Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR September 1 1954
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR September 1 1954

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET MAN WITH A MILLION: Although neither as frothy nor as satirical as the yarn’s comic possibilities might lead you to expect, this British film has more than a few amusing moments. It's from a Mark Twain tale about a penniless American in Edwardian London (Gregory Peck) who becomes the toast of the town on a borrowed bank note for one million pounds — without actually spending a single farthing.

DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE: This amiable British farce about medical students has been smashing box-office records in England. I find it rather patchy, with many a good joke stifled at birth, but James Robertson Justice is hilarious as a senior surgeon with a tongue of brass and a heart of gold.

THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Without attaining the rare dignity of classic high tragedy, this is an unrelievedly gloomy melodrama about an English police official in Africa (Trevor Howard) who ponders suicide rather than choose between love and religion. Superb acting and some intelligent dialogue are compensations.

THE MIAMI STORY: Except for a ponderous unseen narrator in the March of Time tradition, this is a crisp and entertaining story about society versus crime. Barry Sullivan is the sleuth.

THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN: The wide-screen magnificence of Rome and Venice is a lot more impressive than the rambling story in a slick fable about three love-starved American gals (Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Maggie MacNamara) who consult a wishing well in Italy.

YOU KNOW WHAT SAILORS ARE: Not in the top bracket of British comedies, but good fun nonetheless. A fake Secret Weapon, some agitated Royal Navy brass hats and a haremful of quasi-Turkish temptresses are among the ingredients.

Gilmour’s Guide

Bad for Each Other: Drama. • • • The Best Years of Our Lives ( reissue) : Comedy-drama. ••• The Big Heat: Crime drama. • The Bigamist: Drama. • • • Captain’s Paradise: Comedy. • Carnival Story: Sexy melodrama. •• The Command: Cavalry vs. Injuns in CinemaScope. •• Dial M for Murder: Suspense. • • Escape From Fort Bravo: Cavalry vs. Injuns. • • • Executive Suite: Drama. Flame and the Flesh: Drama. • Front Page Story: Press drama. •• Glenn Miller Story: Musical. • • Gypsy Colt: Farm-life drama. • Hell and High Water: Action drama in CinemaScope. • Hell Below Zero: Adventure. LJ Highway Dragnet: Murder drama. ••• Hobson’s Choice: Comedy. ••• It Should Happen to You: Manhattan satirical comedy. □ Johnny Guitar: Wester drama. ••• Julius Caesar: Shakespeare. •• The Kidnappers: Drama. • King of the Khyber Rifles: Drama in CinemaScope. • • Knights of the Round Table: Drama in CinemaScope.

••• Knock on Wood: Comedy. • * The Living Desert: Wildlife. • The Long Wait: Mystery. * * Loophole: Crime drama. • Lucky Me: C'Scope musical. • The Love Lottery: Comedy. * * The Maggie: British comedy. * * * Mogambo: Jungle comedy. • The Naked Jungle: Adventure. * * New Faces: CinemaScope revue. * * * Night People: Espionage drama in CinemaScope. • • The Pickwick Papers: Comedy. • Prince Valiant: Adventure. • Red Garters: Western comedy. • Reluctant Casanova: Comedy. • Rhapsody: Drama plus music. • The Ringer: British mystery. * • • Riot in Cell Block 1 1 : Prison drama. • River of No Return: Western. • Rob Roy: Adventure. • Rose Marie: Musical. • She Couldn’t Say No: Comedy. • Siege at Red River: Western. ••• The Stratford Adventure: Documentary on Shakespeare Festival. • • Tennessee Champ: Ring comedy. •• Them! Science-fiction thriller. •• Top Banana: Burlesque comedy.

LEGEND POOR □ FAIR GOOD •• EXCELLENT • •• TOPS *