Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1963.  Amro Productions.  Screenplay by Jack Rose, based on the book by Corinne Griffith.  Cinematography by Loyal Griggs.  Produced by Jack Rose.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank P. Keller.  Academy…

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A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 1963.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Sy Bartlett, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Sy Bartlett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.  Academy Awards 1963.   You know a movie isn’t going to be very exciting when it spends…

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America, America (1963)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1963.  Athena Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Elia Kazan.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.  Actors Index:  John Marley.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.   After a decade of scintillating stage and literary adaptations,…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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The Red Lanterns (1963)

VASILIS GEORGIADIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ta Kokkina Fanaria Greece, 1963.  Th. Damaskinos & V. Michaelides.  Screenplay by Alekos Galanos, based on his play.  Cinematography by Nikos Gardelis.  Produced by Vion Papamihalis.  Music by Stavros Xarhakos.  Production Design by Petros Kapouralis.  Film Editing by Memas Papadatos.  Academy Awards 1963.  Cannes Film Festival 1964.   Deeply affecting look at lost souls in the…

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Sundays and Cybele (1962)

SERGE BOURGUIGNON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Les dimanches de Ville d’Avray France/Austria, 1962.  Fidès, Les Films Trocadero, Orsay Films, Terra Film Produktion.  Screenplay by Serge Bourguignon, Antoine Tudal, dialogue by Serge Bourguignon, Bernard Eschasseriaux, based on the novel by Bernard Eschasseriaux.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Romain Pines.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by…

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The Great Escape (1963)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Company.  Screenplay by James Clavell, W.R. Burnett, based on the book by Paul Brickhill.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by John Sturges.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.  National Board of Review Awards 1963.   A huge…

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Irma La Douce (1963)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Alexandre Breffort.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Edward L. Alperson, Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963. The idea here…

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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1963.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Kohlmar-Sidney Productions.  Screenplay by Irving Brecher, based on the play by Michael Stewart.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Production Design by Paul Groesse.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.   Weak adaptation of the hit Broadway musical marks the film debut of Dick Van…

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A New Kind Of Love (1963)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1963.  Llenroc Productions, Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Melville Shavelson.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Melville Shavelson.  Music by Erroll Garner, Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.   Definitely not a new kind of movie.  Joanne…

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Tom Jones (1963)

TONY RICHARDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1963.  Woodfall Film Productions. Screenplay by John Osborne, based on the novel by Henry Fielding.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Produced by Tony Richardson.  Music by John Addison.  Production Design by Ralph W. Brinton.  Costume Design by John McCorry.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.  National Board of Review Awards…

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The Sword In The Stone (1963)

WOLFGANG REITHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1963.  Walt Disney Productions.  Story by Bill Peet, based on the book by T.H. White.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by George Bruns.  Production Design by Ken Anderson.  Film Editing by Donald Halliday.  Academy Awards 1963.   Animated adventure that tells the Disneyfied version of the legend of King Arthur, concentrating mostly on his boyhood life…

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