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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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1967.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, MKH, Seven Arts Productions.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, Lukas Heller, based on the novel by E.M. Nathanson.  Cinematography by Edward Scaife.  Produced by Kenneth Hyman.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by William Hutchinson.  Film Editing by Michael Luciano. It’s 1944 and…

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A Very Special Favor (1965)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1965.  The Lankershim Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Nate Monaster.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Stanley Shapiro.  Music by Vic Mizzy.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Walter M. Simonds.  Costume Design by Yves Saint-Laurent.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   Lawyer Charles Boyer, is appalled to learn that the reason he lost…

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Cat Ballou (1965)

ELLIOT SILVERSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1965.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Harold Hecht Productions.  Screenplay by Walter Newman, Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Ray Chanslor.  Cinematography by Jack A. Marta.  Produced by Harold Hecht.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.   The tone is perfect in this…

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The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

FRANK TASHLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1966.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Arwin Productions, Reame Productions.  Screenplay by Everett Freeman. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Everett Freeman, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, George W. Davis. Costume Design by Ray Aghayan.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   The Doris Day formula is tired but still has its…

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The Parent Trap (1961)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the book Das Doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kastner.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson.   Disney could have found no better use for…

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Lover Come Back (1961)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1961.   7 Pictures, Nob Hill Productions Inc., Arwin Productions.    Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning.    Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.   Produced by Martin Melcher, Stanley Shapiro.    Music by Frank De Vol.    Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.    Costume Design by Irene.    Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler.     After…

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Pillow Talk (1959)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Arwin Productions.  Story by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   The first of three hugely successful romantic comedies starring Doris…

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The Thrill Of It All (1963)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1963.  Ross Hunter Productions, Arwin Productions.  Story by Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Screenplay by Carl Reiner.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Certainly one of Doris Day‘s most energetic and…

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Send Me No Flowers (1964)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.    USA, 1964.  Universal Pictures, Martin Melcher Productions.  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, based on the play Send Me No Flowers: A Comedy In Three Acts by Norman Barasch, Carroll Moore.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Harry Keller.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by…

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Murder Inc. (1960)

BURT BALABAN, STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. USA, 1960.  Princess Production Corporation.  Screenplay by Irve Tunick, Mel Barr, based on the book by Burton Turkus, Sid Feder.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher.  Produced by Burt Balaban.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Bill Walstrom.  Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.  Peter Falk made a name for himself,…

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1967.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by William Rose.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   This drama isn’t as newsworthy today as it was in 1967 (though even at the time it was already…

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