The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

JACK ARNOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1957. Universal International Pictures. Screenplay by Richard Matheson, based on his novel. Cinematography by Ellis W. Carter. Produced by Albert Zugsmith. Music by Irving Gertz, Earl E. Lawrence, Hans J. Salter, Herman Stein. Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen. Costume Design by Jay A. Morley…

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Midnight Lace (1960)

DAVID MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1960.  Arwin Productions.  Screenplay by Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, based on the play Matilda Shouted Fire by Janet Green.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing…

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Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1965.  Park Place Production, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Gavin Lambert, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell.  Academy Awards 1965.  Golden Globe Awards 1965.   Natalie Wood is terrific as a teenager living…

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Touch Of Evil (1958)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1958.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Albert Zugsmith.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell, Virgil W. Vogel.   High on the list of…

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The Parent Trap (1961)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the book Das Doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kastner.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson.  Academy Awards 1961.  Golden Globe Awards 1961.   Disney could…

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Pollyanna (1960)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the novel by Eleanor H. Porter.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Frank Gross.  Academy Awards 1960.   A perennial family favourite, this delightful Disney film is…

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Written On The Wind (1956)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by George Zuckerman, based on the novel by Robert Wilder.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Albert Zugsmith.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas, Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Douglas…

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Phantom Lady (1944)

ROBERT SIODMAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Bernard C. Schoenfeld, based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich.  Cinematography by Elwood Bredell.  Produced by Joan Harrison. Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, John B. Goodman.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.   This terrific example of classic noir has a plot that just won’t quit. After…

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Car Wash

BBB.5 (out of 5) Thoroughly enjoyable ensemble comedy that covers a day at work with the employees of an L.A. car wash in a loosely plotted, Altmanesque fashion. Celebrity cameos, including Richard Pryor, The Pointer Sisters, and George Carlin, are pluses, but what really draws you in is the catchy soundtrack (especially the memorable title…

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Cactus Flower (1969)

GENE SAKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1969.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Frankovich Productions.  Screenplay by I.A.L. Diamond, based on the stage play by Abe Burrows, from the play Fleur de Cactus by Pierre Barillet, Jean-Pierre Gredy.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by M.J. Frankovich.  Music by Quincy Jones.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Maury Winetrobe….

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Can’t Help Singing (1944)

FRANK RYAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1944.  Universal Pictures.  Story by John D. Klorer, Leo Townsend, Screenplay by Lewis R. Foster, Frank Ryan, based on the novel Girl Of The Overland Trail by Samuel J. Warshawsky, Curtis B. Warshawsky.  Cinematography by Elwood Bredell, W. Howard Greene.  Produced by Felix Jackson.  Music by Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, John…

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That Touch Of Mink (1962)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1962.  Granley Company, Arwin Productions, Nob Hill Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Nate Monaster.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Martin Melcher, Stanley Shapiro.    Music by George Duning.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent.  Academy Awards 1962.  Golden Globe Awards 1962. Doris…

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