Caged (1950)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1950. Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Virginia Kellogg, Bernard C. Schoenfeld, based on the article Inside Women’s Prison by Virginia Kellogg.  Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Charles H. Clarke.  Costume Design by Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing…

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The Opposite Sex (1956)

DAVID MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin, based on the play The Women by Clare Boothe Luce.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..  Golden Globe Awards 1956.  …

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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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What’s The Matter With Helen? (1971)

CURTIS HARRINGTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1971.  Filmways Pictures, Raymax Productions.  Screenplay by Henry Farrell.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by George Edwards.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  Academy Awards 1971. Delightfully campy indulgence in horror stars Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters as two complete opposites united by their sons;…

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Since You Went Away (1944)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Vanguard Films, Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by David O. Selznick, adaptation by Margaret Buell Wilder, based on her book.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez, Lee Garmes.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by William L. Pereira.  Costume Design by Elmer Ellsworth.  Film Editing by John Faure, Arthur Fellows, Marsh…

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Citizen Kane (1941)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  RKO Radio Pictures, Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Orson Welles.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Robert Wise.  Academy Awards 1941.   A fictionalized account of the rise to power of publishing magnate William…

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The Swan (1956)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Dighton, based on the play A Hattyu by Ferenc Molnar.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning. This mediocre period film is mainly remembered for being Grace…

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The Bat (1959)

CRANE WILBUR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1959.  Liberty Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Crane Wilbur, based on the play by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by C.J. Tevlin.  Music by Louis Forbes.  Production Design by Dave Milton.  Film Editing by William Austin.   Agnes Moorehead plays a famous writer who comes to a small, peaceful town and rents…

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Pollyanna (1960)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the novel by Eleanor H. Porter.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Frank Gross.  Academy Awards 1960.   A perennial family favourite, this delightful Disney film is…

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Jane Eyre (1943)

ROBERT STEVENSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Aldous Huxley, Robert Stevenson, John Houseman, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by William Goetz, Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by William L. Pereira.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   The best adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s ever-popular novel…

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All That Heaven Allows (1955)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Edna L. Lee, Harry Lee, Screenplay by Peg Fenwick.  Cinematography by Russell Metty. Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Frank Gross, Fred Barratta.  The Criterion Collection. Widow Jane Wyman befriends her handsome young gardener…

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Magnificent Obsession (1954)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1954.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Blees, adaptation by Wells Root, based on the screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, from the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Emrich Nicholson.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  Academy…

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