Once A Thief (1965)

RALPH NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France/USA, 1965.  Compagnie Internationale de Productions Cinématographiques.   Screenplay by Zekial Marko, based on his novel.   Cinematography by Robert Burks.   Produced by Jacques Bar.   Music by Lalo Schifrin.   Production Design by George W. Davis, Paul Groesse.   Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp.   Alain Delon is an ex-con living in…

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Hondo (1953)

JOHN FARROW Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1953.  Wayne-Fellows Productions, Batjac Productions.  Screenplay by James Edward Grant, from a story by Louis L’Amour.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, Archie Stout. Produced by Robert Fellows. Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Emil Newman. Production Design by Alfred Ybarra. Costume Design by Carl Walker. Film Editing by…

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The Spirit Of St. Louis (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1957.  Leland Hayward Productions, Warner Bros., Billy Wilder Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Wendell Mayes, adaptation by Charles Lederer, based on the book by Charles A. Lindbergh.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, J. Peverell Marley.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Jane Leonard, Vic Vallejo.  Film…

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The Music Man (1962)

MORTON DaCOSTA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1962.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Marion Hargrove, in collaboration with Franklin Lacey, based on the musical by Meredith Willson.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Morton DaCosta.  Music by Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler.   Meredith Willson’s eternally popular musical steeped in cloying…

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The Black Orchid (1958)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Joseph Stefano.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Marcello Girossi, Carlo Ponti.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini. Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Howard A. Smith. Sophia Loren is in mourning after the death of her husband, working day and night…

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Beyond The Forest (1949)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1949.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, based on the novel by Stuart Engstrand.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Rudi Fehr.   This is the film that Elizabeth Taylor quotes in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia…

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I Confess (1953)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1953.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by George Tabori, William Archibald, based on the play by Paul Anthelme.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Sidney Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Ted Haworth, John Beckman.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Rudi Fehr.   Though even the most diehard Hitchcock enthusiasts find this to be…

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Strangers On A Train (1951)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1951.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Raymond Chandler, Czenzi Ormonde, adaptation by Whitfield Cook, from the novel by Patricia Highsmith.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler.   Exceptional Alfred Hitchcock thriller that fans of The…

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Marnie (1964)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1964.  Universal Pictures, Geoffrey Stanley.  Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, based on the novel by Winston Graham.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   This middling effort by Alfred Hitchcock is a psychologically sound…

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The Birds (1963)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1963.  Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions.  Screenplay by Evan Hunter, based on the story by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Tippi Hedren plays a rich young woman with expensive habits and wild…

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North By Northwest (1959)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1959.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Harry Kress.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Recently restored to its original brilliance, this one concerns an honest businessman (Cary Grant) mistakenly caught by foreign agents led by…

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Vertigo (1958)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1958.  Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions.  Screenplay by Alec Coppel, Samuel A. Taylor, based on the novel D’Entre Les Morts by Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac.  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.   One of…

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