Humoresque (1946)

JEAN NEGULESCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1946. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Clifford Odets, Zachary Gold, based on the short story by Fannie Hurst. Cinematography by Ernest Haller. Produced by Jerry Wald. Music by Leo F. Forbstein. Production Design by Hugh Reticker. Costume Design by Adrian, Bernard Newman. Film Editing by Rudi Fehr….

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Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

GABRIEL PASCAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1945.  Gabriel Pascal Productions, National Symphony Orchestra.  Screenplay by George Bernard Shaw, based on his play.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Jack Hildyard, Robert Krasker, Freddie Young.  Produced by Gabriel Pascal.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by John Bryan.  Costume Design by Oliver Messel.  Film Editing…

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Blithe Spirit (1945)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1945.  Two Cities Films, Noel Coward-Cineguild.  Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Noel Coward.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Costume Design by Raemonde Rahvis.  Film Editing…

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The Killers (1946)

ROBERT SIODMAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Mark Hellinger Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Anthony Veiller, from the story by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Elwood Bredell.  Produced by Mark Hellinger.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Martin Obzina, Jack Otterson.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.  Academy Awards 1946.   Ernest Hemingway’s atmospheric, short story, basically a conversation between two bad men,…

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The Jolson Story (1946)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1946.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Stephen Longstreet, adaptation by Harry Chandlee, Andrew Solt.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Sidney Skolsky.  Music by George Duning, Hugo Friedhofer, Arthur Morton, Marlin Skiles.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson, Walter Holscher.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by William A. Lyon.  Academy Awards 1946.  Cannes Film Festival…

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The Spiral Staircase (1945)

ROBERT SIODMAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1945.  RKO Radio Pictures, Dore Schary Productions.  Screenplay by Mel Dinelli, based on the novel Some Must Watch by Ethel Lina White.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad, Harry Marker.  Academy Awards…

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The Stranger (1946)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1946.  International Pictures.  Story by Victor Trivas, Screenplay by Anthony Veiller, Adaptation by Victor Trivas, Decla Dunning.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Michael Woulfe.  Film Editing by Ernest J. Nims.  Academy Awards 1946.   Exciting, absorbing drama that features a terrific…

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Open City (1945)

ROBERTO ROSSELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Roma, Citta Aperta Italy, 1945.  Excelsa Film.  Story and Screenplay by Sergio Amidei, with collaboration by Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, additional material by Alberto Consiglio.  Cinematography by Ubaldo Arata.  Produced by Giuseppe Amato, Ferruccio De Martino, Rod E. Geiger, Roberto Rossellini.  Music by Renzo Rossellini.  Production Design by Rosario Megna.  Film Editing by Eraldo Di…

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Henry V

LAURENCE OLIVIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Alternate title:  The Chronicle History Of King Henry the Fift With His Battell At Agincourt In France United Kingdom, 1944.  Two Cities Films.  Based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Laurence Olivier.  Music by William Walton.  Production Design by Paul Sheriff. Costume Design by Roger K. Furse.  Film Editing by…

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The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the story Love Lies Bleeding by John Patrick.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John Meehan.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1946.  Cannes Film Festival 1947. This terrific film…

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The Blue Dahlia (1946)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1946.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Raymond Chandler.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1946.   The definitive film noir for fans of the genre, and in particular the most…

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To Each His Own (1946)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1946.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Charles Brackett, Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Jacques Thery.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alma Macrorie.  Academy Awards 1946. Olivia de Havilland won her first Academy Award for this…

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