A HOLE IN THE HEAD: Frank Sinatra appears as a lighthearted Florida widower with a twelve-year-old son (Eddie
Hodges) in this pleasant Hollywood comedy. But it’s Edward G. Robinson (right), as Sinatra’s wisecracking brother, who runs away with the picture. Thelma Ritter plays Robinson’s wife Sophie, described by her spouse as being so sentimental that she cries at hockey games. Keenan Wynn contributes a fine malevolent sketch of a bigshot showman.
THE FIVE PENNIES: Danny Kaye in a musical biography of Red Nichols, the cornet man who became a top figure in the jazz world until parental worries forced him into retirement. A bit too sobby in spots, the film rates “good” for its exuberant music, its sharply detailed Jazz Age atmosphere, and Kaye’s likeable performance. With Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong.
LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL: Unless free westerns on TV have eliminated too many of the customers, this solid big-screen opus ought to prosper. It’s about a sheriff (Kirk Douglas) and his relentless pursuit of the two men who raped and killed his Indian wife. With Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones, Earl Holliman.
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT: Some of the sharp edges in Paddy Chayefsky’s fine stage play have been blunted in his own screen version, although there are many good moments. It’s about a New York clothing manufacturer (Fredric March) who falls in love with a divorcee (Kim Novak) younger than his own daughter.
TIGER BAY: The title refers to a squalid district of Cardiff, Wales, where a young Polish sailor (Horts Buchholz) is hunted for the murder of his mistress (Yvonne Mitchell). This may not sound promising but the film wins sympathy from the start — and it offers a memorable debut by actor John Mills’ twelveyear-old daughter Hayley.
WOMAN OBSESSED: A corny outdoor melodrama, with a fake “Saskatchewan” locale, starring Susan Hayward as a farm widow with a wide gamut of emotional troubles. Rating: poor.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
AÍ Capone: Real-life crime drama. Good. The Angry Hills: War drama. Fair. Ask Any Girl: Comedy. Good. Bachelor of Hearts: Comedy. Fair. Behind the Mask: Hospital drama. Fair. The Black Orchid: FJrama. Fair. The Captain’s Table: Comedy. Fair. Carlton-Browne of the F.O.: British comedy. Good. Carry On, Admiral. Comedy. Good. Compulsion: Crime drama. Good. Count Your Blessings: Comedy. Fair. Crime and Punishment U.S.A.: Detective drama. Good. A Cry From the Streets: British drama about orphans. Fair. Danger W ithin: War-prison drama. Good. The Déliant Ones: Drama. Tops. The Doctor’s Dilemma: Edwardian satire by GBS. Fair. Gigi: Musical. Excellent. Green Mansions: Fantasy-drama. Fair. The Horse’s Mouth: Comedy. Good. Hound of the Baskervilles: Sherlock Holmes mystery. Fair. Ice-Cold in Alex: British drama of war in desert. Good. It Happened to Jane: Comedy. Good.
I W'ant to Live!: Death-cell drama. Good. I M'as Monty’s Double: True-life hoax thriller. Good. Mam’zelle Pigalle: Comedy. Poor. The Man Upstairs: Drama. Good. Me and the Colonel: Comedy. Good. Murder by Contract: Suspense. Good. My World Dies Screaming: Drama. Poor. Naked Maja: Historical drama. Poor. Passionate Summer: Drama. Poor. Pork Chop Hill: W'ar drama. Good. Room at the Top: Adult drama from Britain. Excellent. Sea Fury: Action drama. Fair. Separate Tables: Drama. Good. Some Like It Hot: Comedy. Fair. The Square Peg: Spy comedy. Fair. The 39 Steps: Comedy thriller. Good. This F.artli Is Mine: Drama. Fair. Thunder in the Sun: Western. Fair. Too Many Crooks: Comedy. Good. Tread Softly Stranger: Drama. Poor. Virgin Island: Romantic comedy. Fair. Warlock: Western. Good. Watusi: Jungle adventure. Fair. Westbound: Western. Good. The Young Philadelphians: Drama. Good.
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