Cinema: The New Pictures, Jul. 23, 1951

Strictly Dishonorable (MGM) shows how persistent Hollywood can be. The picture is the second movie version of Preston Sturges' 1929 Broadway hit; it is also MGM's second attempt to capture Ezio (South Pacific) Pinza's middle-aged sex appeal on film.*

This adaptation does tolerably well by Actor Pinza but it makes hash of Playwright Sturges' comedy. The original play told a simple, incongruously funny story about a young and fairly innocent Southern girl who tries to seduce a rakish Italian opera star; he turns out to be such a sentimentalist that he marries her. The...

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