Murphy’s Romance (1985)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1985. Columbia Pictures, Delphi IV Productions, Fogwood Films. Screenplay by Harriet Frank Jr., Irving Ravetch, based on the novella by Max Schott. Cinematography by William A. Fraker. Produced by Laura Ziskin. Music by Carole King. Production Design by Joel Schiller. Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins….

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Sidewalk Stories (1989)

CHARLES LANE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1989. Palm Pictures. Screenplay by Charles Lane. Cinematography by Bill Dill. Produced by Howard M. Brickner, Charles Lane. Music by Marc Marder. Production Design by Ina Mayhew. Costume Design by Jane Tabachnick. Film Editing by Charles Lane, Ann Stein. Charles Lane directs a quasi-remake of and…

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I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Alternate Title: Hot Spot USA, 1941. Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Dwight Taylor, based on the novel by Steve Fisher. Cinematography by Edward Cronjager. Produced by Milton Sperling. Music by Cyril J. Mockridge. Production Design by Richard Day, Nathan Juran. Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling. Film…

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Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1963.  Amro Productions.  Screenplay by Jack Rose, based on the book by Corinne Griffith.  Cinematography by Loyal Griggs.  Produced by Jack Rose.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank P. Keller.   Jackie…

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In Old Chicago (1937)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1937.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Darryl F. Zanuck Productions.  Story by Niven Busch, Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien.  Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by William S. Darling, Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  The old tale…

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The Music Man (1962)

MORTON DaCOSTA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1962.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Marion Hargrove, in collaboration with Franklin Lacey, based on the musical by Meredith Willson.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Morton DaCosta.  Music by Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler.   Meredith Willson’s eternally popular musical steeped in cloying…

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Sadie Thompson (1928)

RAOUL WALSH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1928.  Gloria Swanson Pictures.  Adaptation by Raoul Walsh, titles by C. Gardner Sullivan, based on the story Rain by W. Somerset Maugham, and the play by John Colton, Clemence Randolph.  Cinematography by George Barnes, Robert Kurrie, Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Gloria Swanson, Raoul Walsh.  Music by Joseph Turrin.  Production Design by…

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Teacher’s Pet (1958)

GEORGE SEATON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1958.  Perlberg-Seaton Productions.  Screenplay by Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin.  Cinematography by Haskell B. Boggs.  Produced by William Perlberg.  Music by Roy Webb. Production Design by A. Earl Hedrick, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alma Macrorie.   Hard bitten newspaper man Clark Gable is asked to do a guest lecture for a…

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The Aristocats (1970)

WOLFGANG REITHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    USA, 1970.  Walt Disney Productions.  Story by Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Eric Cleworth, Julius Svendsen, Ralph Wright, based on a story by Tom McGowan, Tom Rowe.  Produced by Winston Hibler, Wolfgang Reitherman.  Music by George Bruns.  Production Design by Ken Anderson.  Film Editing by Tom Acosta.   Absolutely wonderful…

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The Farmer’s Daughter (1947)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1947.  Dore Schary Productions, Vanguard Films,  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Allen Rivkin, Laura Kerr, based on the play by Juurakon Hulda by Hella Wuolijoki. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Feild M. Gray.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by…

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Twentieth Century (1934)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1934.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, based on the play Napoleon on Broadway by Charles Bruce Millholland.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Louis Silvers.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.   Rollicking good screwball comedy that features John Barrymore at his richest and Carole…

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Liberty Films.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, additional scenes by Jo Swerling, from a story by Philip Van Doren Stern.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc, Joseph Walker, Victor Milner.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Jack Okey, William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by…

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