EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|CASH MCCALL (director: Joseph Pevney; screenwriters: Lenore J. Coffee/Marion Hargrove/from the novel by Cameron Hawley; cinematographer: George J. Folsey; editor: Philip W. Anderson; music: Max Steiner; cast: James Garner (Cash McCall), Natalie Wood (Lory Austen), Nina Foch (Maude Kennard), Dean Jagger (Grant Austen), E.G. Marshall (Winston Conway), Henry Jones (Gil Clark), Otto Kruger (Will Atherson), Roland Winters (General Andrew Danvers), Linda Watkins (Miriam Austen), Edgar Stehli, (Hotel Manager), Edward C. Platt (Harrison Glenn); Runtime: 101; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Henry Blanke; Warner Brothers; 1960)|
|"Glossy soap opera about rocky dealings in
romance and business."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Joseph Pevney ("Torpedo Run"/"Istanbul"/"The
directs this sometimes amusing glossy soap opera about rocky dealings
in romance and business. The
plot involves the twists and turns of high-finance
finagling in the world of business, with the attractive Lory Austen
(Natalie Wood) thrown into the mix as the
valuable romantic chip to broker a deal between her CEO dad Grant Austen (Dean Jagger) and cutthroat
wheeling-and-dealing stock takeover financial genius Cash McCall (James Garner).
To say it's superficial, is
to give it only a generous rebuke. It never amounts to more than a
pointless moralistic story about misplaced business ethics and
concludes with an undeserved happy ending. Star James Garner was TV's
Maverick at the time, a smash hit, and delivers the goods required as a
slick wealthy businessman and swinging bachelor (operates his own plane
and has beautiful homes in various spots), who is overcome by romance
to change his ruthless capitalistic tactics. But Garner's charming performance is not
enough to help this slight film close the deal. Writers Lenore J. Coffee and Marion Hargrove base
their limited screenplay on the novel by Cameron Hawley.
businessman Grant Austen, the head of Austen Plastics, a small plastic
firm located outside of Philadelphia, is forced to sell his business
because of pressure from retired General Andrew Danvers (Roland
Winters), the CEO of Scofield
Industries, the company that provides sixty percent of Austen's orders and is therefore a firm Grant
relies on to stay in business. The weary Grant is only too glad to
unload his company to Cash McCall for $ 2 million, even though he has a
bad reputation for being a pirate. Cash overpays to win back Austen's
illustrator daughter Lory, someone he met over the summer in Maine and
over a misunderstanding they never saw each other again since the
E.G. Marshall is fine as
Cash's cagey lawyer; Nina Foch
is ridiculous as the scheming hotel assistant manager, where Cash
resides, who is the rejected wannabe romantic interest of Cash; and Henry Jones is adequate as the honest
management consultant, who is promoted to company president by Cash.
The absurd plot line comes
down to a single deal and its ramifications among the many business
executives and what it means to the relationship between Cash and Lory.
To me it didn't mean much, as I found it dull as entertainment and the
overwrought emotions of the storyline never hit home as something I
could identify with or take seriously.
REVIEWED ON 2/6/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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