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
Campbell's Kingdom: Adventure. Good.
Decision Against Time: Drama. Good.
The Devil’s Hairpin: Auto-racing drama.
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
Jet Pilot: Air romance. Poor.
Kiss Them for Me: Comedy. Good. Lady Chatterley’s Lover: French sex
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
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.
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