Walk On The Wild Side (1962)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1962.  Famous Artists Productions.  Screenplay by John Fante, Edmund Morris, based on the novel by Nelson Algren.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.   Produced by Charles K. Feldman.   Music by Elmer Bernstein.   Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.   Film Editing by Harry Gerstad. …

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Lady of Burlesque (1943)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1943.  Hunt Stromberg Productions.   Screenplay by James Gunn, based on the novel the G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee. Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.   Produced by Hunt Stromberg.   Music by Arthur Lange.  Production Design by Joseph B. Platt.  Costume Design by Natalie Visart.   Film Editing…

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Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

PETER GODFREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1945.  Warner Bros..  Story by Aileen Hamilton, Screenplay by Lionel Houser, Adele Comandini.  Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Stanley Fleischer.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Frank Magee.   Dennis Morgan plays a soldier who survives his destroyer being sunk, rescued after weeks…

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Always Goodbye (1938)

SIDNEY LANFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1938.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Douglas Z. Doty, Gilbert Emery, Screenplay by Kathryn Scola, Edith Skouras. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson. Barbara Stanwyck brings her usual fiery intensity…

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The Miracle Woman (1931)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay and dialogue by Jo Swerling, based on the play Bless You Sister by John Meehan, Robert Riskin.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Harry Cohn.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Maurice Wright.  Barbara Stanwyck opens this film with a fiery speech that gets your blood up…

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Baby Face (1933)

ALFRED E. GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  Warner Bros.. Story by Darryl F. Zanuck, Screenplay by Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola.  Cinematography by James Van Trees.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Howard Bretherton.   You need look no further for proof that Barbara Stanwyck was destined for stardom than this…

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Executive Suite (1954)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the play by Cameron Hawley.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1954. The president of a furniture-making corporation drops dead of a heart attack on the…

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Double Indemnity (1944)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   USA, 1944.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler, based on the novel by James M. Cain.  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by Joseph Sistrom.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Doane Harrison.  Academy Awards 1944. One of film noir‘s greatest peaks is this fantastic…

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Night Nurse (1931)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1931.  Warner Bros.  Screenplay by Oliver H.P. Garrett, additional dialogue by Charles Kenyon, from the novel by Grace Perkins.  Cinematography by Barney McGill.  Production Design by Max Parker.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Edward M. McDermott. Barbara Stanwyck is accepted into a hospital as a trainee to become a…

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The Lady Eve (1941)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Monckton Hoffe, Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Phil Boutelje, Charles Bradshaw, Gil Grau, Sigmund Krumgold, John Leipold,Leo Shuken.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.  Academy Awards 1941.  Podcast:  My Criterions. A simple-minded man, a…

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All I Desire (1953)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1953.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by James Gunn, Robert Blees, Adaptation by Gina Kaus, based on the novel Stopover by Carol Ryrie Brink.  Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Henry Mancini, Herman Stein.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Barbara…

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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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