ENTERTAINMENT

Three stage talents combine for a screen hit

Clyde Gilmour September 9 1961
ENTERTAINMENT

Three stage talents combine for a screen hit

Clyde Gilmour September 9 1961

Three stage talents combine for a screen hit

MOVIES

Clyde Gilmour

SUMMER AND SMOKE: The English director Peter Glenville and the American actress Geraldine Page ought to make more movies together instead of concentrating on the stage. This handsome and intelligent screen edition of one of the better plays of Tennessee Williams offers Miss Page as a repressed spinster in a small southern town. Her performance deserves an Oscar nomination. Laurence Harvey, obviously doing his best to conceal his crisp Mayfairisms under a mushmouth drawl, ably portrays a young playboy doctor who tries to arouse the lady’s hidden desires.

ALAKAZAM THE GREAT:

Probably just the thing for juvenile TV-watchers whose mothers want to get them out of the house for a while. It’s a Japanese cartoon feature with dubbed American voices — including those of crooner Frankie Avalon, comedian Jonathan Winters, and Sterling Holloway, the world’s oldest adolescent. The style of drawing and animation is early Disney, but less skillful than the original.

THE BIG GAMBLE: A tough Irishman (Stephen Boyd), his resourceful French wife (Juliette Greco) and his fussy bachelor cousin (David Wayne) seem to take even longer than is necessary to nurse a huge truck through swamps and over mountain trails in Africa. The scenery is more interesting than the story.

THE GREENGAGE SUMMER:

Beautifully photographed amid the ripening plums of France’s champagne country, this British drama focuses attention on the blossoming talents of actress Susannah York, who was soldier Alec Guinness’ rebellious daughter in Tunes of Glory. With skill she depicts a 16-year-old English girl who tangles with a fading Frenchw'oman (Danielle Darrieux) while melting the heart of a shady, gallant mystery man (Kenneth More). The plot is corny but some of the film’s human emotions are adroitly and honestly projected.

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