Quicksand (1950)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  Samuel H. Stiefel Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Smith.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Mort Briskin.  Music by Louis Gruenberg.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Joan Joseff.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Mickey Rooney plays an auto mechanic who is out drinking with the boys when he spots a dangerous blonde…

Rate this:

Holiday Inn

BB.5 (out of 5) This was the film that the hit song “White Christmas” was originally written for, and you’ll wonder why it never became a traditional Christmas movie (the way 1954’s White Christmas did) until you actually watch it.  Bing Crosby gives up on struggling to make it in show business and instead buys a…

Rate this:

The Farmer’s Daughter

BBB.5 (out of 5) Loretta Young is delightful in this curiously funny story about a Swedish farm girl who moves to the big city to become a nurse and ends up being a housemaid for a congressman (Joseph Cotten) and his mother (Ethel Barrymore).  Young constantly inputs her intelligence into the political conversations of the dinner…

Rate this:

In Cold Blood

BBBBB (out of 5) Exceptional true-life drama that brings Truman Capote’s phenomenally successful novel to brilliant life. Robert Blake and Scott Wilson are terrific as two small-time hoods who get out of prison and head to Kansas. They’ve heard that a rich farmer has a safe loaded with cash in his home, so they break…

Rate this: