Cinema: The New Pictures, Apr. 28, 1958

Marjorie Morningstar (Warner) speeds up the plot of Herman Wouk's bestseller, but the telling still takes a long 123 minutes. Though Marjorie (Natalie Wood) is deprived of that mad moment of youthful abandon with her lover (Gene Kelly), she at least avoids ending up with grey hair, suburbia and a stuffy lawyer. Instead she goes up to re-examine the summer resort South Wind, spends a few minutes staring at the still irresponsible Kelly, and decides to leave him and his world forever. "Say, you've really grown up, haven't you," says the resort manager (George Tobias). Retorts Marjorie, with an ever-so-meaningful glance:...

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