The Facts Of Life (1960)

MELVIN FRANK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1960.  HLP.   Screenplay by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.   Cinematography by Charles Lang.   Produced by Norman Panama.   Music by Leigh Harline.   Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Kenneth A. Reid.   Costume Design by Della Fox, Wally Harton, Edith Head, Edward Stevenson.   Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Academy…

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It Started In Naples (1960)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1960.  Capri Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Michael Pertwee, Jack Davies, Screenplay by Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, Suso Cecchi D’Amico.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jack Rose.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini, Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Orietta Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe…

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Wake Island (1942)

JOHN FARROW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by W.R. Burnett, Frank Butler.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor, Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Joseph Sistrom.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by John Morris Foster, Pat Williams.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht, LeRoy Stone.  Academy Awards 1942.  Fact-based account of the American servicemen stationed on Wake…

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The Mating Season (1951)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch, Richard L. Breen, based on the play Maggie by Caesar Dunn.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Oleg Cassini.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1951.  Golden Globe Awards…

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A New Kind Of Love (1963)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1963.  Llenroc Productions, Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Melville Shavelson.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Melville Shavelson.  Music by Erroll Garner, Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.   Definitely not a new kind of movie.  Joanne…

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The Odd Couple (1968)

GENE SAKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1968.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert B. Hauser.  Produced by Howard W. Koch.  Music by Neal Hefti.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Jack Bear.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe Awards 1968. Neil Simon’s most popular…

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Hombre (1967)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1967.  Hombre Productions.  Screenplay by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr..  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Irving Ravetch, Martin Ritt.  Music by David Rose.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Robert Emmet Smith.  Costume Design by Donfeld.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Paul Newman continues his collection of anti-heroes with this excellent western, adapted from…

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Hud (1963)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1963.  Paramount Pictures, Salem-Dover Productions. Screenplay by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr., based on the novel by Larry McMurtry.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Irving Ravetch, Martin Ritt.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Tambi Larsen, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards…

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White Christmas (1954)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1954.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.  Cinematography by Loyal Griggs.  Produced by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Music by Gus Levene, Joseph J. Lilley, Van Cleave.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira. Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1954. The biggest box-office hit of 1954 was this…

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Too Late Blues (1961)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Carr, John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by John Cassavetes.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Tambi Larsen, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Early feature directed by John Cassavetes that shows his penchant for atmosphere and mood, even though the narrative…

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Funny Face

BBB.5 (out of 5) Audrey Hepburn rarely looked lovelier than in this gorgeous musical comedy, inspired loosely by the career of photographer Richard Avedon. One of the most beautifully photographed colour films ever made (and oddly enough not directed by Vincente Minnelli), this Stanley Donen charmer stars Fred Astaire as a magazine photographer (a la Avedon) who…

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Damn Yankees

GEORGE ABBOTT, STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.   Ray Walston is hilarious as the devil (here known as Mr. Applegate) come to earth to seduce disgruntled Washington Senators’ fan Joe Boyd (Robert Shafer) into entering a Faustian pact with him: Joe gets to become the greatest baseball player ever on earth in exchange for…

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