GOOD MORNING, MISS DOVE: Jennifer Jones' glacial charm as a prim small-town school teacher somehow eludes me. She is unaccountably adored by all her former pupils, including a jailbird who keeps breaking loose so he can check up on her hospital progress. Robert Stack, however, turns in a solid and likeable performance as a young physician, and the film’s plea for a wholesome mode of life recommends it to the so-called family trade.
ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS: Strongly slanted to ring the bell with soap-opera fans, but otherwise of limited appeal. High-society widow (Jane Wyman) and manly gardener (Rock Hudson) fall in love despite much pressure from stuffy kinfolk and friends.
DOCTOR AT SEA: Some muscular but amusing clowning by the majestically bearded James Robertson Justice partially atones for a lot of ill-judged slapstick in this sequel to Doctor in the House. With Dirk Bogarde, Brenda de Banzie.
QUENTIN DURWARD: Sir Walter Scott’s novel about knightly valor in the fifteenth century has been translated into a widescreen swashbuckler which offers some literate and witty dialogue as well as the customary heroics. With Robert Taylor, Kay Kendall, Robert Morley.
THE SECOND GREATEST SEX: A western operetta, obviously intended to duplicate the gusto and humor of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The attempt falls quite a bit short of the mark but some of the dances are staged with style and vigor. With Jeanne Craine, George Nader, Bert Lahr.
THE SHEEP HAS 5 LEGS: A lively French comedy in which Fernandel, playing six roles, clinches his European renown as one of the funniest men alive.
Gilmour’s guide to the current crop
The African Lion: Wildlife. Good.
Artists and Models: Comedy. Poor.
The Bar Sinister: Dog drama. Fair.
The Big Knife: Drama. Good.
Blood Alley: Adventure. Fair.
The Cobweb: Hospital drama. Fair.
The Colditz Story: Drama. Good.
Count 3 and Pray: Drama. Fair.
Cult of the Cobra: Horror. Poor.
The Dam Busters: Air war. Excellent. The Deep Blue Sea: Drama. Good.
The Desperate Hours: Drama. Excellent. Female on the Beach: Drama. Fair.
5 Against the House: Drama. Fair. Gentlemen Marry Brunettes: Musical
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing: Drama. Fair.
The Girl Rush: Comic musical. Good. The Great Adventure: Wildlife. Excellent. House of Bamboo: Suspense. Good.
I Am a Camera: Comedy. Fair.
I Died 1000 Times: Drama. Poor.
It’s Always Fair Weather: Satire and musical comedy. Excellent.
Lady and the Tramp: Cartoon. Good. Lady Godiva: Comedy-drama. Fair.
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