Operation Petticoat (1959)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1959. Granart Company. Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin, suggested by a story by Paul King, Joseph Stone. Cinematography by Russell Harlan. Produced by Robert Arthur. Music by David Rose. Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Robert Emmet Smith. Costume Design by Bill Thomas. Film Editing by…

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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 most…

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Sunrise At Campobello (1960)

VINCENT J. DONEHUE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1960.  Dore Schary Productions.  Screenplay by Dore Schary, based on his play.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by George Boemler.   Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) is enjoying wife and family at his summer home on…

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Riot In Cell Block 11 (1954)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1954.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Richard Collins.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert.  Production Design by Dave Milton.  Film Editing by Bruce B. Pierce Early Don Siegel action film that takes the high number of prison riots in the headlines at the time and creates great…

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Witness For The Prosecution (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Edward Small Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz, Adaptation by Lawrence B. Marcus, based on the play by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Matty Malneck.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Joe King.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   A mind-warping mystery…

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Pollyanna (1960)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the novel by Eleanor H. Porter.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Frank Gross.   A perennial family favourite, this delightful Disney film is about a…

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To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1962.  Universal International Pictures, Pakula-Mulligan, Brentwood Productions.  Screenplay by Horton Foote, based on the novel Harper Lee.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell.   Harper Lee’s incredibly popular novel makes its way to the big screen…

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The Great Race (1965)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1965.  Warner Bros., Patricia, Jalem Productions, Reynard.  Original story by Blake Edwards, Arthur A. Ross, Screenplay by Arthur A. Ross.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Martin Jurow.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Costume Design by Donfeld.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Blake Edwards hits the big time with this…

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Hawaii (1966)

GEORGE ROY HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1966.  Pan Arts, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, Daniel Taradash, based on the novel by James A. Michener. Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walter Mirisch.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.   This adaptation of one part…

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Red River (1948)

HOWARD HAWKS, ARTHUR ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Monterey Productions.  Story by Borden Chase, Screenplay by Borden Chase, Charles Schnee.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan. Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by John Datu.  Costume Design by Jack E. Miller.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.   Up there with The Searchers and Rio Bravo as the best westerns…

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The Thing From Another World (1951)

CHRISTIAN NYBY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  RKO Radio Pictures, Winchester Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the story Who Goes There by John W. Campbell Jr..  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, John Hughes.  Costume Design by Michael Woulfe.  Film Editing by Roland Gross.   Fun chiller…

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Land Of The Pharaohs (1955)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Continental Company.  Screenplay by William Faulkner, Harry Kurnitz, Harold Jack Bloom.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes, Russell Harlan.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Mayo.  Film Editing by Vladimir Sagovsky.   The ruler of Egypt (Jack Hawkins) longs to build a monument to his…

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