Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1960. Warner Bros., John Ford Productions. Screenplay by James Warner Bellah, Willis Goldbeck, based on the novel by James Warner Bellah. Cinematography by Bert Glennon. Produced by Patrick Ford, Willis Goldbeck. Music by Howard Jackson. Production Design by Eddie Imazu. Costume Design by Marjorie Best. Film…

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The Frogmen (1951)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox,.  Story by Oscar Millard, Screenplay by John Tucker Battle.  Cinematography by Norbert Brodine.  Produced by Samuel G. Engel.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Albert Hogsett, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by William Reynolds….

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A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

GERD OSWALD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1956.  Crown Productions.  Screenplay by Lawrence Roman, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Robert L. Jacks.  Music by Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Addison Hehr.  Costume Design by Evelyn Carruth, Henry Helfman.  Film Editing by George A. Gittens. The first of two adaptations of Ira Levin’s first…

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King of Kings (1961)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan.  Cinematography by Manuel Berenguer, Milton R. Krasner, Franz Planer.   Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld.  Production Design by Dan Sayre Groesback, Anton Grot, Julian Harrison, Edward C. Jewell.  Costume Design by Adrian, Earl Luick, Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Anne Bauchens, Harold McLernon.   Biblical epics were…

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Fourteen Hours (1951)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Joel Sayre, Screenplay by John Paxton. Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald. Produced by Sol C. Siegel. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Edward Stevenson. Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Strangely absorbing melodrama that features terrific performances and also marks…

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The Searchers (1956)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1956.  C.V. Whitney Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, based on the novel by Alan Le May.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by James Basevi, Frank Hotaling.  Costume Design by Charles Arrico.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.   A perfect Western, and a study in the…

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Call Me Mister (1951)

LLOYD BACON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Albert E. Lewin, Burt Styler, based on the musical revue by Harold Rome, Arnold M. Auerbach.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Throwback…

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The Longest Day (1962)

KEN ANNAKIN, ANDREW MARTON, BERNHARD WICKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1962.  Darryl F. Zanuck Productions, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, additional episodes by Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall, Jack Seddon, based on the book by Cornelius Ryan.  Cinematography by Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Leon…

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