Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR February 1 1955
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR February 1 1955

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

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THE PURPLE PLAIN: Gregory Peck, as a war-weary but indomitable Canadian flier serving in Burma with the Royal Air Force, leads a grueling three-man trek through the jungle in this superior outdoor drama from Britain. Win Min Than as his fragile Burmese sweetheart and Brenza de Banzie as a plucky Scots missionary are also prominent. Eric Ambler’s screenplay is from a novel by H. E. Bates.

AIDA: Some of the non-singers going through the lip-motions in this handsome Italian production are non-actors as well. But Verdi’s thrilling score is superbly vocalized and a discreet narrator ties all the plot-pieces together, making the film a “must’’ for opera fans.

DEEP IN MY HEART: Jose Ferrer, as operetta composer Sigmund Romberg, sings and clowns and emotionalizes with a chilly surface brilliance in this long, tune-packed musical biography. Plenty of nourishment here for the hummingbirds in the balcony.

DÉSIRÉE: Marlon Brando as Napoleon, Jean Simmons as the naïve little ribbon clerk he jilts but never forgets, in an extremely lavish but sluggish screen version of the popular novel. Michael Rennie’s stylish work as Bernadotte is the best thing in the picture.

LEASE OF LIFE: A Yorkshire village clergyman (Robert Donat) gallantly sets his little world in order after learning that he has only one year to live. A leisurely, rather sketchy drama from Britain, beautifully acted and full of convincing atmosphere.

MODERN TIMES: A reissue of Charlie Chaplin’s hilarious 1936 spoof at the Industrial Age. Highly recommended.

THIS IS MY LOVE: Linda Darnell and Faith Domergue are sisters who are rivals in love in this overheated tabloid soap opera.

TWIST OF FATE: A devious and implausible crime drama, with Ginger Rogers as a kept woman who ditches her sneering sugar daddy for a manly young French potter.

Gilmour’s Guide to the Current Crop

The Barefoot Contessa: Drama. Good. Beau Brummell: Costume drama. Fair. Bengal Brigade: Adventure. Fair.

Black Shield of Falworth: Widescreen

sword-opera. Fair.

Black Widow: Whodunit. Good. Brigadoon: Fantasy-musical. Fair. Broken Lance: Western. Excellent.

A Bullet Is Waiting: Western. Fair.

The Caine Mutiny: Drama. Good.

Doctor in the House: Comedy. Fair. Dragnet: Brutal whodunit. Fair.

Drive a Crooked Road: Crime. Good. Duel in the Jungle: Drama. Poor.

The Egyptian: Drama. Fair.

Executive Suite: Drama. Excellent.

Father Brown, Detective: British crime

comedy. Good.

Final Test: British comedy. Good. Garden of Evil: Drama. Fair.

Hobson's Choice: Comedy. Excellent. Human Desire: Sex drama. Poor.

The Kidnappers: Drama. Excellent.

King Richard and the Crusaders: Costume swashbuckler. Good.

Knock on Wood: Comedy. Excellent.

The Last Time I Saw Paris: Drama. Fair.

Little Fugitive: Comedy. Excellent.

The Maggie: British comedy. Good.

Man of Conflict: Drama. Poor.

Man With a Million: Comedy. Good.

On the Waterfront: Drama. Excellent. Operation Manhunt: Drama. Good. Passion: Revenge drama. Poor. Pushover: Crime & suspense. Good.

The Raid: Action drama. Good.

Rainbow Jacket: British comedy. Fair. Rear Window: Suspense. Excellent.

Ring of Fear: Circus drama. Fair.

Rogue Cop: Crime drama. Fair.

Romeo and Juliet: Drama. Excellent. Sabrina: Comedy. Excellent.

A Star Is Born: Musical. Excellent.

The Sleeping Tiger: Drama. Poor.

The Student Prince: Musical. Fair. Suddenly: Suspense drama. Good.

Susan Slept Here: Comedy. Poor.

They Who Dare: War drama. Fair.

Three Hours to Kill: Drama. Fair.

The Vanishing Prairie: Wildlife. Excellent.

West of Zanzibar: Jungle drama. Fair. Woman’s World: Comedy-drama. Good.