The Hurricane (1937)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1937.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, adaptation by Oliver H.P. Garrett, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler.  Academy Awards 1937.  This excellent…

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Arrowsmith (1931)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1931.  John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett.  Academy Awards 1931/1932. Ronald Colman is terrific in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel about economic pressures in…

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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Argosy Pictures, Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on four Sea Plays by Eugene O’Neill.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Film Editing by Sherman Todd.  Academy Awards 1940.   Four nautically-themed plays by Eugene O’Neill are strung together for a haunting and…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari, Addison…

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Mister Roberts (1955)

MERVYN LeROY, JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros., Orange.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, based on the play by Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan, from the novel by Thomas Heggen.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.  Academy…

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Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards 1939.   Henry Fonda is perfectly cast (with an impressive prosthetic nose) as Honest Abe, with John Ford’s sturdy direction telling a…

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She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1949.  Argosy Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings, based on the short stories The Big Hunt and War Party by James Warner Bellah.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper, John Ford.  Music by Richard Hageman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Michael Meyers, Ann Peck.  Film Editing by…

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Donovan’s Reef (1963)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1963.  Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.  Story by Edmund Beloin, Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, James Edward Grant.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering.   Lighthearted romp that shows the great John Ford…

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1962.  Paramount Pictures, John Ford Productions.  Screenplay by James Warner, Willis Goldbeck, based on the story by Dorothy M. Johnson.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by Willis Goldbeck.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering.  Academy Awards 1962.   An aged James Stewart shows up…

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The Searchers (1956)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1956.  C.V. Whitney Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, based on the novel by Alan Le May.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by James Basevi, Frank Hotaling.  Costume Design by Charles Arrico.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.   A perfect Western, and a study in the dark…

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Mogambo

BBB (out of 5) It is thanks to watching movies that one gathers important tips for surviving in the wilder climates of the world: for instance, in Mogambo we learn that wearing high-heeled, open-toed slippers is the perfect accoutrement while residing in the middle of the harsh, African jungle. Worried about the sun? Stylish, off-the-shoulder…

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The Quiet Man

BBBBB (out of 5) If The Searchers is John Wayne’s best western, The Quiet Man is his best film outside the Oater genre. He plays a champion boxer who runs away from his high-profile life after a tragic accident in the ring, seeking shelter in his mother’s native Ireland and looking to buy the home…

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