Movie Diary 8/14/2017

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (Nunnally Johnson, 1956). Adaptation of the Sloan Wilson novel that gave its name to a certain kind of ’50s male striver. The movie’s quite faithful to the novel, and adds some amusing jibes at the allure of television. Stolid in style, but the widescreen color looks very well-preserved. How Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones got all the way to the suburbs from Duel in the Sun is a mystery.

In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967). Winner of the Best Picture Oscar over worthier titles, but when isn’t that the case? Poitier and Steiger and a cast of very twitchy actors, all pitched in some flavorful Deep South locations.