Viviane Blaine originated the role of Miss Adelaide and, by golly, she owns it. Jean Simmons is solid, though one must wonder what the film might been with first choices Grace Kelly and Deborah Kerr.
The male casting is more interesting. We have a theory about Sinatra’s hand-in-pockets, staring-off performance. Ol’ Blue Eyes may have done sterling work in The Man with the Golden Arm and The Manchurian Candidate but this isn’t his best turn. He wanted the role of Sky and looks ticked off throughout.
Surprisingly, Brando, who was only cast because of his box office bankability, turns out to be a splendid romantic lead, with a light, deft touch and a decent voice. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Mickey Rooney. PG cert, general release, 97 min