I Walk Alone (1947)

BYRON HASKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1947.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, adaptation by Robert Smith, John Bright, based on the play by Theodore Reeves.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head. …

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Red Garters (1954)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Fessier.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Pat Duggan.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt. This musical western tries to…

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The Old Man and The Sea (1958)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1958.  Leland Hayward Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Peter Viertel, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Edward Carrere, Art Loel.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt. Director John Sturges…

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The Spirit Of St. Louis (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1957.  Leland Hayward Productions, Warner Bros., Billy Wilder Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Wendell Mayes, adaptation by Charles Lederer, based on the book by Charles A. Lindbergh.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Jane Leonard, Vic Vallejo.  Film…

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Ace In The Hole (1951)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Alternative title:  The Big Carnival Paramount Pictures.  USA, 1951.  Story by Victor Desny, Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, Walter Newman. Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by A. Earl Hedrick, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   A stunning piece of news media…

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When Worlds Collide (1951)

RUDOLPH MATE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Sydney Boehm, based on the novel by Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie. Cinematography by W. Howard Greene, John F. Seitz.  Produced by George Pal.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Albert Nozaki, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   It must have dazzled the…

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Ashton Productions, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, suggested by a story by Robert Thoeren, Michael Logan.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   This hysterical comedy of gender-errors was recently ranked…

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Sunset Blvd. (1950)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1950.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr..  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John Meehan.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   The mother of all backstage Hollywood movies that just never seems to age….

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Anne Of Green Gables (1934)

GEORGE NICHOLS JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1934.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sam Mintz, based on the book by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Cinematography by Lucien N. Andriot. Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Alfred Herman, Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   First notable talkie version of…

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The Blue Dahlia (1946)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1946.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Raymond Chandler.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  The definitive film noir for fans of the genre, and in particular the most famous pairing…

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The Perils Of Pauline (1947)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1947.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by P.J. Wolfson, Screenplay by P.J. Wolfson, Frank Butler.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Waldo Angelo, Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   Pearl White was a silent screen movie…

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Sayonara (1957)

JOSHUA LOGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1957.  Pennebaker Productions, William Goetz Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on the novel by James A. Michener.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by William Goetz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Norma Koch.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson, Arthur P. Schmidt.   This South Pacific war drama must have…

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