My Pal Gus (1952)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

My Pal Gus is worth seeing for those who only know Richard Widmark from his more serious roles. The actor, often cast as a tough guy, had considerable more range than is often evident in his more famous films, and Gus gives him plenty of room to show his softer side, as well as his ability to play light comedy. Gus is far from a great movie; it's often gooey and sentimental, and those who don't like family comedies in which the child is used simply as a pawn will probably not find Gus to their liking. But if some of the plot machinations are a bit much, the screenwriters have at least provided some decent lines and a general set-up that can't fail to produce the desired results. Robert Parrish's direction is adequate; there's nothing to write home about here, but it gets the job done in an orderly fashion. As indicated above, Widmark is in very fine form, and there's a great chemistry between the star and George Winslow, whose distinctive voice and cute demeanor will charm viewers. Joanne Dru is quite good as the school teacher/love interest and Audrey Totter appropriately scheming as the ex-wife who wants more.