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 blonde…

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All The King’s Men (1949)

BBBB (out of 5) Based on Robert Penn Warren’s novel, this thinly disguised biography of the rise and fall of Louisiana state governor Huey Long is not quite as dramatically powerful as it must have been in its day but does still retain much of its charisma.  Broderick Crawford is hammy as Willie Stark, the country…

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Arch Of Triumph

BB (out of 5) Ingrid Bergman‘s first film after her release from her contract with David O. Selznick was this borefest that should have been better considering its pedigree. Source material by Erich Maria Remarque, direction by Oscar winner Lewis Milestone, Bergman herself and her Gaslight co-star Charles Boyer (who is a block of wood here)…

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