Maclean's Movies

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR September 28 1957
Maclean's Movies

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR September 28 1957

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

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MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES: James Cagney re-

creates many of the late Lon Chaney's famous characterizations in this Hollywood biography of the silent-screen master of bizarre make-up. The picture is a bit too long and its sombre tone may irritate those customers who insist on ridiculing all old movies, but its rich sense of period and atmosphere and Cagney’s superb performance make it an item worth seeing. With Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer. Jim Backus.

THE GOLDEN VIRGIN: A considerably

toned-down version of Nicholas Monsarrat’s novel. The Story of Esther Costello, which tells of a deaf-mute Irish girl who innocently becomes the gimmick in an ngly international racket. Heather Sears is the colleen, and Joan Crawford is the American woman who adopts her. Rating: fair.

THE CURSE OF FRANKENS'TEIN: Unaccountably a box-office sensation, this plodding and distasteful horror melodrama from Britain has only a few really eerie moments.

THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION: Moviemaker Stanley Kramer’s long-ballyhoocd “epic” about the defence of Spain against Napoleon in IS 10. Its eye-tilling assets include mammoth cannon, which is far more interesting. in the long haul, than the celebrities in the cast (Frank Sinatra, Cary Cirant, Sophia Loren).

HOUSE OF NUMBERS: This prison drama is more convincing than usual in its portrayal of life behind bars. Its story, however, is cluttered anti confusing. Jack Balance has a dual role as two highstrung brothers—one already in San Quentin, the other plotting to help him get out.

TIP ON A DEAD JOCKEY: A good short story by Irwin Shaw has suffered in its translation to the screen. A war-shattered liier (Robert Taylor) recovers his nerve much too

glibly for plausibility while doing an aerial

smuggling job for an international crook (Martin Gabel). Rate: fair.

WIEL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? Ad agencies and television, instead of Hollywood, are noisily satirized in Hollywood’s rewrite of George Axelrod’s Broadway farce. It’s a funny show just the same. With Jayne Mansfield, I ony Randall.

GILMOl R\S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

The Admirable Crichton: Desert-island comedy-drama, (jood. An Aftair to Remember: Romance. Fair. Band of Angels: Drama. Fair. Beau James: Biog comedv-drama. Fair. Brothers in Law: Comedy. Good. Decision Against Time: Drama. Good. Dino: Delinquency drama. Good. Doctor at Large: Comedy. Good. A Face in the Crowd: Satire-on-TV drama. Good. Fire Down Below: Drama. Boor. Funny Face: Musical. Excellent. Girl in the Kremlin: Drama. Poor, the Great Man: Drama. Excellent. Gun Glory: Western. Fair. The Happy Road: Comedy. Good. A Hatful of Rain: Drama. Good. High Tide at Noon: Drama. Fair. How to Murder a Rich Uncle: British comedy. Fair. The Incredible Shrinking Man: Sciencefiction thriller. Excellent. Jeanne F.agels: Biog drama. Fair. The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent. Kronos: Science fiction. Fair.

The Little Hut: Comedy. Poor. The Lonely Man: Western. Fair. Love in the Afternoon: Comedy. Good. Man on Fire: Divorce drama. Fair. The March Hare: I urf comedy. Fair. The Monte Carlo Story: Romantic comedy-drama. Fair. Night Passage: Western. Fair. The Pajaina Game: Musical. Excellent. The Prince and the Showgirl: British romantic comedy. Good. The Rising of the Moon: Group of three Irish stories. Fair. Saint Joan: Historical drama. Fair. Scandal in Sorrento: Comedy. Fair. The Shiralee: Adventure and drama in Australia. Excellent. Silk Stockings: Musical. Good. Stella: Greek sex-drama. Fair. The Strange One: Drama. Good. Sweet Smell of Success: Drama. Good. Tarzan and the Lost Safari: Jungle adventure in color. Fair. This Could Be the Night: Romantic, comedy-drama. Good. 3:10 to Yuma: Western. Good. The Unholy Wife: Melodrama. Poor.