Cinema: Lawrence/Tussaud

"Extraordinary how potent cheap music is," said Gertrude Lawrence in Noel Coward's Private Lives. Extraordinary, too, how cheap potentially potent movies like Star can be. Theoretically, this screen biography of Lawrence holds the most powerful combination of ingredients available without a doctor's prescription: the story of the brightest star of the musical theater; songs by Cole Porter, Gershwin, Coward; Julie Andrews in the title role; all under the direction of Robert Wise, who made such box-office hits as The Sound of Music and West Side Story. Actually, the production is a hollow, frantic...