Family Plot (1976)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1976.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the novel The Rainbird Pattern by Victor Canning.  Cinematography by Leonard J. South.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by J. Terry Williams.   A wealthy dowager (Cathleen Nesbitt) enlists her psychic (Barbara…

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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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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the autobiography of Rocky Graziano with Rowland Barber.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Charles Schnee.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Scintillating biography of Rocky Graziano, a prizefighter who grow up in the rough neighbourhoods of New York…

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Executive Suite (1954)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the play by Cameron Hawley.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   The president of a furniture-making corporation drops dead of a heart attack on the streets…

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West Side Story (1961)

ROBERT WISE, JEROME ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  The Mirisch Corporation, Seven Arts Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, from the play conceived by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, adapted from the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by…

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Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)

ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Norma Productions, Curtleigh Productions.  Screenplay by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman, based on the novella by Ernest Lehman.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by James Hill.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Mary Grant.  Film Editing by Alan Crosland Jr..   Combine fantastic on-location photography by James Wong…

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The King And I (1956)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB USA, 1956.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, from the musical play by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel Anna and the King Of Siam by Margaret Landon.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by…

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Hello, Dolly! (1969)

GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1969.  Chenault Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the stage musical by Michael Stewart, from The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, adapted from Einen Jux will er Sich Machen by Johann Nestroy.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Ernest Lehman.    Music by Lennie Hayton, Lionel Newman. …

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Sabrina (1995)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Germany/USA, 1995.  Constellation Entertainment, Mirage Enterprises, Mont Blanc Entertainment GmbH, Paramount Pictures, Sandollar Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Worldwide.  Screenplay by Barbara Benedek, David Rayfiel, based on the earlier screenplay by Billy Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, Ernest Lehman, from the play Sabrina Fair by Samuel A. Taylor.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by…

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Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1966.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the play by Edward Albee.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Ernest Lehman.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.   Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shine in this excellent adaptation of Edward Albee’s shocking play. They…

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North By Northwest (1959)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1959.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Harry Kress.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Recently restored to its original brilliance, this one concerns an honest businessman (Cary Grant) mistakenly caught by foreign agents led by…

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Sabrina (1954)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1954.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, Ernest Lehman, based on the play Sabrina Fair by Samuel A. Taylor.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Van Cleave, Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Hubert de Givenchy.  Film Editing by…

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