Cinema: Hard Day's Knight

Bus Riley's Back in Town has already backfired: Movie Newcomer Michael Parks describes the vehicle as his "first mistake." If so, Parks makes the best of it. But the film itself abundantly fulfills the promise of mediocrity put forth even more forcefully by Playwright-Scenarist William Inge, who demanded that his name be deleted from the opening credits.

Still seeming oddly Inge-stained, Bus Riley tells of a sailor's return to a small Missouri town where his magnetic male presence delights his widowed mother, unnerves a maiden schoolteacher who boards with the family, and quickens the pulse of everyone he meets. Reluctant to resume...

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