The New Pictures, Jan. 5, 1942

H. M. Pulham, Esq. (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) is an amazingly good cineversion of John Phillips Marquand's best-selling novel of a New Englander going dutifully to seed. Mr. Marquand has told his story three times (the others: The Late George Apley, Wickford Point); Director King Vidor had only one shot at his. His ending is box office, his story not sharply pointed, but he does manage to convey the airless but comfortable feeling of Boston, the pitifully habit-bound horizon of his Pulham (Robert Young), and to turn out a half-dozen sequences that are superb cinema.


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