Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR February 4 1956

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR February 4 1956

Maclean’s Movies


BEST BET PICNIC: William Inge’s enjoyable comedy-drama tells of a rolling stone (William Holden) who quickly gathers more than his share of lavender-scented moss while stirring up the womenfolk of a placid country town. Ace filmwriter Daniel Taradash (who did From Here to Eternity) has creatively adapted the play for the screen, and Broadway's Joshua Logan makes an impressive debut as a movie director, although one or two of the human relationships in the story are rather sketchily explained. On the whole, a dandy show for adults. With Rosalind Russell, Kim Novak, Susan Strasberg, Arthur O’Connell.

GLORY: Margaret O'Brien, now eighteen and lovely, is the charming star of this outrageously corny racetrack yarn. Fine for kiddies.

THE GOOD DIE YOUNG: A pretentious British melodrama, well acted in spots, about four desperate strangers who plan a holdup together. The Anglo-American cast includes Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart, Joan Collins, Stanley Baker, Robert Morley.

HEIDI AND PETER: The dubbed-in English dialogue often has a stilted ring, but a pleasant story and magnificent Alpine scenery make this a recommendable item for younger customers.

HELEN OF TROY: A real whopper of a widescreen costume spectacle, with Italy’s stunning Rossana Podesta as the queen with the face that launched a thousand ships. It’s good entertainment despite the presence of every cliché in the swashbuckler repertoire.

TARANTULA: A spider twice as big as a house, and growing bigger by the minute, is the villain in this science-fiction fable. There are a few exciting moments.

The African Lion: Wildlife. Good.

Giimour’s guide to the current crop

All That Heaven Allows: Drama. Fair. Artists and Models: Comedy. Poor.

The Big Knife: Drama. Good.

Blood Alley: Adventure. 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. Doctor at Sea: British comedy. Fair. Female on the Beach: Drama. Fair.

5 Against the House: Drama. Fair.

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing: Drama. Fair.

Good Morning, Miss Dove: Small-town comedy-drama. Fair.

The Great Adventure: Wildlife. Excellent.

Guys and Dolls: Musical. Excellent. House of Bamboo: Suspense. Good.

I Am a Camera: Comedy. Fair.

I Died A Thousand Times: Drama. Poor. It’s Always Fair Weather: Satire and musical comedy. Excellent.

Lady and the Tramp: Cartoon. Good. The Left Hand of God: Drama. Fair. Lucy Gallant: Drama. Fair.

A Man Alone: Western. Fair.

Marty: Comedy-drama. Excellent.

The McConnell Story: Aviation drama. Fair.

Mister Roberts: Comedy. Excellent.

My Sister Eileen: Comedy. Fair.

The Night My Number Came Up: British suspense drama. Good.

The Night of the Hunter: Drama. Fair. Passage Home: Sea drama. Fair.

The Phénix City Story: Crime. Good. Queen Bee: Drama. Fair.

Quentin Durward: Adventure. Good.

Rebel Without a Cause: Drama. Fair. Running Wild: Crime. Fair.

The Second Greatest Sex: Open-air operetta. Fair.

The Sheep Has Five Legs: Comedy from France. Excellent.

The Shrike: Psychiatric drama. Fair. Special Delivery: Comedy. Fair. Summertime: Romance. Excellent.

The Tender Trap: Comedy. Good. Tennessee's Partner: Western. Fair.

Tight Spot: Suspense. Good.

To Hell and Back: War. Good.

Trial: Drama. Excellent.

The Trouble With Harry: Comedy. Good.

Ulysses: Adventure drama. Fair.

The View From Pompey’s Head: Drama. Good.

The Virgin Queen: Historical drama. Good.