The Driver (1978)

WALTER HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1978.  EMI Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Walter Hill.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Jack Bear, Robert Cornwall, Jennifer L. Parsons.  Film Editing by Tina Hirsch, Robert K. Lambert….

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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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A Double Life (1947)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1947.  Kanin Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Michael Kanin.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Robert Parrish.   Ronald Colman plays a famous Broadway actor who struggles with detaching from the job,…

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The Jazz Singer (1980)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1980.  EMI Films.  Screenplay by Herbert Baker, adaptation by Stephen H. Foreman, based on the play by Samson Raphaelson.  Cinematography by Isidore Mankofsky.  Produced by Jerry Leider.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Maury Winetrobe.   Neil Diamond makes an ill-advised acting debut in…

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Red Planet Mars (1952)

HARRY HORNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.5.   USA, 1952.  Melaby Pictures Corp..  Screenplay by John L. Balderston, Anthony Veiller, based on the play by John L. Balderston, John Hoare.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by Donald Hyde, Anthony Veiller.  Music by Mahlon Merrick.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Film Editing by Francis D. Lyon. A scientist and his wife discover a…

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New Faces (1954)

HARRY HORNER, JOHN BEAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Edward L. Alperson Productions.  Sketches by Mel Brooks, Ronny Graham, additional sketches by John Cleveland, Luther Davis, Paul Lynde.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Edward L. Alperson.  Music by Raoul Kraushaar.  Production Design by Raoul Pene Du Bois.  Costume Design by Thomas Becker.  Film Editing by Ace Herman. This stage-to-film transplant of the…

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The Hustler (1961)

ROBERT ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Rossen Films, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Sidney Carroll, Robert Rossen, based on the novel by Walter Tevis.  Cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.  Produced by Robert Rossen.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Paul Newman solidified his already established status with this perennial…

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Separate Tables (1958)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.   Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions, Clifton Productions.   Screenplay by Terence Rattigan, John Gay, based on a play by Terence Rattigan.   Cinematography by Charles Lang.   Produced by Harold Hecht.   Music by David Raksin.   Production Design by Harry Horner.   Costume Design by Mary Grant, Edith Head.   Film Editing by Charles Ennis, Marjorie…

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Up The Sandbox (1972)

IRVIN KERSHNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.   Barwood Films, First Artists.   Screenplay by Paul Zindel, based on the novel by Anne Richardson Roiphe.   Cinematography by Gordon Willis.   Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.   Music by Billy Goldenberg.   Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.   Film Editing by Robert Lawrence.    Barbra…

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The Heiress (1949)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1949.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Ruth Goetz, Augustus Goetz, based on their play, adapted from the novel Washington Square by Henry James.   Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by William Wyler.   Music by Aaron Copland.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Much of the narrative and…

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They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1969.  American Broadcasting Company, Palomar Pictures.  Screenplay by James Poe, Robert E. Thompson, based on the novel by Horace McCoy.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Johnny Green.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Donfeld.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp.   A roaring-twenties dance marathon represents…

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Born Yesterday (1950)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Albert Mannheimer, based on the play by Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by S. Sylvan Simon.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.   Judy Holliday is absolutely fantastic in this witty, sparkling adaptation of the…

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