rifles: Drama in

Knights of the Round Table: Drama in CinemaScope. Good.

The Living Desert: Wildlife. Good. Long, Long Trailer: Comedy. Excellent. Loophole: Crime drama. Good.

The Love Lottery: Comedy. Fair.

Ma and Pa Kettle at Home: Farm farce. Good of its type.

The Maggie: British comedy. Good. Mogambo: Jungle comedy. Excellent. The Naked Jungle: Adventure. Fair. New Faces: CinemaScope revue. Dull in spots, hilarious in others.

Night People: Espionage drama in

CinemaScope. Excellent.

Paratrooper: War drama. Fair.

Prince Valiant: Adventure. Fair.

Red Garters: Western comedy. Fair. Rhapsody: Drama plus music. Fair.

Riot in Cell Block II: Prison drama.


River of No Return: Western. Fair.

Rob Roy: Adventure. Fair.

Rose Marie: Musical. Fair.

Sins of Jezebel: Drama. Poor.

Three Young Texans: Western. Fair.

Top Baoana: Burlesque comedy. Good. Trouble in Store: Comedy. Fair.

Wicked Woman: Sexy drama. Fair. Yankee Pasha: Harem drama. Fair.