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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This Land Is Mine (1943)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1943.  Jean-Renoir- Dudly Nichols Productions, RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols.  Cinematography by Frank Redman.  Produced by Dudley Nichols, Jean Renoir.  Music by Lothar Perl.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Renié.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.  An small, unnamed European country is suffering under Nazi occupation, the brutish officers…

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Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

SETH HOLT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom, 1971. EMI Films, Hammer Films. Screenplay by Christopher Wicking, based on the novel The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker. Cinematography by Arthur Grant. Produced by Howard Brandy. Music by Tristram Cary. Production Design by Scott MacGregor. Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows. Film Editing…

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The Ritz (1976)

RICHARD LESTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1976.  Courtyard Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Terrence McNally, based on his play.  Cinematography by Paul Wilson.  Produced by Denis O’Dell.  Music by Ken Thorne.  Production Design by Philip Harrison.  Costume Design by Evangeline Harrison.  Film Editing by John Bloom.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. An old Italian patriarch dies and, on his deathbed, begs…

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Watch On the Rhine (1943)

HERMAN SHUMLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Dashiell Hammett, additional scenes and dialogue by Lillian Hellman, based on her play.  Cinematography by Merritt B. Gerstad, Hal Mohr.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Rudi Fehr.   Lillian Hellman’s play is adapted to…

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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.   Biblical epics were…

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Citizen Kane (1941)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  RKO Radio Pictures, Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Orson Welles.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Robert Wise.   A fictionalized account of the rise to power of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst,…

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Doctor In The House (1954)

RALPH THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1954.  Group Film Productions Limited.  Screenplay by Nicholas Phipps, Richard Gordon, based on the book by Richard Gordon.  Cinematography by Ernest Steward.  Produced by Betty E. Box.  Music by Bruce Montgomery.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Yvonne Caffin.  Film Editing by Gerald Thomas.   Hilarious comedy that inspired a series of sequels….

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Mr. Skeffington (1944)

VINCENT SHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, from the story by Elizabeth von Arnim.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   As with many similar soap opera films…

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Papillon (1973)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/France, 1973.  Corona-General.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the book by Henri Charriere.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Robert Dorfmann, Franklin J. Schaffner.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Anthony Masters.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.   Another prison movie for Steve McQueen, and…

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All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Rachel Field.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren Low.   Terrific costume drama is one of the best films Bette Davis made at Warner Bros. during…

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Joan Of Arc (1948)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1948.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Maxwell Anderson, Andrew Solt, based on the play Joan Of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch, William V. Skall, Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins, Barbara Karinska.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  …

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