Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR February 28 1959
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR February 28 1959

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

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SEPARATE TABLES: Deborah Kerr, her beauty hidden under the mousy façade of a faded and timid spinster, proves again that she is one of the finest actresses on the international screen. Almost equally convincing is David Niven as a hollow fraud who keeps boasting about his imaginary military exploits—and stealthily molesting the women sitting near him in movie theatres. Both are among the theatrical but interesting characters in Terence Rattigan’s drama about life in a drab English seaside boardinghouse. The effective cast also includes Wendy Hiller, Burt Lancaster,

Rita Hayworth and Gladys Cooper.

THE BUCCANEER: The late Cecil B. DcMille “supervised” this sluggish historical melodrama but did not actually produce it or direct it, and it might have benefited from some of the old showman’s flamboyance. Handsomely photographed, it shows the Americans defending New Orleans against the British. Yul Brynner (with hair) portrays the gentlemanly pirate Jean Lafitte, with Charlton Heston as General Andy Jackson.

THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA: Bernard Shaw’s 1906 satire on the foibles of the medical profession in Edwardian London has inevitably lost much of its original ironic point. Considerable taste and intelligence have gone into this British film version of the play hut 1 found it dragging before the finish. With Dirk Bogarde, Leslie Caron, Alastair Sim, Robert Morley.

HE WHO MUST DIE: There are crudities in some of the acting performances hut director Jules Dassin has fashioned a powerful and haunting drama in this French film about moral and political tensions in a Cretan village (under Turkish occupation) after the First World War.

IT HAPPENED IN ROME: The scenic glories of Italy are much more delectable than the silly, drawn-out story in an Anglo-Italian romantic comedy about three girls on a holiday tour of Europe.

RALLY ’ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS!: In Max Shulman's novel, the offside digs and nudges in all directions were a lot funnier than the plot, a farcical yarn about a Connecticut town’s efforts to intimidate the United States Army. In the film, nothing hut the plot emerges, and the merriment becomes somewhat hoarse and strained. With Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Joan Collins.

(HUMOUR'S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

Anna Lucustas Drama. Fair.

Auntie Maines Comedy. Good.

Bell, Book and Candle: Comedy. Fair. The Bi* Country: Western. Excellent.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Sexy drama of Deep South. Good.

Curse of the Faceless Man: Fantasy. Good.

The Defiant Ones: Drama. Tops. Dunkirk: War drama. Good.

The Fearmakers: Drama. Good.

From the F.arth to the Moon: 1868

science-fiction adventure. Fair.

Geisha Boy: Jerry Lewis farce. Poor. Glitt: Musical. Excellent.

The Hanning Tree: Western. Fair.

Home Before Dark: Drama. Fair.

The Horse’s Mouth: Comedy, Good.

Ice Cold in Alex: British drama of war in desert. Good.

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness:

China drama. Good but long.

Intent to Kill: Suspense. Good.

I Want to Live!: Death-cell drama.

1 Was Monty’s Double: True-life hoax thriller. Good.

Johnny Rocco: Crime drama. Fair.

The Last Hurrah: Comedy-drama. Good.

Law and Disorder: Comedy. Good.

the Man Inside: Crook drama. Fair.

Mardi Gras: Comedy with music. Good, especially for teen Set.

Me amt the Colonel: Comedy. Good.

My Uncle: French comedy. Fair.

A Night to Remember: True shipwreck

drama. Good.

Onionhead: War comedy. Fair.

Orders to Kill: Drama. Excellent.

La Parisienne: French farce. Good.

Party Girl: Gang drama. Good.

The Perfect Furlough: Comedy. Good.

Rockets Galore: British comedy. Good.

The Roots of Heaven: Drama. Good.

Sea of Sand: Desert war. Fair.

7th Voyage of Sinbad: Arabian Nights adventure for children. Good.

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw: Wild

West comedy. Fair.

Some Came Running: Drama. Good.

Tom Thumb: Fairy-tale comedy. Good for adults; excellent for children.

Tonka: Indian boy meets wonder-horse. Good for youngsters.

The Tunnel of Love: Comedy. Fair.

White Wilderness: Nature documentary. Excellent.

The Wind Cannot Read: Drama. Good.