Neptune’s Daughter (1949)

EDWARD BUZZELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley, additional dialogue by Ray Singer, Dick Chevillat.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Jack Cummings.  Music by Leo Arnaud, George Stoll.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Cotton Warburton.  That an…

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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures, ARKO.  Story by Merian C. Cooper, Screenplay by Ruth Rose.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Adele Balkan.  Film Editing by Ted Cheesman.  Merian Cooper and…

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Edward, My Son (1949)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by Robert Morley, Noel Langley.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Edwin H. Knopf.  Music by John Wooldridge.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Film Editing by Raymond Poulton.  Academy Awards 1949.  Golden Globe Awards 1949.   Robert Morley and Noel Langley’s play is adapted…

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Champion (1949)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Screen Plays.  Story by Ring Lardner, Screenplay by Carl Foreman .  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad.  Academy Awards 1949.  Golden Globe Awards 1949. Nationally famous and undefeated, boxing champ Kirk Douglas is about to partake in…

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Battleground (1949)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.  Academy Awards 1949.  Golden Globe Awards 1949. This one’s uncomfortable blend of gritty realism and jokey contrivances keep it from having aged…

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Daybreak In Udi (1950)

TERRY BISHOP Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1950.  British Information Service, Central Office of Information, Colonial Office, Crown Film Unit.  Screenplay by Montagu Slater.  Cinematography by Fred Gamage.  Produced by Max Anderson.  Music by William Alwyn.  Film Editing by Terry Trench.  Academy Awards 1949. Short but effective documentary about a Nigerian village at a crossroads between modernity and tradition.  Two…

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Paisan (Paisa) (1946)

ROBERTO ROSSELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Italy, 1946.  Organizzazione Film Internazionali, Foreign Film Productions.  Story by Sergio Amidei, Klaus Mann, Federico Fellini, Marcello Pagliero, Alfred Hayes, Screenplay by Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Rod E. Geiger.  Cinematography by Otello Martelli.  Produced by Rod E. Geiger, Roberto Rossellini.  Music by Renzo Rossellini.  Film Editing by Eraldo Da Roma.  Academy Awards 1949. Roberto Rossellini…

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White Heat (1949)

RAOUL WALSH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1949.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, suggested by a story by Virginia Kellogg.  Cinematography by Sidney Hickox.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Academy Awards 1949 One of James Cagney‘s absolute finest moments, and one of the…

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All The King’s Men (1949)

ROBERT ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the novel by Robert Penn Warren.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by Robert Rossen.  Music by Louis Gruenberg.  Production Design by Sturges Carne.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Al Clark.  Academy Awards 1949.  Golden Globe Awards 1949.   Based on Robert Penn Warren’s novel, this thinly disguised…

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The Fallen Idol (1948)

CAROL REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1948.  London Film Productions.  Screenplay by Graham Greene, additional dialogue by Lesley Storm, William Templeton, based on the story The Basement Room by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal. Produced by Carol Reed.  Music by William Alwyn.  Production Design by Vincent Korda, James Sawyer.  Costume Design by Ivy Baker.  Film Editing by Oswald…

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Little Women (1949)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Loew’s.  Screenplay by Andrew Solt, Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck, Charles Edgar Schoenbaum.  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1949….

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Twelve O’Clock High (1949)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1949.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Sy Bartlett, Beirne Lay Jr., based on the novel by Sy Bartlett, Beirne Lay Jr..  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Maurice Ransford, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Sam Benson.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1949. Gregory…

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