Dark Victory (1939)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, from the play by George Emerson Brewer Jr., Bertram Bloch.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Robert M. Haas.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by William Holmes.   It always amazes me that my fellow campy queens who…

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Wuthering Heights (1939)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht, based on the novel by Emily Bronte.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by James Basevi.  Costume Design by Omar Kiam.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   Romantically filmed, lush adaptation of Emily Bronte’s ever-so-popular novel about love between…

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Gunga Din (1939)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Story by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Screenplay by Joel Sayre, Fred Guiol, inspired by the poem by Rudyard Kipling.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Henry Berman, John Lockert.   It’s fun in the…

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Stagecoach (1939)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1939.  Walter Wanger Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the story by Ernest Haycox.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by John Ford.  Music by Gerard Carbonara.  Production Design by Alexander Toluboff.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Otho Lovering, Dorothy Spencer. The western that started it all; certainly the genre was already well established as…

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1939)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, adaptation by Bruno Frank, based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by William Hamilton, Robert Wise.   Richly enjoyable, thoroughly…

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Juarez (1939)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, Aeneas MacKenzie, Wolfgang Reinhardt, based on the play by Franz Werfel, and the novel The Phantom Crown by Bertita Harding.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Warren…

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The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex (1939)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Alternate title:  Essex And Elizabeth USA, 1939.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Aeneas MacKenzie, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by Anton Grot.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   The volatile love affair between Queen…

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Gone With The Wind (1939)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   USA, 1939.  Selznick International Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Hal C. Kern.   Like I could possibly say anything that…

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The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

VICTOR FLEMING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf, adaptation by Noel Langley, based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Harold Arlen, Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, William A. Horning, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by…

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Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Lewis R. Foster, Screenplay by Sidney Buchman.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Lionel Banks.  ostume Design by Robert Kalloch.  Film Editing by Al Clark, Gene Havlick.   Frank Capra feel-good Americana about a pure-hearted boy-scout leader turned newbie…

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The Rains Came (1939)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, Julien Josephson, based on the novel by Louis Bromfield.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller, Bert Glennon.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by William S. Darling, George Dudley.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.   Myrna Loy‘s glamour and some…

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Babes In Arms (1939)

BUSBY BERKELEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jack McGowan, Kay Van Riper, based on the play by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by George Bassman, George Stoll.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Dolly Tree.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.   Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney started a subgenre with this seminal…

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