Undercover Girl, by its very title, suggests a conventional melodrama with a twist in that a girl is the gangsters' foil. Which is exactly what it is.
The Asphalt Jungle is a study in crime, hard-hitting in its expose of the underworld. Ironic realism is striven for and achieved in the writing, production and direction. An audience will quite…
Max Ophuls' first European chore in 15 years, La Ronde is a fantasy on various varieties of love affairs [from the play Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler]. A raconteur leads the audience through a series…
Adam's Rib is a bright comedy success, belting over a succession of sophisticated laughs. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin have fashioned their amusing screenplay around the age-old battle of the sexes.
In The Red Danube [from the novel Vespers in Vienna by Bruce Marshall], Metro aims a haymaker at Soviet repatriation methods in Europe and general Communist ideology, but the punch lands short of the…
Joan Fontaine, pianist, and Joseph Cotten, an engineer, are on the same plane bound for New York from Rome. Engine trouble forces the plane down in Naples. Both go sightseeing for a couple of hours.
Father of the Bride as a pic smites the risibilities just as hard as it did in book form [by Edward Streeter].
Spotting Jane Wyman as crippled Laura, Arthur Kennedy as her compassionate brother, Gertrude Lawrence as their frowzy mother and Kirk Douglas as the Gentleman Caller who unwittingly changes their…
No Man of Her Own combines an adult love story with melodrama, runs off with the intensity of a full-bloom soap opera, and is altogether satisfying screen dramatics [from the novel I Married a Dead…
Champagne for Caesar centers its lampooning on bigtime soap companies and the quiz shows that hand out money freely to contestants. Ronald Colman plays an intellectual, a sort of walking…