Maclean's Movies

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR May 9 1959
Maclean's Movies

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR May 9 1959

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

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ROOM AT THE TOP: An honest, tough and poignant British drama in which the central characters arc a slum-

raised young Yorkshireman (Laurence Harvey), gnawed by ambition, and an unhappily married Frenchwoman (Simone Signoret) who is living in the same English industrial town. Harvey's performance is weakened by occasional stagy contrivances but Miss Signoret is utterly convincing. The film marks the arrival of .lack Clayton as a major talent among British screen directors. With Donald Wolfit, Hermione Gingold, Heather Sears, Donald Houston.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: Gorgeous widescreen views of London and Paris and a typically charming portrayal by Maurice Chevalier are the prime assets of this overlong, over-coy romantic comedy. Rossano Brazzi appears as an aristocratic f rench airman (Chevalier’s nephew) whose Gallic breeziness about marital fidelity infuriates his lovely English wife (Deborah Kerr).

A CRY EROM 'LUE STREETS: There are several pleasant moments in this British story about some orphans and the adults who are trying to help them. The story, however, veers off into incongruous melodrama near the finish. With Max Bygraves, Barbara Murray. Rating: fair.

THE SHAGGY DOG: Accidentally victimized by an ancient Borgia curse, a teen-aged boy (Tommy Kirk) finds himself unpredictably changing into the form of a big friendly pooch and then back into his normal state. Although played very broadly for what the industry calls bellylaffs, it adds up to an enjoyable family show.

SOME I.IKE IT HOT: Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis become female impersonators and join an all-girl jazz orchestra while lleeing from vengeful hoodlums in 1929. A well-curved singer named Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) stimulates the non-female in both of them. Genuine hilarity is gradually replaced by boredom and distaste as the one basic gag is stretched out thinner and thinner, although I’m sure some of the customers will adore every minute.

GÏLMOI R’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

At Capone: Real-life crime drama. Good. Anna I ncasta: Drama. Fair.

Auntie Maine: Comedy. Good.

Bachelor of Hearts: Comedy. Fair.

Bell, Book and Candle: Comedy. Fair. Blitzkrieg: German war documentary.

The Buccaneer: Historical drama. Fair. The Captain’s Table: Comedy. Fair. Compulsion: Crime drama. Good.

The Defiant Ones: Drama. Tops.

The Doctor’s Dilemma: Edwardian satire

by GBS. Fair.

First Man Into Space: Horror. Fair. Floods of Fear: Drama. Fair.

Foxiest Girl in Paris: Comedy. Fair. Gideon of Scotland Yard: Detective

comedy-drama. Poor.

Gidget: Teen comedy-drama. Fair.

Gigi: Musical. Excellent.

He Who Must Die: French drama. Good. The Horse’s Mouth: Comedy. Good. House on Haunted Hill: Ghost story. Fair.

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

Imitation of Life: Drama. Good.

Intent to Kill: Suspense. Good.

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

I Want to Live!: Death-cell drama. Good.

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

I he Journey: Cold War drama. Good.

Lonelyhearts: Newspaper drama. Fair.

The Mating Game: Comedy. Good.

Me and the Colonel: Comedy. Good.

Night of the Quarter Moon: Race-bias drama. Fair.

A Night to Remember: True shipwreck drama. Excellent.

9 Lives: True action drama. Good.

Orders to Kill: Drama. Excellent.

The Perfect Furlough: Comedy. Good.

Rockets Galore: British comedy. Good.

Separate Tables: Drama. Good.

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw: Wild West comedy. Fair.

The Spy on Wilhelinstrasse: British

espionage drama. Good.

The Square Peg: Spy comedy. Fair.

Stranger in My Arms: Drama. Fair.

Tempest: Historical drama. Good.

These Thousand Hills: Western. Good.

Virgin Island: Romantic comedy. Fair.