A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

GERD OSWALD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1956.  Crown Productions.  Screenplay by Lawrence Roman, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Robert L. Jacks.  Music by Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Addison Hehr.  Costume Design by Evelyn Carruth, Henry Helfman.  Film Editing by George A. Gittens. The first of two adaptations of Ira Levin’s first…

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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 Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Edmund H. North, based on a story by Harry Bates.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Julian Blaustein.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Addison Hehr, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  Golden Globe Awards 1951.   The imagery in this groundbreaking science-fiction film is unforgettable:…

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River Of No Return (1954)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Louis Lantz, Screenplay by Frank Fenton.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Stanley Rubin.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge. Production Design by Addison Hehr, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler. One of Marilyn’s worst movies is this lame river-rafting adventure that starts with…

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