Androcles And The Lion (1952)

CHESTER ERSKINE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1952.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Chester Erskine, Ken Englund, based on the play by George Bernard Shaw.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Gabriel Pascal.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Emile Santiago.  Film Editing by Roland Gross. …

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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.   A…

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The Verdict (1946)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1946.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Peter Milne, Israel Zangwill.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Ted Smith.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Thomas Reilly.   Sydney Greenstreet gives a deliciously subtle performance as a judge who is removed from his position after a man…

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Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

PETER GODFREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1945.  Warner Bros..  Story by Aileen Hamilton, Screenplay by Lionel Houser, Adele Comandini.  Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Stanley Fleischer.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Frank Magee.   Dennis Morgan plays a soldier who survives his destroyer being sunk, rescued after weeks…

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A Foreign Affair (1948)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1948. Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Richard L. Breen, adaptation by Robert Harari, based on an original story by David Shaw.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Doane Harrison.  Academy Awards 1948. Billy…

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It Should Happen To You (1954)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story and Screenplay by Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by John Meehan.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Academy Awards 1954.   Judy Holliday reunites with Born Yesterday writer Garson Kanin and director George Cukor for another look at an…

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The Great McGinty (1940)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett.  Academy Awards 1940. Brian Donlevy plays a clever hobo who stumbles upon a voting scheme designed to get a mayoral…

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True Confession (1937)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1937.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Claude Binyon, based on the play Mon Crime by Louis Verneuil, Georges Berr.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Albert Lewin.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Paul Weatherwax. Highly imaginative fiction writer Carole Lombard (in one of her…

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Born To Be Bad (1950)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1950.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Edith R. Sommer, additional dialogue by Robert Soderberg, George Oppenheimer, adaptation by Charles Schnee, based on the novel All Kneeling by Anne Parrish.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Robert Sparks.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Hattie Carnegie,…

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Phffft (1954)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story and Screenplay by George Axelrod.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by William Flannery.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson. Judy Holliday is a successful soap-opera writer and Jack Lemmon a high-flying lawyer who, at the beginning of this sophisticated comedy,…

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Caught (1949)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Enterprise Productions.  Screenplay by Arthur Laurents, based on the novel Wild Calendar by Libbie Block.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by Wolfgang Reinhardt.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Frank Paul Sylos.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Robert Parrish. Barbara Bel Geddes graduates from car-hop to salesgirl model after a rigorous…

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Here Comes Cookie (1935)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Alternate title:  The Plot Thickens USA, 1935.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Don Hartman, Sam Mintz, Screenplay by Don Hartman.  Cinematography by Gilbert Warrenton.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Odell.  Film Editing by Richard C. Currier.   Your grandparents’ favourite comedy team in one of their cutest…

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