BEST BET THE PERFECT FURLOUGH: Mildly naughty in spots if it’s judged by ultra-prim standards, this is a fast and breezy comedy of the sort Hollywood used to produce with gratifying regularity in the 1930s. An ebullient corporal (Tony Curtis) is drawn by lot from a group of soldiers in an isolated Arctic base to enjoy a three-week holiday in Paris with a Hollywood queen (Linda Cristal). Also on hand are a military psychologist (Janet Leigh) and a shrewd, disenchanted press-agent (Elaine Stritch).
BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE: John van Druten's 1950 stage comedy about witches and warlocks in present-day Manhattan. On the screen, it retains some funny moments but suffers gravely from the inadequacies of Kim Novak in the central role of a sorceress who falls in love with a bewildered publisher (James Stewart). In the cast: Jack Lemmon. Ernie Kovacs, Elsa l.anchester.
PARTY GIRL: A big-budget modern version of the old-fashioned gangland melodrama, made quite tolerable by some good performances and the addition of two musical numbers starring the lustrous Cyd Charisse. Lee J. Cobb as a Capone-type mob chief and Robert Taylor as his cynical lawyer are among the principals.
THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: This probably will be a marvelous show for the kiddies, aided by exceptionally skillful animation and trick camerawork. Grownups may be bothered by ludicrous touches in the story and acting and by the oddly mixed-up plot, a hodgepodge of Sinbad, Aladdin and Ulysses. On the whole, it's an enjoyable Arabian Nights fantasy.
THE WIND CANNOI READ: A Royal Air Force officer taking a Japaneselanguage course in Delhi finds true romance with one of his teachers, the beautiful daughter of an exiled Japanese democrat. As usual in such stories, their love is foredoomed. The film, gauzily sentimental though it is, benefits from superb on-the-spot photography and the main roles are pleasantly played by Dirk Bogarde and Yoko Tani. Rating: good.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO TIIE CURRENT CROP
Andy Hardy Comes Home: Domestic comedy. Fair. the Barbarian and (lie Geisha: Japan historical drama. Fair. The Big Country: Western. Excellent. Carry On, Sergeant: British army-camp comedy. Fair. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Sexy drama of Deep South. Good. Damn Yankees: Fantasy-musical about baseball. Excellent. The Decks Ran Red: Drama. Fair. The Déliant Ones: Drama. Tops. Devil’s General: Nazi drama. Good. Don Quixote: Russian film of famed Spanish novel. Good. Dunkirk: War drama. Good. The Fearmakers: Drama. Good. Gigi: Musical. Excellent. The Gun Runners: Drama. Fair. Harry Black and the Tiger: Jungle melodrama. Fair. High Cost of Loving: Comedy. Good. Home Before Dark: Drama. Fair. Houseboat: Romantic comedy. Good. The Hunters: Aviation drama. Good. Ice Cold in Alex: British drama of war in desert. Good. Indiscreet: Romantic comedy. Excellent.
Intent to Kill: Suspense. Good. The Key: War-and-love drama. Good. The Last Hurrah: Comedy-drama. Good. Vlan of the West: Western. Fair. The Matchmaker: Comedy. Fair. Me and the Colonel: Comedy. Good. The Naked Earth: Comedy-drama in African jungle. Fair. A Night to Remember: True shipwreck drama. Good. Nor the Moon by Night: Melodrama in African jungle. Fair. The Old Man and the Sea: Action drama. Fair. Orders to Kill: Drama. Excellent. La Parisienne: French farce. Good. Paths of Glory: Drama. Excellent. Raw Wind in Eden: Drama. Poor. Rooney: Dublin comedy. Good. R\ Murder: Crime and suspense. Fair. South Pacific: Musical. Good. Stage Struck: Drama. Fair. A Tale of Two Cities: Drama. Good. Torpedo Run: War drama. Fair. White Wilderness: Nature documentary. Excellent. Wind Across the Everglades: Drama. Fair.
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