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A little bit MR. ARKADIN, a little bit AUSTIN POWERS. Hilarious shaggy dog pastiche of lurid, no-holds-barred crime fiction. Surreal delights include Mickey Rooney as a washed-up tough guy actor, Lionel Stander bursting out of a pool with a gun, Dennis Price reciting Lewis Carroll rhymes, and Lizabeth Scott smoldering for the cameras in her final film appearance.
Michael Caine carries the movie with mod sangfroid in the eye of a cartoonish storm. Nobody could deliver the line "a coffin…
POV: you are a bird with a broken wing being lovingly tended by Liz & Dick on a bed of Minnelli Red cloth.
While THE SANDPIPER is a tad long and awkward, I found it disarmingly sincere with an elegant visual flow. Melodrama is nothing to laugh at, and Minnelli knew it. All the earnest chatter about sin and freedom and social adjustment and gender roles may seem "dated" to some, but the film resists the preachy finality I was dreading…
I'd be surprised if any movie ever did more in less than an hour than MYSTERY RANCH. Never-a-dull-moment Western with macabre Gothic ambiance and lurid pre-Code violence. Brisk direction, fluid camerawork, and expressionistic lighting. George O'Brien shines whether fighting three bad guys at once or flirting with the heroine. Deserves to be much better known!