This Is The Army (1943)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, Claude Binyon, based on the plays Yip Yip Yaphank and This Is The Army by Irving Berlin.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.   Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by John…

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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Valentine Davies, Oscar Brodney.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.  Academy Awards 1954. The…

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The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

FRANK TASHLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1966.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Arwin Productions, Reame Productions.  Screenplay by Everett Freeman. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Everett Freeman, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, George W. Davis. Costume Design by Ray Aghayan.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   The Doris Day formula is tired but still has its…

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A New Kind Of Love (1963)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1963.  Llenroc Productions, Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Melville Shavelson.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Melville Shavelson.  Music by Erroll Garner, Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.   Definitely not a new kind of movie.  Joanne…

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Marjorie Morningstar (1958)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1958.  Beachwold Productions.  Screenplay by Everett Freeman, based on the novel by Herman Wouk.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Milton Sperling.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted.  Academy Awards 1958. Fans of the two leads are the only people…

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1939)

BBBBB (out of 5) Richly enjoyable, thoroughly satisfying drama based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  Charles Laughton is the misshapen denizen of the titular cathedral who inspires horror and revulsion in the citizens of King Louis XI’s France. The moral order of Paris is enforced by Frollo, the hard-bitten, hypocritical bishop who falls in…

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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Story by Robert Buckner, Screenplay by Robert Buckner, Edmund Joseph.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.  Music by George M. Cohan, Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by George Amy.  Academy Awards 1942. James Cagney just…

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Sergeant York (1941)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Abem Finkel, Harry Chandlee, Howard Koch, John Huston, based on the diary of  Alvin C. York, edited by Tom Skeyhill.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Jesse L. Lasky, Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by John Hughes.  Costume Design by S. Kring, Ted Schultz, Jeanette…

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