Lost Horizon (1973)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 1973. Columbia Pictures, Ross Hunter Productions. Screenplay by Larry Kramer, based on the novel by James Hilton. Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Produced by Ross Hunter. Music by Burt Bacharach. Production Design by E. Preston Ames. Costume Design by Jean Louis. Film Editing by Maury Winetrobe.  Podcast:…

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Bells Are Ringing (1960)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB USA, 1960. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, based on their musical play. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner. Produced by Arthur Freed. Music by Jule Styne. Production Design by E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis. Costume Design by Walter Plunkett. Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. Judy…

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Torch Song (1953)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by I.A.R. Wylie, Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, Jan Lustig.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Henry Berman, Sidney Franklin, Charles Schnee.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing…

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Designing Woman (1957)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1957.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by George Wells, from a story by Helen Rose.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Andre Previn. Production Design by E. Preston Ames, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. Sports reporter Gregory…

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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.   The story of Molly Brown, rags-to-riches society lady…

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Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1962.  Euterpe, Arwin Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, based on the book by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Martin Melcher, Joe Pasternak.  Music by Leo Arnaud, Alexander Courage, Roger Edens, Robert Franklyn, Conrad Salinger, George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis.  Costume Design…

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Airport (1970)

GEORGE SEATON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1970.  Universal Pictures, Ross Hunter Productions. Screenplay by George Seaton, based on the novel by Arthur Hailey.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.   What’s most laughable about this ridiculously soapy…

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An American In Paris (1951)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner.  Cinematography by Alfred Gilks.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.   The visual splendor of this Vincente Minnelli musical has made it one of the most…

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Brigadoon (1954)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on his musical play.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Gene Kelly and Van Johnson play tourists in the highlands of Scotland…

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The Cobweb (1955)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Paxton, additional dialogue by William Gibson, based on his novel.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress. Satisfying though strange melodrama from Vincente…

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Lust For Life (1956)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Norman Corwin, based on the novel by Irving Stone.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan, Freddie Young.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.   Irving Stone’s novel about Vincent Van…

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The Band Wagon (1953)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green.  Cinematography by Harry Jackson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Albert Akst, George White.   Vincente Minnelli outdid his own An American In Paris with this…

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