The Perfect Furlough (1958)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1958.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Robert Arthur.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   A group of soldiers is stationed at a research facility…

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Rich, Young And Pretty (1951)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Dorothy Cooper, Screenplay by Dorothy Cooper, Sidney Sheldon.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by David Rose.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Arthur Lonergan. Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Fluff is never offensive…

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The Pied Piper (1942)

IRVING PICHEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1942.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by Nevil Shute.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Maurice Ransford.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Allen McNeil.  Academy Awards 1942. Monty Woolley is a Brit enjoying a vacation in France after…

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Wilson (1944)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Ernest Palmer.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi, Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1944.  Golden Globe Awards 1944. Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck really put his…

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The Song Of Bernadette (1943)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by George Seaton, based on the novel by Franz Werfel.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by William Perlberg.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi, William S. Darling.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1943.  Golden Globe Awards 1943.   This adaptation of…

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The Damned (1947)

RENE CLEMENT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Les Maudits France, 1947.  Spéva Films.  Story by Victor Alexandrov, Jacques Companeez, Adaptation by Rene Clement, Jacques Remy, dialogue by Henri Jeanson.  Cinematography by Henri Alekan.  Produced by Andre Paulve, Michel Safra, Paul Wagner.  Music by Yves Baudrier.  Production Design by Paul Bertrand.  Film Editing by Roger Dwyre.  Cannes Film Festival 1947.   A group of…

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Grand Illusion (1937)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  La Grande Illusion France, 1937.  Réalisation d’art cinématographique. Screenplay by Charles Spaak, Jean Renoir.  Cinematography by Christian Matras.  Produced by Albert Pinkovitch, Frank Rollmer.  Music by Joseph Kosma.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Rene Decrais.  Film Editing by Marthe Huguet, Marguerite Renoir.  Podcasts:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1938. One of the most…

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The Rules Of The Game (1939)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  La Regle Du Jeu France, 1939.  Nouvelles Editions de Films.  Scenario and dialogue by Jean Renoir, collaboration with Carl Koch.  Cinematography by Jean-Paul Alphen, Jean Bachelet, Jacques Lemare, Alain Renoir.  Produced by Jean Renoir.  Music by Joseph Kosma.  Production Design by Max Douy, Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Coco Chanel.  Film Editing by Marthe…

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Can-Can (1960)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB USA, 1960.  Twentieth Century Fox, Suffolk-Cummings Productions.  Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley, Charles Lederer, based on the musical comedy by Abe Burrows.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.   Produced by Jack Cummings.   Music by Nelson Riddle.  Production Design by Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Robert L….

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To Have And Have Not (1944)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, William Faulkner, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Sidney Hickox.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Charles Novi.  Costume Design by Milo Anderson.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.   Warner Bros. tried to recapture the mystery and perfection of Casablanca with lesser…

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1953.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the musical comedy by Joseph Fields, Anita Loos.  Cinematography by Harry J. Wild.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Leigh Harline, Lionel Newman, Hal Schaefer, Herbert W. Spencer.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Hugh…

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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.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.   The first of three hugely…

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