The Walking Hills (1949)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Producers-Actors Corporation.   Story and Screenplay by Alan Le May, additional dialogue by Virginia Roddick.   Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..   Produced by Harry Joe Brown.   Music by Arthur Morton.   Production Design by Robert Peterson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by William A. Lyon.  John…

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Shockproof (1949)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Columbia Pictures.   Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, Samuel Fuller.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Helen Deutsch, S. Sylvan Simon.  Music by George Duning.  Production Design by Carl Anderson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Gene Havlick.  Cornel Wilde plays a parole officer…

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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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Niagara (1953)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1953. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch, Richard L. Breen. Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald. Produced by Charles Brackett. Music by Sol Kaplan. Production Design by Maurice Ransford, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins. Film Editing by Barbara McLean. Other than Don’t Bother To Knock,…

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Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Millard Kaufman, adaptation by Don McGuire, based on a story by Howard Breslin.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Newell P. Kimlin.  Academy Awards 1955.  Cannes Film Festival 1955.   When army veteran Spencer…

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Raintree County (1957)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1957.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Millard Kaufman, based on the novel by Ross Lockridge Jr..  Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Produced by David Lewis.  Music by Johnny Green.  Production Design by William A. Horning, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.  Academy Awards 1957.  Golden Globe Awards 1957. Almost twenty years after…

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The Matchmaker (1958)

BB.5 (out of 5) If you can stand Shirley Booth, you’ll love her in this film version of Thornton Wilder’s popular play, which was also the inspiration for the musical Hello, Dolly. Booth plays a chattery matchmaker in 19th century upstate New York whose latest pairing schemes are actually just a cover for her own…

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