Another Time, Another Place (1958)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Romantic Drama, War Romance  |   Release Date - May 2, 1958 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom, United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Sudsy and kind of silly, Another Time, Another Place will please fans of soapy melodramas, thanks in large part to its pleasing cast. It's not that Lana Turner and Sean Connery (who appears in only the first third of the film) are giving especially memorable performances; indeed, this florid little piece of melodrama doesn't rally call for deep-down honest emoting from its leading players. But Turner and Connery give genuine movie star performances, the kind of artificial yet hard-to-resist turns that call for gorgeous appearance (no problem for either performer here), smoldering looks, tight embraces and the ability to spit out wagonloads of emotion at the drop of a hat. The actual charisma between the stars comes and goes, but when they're on together, they are loads of fun. For actually good performances, however, one need only look to the supporting cast. Barry Sullivan is only adequate, but Glynis Johns is truly lovely, turning in a touching, warm and lively performance that is a joy. Sidney James does quite well with his seen-it-all character, and little Martin Stephens impresses with his nightmare sequence. Lewis Allen's direction is so-so, but Jack Hildyard's camerawork is quite good.