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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A Double Life (1947)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1947.  Kanin Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Michael Kanin.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Robert Parrish.  Academy Awards 1947.  Golden Globe Awards 1947.   Ronald Colman plays a famous Broadway actor who struggles with detaching…

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Caught

BBB (out of 5) Barbara Bel Geddes graduates from car-hop to salesgirl model after a rigorous course of charm school. Reluctantly agreeing to attend the party of a millionaire (Robert Ryan) on a yacht, and everything that that implies, she finds herself in the way of the host and puts her charm school training to use….

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Letter From An Unknown Woman

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Joan Fontaine‘s best performances is in this plush melodrama by Max Ophuls. She goes from naïve girl to grown woman to ill-fated heroine, all under the nose of caddish Louis Jourdan, whom she loves but is never noticed by. She writes him a letter to tell him of the…

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Arch Of Triumph

BB (out of 5) Ingrid Bergman‘s first film after her release from her contract with David O. Selznick was this borefest that should have been better considering its pedigree. Source material by Erich Maria Remarque, direction by Oscar winner Lewis Milestone, Bergman herself and her Gaslight co-star Charles Boyer (who is a block of wood here)…

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