Becky Sharp (1935)

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1935.  Pioneer Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh, based on the play by Langdon Mitchell, from the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by George Hazenbush.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1935.   Thackeray’s massive Vanity Fair…

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The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

IRVING PICHEL, ERNEST B. SCHOEDSACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Alternate title:   Hounds of Zaroff USA, 1932.  RKO Radio Pictures, Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman, based on the story by Richard Connell.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carroll Clark.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Podcast: …

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The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the story Love Lies Bleeding by John Patrick.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John Meehan.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1946.  Cannes Film Festival 1947. This terrific film…

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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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Ministry Of Fear (1944)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1944.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Seton I. Miller, based on the novel by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Henry Sharp.  Produced by Seton I. Miller.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Fritz Lang’s powerful visual style has not abated by the time he makes…

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Road To Bali

HAL WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1952.  Paramount Pictures, Bing Crosby Productions, Hope Enterprises.  Story by Frank Butler, Harry Tugend, Screenplay by Frank Butler, Hal Kanter, William Morrow.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by Harry Tugend.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.   Bing Crosby and Bob Hope reunite for…

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My Geisha

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Shirley MacLaine plays the wife of a famous director (Yves Montand) who flies to Japan for a surprise visit after he has spent time there preparing for his new production of Madame Butterfly.  After years of making films with his wife, Montand has decided to venture out on a project of his…

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Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

RICHARD QUINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1964.  Richard Quine Productions, George Axelrod Productions.  Screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the story La Fete a Henriette by Julien Duvivier, Henri Jeanson.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by George Axelrod, Richard Quine.  Music by Nelson Riddle.  Production Design by Jean d’Eaubonne.  Costume Design by Gabriel Bechir.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.   Silly little comedy…

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