Being uninspired, The Spiral Road is the uninspiring tale of an atheist's conversion to God. The picture, moreover, takes the devil's own time getting down to cases and the resolution; and of its numerous defects, prolonged length is a major infirmity of this chronicle of jungle medicine in Java as practiced by the Dutch.

Being uninspired, The Spiral Road is the uninspiring tale of an atheist’s conversion to God. The picture, moreover, takes the devil’s own time getting down to cases and the resolution; and of its numerous defects, prolonged length is a major infirmity of this chronicle of jungle medicine in Java as practiced by the Dutch.

A novel by Dutch author Jan de Hartog is the source for the flabby screenplay. It concerns an opportunitist, gainsaying freshman medic (Rock Hudson) and his determination to ride to scientific fame on the research of a seasoned jungle physician (Burl Ives). Hudson’s arrogance and cynicism are played against sundry goodhearts – his suffering wife (Gena Rowlands), the Salvation Army man (Geoffrey Keen), and highminded types who constitute his superiors in the government medical mission.

The Spiral Road

Production

Universal. Director Robert Mulligan; Producer Robert Arthur; Screenplay Neil Paterson, John Lee Mahin; Camera Russell Harlan; Editor Russell F. Schoengarth; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1962. Running time: 145 MIN.

With

Rock Hudson Burl Ives Gena Rowlands Geoffrey Keen Neva Patterson Will Kuvula
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