Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR February 1 1958
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR February 1 1958

Maclean’s Movies

RATED BY CLYDE GILMOUR

"PEYTON PLACE: Astonishingly, Grace Metalious’ trashy

best-seller novel about the scandalous goings-on in a small town in New England has been turned into quite an interesting movie. Traces of the original hokum remain but the story has been simplified and strengthened, and Montreal-born Mark Robson’s direction has inspired several expert acting performances. Lana Turner appears as a cautious businesswoman who finds the younger generation alarming. Lloyd Nolan is outstanding as a rough but compassionate physician.

THE ENEMY BELOW: There’s considerable tension in this war-at-sea drama, in which the equally gallant opponents are an American destroyer skipper (Robert Mitchum) and the captain of a German submarine (Curt Jurgens). The German, of course, is a Hitler-hater.

THE HARD MAN: A tough, tight-lipped “deppity” (Hollywood's Guy Madison) and a tyrannical rancher (Canada’s Lome Greene) are the antagonists in a well-knit western. It stays close to the familiar pattern.

HEAR ME GOOD: Television quizmaster Hal March is the star of this dreary little comedy about a Broadway confidence man who tries to “fix" a beauty contest. Rating: poor.

THE LAST BRIDGE: A slow-moving but decent and stirring war drama, filmed in Yugoslavia in 1953. Maria Schell memorably portrays a German nurse abducted by the Yugoslav partisans. She has to decide whether pity is open to friend and foe alike.

ROBBERY UNDER ARMS: Much like any of the more handsome Hollywood westerns, this is a British outdoor melodrama about banditry in the Australia of a century ago. Peter Finch is the leader of the gang. Rating: good.

GILMOLR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

Across th* Bridge: Drama. Good.

Baby Face Nelson: Crime. Poor.

Bolshoi Ballet: Russian dancers in

London. Excellent.

Campbell's Kingdom: Adventure. Good.

Decision Against Time: Drama. Good.

The Devil’s Hairpin: Auto-racing drama.

Fair.

Don’t Go Near the Water: Navy-base comedy. Good.

Funny Face: Musical. Excellent.

A Hatful of Rain: Drama. Good.

Hell Drivers: Aetion drama. Fair.

A Hill In Korea: War. Good.

How to Murder a Rich Uncle: British

comedy. Fair.

Jet Pilot: Air romance. Poor.

Kiss Them for Me: Comedy. Good. Lady Chatterley’s Lover: French sex

drama. Fair.

Les Girls: Musical. Excellent.

The Long Haul: Drama. Poor.

Love in the Afternoon: Comedy. Good. Lucky Jim: Comedy. Fair.

Man of a Thousand Faces: Lon Chaney biographical drama. Good.

Miracle in Soho: Comedy. Fair. Monolith Monsters: Horror. Poor.

My Man Godfrey: Comedy. Fair.

No Down Payment: Drama. Fair.

Old Yeller: Boy-and-dog story.

Good for youngsters.

The One That Got Away: Escape drama. Good.

Operation Mad Ball: Comedy. Good.

The Pajama Game: Musical. Excellent.

Ride a Violent Mile: Western. Poor.

The Rising of the Moon: Group of three Irish stories. Fair.

The Sad Sack: Jerry Lewis farce. Fair.

Satchmo the Great: Globe-trotting

jazz documentary. Good.

Sayonara: Drama. Good.

The Shiralee: Adventure and drama in Australia. Excellent.

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue: Crime drama. Good.

The Smallest Show on Earth: British

comedy. Good.

Stopover Tokyo: Spy drama. Poor.

The Story of Mankind: Historical fantasy. Poor.

The Strange One: Drama. Good.

Summer Love: Teen-age drama. Fair.

Sweet Smell of Success: Drama. Good.

3 Faces of Eve: Drama. Fair.

Time Limit: Drama. Excellent.

Time Lock: Suspense drama. Good.

The Tin Star: Western. Good.

Tip on a Dead Jockey: Drama. Fair.

3:10 to Yuma: Western. Good.

Until They Sail: Drama. Good.

Woman in a Dressing Gown: British domestic drama. Fair.

Zero Hour!: Suspense. Good.