ALL FALL DOWN (1962) B/W widescreen 110m dir: John Frankenheimer
w/Eva Marie Saint, Warren Beatty, Karl Malden, Angela Lansbury, Brandon de Wilde
From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "Within John Houseman's production there are some truly memorable passages --- moments and scenes of great pith, poignance, truth, and sensitivity. How disheartening it is, then, that the sum total is an artfully produced, cinematically rich, historically noteworthy, dramatically uneven near-miss.
"A sixteen-year-old boy (Brandon de Wilde), who idolizes his emotionally unstable older brother (Beatty), is the pivotal figure in William Inge's screenplay based on James Leo Herlihy's novel. The important issue is that the adolescent matures into a decent young man. But his path to maturity is threatened by his adulation for his brother, a selfish, irrational free spirit who survives on odd jobs and loose women. When the older boy proceeds to destroy a young spinster (Eva Marie Saint), whom de Wilde adores in a hopeless, adolescent fashion, the latter has his moment of reckoning.
" Angela Lansbury and Karl Malden, as the tragicomic elders, create indelible, dimensional, and deeply affecting people."