On The Bowery (1956)

LIONEL ROGOSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1956. Rogosin Films. Screenplay by Richard Bagley, Lionel Rogosin, Mark Sufrin. Cinematography by Richard Bagley. Produced by Lionel Rogosin. Music by Charles Mills. Film Editing by Carl Lerner. Lionel Rogosin’s investigation of hard lives in one of, at the time, Manhattan’s roughest neighbourhoods has remained a…

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The Joker Is Wild (1957)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1957.  AMBL Productions.  Screenplay by Oscar Saul, based on the book by Art Cohn.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Samuel J. Briskin.  Music by Walter Scharf.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Everett Douglas. Frank…

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Designing Woman (1957)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1957.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by George Wells, from a story by Helen Rose.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Andre Previn. Production Design by E. Preston Ames, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. Sports reporter Gregory…

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The Enemy Below (1957)

DICK POWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by D.A. Rayner.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Dick Powell.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Albert Hogsett, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore. …

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A Hatful Of Rain (1957)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Michael V. Gazzo, Alfred Hayes, Carl Foreman, based on the play by Michael V. Gazzo.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.  Produced by Buddy Adler.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Mary Wills.   Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Fred Zinnemann…

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The Spirit Of St. Louis (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1957.  Leland Hayward Productions, Warner Bros., Billy Wilder Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Wendell Mayes, adaptation by Charles Lederer, based on the book by Charles A. Lindbergh.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Jane Leonard, Vic Vallejo.  Film…

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Witness For The Prosecution (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Edward Small Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz, Adaptation by Lawrence B. Marcus, based on the play by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Matty Malneck.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Joe King.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   A mind-warping mystery…

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Pal Joey (1957)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1957.  Essex Productions, George Sidney Productions.  Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley, based on the musical play book by John O’Hara.  Cinematography by Harold Lipstein.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Production Design by Walter Holscher.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence, Jerome Thoms.   Less than enjoyable mangling of the extremely popular Broadway show, with…

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Peyton Place (1957)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the novel by Grace Metalious.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by David Bretherton, James B. Clark.  …

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Mother India (1957)

MEHBOOB KHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  India, 1957.  Mehboob Productions.  Screenplay by Wajahat Mirza, S. Ali Raza.  Cinematography by Faredoon A. Irani.  Music by Naushad.  Production Design by V.H. Palnitkar.  Costume Design by Fazal Din.  Film Editing by Shamsudin Kadri.   Epic drama, often retold, that brought India its first Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. A family of poor farmers…

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The Three Faces Of Eve (1957)

NUNNALLY JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox.Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the book by Corbett Thigpen, Hervey M. Cleckley.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Herman A. Blumenthal, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Renie.  Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler.   Ignore the painfully cheesy commentary…

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The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1957.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson, based on the novel Le Pont de la Riviere Kwai by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by John Wilson-Apperson.  Film Editing by Peter Taylor.   American…

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