The Walking Hills (1949)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Producers-Actors Corporation.   Story and Screenplay by Alan Le May, additional dialogue by Virginia Roddick.   Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..   Produced by Harry Joe Brown.   Music by Arthur Morton.   Production Design by Robert Peterson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by William A. Lyon.  John…

Rate this:

Slightly French (1949)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1949.  Columbia Pictures.  Story by Herbert Fields, Screenplay by Karen DeWolf. Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Irving Starr. Music by George Duning. Production Design by Carl Anderson. Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Al Clark. Don Ameche is a tyrannical filmmaker who…

Rate this:

Shockproof (1949)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Columbia Pictures.   Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, Samuel Fuller.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Helen Deutsch, S. Sylvan Simon.  Music by George Duning.  Production Design by Carl Anderson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.  Cornel Wilde plays a parole officer…

Rate this:

Neptune’s Daughter (1949)

EDWARD BUZZELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley, additional dialogue by Ray Singer, Dick Chevillat.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Jack Cummings.  Music by Leo Arnaud, George Stoll.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Cotton Warburton.  That an…

Rate this:

Mighty Joe Young (1949)

ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures, ARKO.  Story by Merian C. Cooper, Screenplay by Ruth Rose.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Adele Balkan.  Film Editing by Ted Cheesman.  Merian Cooper and…

Rate this:

Edward, My Son (1949)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by Robert Morley, Noel Langley.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Edwin H. Knopf.  Music by John Wooldridge.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Film Editing by Raymond Poulton.   Robert Morley and Noel Langley’s play is adapted into pure film treacle, imagine an…

Rate this:

Never Fear (1949)

IDA LUPINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  The Filmakers.  Screenplay by Ida Lupino, Collier Young.  Cinematography by Archie Stout.  Produced by Ida Lupino, Collier Young.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Reta Dawson, Margaret Greenway.  Film Editing by Harvey Manger, William H. Ziegler.   Ida Lupino began her directorial career with this sensitive portrayal of a…

Rate this:

I Shot Jesse James (1949)

SAMUEL FULLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1949.  Lippert Pictures.  Screenplay by Samuel Fuller, based on the article by Homer Croy.  Cinematography by Ernest Miller.  Produced by Carl K. Hittleman.  Music by Albert Glasser.  Production Design by Frank Hotaling.  Costume Design by Alfred Berke.  Film Editing by Paul Landres. Samuel Fuller’s directorial debut is a critical look at western mythmaking in advance…

Rate this:

Black Magic (1949)

GREGORY RATOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Italy, 1949.  Edward Small Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Bennett, additional scenes and dialogue by Richard Schayer, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas pere.  Cinematography by Ubaldo Arata, Anchise Brizzi.  Produced by Gregory Ratoff.  Music by Paul Sawtell.  Production Design by Jean d’Eaubonne, Ottavio Scotti.  Costume Design by Georges Annenkov, Vittorio Nino Novarese.  Film Editing…

Rate this:

Champion (1949)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Screen Plays.  Story by Ring Lardner, Screenplay by Carl Foreman .  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad.   Nationally famous and undefeated, boxing champ Kirk Douglas is about to partake in a highly publicized fight that…

Rate this:

House of Strangers (1949)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, based on the novel by Jerome Weidman.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Film Editing by Harmon Jones.   Edward G. Robinson lords over this dark, upsetting drama that…

Rate this:

Battleground (1949)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.   This one’s uncomfortable blend of gritty realism and jokey contrivances keep it from having aged flawlessly but its darker elements…

Rate this: