I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1944. Selznick International Pictures. Screenplay by Marion Parsonnet, based on a radio play by Charles Martin. Cinematography by Tony Gaudio. Produced by Dore Schary. Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof. Production Design by Mark-Lee Kirk, Emile Kuri, Earl Wooden. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by William…

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This Happy Breed (1944)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1944.  Two Cities Films, Noel Coward-Cineguild.   Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, based on the play by Noel Coward.   Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Noël Coward.  Music by Muir Mathieson, Clifton Parker.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Costume Design by Hilda Collins. …

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The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

LESLIE GOODWINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1944.  Universal Pictures Corporation.  Original story and adaptation by Leon Abrams, Dwight V. Babcock, Screenplay by Bernard Schubert.  Cinematography by Virgil Miller.  Produced by Oliver Drake.  Music by William Lava, Paul Sawtell.  Production Design by John B. Goodman, Martin Obzina.  Costume Design by Mal Caplan.  Film…

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, based on the book by Ted W. Lawson, Robert Considine.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan. …

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Tunisian Victory (1944)

JOHN HUSTON, HUGH STEWART, FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/United Kingdom, 1944.  British Service Units, U.S. Army Signal Corps. Screenplay by Anthony Veiller.  Cinematography by D. Gallai-Hatchard, Harry Rignold.  Music by William Alwyn.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke.   This film on the North African campaign to stem the spread of Nazi power came out a year after Desert…

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The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

ROBERT WISE, GUNTHER VON FRITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by DeWitt Bodeen.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Val Lewton.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by J.R. Whittredge. The studio pushed producer Val Lewton for a sequel to the surprise hit Cat People, and…

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Wilson (1944)

HENRY KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Ernest Palmer.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi, Wiard Ihnen.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.   Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck really put his back into the studio’s prestige…

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The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 1944.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Claudine West, Jan Lustig, George Froeschel, additional poetry by Robert Nathan, based on the poem by Alice Duer Miller.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Clarence Brown, Sidney Franklin.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Irene…

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Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944)

BERNARD VORHAUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1944.  First Motion Picture Unit, United States Army Air Forces.  Screenplay by Harold Medford.  Produced by Ronald Reagan.  Music by David Rose.   A good example of how what used to be called “documentary” would be labeled a PSA now.  This one takes place in a German prisoner of war camp, where…

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The Fighting Lady (1944)

WILLIAM WYLER, EDWARD STEICHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1944.  Louis De Rochemont Associates, Delta Productions.  Screenplay by John S. Martin, Eugene Ling.  Produced by Louis De Rochemont.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Fred Sersen.  Film Editing by Robert Fritch.   Exciting documentary looking to bolster World War II morale by showing the power of the American army.  It compiles…

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Since You Went Away (1944)

JOHN CROMWELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1944.  Vanguard Films, Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by David O. Selznick, adaptation by Margaret Buell Wilder, based on her book.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez, Lee Garmes.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by William L. Pereira.  Costume Design by Elmer Ellsworth.  Film Editing by John Faure, Arthur Fellows, Marsh…

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Trocadero (1944)

WILLIAM NIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1944.  Walter Colmes Productions.  Story by Charles F. Chaplin, Garret Holmes, Screenplay by Allan Gale.  Cinematography by Jackson Rose.  Produced by Walter Colmes. Production Design by Gano Chittenden.  Film Editing by Robert O. Crandall. The famous nightclub is given a biopic in this chintzy B-level musical, in which a guest at the hot…

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