Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR May 14 1955
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR May 14 1955

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET

A MAN CALLED PETER: Not another Biblical epic, although religion is its theme, this is the true story of a devout and rugged Scot named Peter Marshall who became one of America's greatest preachers without ever losing his zest for funny stories, singsongs and murder mysteries.

The film is long (two hours) and unashamedly sentimental but it carries immense impact and leaves a warm glow in the heart.

Richard Todd and Jean Peters portray the married Marshalls.

BLACKBOARD JUNGLE: Hoodlumism in today’s big-city classrooms is examined in a shocking, angry drama which some educators have denounced as grossly exaggerated. It's a gripping movie nonetheless.

THE END OF THE AFFAIR: Worthy in intent, but often dull in execution, is this Graham Greene soul-searcher about a married woman (expertly played by Deborah Kerr) who promises God to give up her lover (inexpertly played by Van Johnson). A priceless vignette by John Mills as an English private eye is the best thing in the picture.

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE: A genial little British domestic comedy about newlyweds — hardly original in plot, but nicely handled.

SIMBA: Perhaps over-gruesome in spots, this is a recommendable British drama about the Mau Mau terrorism in East Africa. It tries hard to be fair to both whites and blacks.

TIGHT SPOT: A good suspense yarn, with one or two surprises in its story, about a hard-boiled convict (Ginger Rogers) who may or may not risk her life by testifying against a boss racketeer (Lome Greene). With Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith.

TO PARIS WITH LOVE: A Scottish aristocrat (Alec Guinness) takes his handsome son to France. Delightful in spots, and on the whole worth seeing, although the fun slumps off badly toward the finish.

UNTAMED: There’s a smasheroo of a Zulu raid in this widescreen African adventure, but the corn is even higher than an elephanf’s eye. With Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward.

Gilmour’s Guide to the Current Crop

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. Battle Cry: War and sex. Fair.

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. Court Martial: Drama. Excellent.

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

The Divided Heart: Drama. Excellent. Down Three Dark Streets: Crime. Good. Drum Beat: Western. Fair.

The Glass Slipper: Romance. Good. Green Fire: Adventure. Fair.

Hit the Deck: Musical. Fair.

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. Man Without a Star: Western. Good. Many Rivers to Cross: Comedy. Fair. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday: Comedy. Good.

New York Confidential: Crime. Good. On the Waterfront: Drama. Excellent. The Other Woman: Sexy drama. Fair.

Phffft!: Boudoir comedy. Good.

Prince of Players: Drama. Good.

The Racers: Speed-track drama. Fair. Romeo and Juliet: Drama. Excellent.

7 Brides for 7 Brothers: Widescreen musical. Excellent.

Shield for Murder: Crime. Fair.

The Silver Chalice: Semi-Biblical drama.

Six Bridges to Cross: Crime. Good.

A Star Is Born: Musical. Excellent.

Theodora, Slave Empress: Drama. Fair. Three for the Show: Comedy. Fair. Timberjack: Logging drama. Poor.

Tonight's the Night: Comedy. Good. Track of the Cat: Drama. Fair.

Ugetsu: Japanese drama. Good.

Underwater!: Adventure. Fair.

The Violent Men: Western. Fair.

White Feather: Western. Good. Women’s Prison: Drama. Fair.