Maclean's Movies

Maclean's Movies


February 2 1957
Maclean's Movies

Maclean's Movies


February 2 1957

Maclean's Movies


Best Bet

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.


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

comedy. Poor.

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

comedy-drama. Fair.

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

comedy. Excellent.

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.

Tension at Table Rock: Western. Good.

Toward the Unknown: Air drama. Good.

The Unguarded Moment: Drama. Good.

War and Peace: Drama. Good.

You Can’t Run A wav From It: Comedy.