The Big Sleep (1978)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1978. Winkast Film Productions, ITC Entertainment. Screenplay by Michael Winner, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by Robert Paynter. Produced by Jerry Bick, Elliott Kastner, Michael Winner. Music by Jerry Fielding. Production Design by Harry Pottle. Costume Design by Ron Beck. Film Editing…

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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Valentine Davies, Oscar Brodney.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   The trombonist bandleader who…

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Bend Of The River (1952)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1952.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Borden Chase, based on the novel by William Gulick.  Cinematography by Irving Glassberg.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth. A community of settlers are making their way…

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The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie (Illatszertár) by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   A clothing store in Budapest is the centre of plenty of drama in this…

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The Spirit Of St. Louis (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1957.  Leland Hayward Productions, Warner Bros., Billy Wilder Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Wendell Mayes, adaptation by Charles Lederer, based on the book by Charles A. Lindbergh.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Jane Leonard, Vic Vallejo.  Film…

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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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Pot O’Gold (1941)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1941.  James Roosevelt Productions.  Story by Andrew Bennison, Monte Brice, Harry Tugend, Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, based on the idea originally conceived by Haydn Roth Evans, Robert Brilmayer.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by George Marshall, James Roosevelt.  Music by Louis Forbes.  Production Design by Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Helen Taylor.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler. …

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Broken Arrow (1950)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Albert Maltz, based on the novel Blood Brother by Elliott Arnold. Cinematography by Ernest Palmer.  Produced by Julian Blaustein.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Albert Hogsett, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by J. Watson Webb Jr..   James Stewart is riding through barren plains,…

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Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1959.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by John D. Voelker.   Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.   Produced by Otto Preminger.   Music by Duke Ellington.   Production Design by Boris Leven.   Costume Design by Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Small-town lawyer James Stewart returns from a fishing…

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Destry Rides Again (1939)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Felix Jackson, Screenplay by Felix Jackson, Gertrude Purcell, Henry Myers, suggested by the novel by Max Brand.  Cinematography by Hal Mohr.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth. Classic western that serves as the prototype…

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Harvey (1950)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1950. Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney, based on the play by Mary Chase.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by John Beck.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.   James Stewart plays a charming fella who appears to have a…

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No Highway In The Sky (1951)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Alternate title:  No Highway United Kingdom, 1951.  Twentieth Century-Fox Productions.  Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, Oscar Millard, Alec Coppel, based on the book by Nevil Shute.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Louis D. Lighton.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Costume Design by Christian Dior.  Film Editing by Manuel del Campo. James Stewart plays…

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