I enjoyed the film somewhat more then you did, Roger, but I agree with a lot of what you say. For me, the main weakness was the young Kubrick's handling, or mishandling, of the actors, although Paul Mazursky has some amusing moments as the loon. Another weakness was Kubrick's inability to tell the story in any kind of compelling manner, which is a director's main job (that, as you say, he would learn quick). It actually seemed to me more like a European avante-garde film, with it's arty touches, and I was reminded of another early 50's cheapie with some surreal and psychological touches called DEMENTIA, which is a better film. Still, I did like the look of the Kubrick, especially in this TCM print, which was even better then I was expecting, and the doppelganger twist that Tony alluded too. Hopefully, some kind of DVD set can be put together from the films that were shown that day, including the Welles SPANISH EARTH. These films, flawed as they are, deserve better then the total obscurity that they've been previously consigned to.