Ladies’ Man (1931)

LOTHAR MENDES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1931. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, based on the novel by Rupert Hughes. Cinematography by Victor Milner. Music by Karl Hajos, Herman Hand, John Leipold. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Sophistication is the word of the day in this pre-code melodrama, in which William…

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The Oscar (1966)

RUSSELL ROUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 1966. Greene-Rouse Productions. Screenplay by Harlan Ellison, Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, based on the novel by Richard Sale. Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Produced by Clarence Greene. Music by Percy Faith. Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Chester…

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A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B USA, 1963.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Sy Bartlett, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Sy Bartlett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth. You know a movie isn’t going to be very exciting when it spends…

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How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1967)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1967.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the musical book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert, from the novel by Shepherd Mead.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by David Swift.  Music by Nelson Riddle.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Micheline.  Film Editing by Allan Jacobs, Ralph E. Winters.   Plucky window…

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Chinatown (1974)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1974.  Paramount Pictures, Penthouse, Long Road Productions, Robert Evans Company.  Screenplay by Robert Towne.  Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Robert Evans.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    Robert Towne’s impeccable screenplay is the heart and soul of this excellent mystery…

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My Fair Lady (1964)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on his musical play adapted from the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Cecil Beaton.  Costume Design by Cecil Beaton.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler.   Audrey Hepburn does…

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