Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR May 25 1957

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR May 25 1957

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET

12 Angry Men: One of Hollywood’s more notable borrowings from television is this Reginald Rose drama about the soul-searchings of a murder-trial jury, with Henry Fonda (centre) as a stubborn holdout who insists on re-examining the evidence without bias or passion. A TV-trained director, Sidney Lumet, has drawn superbly realistic performances from a cast of virtual unknowns, including Jack Warden (left) as a cynical salesman and Joseph Sweeney as an alert oldster with a photographic memory.

Bachelor Party: Another TV luminary, Paddy Chayefsky, has written a worthy successor to his famous Marty, although it doesn’t pack as much emotional appeal as its predecessor. Some debt-ridden office workers embark on an all-night “stag” to celebrate an approaching wedding. Their rueful self-discoveries arc both sad and funny to behold.

Brothers in Law: Several of the amusing blokes who were in Private’s Progress (Ian Carmichael, Richard Attenborough, Terry-Thomas) are back in action in an enjoyable British comedy about a bumbling young barrister’s first misadventures at the bar.

Funny Face: There is an agreeable springtime-in-Paris flavor to this handsome Hollywood musical co-starring the aging but agile Fred Astaire as a society photographer and Audrey Hepburn as an intellectual chick from Greenwich Village who becomes the toast of the Left Bank. Kay Thompson, hitherto of the nightclubs, briskly portrays an imperious editor with a raucous sense of humor.

Spirit of St. Louis: Thirty years after Charles A. Lindbergh’s nonstop flight from New York to Paris officially ushered in the Air Age, Hollywood has come up with a solid movie about the exploit, with James Stewart plausibly depicting the Lone Eagle. A lengthy colloquy with a stowaway horsefly is one of the very few false notes in a basically honest and stirring narrative.

GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

Anastasia: Mystery drama. Good.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street: Romantic drama. Fair.

Battle Hymn: War drama. Fair.

The Brave One: Mexico drama. Good. Bundle of Joy: Comedy. Fair.

Designing Woman: Comedy. Good.

Drango: South-in-1865 drama. Good.

Fear Strikes Out: Drama. Good.

4 Girls in Town: Comedy-drama. Fair. Full of Life: Comedy. Good.

Girl in Black Stockings: Crime. Fair. Goodbye, My Lady: Drama. Good.

Great American Pastime: Comedy. Fair.

The Great Man: Drama. Excellent.

The Green Man: Comedy. Fair.

Gunlight at the OK Corral: Western. Good.

The Happy Road: Comedy. Good. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison: Drama. Good.

Hot Summer Night: Crime drama. Fair. House of Secrets: Crime drama. Fair. The Incredible Shrinking Man: Sciencefiction thriller. Excellent.

It’s Great to Be Young: British school comedy. Fair.

The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent. Loser Takes All: Comedy. Fair.

The Magnificent Seven: Japanese action drama. Good.

Men in War: War drama. Fair.

Mister Cory: Drama. Good.

Oh, Men! Oh, Women!: Comedy. Fair. Paris Does Strange Things: Romantic

comedy. Poor.

Plain Sailing: Comedy. Poor.

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.

The Tattered Dress: Drama. Fair.

Ten Thousand Bedrooms: Comedy. Good. Top Secret Affair: Comedy. Fair.

Toward the Unknown: Air drama. Good. The True Story of Jesse James: Wildwest drama. Poor.

The Wings of Eagles: Drama. Poor.

The W'rong Man: Drama. Good.