Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR January 30 1960
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR January 30 1960

Maclean’s Movies


BEST BET I’M ALL RIGHT, JACK: An Oxford-bred fugitive from industrial strife (Ian Carmichael) and three coy tennis players in a nudist colony are prominent in the large and somewhat frantic group of characters in this British satirical comedy. It weakens itself by refraining from establishing a valid point of view of its own, implying as it does that everybody on either side of the labor-management “war" is a crook or a fool; but the story is often wildly funny along the way. With Peter Sellers, TerryThomas, Dennis Price, Margaret Rutherford, Liz Fraser.

CASH McCALL: A dynamic glamor boy of high finance (James Garner) is the interesting but implausible hero of this Hollywood comedy-drama. He makes millions by knowing when to buy a company dirt-cheap and sell it at a huge profit. Natalie Wood. Nina Foch, Dean Jagger and Henry Jones are among the dazzled pawns whose destinies he juggles. Rating: fair.

EDGE OF ETERNITY: Some really breath-taking views of the Grand Canyon in wide-screen color compensate for an utterly predictable plot and a rather drab performance by Cornel Wilde as a sheriff tracking down a laughing gold smuggler (Mickey Shaughnessy).

LI’L ABNER: Al Capp’s raffish comic-strip world comes to life with enjoyable gusto in a Dogpatch musical based on the successful Broadway show. Whenever the story begins to bog down, another lively song-and-dance number gives it an invigorating lift. With Peter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Stubby Kaye.

THE MIRACLE: Max Reinhardt’s famous stage spectacle of many years ago may have been a thing of magic in its day but the belated film stemming from it is dull, tasteless and at times ridiculous. It’s about a student nun (Carroll Baker) who runs away from a Spanish convent during the Napoleonic invasion.

NEVER SO FEW: Long and thickly involved is the story wrapped around Frank Sinatra as a tough little American army captain and Gina Lollobrigida as a rich man’s plaything during the worst days of the war in Burma. Good action scenes and some unhackneyed humor make the film worth seeing.


Anatomy of a Murder: Courtroom drama.


Beloved Infidel: Romantic drama. Fair.

Ben-Hur: Biblical drama. Excellent.

The Best of Everything: Drama. Fair.

The Bloody Brood: Crime drama. Fair.

Bohbikins: British comedy. Fair.

The Captain From Koepenick: German satirical comedy. Good.

Carlton-Browne of the F'.O.: British comedy. Good.

The Devil’s Disciple: GBS comedy-drama. Fair.

F'erry to Hong Kong: British comedydrama. Fair.

The F'BI Story: G-man drama. Good.

The 5 Pennies: Biog-musical. Good.

Girls Town: Reformatory drama. Poor.

A Hole in the Head: Comedy. Good.

House of Intrigue: Spy drama. Fair.

It Started With a Kiss: “Naughty” comedy. Good.

The Jayhawkers: Western. Fair.

The Last Angry Man: Drama. Good.

Left, Right and Centre: Comedy. Fair.

Look Back in Anger: Drama. Good.

The Man Who Couldn't Talk: Courtroom drama. Fair.

The Man Who Understood Women:

Romantic comedy. Fair.

The Mouse That Roared: Comedy. Good.

North West F'rontier: Action drama in India. Good.

The Nun’s Story: Drama. Excellent.

Odds Against Tomorrow: Drama. Good. On the Beach: Atom-survival drama. Good.

Operation Petticoat: Comedy. Fair.

Pillow Talk: Comedy. Excellent.

Porgy and Bess: Music-drama. Good. Pork Chop Hill: War drama. Good.

Room at the Top: Adult drama from Britain. Excellent.

The Scapegoat: Drama. Fair.

Sign of the Gladiator: Drama. Poor.

A Summer Place: Drama. Fair.

They Came to Cordura: Drama. Good. Third Man on the Mountain: Alpine

drama. Good.

—30—: Newspaper drama. Fair.

Tiger Bay: Suspense drama. Good.

Upstairs and Downstairs: Comedy. Fair.

The Wonderful Country: Western. Good. The Wreck of the Mary Deare: Sea

mystery-drama. Excellent.