Holiday (1938)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1938. Columbia Pictures. Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, Sidney Buchman, based on the play by Philip Barry. Cinematography by Franz Planer. Produced by Everett Riskin. Music by Sidney Cutner. Production Design by Stephen Goosson. Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Al Clark, Otto Meyer….

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The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)

ROY ROWLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1953.  Columbia Pictures, Stanley Kramer Productions.  Story and conception by Dr. Seuss, Screenplay by Dr. Seuss, Allan Scott.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Al Clark.  Academy…

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Liebelei (1933)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany, 1933.  Elite-Tonfilm-Produktion GmbH.  Directed by Max Ophuls.  Screenplay by Curt Alexander, Max Ophuls, Hans Wilhelm, adaptation by Felix Salten, based on the play by Arthur Schnitzler.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by  Herman Millakowsky.  Music by Theo Mackeben.  Production Design by Gabriel Pellon.  Costume Design by Adolf Braun.  Film Editing by Friedel Buckow.   Early Max…

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King of Kings (1961)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan.  Cinematography by Manuel Berenguer, Milton R. Krasner, Franz Planer.   Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld.  Production Design by Dan Sayre Groesback, Anton Grot, Julian Harrison, Edward C. Jewell.  Costume Design by Adrian, Earl Luick, Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Anne Bauchens, Harold McLernon.  Golden Globe Awards 1961.  …

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Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1948.  William Dozier Productions, Rampart Productions.  Screenplay by Howard Koch, based on a story by Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent.   One of Joan Fontaine‘s best performances is in this plush melodrama…

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Decision Before Dawn (1951)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox, Bavaria Film.  Screenplay by Peter Viertel, based on the novel Call It Treason by George Howe.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Anatole Litvak, Frank McCarthy.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Noel Howard.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Academy Awards 1951.  Golden Globe Awards 1951.   Twentieth century-Fox head Darryl…

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Cyrano De Bergerac (1950)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1950.  Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, based on the play by Edmond Rostand, translated by Brian Hooker.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Joe King, Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad.  Academy Awards 1950.  Golden Globe Awards 1950.   Although this…

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The Big Country

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Exciting western that treads on a pacifist theme. Gregory Peck plays an eastern sailor who comes to the wide, wild west to marry Carroll Baker.  When he gets there he finds himself in the middle of an ages-old feud between Baker’s father (Charles Bickford) and the head of a vicious, trashy family…

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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1954.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by Earl Felton, based on the novel by Jules Verne.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Harper Goff.  Costume Design by Norman Martien.  Film Editing by Elmo Williams.  Academy Awards 1954. It’s a whale of a tale as Jules Verne’s exciting…

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The Caine Mutiny (1954)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Stanley Roberts, additional dialogue by Michael Blankfort, based on the novel by Herman Wouk.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Henry Batista, William A. Lyon.  Academy Awards 1954. It’s World War…

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Roman Holiday

BBBBB (out of 5) The world was introduced to Audrey Hepburn with this exceptional romantic comedy, and it’s been a love affair between star and audience that even her death in 1992 didn’t diminish. Gregory Peck plays a reporter working for an American newspaper in Rome who stumbles upon the story of a lifetime when a…

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The Nun’s Story (1959)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on the book by Kathryn Hulme.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959. Audrey Hepburn gives one of her most powerful performances in…

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