Blood On The Moon (1948)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1948.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Lillie Hayward, adaptation by Harold Shumate, Luke Short, based on the Saturday Evening Post serial story by Luke Short.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Theron Warth.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller. …

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Red Garters (1954)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Fessier.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Pat Duggan.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt. This musical western tries to…

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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.  Academy Awards 1951.  Cannes Film Festival 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1951. A New York police…

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Riot In Cell Block 11 (1954)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1954.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Richard Collins.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert.  Production Design by Dave Milton.  Film Editing by Bruce B. Pierce Early Don Siegel action film that takes the high number of prison riots in the headlines at the time and creates great…

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The Lost Weekend (1945)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1945.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, based on the novel by Charles R. Jackson.  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Doane Harrison.  Academy Awards 1945.  Cannes Film Festival 1946.  Golden…

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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.  Academy Awards 1947. One of the most enjoyable of the Road movies, featuring…

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The Blue Dahlia (1946)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1946.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Raymond Chandler.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1946.   The definitive film noir for fans of the genre, and in particular the most…

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The Perils Of Pauline (1947)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1947.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by P.J. Wolfson, Screenplay by P.J. Wolfson, Frank Butler.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Waldo Angelo, Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1947. Pearl White was a silent…

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To Each His Own (1946)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1946.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Charles Brackett, Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Jacques Thery.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alma Macrorie.  Academy Awards 1946. Olivia de Havilland won her first Academy Award for this…

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Fourteen Hours (1951)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Joel Sayre, Screenplay by John Paxton. Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald. Produced by Sol C. Siegel. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Edward Stevenson. Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer. Academy Awards 1951.  Strangely absorbing melodrama that features terrific performances and…

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Funny Girl (1968)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1968.  Columbia Pictures Corporation,  Rastar Productions.Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, based on her play.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Jule Styne.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by William Sands, Maury Winetrobe.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe Awards 1968. The life of Fanny Brice made…

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1940.   One of John Ford’s best films is…

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