Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1971.  Universal Pictures, Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by John Hale.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. The most celebrated girlfight in western political history is the subject … More Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

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You And Me (1938)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1938.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Norman Krasna, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fritz Lang.  Music by Kurt Weill.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Film Editing by Paul Weatherwax. Early Hollywood project by the recently-arrived Fritz Lang shows him off at his corniest. George Raft and Sylvia Sidney play employees at a … More You And Me (1938)

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The Glass Key

BBB.5 (out of 5) Routine Dashiell Hammett murder mystery has Alan Ladd up to his usual business as a bodyguard to an important politician (Brian Donlevy) accused of murder. Where would film noir be without the double-crossing blonde? Nowhere! Don’t worry, Veronica Lake is here too, and she’s lovely. It’s a solid movie, but nothing feels fresh … More The Glass Key

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