Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 31, 1951

Death of a Salesman (Stanley Kramer; Columbia) treats the text of Arthur Miller's 1949 Broadway hit with the respect due a play that won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics' Circle Award. The unflinching tragedy of Willy Loman, whose phony dream of success leads him straight to failure, is a bravely uncommon movie to come out of Hollywood, where dreams are the stuff that success is made on. Unhappily, it is also a disappointing picture.

The adaptation might have been better if Producer Stanley (Champion, The Men) Kramer had taken a few...

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