The Killing: Egg-domed Kwala Kwarian, as a muscle-man with an ogre’s sense of humor, stages a one-man riot to distract the police as a prelude to a racetrack holdup. The incentive: two million dollars. The result is one of the year’s freshest and most exciting crime dramas, establishing twenty-seven-year-old Stanley Kubrick as a writer-director of impressive talents.
The Bold and the Brave: Bouncy little Mickey Rooney, whose performances sometimes bore me to pieces, this time is likeable and convincing as a crapshooting G1 in a war story, better than most.
The Eddie Duchin Story: A sentimental biography—quite maudlin in spots but with many pleasant moments—of a popular pianist who became Manhattan’s darling in the 1930s. Tyrone Power competently handles the title role. With Kim Novak, James Whitmore.
Gaby: A romantic tear-jerker, presumably of special appeal to women. Wartime London is the locale, and the lovers are an orphaned French ballet dancer (Leslie Caron) and an aw-shucks Yank soldier (John Kerr). Rating: fair.
Josephine and Men: British comedies, when they are good, are very good indeed; but when they are bad they are like Josephine and Men. With Glynis Johns, Jack Buchanan, Donald Sinden.
Magic Fire: Composer Richard Wagner’s turbulent life emerges as a dull and solemn tableau, although the film contains several well-sung excerpts from his operas. With Yvonne de Carlo. Rita Gam.
The Proud and Profane: A vulnerable widow in the Red Cross (Deborah Kerr) and an arrogant Marine colonel (William Holden) are the love-hate antagonists in this implausible war romance. It’s all expertly acted but I found it hard to swallow.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
An Alligator Named Daisy: British comedy. Fair.
Anything Goes: Musical. Good.
Autumn Leaves: Drama. Good.
Away AH Boats: War at sea. Fair. Bhowani Junction: India drama. Fair. The Birds & the Bees: Comedy. Fair. Carousel: Music-drama. Good.
The Catered Affair: Drama. Good. Comanche: Western. Fair.
The Come-On: Crime and sex. Poor.
The Court Jester: Comedy. Excellent. Crime in the Streets: Drama. Poor.
The Dam Busters: Air war. Excellent. The Day the World Ended: Drama. Poor. D-Day, the Sixth of June: Wartime romance. Fair.
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