The Detective (1968)

GORDON DOUGLAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1968.  Arcola Pictures, Arcola-Millfield Productions.  Screenplay by Abby Mann, based on the novel by Roderick Thorp.   Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.   Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.   Production Design by William J. Creber, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Donald Brooks, Moss Mabry.   Film…

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Move Over, Darling (1963)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1963.  Melcher-Arcola Productions.  Screenplay by Hal Kanter, Jack Sher, based on a story by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack, Leo McCarey, and a screenplay by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Martin Melcher, Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Hilyard M. Brown, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design…

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Easy To Love (1953)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Laszlo Vadnay, Screenplay by Laszlo Vadnay, William Roberts.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   Weak Esther Williams vehicle that, as with so many her films, is…

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Summer Stock (1950)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Sy Gomberg,  Screenplay by George Wells, Sy Gomberg.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   The last film that Judy Garland completed before her contract was torn up by MGM…

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The Best Of Everything (1959)

JEAN NEGULESCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1959.  Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by Edith R. Sommer, Mann Rubin, based on the novel by Rona Jaffe.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Mark-Lee Kirk, Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1959….

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Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)

DON TAYLOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1971.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, APJAC Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Dehn, based on the characters created by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by William J. Creber, Jack Martin Smith.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman.   High-level entry in the film series, much better…

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Words And Music (1948)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Guy Bolton, Jean Holloway, Adaptation by Ben Feiner Jr.,  Screenplay by Fred F. Finklehoffe.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher, Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Valles.  Film Editing by Albert Akst, Ferris…

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Myra Breckenridge

BB (out of 5) Based on the popular, scandalous book by Gore Vidal, this film was disowned by the author the moment he saw it. Future film critic Rex Reed  stars as a lonely gay man named Myron Breckenridge who decides to have plastic surgery and turn into Raquel Welch (fat chance!) Now renamed Myra,…

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Peyton Place (1957)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the novel by Grace Metalious.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by David Bretherton, James B. Clark.  Academy…

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Bigger Than Life (1956)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1956.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story and Screenplay by Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum, based on the New Yorker article by Burton Roueche.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.  Produced by James Mason.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Mary Wills.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler. A happily married…

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Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)

TED POST Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1970.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, APJAC Productions.  Story by Paul Dehn, Mort Abrahams, Screenplay by Paul Dehn, based on characters created by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by William J. Creber, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by…

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Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970)

RUSS MEYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1970.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Story by Roger Ebert, Russ Meyer, Screenplay by Roger Ebert.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Russ Meyer.  Music by Stu Phillips.  Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by David Hayes.  Film Editing by Dann Cahn, Dick Wormell.   A sequel in name only, this film has no…

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