Starring Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke. Directed by George Marshall. (1953, 106 min).
|KITTY CONSENSUS: PURR-R-R|
That’s not necessarily intended as criticism, either. Houdini may not be all that accurate, but as a love story, it has charm to spare and the numerous scenes featuring some of Harry’s most famous escapes are well executed, even suspenseful at times. Most importantly, the film is a lot of fun and the charismatic stars are the chief reason why.
ONE OF OUR AIRCRAFT IS MISSING
Starring Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles, Hugh Burden, Emrys Jones, Joyce Redman, Pamela Brown, Peter Ustinov. Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. (1942, 103 min).
|KITTY CONSENSUS: MEH...|
However, despite an interesting premise (and a slam-bang opening), One of Our Aircraft is Missing is seldom very involving. This story of a flight crew stranded in the Netherlands after their plane goes down, then helped to escape German forces by Dutch villagers, seems like a can’t miss formula. Unfortunately, more than just a plane is missing; so is any real attention to characterization and pacing. After the initial plane crash, aside from a few sporadic moments of suspense, the film is often boring, with a dramatically unsatisfying resolution.