SEVEN THIEVES: A disgraced scientist (Edward G. Rebinson), a tough-minded adventurer (Rod Steiger), a strip-tease
dancer (Joan Collins) and a bogus nobleman (Eli Wallach) are among the seven confederates in this gripping "perfect crime” drama. Their project: to remove four million dollars in francs from the underground vaults of the Monte Carlo casino. Many surprises are in store before the unexpected ending.
THE BRAMBLE BUSH: Another in Hollywood’s new wave of self-consciously “adult” shockers. Reminiscent of Peyton Place in tone and style, it deals with a “mercy killing” and various levels of sexual excess in a prim Massachusetts town. The cast includes Richard Burton, Barbara Rush, Jack Carson. Angie Dickinson. Rating: fair.
EXPRESSO BONGO: The sharp satirical edge attributed to the original stage production is disappointingly blunted in the screen version but many an amusing moment survives in this fast-paced British musical comedy. It’s about a showbusiness sharpie (Laurence Harvey) who callously exploits a rock-and-roll singer (Cliff Richard) while making him an idol of the entertainment wond.
HOME FROM THE HILL: Although it is too long and there are some perplexing gaps and ambiguities in the story, this is an interesting and richly atmospheric rural drama with a Deep South locale. Robert Mitchum plausibly portrays a rich Lothario, with Eleanor Parker as his disapproving wife, the only woman in town who is immune to his masculine charms. Two promising newcomers (George Peppard, George Hamilton) and a tested veteran (Everett Sloane) are also in the cast.
MASTERS OF THE CONGO JUNGLE: Don’t be misled by its corny title. This is not a witch-doctor melodrama but a beautiful and absorbing documentary study of nature’s wondrous ways in primitive Africa. The photography is memorably fine, and the luminous commentary is effectively spoken by Orson Welles and William Warfield.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
Ren-Hur: Biblical drama. Excellent. The BÍ« Fisherman: Bible drama. Fair. The Bloody Brood: Crime drama. Fair. A Bucket of Blood: Horror “comedy.” Poor.
Carlton-Browne of the F.O.: British comedy. Good.
Cash McCall: Comedy-drama. Fair. Ensene Onegin: Filmed opera. Good. Ferry to Hons Kons: British comedydrama. Fair.
The FBI Story: G-man drama. Good. The 5 Pennies: Biog-musical. Good. Flame Over India (new title for North West Frontier): Drama. Good.
Four Fast Guns: Western. Fair.
Gene Krupa Story: Biog-musical. Fair. Girls Town: Reformatory drama. Poor. Goliath and the Barbarians: "Historical” action drama. Poor.
A Hole in the Head: Comedy. Good. I’m All Right, Jack: Comedy. Good. Journey to the Centre of the Karth: Science-fiction. Good.
The Last Angry Man: Drama. Good. Left, Risht and Centre: Comedy. Fair. Li’l Abner: Comic musical. Good.
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.
The Nun’s Story: Drama. Excellent.
Odds Asainst Tomorrow: Drama. Good. 1001 Arabian Nights: Cartoon. Good.
On the Reach: Atom-survival drama.
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.
She Didn’t Say No: Comedy. Fair. Solomon and Sheba: “Bible” epic. Fair. SOS Pacific: Suspense drama. Good.
The Story on Page One: Courtroom drama. Excellent.
Suddenly, Last Summer: Ultra-“adult” psychological drama. Fair.
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.
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