Cinema: The New Pictures, Jul. 9, 1956

Crowded Paradise (Tudor) gets into a hopelessly schizoid state by starting out as a documentary on Puerto Ricans in Manhattan and then abruptly shifting gears to become a study of a native American psychopath.

Hume Cronyn, with a manic glint in his eye, plays the superintendent of a West Side apartment house that has been taken over by well-to-do Puerto Ricans. Hume mutters racial slurs against the tenants but his real tragedy is at home, where he cowers under the tongue-lashings of his wife (Nancy Kelly), whom he blinded some years before in a...

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