The Old Man and The Sea (1958)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1958.  Leland Hayward Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Peter Viertel, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Edward Carrere, Art Loel.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1958.  … More The Old Man and The Sea (1958)

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Tom Thumb (1958)

GEORGE PAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1958. Galaxy Pictures Limited.  Screenplay by Ladislas Fodor, based on the story by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by George Pal.  Music by Douglas Gamley, Ken Jones.  Production Design by Elliot Scott.  Costume Design by Olga Lehmann.  Film Editing by Frank … More Tom Thumb (1958)

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The Black Orchid

BBBB (out of 5) Sophia Loren is in mourning after the death of her husband, working day and night to make ends while her son is upstate in a juvenile detention centre. Anthony Quinn espies this sad beauty while visiting her neighbours and immediately falls in love, begging her to go out with him and refused the pleasure until … More The Black Orchid

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Queen Of Outer Space

B (out of 5) Familiarity with 50s science-fiction camp still can’t prepare you for the corniness on display here. A group of astronauts are sent into outer space to board an orbiting space station but nothing goes according to plan. A mysterious weapon destroys the station before they get there, and then their ship is … More Queen Of Outer Space

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Hercules (Le Fatiche di Ercole) (1958)

PIETRO FRANCISCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Italy/Spain, 1958.  Embassy Pictures, Galatea Film, O.S.C.A.R., Urania Film.  Screenplay by Pietro Francisci, Ennio De Concini, Gaio Frattini, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, adaptation by Pietro Francisci, based on the poem The Argonautica by Apollonios Rhodios.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by Federico Teti.  Music by Enzo Masetti.  Production Design by Flavio Mogherini.  Costume Design by … More Hercules (Le Fatiche di Ercole) (1958)

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The Haunted Strangler

BBB.5 (out of 5) Boris Karloff is once again the well-meaning man who cannot help but be a villain in this juicy horror picture. He plays a Victorian author researching the infamous “Haymarket Strangler” of twenty years earlier, intent on proving that the man who went to the gallows for the crimes of choking young women … More The Haunted Strangler

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