More stage play than motion picture, Carl Foreman’s screenplay is wisely concerned with letting the Brian Hooker words speak for themselves.
Interpreting the rhyme and prose of the play is Jose Ferrer. It comes to the screen as an outstanding achievement in histrionics, quick with humor and sadness.
The Cyrano plot needs little reprising. A man, made a clown by a great peninsular of a nose, supplies the love words so that another, more handsome of profile, may woo the girl to whom he has lost his heart.
Michael Gordon’s direction doesn’t always fulfill the romantic, tragic, comedic and action possibilities, but permits a number of players to account for solid moments in a story that, essentially, belongs to one performer, Ferrer.
1950: Best Actor (Jose Ferrer)