Tom Ewell, one of the homeliest and most likable actors, in Hollywood, does his best to save the day in this third screen edition of Phil Stong’s bucolic novel. His role — played by Will Rogers in 1932 and by Charles Winninger in 1945 — is that of a farmer who exhibits a prize hog named Blue Boy while his son (Pat Boone ) and daughter ( Pamela Tiffin) are experiencing the bittersweet pangs of summer romances at the fair. The story has been “updated” and unaccountably shifted from Stong’s Iowa to Texas, but the handling of the musical numbers is stodgy and old-fashioned.
I.A BELLE AMERICAINE: A
fast and rollicking comedy from France. The title-role “character” is not a girl but a car: a lavish Detroit convertible which fantastically complicates the life of its new owner (Robert Dhéry), a humble factory-hand in Paris.
LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA: Soapoperatic in theme but elegant in style is this romantic drama about a beautiful American tourist of 26 (Yvette Mimieux) whose ardent Italian admirers don’t suspect that her permanent mental age is 10. Her mother (Olivia de Havilland) must decide whether this chilling fact should be concealed from a Florentine playboy (George Hamilton) who has marriage on his mind.
ROME ADVENTURE: Photo-
genic Italy gets another travelogue treatment. The scenic glories surpass the shallow story and the corny dialogue given to Troy Donahue and Suzanne Plestette.
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