Battle Hymn (1957)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1957.  Universal International Pictures.   Screenplay by Charles Grayson, Vincent B. Evans.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.   Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Emrich Nicholson. Costume Design by Bill Thomas. Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.  Rock Hudson plays a small-town…

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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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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

CHARLES LAMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Lee Loeb, Screenplay by John Grant.  Cinematography by George Robinson.  Produced by Howard Christie.  Music by Irving Getz, Henry Mancini, Lou Maury, Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Bill Newberry.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by…

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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Valentine Davies, Oscar Brodney.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   The trombonist bandleader who…

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Bend Of The River (1952)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 1952.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Borden Chase, based on the novel by William Gulick.  Cinematography by Irving Glassberg.  Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Nathan Juran.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth. A community of settlers are making their way…

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A Very Special Favor (1965)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1965.  The Lankershim Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Nate Monaster.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Stanley Shapiro.  Music by Vic Mizzy.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Walter M. Simonds.  Costume Design by Yves Saint-Laurent.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   Lawyer Charles Boyer, is appalled to learn that the reason he lost…

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A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B USA, 1963.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Sy Bartlett, Screenplay by Robert Pirosh.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Sy Bartlett.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth. You know a movie isn’t going to be very exciting when it spends…

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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.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Douglas Sirk’s gorgeously photographed drama…

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The Phantom Of The Opera (1943)

ARTHUR LUBIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1943.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Eric Taylor, Samuel Hoffenstein, Adaptation by John Jacoby, based on the novel by Gaston Leroux.  Cinematography by W. Howard Greene, Hal Mohr.  Produced by George Waggner.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, John B. Goodman.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   Gaston Leroux’s…

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Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves (1944)

ARTHUR LUBIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1944.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Edmund L. Hartmann.  Cinematography by W. Howard Greene, George Robinson.  Produced by Paul Malvern.  Music by Edward Ward.  Production Design by John B. Goodman, Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   Silly B-movie stars Maria Montez as the exotic lass who charms the coffers off…

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My Man Godfrey (1936)

GREGORY LA CAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1936.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Morris Ryskind, Eric Hatch, based on the novel by Eric Hatch.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Charles R. Rogers.  Music by Charles Previn, Rudy Schrager.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent, Russell F. Schoengarth.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1936.  …

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