Major Barbara (1941)

GABRIEL PASCAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1941.  Gabriel Pascal Productions.  Screenplay by George Bernard Shaw, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Gabriel Pascal.  Music by William Walton.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Cecil Beaton.  Film Editing by Charles Frend, David Lean. Rex Harrison plays…

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Dream Wife (1953)

SIDNEY SHELDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, Herbert Baker, Alfred Lewis Levitt.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Herschel McCoy, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by George White.  Academy Awards 1953. The burgeoning issue of women in the…

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Edward, My Son (1949)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by Robert Morley, Noel Langley.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Edwin H. Knopf.  Music by John Wooldridge.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Film Editing by Raymond Poulton.  Academy Awards 1949.  Golden Globe Awards 1949.   Robert Morley and Noel Langley’s play is adapted…

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The Journey (1959)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1959.  Alby Pictures.  Screenplay by George Tabouri.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Isabella Schlichting, Werner Schlichting.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   A varied group of passengers are trying to catch a flight out of Budapest during the Hungarian Uprising…

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The Arrangement (1969)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1969.  Athena Productions.  Screenplay by Elia Kazan, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by David Amram.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Stefan Arnsten.   Kirk Douglas is a successful advertising executive with a giant house and a gorgeous wife…

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I See A Dark Stranger (1946)

FRANK LAUNDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  The Adventuress United Kingdom, 1946.  Individual Pictures.  Story by Frank Launder, Screenplay by Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat, Wolfgang Wilhelm, additional dialogue by Liam Redmond. Cinematography by Wilkie Cooper.  Produced by Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder.  Music by William Alwyn.  Production Design by David Rawnsley.  Costume Design by Joy Ricardo.  Film Editing by Thelma Connell.   Deborah Kerr is magnificent…

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Black Narcissus (1947)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1947.  The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, based on the novel by Rumer Godden.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Brian Easdale.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Hein Heckroth.  Film Editing by Reginald Mills.  Academy Awards 1947.  Golden Globe Awards 1947.  Podcast: …

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The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   United Kingdom, 1943.  Independent Producers, The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Allan Gray.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Joseph Bato.  Film Editing by John Seabourne Sr.. During an army protocol practice run, a near-retired Colonel is appalled…

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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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The Chalk Garden (1964)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1964.  Quota Rentals Limited, Ross Hunter Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the play by Enid Bagnold.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.  Academy Awards 1964.  Golden Globe Awards 1964. …

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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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Quo Vadis (1951)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien, based on the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  Cinematography by William V. Skall, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Herschel McCoy.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy…

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