The Westerner (1940)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1940.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Screenplay by Jo Swerling, Niven Busch, based on the story by Stuart N. Lake.   Cinematography by Gregg Toland.   Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.   Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.   Production Design by James Basevi. Costume Design by Irene Saltern.  Film Editing by Daniel…

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Our Town (1940)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1940.  Sol Lesser Productions.  Screenplay by Thornton Wilder, Frank Craven, Harry Chandlee, based on the play by Thornton Wilder.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon.  Produced by Sol Lesser.  Music by Aaron Copland.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Edward P. Lambert.  Film Editing by…

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Tin Pan Alley (1940)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, based on a story by Pamela Harris.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Kenneth Macgowan.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Travis Banton. …

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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…

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Second Chorus (1940)

H.C. POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Boris Morros Productions.  Original story by Frank Cavett, Screenplay by Elaine Ryan, Ian McLellan Hunter, contributor Johnny Mercer.  Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Boris Morros.  Music by Artie Shaw.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Helen Taylor.  Film Editing by Jack Dennis.  Academy Awards 1940. Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith are the very definition of frenemies,…

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Kitty Foyle: The Natural History Of A Woman (1940)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1940.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, additional dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the novel by Christopher Morley.  Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.  Produced by David Hempstead.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Renie.  Film Editing by Henry Berman.  Academy Awards 1940.   Ginger Rogers had to go…

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The Great McGinty (1940)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Hugh Bennett.  Academy Awards 1940. Brian Donlevy plays a clever hobo who stumbles upon a voting scheme designed to get a mayoral…

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One Million, B.C. (1940)

HAL ROACH, HAL ROACH JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  The Cave Dwellers USA, 1940.  Hal Roach Studios.  Screenplay by Mickell Novack, George Baker, Joseph Frickert, descriptive narration by Grover Jones.  Cinematography by Norbert Brodine.  Produced by D.W. Griffith, Hal Roach.  Music by Werner R. Heymann. Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Harry Black.  Film Editing by Ray…

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Pinocchio (1940)

HAMILTON LUSKE, BEN SHARPSTEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1940.  Walt Disney Productions.  Story adaptation by Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Webb Smith, William Cottrell, Joseph Sabo, Erdman Penner, Aurelius Battaglia, based on the story by Carlo Collodi.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Ken Anderson, Hugh Hennesy, John Hubley, Dick…

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Pride And Prejudice (1940)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin, from the dramatization by Helen Jerome of the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Karl Freund.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1940.   Devastatingly good adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic…

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My Favourite Wife

GARSON KANIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Reunited after their grand success in The Awful Truth, Cary Grant and Irene Dunne once again play a married couple in this delightful comedy. This time, he’s a widower whose wife (Dunne) presumably died on an anthropological voyage to Indonesia seven years earlier. Unlucky for him, it is on the…

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The Letter (1940)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1940.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Howard Koch, based on the story by W. Somerset Maugham.  Cinematography by Tony Gaudio.  Produced by Robert Lord.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Carl Jules Weyl.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Amy, Warren Low.  Academy Awards 1940.   In the exotic jungles of Malaya, Bette Davis is the wife of a…

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