Cinema: The New Pictures, Apr. 15, 1957

The Bachelor Party (Hecht-Hill-Lancaster; United Artists). Paddy Chayefsky is the Proust of The Bronx. He remembers everything—even sometimes how things really are in working-class life in the big city. He remembers concretely, with photographic eye and phonographic ear. Yet his memories seem to move him —and his audiences—in inverse proportion to their importance. He is a minusculist, with a passion for the little ideas and the Little People—apparently not so much because they are people as because they are little. But for all that, Author Chayefsky has a metropolitan instinct as keen as...

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