Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR December 24 1955
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR December 24 1955

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET

GUYS AND DOLLS: Producer Sam Goldwyn, scripter-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and a lively cast have come up with a handsome and funny wide-screen version of the famous Broadway hit. It’s over-long at two and a half hours but liberally loaded with laughter and sentiment in the appropriate Damon Runyon tradition. With Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine.

BIG FAMILY: One of Russia's better celluloid exports. It tells of a prolific clan of shipbuilders and their overlapping problems, professional and personal alike.

MY SISTER EILEEN: Two Ohio girls invading Manhattan (Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh) are the central Figures in this fair remake of a 1942 musical, but the real star is Jack Lemmon as a high-minded wolf.

QUEEN BEE: A vintage item for the Joan Crawford Fan Club, but a bit of an ordeal for non-members like me. She appears as the self-adoring psychotic empress of a wealthy tribe of moderns.

THE ROAD TO DENVER: The story (good brother versus bad brother) is fairly weather-beaten but there are a number of redeeming fresh touches in this unpretentious western. With John Payne, Skip Homeier.

THE VIEW FROM POMPEY’S HEAD: Such deficiencies as a rambling and gabby script and a somewhat synthetic ending fail to dislodge this elegant high-society drama from the category of better-thanaverage films. Adapted from Hamilton Basso’s novel, it gradually discloses a long-hidden tragedy among the aristocracy of a proud Southern town. Richard Egan, Dana Wynter, Cameron Mitchell, Sidney Blackmer and Marjorie Rambeau are in the skillful cast.

Gilmour’s Guide to the Current Crop

The African Lion: Wildlife. Good.

Aunt Clara: British comedy. Fair.

The Bar Sinister: Dog drama. Fair.

The Big Knife: Drama. Good.

Blood Alley: Adventure. Fair.

The Cobweb: Hospital drama. Fair.

The Colditz Story: Drama. Good.

Count 3 and Pray: Drama. Fair.

Crashout: Prison drama. Fair.

The Dam Busters: Air war. Excellent. The Deep Blue Sea: Drama. Good.

The Desperate Hours: Drama. Excellent. Female on the Beach: Drama. Fair.

5 Against the House: Drama. Fair.

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes: Musical

comedy. Poor.

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing: Drama. Fair.

The Girl Rush: Comic musical. Good.

The Great Adventure: Wildlife. Excellent.

House of Bamboo: Suspense. Good.

I Am a Camera: Comedy. Fair.

It’s Always Fair Weather: Satire and musical comedy. Excellent.

The Kentuckian: Adventure. Poor.

Lady and the Tramp: Cartoon. Good. Lady Godiva: Comedy-drama. Fair.

The Left Hand of God: Drama. Fair.

Marty: Comedy-drama. Excellent.

Mister Roberts: Comedy. Excellent.

The Night Holds Terror: Crime. Good. The Night My Number Came Up: British suspense drama. Good.

The Night of the Hunter: Drama. Fair. Oklahoma!: Todd-AO musical. Good. Passage Home: Sea drama. Fair.

Pearl of the South Pacific: Tropical adventure. Poor.

Pete Kelly’s Blues: Jazz drama. Good. Phénix City Story: Crime. Good. Raising a Riot: Comedy. Fair.

Seven Cities of Gold: Semi-religious

adventure. Good.

The Seven-Year Itch: Comedy. Good. The Shrike: Psychiatric drama. Fair. Special Delivery: Comedy. Fair.

Summertime: Romance. Excellent. Swedish Match: Russian farce. Fair. The Tall Men: Western. Poor.

Tight Spot: Suspense. Good.

To Hell and Back: War. Good.

Trial: Drama. Excellent.

The Trouble With Harry: Comedy. Good. Ulysses: Adventure drama. Fair.

The Virgin Queen: Historical drama.

Good.

Wichita: Western. Fair.