MISTER ROBERTS: Hollywood has done a dandy job on the famed Thomas Heggen comedy-drama
about some bored American sailors in the backwaters of the Pacific during World War II. The locker-room lustiness of the novel and the stage production has been toned down a bit, as you might expect, and one or two comic highlights are weakened by overemphasis, but on the whole this is a vastly enjoyable show. Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon are among those on board.
DAVY CROCKETT: Walt Disney's amiable biography of the renowned American frontiersman is intended chiefly for youngsters, of course, but many a grown-up is likely to get quite a kick out of it too. Fess Parker is our hero, with Buddy Ebsen as his loyal sidekick.
ESCAPE TO BURMA: Robert Ryan, wanted for murder, pitches sullen woo with teak-queen Barbara Stanwyck in a jungle plantation. A strong candidate for eventual labeling as the worst movie of 1955.
LAND OF THE PHARAOHS: Novelist William Faulkner shared in writing this better-than-average widescreen spectacle drama, with ancient Egypt as its locale. Britain’s Jack Hawkins appears as an obsessed monarch who disrupts half the world while building a tomb that will stand to the end of time.
MAGNIFICENT MATADOR: Vivid Mexican atmosphere and a slow and murky story are among the good and bad points of this CinemaScope opus. An idolized bullfighter (Anthony Quinn) and a red-haired playgirl (Maureen O'Hara) are the amorous antagonists.
THAT LADY: Olivia de Havilland and Gilbert Roland are the “names” in this extremely sluggish melodrama about court intrigues in sixteenth-century Spain, but young Paul Scofield as the greying Philip II is the performer I’ll remember. Handsome photography.
Gilmour’s Guide to the Current Crop
As Long as They’re Happy: Domestic farce from Britain. Fair.
Bedevilled: Drama. Fair.
The Big Tip-Off: Crime. Fair. Blackboard Jungle: Drama. Good. Bridges at Toko-Ri: War. Excellent. Carmen Jones: Negro opera. Excellent. The Constant Husband: Comedy. Good. Court Martial: Drama. Excellent.
Daddy Long Legs: Musical. Good.
The Divided Heart: Drama. Excellent. East of Eden: Drama. Good.
End of the Affair: Drama. Fair.
The Eternal Sea: Navy drama. Fair.
For Better, For Worse: Comedy. Good. Forbidden Games: French drama. Excellent.
Gate of Hell: Japanese medieval
The Glass Slipper: Romance. Good.
Hit the Deck: Musical. Fair.
Interrupted Melody: Operatic star's
biographical drama. Good.
A Life in the Balance: Suspense. Fair. Love Me or Leave Me: Biographicol
Mad About Men: Mermaid farce. Fair.
A Man Called Peter: Drama. Excellent.
The Man Who Loved Redheads: British romantic comedy. Fair.
Man Without a Star: Western. Good. Marty: Comedy-drama. Excellent. Moonfleet: Adventure. Fair.
New York Confidential: Crime. Good.
A Prize of Gold: Drama. Fair.
The Prodigal: Semi-Biblical. Poor.
The Racers: Speed-track drama. Fair. Revenge of the Creature: Horror
Run for Cover: Western. Good.
The Sea Chase: Suspense. Poor.
The 7 Little Foys: Show-business biogcomedy. Fair.
Simba: African drama. Good.
Six Bridges to Cross: Crime. Good. Soldier of Fortune: Adventure. Good. Strange Lady in Town: Western. Fair. Strategic Air Command: VistaVision
aviation drama. Good.
This Island Earth: Planet drama. Good. Tight Spot: Suspense. Good.
Unchained: Drama. Excellent.
The Wages of Fear: Suspense. Sordid but fascinating.
Wayward Wife: Italian drama. Fair. We’re No Angels: Comedy. Fair.
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