Riot In Cell Block 11 (1954)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1954.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Richard Collins.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert.  Production Design by Dave Milton.  Film Editing by Bruce B. Pierce Early Don Siegel action film that takes the high number of prison riots in the headlines at the time and creates great…

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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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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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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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Cleopatra (1963)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Switzerland, 1963.  Twentieth Century Fox, MCL Films S.A., Walwa Films S.A..  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney Buchman, based on the histories of Plutarch, Suetonius and Appian, and the book The Life And Times of Cleopatra by Carlo Mario Franzero.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Jack Hildyard.  Produced by…

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The Cocoanuts (1929)

ROBERT FLOREY, JOSEPH SANTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1929.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Morrie Ryskind, based on the play by George S. Kaufman.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Jesse L. Lasky, Walter Wanger, Adolph Zukor.  Music by Frank Tours.  Film Editing by Barney Rogan.   The first Marx Brothers movie is a pretty funny comedy, but its awkward technology…

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Joan Of Arc (1948)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1948.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Maxwell Anderson, Andrew Solt, based on the play Joan Of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch, William V. Skall, Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins, Barbara Karinska.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  …

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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Bennett, Joan Harrison, dialogue by James Hilton, Robert Benchley.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Podcasts:  My Criterions.   Alfred Hitchcock does it again with this fascinating spy thriller. An American…

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