Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

BEST BET

CLYDE GILMOUR April 27 1957
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

BEST BET

CLYDE GILMOUR April 27 1957

Maclean’s Movies

BEST BET

CLYDE GILMOUR

The Incredible Shrinking Man:

Like a monster from the dawn of time, the family cat pursues her mouse-size “master” in this ingenious and absorbing science-fiction thriller.

It's about a husky fellow (Grant Williams) who is accidentally exposed to radioactive mist, then starts growing again—but in reverse. He is less than one inch tall when we last see him, and the story’s ending has a relentless logic. Rating: excellent.

Bundle of Joy: A mildly cliverting comedy, the first screen teaming of Debbie Reynolds with her real-life husband, singer Eddie Fisher. They are a likable pair, but the plot at their disposal seemed funnier in 1939 as Bachelor Mother, with Ginger Rogers and David Niven. An infant foundling is the cause of all the trouble.

Fear Strikes Out: Anthony Perkins, Hollywood’s most ballyhooed new star since James Dean, justifies most of his press agents’ blurbs by the power and sincerity of his performance here as a baseball player who suffers an emotional breakdown. It’s a good drama, with Karl Malden as the lad’s overdemanding father.

Oh, Men! Oh, Women!: A mere outline of this yarn about a psychiatrist’s love life is more amusing, to my taste, than the film itself, which is flawed by a draggy pace and some rather hammy acting. With David Niven, Ginger Rogers, Dan Dailey.

The Tattered Dress: A slick but often implausible drama in which a crafty New York lawyer (Jeff Chandler) wins an acquittal for a rich murderer in a California desert town and then finds himself involved in a vengeful frameup. With Jeanne Crain, Jack Carson.

Ten Thousand Bedrooms: Dean Martin, minus Jerry Lewis, smoothly portrays a globe-trotting hotel tycoon who goes to photogenic Rome and falls in love with two Italian sisters (Anna Maria Alberghetti, Eva Bartok). Although adhering closely to formula, the result is a good comedy-plus-music. With Walter Slczak.

GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

Anastasia: Mystery drama. Good.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street: Romantic drama. Fair.

The Battle of the River Plate: Naval-

warfare drama. Good.

The Bi|t Boodle: Crime drama. Fair.

The Brave One: Mexico drama. Good.

Crime of Passion: Sexy drama. Fair.

Dance With Me, Henry: Abbolt-andCostello farce. Fair for kids.

Drango: South-in-1865 drama. Good.

4 Girls in Town: Comedy-drama. Fair. Friendly Persuasion: Comedy-drama re American Quakers. Good.

Full of Life: Comedy. Good.

Girl in Black Stockings: Crime. Fair. Great American Pastime: Comedy. Fair. The Greatest Love: Drama. Poor.

The Great Man: Drama. Excellent. Gunfight at the OK Corral: Western.

Guns of Fort Petticoat: Western. Fair.

Halliday Brand: Western drama. Fair. The Happy Road: Comedy. Good.

Hot Summer Night: Crime drama. Fair. House of Secrets: Crime drama. Fair.

The Iron Petticoat: Comedy. Poor.

It’s Great to lie Young: British school

comedy. Fair.

Kelly and Me: Show-biz drama. Fair.

The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent.

Loser Takes All: Comedy. Fair.

Mister Cory: Drama. Good.

The Night Runner: Drama. Fair.

The Quiet Gun: Western. Fair.

The Rainmaker: Comedy-drama. Good.

Shadow on the Window: Crime. Fair. The Silent World: Undersea true-life drama in color. Tops.

Slander: Drama. Good.

Smiley: Australia comedy-drama. Good. The Spanish Gardener: Drama. Good. Spring Reunion: Comedy-drama. Fair.

Storm Centre: Drama. Fair.

3 Brave Men: Drama. Fair.

3 Violent People: Western. Fair.

Top Secret Affair: Comedy. Fair.

Toward the Unknown: Air drama. Good.

The Wings of Eagles: Drama. Poor. Women of Pitcairn Island: Drama. Poor. The Wrong Man: Drama. Good.