The Silver Chalice (1954)

VICTOR SAVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Victor Saville Productions. Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the novel by Thomas B. Costain. Cinematography by William V. Skall. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Rolf Gerard. Costume Design by Marjorie Best, Rolf Gerard. Film Editing by George White….

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Wake Island (1942)

JOHN FARROW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by W.R. Burnett, Frank Butler.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor, Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Joseph Sistrom.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by John Morris Foster, Pat Williams.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht, LeRoy Stone.  Academy Awards 1942.  Fact-based account of the American servicemen stationed on Wake…

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1939)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  Edward Small Productions.  Screenplay by George Bruce, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas pere.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Edward Small.  Music by Lucien Moraweck.  Production Design by John DuCasse Schulze.  Costume Design by William Bridgehouse.  Film Editing by Grant Whytock.  Academy Awards 1939. Loose adaptation of the third volume of Three…

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Marie Antoinette (1938)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda, based in part on the book by Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1938.   Married to the…

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The Killers (1946)

ROBERT SIODMAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Mark Hellinger Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Anthony Veiller, from the story by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Elwood Bredell.  Produced by Mark Hellinger.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Martin Obzina, Jack Otterson.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.  Academy Awards 1946.   Ernest Hemingway’s atmospheric, short story, basically a conversation between two bad men,…

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The Great Commandment (1939)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1939.  Cathedral Films.  Story and Screenplay by Dana Burnet.  Cinematography by Charles P. Boyle.  Produced by John T. Coyle.  Music by Walter Jurmann, Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Edward C. Jewell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Ralph Dixon. An industry of religious B-movies existed in the earlier half of the twentieth century,…

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The Furies (1950)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Wallis-Hazen.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, based on the novel by Niven Busch.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1950.  The title refers as much to the temperaments of its main…

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The Wild Bunch

BBBB (out of 5) Sam Peckinpah’s ultraviolent western melodrama became a guiding point for which action films of the future would compare themselves to. William Holden stars as the leader of a band of fugitive lawbreakers who decide to stage one last job before wandering off into the sunset with their loot. Unfortunately, their proposed…

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East Of Eden (1955)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by James Basevi, Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.  Academy Awards 1955.  Cannes Film Festival 1955.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1947.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Moss Hart, based on the novel by Laura Z. Hobson.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Mark-Lee Kirk, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Kay Nelson.  Film Editing by Harmon Jones.  Academy Awards 1947.  Golden Globe Awards 1947.  …

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Seven Sinners

BBB (out of 5) Good songs, fun costumes, Marlene‘s eyebrows: for some people, it’s more than enough!  Dietrich is once again the dangerous temptress, this time travelling the South Seas and ending up in a U.S. protectorate called Boni Kamba.  There she performs at the titular night club and wins the heart of navy man…

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Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1959.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures, Academy Pictures Corporation, Camp Films.  Screenplay by Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Malcolm Arnold, Buxton Orr.  Production Design by Oliver Messel.  Costume Design by Oliver Messel.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck,…

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