The Westerner (1940)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1940.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Screenplay by Jo Swerling, Niven Busch, based on the story by Stuart N. Lake.   Cinematography by Gregg Toland.   Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.   Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.   Production Design by James Basevi. Costume Design by Irene Saltern.  Film Editing by Daniel…

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The Pride Of The Yankees (1942)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1942.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Original Story by Paul Gallico, Screenplay by Jo Swerling, Herman J. Mankiewicz, prologue by Damon Runyon.   Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing…

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Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1952.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Story by Myles Connolly, Screenplay by Moss Hart.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Walter Scharf.  Production Design by Antoni Clave, Richard Day.  Costume Design by Antoni Clave, Mary Wills.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy…

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Porgy And Bess (1959)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1959.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by N. Richard Nash, based on the musical by DuBose Heyward, from the play by Dorothy Heyward.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by George Gershwin.  Production Design by Oliver Smith.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film…

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Wonder Man (1945)

H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1945.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Don Hartman, Melville Shavelson, Philip Rapp, adaptation by Jack Jevne, Eddie Moran, from a story by Arthur Sheekman.  Cinematography by Victor Milner, William E. Snyder.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by…

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Dead End (1937)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1937. Compelling adaptation of the play by Sidney Kingsley, with most of…

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The North Star (1943)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, additional dialogue in new edition by Burt Beck.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Aaron Copland.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1943.  Lillian Hellman pens a tribute to the spirit of Russia suffering…

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The Fortune Cookie (1966)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1966.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx-Jalem.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Luthardt.  Costume Design by Charles Arrico, Paula Giokaris.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1966.  Golden Globe Awards 1966. This was the first time that Jack Lemmon and Walter…

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Irma La Douce (1963)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Alexandre Breffort.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Edward L. Alperson, Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963. The idea here…

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One, Two, Three (1961)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Bavaria Film, The Mirisch Corporation, Pyramid Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play Egy, Ketto, Harom by Ferenc Molnar. Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Stratil, Heinrich Weidemann.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1961.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Witness For The Prosecution (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Edward Small Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz, Adaptation by Lawrence B. Marcus, based on the play by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Matty Malneck.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Joe King.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1957.  Golden Globe…

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The Apartment (1960)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1960.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch. Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Forrest T. Butler, Irene Caine.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards 1960.  New York Film Critics Award 1960.   Jack Lemmon excels…

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