When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

JOHN M. STAHL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Dwight Taylor, based on the story A Modern Cinderella by James M. Cain.  Cinematography by John J. Mescall.  Produced by John M. Stahl.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth. Irene Dunne is a waitress at…

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1939)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  Edward Small Productions.  Screenplay by George Bruce, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas pere.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Edward Small.  Music by Lucien Moraweck.  Production Design by John DuCasse Schulze.  Costume Design by William Bridgehouse.  Film Editing by Grant Whytock.  Academy Awards 1939. Loose adaptation of the third volume of Three…

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Love Affair (1939)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Story by Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram, Screenplay by Delmer Daves, Donald Ogden Stewart. Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Howard Greer, Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Edward Dmytryk, George Hively.  Academy Awards 1939. Charles…

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Of Mice And Men (1939)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Hal Roach Studios.  Screenplay by Eugene Solow, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Norbert Brodine.  Produced by Lewis Milestone.  Music by Aaron Copland.  Production Design by Nicolai Remisoff.  Costume Design by Harry Black.  Film Editing by Bert Jordan.  Academy Awards 1939. John Steinbeck’s timelessly popular novel is adapted to the big…

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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…

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios.  Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West, Eric Maschwitz, based on the novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Victor Saville.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Film Editing by Charles Frend.  Academy Awards 1939.   Cannes Film Festival 1939.   Robert Donat is fantastic in this superior adaptation of James Hilton’s…

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The Mikado (1939)

VICTOR SCHERTZINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1939.  G and S Films.  Libretto based on the opera by William S. Gilbert.  Cinematography by Bernard Knowles, William V. Skall.  Produced by Geoffrey Toye.  Music by Arthur Sullivan, Geoffrey Toye.  Production Design by Ralph W. Brinton.  Costume Design by Marcel Vertes.  Film Editing by Philip Charlot, Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1939.   Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular musical…

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Intermezzo (1939)

GREGORY RATOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Alternate title:  Intermezzo: A Love Story USA, 1939.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by George O’Neil, based on an original story by Gosta Stevens, Gustaf Molander.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Robert Russell Bennett, Max Steiner.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Irene.  Film Editing by Francis D….

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Ninotchka (1939)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch, based on the original story by Melchior Lengyel.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1939. Greta Garbo shines in her first comedy…

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Second Fiddle (1939)

SIDNEY LANFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by George Bradshaw, Screenplay by Harry Tugend.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Gene Markey.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, David Raksin.  Production Design by Richard Day, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Royer.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1939.   Adorable musical featuring Sonja Henie as a small town…

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First Love (1939)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1939.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Manning, Lionel Houser.  Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine.  Produced by Henry Koster, Joe Pasternak.  Music by Charles Previn, Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton.  Academy Awards 1939. Cute modern-day version of Cinderella, with the…

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Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the story Plane From Barranca by Howard Hawks. Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  Costume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1939.   This exquisite drama has…

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