The Angry Red Planet (1959)

IB MELCHIOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1959.  Sino Productions.  Story by Sidney W. Pink, Screenplay by Ib Melchior, Sidney W. Pink.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Norman Maurer, Sidney W. Pink. Music by Paul Dunlap.  Production Design by Ned Shiells.  Costume Design by Marjorie Corso. Film Editing by Ivan J. Hoffman….

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Let There Be Light (1946)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1946.  U.S. Army Pictorial Services.  Screenplay by John Huston.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez, John Doran, Lloyd Fromm, John Huston, Joe Jackman, George Smith.   Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Film Editing by Gene Fowler Jr., William Reynolds. The war was over before John Huston was able to get this project up and running,…

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Since You Went Away (1944)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Vanguard Films, Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by David O. Selznick, adaptation by Margaret Buell Wilder, based on her book.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez, Lee Garmes.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by William L. Pereira.  Costume Design by Elmer Ellsworth.  Film Editing by John Faure, Arthur Fellows, Marsh…

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The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

CHARLES LAUGHTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1955.  Paul Gregory Productions.  Screenplay by James Agee, based on the novel by David Grubb.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Paul Gregory.  Music by Walter Schumann.  Production Design by Hilyard M. Brown.  Costume Design by Jerry Bos.  Film Editing by Robert Golden.   Terrifying thriller directed by Charles Laughton features Robert Mitchum in one of…

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The Three Faces Of Eve (1957)

NUNNALLY JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox.Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the book by Corbett Thigpen, Hervey M. Cleckley.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Robert Emmett Dolan.  Production Design by Herman A. Blumenthal, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Renie.  Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler.   Ignore the painfully cheesy commentary…

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Smash-Up: The Story Of A Woman (1947)

STUART HEISLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1947.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Story by Dorothy Parker, Frank Cavett, Screenplay by John Howard Lawson, additional dialogue by Lionel Wiggam.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Exceedingly talented singer Susan Hayward gives up her…

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The Naked Kiss (1964)

SAMUEL FULLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1964.  Allied Artists Pictures, Leon Fromkess-Sam Firks Productions, F&F Productions.  Screenplay by Samuel Fuller.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Samuel Fuller.  Music by Paul Dunlap.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Einar Bourman.  Film Editing by Jerome Thoms. Constance Towers, so brillant in Samuel Fuller’s previous film Shock Corridor, gets the spotlight…

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Shock Corridor (1963)

SAMUEL FULLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1963.  Allied Artists Pictures, Leon Fromkess-Sam Firks Productions, F&F Productions.  Screenplay by Samuel Fuller.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Samuel Fuller.  Music by Paul Dunlap.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Einar Bourman.  Film Editing by Jerome Thoms.  Podcast:  My Criterions. Samuel Fuller was one of the pioneers of independent film in the fifties…

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The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Orson Welles.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Robert Wise.   Despite the studio’s merciless cuts and reshoots, Orson Welles’ classic period film just can’t…

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