Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR October 13 1956

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR October 13 1956

Maclean’s Movies



Reach for the Sky: Based on Paul Brickhill's biography of Wing Commander Douglas Bader, this overlong but solid and stirring British film offers a superb performance by Kenneth More as the legless daredevil who became one of Hitler’s scourges in the Royal Air Force. A compassionate nurse (Dorothy Alison) helped him overcome his infirmities.

The Ambassador’s Daughter: A romantic comedy, transparent in plot but gaily and persuasively done, with handsome Paris backdrops. Olivia de Havilland, John Forsythe, Myrna I oy and the late Edward Arnold are all pleasantly involved.

The Black Sleep: Until its ludicrously overdrawn climax, this isn’t too bad a specimen of the old-fashioned science-fiction horror yarn, with Basil Rathbone as a mad surgeon.

Bus Stop: Considerably expanded from the single-set stage play, Hollywood’s version of the William Inge comedy has the spectacular Marilyn Monroe in scanties and a likeable cowboy newcomer (Don Murray). The picture may make a fortune for its owners but its comic style is often uncomfortably broad and nudging. Rating: fair.

Foreign Intrigue: A slow and complicated spy mystery, somewhat enlivened by widescreen views of various European capitals. Robert Mitchum is the drowsy sleuth.

Fa Strada: A sombre but often deeply touching Italian tragedy about a surly primitive (Anthony Quinn) and the half-witted peasant girl (Giulietta Masina) whom he enslaves.

Pillars of the Sky: A standard cavalry-versus-redskins western, starring Jeff Chandler as an irascible sergeant. Rating: fair.

Private’s Progress: A military farce from Britain, much funnier than most of its competitors in this congested category.


the Animal World : Nature story. Fair.

Awa.v All Floats: War at sea. Fair.

The Bad Seed: Suspense and horror. Good until weak ending.

Bigger Than Idfe: Drama. Fair.

The Birds & the Bees: Comedy. Fair.

Carousel: Music-drama. Good.

Cast a Dark Shadow: Crime. Good, the Catered Affair: Drama. Good.

Ihe Come-On: Crime and sex. Poor. Dance Little Lady: Drama. Poor.

Ihe Fastest Gun Alive: Suspense in

the West. Good.

French Cancan: Music-drama. Good. Gaby: War romance. Fair.

Godzilla, King of the .Monsters: Sciencefiction horror. Poor.

The Great Locomotive Chase: Civil War adventure. Good.

The Harder They Fall: Drama. Good. High Society: Musical. Good.

Invitation to the Dance: All-ballet, no-talk musical. Fair.

John and Julie: Comedy-adventure.

Good for children.

Johnny Concho: Western. Good.

Jnbal: Western drama. Good.

The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent.

The King and I: Music-drama. Tops. The Ladykillers: Comedy. Good.

The Last Ten Days: German drama about Hitler. Excellent.

The Leather Saint: Comedy. Fair.

Ihe Long Arm: Detective story. Good.

Lovers and Lollipops: Comedy. Good.

Ihe Man Who Knew Too Much: Crime and suspense. Excellent.

Meet Me in Las Vegas: Comedy with music and ballet. Excellent.

Moby Dick: Sea drama. Excellent.

On the Threshold of Space: Factual science thriller. Good.

Patterns: Business drama. Good.

Please Murder Me: Suspense. Poor.

The Proud Ones: Western. Good.

Richard III: Shakespeare. lops.

Run for the Sun: Suspense. Good.

Safari: Jungle melodrama. Fair.

Simon and Laura: Comedy. Good.

The Solid Gold Cadillac: Big-business comedy. Excellent.

Somebody Up There Likes Me: Crimeand-boxing biography. Good.

The Swan: Romantic comedy. Excellent.

That Certain Feeling: Comedy. Fair.

A Town Like Alice: Drama. Fair.

Trapeze: Circus drama. Good.

23 Paces to Baker Street: Mystery and suspense. Good.

Ihe Werewolf: Horror. Poor.

Wild Dakotas: Western. Poor.