ACTION IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC ABIG advance on ordeal-by-sea war stories with Lloyd Bacon as direc tor keeping a strong hand on sentiment and emotions. That perhaps was not
too difficult a task where Humphrey Bogart and Raymond Massey were concerned for they arc strong, silent men au insure,. Where another director might have slipped was in the fleeting home moments, but here the trap was skilfully side-stepped and we are given the beautiful acting of Ruth Gordon, saris lipstick or " glamour "—a perfect
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Main criticism—the over-done terror of the drowning Nazis.—(Regal and Warners,) G. C
M ASQUERADE THL hero, so much beloved of nine'. teenth century Russian authors, the bored, cynical man of the world whose success makes him envied and hated, and who becomes sadist and masochist, eventually destroying himself and the woman who loves him—he is here in Lcrmontov's poem, which is brilliantly translated into cinema material. Neither the story nor the interpretation belongs to this staccato age. Tamara Makerova's performance as the unhappy young wife is in the highest acting tradition. Nikolai Mordvinov is the "hero" and splashes the colour about with heroic prodigality. Production and background magnificent.—(Tatler.)