An overblown Hollywood extravaganza that was universally condemned when first released and hasn't improved with age, this third and final version of Hemingway's classic stars Jennifer Jones (wife of producer David O. Selznick) as the doomed nurse Catherine Barkley, and the ponderous Rock
Hudson as her lover, Frederick Henry. This epic was the bow-out production for the dynamic Selznick, who openly stated that the heavily funded film was a special vehicle for Jones, a bit of partial casting that backfired when audiences and critics alike rejected the 38-year-old actress in her role
as the young nurse. In the familiar Hemingway story, she meets and falls in love with...