Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR March 15 1958

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR March 15 1958

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI: David Lean, the gifted English director of Brief Encounter and Breaking the

Sound Barrier, has done an even more impressive job on this exciting, ironic and compassionate adventure-drama. Anti-war in sentiment but brimming with deeds of plausible valor, it centres around the personality of a stiff-necked British colonel (Alec Guinness) whose career ends ingloriously in the mud of a Japanese prison camp in Siam. Geoffrey Horne is a bewildered Commandoman who tangles with him. Hollywood's William Holden is a sardonic Ameiican sailor among the prisoners. Guinness’ performance deserves the Academy award, and so does the film itself, a superb achievement in every respect.

MERRY ANDREW: The new Danny Kaye comedy isn’t the best he has ever done but it’s a genial and funny show. This time our man is a mild English schoolteacher who accidentally joins a circus.

PATHS OF GLORY: Customers impatient of anything but escapist entertainment on the screen may be harshly jolted by this bleak and powerful antimilitarism drama. For less narrow viewers, it s a picture that should not be missed. A shocking incident in the French army during the 1914-18 war is recounted here, with Kirk Douglas as a decent colonel trapped between ruthless generals.

THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME: I don’t happen to enjoy Mario Lanza's brand of hammy, self-infatuated vocalism, and his acting is much worse than his singing. Customers who dote on him, however, may well find the tenors “comeback” film an item to cherish, because it’s precisely the mixture as before. The story has two heroines, the city of Rome and a signorina named Marisa Allasio; both are lovely to look at.

TORERO!: The famous matador Luis Procuna portrays himself in his screen biography, a Mexican film which is almost certainly the finest ever made about bullfighting.

GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

All Mine to Give: Drama. Fair.

April Love. Comedy-drama. Good. Bolshoi Ballet: Russian dancers in London. Excellent.

Bombers B-52. Air-force drama. Fair. Bonjour Tristesse: Idle-rich drama. Fair.

The Brothers Rico: Suspense. Good. Campbell’s Kingdom: Adventure. Good.

Davy: Drama with music. Fair.

Decision Against Time: Drama. Good.

Desire Under the Elms: Sexy melodrama. Good.

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

The Enemy Below: War at sea. Good. Escapade in Japan: Adventure-

comedy. Good.

Funny Face: Musical. Excellent.

The Hard Man: Western. Good.

A Hatful of Rain: Drama. Good.

High Flight: Air-force drama. Fair.

How to Murder a Rich Uncle: British comedy. Fair.

Jet Pilot: Air romance. Poor.

The Last Bridge: War drama. Good. Legend of the l.ost: Adventure. Fair. Les Girls: Musical. Excellent.

Lucky Jim: Comedy. Fair.

Man in the Shadow: Western. Good. Miracle in Soho: Comedy. I air.

The Naked Truth: Comedy. Good.

No Down Payment: Drama. Fair.

Old Ycllcr: 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.

Peyton Place: Drama. Good.

Raintree County: “Epic” drama. Fair.

Robbery Under Arms: Adventure in

Australia. Good.

Sad Sack: Jerry Lewis farce. Fair.

Sayonara: Drama. Good.

The Shiralee: Adventure and drama in Australia. Excellent.

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.

The Tarnished Angels: Drama. Poor.

Time Limit: Drama. Excellent.

Time Lock: Suspense drama. Good.

The Tin Star: Western. Good.

3:10 to Yuma: Western. Good.

Witness tor the Prosecution: Courtroom comedy-drama. Good.

/ero Hour!: Suspense. Good.