Do faith healers really heal? In the article on Oral Roberts (Oct. 27) it is intimated that there is possibly the odd healing in the Pentecostal groups, in Christian Science, in the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches. It is also stated that a small proportion of sick persons taken to the shrine of Lourdes have experienced cures . . . We have positive knowledge of healings in the Anglican Church.
This year of 1956, now drawing to its fretful close, is likely to be compared in the history books of the future with another troubled year: 1848. For 1848 was also a time of troubles, when the flames of self-determination swept across the world.
Bombarded by X rays and rays from TV tubes, watch dials, car panels and H-bomb tests, we are constant targets of radioactivity. What is it doing to us—and future generations? Here are some disturbing factsBy Sidney Katz21 min
Three Eskimos had already been murdered when word filtered out of the north. Then the Mounties began to unravel the macabre and bloody story of a would-be Messiah and his chain of human sacrificesBy ALAN PHILLIPS17 min
CLYDE GILMOUR The Boss: A crime drama with several powerful scenes in it. However, the whole enterprise is weakened hy John Payne’s boyishly inadequate portrayal of a ruthless racketeer. The Opposite Sex: A remake, with music, of The Women (1939), a tough catty comedy about divorcees and husband-stealers. The original was better, but the new version is good entertainment. With June Allyson. Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan, Leslie Nielsen. The Ten Commandments: Cecil B. de Mille’s vastly expanded remake of his 1923 silent epic takes three hours and thirty-nine minutes to sit through, and the time, for me, often dragged heavily. Its best scenes are staggering in scope and deeply reverent in tone, but few of them carry any emotional impact deeper than might be stirred by a succession of stately Bible posters wired for sound. Some of de Mille’s camera “miracles” are convincing, others not. Charlton Heston is a noble figure as Moses. With Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, and twenty-five thousand extras. The Unguarded Moment: Esther Williams performs creditably in her first nonswimming role, as a schoolteacher whose future is threatened by a sex scandal. The story is farfetched in some particulars but holds the interest. Edward Andrews is outstanding as a prim middle-aged psychopath. GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP The Ambassador’s Daughter: Comedy. Good. Attack: War drama. Good. Back Front Eternity: Jungle suspense drama. Good. Bandido: Adventure. Fair. The Best Things in I.ife Are Free: Musical biography. Fair. Bigger Than Life: Drama. Fair. The Black Tent: Drama. Fair. Bus Stop: Romantic comedy. Fair. The Catered Affair: Drama. Good. Charley Moon: British musical. Boor. Eyewitness: Suspense. Fair. The Fastest Gun Alive: Suspense in the West. Good. Foreign Intrigue: Spy drama. Fair. French Cancan: Music-drama. Good. Gold Rush: Chaplin reissue. Excellent. The Harder They Fall: Drama. Good. High Society: Musical. Good. Invitation to the Dance: All-ballet, no-talk musical. Fair. I’ve Lived Before: Drama. Poor. Jacqueline: Irish comedy. Good. Jubal: Western drama. Good. The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent. The King and I: Music-drama. Tops. A Kiss Before Dying: Suspense. Fair. The Ladykillers: Comedy. Good. A Lamp Is Heavy: Hospital drama. Fair. The Last Ten Days: German drama about Fiitler. Excellent. The Last Wagon: Western. Good. m Lisbon: Melodrama. Fair. Hie Long Arm: Detective story. Good. jiSi; Lovers and Lollipops: Comedy. Good. §§ Lust for Life: Drama. Good. g Moby Dick: Sea drama. Excellent. | The Mountain: Alpine drama. Fair. í: Pardners: Western farce. Poor. Si; Port Afrique: Crime drama. Poor. 0 The Power and the Prize: Bigbusiness drama. Good. j*; Private’s Progress: Comedy. Good. §§ The Proud Ones: Western. Good. Reach for the Sky: RAF drama. Good. :|; Richard III: Shakespeare, lops. Run for the Sun: Suspense. Good. Safari: Jungle melodrama. Fair. Santiago: Adventure. Fair. ;S; Satellite in the Sky: Science-fiction ;•;§ adventure. Fair. Si The Solid Gold Cadillac: Big-business comedy. Excellent. SS Storm Centre: Drama. Fair. 5$; La Strada: Italian drama. Good. i;i$ Tea and Sympathy: Drama. Good. That Certain Feeling: Comedy. Fair. These Wilder Years: Drama. Good. iS Timetable: Crime drama. Good. §i|; Trapeze: Circus drama. Good. 2J Paces to Baker Street: Mystery and suspense. Good. •;§; The Vagabond King: Sword opera. Fair. War and Peace: Outsize drama. Good. Who Done It?: Comedy. Fair.By CLYDE GILMOUR3 min
This war vet liked to eat so he opened an Italian grocery. To advertise it he broadcast Italian music. That was such a hit he hired a hall for Italian singers and imported Italian movies. In Toronto they call his many-sided businessBy Richard O’Hagan16 min
I am not interested in nourishment, though I remember one repast consisting of Lake Ontario whitefish and roast duckling from Quebec that would take some beating. However the most memorable meal is one I had when in early morn I reached my Dawson cabin after sixty miles, on ten of which I had to break trail in the snow.By Robert W. Service2 min
Paul Kligman makes a good living on the stage but, as master of the Jewish joke, he works overtime for nothing . . . just to hear his friends laugh. Have you heard his latest about The Day The Bread Fell Buttered Side Up?By BARBARA MOON11 min
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