Cinema: Smight Makes Right

I'd Rather Be Rich. There must be some mistake—this can't be a good movie. It was produced by Ross Hunter, a man who makes bad movies (Magnificent Obsession, Imitation of Life) on principle—the principle that most moviegoers are housewives and most housewives don't care if the story is dull so long as the furniture is interesting. What's more, the picture stars Sandra Dee, a young woman who looks like everything the sociologists say is wrong with American teen-agers and acts as though she can't wait to get the picture over with and count her salary.

Nevertheless, Rich is a good movie—essentially because...

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