glow of Great Expectations (and it's good news for the country as a whole that it is shortly to be generally released) we are bound to suffer something of an anticlimax at new showings for some time to come. Let us hope it is not going to be a case a the mould, once used, being broken ! All the same, we have every excuse for expecting great things of Hungry Hill (Gaumout and Marble Arch Pavilion). Its author is Daphne du Mattrier. of Rebecca fame; it has had terrific advance publicity; some of Dublin's foremost actors were brought over to act in it. Yet it lacks a sense of urgency. Awful things happen-savage lights and tragic deaths but none register. The depths of human experience are not plumbed. And, it is a bit too long, THEM THAR HILLS "I he story is about the clash of industrialism and the love of the land for its own sake. The Brodericks (settlers of 200 years' standing) tear up one of Ireland's green and pleasant hills because there's copper underneath. The Donovans, who regard them as parvenus and interlopers, resent them and put a curse on the family It works out with the utmost efficiency through the generations until there's no one left to inherit.
Brian Desmond Hurst has done a conscientious job of directing his distinguished cast. Cecil Parker as the arch-Broderick is magnificent. F. J. McCormick's performance as Old Tim, the man-servant. is about perfect. We will certainly hear more of Dermot Walsh and Siobhan McKenna-two of the young Irish recruits. Margaret Lockwood gets one of her first chances to be something other than a glamour girl-she has to grow old and makes a very brave try.
LOVE IN A TEASHOP When you remember a film over the years it must have had something. I remember Bette Davis and Leslie Howard very well in Somerset Maugharres Of Human Bondage now re-made and showing at Warner's with Paul Henried and Eleanor Parker. It is a painstaking production, but will not erase the memory of the first production which Iliad far more humanity to it than this one. Two reasons. Henried has not the evanescent charm of Howard and Miss Parker. while highly efficient, does not make this siren of a waitress quite credible.
If you haven't seen the original film, you should. however, find this interesting and out of the Hollywood rut.
NOTE: I am frequently asked to give a running calendar of films to be shown outside the West End. As you know, some of the larger towns get pre-releases so thatthe particular films I mention will not necessarily appear in every part of the country simultaneously. However. I propose to choose tbe most important film scheduled for nearrelease. This week I "star " Sister Kenny. in which Rosalind Russell plays with high intelligence the part of the Australian nurse (still living), who revolutionised the treatment of infantile paralysis.
The Turf-cutter's Donkey, by Patricia Lynch. (Brown and Nolan, 8s. 6(1.) Another exciting adventure for Long Ears, the turf-cutter's donkey, who will continue to be a favourite with young people.
Thoughts from the Spiritual Conferences of Mother M. Catherine McAuley. (Gill, 2s.) Mother McAuley was the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, and this collection consists of sentences arranged for every day of the year.
Planning Your Social Action, by R. P. Walsh. (C.S.G., 4(1.) A valuable guide to effective group social work.
Oliver, by the Rev. H. Gaffney, 0.P. (Gill, 3s. 6d.) A short illustrated life of Blessed Oliver Plunket, written for girls and boys.
St. Paul's Cathedral in Wartime, by the Dean of St. Paul's, the Very Rev. W. R. Matthers (Hutchinson, 10s. 6c1.1. is splendidly produced and excellently written. The account of the damage sustained by the Cdthedial gives. incidentally, some new stories of the London blitz. Twenty-four striking photographs illustrate the 104 pages of text. A useful present. Royalties on the sale go to the Restoration Fund, Crazy Gaunt. By G. Rostreyor Hamilton. (Heinemann. 6s.) G. Rostrevor Hamilton's sketches, written for broadcasting, are not so successful read to oneself. Their fantasy is remote and their language stilted and artificial. The air, however, may transform his words magically. There arc ideas and life enough.
Aristotle, Plotinus and St. Thomas, by A. H. Armstrong. M.A. (Aquinas Society Papers, &l). In the short space of 11 pages Professor Armstrong does much more than sketch the indebtedness of St. Thomas to Plotinus in the cosmological approach to the notion of the motor immobilis and the cause prima. The paper usefully sketches the background of Aristotle's use of these terms and the increase in their intention added by the middle Platonists and deals interestingly and effectively with the great advance made by Plotinus towards the First Cause of Christian theology from Aristotle's motor intmobilis which he was willing to multiply by 50 to square with current astronomy.
I Laugh to Think, by John D. Sheridan (Talbot Press, 5s.), is a second volume of 30 essays continuing the series already published under the title I Can't Help Laughing. Those who enjoyed the first volume will not be disappointed in this second collection, which is written in the style and with the manner of one who knows his audience and just where the laugh will come. This style is so personal. however, that not everyone will laugh with Mr. Sheridan. even when they are interested in what he thinks.
Advice to Officers and Hints to Private Soldiers. Illustrated by F. A. H. Wilson. (Cape. 6s.) In 1782 the blurb on this smartly tailored-very regimentallittle volume tells us it was hailed as " a counterpart of Swift's Advice to Servants." For once a blurb is to he commended. Here all ranks from the Commander-in-Chief to the private soldier may garner wisdom, if not morality, in the (nitwit ot the plums of office.