Sawdust & Tinsel (1953)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Gycklarnas afton Sweden, 1953. Sandrews. Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. Cinematography by Hilding Bladh, Sven Nykvist. Produced by Rune Waldekranz. Music by Karl-Birger Blomdahl. Production Design by Bibi Lindstrom. Costume Design by Mago. Film Editing by Carl-Olov Skeppstedt. The drama among members of a group of…

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Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

ARTHUR HILTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1953.    Z-M Productions.   Screenplay by Roy Hamilton, from an original story idea by Jack Rabin, Al Zimbalist.   Cinematography by William P. Whitley.   Produced by Jack Rabin, Al Zimbalist.   Music by Elmer Bernstein.    Production Design by William Glasgow.   Film Editing by John A. Bushelman.  The…

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Hondo (1953)

JOHN FARROW Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1953.  Wayne-Fellows Productions, Batjac Productions.  Screenplay by James Edward Grant, from a story by Louis L’Amour.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, Archie Stout. Produced by Robert Fellows. Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Emil Newman. Production Design by Alfred Ybarra. Costume Design by Carl Walker. Film Editing by…

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Welcome Mr. Marshall (1953)

LUIS GARCIA BERLANGA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Bienvenido Mister Marshall Spain, 1953. Unión Industrial Cinematográfica.  Story by Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, Screenplay by Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, Miguel Mihura. Cinematography by Manuel Berenguer.  Produced by Vicente Sempere.   Music by Jesús García Leoz. Production Design by Francisco Canet,…

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Torch Song (1953)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by I.A.R. Wylie, Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, Jan Lustig.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Henry Berman, Sidney Franklin, Charles Schnee.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing…

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Call Me Madam (1953)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1953.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Arthur Sheekman, based on the musical by Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsey.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Alfred Newman.   Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.   Film Editing by…

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The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)

ROY ROWLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1953.  Columbia Pictures, Stanley Kramer Productions.  Story and conception by Dr. Seuss, Screenplay by Dr. Seuss, Allan Scott.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Al Clark.   A…

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Dream Wife (1953)

SIDNEY SHELDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, Herbert Baker, Alfred Lewis Levitt.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Herschel McCoy, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by George White.   The burgeoning issue of women in the workplace is…

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The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

IDA LUPINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1953.  RKO Radio Pictures, The Filmakers.  Screenplay by Collier Young, Ida Lupino, adaptation by Robert L. Joseph.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Collier Young.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Film Editing by Douglas Stewart. This efficient thriller might be the best of the films that…

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The Robe (1953)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1953.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Albert Maltz, Philip Dunne, adaptation by Gina Kaus, based on the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Frank Ross.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Emile Santiago.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  …

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Older Brother, Younger sister (1953)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Ani Imoto Japan, 1953.  Daiei Tokyo Daini.  Screenplay by Yoko Mizuki, based on the novel by Saisei Muro.  Cinematography by Shigeyoshi Mine.  Produced by Nobuo Miura.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Mikio Naka.  Costume Design by Terutaka Horiguchi.  Film Editing by Toyo Suzuki. Yoshiko Kuga is excellent as a young woman in a remote…

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The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Art Cohn, based on the novel by Adela Rogers St. John and the play by Willard Mack.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Armand Deutsch.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ben Lewis.   After a Washington attorney…

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