Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   Alternate title:  The Light Fantastic USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ruth Brooks Flippen.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by William H. Wright.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by George Boemler. Big time New York theatrical agent Larry Parks meets the owner of  a…

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Ivanhoe (1952)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Noel Langley, adaptation by by Aeneas MacKenzie, based on the novel by Walter Scott.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Roger K. Furse.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke.  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. Walter…

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Rancho Notorious (1952)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1952.  Fidelity Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Daniel Taradash, based on the story by Silvia Richards.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Howard Welsch.  Music by Ken Darby, Emil Newman.  Production Design by Wiard Ihnen. Arthur Kennedy is devastated by the murder of his girlfriend when bandits break into the town Assayer’s storage and kill…

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Because You’re Mine (1952)

ALEXANDER HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, Leonard Spigelgass, based on the short film by Ruth Brooks Flippen, Sy Gomberg.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green.  Production Design by William Ferrari, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.  Academy Awards 1952. Mario Lanza plays (what else) a famous opera…

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Another Man’s Poison (1952)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom, 1952.  Angel Productions.  Screenplay by Val Guest, based on the play Deadlock by Leslie Sands.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Daniel M. Angel.  Music by John Greenwood.  Production Design by Cedric Dawe.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Gordon Hales. Bette Davis co-stars with real-life husband Gary Merrill in this enjoyably noir-ish drama.  She…

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The Flavour Of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB Original title:  Ochazuke No Aji Japan, 1952.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Taizo Saito. Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   The possible disintegration of a marriage is charted in this brilliant film as…

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Le Plaisir (1952)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 1952.  Compagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique, Stera Films.  Adaptation by Jacques Natanson, Max Ophuls, Dialogue by Jacques Natanson, based on stories by Guy de Maupassant.  Cinematography by Philippe Agostini, Christian Matras.  Produced by Edouard Harispuru, M. Kieffer.  Music by Joe Hajos.  Production Design by Jean d’Eaubonne.  Costume Design by Georges Annenkov.  Film Editing by Leonide Azar.  Academy…

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Phone Call From A Stranger (1952)

JEAN NEGULESCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the story by I.A.R. Wylie.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by J. Russell Spencer, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Elois Jenssen.  Film Editing by Hugh S. Fowler.   After a plane crash takes the lives…

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The Overcoat (1952)

ALBERTO LATTUADA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Il Cappotto Italy, 1952.  Faro Film, Titanus.  Adaptation and Screenplay by Alberto Lattuada, Giorgio Prosperi, Giordano Corsi, Enzo Curreli, Luigi Malerba, Leonardo Sinisgalli, Cesare Zavattini, based on the story by Nikolai Gogol.  Cinematography by Mario Montuori.  Produced by Antonio Ansaldo-Patti, Enzo Curreli.  Music by Felice Lattuada.  Production Design by Gianni Polidori.  Costume Design by Dario Cecchi.  Film Editing…

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With A Song In My Heart (1952)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Lamar Trotti.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by J. Watson Webb Jr..  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952.   Enormously enjoyable musical biopic of World World…

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The Star (1952)

STUART HEISLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1952.  Bert E. Friedlob Productions.  Screenplay by Dale Eunson, Katherine Albert.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Bert E. Friedlob.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly, Ann Peck.  Film Editing by Otto Ludwig.  Academy Awards 1952.   Times were obviously getting tough for Bette Davis following her coup in All About…

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Monkey Business (1952)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1952.   Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Story by Harry Segall, Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, I.A.L. Diamond. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by George Patrick, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by William B. Murphy.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. Scientist Cary…

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