Strange Cargo (1940)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1940. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Lawrence Hazard, based on the book Not Too Narrow…Not Too Deep by Richard Sale. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Robert Kern….

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Love On The Run (1936)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1936. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, Manuel Seff, Gladys Hurlbut, from the story by Alan Green, Julian Brodie. Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh. Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by…

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The Silver Chalice (1954)

VICTOR SAVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Victor Saville Productions. Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the novel by Thomas B. Costain. Cinematography by William V. Skall. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Rolf Gerard. Costume Design by Marjorie Best, Rolf Gerard. Film Editing by George White….

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The Spirit Of St. Louis (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1957.  Leland Hayward Productions, Warner Bros., Billy Wilder Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Wendell Mayes, adaptation by Charles Lederer, based on the book by Charles A. Lindbergh.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Jane Leonard, Vic Vallejo.  Film…

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Possessed (1947)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1947.  Warner Bros..  Story by Rita Weiman, Screenplay by Silvia Richards, Ranald MacDougall.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by  Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Adrian, Bernard Newman.  Film Editing by Rudi Fehr.   Joan Crawford is madly in love with architect Van Heflin, but he’s had his fun with her and…

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My Cousin Rachel (1952)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Daphne Du Maurier’s captivating mystery was…

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Bad Seed (1934)

ALEXANDER ESWAY, BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Mauvaise Graine France, 1934.  Compagnie Nouvelle Commerciale.  Screenplay by Max Kolpe, Jan Lustig, Billy Wilder, dialogue by Claude-Andre Puget.  Cinematography by Paul Cotteret, Maurice Delattre, Fred Mandl.  Produced by Georges Bernier.  Music by Allan Gray, Franz Waxman.  Film Editing by Therese Sautereau. Billy Wilder made his directorial debut in France…

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Sunrise At Campobello (1960)

VINCENT J. DONEHUE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1960.  Dore Schary Productions.  Screenplay by Dore Schary, based on his play.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by George Boemler.   Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) is enjoying wife and family at his summer home on…

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Mister Roberts (1955)

MERVYN LeROY, JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1955.  Warner Bros., Orange.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, based on the play by Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan, from the novel by Thomas Heggen.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Jack…

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Stalag 17 (1953)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1953. Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum, based on the play by Donald Bevan, Edmund Trzcinski.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Allan Sloane.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Inmates in a prisoner-of-war camp in World War II Germany are…

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Sunset Blvd. (1950)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1950.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr..  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John Meehan.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   The mother of all backstage Hollywood movies that just never seems to age….

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A Day At The Races (1937)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1937.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Robert Pirosh, George Seaton, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh, George Seaton, George Oppenheimer.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Irving Thalberg, Lawrence Weingarten, Sam Wood.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Frank E. Hull.    Reviews of this film always point out…

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