Cinema: Current & Choice, Dec. 26, 1949

The Bicycle Thief. Italian Director Vittorio (Shoeshine) De Sica's carefully made classic of a worker and his small child hopelessly scouring Rome for a stolen bicycle (TIME Dec. 12).

All the King's Men. The sensational rise & fall of a grass-roots demagogue (TIME, Dec. 5).

Battleground. The defense of Bastogne as seen by a squad of its defenders; with Van Johnson, John Hodiak and George Murphy (TIME, Nov. 14).

Passport to Pimlico. The British at their comic best, spoofing nationalism, bureaucracy and themselves (TIME, Oct. 31).

The Fallen Idol. Author Graham Greene and Director Carol Reed wring suspense from the story of a small boy...

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