hurried into the theatres to coincide with October’s World Series fever, Hollywood’s version of Broadway’s baseball fantasy-musical is a delightful show worth seeing at any season. Tab Hunter does surprisingly well as a Washington Senators fan who sells —or, anyway, leases—his soul to the devil and is transformed into a young home-run king mighty enough to wrest the pennant from the hated New York Yankees. Gwen Verdón duplicates her stage success as Lola, a hellcat with a heart; and Ray Walston is immensely funny as Mr. Applegate, whose first name is Lucifer.
CARRY ON, SERGEANT: An army-camp farce from Britain. It offers two or three genuinely satirical moments in the midst of a welter of tired musichall slapstick. Rating: fair.
THE DECKS RAN RED: Skipper James Mason runs into a mutinous bloodbath on the high seas, with Broderick Crawford as an arch-villain in the crew and Dorothy Dandridge as a sensuous mulatto stewardess. Lots of action and suspense here, but much of the acting and dialogue is ludicrously overwrought.
THE HUNTERS: As often happens in Hollywood’s aviation thrillers, the excitement aloft is considerably more interesting than the grounded private problems of the characters. Producer-director Dick Powell, however, makes the sky over Korea blaze with fury and the film as a whole is an item worth catching. With Robert Mitchum, Richard Egan, May Britt. Robert Wagner.
MAN OF THE WEST: A big brutal western, with “epic” pretensions, starring Gary Cooper as that much-too-familiar stereotype, the reformed gunfighter who’s trying to go straight. With Lee J. Cobb, Julie London, Arthur O Connell. Rating: fair.
WIND ACROSS THE EVERGLADES: Canada’s Christopher Plummer is suitably heroic and rock-jawed in this lively but chaotic action drama. He’s a dedicated conservationist who invades the Florida swamps and tries to stop red-bearded Burl Ives from slaughtering the wild birds.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
Andy Hardy Comes Home: Domestic comedy. Fair.
Attack of the Puppet People: Science fiction. Poor.
Attila: Historical melodrama. Fair.
The Badlanders: Western. Good.
The Bit; Country: Western. Excellent.
The Bravados: Western. Good.
Buchanan Rides Alone: Western. Fair.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Sexy drama.
Good — but oppressive.
Cry Terror!: Suspense. Good.
The Defiant Ones: Drama. Tops.
Don Quixote: Russian film of famed
Spanish novel. Good.
The Fearmakers: Drama. Good.
The Fiend Who Walked the West:
“Horror” western. Fair.
The Fly: Science-horror. Fair.
Gist: Musical. Excellent.
God’s Little Acre: Comedy-drama of
Deep South. Good.
High Cost of Loving: Comedy. Good.
Indiscreet: Romantic comedy. Excellent.
Intent to Kill: Suspense. Good.
Kathy O’: Movie-town comedy. Good. The Key: War-and-love drama. Good.
A King in New York: Charles Chaplin comedy. Fair.
The Matchmaker: Comedy. Fair.
Me and the Colonel: Comedy. Good.
A Night to Remember: True shipwreck drama. Good.
The Old Man and the Sea: Action drama. Fair.
Once Upon a Horse: Comedy. Fair. Orders to Kill: Drama. Excellent.
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