Anatole de Grunwald
situational comedy finds a handful of characters weather-bound at a
London airport, left to deal with their individual personal problems.
Talky and stagy, the film is thoroughly amusing, but only rarely
potent. The overfocusing on a not very vibrant triangle drama eventually
kills off the spark (the Taylor/Burton situation here was allegedly
based on an infamous Laurence Olivier/Vivien Leigh incident). Richard
Burton brings some depth to his part, but the Taylor character operates
with a very dubious motivation, and assisted by Louis Jordan's uninspired
performance, their platonic relationship remains completely without
spark or passion.
known for being the most ambitious, British classicist director Anthony
Asquith's main feat is getting some fine performances out of his
Rutherford is delightful in a tailor-made role, whereas Maggie Smith and
Rod Taylor enjoy a handful of brilliant sequences in a highly
interesting subplot. Orson Welles is amusing as an arrogant,
condescending Yugoslav filmmaker.