It Started In Naples (1960)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1960.  Capri Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Michael Pertwee, Jack Davies, Screenplay by Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, Suso Cecchi D’Amico.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jack Rose.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini, Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Orietta Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards…

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A New Kind Of Love

BB.5 (out of 5) Definitely not a new kind of movie.  Joanne Woodward plays a dowdy fashion designer specializing in affordable knock-offs of Parisian haute couture, who meets up with cynical journalist Paul Newman while taking in some fashion shows in France’s beautiful capital. Newman doesn’t even look at her twice, but when Woodward dolls…

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On Moonlight Bay

BBB (out of 5) Looking in to cash on the success of MGM’s Meet Me In St. Louis, Warner Bros. comes up with its own musical comedy about a wholesome family in turn of the century America. They copy everything right down to the crotchety maid (originally Marjorie Main, this time Mary Wickes) and the…

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I’ll See You In My Dreams (1951)

BBB (out of 5) Unremarkable but pleasant film biography of song lyricist Gus Kahn, whose clever and lovely words still grace the lips of singers today. Danny Thomas plays Kahn, a delivery man who spent years writing song lyrics and poems before finally taking them to a music store and showing them to a whiz…

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April In Paris

BB.5 (out of 5) A minor American statesman (Ray Bolger) preparing a US/France-produced cultural festival in Paris accidentally mixes up his memos, sending Ethel Barrymore a work permit for Canada and an unknown chorus girl named Ethel “Dynamite” Jackson (Doris Day) an invitation to represent the nation in the City Of Lights. He apologizes to the…

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It’s A Great Feeling

BB.5 (out of 5) Doris Day ‘s cheerful singing is all you need to get through this semi-musical.  Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson play fictional versions of themselves, two bickering movie stars who are trying to get their latest film project off the ground except for one major hitch: no actress will work with Carson because he’s such…

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