Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR March 19 1955
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR March 19 1955

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET

THE DIVIDED HEART: A real-life drama about an adopted wartime child whose real mother, a Yugoslav, turns up alive and wants him back from his adoring foster parents, who are Germans. Instead of a maudlin tearjerker, the result is a screenplay of genuine power and sensitivity, with a subtle performance by Yvonne Mitchell as the Yugoslav. A British film.

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK: A one-armed war veteran on a kindly mission meets hostility, brutality and mob frenzy in a desert whistle-stop town. Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan are the main antagonists in this superior widescreen western.

BATTLE CRY: Some smashing war scenes and an able characterization by Van Heflin as a tough major compensate for a lot of familiar corn in a CinemaScope yarn about the Marines in the Pacific.

LONG JOHN SILVER: An Australian-made sequel to R. L. Stevenson’s (and Walt Disney’s) Treasure Island, with Robert Newton in robust hammy fettle as Old Peg-Leg. Recommended for children.

MAD ABOUT MEN: A mild British farce about a flirtatious mermaid, with Glynis Johns repeating the fish-girl role she originated in Miranda (1948). The first one was funnier.

THE SEA SHALL NOT HAVE THEM: The Royal Air Force’s air-sea rescue service in 1944 is the corporate hero of this earnest but banal British war drama. Good open-sea shots of crash survivors drifting in a rubber dinghy.

THE SILVER CHALICE: Another widescreen semi-Biblical item from Hollywood, no more fatuous than most of them, but a little slower. Canada’s Lome Greene does well in a brief but sonorous role as the Apostle Peter. With Virginia Mayo, Jack Paiance.

VERA CRUZ: A western—loud, silly, but cheerfully energetic—in which Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster are brawling buddies in Mexico. In SuperScope, another panoramic process.

Gilmoiar’s Guide i© the Current €r©p

Adventures of Hajji Baba: Arabian

Nights mellerdrammer. Poor.

Aida: Opera. Excellent.

Athena: Satiric comedy. Fair.

The Barefoot Contessa: Drama. Good. The Beachcomber: Comedy. Fair.

The Belles of St. Trinian’s: British

comedy. Good.

Black Knight: Action. Fair for kids. Black Widow: Whodunit. Good.

Bob Mathias Story: Athletics. Good. The Bounty Hunter: Western. Good. Bridges at Toko-Ri: War. Excellent. Brigadoon: Fantasy-musical. Fair.

Broken Lance: Western. Excellent.

The Caine Mutiny: Drama. Good. Carmen Jones: Negro opera. Excellent. Chance Meeting: Drama. Good.

The Country Girl: Drama. Excellent.

Deep in My Heart: Musical. Fair. Désirée: Historical drama. Fair.

Drive a Crooked Road: Crime. Good.

The Egyptian: Drama. Fair.

Father Brown, Detective: British crime comedy. Good.

Hansel and Gretel: Puppet fantasy for children. Good.

Hobson’s Choice: Comedy. Excellent.

The Kidnappers: Drama. Excellent.

Knock on Wood: Comedy. Excellent.

The Last Time I Saw Paris: Drama. Fair. Lease of Life: Drama. Good.

Little Fugitive: Comedy. Excellent.

The Maggie: British comedy. Good. Man With a Million: Comedy. Good.

On the Waterfront: Drama. Excellent.

Rear Window: Suspense. Excellent.

Ring of Fear: Circus drama. Fair.

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

7 Brides for 7 Brothers: Widescreen musical. Excellent.

The Sleeping Tiger: Drama. Poor.

So This Is Paris: Musical. Fair.

A Star Is Born: Musical. Excellent. Suddenly: Suspense drama. Good.

There’s No Business Like Show Business: Musical. Good.

This Is My Love: Drama. Poor.

Three Hours to Kill: Drama. Fair.

Three Ring Circus: Comedy. Fair. Tonight’s the Night: Comedy. Good. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Marine fantasy-adventure. Good.

The Vanishing Prairie: Walt Disney

wildlife feature. Excellent.

The Violent Men: Western. Fair.

Young at Heart: Music-drama. Fair.