COURT MARTIAL: Based on a London stage success called Carrington, VC, this intelligent courtroom drama offers more than the usual portions of adult dialogue, adroit acting and reasonable motivations. It’s about a war hero (David Niven) whose wife (Margaret Leighton) coldly betrays him under oath at his army trial for “stealing” mess funds.
THE GLASS SLIPPER: As a sort of successor to Lili, this Hollywood version of the Cinderella story has another charming performance by pixieish Leslie Caron and some pleasant music and dancing. But Michael Wilding is a bit too senior for the dashing prince.
HIT THE DECK: Several of Vincent Youmans’ brightest songs and Ann Miller’s nimble gams help in making this rather hackneyed musical an item that can be enjoyed.
MAN WITHOUT A STAR: One of the better westerns. Kirk Douglas appears as a banjo-strumming slugger with a fondness for pretty girls and a hatred for barbed-wire fences. With Jeanne Crain, and other worthies.
CONFIDENTIAL: Big-league hoodlums’ elaborate
touches of “respectability” — dignified offices, art collections, family worries — inject a welcome strain of humor into this otherwise commonplace crime drama.
THE RACERS: An overlong widescreen yarn about the daredevils of Europe’s speed-tracks. Sizzling action, sketchy characterizations. With Kirk Douglas, Gilbert Roland, Bella Darvi.
THREE FOR THE SHOW: Betty Grable is still as shapely as any of her younger rivals. The story, about a showgirl with two legal husbands, is awfully scrawny. With Jack Lemmon and the Champions.
Gilmour’s Guide to the Current Crop
Claire Trevor NEW YORK
Aida: Opera. Excellent.
The Americano: Adventure. Fair. Athena: Satiric comedy. Fair.
The Atomic Kid: Comedy. Fair.
Bad Day at Black Rock: Suspense. Good. Bamboo Prison: Spy drama. Poor.
The Beachcomber: Comedy. Fair.
Black Widow: Whodunit. Good.
The Bounty Hunter: Western. Good. The Bridges at Toko-Ri: War. Excellent. Brigadoon: Fantasy-musical. Fair. Broken Lance: Western. Excellent. Carmen Jones: Negro opera. Excellent. Chance Meeting: Drama. Good. Conquest of Space: Science fiction. Fair. The Country Girl: Drama. Excellent. Deep in My Heait: Musical. Fair. Désirée: Historical drama. Fair.
The Divided Heart: Drama. Excellent. Drive a Crooked Road: Crime. Good. Drum Beat: Western. Fair.
Hell’s Outpost: Western. Good.
Jupiter’s Darling: Musical. Fair.
The Kidnappers: Drama. Excellent.
Lease of Life: Drama. Good.
A Life in the Balance: Suspense. Fair. Little Fugitive: Comedy. Excellent.
The Long Gray Line: West Point comedydrama. Good.
Long John Silver: Pirate comedy-drama. Fair for kids.
The Loves of Verdi: Opera biog. Fair. Mad About Men: Mermaid farce. Fair. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday: Comedy. Good.
On the Waterfront: Drama. Excellent. The Other Woman: Sexy drama. Fair. Prince of Players: Drama. Good.
Romeo and Juliet: Drama. Excellent.
The Sea Shall Not Have Them: British war-at-sea drama. Fair.
7 Brides for, 7 Brothers: Widescreen
Shield for Murder: Crime. Fair.
The Silver Chalice: Semi-Biblical drama.
Sitting Bull: Western. Poor.
6 Bridges to Cross: Crime. Good.
So This Is Paris: Musical. Fair.
A Star Is Born: Musical. Excellent. Timberjack: Logging drama. Poor. Tonight’s the Night: Comedy. Good. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Marine fantasy-adventure. Good. Underwater!: Adventure. Fair.
The Vanishing Prairie: Walt Disney wildlife feature. Excellent.
The Violent Men: Western. Fair.
White Feather: Western. Good. Women's Prison: Drama. Fair.
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