Quicksand (1950)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  Samuel H. Stiefel Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Smith.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Mort Briskin.  Music by Louis Gruenberg.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Joan Joseff.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Mickey Rooney plays an auto mechanic who is out drinking with the boys when he spots a dangerous blonde…

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Scrooged

BBB (out of 5) Cute modernization of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol features Bill Murray in the kind of role that is tailor-made for him. He plays a soulless television executive who on Christmas Eve would rather be raking in advertising dollars than doing anything about the holidays. You know what happens from there: the…

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Who’s That Girl

B.5 (out of 5) Madonna‘s surprisingly good comedic timing can do little for a flat attempt to revive the screwball comedies of the 1930s. Liberally lifting plot elements from Bringing Up Baby, it stars Griffin Dunne as a mild-mannered, straight laced business executive who is preparing for marriage to his millionaire boss’s rich daughter (Haviland…

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