The Big Knife (1955)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 1955.  The Associates & Aldrich Company.   Screenplay by James Poe, based on the play by Clifford Odets.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Robert Aldrich.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by William Glasgow.  Film Editing by Michael Luciano. Clifford Odets’s vicious play about…

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Stalag 17 (1953)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1953. Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum, based on the play by Donald Bevan, Edmund Trzcinski.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Allan Sloane.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Inmates in a prisoner-of-war camp in World War II Germany are…

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The Moon Is Blue (1953)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by F. Hugh Herbert, Otto Preminger.  Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert.  Production Design by Nicolai Remisoff.  Costume Design by Don Loper.  Film Editing by Ronald Sinclair.   A pretty girl spots a handsome man shopping in the Empire…

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Road To Rio (1947)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Paramount Pictures.  Original Story and screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Daniel Dare.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.   One of the most enjoyable of the Road movies, featuring a marvelous…

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D.O.A. (1950)

RUDOLPH MATE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  Harry Popkin Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Leo C. Popkin.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Duncan Cramer.  Costume Design by Maria P. Donovan.  Film Editing by Arthur H. Nadel.   Interesting twist on an old formula has Edmond O’Brien show up at police headquarters…

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Inherit The Wind (1960)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith, based on the play by Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Joe King.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.   This riveting courtroom drama, based on…

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Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1961.  Roxlom Films Inc..  Screenplay by Abby Mann, based on his original story.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Joe King.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.   Abby Mann adapted his riveting teleplay for the big screen and the results are…

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Ship Of Fools (1965)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1965.  Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Abby Mann, based on the novel by Katherine Anne Porter.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   Stanley Kramer followed his successful Judgment At Nuremberg with another epic-length World…

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The Star (1952)

STUART HEISLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1952.  Bert E. Friedlob Productions.  Screenplay by Dale Eunson, Katherine Albert.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Bert E. Friedlob.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly, Ann Peck.  Film Editing by Otto Ludwig.   Times were obviously getting tough for Bette Davis following her coup in All About Eve. One…

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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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Fantastic Voyage (1966)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1966.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Story by Otto Klement, Jerome Bixby, Screenplay by Harry Kleiner, adaptation by David Duncan.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Saul David.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Dale Hennesy, Jack Martin Smith.  Film Editing by William B. Murphy.   Stephen Boyd plays an army commander who is brought to a…

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Logan’s Run (1976)

MICHAEL ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. USA, 1976.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by David Zelag Goodman, based on the novel by William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Saul David.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Dale Hennesy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Bob Wyman.   In a futuristic society, the pursuit of pleasure is…

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