House of Strangers (1949)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, based on the novel by Jerome Weidman.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Film Editing by Harmon Jones.   Edward G. Robinson lords over this dark, upsetting drama that…

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Detective Story (1951)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, Robert Wyler, based on the play by Sidney Kingsley.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by William Wyler.  Production Design by A. Earl Hedrick, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.   A New York police headquarters is the nexus of intense activity in…

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Drums In The Deep South (1951)

WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1951.  King Brothers Productions.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, Sidney Harmon, based on the story by Hollister Noble.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Frank King, Maurice King.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Richard V. Heermance. Barbara Payton‘s beautiful life…

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King of Kings (1961)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan.  Cinematography by Manuel Berenguer, Milton R. Krasner, Franz Planer.   Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld.  Production Design by Dan Sayre Groesback, Anton Grot, Julian Harrison, Edward C. Jewell.  Costume Design by Adrian, Earl Luick, Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Anne Bauchens, Harold McLernon.   Biblical epics were…

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Johnny Guitar (1954)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    USA, 1954.  Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan, based on the novel by Roy Chanslor.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Nicholas Ray.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Costume Design by Sheila O’Brien.  Film Editing by Richard L. Van Enger. Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge have a hoot of a time…

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The Day Of The Triffids (1962)

STEVE SEKELY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1962.  Allied Artists Pictures, Security Pictures Ltd..  Screenplay by Bernard Gordon, Philip Yordan, based on the novel by John Wyndham.  Cinematography by Ted Moore.  Produced by George Pitcher.  Music by Ron Goodwin.  Production Design by Cedric Dawe.  Costume Design by Bridget Sellers.  Film Editing by Bill Lewthwaite.   The world is made a madhouse when…

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Broken Lance (1954)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1954.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Philip Yordan, Screenplay by Richard Murphy.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Maurice Ransford, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   Excellent western by Edward Dmytryk and featuring a terrific performance by Spencer…

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