Above Suspicion (1943)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1943. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Keith Winter, Melville Baker, Patricia Coleman, based on the novel by Helen MacInnes. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Bronislau Kaper. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Gile Steele. Film Editing by George Hively. It…

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Thousands Cheer (1943)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paul Jarrico, Richard Collins, based on their story Private Miss Jones.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Joe Pasternak. Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene. Film Editing by George Boemler. Academy Awards 1943. All-star…

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Lady of Burlesque (1943)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1943.  Hunt Stromberg Productions.   Screenplay by James Gunn, based on the novel the G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee. Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.   Produced by Hunt Stromberg.   Music by Arthur Lange.  Production Design by Joseph B. Platt.  Costume Design by Natalie Visart.   Film Editing…

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This Is The Army (1943)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, Claude Binyon, based on the plays Yip Yip Yaphank and This Is The Army by Irving Berlin.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.   Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by John…

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Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)

H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, Richard Macaulay.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke, Allen M. Davey.  Produced by Milton Sperling.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by James Basevi, Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean. …

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Crash Dive (1943)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Original story by W.R. Burnett, Screenplay by Jo Swerling.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Milton Sperling.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Richard Day, Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Ray Curtiss, Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards…

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This Land Is Mine (1943)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1943.  Jean-Renoir- Dudly Nichols Productions, RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols.  Cinematography by Frank Redman.  Produced by Dudley Nichols, Jean Renoir.  Music by Lothar Perl.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Renié.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.  Academy Awards 1943. An small, unnamed European country is suffering under Nazi occupation, the…

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Ossessione (1943)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Italy, 1943.  Industrie Cinematografiche Italiane.  Screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Mario Alicata, Giuseppe De Santis, Gianni Puccini, based on the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain.  Cinematography by Domenico Scala, Aldo Tonti.  Produced by Libero Solaroli.  Music by Giuseppe Rosati.  Production Design by Gino Franzi.  Costume Design by Maria De Matteis.  Film…

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The Human Comedy (1943)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by William Saroyan, Screenplay by Howard Estabrook.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.  Academy Awards 1943. William Saroyan’s script, which he was also set to direct, was deemed too long…

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The More The Merrier (1943)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1943.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Screenplay by Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by Lionel Banks, Rudolph Sternad.  Film Editing by Otto Meyer.  Academy Awards 1943. Hollywood writers working after the Hayes code came into…

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Desert Victory (1943)

ROY BOULTING, DAVID MacDONALD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   United Kingdom, 1943.   Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, The Army Film & Photographic Unit.  Screenplay by J.L. Hodson.  Produced by David MacDonald.  Music by William Alwyn.  Film Editing by Richard Best.  Academy Awards 1943. The Allied effort against Rommel in North Africa is documented in this terrific collection of footage taken during World…

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The Battle of Russia (1943)

FRANK CAPRA, ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1943.  U.S. Army Special Service Division, U.S. War Department.  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Rober Heller, featuring selections adapted from Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1943.   Exemplary entry in the Why We Fight series, and one…

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