The Crimson Kimono (1959)

SAMUEL FULLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1959. Columbia Pictures, Globe Enterprises.  Screenplay by Samuel Fuller. Cinematography by Sam Leavitt. Produced by Samuel Fuller. Music by Harry Sukman. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, William Flannery. Costume Design by Bernice Pontrelli. Film Editing by Jerome Thoms. An exotic dancer finishes her performance and…

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An American Dream (1966)

ROBERT GIST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  See You In Hell, Darling USA, 1966.  William Conrad Productions.  Screenplay by Mann Rubin, based on the novel by Norman Mailer.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by William Conrad.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by LeRoy Deane.  Costume Design by Howard Shoup.  Film Editing by George R. Rohrs.   Television host and war hero…

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The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Walter Newman, Lewis Meltzer, based on the novel by Nelson Algren.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Joseph C. Wright.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Outstanding look at drug addiction by filmmaker Otto Preminger that is surprisingly…

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Advise & Consent (1962)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1962.  Otto Preminger Films, Alpha Alpina.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Allen Drury.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger. Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bill Blass.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Otto Preminger made waves when he originally…

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Exodus (1960)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1960.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, based on the novel by Leon Uris.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Rudi Gernreich, Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Otto Preminger’s three hour-plus presentation of the forming of the…

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Carmen Jones (1954)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1954.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Harry Kleiner, based on the libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, and the novel by Prosper Merimee.   Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Georges Bizet, Herschel Burke Gilbert.  Production Design by Edward L. Ilou.  Costume Design by Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Louis…

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Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1959.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by John D. Voelker.   Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.   Produced by Otto Preminger.   Music by Duke Ellington.   Production Design by Boris Leven.   Costume Design by Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Small-town lawyer James Stewart returns from a fishing…

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The Defiant Ones (1958)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Curtleigh Productions, Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Joe King.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.   After the police bus transporting them to prison suffers an accident, two prisoners chained…

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A Star Is Born (1954)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1954.  Transcona Enterprises.  Screenplay by Moss Hart, based on the 1937 film, story by William A. Wellman, Robert Carson, screenplay by Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, Robert Carson.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Sidney Luft.  Music by Ray Heindorf.  Production Design by Gene Allen.  Costume Design by Jean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Folmar…

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1967.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by William Rose.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   This drama isn’t as newsworthy today as it was in 1967 (though even at the time it was already…

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