The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

TERENCE FISHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 1959. Hammer Films. Screenplay by Peter Bryan, based on the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle. Cinematography by Jack Asher. Produced by Anthony Hinds. Music by James Bernard. Production Design by Bernard Robinson. Costume Design by Molly Arbuthnot. Film Editing by Alfred Cox. One of the…

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I’m All Right, Jack (1959)

JOHN BOULTING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom, 1959. Charter Film Productions, Boulting Brothers. Screenplay by Frank Harvey, John Boulting, with Alan Hackney, based on his novel. Cinematography by Mutz Greenbaum. Produced by Ray Boulting. Music by Ken Hare. Production Design by William C. Andrews. Costume Design by John McCorry. Film Editing by…

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Major Barbara (1941)

GABRIEL PASCAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1941.  Gabriel Pascal Productions.  Screenplay by George Bernard Shaw, based on his play.  Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Gabriel Pascal.  Music by William Walton.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Cecil Beaton.  Film Editing by Charles Frend, David Lean. Rex Harrison plays…

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Peeping Tom (1960)

MICHAEL POWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom, 1960.  Michael Powell.  Story and Screenplay by Leo Marks.  Cinematography by Otto Heller.  Produced by Michael Powell.  Music by Brian Easdale.  Production Design by Arthur Lawson.  Costume Design by Dickie Richardson, Polly Peck, John Tullis.  Film Editing by Noreen Ackland. Michael Powell practically ended his fantastic directorial career with the overwhelming controversy over this film….

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A Christmas Carol (1951)

BRIAN DESMOND HURST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Alternate title:  Scrooge United Kingdom/USA, 1951.  Renown Pictures Corporation.  Adaptation by Noel Langley, from the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by C.M. Pennington-Richards.  Produced by Brian Desmond Hurst.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by Ralph W. Brinton.  Costume Design by Doris Lee.  Film Editing by Clive Donner.   Probably the best rendition of…

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Stage Fright (1950)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1950.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Whitfield Cook, adaptation by Alma Reville, based on the novel Man Running by Selwyn Jepson.  Cinematography by Wilkie Cooper.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Leighton Lucas.  Production Design by Terence Verity.  Costume Design by Christian Dior.  Film Editing by Edward B. Jarvis.  Even the camera plays…

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Dead Of Night (1945)

ALBERTO CAVALCANTI, CHARLES CRICHTON, BASIL DEARDEN, ROBERT HAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1945.  Ealing Studios.  Screenplay by John Baines, Angus MacPhail, E.F. Benson, based on stories by H.G. Wells, E.F. Benson, John Baines, Angus MacPhail. Cinematography by Stanley Pavey, Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Michael Balcon.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Michael Relph.  Costume Design by Marion…

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The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

LUDWIG BERGER, MICHAEL POWELL, TIM WHELAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   United Kingdom, 1940.  Alexander Korda Films, London Film Productions.  Story by Miklos Rozsa, Screenplay and dialogue by Miles Malleson, scenario by Lajos Biro.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vincent Kord.  Costume Design by John Armstrong, Oliver Messel, Marcel Vertes.  Film Editing by…

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The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

ANTHONY ASQUITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1952.  Javelin Films, British Film-Makers.  Screenplay by Anthony Asquith, based on the play by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by Desmond Dickinson.  Produced by Anthony Asquith, Teddy Baird.  Music by Benjamin Frankel.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by John D. Guthridge.   This is the very best-ever adaptation of an Oscar Wilde…

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