The Big Knife (1955)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 1955.  The Associates & Aldrich Company.   Screenplay by James Poe, based on the play by Clifford Odets.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Robert Aldrich.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by William Glasgow.  Film Editing by Michael Luciano. Clifford Odets’s vicious play about…

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The Court Jester (1955)

MELVIN FRANK, NORMAN PANAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.    USA, 1955.  Dena Enterprises.   Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.  Music by Walter Scharf, Vic Schoen.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Tom…

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

CHARLES LAMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Lee Loeb, Screenplay by John Grant.  Cinematography by George Robinson.  Produced by Howard Christie.  Music by Irving Getz, Henry Mancini, Lou Maury, Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Bill Newberry.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by…

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Interrupted Melody (1955)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Ludwig, Sonya Levien, based on the life story by Marjorie Lawrence.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg, Paul Vogel.  Produced by Jack Cummings.  Music by Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.  Academy Awards 1955. Marjorie Lawrence…

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Mister Roberts (1955)

MERVYN LeROY, JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1955.  Warner Bros., Orange.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, based on the play by Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan, from the novel by Thomas Heggen.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Jack…

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The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Walter Newman, Lewis Meltzer, based on the novel by Nelson Algren.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Joseph C. Wright.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  Academy Awards 1955.   Outstanding look at drug addiction by filmmaker Otto Preminger that…

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Moonfleet (1955)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jan Lustig, Margaret Fitts, based on the novel by J. Meade Falkner.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Albert Akst. Having recently lost his mother, young and innocent Jon Whiteley follows her last…

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The Seven Year Itch (1955)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Charles K. Feldman Group, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, George Axelrod, based on the play by George Axelrod.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Charles K. Feldman, Billy Wilder.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Hugh S. Fowler.  Golden…

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Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)

JACK WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Mark VII Ltd..  Screenplay by Richard L. Breen.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Jack Webb.  Music by David Buttolph, Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Harper Goff.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Robert M. Leeds.  Academy Awards 1955.   Jack Webb directs and stars in this atmospheric drama about the seedy side of nightclub life….

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Love Me Or Leave Me (1955)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Daniel Fuchs, Screenplay by Daniel Fuchs, Isobel Lennart.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1955. Fictionalized biography of singer Ruth Etting makes for a very dark musical (for its…

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Artists And Models (1955)

FRANK TASHLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Wallis-Hazen.  Screenplay by Don McGuire, Frank Tashlin, Herbert Baker, Hal Kanter, based on the story Rock-A-Bye Baby by Michael Davidson, Norman Lessing.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Walter Scharf.  Production Design by Tambi Larsen, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Warren Low.   Splashy colours and…

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All That Heaven Allows (1955)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Edna L. Lee, Harry Lee, Screenplay by Peg Fenwick.  Cinematography by Russell Metty. Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Frank Gross, Fred Barratta.  The Criterion Collection. Widow Jane Wyman befriends her handsome young gardener…

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