Cinema: Nuns Dimittis

The Trouble with Angels. Most comedies about nuns operate on the gradual-warm-up principle. The fun is controlled for a while by force of habit, but before long the sisters are gaily falling into swimming pools, wheeling school buses around as though they were Maseratis, or treating a math class like the starting line-up at Pimlico. In Angels, based on Jane Trahey's Life with Mother Superior, Mother Superior Rosalind Russell does none of these things. She wisely leaves such nonsense to lesser members of the faculty, while she herself wages a war of nerves with Hayley Mills and June Harding, a pair...

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