The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

FRANK TASHLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Frank Tashlin, Herbert Baker, based on the novel Do Re Mi by Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Frank Tashlin.  Music by Leigh Harline, Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by James B. Clark.   Tom Ewell is pressured…

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Stormy Weather (1943)

ANDREW L. STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Jerry Horwin, Seymour B. Robinson, Screenplay by Frederick J. Jackson, Ted Koehler, adaptation by H.S. Kraft.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by James B. Clark.   The best…

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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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An Affair To Remember (1957)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1957.  Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by Delmer Daves, Leo McCarey, Donald Ogden Stewart, from a story by Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith,Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by James B….

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Leave Her To Heaven

BBBBB (out of 5) A fascinating combination of female melodrama and film noir, filmed in glorious Technicolour but with its hints of sinister motives lurking at every corner.  Novelist Cornel Wilde meets gorgeous Gene Tierney (in her most finely calibrated performance) on a commuter train and discovers that they are heading for the same place,…

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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by James B. Clark.  Academy Awards 1941. Wonderful Oscar-winner undeservedly beat Citizen Kane for…

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