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 workplace … More Dream Wife (1953)

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The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951.   … More The Great Caruso (1951)

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Johnny Got His Gun

BB.5 (out of 5) Dalton Trumbo, once the blacklisted author whose unabashed screenplay credit in Spartacus effectively ended the reign of anti-Communist fear in Hollywood, wrote and directed this anti-war film based on his own novel. Timothy Bottoms plays a World War I soldier who survives the battlefield, but only barely:  he doesn’t have eyes, … More Johnny Got His Gun

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Madame Bovary (1949)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Vincente Minnelli’s sumptous adaptation of the classic Gustave Flaubert novel suffers when it opens and closes with Flaubert himself (played by James Mason) defending his work in a public courtroom. Presumably this was to give forties film audiences a chance to understand the original novel in its historical context, but it was … More Madame Bovary (1949)

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