The Angry Red Planet (1959)

IB MELCHIOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1959.  Sino Productions.  Story by Sidney W. Pink, Screenplay by Ib Melchior, Sidney W. Pink.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Norman Maurer, Sidney W. Pink. Music by Paul Dunlap.  Production Design by Ned Shiells.  Costume Design by Marjorie Corso. Film Editing by Ivan J. Hoffman….

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The Indian Tomb (1959)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Original Title:  Das indische Grabmal West Germany/France/Italy, 1959.  Central Cinema Company Film, Rizzoli Film, Regina Production, Critérion Film. Screenplay by Werner Jorg Luddecke, Richard Eichberg, based on the novel by Thea von Harbou. Cinematography by Richard Angst. Produced by Artur Brauner. Music by Gerhard Becker. Production Design…

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The Crimson Kimono (1959)

SAMUEL FULLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1959. Columbia Pictures, Globe Enterprises.  Screenplay by Samuel Fuller. Cinematography by Sam Leavitt. Produced by Samuel Fuller. Music by Harry Sukman. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, William Flannery. Costume Design by Bernice Pontrelli. Film Editing by Jerome Thoms. Golden Globe Awards 1959.  An exotic dancer…

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Porgy And Bess (1959)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1959.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by N. Richard Nash, based on the musical by DuBose Heyward, from the play by Dorothy Heyward.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by George Gershwin.  Production Design by Oliver Smith.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film…

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Hercules Unchained (1959)

PIETRO FRANCISCI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   Original title:  Ercole e la regina di Lidia Italy/France/Spain, 1959.  Galatea Film, Lux Film, Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France, Urania Film.  Story by Pietro Francisci, Screenplay by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Francisci, based on the play Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles and The Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced…

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House On Haunted Hill (1959)

WILLIAM CASTLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1959.  William Castle Productions.  Screenplay by Robb White.  Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by William Castle.  Music by Von Dexter.  Production Design by Dave Milton.  Costume Design by Norah Sharpe, Roger J. Weinberg.  Film Editing by Roy V. Livingston. One of the most beloved of William Castle’s ghoulish horror films, set in a…

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The Journey (1959)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1959.  Alby Pictures.  Screenplay by George Tabouri.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Isabella Schlichting, Werner Schlichting.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   A varied group of passengers are trying to catch a flight out of Budapest during the Hungarian Uprising…

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Battle Beyond The Sun (1959)

MIKHAIL KARZHUKOV, ALEKSANDR KOYZR, FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Nebo Zovyot USSR, 1959.  A.P. Dovzenko Filmstudio, Mosfilm.  Screenplay by Mikhail Karzhukov, Yevgeni Pomeshchikov, Aleksey Sazonov.  Cinematography by Nikolai Kulchitsky.  Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by Carmine Coppola, Yuli Meitus.  Production Design by T. Kulychichkaya.  Film Editing by L. Mkhitaryyanch.   Francis Ford Coppola was assigned the task of taking…

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Sapphire (1959)

BASIL DEARDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1959.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Janet Green, additional dialogue by Lukas Heller.  Cinematography by Harry Waxman.  Produced by Michael Relph.  Music by Philip Green.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by John D. Guthridge.   Solid police procedural written by Janet Green, about the investigation of a young woman…

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Fires On The Plain (1959)

KON ICHIKAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Nobi Japan, 1959.  Daiei Studios, Kadokawa Herald Pictures.  Screenplay by Natto Wada, based on the novel by Shohei Ooka.  Cinematography by Setsuo Kobayashi, Setsuo Shibata. Produced by Hiroaki Fujii.  Music by Yasushi Akutagawa.  Production Design by Atsuji Shibata.  Film Editing by Tatsuji Nakashizu.   A soldier stationed in the Philippines towards the end of World War…

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The Atomic Submarine (1959)

SPENCER GORDON BENNET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1959.  Gorham Productions.  Screenplay by Orville H. Hampton.  Cinematography by Gilbert Warrenton.  Produced by Alex Gordon.  Music by Alexander Laszlo.  Production Design by Don Ament, Daniel Haller.  Costume Design by Norah Sharpe, Roger J. Weinberg.  Film Editing by William Austin.   Submarines gliding through waters close to the North Pole are being destroyed by unknown forces,…

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First Man Into Space (1959)

ROBERT DAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1959.  Amalgamated Productions.  Story by Wyott Ordung, Screenplay by John Croydon, Charles F. Vetter.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Faithfull.  Produced by John Croydon, Charles F. Vetter.  Music by Buxton Orr.  Production Design by Denys Pavitt.  Costume Design by Anna Selby-Walker.  Film Editing by Peter Mayhew.   An astronaut sent beyond earth’s atmosphere in a rocket ship goes far beyond…

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