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Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR April 9 1960
BEST BET

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR April 9 1960

Maclean’s Movies

BEST BET

CLYDE GILMOUR

OUR MAN IN HAVANA: Noel Coward of the British Secret Service (left) stonily conscripts a mild salesman of

vacuum cleaners (Sir Alec Guinness) as an undercover agent in pre-Castro Havana. That’s the basic joke in Sir Carol Reed’s British screen edition of the Graham Greene novel, and many of its ramifications are funny enough to make the film an item worth catching. At times, however, the understatements are overdone and a curious melancholy takes the edge off the cloak-and-dagger satire. Coward’s performance is a glorious caricature of the impeccable bureaucrat. Also on hand are Burl Ives, Maureen O’Hara, Ernie Kovacs.

PRETTY BOY FLOYD: Another in the recent outburst of pseudo-documentary underworld “biographies.” It pretends to offer a “crime does not pay sermon but actually glamorizes the farm-boy hoodlum (played by John Ericson) memorialized in the title. Rating: fair.

THE HYPNOTIC EYE: No explanation is ever given as to how and why the hypnotist in this horror yarn (Jacques Bergerac) has fallen under the spell of the shapely psychopath (Allison Hayes) whose hobby is the mutilation of beautiful girls. Suspenseful, but implausible.

TALL STORY: A few witty wisecracks and a charming debut by young Jane Fonda (daughter of Henry) are not enough to atone for the silly plot and toowhimsical style of this Hollywood campus comedy. With Anthony Perkins, Ray Walston, Marc Connelly.

TOBY TYLER: Produced by Walt Disney, this is a cheerful and entertaining comedy-drama about a small boy (Kevin Corcoran) who runs away and joins a circus. The picture is aimed mainly at the youngsters but many a grownup is likely to enjoy it, too.

A TOUCH OF LARCENY: An ingenious British comedy, sluggish in tempo but amusing nonetheless. James Mason appears as a peacetime Royal Navy commander who deliberately makes himself look like a top-seciet traitoi, foi complicated reasons involving an enticing widow (Vera Miles). With George Sanders.

THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY: Human brandings, the plucking out of tongues and miscellaneous forms of slaughter are among the hideous deeds either seen or heard in this gruesome British melodrama, set in the India of With Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson.

GILMOUR’S GLIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

Ben-Hur: Biblical drama. Excellent.

The Bis 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 Story: Biog-musical. Fair. Happy Anniversary: Sexy farce. Fair.

A Hole in the Head: Comedy. Good. Home from the Hill: Drama. Good.

I’m All Right, Jack: Comedy. Good.

Jack the Ripper: Whodunit. Fair.

Jet Over the Atlantic: Suspense. Fair. Journey to the Centre of the Earth: Science-fiction. Good.

The Last Voyage: Suspense. Excellent. Left, Right and Centre: Comedy. Fair. Li’l Abner: Comic musical. Good.

Masters of the Congo Jungle: African documentary story. Excellent.

The Mouse That Roared: Comedy. Good. ¡Never So F’ew: War romance. Good.

Odds Against Tomorrow: Drama. Good. Once More, With Feeling! Comedy with music. Fair.

On the Beach: Atom-survival drama.

Billow Talk: Comedy. Excellent.

The Purple Gang: Crime drama. Poor. The Rookie: Army comedy. Poor.

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

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.

Suddenly, Last Summer: Ultra-“adult” psychological drama. Fair.

They Came to Cordura: Drama. Good. Tokyo After Dark: Drama. Fair.

Upstairs and Downstairs: Comedy. Fair. Who Was That Lady? Comedy. Fair.

The Wreck of the Mary Deare: Sea mystery-drama. Excellent.