The Naked City (1948)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1948. Hellinger Productions, Universal International Pictures. Screenplay by Albert Maltz, Malvin Wald, from a story by Malvin Wald. Cinematography by William H. Daniels. Produced by Mark Hellinger. Music by Miklos Rozsa, Frank Skinner. Production Design by John DeCuir. Costume Design by Grace Houston. Film Editing by…

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Brute Force (1947)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Mark Hellinger Productions.  Story by Robert Patterson, Screenplay by Richard Brooks.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Mark Hellinger.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Edward Curtiss. Burt Lancaster played a…

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Call Me Madam (1953)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1953.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Arthur Sheekman, based on the musical by Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsey.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Alfred Newman.   Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.   Film Editing by…

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The Model and The Marriage Broker (1951)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch, Richard L. Breen.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Renie.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy…

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Charly (1968)

RALPH NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1968.  ABC Pictures, Robertson and Associates, Selmur Productions.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, based on the novel Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes.  Cinematography by Arthur J. Ornitz.  Produced by Ralph Nelson.  Music by Ravi Shankar.  Production Design by John DeCuir.   Costume Design by Hazel Roy.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe…

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Raise The Titanic (1980)

JERRY JAMESON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   United Kingdom/USA, 1980.  ITC Films.  Screenplay by Adam Kennedy, adaptation by Eric Hughes, based on the novel by Clive Cussler.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by William Frye.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by Robert F. Shugrue, J. Terry Williams. An adventure so dull,…

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My Cousin Rachel (1952)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. Daphne…

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Three Coins In The Fountain (1954)

JEAN NEGULESCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1954.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by John Patrick, based on a novel by John H. Secondari.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  Academy Awards 1954.   Maggie McNamara comes to Rome to…

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Jacqueline Susann’s Once Is Not Enough (1975)

GUY GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1975.  Aries Productions, Paramount Pictures, Sujac Productions.  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, based on the novel by Jacqueline Susann.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Howard W. Koch.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Rita Roland.  Academy Awards 1975.  Golden Globe Awards 1975. The third adaptation…

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Ghostbusters (1984)

IVAN REITMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Ghost Busters USA, 1984.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Producers Sales Organization, Delphi Films, Black Rhino Productions.  Screenplay by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Ivan Reitman.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by David E. Blewitt, Sheldon Kahn.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe…

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The Other Side Of The Mountain

LARRY PEERCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1975.  Universal Pictures, Filmways Pictures.  Screenplay by David Seltzer, based on the book A Long Way Up by E.G. Valens.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Edward S. Feldman.  Music by Charles Fox.  Production Design by John DeCuir.  Costume Design by Grady Hunt.  Film Editing by Eve Newman. Academy Awards 1975.  Golden Globe Awards 1975.  …

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There’s No Business Like Show Business

BB.5 (out of 5) The life of a show business family is the subject of this shallow musical. Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey are the parents, while Donald O’Connor and Mitzi Gaynor are the kids, both of whom engage in romantic affairs between splashy numbers.  Marilyn Monroe appears as one of O’Connor’s distractions, and sings the film’s best songs, including…

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