Show Business: His Own Critic: Newman on Newman

Asked by TIME to assess his career, Newman offered a wry and sometimes caustic critique of a remarkable series of memorable hits and forgotten turkeys:

The Silver Chalice (1954): Junk.

Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956): Had some fun with that.

The Rack (1956): Really aspired to something, and nobody went to see it. A fine example of me trying too hard.

Until They Sail (1957): Not much to play there.

The Helen Morgan Story (1957): Ugggghhh.

The Long Hot Summer (1958): Pretty good. Still aware of how hard I was working.

The Left Handed Gun (1958): A little...