The Unseen (1945)

LEWIS ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1945.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Hagar Wilde, Raymond Chandler, adaptation by Hagar Wilde, Ken Englund, based on the novel by Ethel Lina White.  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Ernst Toch.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design…

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Here Comes The Groom (1951)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Liam O’Brien, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp, Liam O’Brien, Myles Connolly, based on the story and treatment “You Belong To Me” by Robert Riskin.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by A….

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The Last Outpost (1935)

CHARLES BARTON, LOUIS J. GASNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.   USA, 1935.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip MacDonald, adaptation by Charles Brackett, Frank Partos, based on the short story The Drum by F. Britten Austin.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon.  Music by Bernard Kaun, William E. Lynch, Milan Roder, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Hans Dreier,…

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Wake Island (1942)

JOHN FARROW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by W.R. Burnett, Frank Butler.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor, Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Joseph Sistrom.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by John Morris Foster, Pat Williams.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht, LeRoy Stone.  Academy Awards 1942.  Fact-based account of the American servicemen stationed on…

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Detective Story (1951)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, Robert Wyler, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by William Wyler.  Production Design by A. Earl Hedrick, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.  Academy Awards 1951.  Cannes Film Festival 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1951. A New York police…

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The Stork Club (1945)

HAL WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1945.  B.G. DeSylva Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Buddy G. DeSylva, Jack McGowan.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Buddy G. DeSylva.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Gladys Carley. Betty Hutton is adorable as a coat check girl at the titular nightclub,…

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Ace In The Hole (1951)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Alternative title:  The Big Carnival Paramount Pictures.  USA, 1951.  Story by Victor Desny, Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, Walter Newman. Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by A. Earl Hedrick, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1951. A stunning piece of news…

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My Favourite Brunette (1947)

ELLIOTT NUGENT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Hope Enterprises.  Screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Daniel Dare, Bob Hope.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan. Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.   Bob Hope is on death row waiting to be executed for…

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The Lost Weekend (1945)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1945.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, based on the novel by Charles R. Jackson.  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Doane Harrison.  Academy Awards 1945.  Cannes Film Festival 1946.  Golden…

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Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by Preston Sturges.  Music by Charles Bradshaw, Leo Shuken. Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore. One of my favourite comedies ever made is this terrific Preston Sturges masterpiece. It…

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Christmas In July (1940)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges, based on his play A Cup Of Coffee.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by John Leipold, Leo Shuken.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Harriet Altland, Murray Foster, Joe Kaplan.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland. In this short, adorable…

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The Great McGinty (1940)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett.  Academy Awards 1940. Brian Donlevy plays a clever hobo who stumbles upon a voting scheme designed to get a mayoral…

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