MAN ON A STRING: Ernest Borgnine, the love-starved butcher Marty of a few years ago, gives another persuasive
performance in this true-life spy thriller. His role is that of a Russian-born Hollywood movie producer who ruefully does a few favors to Soviet espionage as a way of rescuing his aged father from behind the Iron Curtain. Then he becomes a “double agent" — a counterspy for the West while ostensibly making a documentary film in Berlin. On-the-spot photography in several world capitals is a substantial asset throughout. With Kerwin Mathews, Alexander Scourby, Colleen Dewhurst.
FOLLOW A STAR: Another of the strained British comedies which centre around Norman Wisdom, a sort of English equivalent of Jerry Lewis. This time he's a suit-presser whose crooning voice is slickly stolen by a fading singer (Jerry Desmonde) through stealthy tape recordings. Hattie Jacques as a mountainous vocal teacher and Richard Wattis as a baffled psychiatrist are often funnier than the star.
PLEASE DONT EAT THE DAISIES: Jean Kerr's best-seller was a plotless package of anecdotes about her parental ordeal in raising a houseful of Lovable Brats. The movie, although droll in spots, clumsily tries to make a big thing of the fact that Daddy (David Niven) is a New York drama critic, balefully pursued by a bosomy actress (Jam’s Paige) whose work he had scorned. Doris Day is the long-suffering Mommy. Rating: fair.
TOBY TYLER: Another reminder seems in order concerning Walt Disney's boy-at-a-circus adventure, a genial comedy-drama already saluted in this corner. It's a fine "family” show.
TOO SOON TO LOVE: Kept apart by the girl's narrow-minded father, two teenagers soon find themselves "in trouble." I hen the boy ineptly attempts a robbery, his only way of raising some money in a hurry. The film is just as inept as the robbery. Jennifer West and Richard Evans are the luckless lovers.
THE TRIAL OF SERGEANT RUTLEDGE: The once-great director John Ford resumes his love affair with the bygone U. S. Cavalry in this long and corny court-martial drama. The accused (Woody Strode) is a hitherto blameless Negro soldier on trial for rape and murder. Jeffrey Hunter ably portrays the young white officer who defends him.
GILM OURS GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
Ben-Hur: Biblical drama. Excellent.
The Bifi Fisherman: Bible drama. Fair. The Bramble Bush: “Adult” drama. Fair. Cash McCall: Comedy-drama. Fair. Eugene Onegin: Filmed opera. Good. Expresso Bongo: British comedy. Good. Flame Over India: Drama. Good.
The Gazebo: Murder comedy. Fair.
Gene Krupa Storj: Biog-musical. Fair. Happy Anniversary: Sexy farce. Fair. Home From the Hill: Drama. Good.
The Hypnotic Eye: Horror. Fair.
I’m AH Right, Jack: Comedy. Good.
Jack the Ripper: Whodunit. Fair.
Jet Over the Atlantic: Suspense. Fair. Journey to the Centre of the Earth: Science liction. Good.
The Last Angry Man: Drama. Good.
The Last Voyage: Suspense. Excellent. Left, Right and Centre: Comedy. Fair.
Li’I Abner: Comic musical. Good.
Masters of the Congo Jungle: African documentary story. Excellent.
The Mouse That Roared: Comedy. Good.
Never So Few: War romance. Good. Odds Against Tomorrow: Drama. Good. Once More, With Feeling! Comedy with music. Fair.
Our Man in Havana: Spy comedy. Good. Pretty Boy Floyd: Crime drama. Fair.
The Purple Gang: Crime drama. Poor. The Rookie: Army comedy. Poor.
Seven Thieves: Crime drama. Good.
Sink the Bismarck! War-at-sea drama. Excellent.
Solomon and Sheba: Bible epic. Fair.
SOS Pacific: Suspense drama. Good.
The Story on Page One: Courtroom drama. Excellent.
Stranglers of Bombay: Melodrama. Poor. Suddenly, Last Summer: Ultra-“aduh” psychological drama. Fair.
Tall Story: Campus comedy. Fair.
Tokyo After I>ark: Drama. Fair.
A Touch of Larceny: Comedy. Good. Upstairs and Downstairs: Comedy. Fair. Who Was That Lady? Comedy. Fair. The Wreck of the Mary Deare: Sea mystery-drama. Excellent.
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