Cinema: The New Pictures, Nov. 14, 1955

The View from Pompey's Head (20th Century-Fox), as Hamilton Basso saw it in his bestselling novel of 1954, was a rather unnerving spectacle in which the contemporary South looked like a magnolia tundra strewn with discarded Coke bottles. In the picture version, the view is strictly from the cash register, and the focus scrooches down pretty quickly on the kind of hot grits that generally go with the greens Hollywood loves best.

The hero (Richard Egan), a Southerner who has "lapsed" to New York, is sent back on legal business to his home town,...

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