The Oscar (1966)

RUSSELL ROUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 1966. Greene-Rouse Productions. Screenplay by Harlan Ellison, Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, based on the novel by Richard Sale. Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Produced by Clarence Greene. Music by Percy Faith. Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Chester…

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Caged (1950)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1950. Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Virginia Kellogg, Bernard C. Schoenfeld, based on the article Inside Women’s Prison by Virginia Kellogg.  Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Charles H. Clarke.  Costume Design by Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing…

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An American Dream (1966)

ROBERT GIST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB Alternate title:  See You In Hell, Darling USA, 1966.  William Conrad Productions.  Screenplay by Mann Rubin, based on the novel by Norman Mailer.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by William Conrad.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by LeRoy Deane.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by George R. Rohrs.   Television host and war hero…

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Interrupted Melody (1955)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by William Ludwig, Sonya Levien, based on the life story by Marjorie Lawrence.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg, Paul Vogel.  Produced by Jack Cummings.  Music by Alexander Courage, Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.   Marjorie Lawrence (Eleanor Parker)…

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Detective Story (1951)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, Robert Wyler, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by William Wyler.  Production Design by A. Earl Hedrick, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.   A New York police headquarters is the nexus of intense activity in…

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The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Walter Newman, Lewis Meltzer, based on the novel by Nelson Algren.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Joseph C. Wright.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Outstanding look at drug addiction by filmmaker Otto Preminger that is surprisingly…

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The Sound Of Music (1965)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1965.  Robert Wise Productions, Argyle Enterprises.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, with the partial use of ideas by George Hurdalek, from the stage musical book by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse and the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by…

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Scaramouche (1952)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ronald Millar, George Froeschel, based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Carey Wilson.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Gile Steele.  Film Editing by James E. Newcom.   The famed swordsman (played by Stewart Granger) scampers around 18th-century…

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Hollywood Canteen (1944)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Delmer Daves.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Alex Gottlieb.  Music by Leo F. Forbstein, Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Leo K. Kuter.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.   War propaganda has never been as shameless as in this endless bore. The film takes place…

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A Hole In The Head (1959)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1959.  SinCap Productions.  Screenplay by Arnold Schulman, based on his play.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Nelson Riddle.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Frank Sinatra stars in this enjoyable comedy-drama in the role that he basically played…

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It’s A Great Feeling (1949)

DAVID BUTLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1949.  Warner Bros..  Story by I.A.L. Diamond, Screenplay by Jack Rose, Melville Shavelson.  Cinematography by Wilfred M. Cline.  Produced by Alex Gottlieb.  Music by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Stanley Fleischer.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Irene Morra.   Doris Day‘s cheerful singing is all you need to…

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