Grand Prix (1966)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1966.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Douglas & Lewis Productions, Joel Productions, John Frankenheimer Productions Inc., Cherokee Productions.  Screen story and Screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Edward Lewis.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Sydney Guilaroff.  Film Editing…

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Quicksand (1950)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA, 1950.  Samuel H. Stiefel Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Smith.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Mort Briskin.  Music by Louis Gruenberg.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Joan Joseff.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Mickey Rooney plays an auto mechanic who is out drinking with the boys when he spots a dangerous…

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Drums In The Deep South (1951)

WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1951.  King Brothers Productions.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, Sidney Harmon, based on the story by Hollister Noble.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Frank King, Maurice King.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Richard V. Heermance. Barbara Payton‘s beautiful life…

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My Favourite Brunette (1947)

ELLIOTT NUGENT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1947.  Hope Enterprises.  Screenplay by Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Daniel Dare, Bob Hope.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan. Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Ellsworth Hoagland.   Bob Hope is on death row waiting to be executed for…

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I Want To Live (1958)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Figaro.  Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, Don Mankiewicz, based on newspaper articles by Ed Montgomery and the letters of Barbara Graham.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Victor A. Gangelin, Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Angela Alexander, Wesley Jeffries.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Susan Hayward shines in this…

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Destination Moon (1950)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  George Pal Productions.  Screenplay by Alford Van Ronkel, Robert A. Heinlein, James O’Hanlon, based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by George Pal.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Ernst Fegte.  Film Editing by Duke Goldstone.   Today this film is merely a curiosity of yesteryear, but at…

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The Blue Dahlia (1946)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1946.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Raymond Chandler.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  The definitive film noir for fans of the genre, and in particular the most famous pairing…

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Going My Way (1944)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1944.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Leo McCarey, Screenplay by Frank Butler, Frank Cavett.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon, John F. Seitz.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, William Flannery.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by LeRoy Stone.   Delightful musical about a kindhearted Irish American priest (Bing Crosby)…

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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1962.  M.C. Productions.  Screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novel by Richard Condon.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by George Axelrod, John Frankenheimer.  Music by David Amram.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.   Having returned from service in the Korean War, Frank Sinatra is…

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Too Late Blues (1961)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Carr, John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by John Cassavetes.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Tambi Larsen, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Early feature directed by John Cassavetes that shows his penchant for atmosphere and mood, even though the narrative…

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Around The World In 80 Days (1956)

MICHAEL ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Michael Todd Company.  Screenplay by James Poe, John Farrow, S.J. Perelman, based on the book by Jules Verne.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Michael Todd.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Miles White.  Film Editing by Howard Epstein, Gene Ruggiero.   Thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of Jules Verne’s popular…

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