RIO BRAVO: Director Howard Hawks, who made Red River in 1948, has come up with another big, handsome and entertaining western. One measure of its success is that even Dean Martin, the drowsy crooner who used to cavort with Jerry Lewis, does what he has to do with solid conviction, his role being that of a former fast-gun expert painfully recovering from a two-year binge. Teen-idol Ricky Nelson acceptably portrays a cool junior lawman, and range veterans John Wayne, Walter Brennan and
Ward Bond are in good fettle throughout. Sheriff Wayne’s task is to prevent the liberation of an accused murderer by his wealthy kinsmen’s “private army.”
BACHELOR OF HEARTS: Much of the jocosity is awfully strained in this British comedy about a German youth (Hardy Kruger) who runs into hazings, secret societies and too many girl friends while “studying” at Cambridge University.
GIDEON OF SCOTLAND YARD: Hollywood's John Ford, who has sadly declined in skill since his great days as a director, has scant reason to feel proud of this heavy-handed crime comedy-drama, starring the capable Jack Hawkins.
IMITATION OF LIFE: A long deathbed scene and an even longer funeral pull out all the organ-stops of sentiment during (he final portion of (his twohour drama, hut it has an underlying warmth and sincerity beyond the scope of a mere tearjerker. The story—a remake of a 1934 film starring Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers—traces the lives of two mothers, one white and one black (Lana Turner, Juanita Moore), and their restless daughters.
A QUESTION OF ADULTERY: A pretentious and trashy social-problem
drama. It sets up a serious ethical-legal point about the rights and wrongs of artificial insemination and then blandly dodges it with a trick ending. Julie London and Anthony Steel are the anguished principals.
UP PERISCOPE!: James Garner, of television’s Maverick series, does well in his first major screen role as a U. S. Navy frogman whose hazardous duties carry him behind the Japanese lines. The story is not without its quota of submarine clichés.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
Al Capone: Real-life crime Urania. Good. Anna Lucasla: Drama. Fair.
Auntie Maine: Comedy. Good.
Bell, Book and Candle: Comedy. Fair. The BÍ« 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.
Escort West: Western. Fair.
The Fearmakers: Drama. Good.
Gijji: Musical. Excellent.
Good Day for a Hanging: Western. Fair.
I he Hanging Tree: Western. Fair.
He Who Must Die: French drama. Good. The Horse’s Mouth: Comedy. Good.
Ice Cold in Alex: British drama of war in desert. Good.
Intent to Kill: Suspense. Good.
It Happened in Rome: Anglo-ltalian romantic comedy. Fair.
I W'ant to Live!: Death-cell drama. Good. I Was Monty’s Double: True-life hoax thriller. Good.
The Journey: Cold War drama. Good. The Last Blitzkrieg: War drama. Fair.
Lav* and Disorder: Comedy. Good.
Lonely hearts: Newspaper drama. Fair.
.Madame Butterfly: Filmed opera. Good. Me and the Colonel: Comedy. Good.
Night of the Quarter Moon: Race-bias drama. Fair.
A Night to Remember: True shipwreck drama. Good.
9 Lises: True action drama. Good.
Orders to Kill: Drama. Excellent.
I’arty Girl: Gang drama. Good.
The Perfect Furlough: Comedy. Good.
Rally ’Round the Flag, Boys!: Small town comedy. Fair.
The Restless Years: Drama. Fair.
Rockets Galore: British comedy. Good.
Separate Tables: Drama. Good.
The Sheriff of Fractured Ja**: Wild West comedy. Fair.
Stranger in My Arms: Drama. Fair.
The Square Peg: Spy comedy. Fair.
The Tempest: Historical drama. Good. These Thousand Hills: Western. Good. The Trap: Suspense drama. Fair.
The Vicious Circle: Scotland Yard crime mystery. Fair.
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