What A Way To Go (1964)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1964. Apjac-Orchard Productions. Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs. Music by Nelson Riddle. Production Design by Ted Haworth, Jack Martin Smith. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler. Shirley MacLaine is a delight…

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Seconds (1966)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1966.  Joel Productions, John Frankenheimer Productions Inc., Gibraltar Productions.  Screenplay by Lewis John Carlino, based on the novel by David Ely. Cinematography by James Wong Howe. Produced by Edward Lewis. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by Ted Haworth. Costume Design by Jack Martell, Peter V. Saldutti….

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The Professionals (1966)

RICHARD BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.    USA, 1966.  Pax Enterprises, Columbia Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Brooks, based on the novel by Frank O’Rourke.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Richard Brooks.   Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Jack Martell.    Film Editing by Peter Zinner. …

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The Beguiled (1971)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1971.  The Malpaso Company.  Screenplay by Albert Maltz, Irene Kamp,based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Don Siegel.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Helen Colvig.  Film Editing by Carl Pingitore.  A Yankee soldier (Clint Eastwood) is found near death on the grounds…

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Flight To Mars (1951)

LESLEY SELANDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1951.  Monogram Pictures.  Screenplay by Arthur Strawn.  Cinematography by Harry Neumann.  Produced by Walter Mirisch.  Music by Marlin Skiles.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Film Editing by Richard V. Heermance.   A group of scientists and one reporter are bustled into a spaceship and sent to the red planet, eventually landing and discovering a…

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I Want To Live (1958)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Figaro.  Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, Don Mankiewicz, based on newspaper articles by Ed Montgomery and the letters of Barbara Graham.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Victor A. Gangelin, Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Angela Alexander, Wesley Jeffries.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Susan Hayward shines in this…

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Ashton Productions, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, suggested by a story by Robert Thoeren, Michael Logan.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   This hysterical comedy of gender-errors was recently ranked…

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Jinxed (1982)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.    USA, 1982.  Herb Jaffe.  Story by Frank D. Gilroy, Screenplay by Frank D. Gilroy, David Newman.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Herb Jaffe.  Music by Miles Goodman, Bruce Roberts.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by Douglas Stewart. A blackjack dealer (Ken Wahl) is in a major professional crisis…

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1956.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring, based on the Collier’s magazine serial by Jack Finney.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by Walter Mirisch, Walter Wanger.  Music by Carmen Dragon.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Film Editing by Robert S. Eisen. The original invasion! Kevin McCarthy is enjoying his perfectly normal suburban life until he realizes…

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Marty (1955)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1955.  Hecht-Lancaster Productions.  Story and screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Harold Hecht.   Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Ted Haworth,Walter M. Simonds.  Costume Design by Norma Koch.  Film Editing by Alan Crosland Jr..    Ernest Borgnine is excellent in this low-key drama, as a Brooklyn butcher who…

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Sayonara (1957)

JOSHUA LOGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1957.  Pennebaker Productions, William Goetz Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on the novel by James A. Michener.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by William Goetz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Norma Koch.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson, Arthur P. Schmidt.   This South Pacific war drama must have…

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Harry And Tonto (1974)

PAUL MAZURSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1974.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Paul Mazursky, Josh Greenfeld.  Cinematography by Michael C. Butler.  Produced by Paul Mazursky.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.    Aging New Yorker Harry (Art Carney, in an Oscar-winning performance) is evicted from his Manhattan apartment…

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