The Battle of the River Plate: I he British have made a stirring film of the first major naval battle of the 1939-45 war. This was the epie encounter between the German pocket battleship Graf Spec and three Royal Navy cruisers in South American waters. I he picture might have heen even better if the story hadn't veered away in mid-battle from the Graf Spec's formidable but gentlemanly captain, Hans Langsdorlf a memorable character, superbly played by Peter f inch.
Beyond Mombasa: Although photographed in the jungle, this Anglo-American adventure seems no less phony than most of the "African" thrillers manufactured in southern California. With Cornell Wilde, Donna Reed. Leo Genn.
Hollywood or Bust: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in a rambling, occasionally amusing cross-country farce. Anita Ekberg appears briefly in one of the title roles.
A Letter to 3 Wives: A reissue, well worth catching, of a 1949 Hollywood comedy-drama written and directed by the talented Joseph E. Mankicwicz a year before he made the sparkling All About Eve. It tells of a trio of smalltown matrons (Linda Darnell. Ann Sothern. Jeanne Crain) who can't find out for many hours which of their husbands has just run away with the classiest temptress around.
Written on the Wind: A pretentious big-budget soap opera about a Texas oil king's neurotic offspring (Robert Stack. Dorothy Malone) and their alarming impact on the lives of two wholesome, clean-cut sweethearts (Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall). Rating: fair.
Zarak: A sand opera, in ease you didn't know, is a desert soap opera, and this one. co-starring Victor Mature and Anita Ekberg. is a fairly typical specimen. Michael Wilding is also on hand as a sterling Briton who sets out to capture bandit Mature. Rating: fair.
GILMOIR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
Attack!: War drama. Good.
Bah) Doll: Sexy comedy-drama; well-
done trash. Rating: fair.
Back From F.terriit): Jungle suspense drama. Good.
Between Heaven and Hell: War. Fair.
Bigger Ilian I.¡fe: Drama. Fair.
The Blonde Sinner: Drama. Fair. (Note
original title: Yield to the Night.I
The Brave One: Mexico drama. Good.
Dealt) of a Scoundrel: Drama. Poor.
Everything But the Truth: Romantic
Friendly Persuasion: Comedy-drama re
American Quakers. Good.
Gold Rush: Chaplin reissue. Excellent.
Great American Pastime: Comedy. Fair.
It’s Never Too Fate: Coined). Fair.
Julie: Suspense drama. Poor.
The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent.
The King and Four Queens: Western
The King and I: Music-drama. Tops.
A Failli) Is Heavy: Hospital drama. Fair.
The Fast Wagon: Western. Good.
The Fong Arm: Detective story. Good.
Loser lakes All: Comedy. Fair.
I.ove Me lender: Fair western—but
warning: Presley ‘‘sings’'!
Man From Del Rio: Western. Good.
Mob) Dick: Sea drama. Excellent.
The Power and the Prize: Drama of
trig business. Good.
Reach for the Skv: RAF’ drama. Good.
Reprisal: W estern. Good.
Richard III: Shakespeare, lops.
The Sharkfighterx: Adventure. Fair.
The Silent World: Undersea true-life
drama in color. Tops.
The Solid Gold Cadillac: Big-business
Storm Centre: Drama. Fair.
The Teahouse of the August Moon: Armv-vs.-“natives" comedy. Fair.
The Ten Commandments: Bible epic. Dull in spots but vast, reverent.
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