Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR February 13 1960
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR February 13 1960

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

THE STORY ON PAGE ONE: A suspenseful courtroom drama starring Rita Hayworth as a woman on trial for the murder of her policeman husband. Sanford Meisner contributes an acid sketch of a nasty prosecutor. This tough and honest film was written and directed by Clifford Odets. Especially notable is its swift but unhurried cross-cutting from face to face during the climactic moments, unmarred by background music. The excellent cast includes Gig Young as Miss Hayworth's lover and co-defendant, Anthony Franciosa as a razor-witted young defense counsel, and Mildred Dunnock as Young’s mother, a pious and smiling dragon.

CARRY ON TEACHER: The British farceurs who lampooned the army in Carry On Sergeant and the hospitals in Carry On Nurse are at it again in their latest gagfest, with an English school as the locale. Among the participants arc a benign headmaster (Ted Ray), several incredibly inept instructors, and a gang of diabolical little angels in the classrooms. Rating: fair.

1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS: The nearsighted Mr. Magoo’s first feature-length cartoon. It is shrewdly tailored for the kiddies and probably tolerable to many grownups as weil, although years of repetition have staled the great man’s comic repertoire. This time he appears as Aladdin’s boss. Uncle Abdul Azziz Magoo, a Baghdad lamp-shop proprietor.

SHE DIDN’T SAY NO! Persistent coyness and an overstressed “charm” arc the hallmarks of this disappointing British comedy. It stars the attractive Eileen Herlie as a much-sinned-against Irish spinster whose family consists of six children sired by five different fathers.

SOLOMON AND SHEBA: This multi-million-dollar semi-biblical extravaganza is one hour shorter than Ben-Hnr, but it seems to take at least twice as long to sit through. Yu! Brynner as Solomon is a gloomy monarch; Gina Lollobrigida. looking like a rather bored strip-teaser, is the royal temptress who seduces him for political reasons. The battle scenes are suitably imposing. With George Sanders, Marisa Pavan, Finlay Currie.

TARZAN THE APE MAN: A routine but acceptable addition to the neverending African adventure scries, with a new Tarzan (Denny Miller) as the treedwelling jungle lord. Joanna Barnes is Jane, and Cesare Danova is a teethgnashing villain.

GILMOUR S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

Anatomy of a Murder: Courtroom drama. Excellent

Beloved Infidel: Romantic drama. Fair. Ben-Hur: Biblical drama. Excellent.

The Best of Everything: Drama. Fair.

I'lie Bloody Brood: Crime drama. Fair. The Captain from Koepenick: German satirical comedy. Good.

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

Cash McCall: Comedy-drama. Fair.

Edge of Eternity: Melodrama. Fair. Kerry to Hong Kong: British comedydrama. Fair.

The FBI Story: G-man drama. Good. The 5 Pennies: Biog-musical. Good.

Girls Town: Reformatory drama. Poor. A Hole in the Head: Comedy, (jood. House of Intrigue: Spy drama. Fair.

I’m All Right, Jack: Comedy, (jood.

The Last Angry Man: Drama. Good.

Left, Right and Centre: Comedy. Fair. Li’l Abner: Comic musical. Good.

I'he Man Who Couldn't Talk: Courtroom drama. Fair.

The Man Who Understood Women:

Romantic comedy. Fair.

The Miracle: Costume drama. Poor.

The Mouse That Roared: Comedy. Good.

Never So Few: War romance. Good. North West Frontier: Action drama in India. Good.

J'he Nun’s Story: Drama. Excellent.

Odds Against Tomorrow: Drama, (jood. On the Beach: Atom-survival drama.

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, (jood. 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.