Sleuth (1972)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1972.  Palomar Pictures.  Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, based on his play.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Morton Gottlieb.  Music by John Addison.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by John Furniss.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.  Academy Awards 1972.  Golden Globe Awards 1972. Michael Caine is summoned to the estate of famed detective novelist Laurence…

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House of Strangers (1949)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, based on the novel by Jerome Weidman.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Film Editing by Harmon Jones.  Cannes Film Festival 1949.   Edward G. Robinson lords over this dark,…

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Cleopatra (1963)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Switzerland, 1963.  Twentieth Century Fox, MCL Films S.A., Walwa Films S.A..  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney Buchman, based on the histories of Plutarch, Suetonius and Appian, and the book The Life And Times of Cleopatra by Carlo Mario Franzero.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Jack Hildyard.  Produced by…

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Guys And Dolls (1955)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1955.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the musical play, book by Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows, from a story by Damon Runyon.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr..  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Frank Loesser.  Production Design by Oliver Smith.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Daniel…

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The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Italy, 1954.  Transoceanic Film, Figaro.  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Robert Haggiag, Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Arrigo Equini. Costume Design by Fontana.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1954.  Golden Globe Awards 1954. Ava Gardner is usually defined by her appearance in this movie,…

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Julius Caesar (1953)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Herschel McCoy.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.  Academy Awards 1953. You wouldn’t think that Marlon Brando‘s mumbling Method acting…

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A Letter To Three Wives (1949)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, adaptation by Vera Caspary, based on the Cosmopolitan Magazine novel by John Klempner.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by J. Russell Spencer, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Kay Nelson.  Film Editing by J. Watson…

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The Ghost And Mrs. Muir (1947)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, based on the novel by R.A. Dick.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Richard Day.  Costume Design by Eleanor Behm.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Academy Awards 1947. Gene Tierney decides to break free of her…

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All About Eve (1950)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1950.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, inspired by the story The Wisdom Of Eve by Mary Orr.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy…

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Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1934.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Oliver H.P. Garrett, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on a story by Arthur Caesar.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Ben Lewis.  Academy Awards 1934.   This was the first time Myrna…

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Three Comrades (1938)

FRANK BORZAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1938.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edward E. Paramore Jr., based on the book by Erich Maria Remarque.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  Academy Awards 1938. Adapted (liberally, I’m sure) from the novel by Erich…

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by Philip Barry.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  Academy Awards 1940. The ultimate romantic comedy has to be this high-society love…

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