The Front Page (1974)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.  Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Paul Monash.  Music by Billy May.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Ralph E….

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Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt for contemporary culture with…

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Avanti! (1972)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Italy/USA, 1972.  Jalem Productions, The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions, Produzioni Europee Associate.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor.  Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Production Design by Ferdinando Scarfiotti.  Costume Design by Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Golden Globe Awards 1972. Jack Lemmon shows…

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Kotch (1971)

JACK LEMMON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1971.  American Broadcasting Company, Kotch Company Productions.  Screenplay by John Paxton, based on the novel by Katharine Topkins.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Richard Carter.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack Poplin. Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971 Walter Matthau enjoys…

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Mister Roberts (1955)

MERVYN LeROY, JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1955.  Warner Bros., Orange.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, based on the play by Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan, from the novel by Thomas Heggen.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Jack…

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It Should Happen To You (1954)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story and Screenplay by Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by John Meehan.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Academy Awards 1954.   Judy Holliday reunites with Born Yesterday writer Garson Kanin and director George Cukor for another look at an…

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The Fortune Cookie (1966)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1966.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx-Jalem.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Luthardt.  Costume Design by Charles Arrico, Paula Giokaris.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1966.  Golden Globe Awards 1966. This was the first time that Jack Lemmon and Walter…

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Irma La Douce (1963)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Alexandre Breffort.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Edward L. Alperson, Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963. The idea here…

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One, Two, Three (1961)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Bavaria Film, The Mirisch Corporation, Pyramid Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play Egy, Ketto, Harom by Ferenc Molnar. Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Stratil, Heinrich Weidemann.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1961.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Ashton Productions, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, suggested by a story by Robert Thoeren, Michael Logan.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959. This hysterical comedy…

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The Apartment (1960)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1960.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch. Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Forrest T. Butler, Irene Caine.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards 1960. National Board of Review Awards 1960.  New York…

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The Odd Couple (1968)

GENE SAKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1968.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert B. Hauser.  Produced by Howard W. Koch.  Music by Neal Hefti.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Jack Bear.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe Awards 1968. Neil Simon’s most popular…

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