The Court Jester (1955)

MELVIN FRANK, NORMAN PANAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.    USA, 1955.  Dena Enterprises.   Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.  Music by Walter Scharf, Vic Schoen.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Tom…

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The Hurricane (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler.  This excellent John…

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The Last Tycoon (1976)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1976.  Academy Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories frequently take place…

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Myra Breckenridge

BB (out of 5) Based on the popular, scandalous book by Gore Vidal, this film was disowned by the author the moment he saw it. Future film critic Rex Reed  stars as a lonely gay man named Myron Breckenridge who decides to have plastic surgery and turn into Raquel Welch (fat chance!) Now renamed Myra,…

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The Ice Pirates (1984)

STEWART RAFFILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1984.  JF Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Stewart Raffill, Stanford Sherman.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by John Foreman.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Ron Freman, David M. Haber.  Costume Design by Daniel Paredes.  Film Editing by Tom Walls.   Hilariously campy science-fiction adventure about futuristic pirates in a dried-up universe, who navigate the stars in…

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Johnny Guitar (1954)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    USA, 1954.  Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, based on the novel by Roy Chanslor.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Nicholas Ray.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Costume Design by Sheila O’Brien.  Film Editing by Richard L. Van Enger. Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge have a hoot of a time…

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The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)

REGINALD LE BORG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1944.  Universal Pictures.  Story by Griffin Jay, Henry Sucher, Screenplay by Griffin Jay, Henry Sucher, Brenda Weisberg.  Cinematography by William A. Sickner.  Produced by Ben Pivar.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by John B. Goodman, Abraham Grossman.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Saul A. Goodkind.   After The Mummy’s Tomb,…

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Captain Kidd (1945)

ROWLAND V. LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 USA, 1945.   Benedict Bogeaus Production, Captain Kidd Productions Inc..   Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, from an original story by Robert N. Lee.Cinematography by Archie Stout.  Produced by Benedict Bogaeus.   Music by Werner Janssen.   Production Design by Charles Odds.   Costume Design by Greta.   Film Editing by James Smith.   Academy…

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Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1938.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Kathryn Scola, Lamar Trotti, adaptation by Richard Sherman.  Cinematography by J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Harry Joe Brown.  Music by Irving Berlin, Alfred Newman. Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1938.   Fantastic Irving Berlin musical features…

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by James Warner, Willis Goldbeck, based on the story by Dorothy M. Johnson.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by Willis Goldbeck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering.  Academy Awards 1962.   An aged James Stewart shows…

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1940.   One of John Ford’s best films is…

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Stagecoach (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1939.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the story by Ernest Haycox.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Gerard Carbonara.  Production Design by Alexander Toluboff.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering, Dorothy Spencer.  Academy Awards 1939.   The western that started it all; certainly the genre was already well…

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