Athena (1954)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1954. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by William Ludwig, Leonard Spigelgass. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Joe Pasternak. Music by George Stoll. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse. Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose. Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero. A conventional love story about opposites…

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Susan Slept Here (1954)

FRANK TASHLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.    USA, 1954.  Harriet Parsons Productions.   Screenplay by Alex Gottlieb, based on the play by Steve Fisher, Alex Gottlieb.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Harriet Parsons.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Michael Woulfe.  Film Editing by…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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What’s The Matter With Helen? (1971)

CURTIS HARRINGTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1971.  Filmways Pictures, Raymax Productions.  Screenplay by Henry Farrell.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by George Edwards.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  Academy Awards 1971. Delightfully campy indulgence in horror stars Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters as two complete opposites united by their sons;…

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Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012)

DORI BERINSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2012.  Dramatic Forces.  Screenplay by Dori Berinstein, Adam Zucker.  Cinematography by Rob VanAlkemade.  Produced by Dori Berinstein.  Music by Craig Sharmat.  Film Editing by Adam Zucker.  Dorian Awards 2011.   She conquered Broadway when she originated the role of Lorelei in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, then made herself immortal with the lead in Hello,…

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Mr. Imperium (1951)

DON HARTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Alternate title:  You Belong To My Heart USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Edwin H. Knopf, Don Hartman, based on the play by Edwin H. Knopf. Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Edwin H. Knopf.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William B….

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June Bride (1948)

BRETAIGNE WINDUST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1948.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall, based on the play Feature For June by Eileen Tighe, Graeme Lorimer.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   Low-point in Bette Davis‘s career, the box-office results of this film…

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, based on the play by Richard Morris.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by Leo Arnaud, Alexander Courage, Calvin Jackson.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp.  Academy Awards 1964.  Golden Globe Awards 1964.   The story of…

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In & Out (1997)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1997.  Paramount Pictures, Spelling Films.  Screenplay by Paul Rudnick.  Cinematography by Rob Hahn.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, John Jympson.  Academy Awards 1997.  Golden Globe Awards 1997.  New York Film Critics Awards 1997.  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.   Pointedly funny comedy…

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Wedding Bell Blues

DANA LUSTIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1996.  Bergman Lustig Productions, Curb Entertainment.  Story by Dana Lustig, Annette Goliti Gutierrez, Screenplay by Annette Goliti Gutierrez.  Cinematography by Kent L. Wakeford.  Produced by Ram Bergman, Carole Curb Nemoy, Mike Curb, Dana Lustig.  Music by Tal Bergman, Paul Gordon.  Production Design by Shay Austin.  Costume Design by Dana Allyson.  Film Editing by Caroline…

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Connie And Carla (2004)

MICHAEL LEMBECK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2004.  Universal Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, CCLA Productions, Epsilon Motion Pictures.  Screenplay by Nia Vardalos.  Cinematography by Richard Greatrex.  Produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Tom Hanks.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Jasna Stefanovic.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by David Finfer.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.   Two friends since childhood (Nia Vardalos,…

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The Bodyguard (1992)

MICK JACKSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1992.  Kasdan Pictures, Tig Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Kevin Costner, Lawrence Kasdan, Jim Wilson.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jeffrey Beecroft.  Costume Design by Susan Nininger.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern, Richard A. Harris.  Academy Awards 1992.   Whitney Houston made her feature starring debut in…

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