SUMMERTIME: All the illogical charm of a vacation-time romance pervades this truly glamorous film about Venice and its effect on the emotions of an American old maid (Katharine Hepburn). A middle-aged Italian gallant (Rossano Brazzi) thaws her out and gives her some mellow memories to take back to Ohio. Several minor characters are stock types but both principals are completely plausible and Venice is a knockout.
THE DAM BUSTERS: An exceptionally good war-in-the-air drama from Britain, based on the true story of the RAF’s 1943 low-level raids on Germany’s Ruhr dams. With Michael Redgrave, Richard Todd,
THE GIRL RUSH: Rosalind Russell’s first movie since her Broadway smash hit in Wonderful Town. It’s a gambling-house musical comedy, draggy in spots but highly entertaining whenever Miss R. and Eddie Albert go into a song-and-dance. Filmed in Las Vegas.
HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR: A campus farce which manages to evoke its share of chuckles despite some zany episodes that strain too hard for belly-laughs. Betty Grable and Sheree North are chorines who, fleeing from a killer, find shelter in a male college dorm.
THE PHENIX CITY STORY: A violent, absorbing true story about an Alabama town’s efforts to throw off the shackles of organized crime. Recommended.
ULYSSES: The Odyssey, by Homer, is a lot more interesting than this Italian-made screen version of it, starring Hollywood’s Kirk Douglas as the globetrotting adventurer. The spectacular Silvana Mangano is both his wife Penelope and the enchantress Circe.
Gilmour’s Guide to the Current Crop
Above Us the Waves: Submarine war drama. Good.
Ain’t Misbehavin': Musical. Fair.
Bad Day at Black Rock: Suspense in the west. Good.
Blackboard Jungle: Drama. Good. Carmen Jones: Negro opera. Excellent. Cell 2455, Death Row: Crime. Poor.
The Cobweb: Hospital drama. Fair.
The Colditi Story: Prison-camp drama. Good.
The Constant Husband: Comedy. Good. Court Martial: Drama. Excellent.
Daddy Long Legs: Musical. Good.
Davy Crockett: Western. Good.
The Divided Heart: Drama. Excellent. East of Eden: Drama. Good.
For Better, for Worse: Comedy. Good. Forbidden Games: Drama. Excellent.
Foxfire: Romantic drama. Fair.
The Glass Slipper: Romance. Good.
House of Bamboo: Suspense. Good. Interrupted Melody: Operatic soprano s
biographical drama. Good.
Lady and the Tramp: Cartoon. Good.
Land of the Pharaohs: Spectacle and drama. Excellent.
A Life in the Balance: Suspense. Fair. Love Me or Leave Me: Biographical
and musical drama. Good.
Mambo: Italian drama. Poor.
A Man Called Peter: Drama. Excellent. Marty: Comedy-drama. Excellent.
Mister Roberts: Comedy. Excellent.
The Night Holds Terror: Crime and
The Night My Number Came Up: British suspense drama. Good.
Not as a Stranger: Drama. Fair.
Out of the Clouds. Drama. Fair.
Run for Cover: Western. Good.
The Purple Mask: Sword operq. Poor.
The Sea Chase: Suspense. Poor.
The Seven Little Foys: Biog-comedy of
show business. Fair.
The Seven-Year Itch: Comedy. Good. The Shrike: Psychiatric drama. Fair. Simba: African drama. Good.
Soldier of Fortune: Adventure. Good. Strange Lady in Town: Western. Fair. Svengali: Melodrama. Fair.
That Lady: Costume drama. Fair.
This Island Earth: Planet drama. Good. Tight Spot: Suspense. Good.
Unchained: Drama. Excellent.
Violent Saturday: Suspense. Good. We're No Angels: Comedy. Fair.
You’re Never Too Young: Martin-andLewis comedy. Good.
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