Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 10, 1956

The Teahouse of the August Moon

(M-G-M), John Patrick's Broadway play based on Vern Sneider's novel, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1954. Translated to the screen by Playwright Patrick and Director Daniel Mann, it will probably impress most entertainment shoppers as one of the better comedy buys of the season.

Like the play, the movie makes a pleasant pretense of seeing America—by seeing American military government—as others see it. Along with the banalysis of democrazy, though, the authors have provided one of the most hilarious stripe teases of recent years. The big...

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