Athena (1954)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB USA, 1954. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by William Ludwig, Leonard Spigelgass. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Joe Pasternak. Music by George Stoll. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse. Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose. Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero. A conventional love story about opposites…

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Two Weeks In Another Town (1962)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, based on the novel by Irwin Shaw.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan, Robert James…

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Plymouth Adventure (1952)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, based on the novel by Ernest Gebler.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Perhaps in 1952…

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The Sea of Grass (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Vincent Lawrence, based on the novel by Conrad Richter.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..    Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Valles.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Katharine Hepburn leaves the bustling city…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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The Vagabond Lover (1929)

MARSHALL NEILAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1929.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by William LeBaron.  Music by Victor Baravalle.  Production Design by Max Ree.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Arthur Roberts. Early sound feature that shows its age in the stiff performances (though star Rudy Vallee was rarely anything else) but has…

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Moonfleet (1955)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jan Lustig, Margaret Fitts, based on the novel by J. Meade Falkner.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Albert Akst. Having recently lost his mother, young and innocent Jon Whiteley follows her…

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Mr. Imperium (1951)

DON HARTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Alternate title:  You Belong To My Heart USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Edwin H. Knopf, Don Hartman, based on the play by Edwin H. Knopf. Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Edwin H. Knopf.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William B….

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Forbidden Planet (1956)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Irving Block, Allen Adler, Screenplay by Cyril Hume, based on the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Nicholas Nayfack.  Production Design by Irving Block, Mentor Huebner.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1956.   Here’s the Gone With…

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The Secret Garden (1949)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert Ardrey, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Robert Kern. Early version of the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s novel isn’t as delicate as…

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Nothing Sacred (1937)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1937.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by Ben Hecht, suggested by a story by James H. Street.  Cinematography by W. Howard Greene.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Oscar Levant.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by James E. Newcom. Carole Lombard‘s only Technicolour film is this hysterical comedy…

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Summer Stock (1950)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Sy Gomberg,  Screenplay by George Wells, Sy Gomberg.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.   The last film that Judy Garland completed before her contract was torn up by…

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