Harriet Craig (1950)

VINCENT SHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1950. Columbia Pictures. Screenplay by James Gunn, Anne Froelich, based on the play Craig’s Wife by George Kelly. Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Produced by William Dozier. Music by George Duning. Production Design by Walter Holscher. Costume Design by Sheila O’Brien. Film Editing by Viola Lawrence. Harriet…

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I Walk Alone (1947)

BYRON HASKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1947.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, adaptation by Robert Smith, John Bright, based on the play by Theodore Reeves.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head. …

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The Big Knife (1955)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 1955.  The Associates & Aldrich Company.   Screenplay by James Poe, based on the play by Clifford Odets.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Robert Aldrich.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by William Glasgow.  Film Editing by Michael Luciano. Clifford Odets’s vicious play about…

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Rich, Young And Pretty (1951)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Dorothy Cooper, Screenplay by Dorothy Cooper, Sidney Sheldon.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by David Rose.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Arthur Lonergan. Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951. Fluff…

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The Search (1948)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Switzerland/USA, 1948.  Praesens-Film.  Screenplay by Richard Schweizer, additional dialogue by Paul Jarrico, with collaboration by David Wechsler.  Cinematography by Emil Berna.  Produced by Lazar Wechsler.  Music by Robert Blum.  Film Editing by Hermann Haller.  Academy Awards 1948.  Golden Globe Awards 1948. Montgomery Clift deservedly became a star and former documentary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann a director to…

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Desert Fury (1947)

LEWIS ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the novel Desert Town by Ramona Stewart.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager, Charles Lang.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Warren Low.   Problem child Lizabeth Scott comes home to her saloon-owning…

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The Furies (1950)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Wallis-Hazen.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, based on the novel by Niven Busch.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1950.  The title refers as much to the temperaments of its main…

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Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1948.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Lucille Fletcher, based on her radio play.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Anatole Litvak, Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Warren Low.  Academy Awards 1948. Terrific adaptation of the marvelous radio play…

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Rear Window (1954)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1954.  Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.  Academy Awards 1954. James Stewart is fantastic…

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The Rainmaker (1956)

BBB.5 (out of 5) An unmarried daughter is such serious business that in this film it’s the cause of major drama. Katharine Hepburn is excellent as the vulnerable woman in question, whose spinster state has her loving father (Lloyd Bridges) worried about her future. Enter smooth con man (Burt Lancaster) who woos the lady into a…

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