The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin, Ken Englund, based on a story by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, adapted by Howard Lindsey, Russel Crouse.  Cinematography by Harry Fischbeck.  Produced by Harlan Thompson.  Music by Gordon Jenkins, John Leipold, George Parrish, Victor Young.  Production Design by…

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A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 1963.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Sy Bartlett, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Sy Bartlett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.  Academy Awards 1963.   You know a movie isn’t going to be very exciting when it spends…

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Invaders From Mars (1953)

WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Edward L. Alperson Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Blake.  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by Edward L. Alperson.  Music by Raoul Kraushaar.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Norma Koch. A young boy is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of thunder but, looking out his…

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Twilight For The Gods

JOSEPH PEVNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1958.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Ernest K. Gann, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Irving Glassberg.  Produced by Gordon Kay.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Tony Martinelli.   Almost completely forgotten sea adventure with Rock Hudson as the captain of a…

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Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1948.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Lucille Fletcher, based on her radio play.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Anatole Litvak, Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Warren Low.  Academy Awards 1948. Terrific adaptation of the marvelous radio play…

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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.  Academy Awards 1948. This…

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On The Waterfront (1954)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg, suggested by articles by Malcolm Johnson.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Flo Transfield.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1954.  Golden Globe Awards 1954. Incredible…

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Tea And Sympathy (1956)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on his play.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Adolph Deutsch. Production Design by Edward C. Carfgano, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Podcast: Bad Gay Movies. When else but in the fifties could…

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Show Boat (1951)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the musical play by Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, from the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.  Academy…

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Joan Of Arc (1948)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1948.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Maxwell Anderson, Andrew Solt, based on the play Joan Of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch, William V. Skall, Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins, Barbara Karinska.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  Academy…

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Strait-Jacket

BBBB (out of 5) Joan Crawford is a camp classic delight in this surprisingly engrossing psychodrama. As a young woman (played in flashbacks by Crawford at the age of 59) she hacked up her husband and his girlfriend to pieces, then spent twenty years of her life locked up in an asylum. Now released and declared…

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