Autumn Leaves (1956)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1956. William Goetz Productions. Screenplay by Jean Rouverol, Hugo Butler, Lewis Meltzer, Robert Blees. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by William Goetz. Music by Hans J. Salter. Production Design by William Glasgow. Costume Design by Jean Louis. Film Editing by Michael Luciano. Joan Crawford is excellent…

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Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1968.  Universal Pictures, The Malpaso Company.  Story by Herman Miller, Screenplay by Herman Miller, Dean Riesner, Howard Rodman.  Cinematography by Bud Thackery.  Produced by Don Siegel.   Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Robert MacKichan.  Costume Design by Helen Colvig.  Film Editing by Sam…

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June Bride (1948)

BRETAIGNE WINDUST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1948.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall, based on the play Feature For June by Eileen Tighe, Graeme Lorimer.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   Low-point in Bette Davis‘s career, the box-office results of this film…

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Mary Poppins

BBBBB (out of 5) After so many years, this film hasn’t aged a day: whether you’re a young tot or a full-grown adult it still retains its fresh charm and lively vigour. Julie Andrews is brilliant as the magical nanny who lives on a cloud and comes down to earth to be a guardian for children…

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The Cobweb (1955)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Paxton, additional dialogue by William Gibson, based on his novel.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress. Satisfying though strange melodrama from Vincente…

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101 Dalmatians (1961)

CLYDE GERONIMI, HAMILTON LUSKE, WOLFGANG REITHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by Bill Peet, based on the novel The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by George Bruns.  Production Design by Ken Anderson.  Film Editing by Roy M. Brewer Jr., Donald Halliday.   One look at this film…

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The Man Who Cheated Himself

BBB.5 (out of 5) Lee J. Cobb stars in this highly entertaining B-level noir, as a cop who goes crooked over a shady dame. His hopes of going steady with his girlfriend (Jane Wyatt in a campy performance) travel northward when she shoots her husband point blank and enlists his help in hiding the body. Even luckier,…

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Limelight (1952)

CHARLES CHAPLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1952.  Celebrated Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Chaplin.  Cinematography by Karl Struss.  Produced by Charles Chaplin.  Music by Charles Chaplin.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Riley Thorne.  Film Editing by Joe Inge.  Academy Awards 1972. This Charles Chaplin film is an Oscar oddity, for having won an Academy Award (for the beautiful score, composed…

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Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

CHARLES CHAPLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Charles Chaplin Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Chaplin, based on an idea by Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Roland Totheroh.  Produced by Charles Chaplin.  Music by Charles Chaplin.  Production Design by John Beckman.  Costume Design by Drew Tetrick.  Film Editing by Willard Nico.  Academy Awards 1947.   Charles Chaplin is adorable in this hilarious black comedy about an…

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What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1962.  The Associates & Aldrich Company.  Screenplay by Lukas Heller, based on the novel by Henry Farrell.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Robert Aldrich.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by William Glasgow.  Costume Design by Norma Koch.  Film Editing by Michael Luciano.  Academy Awards 1962.  Cannes Film Festival 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1962.  Bette…

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