Red Garters (1954)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Fessier.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Pat Duggan.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1954.   This musical … More Red Garters (1954)

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The Tarnished Angels

BBB (out of 5) Douglas Sirk shot gorgeous black-and-white films as well as colour ones, and this melodrama is a pristine example. Rock Hudson plays a small-time reporter who befriends a carnival show pilot (Robert Stack) and his long-suffering wife (Dorothy Malone). Stack is already a little off-balance with his dangerous job and slight drinking problem, … More The Tarnished Angels

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Phffft (1954)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story and Screenplay by George Axelrod.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by William Flannery.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.   Judy Holliday is a successful soap-opera writer and Jack Lemmon a high-flying lawyer who, at the beginning of this sophisticated comedy, … More Phffft (1954)

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Destry Rides Again (1939)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Felix Jackson, Screenplay by Felix Jackson, Gertrude Purcell, Henry Myers, suggested by the novel by Max Brand.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Classic western that serves as the prototype … More Destry Rides Again (1939)

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Hollywood Canteen

BB (out of 5) War propaganda has never been as shameless as in this endless bore. The film takes place in the actual Hollywood canteen, a real nightclub started in the forties by cinema stars and directors (Bette Davis and John Garfield being the two key founders) where servicemen taking leave in Los Angeles could have a … More Hollywood Canteen

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My Dream Is Yours

BBBB (out of 5) Doris Day works as a jukebox girl on the night that a talent agent (Jack Carson) is scouring New York looking for an undiscovered star to compete against a former client (Lee Bowman) who double-crossed him in a sponsorship deal.  Day’s sterling singing voice gets Carson interested, but after he drags … More My Dream Is Yours

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