GRACE CONWAY AT THE CINEMA
PT100 hot to be intense and too hot to be critical—well, carping, anyway. It's holiday time and it takes more than a moderately good film to get folk into the cinema.
In a non-carping mood, therefore. I vote we just have a gossip this week about what is happening in the West End cinema land and about one or two encounters your First there was Ann Miller looking young and fresh after her lightning world tour and wearing one of those neat American summer dresses which manage to look tailored and feminine at the same time—a sort of shell pink, discreetly off shoulder and skirt permanently pleated.
I promised her I wouldn't comment on the news that she is to become a Catholic, and she was grateful.
Ann, I may add, knows how to talk to the Press : how very few Hollywood celebrities can do that with tact and decorum, She was travelling with her mother.
" I've had little more than three hours' sleep a night for weeks," she said.
Rut with her good spirits and vitality, she will surely make up for that now that she is home.
A FTER the Press show of "John .r1_ and Julie " I met those two nice children of the title role. Colin Gibson and Lesley Dudley, Beautifully behaved, very self possessed. their proud mammas with them and, keeping a watchful eye lest
they were being too much gushed s
over, was a mall, slim woman, Mrs. Malone, who with her sister founded this Ada Foster school at which so many children you hear on the radio and see on the screen are trained.
Mrs. Malone had both Jeremy Spenser and Richard O'Sullivan among her pupils— •' good boys
both." she told me. " I'm not keen on the children coming to too many of these parties. I think these two have had enough." With that she led them off to lunch—and to more lessons.
TT is some weeks since met Clifton Webb hut this is the first chance I've had to tell you about him.
Daring to use a worn, ridiculed andmaltreated epithet. I say boldly
Mr. Webb is Mr. Webb is
that M a gentleman. So
far as his screen appearances go, Yost yo are already aware of that.
I .ike Miss Miller. Clifton Webb is a perfect interviewee.
" My mother and I." he told me the always travels with his mother). ..have now made our 49th trip across the Atlantic." Mother would have been at the party but for the fact that she had slipped on the boat deck and hurt her foot.
If she were here," said her son to the large circle of Pressfolk around him, " none of you would he talking to me. You'd all be talking to her." Although born and bred in the Middle West where accents are strongest. he speaks with practically no accent at all, just clear English. We shall he seeing him one of these days in the British film " The Man Who Never Was."
NOW for a look round at the new films. There is " John and Julie" (Rialto) already mentioned. which is a pleasant if at times derivative story of how two children went to see theCoronation in defiance of parents and school; of their adven tures on thewa of the minor tures on thewa of the minor delinquencies y. they have to commit (one thing leads to another) in order to get there and, of course, grand shots of the actual ceremony and procession using the coloured newsreels of that never-to-heforgotten day.
Sydney James gets my acting vote as a had-tempered father.
OLD MAN HOMER
YES. Old Man Homer is with us at the Marble Arch Pavilion. Of him Alexander Pope wrote : " Homer hurries and transports us with a commanding impetuosity; he scatters a generous profusion; like the Nile he pours out his riches with a boundless overflow; he hears all before him and shines more and more as the tumult increases."
And now he's writing for the pictures.
Away with those intellectual snobs who think that Homer should he locked with them alone in their ivory tower. Go and see this. It's exciting, visually entrancing. packed with action. and Kirk Douglas is great fun in the title role.
As for Cyclops, this scene in the cave is for all the world like the transformation scene in a pantomime and I lost all count of time while I tried to fix Cyclops' one eye. Try it. Quite an experience.
..Ugh ! tough and stringy," he snarls as he wipes his mouth after gobbling up a Greek sailor.
OLD HONG KONG
I'M still not blasé about Cinema1Scope. At the opening shots of "A Soldier of Fortune " (Carlton), with the camera throwing open in one majestic sweep the dramatic harbour of Hong Kong, I goggled with delight. And lots of fine photography followed, so that by the time Susan Hayward leaves her lawful husband to follow soldierof-fortune Clark Gable. you feel there is scarcely an inch of this amazing place you don't know.
I wish 1 could be as enthusiastic about the story.