Dance Girl Dance (1940)

DOROTHY ARZNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1940. RKO Radio Pictures. Screenplay by Tess Slesinger, Frank Davis, from a story by Vicki Baum. Cinematography by Russell Metty. Produced by Erich Pommer. Music by Edward Ward. Production Design by Van Nest Polglase. Costume Design by Edward Stevenson. Film Editing by Robert Wise. For many…

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Ride The Pink Horse (1947)

ROBERT MONTGOMERY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB . USA, 1947.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. Cinematography by Russell Metty. Produced by Joan Harrison. Music by Frank Skinner. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, Bernard Herzbrun. Costume Design by Yvonne Wood. Film Editing by…

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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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Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

GEORGE ROY HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1967.  Universal Pictures, Ross Hunter Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Morris.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, George C. Webb.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.   Julie Andrews is a jazz baby who is determined to be the…

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Touch Of Evil (1958)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1958.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Albert Zugsmith.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell, Virgil W. Vogel.   High on the list of…

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The Stranger (1946)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1946.  International Pictures.  Story by Victor Trivas, Screenplay by Anthony Veiller, Adaptation by Victor Trivas, Decla Dunning.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Michael Woulfe.  Film Editing by Ernest J. Nims.   Exciting, absorbing drama that features a terrific screenplay and…

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Breakfast In Hollywood (1946)

HAROLD D. SCHUSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  The Mad Hatter USA, 1946.  Golden Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Earl Baldwin.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Robert Golden.  Music by James Mayfield, John Leipold.  Production Design by William Flannery.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton.   Promotional film that looks to tie in with the popular radio show of the same name, featuring…

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All That Heaven Allows (1955)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Edna L. Lee, Harry Lee, Screenplay by Peg Fenwick.  Cinematography by Russell Metty. Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Frank Gross, Fred Barratta.  Podcast:  My Criterions. Widow Jane Wyman befriends her handsome young…

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Imitation Of Life (1959)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Eleanor Griffin, Allan Scott, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   The subliminal messages in this Douglas Sirk soaper are…

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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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Magnificent Obsession (1954)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1954.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Blees, adaptation by Wells Root, based on the screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, from the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Bernard Herzbrun, Emrich Nicholson.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  …

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