Red Garters (1954)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Fessier.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Pat Duggan.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1954.   This musical … More Red Garters (1954)

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Tower of London (1962)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1962.  Edward Small Productions.  Story by Leo Gordon, F. Amos Powell, Screenplay by Leo Gordon, F. Amos Powell, Robert E. Kent.  Cinematography by Archie R. Dalzell.  Produced by Gene Corman.  Music by Michael Andersen.  Production Design by Daniel Haller.  Costume Design by Marjorie Corso.  Film Editing by Ronald Sinclair. Vincent Price has no end of … More Tower of London (1962)

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Moonfleet (1955)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jan Lustig, Margaret Fitts, based on the novel by J. Meade Falkner.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Albert Akst. Having recently lost his mother, young and innocent Jon Whiteley follows her last spoken … More Moonfleet (1955)

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To Kill A Mockingbird

BBBBB (out of 5) Harper Lee’s incredibly popular novel makes its way to the big screen with very admirable results. Gregory Peck gives one of the best performances of his career as Atticus Finch, a Southern lawyer who is assigned the defense of a young black man accused of rape. In defending the boy, Finch finds … More To Kill A Mockingbird

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Julius Caesar

BBBB (out of 5) You wouldn’t think that Marlon Brando‘s mumbling Method acting would suit Shakespeare so well, but here’s evidence that given the right director (in this case, Joseph L. Mankiewicz slapping Brando around to get him to enunciate), it’s a possibility.  He is excellent as Marc Antony, the conflicted politician who must become … More Julius Caesar

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Scaramouche

BBB (out of 5) The famed swordsman (played by Stewart Granger) scampers around 18th-century France in search of new villains to slay. When the evil Mel Ferrer slays Granger’s brother, our hero must hide out in a troupe of travelling players as the clownish character Scaramouche until he can find his opportunity to seek vengeance. Meanwhile, … More Scaramouche

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Friendly Persuasion

BBBBB (out of 5) William Wyler’s excellent drama about a Quaker family seems on the surface simply an enjoyable period epic, but careful examination reveals something much more meaningful going on.  Gary Cooper leads the cast as father to a household who, along with his wife (Dorothy McGuire in her finest performance), is trying to keep the … More Friendly Persuasion

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