The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

CHARLES CRICHTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1953.  Ealing Studios, Michael Balcon Productions.  Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Michael Truman.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Film Editing by Seth Holt.   Delightful comedy from the halcyon days of Ealing’s reign over the British film industry.  The route between Titfield and Mallingford is…

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Thunderball (1965)

TERENCE YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1965.  Eon Productions.  Original story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, Ian Fleming, original Screenplay by Jack Whittingham, Screenplay by Richard Maibaum, John Hopkins.  Cinematography by Ted Moore.  Produced by Kevin McClory.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Ernest Hosler.  Academy Awards 1965.   James Bond is on the scene…

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The Sword Of Lancelot (1963)

CORNEL WILDE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Alternate title:  Lancelot And Guinevere United Kingdom, 1963.  Emblem Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Schayer, Cornel Wilde.  Cinematography by Harry Waxman.  Produced by Bernard Luber, Cornel Wilde.  Music by Ron Goodwin.  Production Design by Maurice Carter.  Costume Design by Terence Morgan.  Film Editing by Frederick Wilson.   Well before the popularity of the musical Camelot hit the screens, Cornel Wilde directed…

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Another Man’s Poison (1952)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom, 1952.  Angel Productions.  Screenplay by Val Guest, based on the play Deadlock by Leslie Sands.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Daniel M. Angel.  Music by John Greenwood.  Production Design by Cedric Dawe.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Gordon Hales. Bette Davis co-stars with real-life husband Gary Merrill in this enjoyably noir-ish drama.  She…

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The Horse’s Mouth

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1958.  Knightsbridge Films.  Screenplay by Alec Guinness, based on the novel by Joyce Carey.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by John Bryan, Ronald Neame.  Music by Kenneth V. Jones.  Production Design by William C. Andrews.  Costume Design by Julia Squire.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.  Academy Awards 1958.   Alec Guinness is a riot as an independently-spirited…

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A Shot In The Dark (1964)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1964.  The Mirisch Corporation, Mirisch Films.  Screenplay by Blake Edwards, William Peter Blatty, based on a play by Harry Kurnitz, and characters created by Marcel Achard.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Blake Edwards.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Michael Stringer.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Bert Bates, Ralph…

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Genevieve

HENRY CORNELIUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Whacky, charming comedy about a cross-country race between two Brits driving their antique cars. Genevieve is the name that one of them gives his automobile, and the adventures she takes him on during his intended victory race include her breaking down many times along the way. Kay Kendall…

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