I Walk Alone (1947)

BYRON HASKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1947.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, adaptation by Robert Smith, John Bright, based on the play by Theodore Reeves.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head. …

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Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1971.  Universal Pictures, Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by John Hale.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. The most celebrated girlfight in western political history is the…

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Desert Fury (1947)

LEWIS ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the novel Desert Town by Ramona Stewart.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager, Charles Lang.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Warren Low.   Problem child Lizabeth Scott comes home to her saloon-owning…

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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.  Golden Globe Awards 1962.   The producers of this film seem…

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Blue Hawaii (1961)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1961.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Story by Allan Weiss, Screenplay by Hal Kanter.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  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 Terry O. Morse. Elvis Presley gets out of the army and returns home to Honolulu, avoiding his…

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The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the story Love Lies Bleeding by John Patrick.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John Meehan.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1946.  Cannes Film Festival 1947. This terrific film…

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Anne Of The Thousand Days

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1969.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Bridget Boland, John Hale, adaptation by Richard Sokolove, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Maurice Carter.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.  Academy Awards 1969.  Golden Globe Awards 1969.  …

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Come Back, Little Sheba

DANIEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Shirley Booth wanders around her kitchen begging for our affection in this grimy little kitchen-sink drama. She won an Academy Award as a housewife who has to contend with the boring nature of her life while waiting for her beloved pet of the title to return home to her….

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The Rose Tattoo

DANIEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Anna Magnani stars as an Italian immigrant housewife living in the American south. She loses her pride-and-joy of a husband in a truck accident and afterwards discovers that he wasn’t faithful to her. Her refusal to believe that her man was anything less than perfect estranges her from…

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Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1948.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Lucille Fletcher, based on her radio play.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Anatole Litvak, Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Warren Low.  Academy Awards 1948. Terrific adaptation of the marvelous radio play…

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The Rainmaker (1956)

BBB.5 (out of 5) An unmarried daughter is such serious business that in this film it’s the cause of major drama. Katharine Hepburn is excellent as the vulnerable woman in question, whose spinster state has her loving father (Lloyd Bridges) worried about her future. Enter smooth con man (Burt Lancaster) who woos the lady into a…

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