Full Of Life (1956)

RICHARD QUINE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1956. Columbia Pictures. Screenplay by John Fante, based on his novel. Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr.. Produced by Fred Kohlmar. Music by George Duning. Production Design by William Flannery. Costume Design by Ed Ware. Film Editing by Charles Nelson. It’s a very rare sight to see…

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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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Slightly French (1949)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1949.  Columbia Pictures.  Story by Herbert Fields, Screenplay by Karen DeWolf. Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Irving Starr. Music by George Duning. Production Design by Carl Anderson. Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Al Clark. Don Ameche is a tyrannical filmmaker who…

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Shockproof (1949)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Columbia Pictures.   Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, Samuel Fuller.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Helen Deutsch, S. Sylvan Simon.  Music by George Duning.  Production Design by Carl Anderson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.  Cornel Wilde plays a parole officer…

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The Lady From Shanghai (1947)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1947.  Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the novel If I Die Before I Wake by Sherwood King.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Orson Welles.  Music by Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Sturges Carne, Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film…

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A Raisin In The Sun (1961)

DANIEL PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1961.  Columbia Pictures.  Screenplay by Lorraine Hansberry, based on her play.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Ronald H. Gilbert, Philip Rose, David Susskind.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by Carl Anderson.  Film Editing by William A. Lyon, Paul Weatherwax.   Lorraine Hansberry wrote…

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Jubal (1956)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Russell S. Hughes, Delmer Daves, based on the novel by Paul Wellman.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by William Fadiman.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Carl Anderson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Al Clark. Glenn Ford shows up near death on a sprawling ranch…

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Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)

GEORGE B. SEITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Aurania Rouverol, Tom Seller, Annalee Whitmore.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr.,Sidney Wagner.  Produced by J.J. Cohn.  Music by David Snell.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.   Routine Andy Hardy adventure has its star Mickey Rooney falling in love with a society-page heiress while continuing…

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The Big Store (1941)

CHARLES REISNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1941.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Original story by Nat Perrin, Screenplay by Sid Kuller, Hal Fimberg, Ray Golden.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Louis K. Sidney.  Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof, George Bassman, Lennie Hayton, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig. One of the least memorable Marx Brothers…

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It Happened To Jane (1959)

RICHARD QUINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1959.  Arwin Productions.  Story by Max Wilk, Norman Katkov, Screenplay by Norman Katkov.   Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Richard Quine.   Music by George Duning.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.   Minor Doris Day comedy that would be improved by some minor cuts to its healthy running…

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3:10 To Yuma (1957)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  USA, 1957.  Screenplay by Halsted Welles, from a story by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..   In this intelligent and exciting western, Van Heflin plays a hard-up rancher who is barely holding on to his property thanks to the bad luck that has befallen him. He longs to prosper…

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