Sinful Davey (1969)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1969.  Mirisch-Webb, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by James R. Webb, based on the novel by David Haggart.  Cinematography by Edward Scaife, Freddie Young.  Produced by William N. Graf.  Music by Ken Thorne.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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Trapeze (1956)

CAROL REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1956.  Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions, Joanna Productions, Susan Productions.  Screenplay by James R. Webb, adaptation by Liam O’Brien, based on the novel The Killing Frost by Max Catto.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by James Hill.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Rino Mondellini. Costume Design by Veniero Colasanti.  Film Editing by Bert Bates. Well-worn male…

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The Big Country (1958)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1958.  Anthony Productions, Worldwide Productions.  Screenplay by James R. Webb, Sy Bartlett, Robert Wilder, adaptation by Jessamyn West, Robert Wyler, based on the novel by Donald Hamilton. Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Gregory Peck, William Wyler.  Music by Jerome Moross.  Production Design by Frank Hotaling.  Costume Design by Emile Santiago, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by…

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Cape Fear

MARTIN SCORSESE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   No one would have thought Martin Scorsese capable of such hackery, but here it is. His remake of the 1962 thriller is weakly written and boring to watch, gratuitous in its violence and shallow in its characterizations. The only high points are the excellent performances, notably Robert…

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