The High and the Mighty (1954)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1954.  Wayne-Fellows Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest K. Gann, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Archie Stout.  Produced by Robert Fellows, John Wayne.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alfred Ybarra.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  Academy Awards 1954.  Golden…

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A Date With Judy (1948)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Cooper, Dorothy Kingsley, based on characters created by Aleen Leslie.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Albert Sendrey, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress. Teenaged Jane Powell is a very popular girl…

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The Tarnished Angels (1957)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1957.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by George Zuckerman, based on the novel Pylon by William Faulkner.  Cinematography by Irving Glassberg.  Produced by Albert Zugsmith.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Alfred Sweeney.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   Douglas Sirk shot gorgeous black-and-white films as well as colour ones, and…

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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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Joe Versus The Volcano (1990)

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Teri Schwartz.  Music by Georges Delerue, Peter Gordon.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood, Robert Chase, Sue Moore.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey, Kenneth Wannberg.   Oscar-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck) makes an…

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To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Romaine Film Corporation.  Original Story by Melchior Lengyel, Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heyman.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Podcast: My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1942.   Fantastic war comedy, most notable for being the…

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First Love (1939)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Manning, Lionel Houser.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Henry Koster, Joe Pasternak.  Music by Charles Previn, Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton.  Academy Awards 1939. Cute modern-day version of Cinderella, with the…

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Mumford (1999)

LAWRENCE KASDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1999.   Touchstone Pictures, Kasdan Pictures.   Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan.   Cinematography by Ericson Core.   Produced by Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun.   Music by James Newton Howard.   Production Design by Jon Hutman.   Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.   Film Editing by Carol Littleton, William Steinkamp.   Toronto International Film Festival 1999. …

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Caddyshack II

ALLAN ARKUSH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1988.  The Guber-Peters Company, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Harold Ramis, PJ Torokvei, based on characters created by Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr..  Produced by Neil Canton, Peter Guber, Jon Peters.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by William F. Matthews.  Costume Design by May Routh.  Film Editing by Bernard…

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Airplane (1980)

JIM ABRAHAMS, DAVID ZUCKER, JERRY ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1980.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, based on the screenplay Zero Hour by Hall Bartlett, John C. Champion, Arthur Hailey, and the teleplay Flight Into Danger by Arthur Hailey.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by Jon Davison, Howard W. Koch.  Music…

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