The Hindenburg (1975)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1975.  The Filmakers Group, Universal Pictures.  Screen story by Richard Levinson, William Link, Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, based on the book by Michael M. Mooney.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno.  Costume Design by…

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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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It Started In Naples (1960)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1960.  Capri Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Michael Pertwee, Jack Davies, Screenplay by Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, Suso Cecchi D’Amico.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jack Rose.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini, Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Orietta Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Clark Gable, in the…

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1962)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1962.  Arcola Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by George W. Davis, J. McMillan Johnson.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..   The worst (and, by all accounts, least…

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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 Arrangement (1969)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1969.  Athena Productions.  Screenplay by Elia Kazan, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by David Amram.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Stefan Arnsten.   Kirk Douglas is a successful advertising executive with a giant house and a gorgeous wife…

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The Collector (1965)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1965.  Collector Company, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by John Kohn, Stanley Mann, based on the novel by John Fowles.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jud Kinberg, John Kohn.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Stoll.  Film Editing by David Hawkins, Robert Swink.   Terence Stamp was a poor clerk…

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The Unfinished Dance (1947)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Myles Connolly, based on the story La Morte Du Cygne by Paul Morand.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Douglass Biggs. Decades before Black Swan indulged a hyper-surreal investigation of…

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The Swan (1956)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Dighton, based on the play A Hattyu by Ferenc Molnar.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning. This mediocre period film is mainly remembered for being Grace…

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A Star Is Born (1976)

FRANK PIERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1976.  Barwood Films, First Artists, Winters Hollywood Entertainment Holdings Corporation.  Screenplay by John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion, Frank Pierson, based on a story by William A. Wellman, Robert Carson.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jon Peters.  Music by Roger Kellaway.  Production Design by Polly Platt.  Costume Design by Seth Banks, Shirlee Strahm.  Film Editing…

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Same Time, Next Year (1978)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Universal Pictures, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Bernard Slade, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Morton Gottlieb, Walter Mirisch.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Sheldon Kahn.   A rainy night at a California inn brings together a married accountant…

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Summer Of ’42 (1971)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1971.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Herman Raucher.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Richard Roth.    Music by Michel Legrand.   Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Jerry Alpert, Joanne Haas.  Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted.   Coming-of-age schmaltz about a teenaged boy who falls in love with a war widow during summer break….

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