Cinema: Putting on the Cat

Sweet Bird of Youth (MGM) messed up its cage for a season on Broadway, and has now been plumed with Metrocolor.

Surprisingly, the play—which contains some of the sleaziest writing done by Tennessee Williams since he became an important playwright—has emerged from its ordeal by camera, thanks principally to Writer-Director Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry}, as a fast, smart, squalid melodrama that offers its customers three of the year's top film performances.

Like the play, the picture tells the story of a Hollywood beach bum (Paul Newman) who rolls on the casting couch with an...

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