Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

DICK RICHARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1975. EK, ITC Films. Screenplay by David Zelag Goodman, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, George Pappas. Music by David Shire. Production Design by Dean Tavoularis. Costume Design by Sandy Berke Jordan, G. Tony Scarano. Film…

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The Big Sleep (1978)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1978. Winkast Film Productions, ITC Entertainment. Screenplay by Michael Winner, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by Robert Paynter. Produced by Jerry Bick, Elliott Kastner, Michael Winner. Music by Jerry Fielding. Production Design by Harry Pottle. Costume Design by Ron Beck. Film Editing…

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What A Way To Go (1964)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1964. Apjac-Orchard Productions. Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs. Music by Nelson Riddle. Production Design by Ted Haworth, Jack Martin Smith. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler. Shirley MacLaine is a delight…

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Blood On The Moon (1948)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1948.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Lillie Hayward, adaptation by Harold Shumate, Luke Short, based on the Saturday Evening Post serial story by Luke Short.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Theron Warth.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller. …

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Berkeley In the Sixties (1990)

MARK KITCHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Kitchell Films, P.O.V. Theatricals.  Screenplay by Susan Griffin, Mark Kitchell, Stephen Most. Cinematography by Stephen Lighthill.  Produced by Mark Kitchell.  Film Editing by Veronica Selver. Students from the Berkeley campus of the University of Southern California were enraged by the HUAC hearings in the early sixties;…

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The Enemy Below (1957)

DICK POWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by D.A. Rayner.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Dick Powell.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Albert Hogsett, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore. …

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, based on the book by Ted W. Lawson, Robert Considine.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan. …

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The Last Tycoon (1976)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1976.  Academy Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories frequently take place…

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Crossfire (1947)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by John Paxton, based on the novel The Brick Foxhole by Richard Brooks.  Cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.  Produced by Adrian Scott. Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Alfred Herman.  Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad.   A man is murdered after leaving a bar…

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Secret Ceremony (1968)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1968.  Universal Pictures, World Film Services.  Screenplay by George Tabori, based on the short story Ceremonia Secreta by Marco Denevi.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by John Heyman, Norman Priggen.  Music by Richard Rodney Bennett.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Sue Yelland.  Film Editing by Reginald Beck.   While visiting the…

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Out Of The Past (1947)

JACQUES TOURNEUR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1947.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring, based on his novel Build My Gallows High.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Warren Duff.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Jack Okey.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Samuel E. Beetley.   Stellar film noir features a terrific lead performance by…

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River Of No Return (1954)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Louis Lantz, Screenplay by Frank Fenton.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Stanley Rubin.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge. Production Design by Addison Hehr, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travilla.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler. One of Marilyn’s worst movies is this lame river-rafting adventure that starts with…

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