The Boss: A crime drama with several powerful scenes in it. However, the whole enterprise is weakened hy John Payne’s boyishly inadequate portrayal of a ruthless racketeer.
The Opposite Sex: A remake, with music, of The Women (1939), a tough catty comedy about divorcees and husband-stealers. The original was better, but the new version is good entertainment. With June Allyson. Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan, Leslie Nielsen.
The Ten Commandments: Cecil B. de Mille’s vastly expanded remake of his 1923 silent epic takes three hours and thirty-nine minutes to sit through, and the time, for me, often dragged heavily. Its best scenes are staggering in scope and deeply reverent in tone, but few of them carry any emotional impact deeper than might be stirred by a succession of stately Bible posters wired for sound. Some of de Mille’s camera “miracles” are convincing, others not. Charlton Heston is a noble figure as Moses. With Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, and twenty-five thousand extras.
The Unguarded Moment: Esther Williams performs creditably in her first
nonswimming role, as a schoolteacher whose future is threatened by a sex scandal. The story is farfetched in some particulars but holds the interest. Edward Andrews is outstanding as a prim middle-aged psychopath.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
The Ambassador’s Daughter: Comedy. Good.
Attack: War drama. Good.
Back Front Eternity: Jungle suspense drama. Good.
Bandido: Adventure. Fair.
The Best Things in I.ife Are Free:
Musical biography. Fair.
Bigger Than Life: Drama. Fair.
The Black Tent: Drama. Fair.
Bus Stop: Romantic comedy. Fair.
The Catered Affair: Drama. Good. Charley Moon: British musical. Boor. Eyewitness: Suspense. Fair.
The Fastest Gun Alive: Suspense in the West. Good.
Foreign Intrigue: Spy drama. Fair. French Cancan: Music-drama. Good.
Gold Rush: Chaplin reissue. Excellent. The Harder They Fall: Drama. Good. High Society: Musical. Good.
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