It Started In Naples (1960)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1960.  Capri Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Michael Pertwee, Jack Davies, Screenplay by Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, Suso Cecchi D’Amico.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jack Rose.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini, Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Orietta Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards…

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My Favourite Brunette

BB.5 (out of 5) Bob Hope is on death row waiting to be executed for murder and is visited by curious reporters who want to know his story.  He flashes back to some time earlier when he was working as a portrait photographer, renting an office next to a private investigator (played in a tongue-in-cheek…

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Road To Rio

BBBB (out of 5) One of the most enjoyable of the Road movies, featuring a marvelous musical score and a delightful supporting cast. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope are on their way to Rio De Janeiro, on the cruiseliner getting to know gorgeous heiress Dorothy Lamour.  Naturally they want to cozy up to the her, but her bossy…

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On Moonlight Bay

BBB (out of 5) Looking in to cash on the success of MGM’s Meet Me In St. Louis, Warner Bros. comes up with its own musical comedy about a wholesome family in turn of the century America. They copy everything right down to the crotchety maid (originally Marjorie Main, this time Mary Wickes) and the…

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I’ll See You In My Dreams (1951)

BBB (out of 5) Unremarkable but pleasant film biography of song lyricist Gus Kahn, whose clever and lovely words still grace the lips of singers today. Danny Thomas plays Kahn, a delivery man who spent years writing song lyrics and poems before finally taking them to a music store and showing them to a whiz…

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April In Paris

BB.5 (out of 5) A minor American statesman (Ray Bolger) preparing a US/France-produced cultural festival in Paris accidentally mixes up his memos, sending Ethel Barrymore a work permit for Canada and an unknown chorus girl named Ethel “Dynamite” Jackson (Doris Day) an invitation to represent the nation in the City Of Lights. He apologizes to the…

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A Touch Of Class

BB (out of 5) Glenda Jackson and George Segal play two married people who are having an affair, complete with their own apartment in which they can tryst without disturbance. As they continue to enjoy their physical affair, however, their emotions start to creep into the picture and they find themselves dangerously close to liking each other….

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It’s A Great Feeling

BB.5 (out of 5) Doris Day ‘s cheerful singing is all you need to get through this semi-musical.  Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson play fictional versions of themselves, two bickering movie stars who are trying to get their latest film project off the ground except for one major hitch: no actress will work with Carson because he’s such…

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