THE PRISONER: Alec Guinness as a bald, subtle and indomitable cardinal and Jack Hawkins as a razor-witted communist psychiatrist are the opponents in an intelligent British film which probes fairly deeply into some of the ideological problems of our times. Customers who insist that Guinness always be funny may be temporarily taken aback to discover him in an intellectual tragedy, but the net result is a movie of uncommon distinction.
DIABOLIQUE: A French horror-thriller bearing the imprint of director Henri-Georges Clouzot, who made The Wages of Fear. Ghoulish but far from dull, it tells of a hateful fellow whose corpse mysteriously vanishes after his wife and his mistress have jointly arranged his murder.
THE LIEUTENANT WORE SKIRTS: Ex-hero Tom Ewell’s trick knee gets him bounced out of the air force; but his adored spouse (Sheree North), who has re-enlisted to be near him, is accepted and sent to Hawaii. Hubby follows her there and soon finds himself in all sorts of complications. The plot is a formula job but much of the movie is amusing stuff in spite of that.
MAN WITH THE GUN: Samuel Goldwyn Jr.’s first try as a Hollywood producer indicates he may have inherited some of his sire's show-business sagacity. Robert Mitchum, looking a lot less drowsy than usual, plausibly depicts a professional “town tamer” who tackles the baddies in a tyrant-ridden western community.
THE SPOILERS: Rex Beach’s corny old novel about Alaskan claim jumpers has been filmed five times in forty-one years. Effort No. 6 can hardly fail to improve on No. 5.
Gilmour’s guide to the current crop
The African Lion: Wildlife. Good.
All That Heaven Allows: Drama. Fair. Artists and Models: Comedy. Poor.
The Big Knife: Drama. Good.
Blood Alley: Adventure. Fair.
Cockleshell Heroes: War drama. Good. The Colditz Story: Drama. Good.
Count 3 and Pray: Drama. Fair.
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell: Biographical drama. Good.
The Dam Busters: Air war. Excellent. The Deep Blue Sea: Drama. Good. Desert Sands: Adventure. Fair.
The Desperate Hours: Drama. Excellent. Doctor a* Sea: British comedy. Fair.
The Good Die Young: Drama. Fair.
I Glory: Race-track drama. Fair.
Good Morning, Miss Dove: Small-town comedy-drama. Fair.
The Great Adventure: Wildlife. Excellent.
Guys and Dolls: Musical. Excellent. Heidi and Peter: Children's story. Good. Helen of Troy: Epic drama. Good.
I Am a Camera: Comedy. Fair.
I Died a Thousand Times: Crime and suspense. Poor.
Illegal: Courtroom drama. Fair.
The Indian Fighter: Western. Fair.
It’s Always Fair Weather: Satire and musical comedy. Excellent.
Kismet: Arabian Nights musical. Fair. Lady and the Tramp: Cartoon. Good. The Left Hand of God: Drama. Fair. The Looters: Action drama. Fair.
A Man Alone: Western. Fair.
The Man With the Golden Arm: Drugaddict drama. Good.
Marty: Comedy-drama. Excellent.
The Night My Number Came Up: British suspense drama. Good.
The Night of the Hunter: Drama. Fair. Passage Home: Sea drama. Fair.
Picnic: Comedy-drama. Excellent.
Queen Bee: Drama. Fair.
Quentin Durward: Adventure. Good. Rains of Ranchipur: Drama. Poor. Rebel Without a Cause: Drama. Fair. The Rose Tattoo: Comedy-drama. Good. Running Wild: Crime. Fair.
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