Maclean's Movies

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR March 30 1957
Maclean's Movies

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR March 30 1957

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET

Smiley: A shiny new bicycle is life’s rosiest dream to a small boy (Colin Petersen) in an Australian bush town in this naive but pleasant family comedy-drama. It’s a British film, benefiting from the beauty of its authentic Australian background, Smiley’s friends and foes include a jolly clergyman (Sir Ralph Richardson), a pretty teacher (Jocelyn Hernfield) and an opium smuggler (John McCallum).

Drango: A somewhat draggy but thoughtful and decent drama about a Union officer (Jeff Chandler) who faces both open and secret hostility in his efforts to rebuild a ravaged Southern town at the end of the Civil War. With Joanne Dru, Donald Crisp.

The Girl in Black Stockings: Pretentious touches in direction and camera work fail to bestow above-average merits on a whodunit about a series of murders at a summer resort. With Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft and Canada’s Diana van der Vlis.

The Guns of Fort Petticoat: A fair western, replete with the sort of bangbang action that youngsters seem to cherish on a Saturday afternoon. Audie Murphy and a battalion of women hold off the redskins.

The Great Man: Worth a second mention is this biting satire on the idolcreating nature of commercial radio-TV. With José Ferrer, Ed Wynn, Keenan Wynn, Dean Jagger, Julie London.

Hot Summer Night: Most of the characters in this arty little crime melodrama remain enigmas at the finish. It’s about a jobless newsman (Leslie Nielsen) who is kidnapped by the killers he is trying to interview. Rating: fair.

The Shadow on the Window: Once again three hoodlums—teen-agers this time—terrorize a peaceful house. The result is a mildly suspenseful yarn, with John Barrymore Jr., Betty Garrett.

GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

Anastasia: Mystery drama. Good.

Baby Doll: Sexy comedy-drama. Welldone trash. Rating: Fair.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street: Romantic drama. Fair.

The Battle of the River Plate: Navalwarfare drama. Good.

Beyond Mombasa: Jungle drama. Poor.

The Brave One: Mexico drama. Good.

Dance With Me, Henry: Abbott-andCostello farce. Fair for kids.

Friendly Persuasion: Comedy-drama re American Quakers. Good.

Full of Life: Comedy. Good.

Giant: Texas drama. Good.

The Girl Can't Help It: Rock ’n roll comedy. Fair.

Gold Rush: Chaplin reissue. Excellent.

Great American Pastime: Comedy. Fair.

House of Secrets: Crime drama. Fair.

The Iron Petticoat: Comedy. Poor.

It’s Great to Be Young: British school comedy. Fair.

The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent.

The King and Four Queens: Western comedy-drama. Fair.

The Last YVagon: Western. Good.

Loser Takes Ail: Comedy. Fair.

Mister Cory: Drama. Good.

Nightfall: Crime drama. Fair.

The Rainmaker: Comedy-drama. Good. Reach for the Sky: RAF drama. Good. Reprisal: Western. Good.

Secrets of Life: Nature. Excellent.

The Silent World: Undersea true-life drama in color. Tops.

Slander: Drama. Good.

The Solid Gold Cadillac: Big-business comedy. Excellent.

Storm Centre: Drama. Fair.

Top Secret Affair: Comedy. Fair. Toward the Unknown: Air drama. Good.

The Unguarded Moment: Drama. Good.

Westward Ho the Wagons!: lnjuns-vs.settlers western. Good.

The Wings of Eagles: Drama. Poor.

The Wrong Man: Drama. Good.

Zarak: Desert melodrama. Fair.