Torch Song (1953)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by I.A.R. Wylie, Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, Jan Lustig.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Henry Berman, Sidney Franklin, Charles Schnee.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing…

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Peyton Place (1957)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the novel by Grace Metalious.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by David Bretherton, James B. Clark.  …

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The Chalk Garden (1964)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1964.  Quota Rentals Limited, Ross Hunter Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the play by Enid Bagnold.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   Hayley Mills plays a precocious teenager…

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Butterfield 8 (1960)

DANIEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Afton-Linebrook.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, John Michael Hayes, based on the novel by John O’Hara.  Cinematography by Charles Harten, Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Even Elizabeth Taylor insisted that it…

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Paramount Pictures, Filwite Productions. Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on a story by Charles Bennett, D.B. Wyndham-Lewis.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.   Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Alfred Hitchcock remade his own…

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The Trouble With Harry (1955)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1955.  Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the novel by Jack Trevor Story.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by John B. Goodman, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Alma Macrorie. Whereas a lot of Alfred Hitchcock’s…

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To Catch A Thief (1955)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1955.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the novel by David Dodge.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Lyn Murray.  Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Cary Grant plays a famous thief who has retired…

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Rear Window (1954)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1954.  Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   James Stewart is fantastic as a…

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The Children’s Hour (1961)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1961.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, adaptation by Lillian Hellman, based on the play by Lillian Hellman.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by William Wyler.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.   A totally misguided attempt at dealing with a social…

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The Matchmaker (1958)

JOSEPH ANTHONY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1958.  Don Hartman Productions.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the play by Thornton Wilder.    Cinematography by Charles Lang.   Produced by Don Hartman.   Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Howard A. Smith.   If you can stand Shirley Booth, you’ll…

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