A Summer Place (1959)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1959. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Delmer Daves, based on the novel by Sloan Wilson. Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr.. Produced by Delmer Daves. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Leo K. Kuter. Costume Design by Howard Shoup. Film Editing by Owen Marks. Delmer Daves follows…

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An American Dream (1966)

ROBERT GIST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  See You In Hell, Darling USA, 1966.  William Conrad Productions.  Screenplay by Mann Rubin, based on the novel by Norman Mailer.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by William Conrad.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by LeRoy Deane.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by George R. Rohrs.   Television host and war hero…

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Cash McCall (1960)

JOSEPH PEVNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, Marion Hargrove, based on the novel by Cameron Hawley.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson. When an aging businessman decides to sell…

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Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)

JACK WEBB Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Mark VII Ltd..  Screenplay by Richard L. Breen.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Jack Webb.  Music by David Buttolph, Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Harper Goff.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Robert M. Leeds.   Jack Webb directs and stars in this atmospheric drama about the seedy side of nightclub life. He is…

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Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Richard Connell, Gladys Lehman, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Albert Akst. Don’t be prepared to settle in for a cozy old movie when you watch this…

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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.   Fans of the two leads are the only people likely to…

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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1967.  Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Donn Pearce, Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Donn Pearce.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Gordon Carroll.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.   Paul Newman plays the title character, a man so named because…

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The Jazz Singer (1952)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.    USA, 1952.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Frank Davis, Leonard Stern, Lewis Meltzer, based on the play by Samson Raphaelson. Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by Louis F. Edelman.  Music by Ray Heindorf, Max Steiner.  Production Design by Leo K. Kuter.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Alan Crosland Jr..   The creative artists…

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Calamity Jane (1953)

DAVID BUTLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1953.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by James O’Hanlon.  Cinematography by Wilfred M. Cline.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by David Buttolph, Howard Jackson.  Production Design by John Beckman.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by Irene Morra.   I don’t know if Doris Day ever sounded lovelier than in this wonderful film. Obviously a rip-off…

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