THE COLDITZ STORY: The title may baffle many a customer, but Colditz was a dreaded German
prison camp in Saxony, supposedly “escape-proof." Little of the relentless bleakness of captivity is conveyed in the film. On a jolly adventure-story level, though, it’s well acted, suspenseful and quietly enjoyable. Kommandant Frederick Valk (recently of Stratford, Ont.) does his majestic best to outwit such resourceful Britons as John Mills and Eric Portman.
THE NIGHT HOLDS TERROR: For the umpteenth time in recent theatrical fiction, three gangsters terrorize a family in their own house. The acting, by a cast of non-celebrities, is amateurish in spots but darned if the thing doesn't stir up real spine-crawling tension before it finishes.
THE NIGHT MY NUMBER CAME UP: A naval officer’s fabulously detailed nightmare about a plane crash off the Japanese coast begins coming true, point by point, until . . . Brrr! A British film, farfetched but fetching. Michael Redgrave is top brass.
THE SHRIKE: Hollywood has taken much of the sting out of Joseph Kramm’s Broadway hit. It’s a horror story about a brokendown genius (well played by director José Ferrer) whose wife balefully keeps him in a psychiatric ward until he is ready to surrender to her forever. June Allyson is ill at ease as the satanic spouse — who turns out to be a rather nice kiddo in the film, anyway.
SVENGALI: A handsome but tedious British melodrama based on George du Maurier’s novel about an evil hypnotist and a fake soprano whose soul he dominates. With Donald Wolfit, Hildegarde Neff.
YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG: You know me, I'm not a Martin & Lewis fan. But I liked this one better than most of their circuses, and I’ll bet their “regulars" will find it real real crazy.
Gilmour’s Guide to the Current Crop
Above Us the Waves: Submarine war
Ain’t Misbehavin’: Musical. Fair.
Bad Day at Black Rock: Suspense in the west. Good.
Bedevilled: Drama. Fair.
Blackboard Jungle: Drama. Good. Carmen Jones: Negro opera. Excellent. Cell 2455, Death Row: Crime. Poor.
The Cobweb: Hospital drama. Fair.
The Constant Husband: Comedy. Good. Court Martial: Drama. Excellent.
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