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.
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