Maclean's Movies

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR December 19 1959
Maclean's Movies

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR December 19 1959

Maclean's Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW: A corrupt ex-policeman (Ed Begley, centre) urgently functions as a restraining influence between a proud Negro (Harry Belafonte) and a rabid Negro-hater from the South (Robert Ryan) in this sombre and strong crime drama. All three are confederates in a bank robbery. Without preaching, the story’s ending ofTers a richly ironic lesson about race prejudice.

LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTRE: A British comedy which sets out to spoof British politics. A silly-ass Tory candidate (Ian Carmichael) and his shapely Labor opponent (Patricia Bredin) fall in love, to the horror of their party executives. The results are only intermittently funny but Alastair Sim contributes a fine sketch as a conniving nobleman whose Stately Home is the busiest tourist-trap in the country.

LIBEL: The effortless mastery of old-timers Robert Morley and Wilfrid Hyde White, in their roles as crafty lawyers in a courtroom battle, is the most enjoyable ingredient in a British drama starring Dirk Bogarde. He appears as (a) a soldierly aristocrat and (b) the blueblood's exact physical double, a rascal if there ever was one. With Olivia de Havilland, Paul Massie.

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED: Strained though it becomes before the finish, this British comedy is worth seeing. A medieval duchy not much larger than the Yankee Stadium accidentally captures the Q-bomb (successor to the Hbomb) during a farcical "invasion” of New York and then finds itself controlling the world. With Peter Sellers (in three roles), Jean Seberg, William Hartnell.

-3«-: The newspaperman’s traditional symbol for “the end” constitutes the cryptic title of this Hollywood comedy-drama about the press. Its elaborate documentary “realism” is weakened by glib touches of sentimentality and comic-strip clowning. The yarn itself holds interest, however, with producerdirector Jack Webb as a crisp managing editor whose heart has been softboiled by personal tragedy.

LJPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS: A repetitious British comedy, with occasional bright spots, about the efforts of a young couple (Michael Craig. Anne Heywood) to find a housemaid who won’t completely shatter their sanity.

GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP

Anatomy of a Murder: Courtroom drama. Excellent.

Ask Any Girl: Comedy. Good.

The Best of Everythin»:: Drama. Fair. The Bloody Brood: Crime drama. Fair. Blue Denim: Drama. Fair.

Bobbikins: British comedy. Fair.

Career: Show-world drama. Fair. Carlton-Browne of the F.O.: British comedy. Good.

Darby O’Gill and the Little People:

Comic fantasy. Fair.

The Devil’s Disciple: GBS comedy-drama. Fair.

Ferry to Hon»: Kong: British comedydrama. Fair.

The FBI Story: G-man drama. Good. The Five Pennies: Biog-musical. Good.

Girls Towns Reformatory drama. Poor. A Hole in the Head: Comedy. Good.

It Started With a Kiss: “Naughty” comedy. Good.

The Last Angry Man: Drama. Good. Look Back in Anger: Drama. Good.

The Man Who Couldn't Talk: Courtroom drama. Fair.

Middle of the Night: Drama. Fair.

North by Northwest: Comedy-thriller by Hitchcock. Excellent.

The Nun’s Story: Drama. Excellent.

On the Beach: Atom-survival drama. Good.

Pillow Talk: Comedy. Excellent.

Porgy and Bess: Music-drama. Good. Pork Chop Hill: War drama. Good.

The Rabbit Trap: Drama. Fair.

The Roof: Italian comedy-drama. Excellent.

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

Sapphire: British whodunit. Fair.

The Scapegoat: Drama. Fair.

Sign of the Gladiator: Drama. Poor.

A Summer Place: Drama. Fair.

Tamango: Sea drama. Fair.

10 Seconds to Hell: Suspense. Fair.

They Came to Cordura: Drama. Good. Third Man on the Mountain: Alpine drama. Good.

Tiger Bay: Suspense drama. Good.

The Wonderful Country: Western. Good. Yellowstone Kelly: Western. Good. Yesterday’s Enemy: War drama. Good.