Private’s Progress: a befuddled conscript (Ian Carmichael) raises the blood pressure of his sergeant (William Hartnell) in the early phases of this British military comedy. The story’s irreverent satire soon goes far beyond the limited range of the usual army-camp farce. Its unlikely to aid recruiting in the Old Country but it's shrewdly designed to give audiences everywhere a pretty hilarious time.
Bigger I han Life: Although James Mason’s acting in the central role is impressive, this is an overdrawn and insufficiently explained medical melodrama about a man who takes too much of a wonder drug and tries to butcher his own family.
Cast a Dark Shadow: A solid little murder thriller from Britain. It deals with a fortune hunter (Dirk Bogarde) whose elderly bride’s funeral soon follows their wedding.
The Fastest Gun Alive: Spoiled in spots by calculated overefforts to be totally "different” in approach, this psychological western still achieves some tingling suspense before the payoff. A quiet good man (Glenn Ford) and a noisy bad one (Broderick Crawford) are the showdown duelists.
High Society: There is enough polish and melody here to make it an item worth catching, but it hardly measures up to the all-star potency of its participants. 1 hey include Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and tunesmith Cole Porter. A huge-budget musical, not quite justifying all those Hollywooden nickels.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
The Animal World: Nature story. Fair. Away All Boats: War at sea. Fair. The Bad Seed: Suspense and horror. Good until weak ending. The Birds & the Bees: Comedy. Fair. Bread, Love and Dreams: Italian comedy. Excellent. Carousel: Music-drama. Good. The Catered Affair: Drama. Good. The Come-On: Crime and sex. Poor. Dance Little Lady: Drama. Poor. The Eddy Duchin Story: Biographical musical. Fair. 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. Invitation to the Dance: All-ballet, no-talk musical. Fair. John and Julie: Comedy-adventure. Good for children. Johnny Concho: Western. Good. Jubal: 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.
Leather Saint: Comedy. Fair. The Long Arm: Detective story. Good. ijf Lovers and Lollipops: Comedy. Good. The Man Who Knew Too Much: Crime and suspense. Excellent. ;|| Meet Me in Las Vegas: Comedy with music and ballet. Excellent. Moby Dick: Semi-mystical drama of whaling men. Excellent. On the Threshold of Space: Factual science thriller. Good. M Patterns: Business drama. Good. §| Please Murder Me: Suspense. Poor. The Proud and Profane: Sexy war §§ romance. Fair. The Proud Ones: Western. Good. Kichard III: Shakespeare. Tops. §K Run for the Sun: Suspense. Good. Safari: Jungle melodrama. Fair. The Searchers: Western. Fair. Simon and Laura: Comedy. Good. |j: 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. F'air. A Town Like Alice: Drama. Fair. Trapeze: Circus drama. Good. 23 Paces to Raker Street: Mystery and suspense. Good. i| The Werewolf: Horror. Poor. Sí Wild Dakotas: Western. Poor.
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