Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 6, 1958

The Admirable Crichton (Columbia) seemed a fine piece of social satire to an age that was concerned with keeping the servants in their place. Much of the humor is inevitably lost on a generation that can't get servants in the first place. But somehow, despite the ravages of time and more than 50 years of amateur performances, this British adaptation of Sir James Barrie's play is well worth watching as a pretty lesson in the minor art of monocle farce.

"Haven't I always treated you as a human being?" splutters Lord Loam (Cecil Parker),...

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