Champagne (1928)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1928.  British International Pictures.  Story by Walter C. Mycroft, Scenario by Eliot Stannard, Screenplay by Alfred Hitchcock.  Cinematography by Jack E. Cox.  Produced by John Maxwell.  Production Design by Michael Powell. Alfred Hitchcock directs this social satire about a spoiled-rich heiress who is so indulgent…

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The Paleface (1948)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1948.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Edmund L. Hartmann, Frank Tashlin, additional dialogue by Jack Rose.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan.  Produced by Robert L. Welch.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hendrick.  Costume Design by Mary Kay Dodson.  Film Editing by Ellsworth…

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Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

MELVIN FRANK, NORMAN PANAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Alternate title:  The Star Said No USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.  Music by Marlin Skiles.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Cotton Warburton. Old westerns starring Howard Keel are…

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As I Lay Dying (2013)

JAMES FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5 USA, 2013.  Picture Entertainment, RabbitBandini Productions.  Screenplay by James Franco, Matt Rager, based on the novel by William Faulkner.  Cinematography by Christina Voros.  Produced by Caroline Aragon, Lee Caplin, Vince Jolivette, Miles Levy, Matthew O’Toole, Robert Van Norden.  Music by Tim O’Keefe.  Production Design by Kristen Adams.  Costume Design by Caroline Eselin.  Film Editing by Ian Olds.   James…

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The Bigamist (1953)

IDA LUPINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1953.  The Filmakers.  Story by Lawrence B. Marcus, Lou Schor, Screenplay by Collier Young.  Cinematography by George E. Diskant.  Produced by Collier Young.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Film Editing by Stanford Tischler. Joan Fontaine is happily married to Edmond O’Brien and they have no problems save one:  they can’t conceive…

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The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ben Maddow, John Huston, based on the novel by W.R. Burnett.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Joan Joseff.  Film Editing by George Boemler.   Genre-defining heist movie that is as memorable for…

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Blackmail (1929)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1929.  British International Pictures.  Screenplay by Benn W. Levy, adapted by Alfred Hitchcock, from a play by Charles Bennett.  Cinematography by Jack E. Cox.  Produced by John Maxwell.  Music by Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly.  Production Design by C. Wilfred Arnold, Norman G. Arnold.  Film Editing by Emile de Ruelle. This early Hitchcock…

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The Manxman (1929)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 1929.  British International Pictures.  Screenplay by Eliot Stannard, based on the novel by Hall Caine.  Cinematography by Jack E. Cox.  Produced by John Maxwell.  Music by Xavier Berthelot.  roduction Design by C. Wilfred Arnold.  Film Editing by Emile de Ruelle. Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent film is one so unbearable, I think…

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