The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Alternate title:  The Fighting Pimpernel United Kingdom, 1950.  The Archers, London Film Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, based on the romance by Baroness Emmuska Orczy.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Brian Easdale.  Production Design by Hein Heckroth.  Costume Design by Ivy Baker, Nandi Heckroth, Bernard…

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The Ladykillers (1955)

ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1955.  The Rank Organisation, Ealing Studios.  Story and Screenplay by William Rose.  Cinematography by Otto Heller.  Produced by Michael Balcon.  Music by Tristram Cary.  Production Design by Jim Morahan.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.  Academy Awards 1955.   Positively hysterical comedy that makes for one of the very best of the Ealing…

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Hobson’s Choice (1954)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB. United Kingdom, 1954.  London Film Productions, British Lion Film Corporation.  Screenplay by David Lean, Norman Spencer, Wynyard Browne, based on the play by Harold Brighouse.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by David Lean.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Wilfred Shingleton.  Costume Design by John Armstrong.  Film Editing by Peter Taylor. One of Britain’s most…

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Cast A Dark Shadow (1955)

LEWIS GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1955.  Angel Productions.  Screenplay by John Cresswell, based on the play Murder Mistaken by Janet Green.  Cinematography by Jack Asher.  Produced by Herbert Mason.  Music by Antony Hopkins.  Production Design by John Stoll.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Gordon Pilkington.  Dirk Bogarde is enjoying the high life with his rich,…

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Mogambo (1953)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the play by Wilson Collison.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees, Freddie Young.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke.  Academy Awards 1953.  Golden Globe Awards 1953. It is thanks to watching movies that one gathers…

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Passport To Pimlico

HENRY CORNELIUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   The exploding of an abandoned World War II bomb creates more trouble than anticipated in the post-war London neighbourhood of Pimlico. The explosion reveals a buried hoard of treasure that is traced back to the last Burgundian ruler, along with an ancient decree that the land that Pimlico…

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