Cinema: The Man Who Understood Women

(20th Century-Fox). In a sneak preview of this film at a Manhattan movie theater, a woman in the roped-off guest section raised her voice in the dark to cry: "Good heavens, how could Hank have accepted such a role?" There on the screen, prancing awkwardly in mandarin robes, flamenco suits, a clown costume, a silly goatee, was Henry Fonda in the role of Willie Bauché, Hollywood producer-director-writer-actor and the most elaborate phony since the big bad wolf.

Another question is in order. How could a smoothly expert screenwriter like Nunnally Johnson (The Desert...

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