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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The Perfect Furlough (1958)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1958.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Robert Arthur.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   A group of soldiers is stationed at a research facility…

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The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

PETER DUFFELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom, 1971.  Amicus Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Bloch.  Cinematography by Ray Parslow.  Produced by Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky.  Music by Michael Dress.  Production Design by Tony Curtis.  Costume Design by Laurel Staffell.  Film Editing by Peter Tanner. A Scotland Yard detective heads out to the country to investigate the disappearance of a famous movie…

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The Last Tycoon (1976)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1976.  Academy Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories frequently take place…

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The Sorcerers (1967)

MICHAEL REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 1967.  Curtwel Productions, Global.  Screenplay by Michael Reeves, Tom Baker, from an idea by John Burke.  Cinematography by Stanley A. Long.  Produced by Patrick Curtis, Tony Tenser.  Music by Paul Ferris.  Production Design by Tony Curtis.  Film Editing by Susan Michie, David Woodward.   Lifeless fantasy starring Boris Karloff as an experimental researcher whose past…

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Sextette (1978)

KEN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB. USA, 1978.  Briggs and Sullivan.  Screenplay by Herbert Baker, based on the play by Mae West.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Daniel Briggs, Robert Sullivan.  Music by Artie Butler.  Production Design by Thad Prescott.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Argyle Nelson Jr..  Podcast: Bad Gay Movies. Always the one to make a…

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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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Taras Bulba (1962)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Yugoslavia/USA, 1962.  Avala Film, Harold Hecht Productions.  Screenplay by Waldo Salt, Karl Tunberg, based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald. Produced by Harold Hecht.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Norma Koch.  Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted, Gene Milford, William Reynolds, Eda Warren.   Anyone looking for…

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Trapeze (1956)

CAROL REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1956.  Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions, Joanna Productions, Susan Productions.  Screenplay by James R. Webb, adaptation by Liam O’Brien, based on the novel The Killing Frost by Max Catto.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by James Hill.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Rino Mondellini. Costume Design by Veniero Colasanti.  Film Editing by Bert Bates. Well-worn male…

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Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)

ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Norma Productions, Curtleigh Productions.  Screenplay by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman, based on the novella by Ernest Lehman.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by James Hill.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Mary Grant.  Film Editing by Alan Crosland Jr..   Combine fantastic on-location photography by James Wong…

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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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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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