Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR March 28 1959
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR March 28 1959

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET

THE JOURNEY: Although it takes a rather vague and sentimentalized view of the clash of ideologies involved in the 1956 Hungarian uprising against Soviet rule, some excellent acting performances and tightening suspense make this romantic drama well worth seeing. It successfully reunites the stars of The King and I: Yul Brynner as a volcanic but civilized Russian major and Deborah Kerr as an estranged English aristocrat who is among his temporary captives. With E. G. Marshall, Robert Morley, Jason Robards Jr.

AL CAPONE: Rod Steiger plausibly portrays the late unlamented Chicago gang-lord in an interesting semi-fictional melodrama, corny in spots but no cornier than the Prohibition era it represents.

GOOD DAY FOR A HANGING: Fred MacMurray’s stony inadequacies as an actor continuously weaken this well-meaning western. He appears as a reluctant sheriff whose duty is to inflict capital punishment on a young hoodlum his daughter adores.

THE LAST BLITZKRIEG: Van Johnson, as a Hitler-doubting German soldier who speaks perfect American, is assigned to spread havoc behind Uncle Sam’s lines, but his heart isn't in it. Rating: fair.

LONELYHEARTS: Producer-writer Dore Schary’s earnest but ponderous

attempt to film a sad novel by Nathanael West. It’s about an idealistic columnist (Montgomery Clift) whose satanic editor (Robert Ryan) keeps jeering at the young man’s belief in the essential goodness of humanity. The happy ending is unconvincing.

NIGHT OF THE QUARTER MOON: The powerful kinsmen of a San Francisco blucblood (John Drew Barrymore) employ all the weapons of money and prestige to smash his marriage to a lovely girl (Julie London) whose grandmother was a Negro. A soap-opera with pretensions to serious social-problem drama, the film promises much more than it delivers. With Anna Kashfi, Agnes Moorehead, Nat King Cole.

GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

Anna Lucasta: Drama. Fair.

Auntie Marne: Comedy. Good.

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

The Buccaneer: Historical drama. Fair. The Defiant Ones: Drama. Tops.

The Doctor’s Dilemma: Edwardian satire by GBS. Fair.

Dunkirk: War drama. Good.

The Fearmakers: Drama. Good.

Gigi: Musical. Excellent.

The Hanging Tree: Western. Fair.

He Who Must Die: French drama. Good. 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.

It Happened in Rome: Anglo-Italian romantic comedy. Fair.

I Want to Live!: Death-cell drama. Good. I Was Monty’s Double: True-life hoax thriller. Good.

The Last Hurrah: Comedy-drama. Good. Law and Disorder: Comedy. Good.

Madame Butterfly: Filmed opera. Good.

Me and the Colonel: Comedy. Good.

A Night to Remember: True shipwreck drama. Good.

9 Lives: True action drama. Good.

Orders to Kill: Drama. Excellent.

Party Girl: Gang drama. Good.

The Perfect Furlough: Comedy. Good.

Rally ’Round the Flag, Boys!: Smalltown comedy. Fair.

The Restless Years: Drama. Fair.

Rockets Galore: British comedy. Good.

Separate Tables: Drama. Good.

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

The Sheriff of F’racfured Jaw: Wild West comedy. Fair.

The Square Peg: Spy comedy. Fair.

The Tempest: Historical drama. Good.

These Thousand Hills: Western. Good.

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

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

The Trap: Suspense drama. Fair.

The Tunnel of Love: Comedy. Fair.