BEST BET The Spanish Gardener: Beautifully photographed in Spain, this British screen version of an A. J. Cronin novel tells of a frosty diplomat (Michael Hordern) who “loves” his young son so possessively that the boy is being denied all normal friendships. Jon Whiteley (the elder of the wee Scots in The Kidnappers) is completely natural as the lad, and Dirk Bogarde is the title-role handyman whose affection for the youngster inflames the father’s jealousy. Somewhat melodramatic toward the climax, this is nonetheless a superior film.
Gunfight at the OK Corral: Frontier marshal Wyatt Earp (Burt Lancaster) and his tubercular pal Doc Halliday (Kirk Douglas) join forces for the umpteenth time against the dastardly Clantons. The story is overfamiliar but stands up sturdily in this well-acted western.
The Happy Koud: A pleasant comedy about two runaway children who upset NATO security in Europe while the little boy’s widowed father (Gene Kelly) and the little girl’s divorced mother (Barbara Laage) are falling in love.
Kelly and Me: Van Johnson is a hammy vaudevillian in this show-biz yarn, and Kelly is a clever dog that makes its master rich and famous. There are a few superficial glimpses of Hollywood in the era of the early talkies.
Spring Reunion: This begins promisingly as a sardonic comedy about a class reunion and the disillusionments such an event usually offers, but soon the story becomes a routine romance. With Betty Hutton, Dana Andrews.
Three Brave Men: The true story of a loyal American (Ernest Borgnine) whom the U. S. Navy wrongfully dismissed as a security risk. The happy ending fails to banish some disquieting afterthoughts as to how such an injustice could happen, but the tale holds interest throughout. Cast also includes Ray Milland and Dean Jagger.
GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO THE CURRENT CROP
Anastasia: Mystery drama. Good.
The Barretts of Wimpole Street: Romantic drama. Fair.
The Battle of the River Piate: Navalwarfare drama. Good.
The Big Boodle: Crime drama. Fair.
The Brave One: Mexico drama. Good.
Dance With Me, Henry: Abbott-and-
Costello farce. Fair for kids.
Drango: South-in-1865 drama. Good.
Friendly Persuasion: Comedy-drama re American Quakers. Good.
F'ull of Life: Comedy. Good.
The Girl Can’t Help It: Rock ’n roll comedy. Fair.
Girl in Black Stockings: Crime. Fair.
4 Girls in Town: Comedy-drama. Fair. Great American Pastime: Comedy. Fair. The Greatest Love: Drama. Poor.
The Great Man: Drama. Excellent.
Gun for a Coward: Western. Fair.
Guns of Fort Petticoat: Western. Fair.
Halliday Brand: Western drama. Fair. Hot Summer Night: Crime drama. Fair. House of Secrets: Crime drama. Fair.
The Iron Petticoat: Comedy. Poor.
It’s Great to Be Voting: British school comedy. Fair.
The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent.
I he King and Four Queens: Western comedy-drama. Fair.
Loser Takes All: Comedy. Fair.
Mister Cory: Drama. Good.
The Night Runner: Drama. Fair.
The Rainmaker: Comedy-drama. Good. Reach for the Sky: RAF drama. Good.
Shadow on the Window: Crime. Fair. The Silent World: Undersea true-life drama in color. Tops.
Slander: Drama. Good.
Smiley: Australia comedy-drama. Good.
I he 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.
The Wings of Eagles: Drama. Poor. Women of Pitcairn Island: Drama. Poor. The Wrong Man: Drama. Good.
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