Beau Brummell (1954)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, based on the play by Clyde Fitch.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke. The famed Englishman whose name is still often used to denote sartorial prowess began as a…

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Because You’re Mine (1952)

ALEXANDER HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, Leonard Spigelgass, based on the short film by Ruth Brooks Flippen, Sy Gomberg.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green.  Production Design by William Ferrari, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   Mario Lanza plays (what else) a famous opera singer whose…

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Taras Bulba (1962)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Yugoslavia/USA, 1962.  Avala Film, Harold Hecht Productions.  Screenplay by Waldo Salt, Karl Tunberg, based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald. Produced by Harold Hecht.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Norma Koch.  Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted, Gene Milford, William Reynolds, Eda Warren.   Anyone looking for…

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Ben-Hur (1959)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1959.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, based on the novel by Lew Wallace.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vittorio Valentini.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by John D. Duning, Ralph E. Winters.   “Gorgeously junky” is how uncredited screenwriter Gore Vidal described this pseudo-Bible…

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Down Argentine Way (1940)

IRVING CUMMINGS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Rian James, Ralph Spence, Screenplay by Darrell Ware, Karl Tunberg.  Cinematography by Ray Rennahan, Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.   Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Richard Day, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.   Betty Grable deservedly became a…

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