Cinema: Bender

Last week Hollywood went on a musicomedy binge, set up four in a row. But the treat was less likely to give cinemaddicts a lift than the staggers.

¶ Most potable offering was Knickerbocker Holiday (United Artists), a cine-version of the 1938 Broadway hit which delved deep into Manhattan's Dutch past in order to be thumpingly arch (in Gilbert & Sullivan style) about dictators, democracy, the masses, freedom of the press and young love. Cinemactor Charles Coburn plays Walter Huston's old part as a period dictator—Peter Stuyvesant. Nelson Eddy is the singing...

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