27 Days With Billy Wilder And Me

Every Movie He Directed…From Mauvaise Graine to Buddy Buddy

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Day Eight: A Foreign Affair

July 7th, 2011 · No Comments · 1948, A Foreign Affair, Berlin, Charles Brackett, Jean Arthur, John Lund, Marlene Dietrich, Millard Mitchell

Billy Wilder’s eighth movie, A Foreign Affair, is a comedy/drama set in Berlin post WW II starring Jean Arthur and Marlene Deitrich. It was released in 1948. Billy was 42 years old. This movie was also written by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett. But it’s no Lost Weekend. It’s not even a Major and the [...]

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Day Seven: The Emperor Waltz

July 6th, 2011 · No Comments · 1948, Bing Crosby, Charles Brackett, Color, Emperor Waltz, Joan Fontaine, Lucile Watson, Musical, Richard Haydn, Roland Culver

Billy Wilder’s seventh movie, The Emperor Waltz, is a light comedy starring Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine. It was released in 1948. Billy was 42 years old. The title card at the start of the movie sets the stage… On a December night, some forty-odd years ago, His Majesty Francis Joseph the First, Emperor of [...]

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Day Five: The Lost Weekend

July 4th, 2011 · No Comments · 1945, Adaptation, Charles Brackett, Charles R. Jackson, Doris Dowling, Howard Da Silva, Jane Wyman, Lost Weekend, Miklos Rozsa, Phillip Terry, Ray Milland

Billy Wilder’s fifth movie, The Lost Weekend, starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman, was released in 1945. Billy was 39 years old. The story is about an ersatz writer named Don Birnam (Ray Milland), an alcoholic who goes on a drinking binge and loses a weekend; hence, the title of the movie. The Lost Weekend [...]

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Day Three: Five Graves to Cairo

July 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · 1943, Adaptation, Anne Baxter, Charles Brackett, Erich von Stroheim, Five Graves to Cairo, Franchot Tone, World War II

Billy Wilder’s third movie, Five Graves to Cairo, a World War II tale starring Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, and Erich von Stroheim, was released in 1943. Billy was 37 years old. Opening title card: In June 1942 things looked black indeed for the British Eighth Army. It was beat, scattered, and in flight. Tobruk had [...]

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Day Two: The Major and the Minor

July 1st, 2011 · No Comments · 1942, Adaptation, Charles Brackett, Day Two, Ginger Rogers, Inciting Incident, Major and the Minor, Mid Point, Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Ray Milland

Billy Wilder’s second movie, The Major and the Minor, a light comedy starring Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers, was released in 1942. Billy was 36 years old. The Major and the Minor is Billy Wilder’s American-movie debut. According to film historian Robert Osbourne, Billy chose a light comedy — with a sure-fire box-office cast — [...]

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