David And Lisa (1962)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1962. Lisa and David Company, Vision Associates Productions. Screenplay by Eleanor Perry, based on the book by Theodore Isaac Rubin. Cinematography by Leonard Hirschfield. Produced by Paul M. Heller. Music by Mark Lawrence. Production Design by Paul M. Heller. Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone. Film…

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Experiment In Terror (1962)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1962. Geoffrey-Kate Productions. Screenplay by Gordon Gordon, Mildred Gordon, based on their novel. Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop. Produced by Blake Edwards. Music by Henry Mancini. Production Design by Robert Peterson. Costume Design by Gordon T. Dawson. Film Editing by Patrick McCormack.  Lee Remick is seized…

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Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1962.  Norma Productions.  Screenplay by Guy Trosper, based on the book by Thomas E. Gaddis.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by Stuart Millar, Guy Trosper.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Film Editing by Edward Mann.   The true story of Robert Stroud,…

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Two Weeks In Another Town (1962)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, based on the novel by Irwin Shaw.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan, Robert James…

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1962)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1962.  Arcola Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by George W. Davis, J. McMillan Johnson.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   The worst (and, by all accounts, least…

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The Music Man (1962)

MORTON DaCOSTA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1962.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Marion Hargrove, in collaboration with Franklin Lacey, based on the musical by Meredith Willson.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Morton DaCosta.  Music by Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler.   Meredith Willson’s eternally popular musical steeped in cloying…

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Phaedra (1962)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France/Greece/USA, 1962.  Joele, Jorilie, Melinafilm.  Story by Margarita Lymberaki, Screenplay by Margarita Lymberaki, Jules Dassin, based on the play Hippolytus by Euripedes.  Cinematography by Jacques Natteau.  Produced by Jules Dassin.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Max Douy.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Roger Dwyre.   Jules Dassin followed up his massively…

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Sundays and Cybele (1962)

SERGE BOURGUIGNON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Les dimanches de Ville d’Avray France/Austria, 1962.  Fidès, Les Films Trocadero, Orsay Films, Terra Film Produktion.  Screenplay by Serge Bourguignon, Antoine Tudal, dialogue by Serge Bourguignon, Bernard Eschasseriaux, based on the novel by Bernard Eschasseriaux.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Romain Pines.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by…

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Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1962.  Euterpe, Arwin Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, based on the book by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Martin Melcher, Joe Pasternak.  Music by Leo Arnaud, Alexander Courage, Roger Edens, Robert Franklyn, Conrad Salinger, George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis.  Costume Design…

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Taras Bulba (1962)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Yugoslavia/USA, 1962.  Avala Film, Harold Hecht Productions.  Screenplay by Waldo Salt, Karl Tunberg, based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald. Produced by Harold Hecht.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Norma Koch.  Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted, Gene Milford, William Reynolds, Eda Warren.   Anyone looking for…

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Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1962.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Story by Allan Weiss, Screenplay by Edward Anhalt, Allan Weiss.  Cinematography by Loyal Griggs.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Stanley E. Johnson.   The producers of this film seem to be slightly…

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To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1962.  Universal International Pictures, Pakula-Mulligan, Brentwood Productions.  Screenplay by Horton Foote, based on the novel Harper Lee.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell.   Harper Lee’s incredibly popular novel makes its way to the big screen…

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