Cinema: Age Will Wither

Masquerade. "I miss the war," groans British Agent Jack Hawkins. "I can't spot the bad guys any more." Masquerade, following the current movie and TV vogue for mixing suspense with comedy, only heightens Hawkins' dilemma: the good guys and bad guys all play like clowns. The trend becomes alarmingly literal when Hero Cliff Robertson is set upon by foes (or are they friends?) midway through a Spanish circus. Robertson is dunked in water, hit with a cream pie, tossed into a fall-apart car and carried away in a cage.

When not overworking for laughs, Robertson underplays for keeps as a Yank soldier...