The Flame Of New Orleans (1941)

RENE CLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1941.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Norman Krasna.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Rene Clair, Joe Pasternak.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Frank Gross.  Fishermen casting their nets in the Mississippi River find a…

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In Old Chicago (1937)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1937.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Darryl F. Zanuck Productions.  Story by Niven Busch, Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien.  Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by William S. Darling, Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  The old tale…

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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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Lonesome (1928)

PAL FEJOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1928.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Mann Page, Adaptation by Edward T. Lowe Jr., Scenario by Edward T. Lowe Jr., Tom Reed, Titles by Tom Reed.  Cinematography by Gilbert Warrenton.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr., Oskar Schubert-Stevens.  Music by Joseph Cherniavsky.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Film Editing by Frank Atkinson. A crowded city only…

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Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)

JACK WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Mark VII Ltd..  Screenplay by Richard L. Breen.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Jack Webb.  Music by David Buttolph, Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Harper Goff.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Robert M. Leeds.  Academy Awards 1955.   Jack Webb directs and stars in this atmospheric drama about the seedy side of nightclub life….

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Myra Breckenridge

BB (out of 5) Based on the popular, scandalous book by Gore Vidal, this film was disowned by the author the moment he saw it. Future film critic Rex Reed  stars as a lonely gay man named Myron Breckenridge who decides to have plastic surgery and turn into Raquel Welch (fat chance!) Now renamed Myra,…

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Robin Hood (1973)

WOLFGANG REITHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1973.  Walt Disney Productions.  Story by Larry Clemmons, story sequences by Ken Anderson, Vance Gerry, Frank Thomas, Eric Cleworth, Julius Svendsen, David Michener, based on character and story conceptions by Ken Anderson.  Produced by Wolfgang Reitherman.  Music by George Bruns.  Production Design by Don Griffith.  Film Editing by Tom Acosta, James Melton.  Academy…

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My Son The Fanatic (1997)

UDAYAN PRASAD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Arts Council of England, BBC Films, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canal+, Image International, UGC DA International, Zephyr Films.  Screenplay by Hanif Kureishi, based on his short story.  Cinematography by Alan Almond.  Produced by Chris Curling.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Grenville Horner.  Costume Design by Mary-Jane Reyner.  Film Editing by David Gamble.  Independent…

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Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves (1944)

ARTHUR LUBIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1944.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Edmund L. Hartmann.  Cinematography by W. Howard Greene, George Robinson.  Produced by Paul Malvern.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by John B. Goodman, Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   Silly B-movie stars Maria Montez as the exotic lass who charms the coffers off…

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by James Warner, Willis Goldbeck, based on the story by Dorothy M. Johnson.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by Willis Goldbeck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering.  Academy Awards 1962.   An aged James Stewart shows…

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Stagecoach (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1939.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the story by Ernest Haycox.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Gerard Carbonara.  Production Design by Alexander Toluboff.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering, Dorothy Spencer.  Academy Awards 1939.   The western that started it all; certainly the genre was already well…

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Romeo And Juliet (1936)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Adaptation by Talbot Jennings, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Oliver Messel.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.   While it has many things to recommend itself above other versions of the famous…

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