Carry On Spying (1964)

GERALD THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1964.  Peter Rogers Productions.  Screenplay by Talbot Rothwell, Sid Colin.   Cinematography by Alan Hume.   Produced by Peter Rogers.   Music by Eric Rogers.    Production Design by Alex Vetchinsky.   Costume Design by Yvonne Caffin.  Film Editing by Archie Ludski. The ninth film in the delightful comedy…

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Operation Crossbow (1965)

MICHAEL ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1965.  Baroda, Bentley Productions, Jason Films, Monica Corp., Monmouth, Pennebaker-Baroda Productions.  Story by Duilio Coletti, Vittoriano Petrilli, Screenplay by Emeric Pressburger, Derry Quinn, Ray Rigby.  Cinematography by Erwin Hillier.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Ron Goodwin.  Production Design by Elliot Scott.  Film Editing by Ernest Walter. British intelligence sends three men…

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Wonderwall (1968)

JOE MASSOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1968.  Alan Clore Films, Compton Films.  Story by Gerard Brach, Screenplay by Guillermo Cabrera Infante.  Cinematography by Harry Waxman.  Produced by Andrew Braunsberg.  Music by George Harrison.  Production Design by Assheton Gorton.  Costume Design by Jocelyn Rickards.  Film Editing by Rusty Coppleman. A genuine curiosity from the swinging sixties, made with very little comprehensive plotting to speak…

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The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness (1958)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1958.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, based on the novel The Small Woman by Alan Burgess.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Buddy Adler.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by John Box, Geoffrey Drake.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Ernest Walter.   Ingrid Bergman  plays a dedicated woman who wants more…

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Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1965.  Wheel Productions.  Screenplay by John Mortimer, Penelope Mortimer, based on the novel by Marryam Modell.  Cinematography by Denys N. Coop. Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Paul Glass.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Peter Thornton. A young American woman (Carol Lynley), newly arrived…

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The Prince And The Showgirl (1957)

LAURENCE OLIVIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1957.  Warner Bros., Marilyn Monroe Productions.  Screenplay by Terence Rattigan, based on his play The Sleeping Prince. Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Laurence Olivier.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by Roger K. Furse.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   Magnificent performances atone for a sluggish pace and…

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Hobson’s Choice (1954)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB. United Kingdom, 1954.  London Film Productions, British Lion Film Corporation.  Screenplay by David Lean, Norman Spencer, Wynyard Browne, based on the play by Harold Brighouse.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by David Lean.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Wilfred Shingleton.  Costume Design by John Armstrong.  Film Editing by Peter Taylor. One of Britain’s most…

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Casino Royale (1967)

VAL GUEST, KEN HUGHES, JOHN HUSTON, JOSEPH McGRATH, ROBERT PARRISH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1967.  Famous Artist Productions.  Screenplay by Wolf Mankowitz, John Law, Michael Sayers, suggested by the novel by Ian Fleming.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Jerry Bresler, Charles K. Feldman.  Music by Burt Bacharach.  Production Design by Michael Stringer.  Costume Design by Julie…

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Paramount Pictures, Filwite Productions. Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on a story by Charles Bennett, D.B. Wyndham-Lewis.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.   Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Alfred Hitchcock remade his own…

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The V.I.P.s (1963)

ANTHONY ASQUITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1963.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, De Grunwald Productions.  Screenplay by Terence Rattigan.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Anatole de Grunwald. Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by William Kellner.  Costume Design by Pierre Cardin.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke.   Jolly, multi-casted romp about the jet set that transcends its Sidney Sheldon-esque trappings by featuring…

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The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

ANTHONY ASQUITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1952.  Javelin Films, British Film-Makers.  Screenplay by Anthony Asquith, based on the play by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by Desmond Dickinson.  Produced by Anthony Asquith, Teddy Baird.  Music by Benjamin Frankel.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by John D. Guthridge.   This is the very best-ever adaptation of an Oscar Wilde…

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The Longest Day (1962)

KEN ANNAKIN, ANDREW MARTON, BERNHARD WICKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1962.  Darryl F. Zanuck Productions, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, additional episodes by Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall, Jack Seddon, based on the book by Cornelius Ryan.  Cinematography by Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Leon…

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