The Front Page (1974)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.  Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Paul Monash.  Music by Billy May.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Ralph E….

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King Kong (1976)

JOHN GUILLERMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1976.  Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the 1933 screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose, from an idea conceived by Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by John Barry.  Production…

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Avanti! (1972)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Italy/USA, 1972.  Jalem Productions, The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions, Produzioni Europee Associate.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor.  Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Production Design by Ferdinando Scarfiotti.  Costume Design by Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Jack Lemmon shows up in…

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Kotch (1971)

JACK LEMMON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1971.  American Broadcasting Company, Kotch Company Productions.  Screenplay by John Paxton, based on the novel by Katharine Topkins.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Richard Carter.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack Poplin. Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Walter Matthau enjoys his days in charge of…

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Executive Suite (1954)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the play by Cameron Hawley.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   The president of a furniture-making corporation drops dead of a heart attack on the streets…

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High Society (1956)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sol C. Siegel Productions.  Screenplay by John Patrick, based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Cole Porter.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Delightful musical version of The Philadelphia…

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Love Me Or Leave Me (1955)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Daniel Fuchs, Screenplay by Daniel Fuchs, Isobel Lennart.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Fictionalized biography of singer Ruth Etting makes for a very dark musical (for its time) and…

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The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1945.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Robert Riskin, Harry Kurnitz, Screenplay by Robert Riskin, Dwight Taylor, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Karl Freund.  Produced by Everett Riskin.  Music by David Snell.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters Weakest of the series, but…

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How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1967)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1967.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the musical book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert, from the novel by Shepherd Mead.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by David Swift.  Music by Nelson Riddle.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Micheline.  Film Editing by Allan Jacobs, Ralph E. Winters.   Plucky window…

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Kiss Me Kate (1953)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley, based on the musical book by Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack, and the play The Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher.  Produced by Jack Cummings.  Music by Saul Chaplin, Cole Porter.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by…

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The Great Race (1965)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1965.  Warner Bros., Patricia, Jalem Productions, Reynard.  Original story by Blake Edwards, Arthur A. Ross, Screenplay by Arthur A. Ross.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Martin Jurow.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Costume Design by Donfeld.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Blake Edwards hits the big time with this…

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Little Women (1949)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Loew’s.  Screenplay by Andrew Solt, Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck, Charles Edgar Schoenbaum.  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Second Hollywood…

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