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.
GILMOUR’S GLIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
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.
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