A Summer Place (1959)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1959. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Delmer Daves, based on the novel by Sloan Wilson. Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr.. Produced by Delmer Daves. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Leo K. Kuter. Costume Design by Howard Shoup. Film Editing by Owen Marks. Delmer Daves follows…

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The Walking Hills (1949)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Producers-Actors Corporation.   Story and Screenplay by Alan Le May, additional dialogue by Virginia Roddick.   Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..   Produced by Harry Joe Brown.   Music by Arthur Morton.   Production Design by Robert Peterson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by William A. Lyon.  John…

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Bend Of The River (1952)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1952.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Borden Chase, based on the novel by William Gulick.  Cinematography by Irving Glassberg.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth. A community of settlers are making their way…

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Shark! (1969)

SAMUEL FULLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.   Alternate title:  Man Eater USA/Mexico, 1969. Cinematográfica Calderón S.A., Heritage Entertainment Inc..  Screenplay by John T. Dugan, Samuel Fuller, based on the novel His Bones Are Coral by Victor Canning.  Cinematography by Raul Martinez Solares.  Produced by Mark Cooper, Skip Steloff.  Music by Rafael Moroyoqui.  Production Design by Manuel Fontanals.  Film Editing by Carlos Savage Legendary…

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Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944)

BERNARD VORHAUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1944.  First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces.  Screenplay by Harold Medford.  Produced by Ronald Reagan.  Music by David Rose.   A good example of how what used to be called “documentary” would be labeled a PSA now.  This one takes place in a German prisoner of war camp, where…

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Champion (1949)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Screen Plays.  Story by Ring Lardner, Screenplay by Carl Foreman .  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad.   Nationally famous and undefeated, boxing champ Kirk Douglas is about to partake in a highly publicized fight that…

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Rancho Notorious (1952)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1952.  Fidelity Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Daniel Taradash, based on the story by Silvia Richards.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Howard Welsch.  Music by Ken Darby, Emil Newman.  Production Design by Wiard Ihnen. Arthur Kennedy is devastated by the murder of his girlfriend when bandits break into the town Assayer’s storage and kill…

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Peyton Place (1957)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the novel by Grace Metalious.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by David Bretherton, James B. Clark.  …

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Murder, She Said (1961)

GEORGE POLLOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1961.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, George H. Brown Productions.  Screenplay by David Pursall, Jack Seddon, adaptation by David D. Osborn, based on the novel 4.50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Faithfull.  Produced by George H. Brown.  Music by Ron Goodwin.  Production Design by Harry White.  Costume Design by Felix Evans.  Film Editing by Ernest Walter.   The world’s…

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Twilight For The Gods (1958)

JOSEPH PEVNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1958.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Ernest K. Gann, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Irving Glassberg.  Produced by Gordon Kay.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Tony Martinelli.   Almost completely forgotten sea adventure with Rock Hudson as the captain of a…

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Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1962.  Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson, based on the writings of T.E. Lawrence.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   This is not just a movie, it’s THE movie:  David Lean’s…

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Too Late For Tears (1949)

BYRON HASKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1949.  Hunt Stromberg Productions, Republic Pictures, Streamline Pictures.  Screenplay by Roy Huggins, based on his serial.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by R. Dale Butts.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by Harry Keller.   Randomly driving home from a dinner party that they’ve…

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