The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Highroad Productions.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, based on the novel by Alistair MacLean.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Carl Foreman.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Geoffrey Drake.  Film Editing by Alan Osbiston.   The British fighting the Nazis during World War II need to get across the…

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Please Don’t Eat The Daisies (1960)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Euterpe.  Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, based on the book by Jean Kerr.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by David Rose.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   Doris Day plays housewife to university professor David Niven, who has just graduated…

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The Toast Of New Orleans (1950)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sy Gomberg, George Wells.  Cinematography by William E. Snyder.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Albert Sendrey, George Stoll.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   Those who aren’t fans of opera will prefer to kill themselves than sit through…

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A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Alternate title:  Stairway To Heaven United Kingdom, 1946.  The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Allan Gray.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Hein Heckroth.  Film Editing by Reginald Mills. Gorgeously photographed, full-colour romantic fantasy set during World War II,…

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The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Alternate title:  The Fighting Pimpernel United Kingdom, 1950.  The Archers, London Film Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, based on the romance by Baroness Emmuska Orczy.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Brian Easdale.  Production Design by Hein Heckroth.  Costume Design by Ivy Baker, Nandi Heckroth, Bernard…

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The Moon Is Blue (1953)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by F. Hugh Herbert, Otto Preminger.  Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert.  Production Design by Nicolai Remisoff.  Costume Design by Don Loper.  Film Editing by Ronald Sinclair.   A pretty girl spots a handsome man shopping in the Empire…

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Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Wheel Productions.  Screenplay by Arthur Laurents, based on the novel by Francoise Sagan.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Roger K. Furse.  Costume Design by Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Helga Cranston.  Otto Preminger’s melodrama about the pains of coming of age may seem…

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Murder By Death (1976)

ROBERT MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1976.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Simon.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.   This film and The Cheap Detective make for a terrific pair of mystery spoofs, both filled with…

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Happy Go Lovely (1951)

H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  United Kingdom, 1951.  Associated British Picture Corporation, Marcel Hellman Productions.  Screenplay by Val Guest, based on a film story by Friedrich Dammann, Herbert Rosenfeld.  Cinematography by Erwin Hillier.  Produced by Marcel Hellman.  Music by Mischa Spoliansky.  Production Design by John Howell.  Costume Design by Anna Duse.  Film Editing by Bert Bates. Minor British…

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Separate Tables (1958)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.   Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions, Clifton Productions.   Screenplay by Terence Rattigan, John Gay, based on a play by Terence Rattigan.   Cinematography by Charles Lang.   Produced by Harold Hecht.   Music by David Raksin.   Production Design by Harry Horner.   Costume Design by Mary Grant, Edith Head.   Film Editing by Charles Ennis, Marjorie…

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Talbot Jennings, Jules Furthman, Carey Wilson, Margaret Booth, based on the book by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth. Exceptional adventure film that, along with The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, makes…

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Bedtime Story (1964)

RALPH LEVY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1964.  Pennebaker Productions, The Lankershim Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning.  Cinematography by Clifford Stine.  Produced by Stanley Shapiro.  Music by Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Frank Oz’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels had its origins in this delightful…

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