Julie (1956)

Genres - Action, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller  |   Release Date - Oct 17, 1956 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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There's nothing really believable in Julie, one of Doris Day's lesser "damsel in distress" flicks, but it's an undemanding and fairly enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half. The screenplay -- its Academy Award nomination notwithstanding -- is the main culprit, featuring one incredible segment after another, climaxing with the pre-Airport 1975 gimmick of a stewardess piloting a plane via radio instructions (with her eyes closed at some points). It's ridiculous, and far from riveting, but somehow most viewers will let the silly plot carry them along for the ride, and maybe even enjoy a few laughs at the film's expense. Day's performance is a bit overwrought, but then that's exactly what the script calls for. She gives the role her all, and while it's not great acting, it's surprisingly engaging. Similarly, Louis Jourdan plays the maniac with all the clich├ęs intact, but it works in context. Anyone expecting a really good thriller from Julie will be disappointed, but if one treats it lightly, they may have a bit of fun.