Summer And Smoke (1961)

PETER GLENVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1961. Hal Wallis Productions. Screenplay by James Poe, Meade Roberts, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by…

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The Lawless (1950)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Pine-Thomas Productions.  Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by William H. Pine, William C. Thomas.   Music by Mahlon Merrick.   Production Design by Lewis H. Creber.   Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.   Film Editing by Howard A. Smith. Macdonald Carey is excellent as…

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Caged (1950)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1950. Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Virginia Kellogg, Bernard C. Schoenfeld, based on the article Inside Women’s Prison by Virginia Kellogg.  Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Charles H. Clarke.  Costume Design by Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing…

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Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942)

WESLEY RUGGLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Charles Hoffman, Adaptation by Walter Reisch, Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Frank E. Hull. War propaganda rarely works this hard at pleasing its entire audience, providing…

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Now, Voyager (1942)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren Low.   One of Bette Davis‘ greatest Warner Bros. melodramas is this powerful…

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7 Faces Of Dr. Lao (1964)

GEORGE PAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1964.  George Pal Productions. Screenplay by Charles Beaumont, based on the novel The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by George Pal.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Robert Fuca.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Cute…

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There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5 USA, 1954.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Lamar Trotti, Screenplay by Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Earle Hagen, Bernard Mayers, Alfred Newman, Lionel Newman, Hal Schaefer, Herbert W. Spencer.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travilla, Miles White.  Film Editing by…

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Pillow Talk (1959)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Arwin Productions.  Story by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   The first of three hugely successful romantic comedies starring Doris…

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The Snake Pit (1948)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1948.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Frank Partos, Millen Brand, based on the novel by Mary Jane Ward.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Robert Bassler, Anatole Litvak.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Bonnie Cashin.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   This glimpse into…

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Thomas Richards.   The one and only original film noir, the film that launched a thousand imitations. Granted,…

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In This Our Life (1942)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Howard Koch, based on the novel by Ellen Glasgow.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes. A spoiled, bitchy socialite (Bette Davis, of course) dumps her fiancee (George Brent) and…

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Auntie Mame (1958)

MORTON DaCOSTA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1958.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, based on the novel by Patrick Dennis.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Morton DaCosta.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler.   One of the funniest, most enjoyable romps ever to be produced is…

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