Cinema: Political Animal

No Love for Johnny (Rank; Levine), like its zero of a hero, is a political animal that tries to be all things to all men and winds up nobody's nothing, a self-laid goose egg. Yet in its failure this inexpensive ($400,000) British movie exerts a quiet fascination that few pictures possess in success.

Adapted from a novel published posthumously by Wilfred Fienburgh, M.P., the film tells the story of an able, middle-aged Laborite from a Midlands mill town (Peter Finch) who arrives at a climactic (and climacteric) moment in his career. Re-elected with a thumping majority, he expects to be offered a...

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